Monday September 1st, 2014 16:36

Sunday 7 September 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ John Kearns + Eric Lampaert + Sunil Patel | The Exhibit | 7 Sep
This year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns headlines a typically tip top Rise Of the Idiots line-up, which also features Eric Lampaert and Sunil Patel. Tickets are just £5 in advance (or £7 on the door). That’s a bargain, I tell you. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Telescopes | Shacklewell Arms | 7 Sep (pictured)
Long-serving shoegaze outfit The Telescopes will kick off a three month stint of European and US tour dates right here in London tonight, with a headline set at The Shacklewell Arms. The band have said that they “will be dipping into past present future material from beyond the realm”, which I think means there’ll be a glimpse of their long-awaited new album. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jo Hamilton | Leicester Square Theatre | 7 Sep
Earlier this year Jo Hamilton premiered her ‘Fractal Sparks’ show at Durham Cathedral, a suitably grand audio-visual performance. This one-off performance at the Leicester Square Theatre gives a rare opportunity to see her in a more intimate setting. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 1st, 2014 16:34

Saturday 6 September 2014 in London

Horst - Photographer Of Style

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

MUSIC: High Rise | various venues | 6 Sep
The Boxfresh-sponsored High Rise takes place on a trio of East London roof terraces today, soundtracking the city skyline both pre and post-sunset. The headliners at each venue are Waze & Odyssey atop Hewett Street’s Rockwell House, Lapalux at the Dalston Roof Park, and Alpines up of the roof of Netil House. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Horst – Photographer Of Style | V&A Museum | 6 Sep – 4 Jan (pictured)
One of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century, Horst P Horst’s career spanned six decades – his last professional work appearing in Vogue’s 75th anniversary issue in 1991, when he was 85 years old. As well as thousands of prints, this exhibition displays drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters carefully archived by the man himself while still alive. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stewart Lee | Union Chapel | 6 Sep
The Edinburgh Fringe is well and truly over now, a point proven by the billing of this event as a ‘Post-Fringe Gala Bash’. Headlining the whole shebang will be Mr Stewart Lee, with a supporting cast of other Fringe comedy highlights. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 29th, 2014 14:28

Friday 5 September 2014 in London

Paloma Faith

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: Life Of Pi | The Scoop | 5 Sep
A tiny drop in the ocean of films that More London is screening for free every Wednesday this month, it’s Ang Lee’s big-screen fantasy-at-sea ‘Life Of Pi’, a painstakingly-made cinematic dreamscape based on Yann Martel’s ‘boy on boat with live tiger’-based best-seller novel of the same name. Seats are limited, so arrive early. Details here.

MUSIC: Late Night Prom w/ Paloma Faith | Royal Albert Hall | 5 Sep (pictured)
Fresh-faced and copper-coiffed singer-of-song Paloma Faith fronts a 42-man jazz orchestra atop this Late Night BBC Prom. She’ll be joining with the elite Urban Voices Collective in a collation of hits off of her latest LP, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, and its platinum-selling prequels, ‘Fall To Grace’ and ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inner City Ooz | Display Gallery | 5-27 Sep
Oft-roaring jazz-pop boy King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, shows some of his and his brother’s art works, banner-titled ‘Inner City Ooz’. In short, it’s an installation based on the pair’s reactions to ‘motifs’ like memory, time and the role of the artist in a changing cityscape, and will feature a mix of large-scale abstract pieces featuring Archy’s poetry and ‘layers of paint’ by Jack, plus illustrations, drawings and photographs. In the downstairs place, the Marshall Bros will create a “secluded, fictional environment” of soundscapes, compositions and live interactive performance made to “vibrate the viewer”. Details here.

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Thursday August 28th, 2014 12:31

Wednesday 3 September 2014 in London

Land Of Our Fathers

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

MUSIC: Hyperdub 10th Anniversary Party w/Jessy Lanza Cooly G | Corsica Studios | 3 Sep
Hyperdub, the alt-dance label your grandma probably hasn’t heard of/will likely never hear of, invites the likes of pop oddment Dean Blunt, sleek R&B artiste Jessy Lanza and singer/rapper Cooly G to a) attend and b) play live at its tenth anniversary party. Lighting fires in the DJ booth tonight are Ikonika, Scratcha DVA and label boss Kode9. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fully Committed | Menier Chocolate Factory | 3 Sep – 15 Nov
TV’s Kevin Bishop gives his snappiest NYC accent as Sam Peliczowski, the man manning the reservations line at an eatery that’s essentially Manhattan’s Chiltern Firehouse, only not real. Add in a parade of blaggers and B-list celebs, a tyrannical boss and Sam’s failing acting career and well, a trip to ‘Fully Committed’ seems all set to be one heck of a great dinner date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Land Of Our Fathers | Trafalgar Studios | 2 Sep – 4 Oct
Picture this; it’s 1979, Thatcher lives (and is PM), and six miners are wedged down a Welsh mine together for a whole fortnight. The West End premiere of Theatre503 and writer-in-chief Chris Urch’s greatly acclaimed coal-black comedy stars ‘The History Boys’ actor Clive Merrison as wiry old Bomber, a man who risks losing his voice against the din of Britain’s changing social landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 17:36

Sunday 31 August 2014 in London

Titus Andronicus

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: Routes – Dancing To New Orleans | BFI Southbank | 31 Aug
British director Alex Reuben’s intimate doc follows a road-trip he made south from New England to a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, shooting film all the way. Closing off the BFI’s ‘Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance!’ programme, ‘Dancing To New Orleans’ celebrates The States’s diverse dance lineage, and finds Reuben filming everyday Americans as they express themselves via a variety of steps and styles. The main film screening is followed by ‘Que Pasa’ and ‘Line Dance’, a pair of animated shorts also by Reuben, and ‘Newsreel: Melt Down’, which he recorded live during 2011′s LDN-based Dance Umbrella festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Freddie Gibbs | XOYO | 31 Aug
Now one of the hip hop world’s most coveted collaborators in light of his and Madlib’s acclaimed ‘Piñata’ LP, no-frills Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs appears tonight in solo mode ahead of a disc that’s all his own, the forthcoming ‘Eastside Slim’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Titus Andronicus | Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park | 31 Aug – 20 Sep
The first piece of theatre (apparently) to be staged inside Peckham’s suitably brutalist, Frank’s-capped Multi-Storey Car Park, Bold Tendencies’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless vengeance tragedy features beatboxing, Parkour (aka free-running), and a community choir. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:35

Saturday 30 August 2014 in London

The Night Is Young

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: The Night Is Young | Barbican | 30 Aug (pictured)
The Barbican hosts (as the finale to its ‘Eye-Popping Colour!’ season) this one-off 4pm showing of Leos Carax’s ‘The Night Of Young’ circa 1986. Defined by its bright-hued cinematography, it stars Michel Piccoli as an ageing gangster who traps Alex, the younger son of his slain comrade, into a plot to break into a lab and steal an AIDS-like virus. Juliette Binoche plays Piccoli’s mistress who, in inveitable French ‘ménage à trois’ tradition, Alex falls in love with. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nina Kraviz + Midland + Marcel Dettman | Fabric | 30 Aug
The high tsarina of Detroit-style electronica, Ms Nina Kraviz, takes the ‘Room 1 Headliner’ title at tonight’s Fabric-xtravaganza, backed by pivotal London DJ Midland and William Kouam Djoko, aka the host of Amsterdam super-club Trouw. Spaces 2 and 3, meanwhile, will be piloted by techno maestro Marcel Dettman and relatively fresh-faced label Danse Club. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Comedy Of Errors | Shakespeare’s Globe | 30 Aug – 12 Oct
A classic case of Shakespearean ‘mistaken identity’ bants, ‘The Comedy Of Errors’ (here directed by Blanche McIntyre) is a long and complicated chain of slapstick mishaps co-starring estranged twin bros Antipholus and Antipholus, and their manservants (estranged twins Dromio and Dromio) who are all thrown into a city known for its sorcery. Duly, beautifully-scripted chaos follows. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:01

Friday 29 August 2014 in London

Red Bastard

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

CABARET: The Not Television Festival | Chelsea Theatre | 29-31 Aug (pictured)
Bringing over a heap of solo acts still ripe from the Edinburgh Fringe, this remote festival of comedy, cabaret and physical theatre is led, terrifyingly, by the bloblike spectre of pugnacious clown Red Bastard, who (try to keep in mind) is really a non-scary human man in disguise named Eric Davis. Also prominent on the bill are go-go gameshow host Miss Behave, a shamelessly heathen service by The Sunday Assembly, Tomás Ford’s dizzying Electric Midnight Cabaret, and Iranian writer-actor Nassim Soleimanpour, who reprises his acclaimed one-man show on isolation and exile, ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Raw Power Festival | Tufnell Park Dome | 29-31 Aug
Baba Yaga’s Hut pitches on a temp basis at the Dome for the latest cycle of its trippy psych weekender, presenting leftfield elders Acid Mothers Temple, longhaired rock coven Bo Ningen and Liverpool noisemakers Clinic as headliners; and besides them, the likes of The Oscillation, Shopping, Flamingods, and Black Moth. Plus on the side; DJs from pirate radio stations NTS and Resonance FM, a ‘giant’ merch area, and an open-air BBQ. And beer, litres and litres of beer. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Spoiling | Theatre Royal Stratford East | 29 Aug – 31 Sep
Also moving on from a ticket-shifting run at the E-Burgh Fringe, John McCann’s uncannily-timed power-play imagines a newly-independent Scotland, as the renegade Scottish Foreign Minister prepares to make a high-profile speech on her nation’s relationship with the remaining UK. Will she speak against the party? Or give in and toe the line? Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 19th, 2014 14:43

Monday 25 August 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Good Ship Comedy Club w/ Matt Richardson + Juliet Meyers + Mike Sheer + Chris Purchase | The Good Ship, Kilburn | 25 Aug
Babyfaced ‘Xtra Factor’ presenter Matt Richardson captains the comic convoy tonight in Kilburn, with shipmates in the shape of articulate comedienne Juliet Meyers, one-time Torontonian and totally “neat guy” Mike Sheer, and dedicated entertainment-enabler Chris Purchase. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Faded / Ministry Of Sound Carnival After Party | Ministry Of Sound | 25 Aug (pictured)
Ministry raves ‘bye bye’ to the final day of this year’s Notting Hill Carnival with this Faded all-nighter featuring live PA sets by Brit reggae lady Melissa Steel and Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan (that’s him in the photo), and DJ drop-ins from The Menendez Brothers, Rollo, CJ Beatz and Shorty Bless. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | Banquet Records HQ, Kilburn | 25 Aug
NYC’s brightest, shiniest noise-pop-lings TPOBPAH appease their British fanbase with this intimate in-store show at Banquet Records, in so doing also highlighting the fact that their new LP ‘Days Of Abandon’ is still available in all good shops. Like, for instance, Banquet Records. Details and tickets here.

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Monday August 18th, 2014 13:44

Sunday 24 August 2014 in London

Notting Hill Carnival

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Slow Left Arm – Orthodox | Canal Cafe Theatre | 24 Aug
A dysfunctional two-man double act not quite equal to the sum of its parts (or so it’s claimed on the poster), “optimistic slacker” Mark and “tortured soul” Dom, aka Slow Left Arm, tonight haul in their first real show, a comic strip of sketches, songs and “bickering”. Details and tickets here.

EVENT/MUSIC: Notting Hill Carnival 2014 | various locations | 24-25 Aug (pictured)
Est 1964 and spreading like wildfire ever since, Notting Hill Carnival is now the biggest deal in the city’s festival itinerary, with this year’s W11-wide event featuring the usual vibrant mix of Caribbean eats, soca beats and Mas bands, as well as all the wine-ing, twerking, toilet-renting, Red Stripe-sipping, steel pan-playing and vital diversity-celebrating that go to make the parade a multi-cultural Bank Holiday party like no other. Whilst tomorrow’s vibe will probably prove more ‘turnt’, today’s family ambience is normally quieter, with both spilling over with all-star live and DJ line-ups, after parties and parallel celebrations presented by the likes of Rinse FMToddla T Sound, Red Bull, NTS Radio and Ministry Of Sound. Details here.

THEATRE: The Diary Of A Nobody | King’s Head Theatre | 24 Aug
It’s last orders for drama body Rough Haired Pointer’s adaptation of ‘Diary Of A Nobody’, a larger-than-life farce based on the “funniest book in the world” of the same name by Evelyn Waugh, which follows the pompous and hardworking Mr Charles Pooter. In Mary Franklin’s production, a cast of four actors takes on 45 parts, from ‘vulgar’ Gowing, to Borset The Butterman, to Sarah, the worst maid in all of literature. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 15th, 2014 16:16

Saturday 23 August 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: Robin Williams Film Festival | Exhibit Cinema | 23 Aug
Following the recent death of the side-achingly brilliant Robin Williams, indie picturehouse the Exhibit shows a trio of the late actor/comic’s greatest ‘grown up’ films – ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ (1pm), ‘Dead Poets Society’ (3.30pm) and ‘Good Will Hunting’ (6pm) – giving all profits from £5 tickets to The Samaritans charity. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Brief Encounter + live score by the London Philharmonic | Royal Festival Hall
David Lean’s classic filmic insight into a restrained British affair, ‘Brief Encounter’, sails back to the big screen via the SB Centre’s ‘Festival Of Love’, with live accompaniment on its swoony score coming from the London Philharmonic. The screening will be preceded by a recital of Rachmaninov’s ‘Piano Concerto No 2′, and also a short introduction to the film by its late star Celia Johnson’s daughter Lucy Fleming. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: London Contemporary Orchestra | Roundhouse | 23 Aug (pictured)
Showing that classical is also cool, the LCO perform a mixed repertoire of works for the Roundhouse tonight, moving off with amplified piano composition ‘Klavikon’, and bringing the show to a close with ‘Synaesthesia’, award winning score-writer Nick Ryan’s take on sense-mingling, which features big-screen graphics (created by visual artists Quayola and Sinigaglia) that move and change with the piece. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 14th, 2014 16:50

Thursday 21 August 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Tasty Combo Go To Hell! | The Camden Head | 21-24 Aug
Tipped sketch crazies Tasty Combo present their new show, which is set in hell – hence the title. In it, a failed writer-of-skits considers making a pact with the devil in exchange for improved comic skills, but first asks old Satan to show him around a bit. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Goldfrapp | Royal Naval College | 21 Aug (pictured)
Stylish synthpop-ologist Alison Goldfrapp and band collaborator Will Gregory “can’t wait” (they claim) to play this one-time open air show, which slots nicely into this year’s Greenwich Music Time festival. It’s the pair’s only British show of 2014, and celebrates their sterling new LP ‘Tales Of Us’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: This Is The Kit | Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, Southbank Centre | 21 Aug
The Nest Collective and SB Centre present meadow-fresh folk ambience via This Is The Kit – aka Paris, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Kate Stables, who’s joined by a cast of unplugged guitarists, banjo players, hornblowers and laptop operators. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 12th, 2014 14:46

Monday 18 August 2014 in London

Troilus And Cressida

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The 99 Club w/ Ross Noble + Hal Cruttenden + Stefano Paolini | Storm, Leicester Square | 18 Aug
Keeping it 100 at this evening’s 99 Club is headliner and king-of-the-surreal Ross Noble, who’ll lollygag alongside naughty-but-nice stand-up Hal Cruttenden and Radio 4 mainstay Stefano Paolini. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FILM: Kid Koala – Nufonia Must Fall | Roundhouse | 18 Aug
Scratch DJ Kid Koala, is joined by the Afiara String Quartet in playing his original score to this special show and screening inspired by his graphic novel ‘Nufonia Must Fall’. Its scenes, which follow a jobless robot and a lonely office girl’s improbable love story, are recreated in mini sets by a team of puppeteers, with the action cinematically lit, filmed, and shown on a big cinema screen. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Troilus And Cressida | Tristan Bates Theatre | 18 Aug – 6 Sep (pictured)
On show alongside ‘Coriolanus’ as part of Lazarus Theatre’s ‘Our World At War Season’, it’s this bold modernisation of Shakespeare’s lesser-famed (if no less great) him-and-her tragedy ‘Troilus And Cressida’, in which two young lovers are torn apart against a frantic tableau of jealous, big battles, and the odd skirmish. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 8th, 2014 15:26

Saturday 16 August 2014 in London

A Guy Called Gerald

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

CABARET: Saturday Night At The Spiegeltent | London Wonderground | 16 Aug
Saturday nights at the London Wonderground’s flagship Spiegeltent space are a rather niche affair, so haters of silent disco vibes, and/or live circus and cabaret by the likes of fire-breather Aurora Galore, handbalancing man Sammy Dineen, contortionist Jo Foley, hoop acrobat Jessie Rose, and/or breakdancing crews needn’t apply to this evening’s event. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Perceptionists | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 16 Aug
Acclaimed musical funny-lady Tammy Stone, TW favourites Jo Ball and Jonathan Hansler, and on-point improv comic Yasser Kayani, are The Perceptionists, and together they do skewed impersonations in even weirder contexts. Like, for instance, Basil Fawlty on cookery show with some ghosts, or Inspector Clouseau at a speed-dating event. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: James Lavelle + Derrick May + A Guy Called Gerald | Koko | 16 Aug (pictured)
UNKLE‘s James Lavelle, Detroit techno pioneer Derrick May and acid rave innovator A Guy Called Gerald head up a larger-than-large dance line-up at Camden’s Koko, with their top sets following openers from DJs Richard Fearless (of Death In Vegas), Last Magpie, Barem, and a live appearance by French Kiwi Juice. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 8th, 2014 15:01

Friday 15 August 2014 in London

See Rock City

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

DANCE: Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella | Royal Opera House | 15-16 Aug
Formerly known as the Kirov, Russia’s formidable Mariinsky Ballet stay loyal to Prokofiev’s grand and magical ‘Cinderella’ score, following nouveau-classical choreography by one-time Bolshoi AD Alexei Ratmansky. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neutral Milk Hotel | The Forum | 15 Aug
Following the cancellation of the Jabberwocky festival at the ExCel Centre earlier this week, headliners Neutral Milk Hotel and another of the festival’s acts, the Ex, have found a new home at The Forum tonight. Various other acts who were due to play the two-day event have also been moved to gigs in other venues around the capital over the weekend, listings for which can be found here. Details and tickets for the Neutral Milk Hotel show here.

THEATRE: See Rock City And Other Destinations | Union Theatre | 15-30 Aug (pictured)
Winging in from off-Broadway, this acclaimed all-American road musical by song/script-writing team Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias follows a young man’s tour of the US’s most famous tourist hotspots, all this backed with a score incorporating pop, rock and folk. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 6th, 2014 14:07

Wednesday 13 August 2014 in London

The Hired Man

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Liana Psarologaki – Cryptopology | The Crypt Gallery | 13-26 Aug
Artist Psarologaki transforms the tombs of St Pancras Church into an ‘omni sensorial’ space, a free-entry maze of light, scent, temp and airflow-based stimuli designed to cause “un-patterned” reactions in visitors. Details here.

MUSIC: Slint | Electric Brixton | 13 Aug
The Slint Show is coming to town, which is to say that unsmiling post-rock unit Slint, advertising the recent(ish) re-release of their 1990 anti-classic ‘Spiderland’ LP, are playing the Brixton Electric tonight. Cool. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hired Man | St James Theatre | 13-16 Aug (pictured)
A gritty musical based on a 1969 novel of the same name by TV fave Melvin Bragg (the first in his ‘Cumbrian Trilogy’), Howard Goodall’s Ivor Novello-winning portrait of a young husband and wife’s working life in 1900s Cumbria brings alive a cavalcade of British history; from ale-drinking, to whippet-racing, to coping with the looming shadow of The Great War. Having premiered in 1984, it is this year, timing with the WW1 Centenary, revived by the National Youth Music Theatre. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 5th, 2014 14:28

Tuesday 12 August 2014 in London

Grumbling Fur

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Simon Evans – Leashed | Soho Theatre | 12-23 Aug
Esteemed ThreeWeeks interviewee Simon Evans, who isn’t a fan of wild n whiskey-snorting-type comedians, instead pays his respects to ‘Leashed’ entertainers like Frank Muir and Humphrey Littleton, also talking marriage, kids, and the limitations of life in the middle-class. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Grumbling Fur + Tim Burgess | Corsica Studios | 12 Aug (pictured)
Interplanetary psych cadets Grumbling Fur, aka experimental pairing Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, fly their strange and spangly new disc ‘Preternaturals’, which lifts off (aka is released) in tandem with tonight’s set. Part-time Charlatans man Tim Burgess also plays a solo acoustic show of his own, appearing again with his headliners-in-chief since he features on ‘Preternaturals’ track ‘Lightsinisters’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sinead O’Connor | Roundhouse | 12 Aug
The OG bald vocalist, Irish icon Sinead O’Connor, proves nothing compares 2 her tenth solo LP ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss’, which represents a fresh phase in her career (and her style), and is released this week. Well, yesterday (ie 11 Aug). She plays select tracks off it tonight, as well as her all-time defining hits. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:54

Sunday 10 August 2014 in London

The Immortal Hour

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: Outdoor Cinema presents… Casablanca | Hampton Court Palace | 10 Aug
Why not enrich your real-life hot city night with the steamy on-screen scenery in Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart’s film classic ‘Casablanca’, which is showing neath the moon and barely-visible LDN starscape tonight via Luna Cinema. And please note that a ticket to the screening does NOT – I said NOT – grant admission to the palace. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Penguin Cafe | Roundhouse | 10 Aug
Carrying on the legacy of the new-age chamber/jazz ensemble Penguin Cafe Orchestra, which was led by his late dad Simon Jeffes, musician Arthur Jeffes joins with his band to play tracks off their latest LP, this year’s ‘The Red Book’, and also to re-animate PCO’s greatest hits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Immortal Hour | Finborough Theatre | 10-26 Aug (pictured)
An airy-fairy fantasy folk “music-drama” first seen in 1914 at the first ever Glasto festival, ‘The Immortal Hour’ features a parade of strange, magical creatures and many a ‘spiritual’ going-on. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:50

Saturday 9 August 2014 in London

Funk Da Cirque

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Comedy Carnival w/ Paul Sinha + Earl Okin + Pete Jonas | Bar Rumba | 9 Aug
The excellent Paul Sinha and “musical genius/sex symbol” Earl Okin are the main attractions at tonight’s Leicester Square-sited Comedy Carnival, along with a special guest ‘Mock The Week’ comedian, which is ring-led by Pete Jonas as MC. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/CIRCUS: Funk Da Cirque – Soul Trip | Roundhouse | 9 Aug (pictured)
Rock-steady street dance/acrobatics crew Funk Da Cirque, whose super-young cast are all aged 11-25, mix it up at the Roundhouse with a soulful show made up of b-boying, body percussion, waakin, boogaloo and even a human pyramid, damn it. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sink The Pink presents… Gloria’s | XOYO, Room 2 | 9 Aug
A five-week residential link-up between London nightspot XOYO and LGBT party clique Sink The Pink, Gloria’s is a crossover of on-point DJing by the likes of Seb Chew, Severino, Lemmy Ashton and Jonjo and ‘anything-goes’-type vibes. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 31st, 2014 17:43

Thursday 7 August 2014 in London

Erland & The Carnival

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Thom Tween Show | Phoenix Artist Club | 7-10 Aug
 “No God, no morals, no free will, no fucking point”. Comedian Thom Tween, which likely isn’t his real name, sires a variety of “dark and fluffy” live stand-up as a mere part of this year’s Camden Fringe fest. Details and tickets here

MUSIC: Erland And The Carnival | Servant Jazz Quarters | 7 Aug (pictured)
Raised on the Orkney Islands and now based in the big city, roving folk nomad Erland Cooper presents his and collaborator Simon Tong’s (Gorillaz/The Verve) latest LP, ‘Closing Time’ at the Servant Jazz Quarters. “’Closing Time’ doesn’t mark the beginning of the end; rather it marks an end to permit a new beginning”, he explains. “When Summer dies it’s to let winter in, then spring opens it up again; it has to happen. It’s enjoyable when you accept that you have a limited time to make things happen to the best of your ability”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Memory Points | Southbank Centre | 7-18 Aug
One of those ‘promenade’ drama works, Platform 4′s ‘Memory Points’ has its audience sporting headphones and costumes, and taking a walking tour of various mini sculptures designed to prompt reminiscence. The show is created with the guidance of the Alzheimer’s Society, and features a score by SB Centre Artist In Residence Pete Flood, of Bellowhead fame. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday July 30th, 2014 12:01

Wednesday 6 August 2014 in London

Solo For Two

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

DANCE: Solo For Two | London Coliseum | 6-9 Aug (pictured)
Ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev dance a sequence of pas de deux – or ‘Solo(s) For Two’, if you will – not least Ohad Naharin’s ‘Passo’, which features a score by Brit electronic pairing Autechre, and a special adaptation of Arthur Pita’s ‘God’s Garden’ titled ‘Facada’. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: There Will Be Blood + live score | Roundhouse | 6-7 Aug
The Roundhouse shows Paul Thomas Saunders’ slick critics’ fave, Oscar-winning oil movie ‘There Will Be Blood’. The even slicker bit is this; there’ll be a live rendition of the film’s acclaimed OST by its co-creator, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and a 50-man swathe of the London Contemporary Orchestra. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Ring Cycles Plays – A Tale Of Gods & Monsters | The Scoop | 6-31 Aug
The Scoop’s award-winning resident theatre firm Gods & Monsters present their take on Richard Wagner’s mythological Viking-orama ‘Ring Cycles’, doing it as a series of talky-talky plays, aka sans the operatic scores. It’s a veritable ‘who’s who’ of ‘who’s weird’ in fantasy and folklore, with gods, giants, nymphs and dwarfs all featuring over the saga, which unfolds over four hours. Ah yeah, and since the show is part of the More London Free Theatre; it is, in fact, free to see. Details here.

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