Wednesday December 17th, 2014 13:19

New Year’s Eve in London 2014

Queen & Adam Lambert

And the ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events happening this New Year’s Eve are…

A Bowie Odyssey | Shacklewell Arms
Capping off an astral 2014 for the Starman (what with the release of his latest greatest hits compilation ‘Nothing Has Changed’, and all), it’s this party from Ziggy mega-fans House Of Jealous Lovers & Brain Wash, which features karaoke, facepainting, a fancy dress contest and ‘Labyrinth’-ine visuals. Let’s dance! Details and tickets here.

Black Butter Records NYE | Electric Brixton
This 9pm-6am all nighter, hosted by taste-making label Black Butter, features an unbelievable NYE spread including BB royalty Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Woz and Wayward and, crowning it all, the final live appearance by Biasonic label boss and breakbeat/garage man Zed Bias. Details and tickets here.

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club New Year’s Extravaganza 2014 | Brooklyn Bowl
If you want some quality funk and soul in your ears as the new year rises up before you, then head down to the O2 Dome complex and its Brooklyn Bowl venue. Here’s BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles will be hosting a night with a range of DJ and live guests. Details and tickets here.

Queen & Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben – Live | Central Hall Westminster (pictured)
THE Queen and their intern Adam Lambert will play their (Queen’s) hits at this special yet pretty pricey (tickets start at £118.15) New Year’s Eve show near Big Ben, and hey, it’s even going to be screened live on BBC One, slotting in around the River Thames fireworks display, and all that jazz. “OK – let’s rock into 2015!”, says Brian May. Details and tickets here.

Moondance NYE 2014 | The Scala
Moondance has an impressive show lined up at The Scala in Kings Cross, with old skool drum n bass, jungle, house, acid house and club classics all covered. Amongst the many names on the bill are Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Donovan ‘Bad Boy’ Smith, Hamilton, The Ragga Twins and loads more. Details and tickets here.

NYE at Fabric | Fabric
Always a winner, Fabric is back for its sixteenth annual New Year’s Eve blowout, this year headlined by Seth Troxler, Scuba and Jackmaster. Also on hand will be CW/A (live), PBR Streetgang, Magda, Heartthrob and, of course, residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis. Details and tickets here.

NYE at The Lexington w/ White Heat | The Lexington
Whilst indie disco party White Heat might’ve lost its Soho base of years and years – the now-closed Madame JoJos – earlier this year, the party goes on tonight at The Lexington, with lasers, smoke machines party poppers and on the decks, White Heat residents and Nightcare. Details and tickets here.

Slide & Get Diverted NYE w/ Gilles Peterson | Prince Of Wales, Brixton
The teams from Slide and Get Diverted go crew-to-crew with this big, Brixton-based mix of smooth global jams, headlined by the king of crate-digging Gilles Peterson, and also playing host to luminaries like Simbad and Eskimo Twins. Details and tickets here.

Vagabondz | Secret East London warehouse location
Congo Natty will be heading up the Vangabondz NYE bash, which features a great line-up of supporting spinners. Mala & Coki (aka Digital Mystikz) will be there, as will Sub Phizix & Strategy, MJ Cole, Newham Generals, Flava D & Moony and Goede. Details and tickets here.

Wiggle & Superfreq present Superwigglefreq | Number 90
And finally, Mr C will be up to no good with Wiggle and Superfreq at Number 90 down in Hackney Wick. As will Evil Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Malchevsky & The Little Dude, plus a secret special guest. If you can hack it, there’s an afterparty to take you through New Year’s Day at The Star Of Bethnal Green too. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday December 13th, 2014 00:01

The Festive Season in London 2014

Timber!

And the ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events happening this festive season are…

CIRCUS: Timber! | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 21-31 Dec (pictured)
This big, beardy, banjo-playing axe-travaganza by Quebec’s world-acclaimed Cirque Alfonse finds the whole Alfonse family – from 66 year-old grandpa Alain, to three year-old grandson Arthur – going down to the woods for some good old plank-balancing, log-chucking and saw-craft, with live traditional folk sing-songs thrown in to (steel capped) boot. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Adam Riches – Adam of The Riches | Soho Theatre | until 3 Jan
Fosters Comedy Award-winning character champ Adam Riches – the king of, let’s say, ‘highly insistent’ audience interaction – presents this big, bold smartly played hour of in-your-face foolishness. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tony Law – Enter The ToneZone | Soho Theatre | 29 Dec – 17 Jan 2015
Sharp-witted Canadian nonsensicalist Tony Law crash-lands with this ‘life-affirming, life-changing’ show, which features magical shapes, one original song (and no more!) and fits of interpretative dancing, albeit dancing that interprets both world events and the fear of death. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Backto95 Boxing Day Special | The Scala | 26 Dec
Meanwhile, they’ll be heading Backto95 at The Scala, with the Kings Cross venue split into four rooms covering different genres. The main room will have old skool house and garage classics, headlined by Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont. Then there’ll be old skool jungle in the Glass Bar, soulful deep house hosted by House.fm in the Foyer Bar, and 80s/90s soul, R&B and bashment in the Balcony Bar. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rinse Boxing Day w/ Waze & Odyssey + P Money + Newham Generals | Fabric |  26 Dec
As is a tradition as old as grime, Rinse’s Boxing Day pile-on is live at Fabric again, with this year’s featuring lords-of-house Waze & Odyssey, Lewisham MC P Money, Forest Gate-based crew Newham Generals, bass producer Plastician, nu garage producer Chris Lorenzo, fast-rising grime clique The Square (feat Novelist), and loads more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Shut That Shit Down and Step Back Boxing Day Old School Special | Brixton Jamm | 26 Dec
Last bit of Boxing Day clubbing, and Shut That Shit Down and Step Back are teaming up for some junglist action at Brixton Jamm, which will specifically cover the years 1988 to 1994. DJs holding hard and fast to that rule will include Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Edzy, 2 Bad Mice, Kenny Ken, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and Doc Scott. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Spoony’s House Boxing Day Special | The Jazz Café | 26 Dec
As for Rinse FM’s Friday night man DJ Spoony, he’ll be hosting this party at the Jazz Café in Camden, where he’ll be joined by Norris ‘Da Boss’ Windross, DJ Talent and MC Ranking for a night of UK Garage and soulful house. There’ll be Christmas giveaways on the night too, apparently. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Christmas Carol | Old Red Lion Theatre | until 3 Jan 2015
Dickens’ fable of a Christmas meanie redeemed is adapted in lively style by Neil Bartlett, with Gus Miller directing, and a cast of six on-the-ball actors playing all the parts in the story. “Our ensemble never leave the stage, so they are constantly playing with Scrooge, as characters or not – pushing, teasing and sometimes scaring him into his big change”, Miller tells ThisWeek London in a recent interview. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Albert Einstein – Relativitively Speaking | Southwark Playhouse | 20 Dec – 3 Jan 2015
E = MC FUN as theatre-maker and comic brainiac John Hinton gives his best Albert Einstein in this fact-checked (and, essentially entertaining) physics seminar, which is peppered with singing, rapping, theorising, and, Hinton tells ThreeWeeks, “little-known facts from Einstein’s life – that he invented a fridge and married his cousin, and the story of what became of his brain”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain | St James Theatre | 3-9 Jan
Foursight Theatre tell a “compelling and original tale” in this surreal ‘undead’ spin on one of Hollywood’s most A-list diva rivalries, that of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 12th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 18 December 2014 in London

Stealing Sheep

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY/FILM: Heroes Grand Finale – The Secret Santa-Geddon | Grotto Of Comedy, Throgmorton St | 18 Dec
Okay, so whilst yes, we have already kind of tipped Bob Slayer’s ‘Grotto Of Comedy’ residency to-do at large, we haven’t pointed specifically to its grand finale. The event centres on the premiere of ‘Santageddon The Movie’, which was written and filmed on-site at the Grotto by Matt Highton and Stuart Laws, and stars Nick Helm, John Kearns, Gemma Whelan, Joz Norris, Pat Cahill, Beck Hill and… Bob Slayer! Aside from that, there’ll be a heavenly host of secret comics performing live on the night. Who exactly? Only Santa knows. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: End Of The Road Christmas Special w/ Stealing Sheep | Oslo | 18 Dec
Psych-folk trio Stealing Sheep (and their Mythopoeia Procession) headline this off-site spin-off of discerning Dorset fest End Of The Road, which will find the band celebrating Christmas (and themselves) with a live spectacle featuring The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, ‘galaxies and tapestries’ and other cool visual aids. And support on the night is from young psych-pop savant Kiran Leonard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Sound Of Silence | Apiary Studios | 18-19 Dec
The unusually-capitalised AnOtherPlace Theatre Company present one of them ‘site-specific promenade events’, this time based on Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’, which follows an exasperated woman waiting for her lover. A room inside the Apiary Studios will serve as the self-contained apartment in which the play takes place, whilst another will act as a 1920s Parisian jazz bar; so places are limited by the size of the space. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday December 10th, 2014 15:02

Tuesday 16 December 2014 in London

Meow Meow

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: Apocalypse Meow – Crisis Is Born | Southbank, Centre, Purcell Room | 16-29 Dec
World-acclaimed ‘kamikaze cabaret’ star Melissa Madden Gray, alias Meow Meow, sings up a (snow) storm of cat-astrophically Christmassy cheer; with able assistance from a live band. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Rambert Dance Company – New Choreography | The Place | 16-17 Dec
Take a break from all the tacky Xmas schmaltz with this programme of fairly sophisticated-looking works choreographed and danced by the cast of the Ballet Rambert. It includes Shobana Jeyasingh’s mathematical-rhythms-meets-classical-Indian piece ‘Terra Incognita'; the “world’s first brass band work” ‘Dark Arteries'; Ashley Page’s ‘Subterrain – which is scored by Aphex Twin and ‘Anna Nichole Smith’ opera composer Mark-Anthony Turnage – and Mark Baldwin’s cosmic new short in three movements, ‘The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Wiley | The Garage | 16 Dec
The one and only Wiley, original grime MC extraordinaire, rolls the dice on his tenth LP ‘Snakes & Ladders’, a game of slick, icy beats and his trademark arctic flow. Details and tickets here.

Update 16 Dec: Wiley’s show at The Garage tonight has been postponed. A statement from the venue reads: “Following an incident which took place outside The Garage in London last night, the main venue is unable to open this evening. It is with regret that the venue has no option other than to postpone tonight’s Wiley show, which is a decision in no way related to Wiley, his management team nor his support acts. The ‘Snakes & Ladders Tour’ shall be moved to early 2015, new dates to be announced soon”.

It adds: “Tickets for this show will be valid for the new dates of the tour, or customers can contact point of purchase for ticket refunds”.

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Monday December 8th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 14 December 2014 in London

The Free Association

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Free Association + People People + Panthercannon | COG ARTSpace | 14 Dec (pictured)
Relatively newly-improvised improv all-stars The Free Association – a hybrid team featuring comics from Austentatious, Showstoppers and Lazy Susan, and both of Max & Ivan – headline their own night at COG Arts’ flagship space, also inviting along up and coming guests in the shape of Ruth Bratt, Andrew Pugsley and David Reed’s dangerously spontaneous Panthercannon, and People People. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8 Bit! Xmas Special! | Backyard Bar | 14 Dec
Leading ‘geek comedians’ (and stars of the ThisWeek London Podcast) Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon gift-wrap this Christmas-themed iteration of their tried and tested ‘8 Bit!’ gaming gig, which features festive forfeits c/o ‘Punishment Twat’ Will Hartley, and next level video-game challengers Alexis Dubus, Nish Kumar, Bec Hill, Matt Highton, Ellie Gibson, Lord Fear and Treguard off of ‘Knightmare Live!’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Buke & Gase | Southbank Centre, Purcell Room | 14 Dec
Playing a cut-and-paste pop amalgam of handmade instruments the ‘buke’ (a smaller-than-usual six string guitar) and the ‘gase’, a cannibalised bass guitar, NYC musicians Aron Sanchez and Arone Dyer give a nod to 2010’s ‘Riposte’, 2013’s ‘General Dome’ and to future sonic doings, too. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday December 7th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 13 December 2014 in London

Omar Souleyman

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

DANCE/MUSIC: Vuong 10 | Rich Mix | 13 Dec
Choreographers Nina Kov and Catarine Carvalho’s ‘Vuong 10′, which was originally chosen by Wayne McGregor for his ‘Randomworks’ showcase, examines the ‘yearning for physical affinity in a digital age’ via the interactions of two dancers. The performance has a live score by Polar Bear’s Leafcutter John and violinist Max Baillie. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Just Jam Live w/ Omar Souleyman + JME + Big Narstie + General Levi | Barbican | 13 Dec (pictured)
Online channel and live-streaming hype-machine Just Jam hosts Syrian pop idol Omar Souleyman, grime stars JME, Big Narstie, Mumdance and Novelist, ragga MC General Levi and glitchy dance types Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) and Brian Degraw (Gang Gang Dance) for a ‘do-over’ of an identical event that was cancelled earlier this year. All acts will play sets in typical Just Jam style (only up-scaled onto giant screens for HD viewing), with wobbly camerawork and bright green-screen visuals, which will be specially commissioned by a range of digital artists. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Nigel & Louise’s Basement Grotto | Shoreditch Town Hall | until 24 Dec
A non-sickly and slightly odd Christmas grotto dreamt up by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari (of acclaimed ‘Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face’-makers Shunt), this special Santa’s den is only enterable by a magic portal linking straight to the North Pole. The family-friendly experience will repeating itself four times a day between 10.30am and 5.30pm, all the way to Xmas Eve; whilst Friday and Saturday nights are designed for adults only, and hosted by the likes of theatre shock tactician Christopher Brett-Bailey and Rob Salmon. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 5th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 11 December 2014 in London

Little Simz

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

EXHIBITION/PHOTOGRAPHY: Skinhead – An Archive | Ditto Press | 11 Dec
Coinciding with Ditto’s latest publication, a book tracing the lineage of the skinhead in art and society, this good-looking display of photography and ‘printed material’ features reactionary designs by menswear creative Martine Rose, DJs from NTS Radio, and free drinks. And the event itself, is free. Details here.

MUSIC: Little Simz + M.O | XOYO | 11 Dec
20 year old Islington rap prodigy Little Simz, who’s tipped by many (not least Jay-Z, via his Life + Times blog) to ‘break big’ in 2015, highlights her first EP ‘EDGE’, and litter of past mixtapes, with this headline show presented by Wireless Festival. Cool girl trio M.O and hip hop pairing OCD (aka Moosh & Twist) also play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Knight Of The Burning Pestle | Sam Wannamaker Playhouse | 11 Dec – 11 Jan 2015
Jacobean satirist Francis Beaumont’s ‘several plays within a play’, which is back in a puff of wig powder following a spirited first whip-crack at the candle-lit Wannamaker earlier this year, features Phil ‘Parklife’ Daniels and Pauline McLynn as a stage-heckling grocer and his wife. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 00:01

Monday 8 December 2014 in London

Ultimate Painting

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Karl & Joz’s Over The Top Xmas Love-In w/ Bridget Christie + Tim Key + Josie Long + Sara Pascoe | Bloomsbury Theatre | 8 Dec
Karl (Schultz) and Joz (Norris), basically the Ant & Dec of alternative comedy, co-present this kissy-wissy Christmas benefit featuring festive mini sets by Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Tim Key, John Kearns, Brian Gittins, Josie Long AND Liam Williams. All takings from the show will go to Karl’s Homeless & Unemployed Charity at the Salvation Army in Barking. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Nick Helm – Merry Christmas Motherfuckers | Soho Theatre | 8-20 Dec
Bearded man-megaphone and acquired taste Nick Helm shoves his mother-lovin Xmas show right in your face – BAM. It’s billed as one part songbook of Christmassy soft-rock standards, and all the other parts a Santa’s sack of gags, guts and gifts. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ultimate Painting | The Lexington | 8 Dec (pictured)
An actually quite cool superband for a change, Ultimate Painting is Jack Cooper of art-rock band Mazes and James Hoare of art-rock bands Veronica Falls and also, The Proper Ornaments. Far out. So all in all that equates to a highly accomplished art-rock show, no doubt, from the simpatico pair, who released their first collaborative LP as UP, also titled ‘Ultimate Painting’, back in October. Oh, and support comes from Primitive Parts and Grimm Grimm, who are both just as good. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 29th, 2014 00:01

Friday 5 December 2014 in London

The Bolt

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Adam Kay & The Amateur Transplants – Going For A #1 At Christmas | The Tabernacle | 5 Dec
Former doctor and now-musical-comic Adam Kay conducts his band The Amateur Transplants in an all singing, all glad-tidings-bringing Christmas show with a dark side to it, as (as was discussed in Kay’s ThisWeek London chat circa last Xmas) is his wont. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Bolt | GRAD | 6 Dec – 28 Feb 2015 (pictured)
The Gallery For Russian Arts & Design hosts this exhibition digging in to Dmitri Shostakovich’s anarchic ballet ‘Bolt’, a black industrial satire full of all kinds of shady behaviour, which was hit with a Soviet government ban shortly after its debut in 1931. The original show, which featured real hammers and machine-inspired acrobatics, is reanimated here via a lively free-entry display of weird and witty scenery and costumes. Details here.

MUSIC: Metronomy | Alexandra Palace | 5 Dec
Modular pop oddballs Metronomy cap a storming year – which shoved off with the springtime release of the band’s fourth LP ‘Love Letters’ – with this over-sized show at London’s Ally Pally. Support is from Australian songwriter and ‘Avant Gardener’ Courtney Barnett and linear synth man NZCA Lines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 28th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 4 December 2014 in London

Shamir Bailey

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Alfie Brown – Divorced From Reality (And My Wife) | Soho Theatre | until 6 Dec
Thought-provoking, button-pushing comic Alfie Brown dolls out his fourth show; “another screaming, pretentious, crusading monstrosity” (Brown’s words) based on his divorce, Bipolar Disorder, reality and morality at large. “It seems bizarre that we don’t ask questions, it seems weird that when we do people tell us we’re mad. I’m not mad, you’re not mad, society has Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy”, shouts its billing. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Shamir | Courtyard Theatre | 4 Dec (pictured)
Vegas-based “musician, comedian, singer, rapper, twerker, chef, writer, filmmaker” and “skinny fat ass” Shamir Bailey – who has all the quick-talking sass and panache of, say, Azealia Banks (only in a nineteen year old boy’s body) – celebrates his scene-stealing latest single ‘On The Regular’, and his recent signing to XL Recordings, with this headline show at the Courtyard Theatre. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone | Etcetera Theatre | 4-7 Dec
An interactive show for the Wikileaks generation by ‘ethical hacker’ Glenn Wilkinson and journalist Geoff White, ‘…Secret Life’ takes the proverbial cover off the pedestrian mobile phone, revealing the inner workings of the companies, places and individuals your phone is taking to without you knowing. Until now, that is. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 27th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 3 December 2014 in London

3 Winters

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Heroes’ Grotto Of Comedy | 27c Throgmorton Street | 3-18 Dec
Stewart ‘the grinch’ Lee and a team of helper elves pitch camp at the lavish one-time site of Throgmorton’s restaurant for this comical Christmas sit-in, in aid of Shelter and Great Ormond St Hospital. One-off shows from Josie Long, Pappy’s, John Kearns, Phil Kay and Arthur Smith, a rare PA from Simon Munnery’s League Against Tedium alias and the Weirdos Alternative Panto all still to come, the Grotto’s first-night Xmas bonanza starts off with a game of John Robertson’s acclaimed ‘interactive multimedia experience’ The Dark Room. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Denai Moore | Conway Hall | 3 Dec
Hotly tipped singer Denai Moore released her intimate-feeling new single ‘I Swore’ earlier this year. Sharp-eared SBTRKT fans may have already heard Moore’s silver-lined vocal tones on his track ‘The Light’ too. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 3 Winters | National Theatre | 3 Dec – 3 Feb 2015 (pictured)
Croatian-born Tena Stivicic’s hardy first play for the NT, which is directed by the well-versed Howard Davies, traces several generations of a single ‘eclectic’ family weathering the storm of war-beaten Zagreb between 1945-2011. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday November 26th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 2 December 2014 in London

Edward Scissorhands

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 2 Dec – 11 Jan 2015 (pictured)
In its first major revival since premiering 2005, pop-art choreographer Matthew Bourne’s cinematic ballet will feature Terry Davies’ same big, eerie scenery and a score of ‘shear’ brilliance by Danny Elfman, here played live by the New Adventures Orchestra. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nina Nesbitt | Union Chapel | 2 Dec
Pixieish popstar and friend-of-Ed-Sheeran Nina Nesbitt, from Scotland, unplugs to sings songs and seasonal carols as part of this, her so-called Christmas Acoustic Tour. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Picture Of Dorian Gray | secret location, Greenwich | 2-20 Dec
A model-esque young cast (and one horrible old painting) portray the action in The Alchemic Order’s take on Oscar Wilde’s dark and decadent ‘…Dorian Gray’, which is staged within a ‘nineteenth century salon’, aka secret Greenwich townhouse given a chintzy Victorian makeover especially for the occasion. Location info is available only on booking tickets. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 24th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 30 November 2014 in London

The Last Angel Of History

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Aziz Ansari – Live! | Hammersmith Apollo | 30 Nov
Sweet-talking ‘Parks And Recreation’ princeling Aziz Ansari plants his ‘larger than life’ solo stand-up show over at the Hammersmith Apollo, which deals with love, feminism, jizz bombs and Ja Rule. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/FILM/MUSIC: Time Travel With Woody Allen | JW3 | 30 Nov
A Woody Allen-based bolt-on to this year’s Jewish Comedy Festival, this event lifts off with a screening of the love/hate director’s chillingly dystopian (not) sci-fi vehicle ‘Sleepers’, followed by space-age comic entertainment, cocktails and live jazz. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Inside Afrofuturism – The Last Angel Of History  | BFI Southbank | 30 Nov (pictured)
Part of the BFI and film curator Ashley Clarke’s rich-hued mini-season on Afrofuturism, this showing of John Akomfrah part real, part surreal 1996 ‘documentary’ on the metaphorical significance of AF itself is followed by a panel debate and, separately ticketed, a screening of John Sayles 80s sci-fi oddment ‘Brother From Another Planet’. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 21st, 2014 00:01

Thursday 27 November 2014 in London

Lou Sanders

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Lou Sanders In Another Great Show Again | Soho Theatre | 27-29 Nov (pictured)
“A genderless riot from a little old force-to-be-reckoned-with”, yells the billing for this show from comic host-with-the-most-boasts, the charmingly odd, “bubbly” and un-fussy Lou Sanders. “Sleaze: turned down. Clothed: fully”, the poster dutifully adds. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Argentine Film Festival | various locations | 27-30 Nov
Feting the best and freshest of Argentina’s new films; this year’s AFF features bigger-budget pictures like footballing animation ‘Metegol’ (Juan José Campanella’s first film since 2009’s acclaimed ‘The Secrets In Their Eyes’) and Natalia Meta sexy and stylised 1980s-set thriller ‘Death in Buenos Aires'; and smaller (if not any less great) films like Matías Lucchesi’s coming-of-age road movie ‘Natural Science’ is a moving, dance doc ‘Living Stars’, and photographer-come-filmmaker Alejandra Grinschpun’s glimpse of life on the fringes, the intimate ‘Street Years’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Proper Ornaments + Virginia Wing | 100 Club | 27 Nov
Velveteen psych band The Proper Ornaments represent their latest LP ‘Wooden Head’ with a stop-off at iconic Oxford St dive 100 Club, with slinky avant-pop clique Virginia Wing as support. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 20th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 26 November 2014 in London

Visitors

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY/PHYSICAL: Marion Deprez Is Gorgeous | The Vaults | 25-29 Nov
Pro clown Marion Deprez flips the notion of ‘beauty’ on its head (and then, as her next trick, flips herself on her head), proving via her carefree physical antics that the difference between a real woman, and an ideal one. This show is part of 2014’s glittering Mimetic Festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: AMP Collected w/ Låpsley + Dornik | ICA | 26 Nov
Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac hosts AMP Collected, a new series of showcase-type events at the ICA featuring live sets by fresh artists hand-picked from her radio playlist. XL-signed electronic singer Låpsley (real name Holly Fletcher) and high-shine R&B talent (and ex-Jessie Ware Backing vocalist) Dornik. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Visitors | Bush Theatre | 26 Nov – 10 Jan 2015
Award-winning actress Linda Bassett plays Edie, a vivacious old lady with Alzheimer’s, in Barney Norris’ many-faceted play about living and dying, which is directed in close, intimate style by Alice Hamilton. Edie’s loving husband can’t afford to stop working to look after her, nor can her worrisome son cover the costs of a care home, and so they hire blue-haired carer Kate to help. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday November 18th, 2014 00:01

Monday 24 November 2014 in London

Simon Munnery

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: The Rat Pack Live | Arts Theatre | 24 Nov
A slicked-back homage to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and the cool cats of the swingin Rat Pack, this 5/5-rated show finds a thirteen-strong band and cast of five vocalists recreating classic 1950s hits like ‘Mac The Knife’, ‘Mr Bo Jangles’ and ‘New York, New York’. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/FILM: Simon Munnery’s Fylm School | Soho Theatre | 24 Nov (pictured)
Whimsical ‘fylm’ fan nonpareil Simon Munnery invites VIP guests (in this case ventriloquist Nina Conti and Australian comic Sam Simmons) to co-star in (and co-create) a DIY film shoot featuring hand-made sets, silly skits and “drawings of varying quality”, screened live from the back of the theatre. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Duke Mitchell Film Club presents… Very Early Christmas Special | Phoenix Artist Club | 24 Nov
Left-of-centre film society the Duke Mitchell Film Club hosts this pre-Christmas Christmas bonanza, the focal point of which is a showing of rare sci-fi movie ‘Night Visitors’, the story of a family visited by a parade of characters bearing weird Xmas tidings. A quiz and a game of Trailer Trash (aka a dig into a Christmassy box of unusual archive trailers) will follow. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 15th, 2014 00:01

Friday 21 November 2014 in London

The Gospel According To The Other Mary

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: CON FU SE w/ Phil Kay + Lewis Schaffer | BL_NK | 21 Nov
A free new comedy night with on-site sliders and beers (both non free), this edition of CON FU SE holds in store headliners in the shape of thinking man’s quipster Lewis Schaffer and “manic” comic enthusiast Phil Kay, and back-up from Spencer Jones, Faye Treacy, Sarah Cassidy, Ali Brice and Mr Susie. Details here.

MUSIC: Toddla T + Mike Skinner + Lil Silva | XOYO | 21 Nov
DJ and lord of the dance Toddla T leads a commanding list of live acts featuring lyricist Mike Skinner on his ex-Streets solo thing, and young production gun Lil Silva. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: The Gospel According To The Other Mary | London Coliseum | 21 Nov – 5 Dec (pictured)
Directed by Peter Sellars (the living, American Peter Sellars, as opposed to, you know, Peter Sellers) and drawing partly from the Bible, and partly from a group of 20th century writers, contemporary opera great John Adams’ grandiose-looking new creation – says Sellars – “sets the Passion story in the eternal present, in the tradition of sacred art”; flipping the script on the Resurrection of ol Jesus by showing it from the POV of Mary Magdalene and Martha, and mirroring the events of the Passion in modern-day headlines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 14th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 20 November 2014 in London

Mo Kolours

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Comedy At The Duke w/ John Kearns + Stuart Laws + Joe Sutherland | Duke Of Wellington, Dalston | 20 Nov
Weirdy AND beardy (really!) comedian John Kearns, the man the whole world wants a slice of following his Best Newcomer win at this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, headlines this beefy night’s billing at the Dalston’s beery Duke Of Wellington; doing so with the support of Stuart Laws and Joe Sutherland. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Mo Kolours | Corsica Studios | 20 Nov (pictured)
Anglo-Mauritian producer/percussionist/artist Joseph Deenmamode, aka Mo Kolours, fishes a rich catch of sounds, styles and tastes from his eponymous first LP; a taster-plate of woozy looped beats and colour-block sampling in shades of reggae, dub, and anything else you’d care to think of. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Chimera | Gate Theatre | 20 Nov – 20 Dec
Transferring to the Gate direct from New York, this science-inspired one-woman play by Suli Holum and Deborah Stein follows a girl, Jennifer, whose sense of self starts to spiral when she is diagnosed with a rare medical condition. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday November 11th, 2014 00:01

Monday 17 November 2014 in London

The Collector

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Shappi Khorsandi – Because I’m Shappi | Soho Theatre | 17-29 Nov
Leading comic lady and whip-crack wit Shappi Khorsandi was away from the circuit for most of 2013, on account of her being “knocked up like a 1950s teenager”. Well she’s back again, and on a haphazard forward march, honing in on her life’s positive points (and positive people) in her peppy new solo show. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Girlpool + Oscar | Shacklewell Arms | 17 Nov
LA-based indie cindies Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, aka Girlpool, shoot off a slimmed-down line in opinionated screamo pop, as is typified on their self-titled ‘Girlpool’ EP, re-released this month via Wichita. It’s a free-entry show, and co-stars lovesick alt-pop creatonist Oscar (Scheller) as support act. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Collector | Arcola Theatre | 17-22 Nov
Awarded a Fringe First prize in Edinburgh earlier this year, writer Henry Naylor’s new play, a topical story of evil, betrayal and killing, is based inside Mazrat Gaol; one of Saddam Hussein’s most feared Iraqi torture houses, and follows a local translator who catches the eye of a psychotic inmate. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 10th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 16 November 2014 in London

Tinariwen

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: World Toilet Day – It’s No Joke! Comedy Festival | various locations | 16-19 Nov
A drip-drip of fresh and clean comics appearing at a chain (sorry) of one-time public lavatories all over the city, Water Aid’s charitably-motivated first ever comedy fest is flush (I really am so, so sorry) with the live likes of Helen Lederer, Bec Hill, Phil Wang, Harriet Kemsley, Tom Craine; and also features a stand-up workshop with acclaimed trainer Logan Murray, and a ‘toilet disco finale’. “Urine for a treat!”, claim Water Aid, who are certainly not yanking anyone’s chain with all this. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Candoco Dance Company – Curious Encounters / Close Encounters | Sadler’s Wells | 16-17 Nov
This showcase by Candoco, a contemporary co comprising both disabled and non-disabled dancers, is split into two halves; interactive matinee event ‘Curious Encounters’ – a chance for families to quiz the choreographers and dancers on their work, and ‘Close Encounters’ – a more conventional performance followed by a Q&A. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tinariwen | Roundhouse | 16 Nov
Desert blues tribe Tinariwen, a band of Malian musicians who met in exile in Libya, present a rare live set celebrating the their mystic latest LP, ‘Emmaar’. Details and tickets here.

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