Saturday January 24th, 2015 00:01

30 Jan: Daniel Simonsen, David Elms and Lambchop

David Elms

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

COMEDY: Chatback Comedy w/ Daniel Simonsen | Camden Comedy Club | 30 Jan
This loquacious stand-up night finds Scandinavian sourpuss and TV-son-of-Bob-Mortimer Daniel Simonsen joined by high-energy comedian Felicity Ward, talkative Irishman Andrew Stanley, and the “amiable and laid-back” Sean McLoughlin. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The David Elms Experience | The Invisible Dot | 30 Jan (pictured)
Highly-tipped and many-talented musical comic David Elms spreads his wings in this, his namesake ‘Experience’ show at The Invisible Dot. Guests on the night are versatile character comedian Kieran Hodgson, Annie McGrath of non-identical sketch pairing Twins, and stand-up on the um… up, Lolly Adefope. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lambchop | Barbican | 30 Jan
Long-lived Nashville band Lambchop rewind to 2000, playing their definitive LP of that year, timeless ten track ‘Nixon’, from start to finish as part of the fifteenth anniversary of its release. As well as their headlining festivities, support act and one-time Cajun Dance Party/Yuck man Daniel Blumberg will play live as his ‘unreal’ new solo trip, Hebronix. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 23rd, 2015 00:01

29 Jan: Tony Law, Totally Serialized, Jessie Ware

Tony Law

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

COMEDY: Tony Law – Enter The Tonezone | Soho Theatre | 29-31 Jan (pictured)
Canadian king-of-nonsense Tony Law crash-lands with this “life-affirming, life-changing” show, which features – in the main – “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.

FILM: Totally Serialized | Ciné Lumière | 29-31 Jan
As ever, the heavily-entertaining festival of TV series features big-screen playbacks, previews and premieres of the finest French/British little screen shows. Totally Serialized 2015’s ‘what’s on’ programme boasts first looks at the likes of Russell T Davies’ new E4 creation ‘Banana’, a marathon of France’s ‘new generation’ of telly comedies, leading French series ‘Paris’, ‘Spiral’ and ‘Working Girls’, and a range of ‘in conversation’ events and masterclasses on production and writing for TV. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jessie Ware | Brixton Academy | 29-30 Jan
Brixton-raised ‘relatable diva’ and soul-pop trader Jessie Ware plays a pair of dates in her native SW London ends, this mostly in ongoing promotion of her well-received latest LP ‘Tough Love’, and its prequel ‘Devotion’. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 22nd, 2015 00:01

28 Jan: RAT, Neneh Cherry and Hello/Goodbye

Neneh Cherry

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

COMEDY: RAT – Induction | The Vaults | 28 Jan – 1 Feb
Shooting the bolt on this year’s ‘politics, gender and income’-themed Vault Festival, sketch players Camilla Whitehill, Dave Newman and Alistair Donegan present their celebrated fringe feature ‘RAT – Induction’. It’s the dreamlike story of three people (and an invisible intercom voice) who review their past lives leading to the present; dark recesses, bleak corners and all. “You’ll laugh. You may cry. You may cry some more. You’ll do one more small laugh, then it ends. After that you can go away and try and pretend it never happened”. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neneh Cherry + Rocketnumbernine | Electric Ballroom | 28 Jan (pictured)
Ever the fearless hip-pop experimentalist, ‘Man Child’ hitmaker Neneh Cherry plays behind her first LP in eighteen years, last year’s genre-screwing ‘Blank Project’. She’s joined live by its lead beat-maker Rocketnumbernine. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hello/Goodbye | Hampstead Theatre | until 28 Feb
Rom-com writer Peter Souter and a strong on and off-stage cast drive this spirited metropolitan play, which follows an only-in-films mix-up in which a sassy career girl and a “sexy” stranger wind up sharing a flat against their (initial) wishes. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday January 21st, 2015 00:01

27 Jan: First Aid Kit, Molly Wobbly and the NT’s Dara

First Aid Kit

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

MUSIC: First Aid Kit | Hammersmith Apollo | 27 Jan
Bold-voiced folk-pop siblings Johanna and Klara Söderberg, aka First Aid Kit, tear themselves away from the snowy scenes of their native Sweden to play this show in the wilds of… erm, Hammersmith. The pair play the healing songs of their latest LP ‘Stay Gold’, also looking back on comparatively ‘old’ favourites from 2012’s ‘The Lion’s Roar’ and 2010’s ‘The Big Black & The Blue’. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Molly Wobbly | Leicester Square Theatre | 27 Jan – 14 Mar
This titillating song-and-dance satire, rated “absolutely dazzling – 5/5″ by TW London’s esteemed sister site ThreeWeeks”, finds the greying ladies of the town of Little Happening (and bolshy, big-hearted stranger Molly Wobbly) plotting ways to make the world a more beautiful place. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Dara | National Theatre | until 4 Apr
The NT’s first new feature of the year, Pakistani playwright Shahid Nadeem’s lavish royal family drama ‘Dara’, spans the lifetimes of two Indian princes (and brothers) with contrasting visions for their empire. Details and tickets here.

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Monday January 19th, 2015 00:01

Sunday 25 January 2015 in London

Lynne Ruth Miller

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

CABARET/COMEDY: Lynn Ruth Miller – 80!!! | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Jan (pictured)
A long-time treasure both at the Edinburgh Fringe and on the nationwide cabaret trail at large, ‘Granny Gone Wild’ Lynn Ruth Miller is still at her peak, still telling it like it is in the ninth decade of life, and shattering old-age cliches with a lively, ribald take on sex, aging, sex, cooking, sex, medical problems, sex, exercise, sex, dating, sex, driving, and… well, you get the idea. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The NATYS – New Act Of The Year | Bloomsbury Theatre | 25 Jan
Bad-tempered telly man Arthur Smith MCs the grand final of this year’s NATYS, if not the cream of all the new act contests, then certainly the weirdest. 2014 winner Alistair Beckett-King headlines, with angry topical comedian Ashley Haden, likeable and fast-paced wit Jenny Collier, long-form comedian Chris Betts and laconic Aussie stand-up Nick Elleray amongst the live acts hoping to take his crown. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/SPOKEN WORD: Burns Baby Burns | St John At Hackney | 25 Jan
Party-planning folk pod The Nest Collective and “immersive events experts” Adamotions lay on this old-style ceilidh in the style of the considerably stylish Rabbie Burns, which comes with face-painting, toast-making, ode-reading, haggis-piping and a garnish of foot-tapping songs from London’s own Ceilidh Liberation Front. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday January 18th, 2015 00:01

Saturday 24 January 2015 in London

Alt-J

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

MUSIC: Alt-J | The O2 | 24 Jan (pictured)
Standing at the apex of sideways pop since 2007, Mercury Prize-winning Leeds innovators play The O2 behind their latest LP, ‘This Is All Yours’. This show is their biggest headline date ever, so will likely be special and packed with tricks and cool visuals. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Between | King’s Head Theatre | 24 Jan – 14 Mar
Having already created a sensation in Dublin, Cape Town, Brighton, Edinburgh, and at The King’s Head back in August, South African actor/playwright Oskar Brown’s racy ‘Between’ comprises three interlinking storylines, each a different portrait of male sex and sexuality. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Ivy & Joan | Jermyn Street Theatre | until 24 Jan
One last chance to watch this “intricately linked” pair of intimate, funny and heartbreaking vignettes by writer James Hogan, who tells ThisWeek London in a recent interview that “in both plays the basic story is how any of us can face a bleak future without that special person who would be the love of our lives”. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 15th, 2015 00:01

Wednesday 21 January 2015 in London

Sara Pascoe

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

COMEDY: Stand Up For A Chair | Bloomsbury Theatre | 21 Jan (pictured)
Smiles-winning pairing Jessica Fostekew and Sara Pascoe lay on the likes of Alan Davis (and Katherine Ryan, Al Murray, Susan Calman, and a secret “MEGA STAR”) in aid of a new wheelchair for Fostekew’s teen sister Hatty Greenway, who has cerebral palsy and scoliosis. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Hinds | Boston Arms | 21 Jan
The new band name on all the cool kids’ lips is Hinds, especially since this sparky all-girl Spanish squad had to change it from Deers. Because a hind is a female deer aged three and over, got it? Anyway, despite this minor tweak, Hinds will still be playing Deers’ same style of wall-of-sound-sized indie-pop, which can be tried and tasted on the official Hinds Bandcamp page. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Happy Birthday Without You | Tricycle Theatre | 21-24 Jan
Actress/comedian Sonia Jalaly – who writes, speaks and looks like a real credible star in the making – here plays “‘award-winning’ live and visual spoken word solo artist Violet Fox”. ‘Happy Birthday Without You’ finds Jalaly, in character as Fox, looking back on a lifetime of birthdays, and sharing the story of her complicated relationship with her mother through a series of birthday anecdotes, musical interludes and cake. Details and tickets here.

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Monday January 12th, 2015 13:20

Saturday 17 January 2015 in London

Gilles Peterson

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

COMEDY: The Saturday Night Show w/ Phil Wang + LetLuce + Joe Wilkinson | The Invisible Dot | 17 Jan
Joe Wilkinson, aka the bearded menace off of ‘Eight Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown’, stars alongside deadpan rising star Phil Wang and “lavishly surreal” sketch ensemble LetLuce at this particular ‘Saturday Night Show’, which is curated by the brilliant team at The Invisible Dot. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards | Koko | 17 Jan (pictured)
BBC 6 Music DJ and man of diverse sonic tastes Gilles Peterson hosts his tenth set of Worldwide Awards, which amidst all the prize-giving features live appearances by rising artistes Fatima, Dorian Concept, The Heliocentrics, Marshall Allen, Taylor McFerrin, Clap! Clap!, Lone and Adrian Younge. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Upper Cut | Southwark Playhouse | until 7 Feb
A provocative portrait of a politician’s fight for diversity and black representation within a Thatcher-era government, ‘Upper Cut’ is written by safe-pair-of-hands Juliet Gilkes Romero, who was inspired by real-life events. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday January 6th, 2015 11:08

Monday 12 January 2015 in London

Doctor Brown

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

COMEDY: Doctor Brown Trilogy – Because, Becaves, Befrdfgth | Soho Theatre | 12-31 Jan
Prizewinning clown Doctor Brown, aka American comedian Phil Burgers, reprises his three most recent ‘bits’ ‘Because’, ‘Becaves’ and ‘Befrdfgth’, each show a strange, exhilarating and separately-ticketed serving of his imaginative physical hijinks. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Nish Kumar – Ruminations On The Nature Of Subjectivity | Soho Theatre | 12-17 Jan
The sharp and brainy (not irritatingly so, don’t worry) Nish Kumar fires off his wordily-titled solo show,  a series of contemplations on wide-world topics like racism, insomnia, and… Google. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: TLOBF’s Five Day Forecast w/ Woman’s Hour + Nimmo + Laura Groves | The Lexington | 12-16 Jan
Alternative pop blog The Line Of Best Fit cherry-picks and presents its most prized rising artists via this live five night showcase at The Lexington. The ‘what’s next?’-style fest begins with a show headlined by singer-songwriter Freddie Dickson, and on latter night features the likes of the hotly-tipped Laura Groves, thrash satirists Get Hot, synth-pop twinning Nimmo and guitar band Woman’s Hour. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday January 4th, 2015 00:01

Saturday 10 January 2015 in London

Skream XOYO Residency

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

COMEDY: Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2015 – Final | The Cavendish Arms | 10 Jan
Always a reliable monitor for ‘comics to watch’ in the coming months, Comedy Virgins’ Max Turner Prize (which has been won in the past by Tim Shishodia, Pat Cahill and Nick Elleray) reaches its final head-to-head. The entry price is competitive, too, in that it’s free. Details here.

COMEDY: Sex Appeal IV | Bloomsbury Theatre | 10 Jan
MC Al Murray leers beerily over this night of sex-themed comic entertainment with A-list appeal in aid of sexual health youth charity Brook. The event features the fancy-tickling David Baddiel and – deep breath – Mark Thomas, Shappi Khorsandi, Doc Brown, Andrew O’Neill, Ava Vidal, Bec Hill, Gráinne Maguire, Nish Kumar, Scott Capurro and Shazia Mirza. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Skream All Night Long + Artwork | XOYO | 10 Jan (pictured)
Chameleon-like dance DJ Skream and his Magnetic Man collaborator Artwork each headline a room in this, the first in a series of Skream-selected residency events. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 2nd, 2015 00:01

Thursday 8 January 2015 in London

Barely Methodical Troupe

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

CIRCUS: Barely Methodical Troupe – Bromance | Platform Theatre | 8-10 Jan (pictured)
This year’s London International Mime Festival backflips off (literally) to a strong start with this show from bold young trio Barely Methodical, who are multi-award-winning pros at parkour, B-boying, tricking and hand-to-hand acrobatics. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Berlin Calling | Barbican | 8-29 Jan
A season of five films that each give an insight into the climate of radicalism and experimentation 1970s and 1980s West Berlin, the Barbican’s ‘Berlin Calling’ first-off features screenings of Wim Wenders’ black-and-white 1987 fairytale ‘Wings Of Desire’, cult trans-spectacular punk movie ‘City Of Lost Souls’ (with introduction by journalist Juliet Jacques), phantasmagorical nighttime movie ‘Ticket Of No Return’ (with intro by The Wire editor and Berliner Chris Bohn), and, perhaps most iconically of all, 1981’s dirty, pretty, Bowie-scored ‘Christiane F’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: J Mascis | The Scala | 8 Jan
Mr J Mascis, the ‘cool wizard’-looking frontman of American dirt-rock beasts Dinosaur Jr, shows of his (only slightly) softer side at this solo Scala stop, a victory lap for his latest LP ‘Tied To A Star’. Details and tickets here.

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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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