Saturday April 12th, 2014 14:22

Easter Bank Holiday 2014 in London

Anna Karenina

ThisWeek’s tipped events THIS EASTER WEEKEND IN LDN are…

COMEDY: Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic, Duchess Theatre, 21-25 Apr
Switching his ‘Kernel Panic’ solo show off and on again following its mega-well received premiere last year, MacBook Captain Adam Buxton is back again to mine the digital depths of the internet, and present his findings in a comical www.ay. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Susan Calman – The 68 Comeback Special, Udderbelly, 19 Apr
Only a small pool of stand-ups are capable of packing out the Udderbelly tent without giving out any info on what the routine will actually be about, and the unfailingly smart and funny Susan Calman is one. Things you should know about ‘The 68 Comeback Special’ are that a) Susan is in it, b)  She may talk about cats and jogging, but not at the same time, and c) It’ll be as much fun as you want it to be. And that’ll have to do. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Torriano Preview Mini-Festival feat Lou Sanders + Garrett Millerick + Bec Hill + Sarah Bennetto, The Torriano (Kentish Town), 20 Apr
This entirely free-entry event is a feast of pre-Edinburgh Fringe previews by the likes of side-splitting little gem Bec Hill, the brilliantly unhinged Lou Sanders (and ‘Another Great Show’), brash soapbox comic Garrett Millerick (and his show, ‘The Unbearable Shitness Of Being’), and “exhilerating” entertainer (and “dick”, says Tony Law), John-Luke Roberts. Details here.

DANCE: Eifman Ballet’s Anna Karenina, English National Opera, 19 Apr
Boris Eifman’s Russian ballet corps is back with its bold and brawny take, circa 2005, on Tolstoy’s literary love lockdown, dancing to a grand, gripping Tchaikovsky score. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/THEATRE/KIDS’ SHOWS: Family Weekend, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 18-19 Apr
As well as the weekend’s main events – balletLORENT’s Carol Anne Duffy-scripted spin on ‘Rapunzel’, and gobbledegook’s interractive fantasy setpiece ‘Deep Into The Woods’ - Sadler’s Wells Theatre’s yearly Family Weekend presents a series of kid-friendly treats, games and activities over the Easter break. Details and tickets here.

FILM: James Dean Season, BFI Southbank, 18-30 Apr
The BFI shows state-of-the-art digital restorations of the only movies Hollywood’s coolest nonconformist made in his life, ‘Giant’, ‘East Of Eden’ and ‘Rebel Without A Cause’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: CONVERGENCE, various locations, 18-27 Apr
A series of East London-wide live shows, talks and events linked by a single theme: the ‘Convergence’ (get it?) between technology and art, Convergence will lend its banner to special nights featuring acts like Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Jacques Greene and Booka Shade; and this year’s Denovali Swingfest, whose line-up includes Anna Von Hausswolff, The Haxan Cloak, Ulrich Schnauss and Hidden Orchestra. And a screening of sci-fi film ‘Silent Running’ with a live-score by 65daysofstatic. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Record Store Day In-Stores, Rough Trade East/Rough Trade West, 19 Apr
Rough Trade’s two London-based retailers, and the one in NYC, will play host to some nice noisy parties on this year’s Record Store Day, all three featuring live bands and DJs. Rough Trade East will soundtrack many a vinyl-shopping-trip with in-store shows from the likes of indie superduo Bernard Butler & Ben Watt, plus Toy, East India Youth, Younghusband, J Spaceman, and The Amazing Snakeheads. And Trevor Jackson and Django Django shall spin discs. Rough Trade West’s in-house line-up has Adam Ant, Slow Club, Eyedress and Edwin Collins all playing live. Details here.

OPERA: La Traviata, Royal Opera House, 19 Apr – 20 May
Richard Eyre’s vivid adaptation of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ (aka ‘The Fallen Woman), a tragic portrait of a love-blind Parisian courtesan, has American soprano Ailyn Pérez and the Bavarian State Opera’s Diana Damrau sharing the part of Violetta. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 11th, 2014 14:22

Thursday 17 April 2014 in London

Matisse Cut-Outs

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature scissors-and-paper shapes by the great Henri Matisse, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, and a triad of tipped rock/alternative acts: PINS, Francis Lung, and Kagoule. And free pizza…

ART: Henri Matisse – The Cut Outs, Tate Modern, 17 Apr – 7 Sep (pictured)
The Tate M displays art giant Henri Matisse’s snip-and-paste series, which he began making in latter life once ill-health had prevented him from painting. This is the first time so large a number of his paper ‘gouaches découpées’, which include the famous ‘Blue Nudes’ and the large-scale ‘Snail’, have gone on show at the same time, in the same place. Details and tickets here.

FILM: The Bigger Picture, presents… Rust & Bone, East Dulwich Tavern, 17 Apr
Pop into the EDT tonight if you want to watch Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts having one whale of a Palme d’Or-nominated love affair, which first came out in 2012 c/o award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Lock Tavern Festival, Lock Tavern, 17-20 Apr
This year’s LT Fest, a string of free-entry parties featuring DJs, live bands, and pizza-based ambiance, begins this evening at 6pm with a line-up including Mancs rock ladies PINS, melancholic pop soloist Francis Lung and noisy teen trio Kagoule, with guest turntablists Semi-Deluxe and Richie Sanks, and Big Deal, Girl Band, Seekae, DEMS and Pablo Nouvelle buoying things up over the subsequent days. Free slices of pizza will be given on arrival to those RSVP-ing pre-the event via Billetto. Details here.

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Thursday April 10th, 2014 07:51

Wednesday 16 April 2014 in London

TImber Timbre

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature noirish Canadian band Timber Timbre, tall-haired talking head Russell Kane, and the brilliant Mr Adam Hills…

COMEDY: Laughing Boy Club feat Adam Hills + Jonny Pelham + Joel Dommett, Hackney Picturehouse, 16 Apr
Affable Aussie stand-up Adam Hills is the star attraction at tonight’s Laughing Boy showcase, which also plays chortling host to “awkward” charming man Jonny Pelham and one-time ‘Skins’ star toothy, yoof-y comic Joel Dommett. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Russell Kane – Smallness, Southbank Centre, 16-17 Apr
Despite his being a big name in the biz, the main gist of be-quiffed TV pin-up Russell Kane’s intrinsically British solo show is life’s littler things, and keeping them in check. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Timber Timbre, Scala, 16 Apr (pictured)
Brooding folk chorus Timber Timbre present their cinematic new LP ‘Hot Dreams’ in typically dark, prickly style, at this penultimate date of the group’s current European tour. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday April 9th, 2014 18:30

Tuesday 15 April 2014 in London

The Silver Tassie

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature an anti-war declaration by Irish playwright Sean O’Casey, one ‘Cool Rider’, and pop’s new intelligensia: These New Puritans…

MUSIC/ART: These New Puritans – Magnetic Field, The Vinyl Factory, 15-21 Apr
Alto-pop braniacs These New Puritans will display (and invite fans to interact with) their ‘Magnetic Resonator Piano’, a gadget that featured on the band’s 2013 LP ‘Field Of Reeds’, via this free-entry exhibition. TNP have also invited acts like East India Youth, Will Dutta, Halls, Gwilym Gold, Scanner and Charles Hayward to play live on site at the installation, working the MRP into their shows. Details here.

THEATRE: Cool Rider, Lyric Theatre, 15-19 Apr
Back in the saddle following the show’s short spin at the Lyric Theatre earlier this year, ‘Cool Rider’ is a deliberately sugary spread of Pink Ladies, sex ed sing-songs, and a motorcycle vigilante in black. Ashleigh Gray and Aaron Sidwell play dancin and romancin Rydell High kids Stephanie and Michael  in this wry take on 1982′s hammy ‘Grease’ sequel, ‘Grease 2′. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Silver Tassie, National Theatre, 15 Apr – 3 Jul
National Theatre AD Howard Davies takes charge of this acrid and blackly-comic  anti-war diatribe by Irish dramatist Sean O’Casey. ‘The Silver Tassie’ stars Ronan Rafferty as a dashing young soldier crippled by the horrors and hardships of WW1. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday April 8th, 2014 06:43

Monday 14 April 2014 in London

Tim Hecker

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature Canadian electro technician Tim Hecker, the bold-as-brass Horne Section, and a song-and-dance history of the world’s most British band, The Kinks…

COMEDY: The Horne Section, The Invisible Dot, 14 Apr
ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winners Alex Horne and his eponymous Section, a prime-time Radio 4 act these days, of course, are back in session, this time shoe-Horned into a small corner of the Invisible Dot for your aural gratification. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tim Hecker + Cuts, Oval Space, 14 Apr (pictured)
Canadian composer Tim Hecker – who’s a fine artist, counting sound as his medium – tonight brings to light his dissonant new LP, the far-and-widely-praised ‘Virgins’, a suite Tim designed to sound “out of time, out of tune and out of phase”. Winging in his support for the night is a ‘sonic assault’ from Cuts, aka Japan-born Masami Akita, Hungarium drummer Balazs Pandi, and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead Theatre, 14 Apr – 24 May (pictured)
As jukebox productions go, this theatrical song-and-dance based on The Kinks’ many greatest hits actually sounds quite cool. ‘Hip’, you might say. Set, mid-swing, between the starched ‘Village Green Preservation’style -1950s and the hazy, crazy, ‘Lola’-era 1960s, it’s a picture of English life inspired by all of the ‘Days’ and nights of Kinks singer Ray Davies. Details and tickets here.

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Monday April 7th, 2014 14:32

Sunday 13 April 2014 in London

Alex Mendham & His Orchestra

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature a reel of comical film classics, the Savoy’s go-to swingtime jazzists Alex Mendham & His Orchestra, and a band – nay rabble – of stand-ups…

COMEDY: Second Sunday New Material Club Band feat Sara Pascoe + Jessica Fostekew + Caroline Mabey + Joel Dommett, The Grove Bar, 13 Apr
One of those ‘as it says on the tin’ nights, as the divine triad of Sara Pascoe, Jessica Fostekew and Caroline Mabey audition a batch of honorary players for their New Material Club Band. Today’s aspirants, since you ask, are toothy TV smartass Joel Dommett, likeable land-girl Hatty Ashdown, boozy (in his words) comic Tommy Rowson and busy stand-up Amir Khoshsokhan. Details and tickets here.

FILM/COMEDY: Welcome To Chronicwood – Comedy Classics, Bussey Building, 13
The Bussey Building houses this pop-up picturehouse c/o its once-monthly Chronicwood film club. In keeping with this edition’s comedic theme, today’s nine-hour billing includes showings of ‘Dr Strangelove’, Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ and, at 9pm, a watershed screening of ‘The Big Lebowski’. Popcorn, drinks, ‘monster sausage rolls’ and a 30 minute interlude of stand-up from up-and-coming locals are also on the bill. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alex Mendham & His Orchestra, St Pancras Station, 13 Apr (pictured)
The Savoy Hotel’s 11-man in-lobby orchestra, Alex Mendham and friends, slides by St Pancras to play a programme of hot jazz and roaring pop hits from back in the roaring 1920s. The show costs nothing to watch, Fortunum & Mason are doing some food on the side, and you can make like Gatsby and have a dance if you like. Details here.

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Sunday April 6th, 2014 11:11

Saturday 12 April 2014 in London

Omid Djalili

 TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature head-to-head comic heavyweights Alan Davies and Omid Djalili, and emo-tional rock corps Brand New and Saves The Day…

COMEDY: Alan Davies – Little Victories, Fairfield Halls, 12 Apr
Curly-wurly grump, tousled-but-smart TV scamp and just plain funny man Alan Davies has obviously got quite a taste for stand-up after his much-applauded return in 2012. And lo, tonight finds him indulging it in tribute to life’s tiny triumphs. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Omid Djalili – IranAlamaDingDong, Udderbelly, 12 Apr
Thinking man’s silliness advocate Omid Djalili tickles this year’s Udderbelly Fest with his curiously-titled solo show, ‘IranAlamaDingDong’. About which little no info is online (about). But so what? All you need to know is; it’s Omid Djalili; source of continual mirth, and star of ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’! Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Brand New + Saves The Day, Troxy, 12 Apr
Celebrating fourteen years at the height of America’s ‘heart-on-sleeve’ alt-rock scene, Brand New bandleader Jesse Lacey and his melancholy men present their greatest anti-hits, not least from what’s perhaps their most known and admired LP, 2003′s ‘Deja Entendu’. And P.S; pre-Brand New’s main event is a set by hyper New Jersey crew Saves The Day. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday April 5th, 2014 14:23

Friday 11 April 2014 in London

This Prismatic Room

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature National Theatre treasure Simon Russell Beale, early evening gags with Bec Hill and Jim Smallman, and varied psychedelic vibes via bands like The Proper Ornaments, Boogarins and TOY…

COMEDY: An Appointment With Martin, The Proud Archivist, 11 Apr
Acting as a… what I call a ‘teatime appetiser’ pre the first of Miranda Hart’s ginormous solo stand-up shows at The O2 (which is tonight) this 4.30pm appointment with ‘Pun Run’ medallist Bec Hill, funny urbanite Jim Smallman, small n bearded satirist Tiernan Douieb and Steve Hall (once of sitcom trio We Are Klang) encourages you, if your boss says it’s okay, to bunk off work and go have a late-afternoon laugh. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Bad Vibes Weekender feat The Proper Ornaments/TOY/Lumerians/Gap Dream/Boogarins/Blue Angel Lounge, Shacklewell Arms, 11-13 Apr
Like psych? If so, why not go hide away in at the back of the Shack, in its ‘Prismatic’ batcave, and take in warm and waxy vibes via a trove-load of the live bands playing there this weekend. Like, for instance, today’s headliners, the dreamily decorative The Proper Ornaments, and also moody rock longhaireds TOY, Californian band Gap Dream, Brazilian pairing Boogarins, and mindbending Frisco crew Lumerians. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: King Lear, National Theatre, 11 Apr – 2 Jul
Still reaping serial great reviews at the National Theatre, Simon Russell Beale slips back into playing Shakespeare’s tyrannical yet fragile ageing king in this Sam Mendes-directed adaptation. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday April 1st, 2014 09:57

Monday 7 April 2014 in London

Hopelessly Devoted

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature drama’s woman-of-the-hour Kate Tempest, sketch addicts The Pin, John Finnemore and Staple/Face, and dark rock romantics Howling Bells…

COMEDY: Stop Trying To Make Sketch Happen feat The Pin/Catriona Knox/John Finnemore, Canal Cafe Theatre, 7 Apr
Bizarre skit-master John-Luke Roberts MCs this Easter edition of the negligibly ‘Mean Girls’-inspired ‘STTMSH’,  which features endearing fresh(ish) faces Staple/Face, wild sketch trio The Pin, character comedian Catriona Knox, and John Finnemore, creator of BBC Radio 4′s ‘Cabin Pressure’ amongst many other things. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Howling Bells, Oslo Hackney, 7 Apr
Sinuous-but-melodious London indie outfit Howling Bells show off the sound of ‘Heartstrings’, their new LP, in the midst of a UK tour. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hopelessly Devoted, Tricycle Theatre, 7-19 Apr (pictured)
Theatrical-revelation-of-the-year Kate Tempest’s seemingly never-ending creative reserve yields what is, apparently, an ‘incendiary new play’, in which a girl freshly released from prison, Chess, embarks on a singing career, only to find her dark past still plagues her. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 31st, 2014 09:45

Sunday 6 April 2014 in London

The Night IV

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature top-quality joke/wordsmith Keith Jarrett, hyped indie kids The Night IV, and leading Brit jazz singer Ola Onabule…

COMEDY/SPOKEN WORD: Utter! Tenth Birthday feat Keith Jarrett, James McKay/Lee Nelson/Kirsten Luckins/Richard Tyrone Jones
Celebrating ten years in the speakeasy game, comedy/poetry club night Utter! presents a series of Edinburgh Fringe previews by the likes of top-TW-rated slam champ Keith Jarrett, ‘Crap Time Lord’ and far-from-crap raconteur (oh, and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner) Richard Tyrone Jones, “intriguingly batshit” linguists James McKay and Lee ‘not the TV chav’ Nelson, and Kirsten Luckins, who affectionately ribs her own ‘gap yah’ in India. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Communion Live feat The Night VI/ School Is Cool/Happyness/Lovepark, Notting Hill Arts Club, 6 Apr (pictured)
Communion bastes and roasts a fat-free rib-rack of live acts as part of tonight’s Sunday showcase tonight, not least (in fact, most) the evening’s headliners, creamy-dreamy indie sextet The Night VI, who’ll probably play their new single ‘Sienna’. The price of a ticket will also buy the right to watch Belgian baroque-pop band School Is Cool, woozy collegiate rockers Happyness and likeable Brighton boys Lovepark. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ola Onabule/Villu Veski/The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, Southbank Centre, 6 Apr
Jazz man Ola Onabule jams with saxophonist Villu Veski and ladies of the The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, honing a combination of slick soul and traditional choral folk first showcased back in 2012. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 29th, 2014 12:53

Friday 4 April 2014 in London

Andrew Lawrence

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature BBC Radio 4′s Andrew Lawrence, dance-pop production outfit Rudimental, and ‘Sherlock’ film villain Mark Strong…

COMEDY: Andrew Lawrence – There Is No Escape, Bloomsbury Theatre, 4-5 Apr (pictured)
A mainstay on his BBC Radio 4 series, ‘How Did We End Up Like This?’, pro misanthrope Andrew Lawrence brings his cutting brand of stand-up to the Bloomsbury for two nights only. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: FabricLive feat Rudimental/Roy Davis Jr/Maribou State/Illum Sphere/Eclair FiFi, Fabric, 4 Apr
Dance label Black Butter takes the main-space hotseat at Fabric tonight, laying on a thick spread of the top acts on its books, primarily ‘Waiting All Night’ hitmakers Rudimental, plus US house boss Roy Davis Jr, production duo Maribou State and Bristolian DJ Woz. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A View From The Bridge, Young Vic, 4 Apr – 7 Jun
Arthur Miller’s take on the dark and passionate flipside of the American dream is the tale of Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone, who takes in a group of his Sicilian immigrant cousins, in so doing laying bare a deep, unspeakable secret. TV/film actor and ‘Sherlock’ villain Mark Strong and ‘Spooks’ star Nicola Walker take main parts in this production, which is headed up by director Ivo van Hove. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 28th, 2014 12:50

Thursday 3 April 2014 in London


TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature the Young Players of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Seattle rock band La Luz, and leading-light playwright Simon Stephens…

MUSIC: La Luz, Brixton Windmill, 3 Apr
The four girls of US-based lo-fi pop troopers La Luz illuminate their debut LP, ‘It’s Alive’ will have its UK coming-out-party via Hardly Art on 31 Mar. Fall for its Mazzy Star-bright, 1960s-style  charms right now c/o this video tape, for one of its tracks ‘Brainwash’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Birdland, Royal Court Theatre, 3 Apr – 31 May (pictured)
Leading playwright Simon Stephens, the man credited with adapting the National Theatre’s ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’, creates this piercing new play, a riff on money, fame, artistry and human nature. At its core is a ‘rockstar’ approaching the last date of a world tour, who is forced to think about coming off the road and going back to reality. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Malcontent, Shakespeare’s Globe, 3-19 Apr
The talented teens of the Globe Young Players set their sights on John Marton’s Shakespearean-era tragi-farce, an exercise in Machiavellian villainy and savage satire set in Renaissance Italy. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 25th, 2014 05:12

Monday 31 March 2014 in London

Johnny Foreigner

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature big-deal comedians Adam Hills and Seann Walsh, showbiz stars (stars I tell you) Jesse Wallace and Paul Potts, and jittery Birmingham emigrees Johnny Foreigner…

COMEDY: MS Society gala feat Adam Hills/Seann Walsh/Katherine Ryan/Romesh Ranganathan, Leicester Square Theatre, 31 Mar
Fast-bowling ‘Last Leg’ guy Adam Hills stands-up in the name of the MS Society, adding clout to an already heavyweight line-up featuring mealy Canadian lady Katherine Ryan, jaded breakout star Romesh Ranganathan, ‘gauche’ new face Ivo Graham, and old(er) hands Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh and Nathan Caton. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Johnny Foreigner, The Borderline, 31 Mar (pictured)
Brummie indie-punks Johnny Foreigner plug their super-duper new LP, ‘You Can Do Better’, with a sure-to-be hot, crowded and loud show at the Borderline. Excellently-named Cardiff band Radstewart and no-frills rock quartet Midfield Workhorse support. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Busting To Sing, Palace Theatre, 30 Mar
Oh come on, it’s all good fun. Winning showbiz singstars like ex-Eastender Jessie Wallace, ‘X-Factor’ sweetheart Joe McElderry, and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ victor Paul Potts are simply ‘Busting’ to raise cash and awareness for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel, and will be breaking out the vocal acrobatics to attract donations tonight. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 24th, 2014 14:15

Sunday 30 March 2014 in London

Almost Near

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature Prince Wills’s new BFF Tinie Tempah, ‘cray cray’ Weirdos Comedy signees Robin & Patridge and Depresstival, and award-winning dramaturg Pamela Carter…

COMEDY: Weirdos Comedy presents… Blueprint feat Robin & Partridge/Depresstival, The Lion (Stoke Newington), 30 Mar
Adam Larter and his wildcard pack of Weirdos’ main schtick is ‘experimentation’, and tonight they’ll be plying new ideas in the fields of technology, stories, music and, primarily, moustaches with extra-weird trimmings dished up by ‘cray cray’ comedians Robin & Partridge, and maudlin anti-folk artiste Depresstival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tinie Tempah, O2 Arena, 30 Mar
Having risked a beheading by high-fiving Prince William at this year’s BAFTAs, boom-time MC Tinie Tempah rides the hip hop hit train into LDN’s O2 Arena, celebrating his best-selling 2013 LP ‘Demonstration’, and looking back on its 2010 cousin ‘Disc-Overy’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Almost Near, Finborough Theatre, 30 Mar – 15 Apr
Playwright Pamela Carter drafts this split-narrative about war, trauma, and what it is to be alive, which in in part follows four young British soldiers in the aftermath of a bomb-blast in Afghanistan, and partly the story of a couple worried over their son’s imaginary friend, and their own failing marriage. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 23rd, 2014 13:30

Saturday 29 March 2014 in London

Azealia Banks

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature hip-hop hoodrat Azealia Banks, comic-book heroes Cardinal Burns, and moody alt-pop coven Esben And The Witch…

COMEDY: Nuts & Bolts, Brady Arts Centre, 29 Mar
The mechanics of this brand new night in Whitechapel are quite simple: take a relatively small space, lever in screwball sketch headliners Cardinal Burns, Canadian card Mae Martin and proudly ‘unique’ comedy group The Grandees, then watch, learn, and probably, laugh. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Azealia Banks, O2 Academy Brixton, 29 Mar
NYC rap sasspot Azealia Banks is still to spit out her ridiculously-long-time-coming first LP ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’, but she’s still quite hot gossip, and is equipped with a mean cache of EPs, mixtapes, and her vogue-tabulous viral smash ’212′. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Esben And The Witch, Buffalo Bar, 29 Mar
At the moment looking for funding to go to Chicago and make a new LP with Steve Albini, dark-minded Brighton pop trio Esben And The Witch scrub up its prequel, 2013′s ‘Wash The Sins Not Only The Face’, and likely air new tracks, via this headlining set in Angel. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 22nd, 2014 13:28

Friday 28 March 2014 in London

Block 336

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature oscillatory dance-pop bots Metronomy, ‘Sucker Punch’ playwright Roy Williams, drum n bass star-turned-actor Goldie, and Kyle MacLachlan’s giant chin…

FILM: Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me, Block 336, 28 Mar
Celebrating 25 years since David Lynch and Mark Frost’s ‘Twin Peaks’ first sent shivers down all kinds of spines, Brixton’s Block 336 space screens the series’ creepy feature-length prequel ‘Fire Walk With Me’ as the centrepiece to the evening’s revels. Fancy dress, diner-style refreshments and drinks by the Brixton Roadhouse bar and BB diner, and surrealist add-ons will all help to enhance the, well, the surreal vibes, which are freely-accessible to ‘TW’ fans that RSVP. Details here.

MUSIC: Metronomy, O2 Academy Brixton, 28 Mar
Joe Mount’s boppin Brit electro-pop crew Metronomy post their new LP, ‘Love Letters’, for live review. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Kingston 14, Theatre Royal Stratford East, 28 Mar – 26 Apr
Having reaped many an award with his 2010 smash-hit boxing drama ‘Sucker Punch’, playwright Roy Williams is seeking to deal a present-day stage KO with this new piece, which is set in Jamaica. ‘Innercity Life’ hit-man Goldie stars as the leader of a gang involved in the killing of an English tourist. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 21st, 2014 16:03

Thursday 27 March 2014 in London


TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature Parental Advisory rappers RATKING and Earl Sweatshirt, superior humourist (and nice bloke) Tom Wrigglesworth, and a polarised new play by award-winning writer Vivienne Franzmann…

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe, Leicester Square Theatre, 27-29 Mar
Summarised by the award-and-plaudits-winning Wrigglesworth in his recent ThisWeek interview as ”80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details here.

MUSIC: Earl Sweatshirt/RATKING, O2 Academy Islington, 27 Mar (pictured)
The prodigal son of notorious hip hop horde Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt cuts loose his dark and anarchic first solo LP ‘Doris’, following an opening set by NYC rap pack RATKING. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Pests, Royal Court Theatre, 27 Mar – 4 Apr
Ellie Kendrick (aka the BBC’s ‘Anne Frank’ circa 2009) and Sinéad Matthews play Rolly and Pink, sisters chained to their dark past, and to their co-dependent and oft-parasitic relationship in ‘Pests’, a play by high-flying Clean Break writer Vivienne Franzmann. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 18th, 2014 16:03

Monday 24 March 2014 in London


TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature ‘sad rap’ poster boy Drake, the work of wordsmith Simon Armitage, and Richard Herring with guests…

COMEDY: Richard Herring’s LST Podcast feat Nick Helm/Jon Ronson, Leicester Square Theatre, 24 Mar
Richard Herring’s incessantly entertaining on-air chatshow is live-taped, again, at the Leicester Sq Theatre (where else?), this time featuring human loudhailer Nick Helm and humourist journo Jon Ronson in the hotseat. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Drake – Would You Like A Tour, O2 Arena, 24-26 Mar
Would you like a tour? Starring smooth-talking Canadian hearthrob Drizzy Drake? You wouldn’t? Oh, well please yourself. But Drake will nevertheless be headlining three nights at The O2 out of love for his new LP, ‘Nothing Was The Same’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Black Roses, Southbank Centre, 24-28 Mar
Poet Simon Armitage’s elegiac theatre piece, a one-time radio play written about the late Sophie Lancaster, who in 2007 was beaten to death by a gang because she looked ‘different’. ‘Black Roses’ incorporates the words of Sophie’s mother, Sylvia Lancaster, into prose by Armitage. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 12th, 2014 10:32

Tuesday 18 March 2014 in London

Father Nandru And The Wolves

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature a jurassic cabaret, a grand Victorian organ, and a Romani folk tale…

CABARET: Cabarera feat Spencer Jones/Huntington & Hutt/Short & Curly, The Miller, 18 Mar
Lounge lizard Spencer Jones and pals present an era-themed evening of stand-up and cabaret, which tonight is based on the time dinosaurs walked the earth. Scaly sketch acts Huntington & Hutt and Short & Curly will perform prehistoric skits, with actress/comedians Rebecca Shorrocks and Susan Harrison acting as jurassic park wardens. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Pull Out All The Stops, Southbank Centre, 18 Mar – 7 Jun
Organised around the Royal Festival Hall’s grand Victorian organ, which is now in full working order once more following six-years of restoration, this large-scale organ-athon has on its programme contemporary commissions from John Tavener and Peter Maxwell Davies, installations incorporating the organ by artists Martin Creed and Lynette Wallworth, and an array of galas and recitals featuring major organ works not heard at the RFH for a long, long time. Details here.

THEATRE: Father Nandru And The Wolves, Wilton’s Music Hall, 18 Mar – 18 Apr (pictured)
The last full-scale production at the historic Wilton’s before the builders move in to restore it, award-winning playwright Julian Garner’s larger-than-life puppet adaptation of this fantastical Romani folk tale features a live gypsy band. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 10th, 2014 10:32

Sunday 16 March 2014 in London

Aisling Bea

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature smiling Irish comics Aisling Bea and Jarlath Regan, non-Irish (but still smiling) stand-ups Cariad Lloyd, Mark Silcox and Mike Wozniak, and ‘X-Factor’ class act Rebecca Ferguson…

COMEDY: Experiments feat Mark Silcox/Cariad Lloyd/Shon Dale-Jones/Mike Wozniak MC, The Invisible Dot, 16 Mar
A cast of hair-brained comedians – hit the lab to tinker with new ideas. In this show, there’s no improv too odd, no gag too bold, no skit too silly. And the line-up ain’t half bad, either. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: St Patrick’s Day feat Aisling Bea/Roisin Conaty/Jarlath Regan/Willa White, Trafalgar Square, 16 Mar
Bosom buddies with the Mayor Of London’s St Paddy’s Day party, the London Irish Comedy Festival’s free-entry tent features amiable Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2013 Aisling Bea, bright spark Roisin Conaty, award-winning TV writer and comic Jarlath Regan, well-versed scene vet Willa White and harp-playing musical comedian Christiane O’Mahony. Details here.

MUSIC: Rebecca Ferguson, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 16 Mar
One of a small pool of real class acts to graduate ‘The X-Factor’, smoky-voiced soul star Rebecca Ferguson, who’s in the thick of a UK tour, unlocks her new solo LP ‘Freedom’ in Shepherd’s Bush. Details and tickets here.

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