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
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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Sunday November 9th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 15 November 2014 in London

loadedshow

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

COMEDY: Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The PowerPoint) | Hammersmith Apollo | 15 Nov
Factual comic and cool tech dork Dave Gorman delves further into the art of PowerPoint-based comedy, once again toying with the world’s fave slideshow-making tool for his latest touring show. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nonclassical Bloc w/ Nathan Fake | Bloc | 15 Nov
Promotions co Bloc plays host to this longform live billing from alt music label Nonclassical; which this year features a collaborative set by headliner Nathan Fake and the always-innovatory Multi-Story Orchestra, plus composer Nonclassical boss Gabriel Prokofiev, futurist musician John Matthias, non-conventional ‘electronic’ project Klavikon, Nick Ryan, John Richards and also his brother (not) John Richards. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Loaded | Jack Studio Theatre | until 29 Nov
First staged at the auld Edinburgh Fringe in 1999, David Brown’s ‘Loaded’ follows a rag-tag pair of garage mechanics who plan a high-stakes stick-up job in order to save their shared acquaintance Carol ‘from herself’. Stream a ThisWeek London interview with the play’s makers AlterEgo Theatre via the TWL Podcast to discover more. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 7th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 13 November 2014 in London

Emiliana Torrini

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

ART: Allen Jones RA | Royal Academy | 13 Nov – 25 Jan
An appraisal of great British Pop Artist Allen Jones; looking at all his years in the biz (if not quite in the right order), the RA’s big exhibition is a jigsaw linking the various motifs and common ‘visual language’ of his work; which combines traditional painting with the crisp, sexy city and advertising iconography of modern life. And yeah, his notorious 1960s ‘furniture’ sculptures (aka woman as ‘Chair’, ‘Table’ and ‘Hat Stand’) are part of the show; as is the plastic breastplate he made for Kate Moss; though also prominent are his many canvases and explanatory storyboards. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The QI Elves – No Such Thing As A Fish Podcast Live | London Irish Centre | 13 Nov
The behind-the-scene research team off of ‘QI’, the self-styled ‘Elves’, present a live recording of their highly informative and, above all, silly podcast ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ as part of this year’s Chortle Comedy Book Festival. ThreeWeeks-interviewed academic/comedian Dan Schreiber hosts; with James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski all chatting and adding factoids too. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ja Ja Ja Festival w/ Emiliana Torrini | The Lexington / QMU Great Hall | 13-15 Nov (pictured)
The Ja Ja Ja Festival, a frosty city fest of all-things nice and, critically, Nordic; is this year headlined by Icelandic lark Emiliana Torrini (who leads the event’s final, all-day bill, in the Great Hall of Queen Mary University); and featuring live sets by all-Nordic acts When Saints Go Machine, Jenny Wilson, Highasakite, Sumie and Asbjørn; a series of screenings from the Nordic Music Video Awards; and innovative food programme from Helsinki-bred chef Antto Melasniemi. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 6th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 12 November 2014 in London

Perfume

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

COMEDY: Knock2Bag w/ Romesh Ranganathan | Bar FM | 12 Nov
Professional grinch Romesh Ranganathan and his straight-faced stylings headline this edition of Knock2Bag, with intrepid Pappy’s man Matthew Crosby, slimy character creation Brian Gittins, off-the-wall comic Lou Sanders, playful stand-up Joz Norris and “aspiring” funny guy Don Tran all in the bag (and on the line-up), and all. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Perfume | Hammersmith Apollo | 12 Nov
Now in the midst of their third circuit of the world touring-wise, bionic girl-girl-girl band and J-pop A-listers Perfume ring in their biggest hits via a typically striking hi-tech live show. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Accolade | St James Theatre | 12 Nov – 13 Dec
A repeat of director Blanche McIntyre’s award(s)-winning 2011 adaptation of the play by Emlyn Williams’, ‘Accolade’ stars Alexander Hanson as a knighted author caught in the glare of the British media, even as he’s being blackmailed over his secret private life. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday November 5th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 11 November 2014 in London

Please Be Seated

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

CABARET: The Ruby Darlings Show | Leicester Square Theatre | 11 Nov
A fiery feminist cabaret pairing (wait… don’t leave!) backed by their ‘divine pianist’ David, The Ruby Darlings’ racy act gives an unabashedly candid insight into what it’s like to live life with a vagina. Hurrah! Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Ivo Graham – Bow Ties & Johnnies | Soho Theatre | 11-15 Nov
Smart yet (he admits) slightly hapless one-time Eton boy Ivo Graham does a nice, round 60 minute show about moving out of his gran’s house and – shock horror – having to grow up. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: New Movement Collective – Please Be Seated | Southbank Centre | 11-12 Nov (pictured)
A world’s first from acclaimed ‘site-responsive’ dance company NMC, ‘Please Be Seated’ (trailer here) is a dark, dry-witted, slapstick-style aside on the ‘unexpected absurdity within everyday structures’. Or for the uninitiated, ‘dancers larking about with furniture’. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 3rd, 2014 00:01

Sunday 9 November 2014 in London

DD Dumbo

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

COMEDY: Suspiciously Cheap Comedy w/ Gein’s Family Giftshop + Liam Williams | Backyard Comedy Club | 9 Nov
This reasonably-priced (sinisterly so) post-Sunday-roast repast features darkling sketch three-piece Gein’s Family Giftshop, Liam Williams of Sheeps and solo fame, winning combo Max & Ivan and character comedian Lolly Adefope; all on show for £5. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: DD Dumbo | St Pancras Old Church | 9 Nov (pictured)
Don’t act like a DD Dumbo all your life; instead, go and watch one. 4AD-signed psych-pop artist Oliver Hugh Perry, who released his earthy first EP ‘Tropical Oceans’ last year, and who’s over from his home in Australia to play St Pancras Old Church as part of his running UK tour, that is. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Love Shack | Theatro Technis | until 22 Nov
Playwright/director Daniel Ward Garver’s new baby, a slick, pacey crime thriller (that’s featured on the ThisWeek London podcast, by the way), finds a disparate cast of characters – the spoilt brat son of a mob boss, an arrogant banker, and a pair of cops – crossing paths thanks to notorious crime hideout The Love Shack. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday November 2nd, 2014 00:01

Saturday 8 November 2014 in London

Hennessy & Friends

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

COMEDY: Hennessy & Friends – Murmurs | Pleasance Theatre | 8 Nov (pictured)
“Quick-paced and undeniably exuberant” sketch crew Hennessy & Friends present their hit Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Murmurs’, which plays on the fictitious (or is it?) Fleetwood Mac-style premise that the H&F members all secretly hate each other. “Who thinks it should be called ‘Dave & Friends’? Which Steve is threatening to leave the group? How do you tell your husband and the ginger one that they’re holding you back?”; that kind of thing. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shambles à La Mode w/ John Kearns + Pappy’s + Mae Martin | Roundhouse | 8 Nov
Comic showcase Shambles goes ‘à La Mode’ in Camden in the first in a string of bi-monthly stop-ins at the Roundhouse; scooping most-wanted Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner John Kearns, ace sketch act Pappys, Canadian trailblazer Mae Martin and others too. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Babymetal | Brixton Academy | 8 Nov
Never mind the Lord Mayor’s show, this is the place the real fireworks show’s at; as titanic J-pop teens Babymetal storm Brixton with their deafening, seventeen-million-times-viewed mega-hit ‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ and other tracks from this year’s ‘Babymetal’ LP. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 1st, 2014 00:01

Friday 7 November 2014 in London

Sango

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

COMEDY: David Elms – Nurture Boy | Pleasance Theatre | 7 Nov
Tipped by TW London sister site ThreeWeeks as an essential act to see at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, singing comedian David Elms ‘whispers it from the rooftops’ in this, his latest solo show, an all-natural trail mix of chat, romance and ‘little surprises’. And a ‘bit with a Rubik’s Cube, hmmm. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sound Of Tomorrow w/ Sango + Sivey + Hannah Faith | Oval Space | 7 Nov (pictured)
Metropolis and Soulection co-MC this forward-thinking showcase of big names in waiting, with on-point American remixer and beatsmith Sango headlining, one-man production unit Sivey, fresh face Hannah Faith co-starring, and Tom Misch DJ-ing on the side. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Far Away | Young Vic | 7-29 Nov
Revived by Kate Hewitt, the winner of this year’s critically-revered JMK directing award, Caryl Churchill’s millennial play is a dystopian portrait of a world of fear, lies, war and denial, as main character Joan accidentally discovers a terrible, life-changing secret. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 29th, 2014 10:33

Tuesday 4 November 2014 in London

The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West

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

COMEDY: Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart w/ Josie Long + Nathaniel Metcalfe | The Black Heart | 4 Nov
It’s all thrills, spills and comic spoils at The Black Heart tavern in Camden as Josie Long presides over another edition of her highly-decorated ‘Lost Treasures’ night, which is manned by cabin boy (and hilariously quippy stand-up) Nathaniel Metcalfe, and a crew of TBA guest acts. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rosie Lowe | Concrete | 3 Nov
Rich-voiced synth-pop ladio Rosie Lowe spills her dark-dappled new track ‘Water Came Down’, and earlier singles, ahead of the TBA LP from which it came, which itself is set to be released ‘soon’ via Adele’s right hand man Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West | Bridge House Theatre | 4-23 Nov (pictured)
A one-woman play inside a two-woman play (if you catch my meta-drift), writer-director Chris Larner’s dark and quick-witted ‘Frida Kahlo…’ is the story of Zoe, whose quiet life is erm… amplified when an old friend (vain, ambitious out-of-work actor Ruth) decides to stage a drama based on the life of a certain fiery Mexican painter. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:43

Sunday 2 November 2014 in London

Catriona Knox

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

COMEDY: Catriona Knox Thinks She’s Hard Enough | Pleasance Theatre | 2 Nov (pictured)
Ace character comedian Catriona Knox dives headfirst into a fancy dress box of “perfectly-pitched” personas in her top-reviewed, audience-interaction-heavy latest solo show; which features a recession-era TV chef, a crazed psychologist giving a TED talk, and a princely first birthday party. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/SPOKEN WORD: Dead Funny | Bloomsbury Theatre | 2 Nov
Robin Ince and Johnny Mains – co-editors of ‘Dead Funny’, a new book of short horror stories by comedians, co-host this series of live readings and deathly lite entertainment by many of the writers featured in the grisly tome. Josie Long, Charlie Higson, Stewart Lee, Steve Pretty, Joanna Neary, and Mains and Ince themselves, are all in the bag so far, with more shadowy figures still TBA. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Peggy Sue & The Choir Of Echoes | Bussey Building | 2 Nov
Gnarly girl-girl-boy folkists Peggy Sue celebrate their hale and hearty third LP ‘Choir Of Echoes’ with, for one show, a real-life Choir Of Echoes comprised of covers band Deep Throat. The event, which takes place via this year’s London-wide Illuminations fest, will begin with a solo set by theatrical singer Jesca Hoop, and will feature live improv by beatboxing/DJ-ing/composing man machine Cosmo Sheldrake. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:40

Saturday 1 November 2014 in London

MO

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

COMEDY: Live At the Chapel w/ Pajama Men + Joe Wilkinson | Union Chapel | 1 Nov
It’s always a carefree PJ party with “infinitely clever and endlessly entertaining” ThisWeek-interviewees Pajama Men, headliners of this incarnation of the Invisible Dot’s Live At The Chapel, which also boasts nightclub-style PAs by Joe Wilkinson (aka the strangest thing to hit ‘Countdown’ since… erm, ever), Mae Martin, and Brett Goldstein. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: MØ | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 1 Nov (pictured)
Stage-diving, ponytail-whipping Danish popstar-with-bite Karen Marie Ørsted shows off ‘No Mythologies To Follow’, her stone-cold brilliant first LP, with support from rising Brit singer Raleigh Ritchie (aka part-time actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Greyworm in ‘Game Of Thrones’). Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Red Like Embers – Contemporary Voices From Brazil | Theatre 503 | until 1 Nov
Brazil is a nation that does nothing by halves; and its diversity is here represented in a carnival parade of plays written from the heart of Latin America’s most sensual land, as are featured on an instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast. Multi-award-winning dramatists like Jo Bilac, Newton Moreno and Marcia Zanelatto, as well as a rich seam of emerging writers, directors and actors, present a spread of uniquely-Brazilian works taking on the universal topics of sexuality, politics, religion and violence. Details and tickets here.

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