Thursday August 28th, 2014 14:02

Thursday 4 September 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Comedy In The Attic w/ Alfie Brown | Hackney Attic | 4 Sep
Combatant comic (and TW interviewee) Alfie Brown headlines this night of loft-based stand-up in Hackney, with likeable everyman Luke Graves, idiosyncratic entertainer Harriet Kemsley and Funny Women Awards Finalist circa 2013 Saskia Preston adding extra appeal to the bill. ‘Coach Trip’ star Joey Page is MC-ing for the duration, and entry is a mere fiver OTD, or in advance. Details and tickets here.

FILM/FESTIVAL: The Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival | various locations | 4-14 Sep
So, cinema fans, one of a crowd of trendy yet kid-friendly free-entry film fests taking place in the city at various intervals this year, the Peckham & Nunhead FFF with a selection of restored digitised shorts made by the Edwardian-era Gaumont Film Studios, which was based in Camberwell. There’ll be a live piano score playing alongside the films, which will be shown, aptly, at the Dog Kennel Hill Open Space in Camberwell! Latter highlights of the programme at large are a rooftop spool of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, a showing of the movingly monochrome ‘Nebraska’ in a deli, a bike-powered ‘Belleville Rendez-vous’ in the open air, a night of 100% free cinema at the usually pay-per-view Peckhamplex. Details here.

FILM/THEATRE: National Theatre Live presents… Medea | Barbican | 4 Sep (pictured)
Beaming live into the Barbican via the digi-miracle of ‘real-time streaming’, it’s the NT’s eerie adaptation of Euripides’ ultra-tragic spine chiller ‘Medea’. Directed by the dynamic Carrie Cracknell, the play stars Narcissa Malfoy aka stage/screen actress Helen McCrory as an exiled wife willing to do anything (anything) to keep her children close. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 28th, 2014 12:31

Wednesday 3 September 2014 in London

Land Of Our Fathers

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday August 27th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

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

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 17:36

Sunday 31 August 2014 in London

Titus Andronicus

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

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

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

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

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:35

Saturday 30 August 2014 in London

The Night Is Young

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

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

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

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

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:01

Friday 29 August 2014 in London

Red Bastard

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 15:45

Thursday 28 August 2014 in London

When I Think About The Universe I Laugh For No Reason

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

COMEDY: Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild | Hackney Picturehouse Attic | 28 Aug
Despite being a pretty well kept-secret, Dave Gorman’s laptop-based comic showcase is always a quick-selling event, if a slightly unpredictable one. Hot on the htmls of his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point* (*The Powerpoint)’, tonight’s real-life comic chat room of course has a routine from Gorman as its star attraction, but also a line-up of TBA stand-ups of Dave’s choosing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: To Kill A Mockingbird | Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre |28 Aug – 13 Sep
Back to break hearts again following its highly-praised first stint at Regent’s Park last year, director Timothy Sheader et al’s brave staging of Harper Lee’s all-time(less) classic ‘Mockingbird’ stars a slightly tweaked cast from last time, with ‘Dead Poets Society’ actor Robert Sean Leonard replaced by great British thespian Daniel Betts as Atticus Finch. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: When I Think About The Universe, I Laugh For No Reason | Unicorn Theatre | 28-30 Aug (pictured)
Yeah well, I cry. Only kidding, kids! Because one inter-galactic reason to smile at least is this this devised piece by the Unicorn’s teen contingent (aka the theatre’s Young Company). Designed as an easily-relatable investigation into what makes us who we are,  ‘When I Think…’ profiles eight adolescents, all with wide-reaching existential questions – and littler queries like when and if they’ll ever have beards – to ask. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 15:21

Wednesday 27 August 2014 in London

Steen Raskopoulos

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

COMEDY: Steen Raskopoulos – I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business | Soho Theatre | 27-30 Aug (pictured)
Having flown in from Sydney to ‘do’ the Edinburgh Fringe (and do it pretty well indeed, having picked up a nomination for best newcomer in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards), flashy sketch slick Steen Raskopoulous now heads to the Soho Theatre to reprise his award-winning solo show, a blend of physical antics and many-faced, character-based bits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Autobahn | King’s Head Theatre | 27 Aug – 20 Sep
Youngblood drama bods Savio(u)r act out US writer Neil LaBute’s latest piece ‘Autobahn’, a cycle of short vignettes in which ‘complicated’ characters travel America’s highways, making stops, starts and stalls along as they go. It’s all, basically, a bid to mirror the massive acclaim lavished on the company’s last play, a take on Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Eye Of A Needle | Southwark Playhouse | 27 Aug – 20 Sep
This ‘graphic’ black comedy by Chris MacDonald hinges what happens when the very different lives of a binge-drinking Brit raver and a Ugandan gay rights activist clash. The former works in the UK Immigration Control, and the latter’s case lands on his desk. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 14:53

Tuesday 26 August 2014 in London

Kate Bush

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

COMEDY: Luke McGregor – I Worry That I Worry Too Much | Soho Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Following his ‘facing fears’-themed show circa last year, and still bearing the shine of positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, buoyant Australian comic Luke McGregor is back with another anxious routine in the highly-strung ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Bush Photo Exhibition | Snap Galleries | 26 Aug – 2 Oct
So no one got tickets to any of Kate Bush’s extravagantly-priced headline shows at the Eventim Apollo (which start tonight, BTW). That is a given. To those that didn’t, mind, here is a consolation prize for you all in the form of a photo show featuring KB-specific pics by Guido Harari (who helped define the ‘aesthetic’ of KB’s early releases, even styling her ‘look’ on the ‘Wuthering Heights’ single sleeve) and Gered Mankowitz (who did the ‘Hounds Of Love’ cover and promotional shots for 1989′s ‘The Sensual World’). Both have books coming out to chime with Bush’s big renaissance, and this is a way to show off lots of candid and rarely-displayed images of Kate at the time she’s most topical. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Avenue Q | New Wimbledon Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Inventive theatre crew Sell A Door – interviewed on ThisWeek here - nip quickly in to the New Wimbledon with their very excellent mobile interpretation of the highly funny n furry ‘Avenue Q’. An oft-poignant (if mainly silly) portrait of a cast of characters striving to ‘make it’ in a cold world, the ‘Sesame Street’-inspired musical satire featuring songs like ‘I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today’, ‘If You Were Gay’ and, my especial fave, ‘What Do You Do With A BA In English?’. Details and tickets here.

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Monday August 18th, 2014 13:44

Sunday 24 August 2014 in London

Notting Hill Carnival

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

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

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

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

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Friday August 15th, 2014 15:05

Friday 22 August 2014 in London

Forget Amnesia

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

ART: Forget Amnesia w/ Haroon Mirza + Mark Fell + Okkyung Lee | Serpentine Pavillion | 22 Aug (pictured)
Audiovisual artists Haroon Mirza, Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee collaborate on this live Park Nights display of light-sound symbiosis, co-programmed by the Fiorucci Art Trust to coincide with Forget Amnesia, the festival and arts-travaganza taking place on the island of Stromboli. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The 99 Club w/ Joe Lycett + Matt Green + Bob Mills | Storm, Leicester Square | 22 Aug
An active presence on every TV panel game ever, chatty comic Joe Lycett tonight appears ‘IRL’ beside Matt Green and TV writer and funny guy Bob Mills. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Some Girl I Used To Know | Arts Theatre | 22 Aug – 13 Sep
Smiley smiley Denise off of ‘The Big Breakfast’ gives a little showbiz zhoosh to many pop hits of the 1980s and 1990s in this, her nostalgia-rich new solo musical. She plays a high-flying career girl who gets poked (on Facebook) by her ex-boyfriend, and so is sent on a sentimental trip of reminiscence. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 14th, 2014 16:00

Wednesday 20 August 2014 in London

Twelfth Night

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

FILM: Moulin Rouge | Royal Festival Hall | 20 Aug
The jewel of the Southbank Centre’s Festival Of Love season, this big n special screening of Baz Luhrman’s most abidingly-loved movie musical – aside from ‘Australia’, of course – can (can) and will seat 2000 absinthe fans. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Beau Defeated | Wilton’s Music Hall | 20 Aug
Written by leading lady playwright Mary Pix all the way back in 1700, witty class satire ‘The Beau Defeated’ hinges on widow (and avid social climber) Mrs Rich, who aspires to move in ‘court circles’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Twelfth Night | Southwark Playhouse | 20-23 Aug
This re-telling of Shakespeare’s silly tale of enchantment, in which Viola and Sebastian get into many a strange and decadent comic scrape, features a live harpist and opera singers. And regular acting, in this case from the boys, girls, boyish girls and girlish boys of the Oxford University Dramatic Society obvs. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 14th, 2014 15:26

Tuesday 19 August 2014 in London


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

FILM: Hot Tub Cinema presents… Pretty Woman | Former Shoreditch Underground Station | 19 Aug
While it mightn’t appeal to all tastes - who knows - but we at TW can’t imagine anything better than sitting, wrinkling and drinking in a jacuzzi watching smash-hit solici-com ‘Pretty Woman’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/PUPPETRY: Buttons | The Space | 19-23 Aug (pictured)
Colliding poignantly with this year’s WW1 centenary, ‘Buttons’ – which is created by Sort Of with a toolbox of live theatre, shadow puppetry and what the kids are calling ‘object manipulation’ - follows Dana and Joni as they reminisce on their time spent in Auschwitz. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Lion | St James Theatre | 19 Aug – 7 Sep
A one-man off-Broadway show from writer/actor Benjamin Sheuer, ‘The Lion’ oscillates from love, to loss, to living; with Sheuer singing folk songs against a cotillion of six guitars. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 12th, 2014 14:46

Monday 18 August 2014 in London

Troilus And Cressida

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday August 12th, 2014 14:15

Sunday 17 August 2014 in London

Masud Milas

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

COMEDY: Angel Comedy w/ Masud Milas | Camden Head, Islington | 17 Aug (pictured)
One of the Time Out Introduces Class Of 2014, “super chilled out” guy Masud Milas has now graduated from stand-up school, and is going pro as part of tonight’s Angel line-up. This evening’s heavenly comic host also features Nick Ewans, Nick Elleray, Elf Lyons, Suzy Wylde, Annie McGrath, Elliot Horn, Alex Paige, Lisa D’Aguiar, Jonny Drewek and Darrell Skipper, and by the way it’s FREE. Details here.

MUSIC: Dead Kennedys | Koko | 17 Aug
Punk lives! Presidential American band Dead Kennedys, of ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’ infamy, play what’ll likely be an exemplary set behind the re-release of their first seven-inch singles circa 1979-1982. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: What I Remember And How Things Will Be | The Rag Factory | 15-17 Aug
A play about first love from Emma Perry, ‘What I Remember…’ centres on Meredith and Tom, who get to meet following a twelve-year wait, onlt to find the wight of the past hanging heavily on them. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 8th, 2014 15:01

Friday 15 August 2014 in London

See Rock City

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

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

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

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

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Thursday August 7th, 2014 14:31

Thursday 14 August 2014 in London

The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face

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

COMEDY: Cafe 1001 Comedy Club w/ Nat Luurtsema + Tony Dunn + Laurence Tuck | Cafe 1001 | 14 Aug
Brilliant Jigsaw sketch trio member Nat Luurtsema (who’s solo in this case), “simultaneously enlightening, hilarious and reprehensible” stand-up Tony Dunn and comic oddment Laurence Tuck are all on show at Cafe 1001 for the bargain bin price of £5. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Luna Cinema presents… The Birds | Holland Park | 14 Aug
The hope is that life does not mirror art at this open-air showing of Hitchcock’s avian horror ‘The Birds’, which, for the unfamiliar, is about some birds. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face | The Jetty | 14 Aug – 28 Sep (pictured)
Innovative drama bizarros Shunt are giving little (okay, nothing) away as to what’s going on in ‘The Boy Who…’, apart from that the show is taking place in a Thameside space made from shipping containers, and that its narrative has some kind of link to Charles Kingsley’s ‘The Water Babies’, Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart Of Darkness’, and a strange man-child with a strange face. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 6th, 2014 14:07

Wednesday 13 August 2014 in London

The Hired Man

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday August 5th, 2014 14:06

Monday 11 August 2014 in London


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

THEATRE: Sleeping Truths Lie | Tristan Bates Theatre | 11-16 Aug
Actress/writer Melanie Hunter plays Anna, a coma patient trapped alone with her mind (oh, and a simple, biscuit eating, shape-shifting entity named Sammy), in this subconscious show laid kindly on as part of the Camden Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Brett Goldstein Tolerated This So His Children Will Be Next | Etcetera Theatre | 11-13 Aug
Skilled story-sharing comic Brett Goldstein follows his gift to last year’s Fringe field – a clever, “sincere and inventive” porn-themed show – with a nod to a Manic Street Preachers track, in which he alights nimbly on topics like sex, narcotics and Kevin Bacon. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Othello | Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe | 11-21 Aug (pictured)
Devising a topical (if pretty high-risk) new twist on Shakespeare’s classic play, the By Jove Theatre co instead make the titular ‘Othello’ a gay woman, even splicing newly-written speech and modern meaning into Shakey-P’s medieval text. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:54

Sunday 10 August 2014 in London

The Immortal Hour

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

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

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

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

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