London To Do List – 15-21 April 2013
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
Just click on the date below (and scroll down if you’re on you iBlackberryPhone) to find out how to have goo times GUARANTEED!*
*We will not be held responsible for bad times should they occur, however unlikely…
- Monday 15th April
- Tuesday 16th April
- Wednesday 17th April
- Thursday 18th April
- Friday 19th April
- Saturday 20th April
- Sunday 21st April
Meth presents: Average and Anonymous | Cellar Door | 8.30pm | Free
They Say: It’s finally happened… my first full length solo show!
Originally I was gunna keep this a bit hush-hush but I’m biting the bullet and throwing it open to the world!
I am letting my alter-alter-ego Meth loose at the Cellar Door for an ENTIRE HOUR alongside some guest spots from my Fierce and fabulous Drag Sisters Rubyyy Jones, Miss Cairo and Lady Tena
This is intended mostly as scratch/test run for the show so it wont be finished or polished but it will be FIERCE
Orpheus | Battersea Arts Centre | 7.30pm | £10
They Say: Prepare to be transported to 1930s Paris where legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, has been cast as the lead in a new production ofOrpheus.
Your host for the evening is the charismatic songstress Yvette Pépin. With her troupe of operatic players she will perform the thrilling tale of Orpheus’s ill-fated descent into the underworld to reclaim his lost love, Eurydice.
Set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson, Orpheusis a musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth.
Battersea Arts Centre’s opulent Grand Hall complete with its majestic 20th Century organ will become a 1930s music hall, providing the setting for a glamorous and unique night out in a bygone era.
Orpheus runs until May 11th.
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The Universal Machine | New Diorama Theatre | 7.30pm | £15.50
They Say: The Universal Machine tells Alan Turing’s dense life story from his school days at Sherbourne, his time at the infamous Station X at Bletchley Park during World War Two, and his arrest for homosexuality and tragic death. This complex re-examination of Alan’s life and work tells the story of a man who could make machines think but struggled to make connections with those around him.
Written and directed by PIT and New Diorama Artistic Director David Byrne with music composed by Night Engine’s Dominic Brennan with movement from Gecko Theatre’s Associate Director Rich Rusk, The Universal Machine is part of the Alan Turing Centenary Celebrations.
The Universal Machine runs until May 11th.
The Spring Culture Series with Moshi Moshi Records | House of St Barnabas | 7.30pm | £20
They Say: The House of St Barnabas will present an evening of music hosted by Martin Creed, a Turner prize-winning artist, and musician in his own right. He will curate an evening of acoustic music with Moshi Moshi Records, as well as performing alongside Sheffield duo Slow Club and Welsh band Sweet Baboo. Prepare yourself for an evening of sublime music in the unforgettable setting of the chapel.
Whitley Neill Gin School | The Stag | 8pm
They Say: Johnny Neill, founder of the Whitley Neil Distillery, joins us for a boozy show & tell of London’s most loved spirit. Pop along to learn a little about (and taste a lot!) how Johnny’s award-winning gin is made.
With our special gin twisted menu, classic cocktails and free punch for everyone, there’s no better way to shake off those mid-week blues!
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Ballo (or a Masked Ball) | King's Head Theatre | 7.15pm | £10
They Say: Based on the real-life assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, director Adam Spreadbury-Maher follows up his hugely successful East Berlin Tosca with a version of Verdi’s political thriller set in a famous Swedish homeware store.
Verdi’s original Swedish version was considered too politically inflammatory, and so had to be re-written to give the characters Italian identities. OperaUpClose’s production will combine the Italian characters with a distinctly Swedish flavour, served up in the unmistakably English setting of an out-of-town shopping centre on the North Circular Road.
Ballo (or a Masked Ball) runs until May 25th.
Chalk Dust Cabaret present Pie Eyed | Vibe Gallery | 8pm | £8
They Say: A typical night out in South London? Thought you could escape your local? Not tonight.
Amongst the candle light and shadows Chalk Dust Cabaret lie in wait and as the night ensues, it’s clear nothing is as it seems. Have you seen the strange man in the corner rummaging through the bins? And that barmaid’s clearly giving you the eye. A rowdy girl’s just entered the scene, hoops bigger than the ash trays and a mad look in her eyes. And who ordered the cheeky stripper?
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Pick Me Up 2013 | Somerset House | 10am | £15
They Say: The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival returns in April for an 11-day celebration of graphic art, design and illustration.
In addition to showcasing and selling original artworks and limited-edition prints from the industry’s elite and emerging talent, each day the festival will be running an exciting and eclectic mix of quirky family workshops, lively evening events and creative forums. Some of the artists contributing to this year’s programme include Guardian regulars Modern Toss and the award-winning animation studio Aardman, who will host a Shaun the Sheep model-making workshop.
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The Sounds You Are Making Are Not My Name - Launch Party | The Gallery Cafe | 7.30pm | Free
They Say: A launch party for The Sounds You Are Making Are Not My Name, a new poetry collection by Johanne M. Hauge, illustrated by Maria Cecilie Midttun. There’ll be poetry reading, live music and a theatrical surprise. And then we dance. Free entry!
Super Everything* | Hackney Empire | 8pm | £20-£25
They Say: Super Everything* is a cross-disciplinary performing arts project, commissioned by the British Council and created by leading audio-visual artists The Light Surgeons in collaboration with a group of Malaysian artists and string players from the Heritage Orchestra. Violinist, producer and film-maker Zan Lyons will open the evening.
Filmed on location across Peninsular Malaysia, this live audio-visual performance explores the relationship between identity, ritual and place. Super Everything* weaves different documentary narratives to create a poetic audio-visual tapestry, that together forms a kaleidoscopic portrait of the culturally diverse landscape of Malaysia. Juxtaposing tradition and modernity, this project seeks to discover how our complex sense of identity is formed through rituals. Super Everything* brings together a cutting-edge collection of the UK’s and Malaysia’s leading musical and visual artists to form this unique audio-visual collaboration. The resulting soundscape combines traditional South East Asian instruments, western classical compositions, field recordings and electronic synthesis, all of which are manipulated live and complemented by a stunning, immersive visual experience.
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'What Audience?' | 33 Chatsworth Road | 6pm | Free
They Say: Using the old dentist as a site and the shop window as a setting or stage, the public spectacle comes up against the private viewing space. Inside art audience blends with the outside street-view, erasing the boundaries between intended perceptions by imagined public’s.
For ‘What Audience?’ 10 artists become situated here, using shop constructs to share their art practice with the audience and the street. We reconsider the site and function of the former corner shop space. The large corner window becomes a viewing area, the basement a place for possible encounters and subtle works might even go unnoticed.
Theatricality blends with off-sight performance, projection and immersive sound work. The crowd, the small audience, the one to one, is brought in to comparison, as different works overlap, continue or re-start through the night.
Eurofest | RVT | 9pm | £7
They Say: Eurovision is just a matter of weeks away so it’s time for another fantastic Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern!
London’s biggest and best Eurovision, Europop and Schlager club night returns on Friday 19 April. We’ll be playing many of the songs chosen to compete in this year’s Eurovision so be ready for another Glorious night.
Get in the mood for Malmo with DJ Don Grant and DJ Dave Simmons playing six hours of Euro-tastic hits. Plus our great live act will be Slovenia’s 2005 Eurovision artist Omar Naber, performing “Stop” and other top hits.
Feast of St George | | Trafalgar Square | 12pm | Free
They Say: Come and celebrate St George’s Day in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 20 April from noon to 6pm, with a feast of traditional English fare and free fun for everyone.
Highlights include the chance to enjoy free tastings, stalls selling mouth-watering treats, a splendid banqueting area where you can indulge in delicious food and drink, live cookery demonstrations and food workshops.
There’ll also be a packed line up of entertainment with live music from some of London’s best young talent, pop-up entertainment, dance and much more.
The Mayor of London’s Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a national day of feasting.
The Situation Room | Shoreditch Town Hall | 4pm & 8pm | £15
They Say: Oscar Mike, critically acclaimed for their fusion of theatre and gaming, invite you inside THE SITUATION ROOM, an immersive underground adventure at Shoreditch Town Hall.
It’s 1961 and the Cold War is reaching boiling point. East and West are on a collision course as revolution erupts in the small nation of Al-Khadra. Will this jewel of the Middle East become a lucrative ally or a dangerous enemy? As a world leader in this moment of crisis, your choices will determine the course of history.
The Situation Room runs until April 28th.
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Masayoshi Sukita: Photographs of David Bowie 1972 to 2002 | Snap Galleries | 11am - 5pm | Free
They Say: We are hosting a wonderful David Bowie retrospective of work by Japanese master photographer Masayoshi Sukita. This is one of the most exciting exhibitions we have put on at the gallery, and we have been working very hard behind the scenes with Sukita-san to put this together in a relatively short time-frame. The exhibition features images from Sukita-san’s 40+ years of collaboration with David Bowie, and combines previously unseen images alongside familiar classics, in a range of physical sizes, including some dramatic large format pieces.
Masayoshi Sukita: Photographs of David Bowie 1972 to 2002 runs until April 30th.
The Birthday Whirligig | Shakespeare's Globe | 7pm | £10-£30
They Say: Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday and the launch of our 2013 Season of Plenty with an incredible evening of music and magic.
With music from the aptly named The Magic Numbers and singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn(Viola in Twelfth Night), prepare to be astounded by mind-blowing magic from Barry and Stuart (BBC1’s The Magicians), Piff the Magic Dragon and ‘the mind-reader-who-can’t-read-minds’ Chris Cox. In place to compere and control the magic, should it get out of hand, isBridget Christie, a regular on the sketch and stand-up circuit.
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