London To Do List - 13-19 May 2013

London To Do List – 13-19 May 2013

Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!

// Tuesday //

Cuddles_Tabby_and_Eve_web_crop_460_343_95_sCuddles: a vampire tale by Joseph Wilde | Ovalhouse | 8pm | £7-14

“Eve is a 13-year-old vampire. She has never left her room and everything she knows about the world and herself comes from what her sister Tabby has told her.”

If you’re suffering from Twilight withdrawal, this might be for you. Then again, it might not, because this actually looks amazing. How will Eve’s world change when, one day her sister grows tired of opening her veins?

Cuddles runs at Ovalhouse until June 1st // More Info // Book Tickets

Holestar-540x405Holestar Presents: Sorry I’m A Lady | Vogue Fabrics | 8pm | £7

Celebrating ten years of international entertaining, queer icon Holestar hits Vogue Fabrics with her first full length show.

An autobiographical retelling of Holestar’s varied CV – armed forces, professional dominatrix, artist, pop star, lion tamer DJ, writer, promoter (we made one of those up) – told through song, storytelling and no shortage of humour

Before each show, “Holestar will expose her transformation to the public in the open window of Vogue Fabrics as a living mannequin, revealing the process how she transforms into her über camp alter ego”.

Sorry I’m A Lady runs at Vogue Fabrics until May 18th // More Info // Book Tickets

// Wednesday //

mitfordSelina Hastings on Evelyn Waugh | The Last Tuesday Society | 6.30pm | £7

An evening with biographer Selina Hastings, who discusses her book on Evelyn Waugh – a biography published by Capuchin Classics.

Definitely one for Evelyn Waugh fans – we know you’re out there! Oh, and you’ll be able to buy your copy of the book too.

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// Thursday //

hoop partyHoola Hoop Party | Dalston Roof Park | 6pm | £5

AINT NO PARTY LIKE A HOOLA HOOP PARTY!!! Now that summer is (kinda) on the way, it’s time to hit the rooftop garden and, um, hoola hoop!

Including music by The Broken Hearts, and performances by Marawa’s Majorettes & Marawa The Amazing! The organisers promise lots of hoops on hand to learn and play with – so go on, reconnect with your inner child!

“HOOPS. MUSIC. DRINKS. SUNSETS. PERFECT.”

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la rebelionLa Rebelion | Cavendish Arms | 8pm | Free

Yes, that’s right, a salsa picante gig. A vibrating New York & Puerto Rican hot salsa night is promised. Get on your dancing shoes you dirty little swines.

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// Friday //

viceVice Illustration Show | Pure Evil Gallery | 10am-6pm | Free

Vice shows off some fab illustrations, like chipmunks blasting Ted Nugent with semen or Alex Salmond riding shotgun with a murderous Mel Gibson. Does that rock your boat or what?!

A collection of their favourite illustrations, on a wall. Take your eyes with you, and enjoy.

The Vice Illustration Show runs at the Pure Evil Gallery until June 2nd // More Info

badgerBadgerfest 2013: Badgazzle! | Passing Clouds | 8pm-5am | £6-10

Secret Garden Party’s The Artful Badger return to Passing Clouds for Badgerfest, the annual Spring weekend party. Organisers promise “an explosion of kaleidoscope colour, radiant light and spectacular sounds”, and invite you to “sequin up your feathers, bedazzle your beards, illuminate your animal masks any way you can and get sunsteppin’ to the beat of the Badger!”

You can also have fun times at Badgerfest 2013 at Passing Clouds on May 18th // More Info // Book Tickets

velmaVelma Celli – Live | The Hippodrome | 8pm | £15-25

The Velma Celli Show is, they say,  “the only all live singing, all dancing show extravaganza in London”. Dubious claims aside, this does sound great: Velma and her team have appeared at some of London’s best cabaret venues including Circus, Proud Cabaret and the Charing Cross Theatre and have received rave reviews, and now you can catch them at the Hippodrome Casino.

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ERCMaxineNoise of Art: Eccentronic Research Council w/ Maxine Peake | Village Underground | 8.30pm-4am | £10-15

Noise of Art kicks off its celebration of 100 years of electronic music with a chance to see the Eccentronic Research Council, featuring Maxine Peake.

This will be the first time that Eccentronic Research Council play in London, and looks likely to be the only chance to see the cross-platform band perform their acclaimed ‘1612 Underture’ in the Capital.

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AltEurovisionAlternative Eurovision | London Wonderground | 9.15pm | £17.50

Back again at the London Wonderground, and alternative take on the Eurovision spectacle – a chance for some of the hottest cabaret stars to fight it out for your vote. They Say: “Where the cream of the alternative cabaret crop present their own entries to this crazy, camp and so-very-kitsch competition.”

Previously contestants have included Frisky and Mannish, Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat. Hosted by the queen of the Guilty Pleasures – DJ Anna Greenwood.

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i dont mind“I don’t mind” – An exhibition by Howard Sivils and Ferodo Bridges | 3Space Blackfriars | 6.30pm | Free

Artists Howard Sivills, Ulysses Black, Annie Brooks, Anna Vauhkonen, Tasos Stamou, Sarah Delmonte, Sol Bailey-Barker, Kitty Dalton, Michel Good and Balint Revesz contribute to a collection of illustration, performance and video centered around the mind and mental health issues. In association with Ferodo Bridges and 3space Hub. Curated by: Howard Sivils, Anna Vauhkonen and Alexander Raptotasios

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// Saturday //

You don’t need us to tell you about the big event! Host a Eurovision party, get invited to one, or sit at home with the cats and a good curry and watch it all unfold on TV. We’ll be live-blogging, with updates from our Editor who will be watching things unfold live in Malmo. Check back for a link to our Eurovision coverage!

// Sunday //

320x320.fitandcropGay Bingo: VIVA LA DIVA! | Soho Theatre | 7.30pm | £12.50

A regular feature on our London To Do List, Gay Bingo takes some inspiration from Eurovision, and pays a knowing homage to a hand-picked selection of DIVA’s old and new. Jonny Woo, Ma Butcher & John Sizzle present their legendary camp-as-christmas show. As always, you’re promised “songs, lip synching, audience participation, minor nudity, possible health and safety contraventions and of course, lashings of BINGO…”

More Info // Book Tickets

Check back every week for our latest London To Do List – you’re one stop shop for great free, cheap, but always offbeat events in London!

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.