London To Do List – 1-6 October
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
// All Week //
The World of Extreme Happiness | NT Shed | 8pm | £12/£20
An imaginative and wildly energetic new play exploring transformation in contemporary China. A suitable companion piece to Chimerica, if you’ve already seen that hit show at the Harold Pinter.
Runs until October 26th // More Info & Buy Tickets
// Tuesday //
George Grosz. Berlin. Prostitutes, Politicians, Profiteers | 22 Old Bond Street | Noon-5pm | FREE
Richard Nagy stages a major exhibition dedicated to George Grosz (1893-1959). Featuring 50 works by “the titan of German satirical art”, assembled from leading private and public collections worldwide.
// Wednesday //
Moby Dick | Dugdale Centre | 8pm | £11-£14
That book about a whale that you’ve got round to wanting to read is brought to the stage by Finger in the Pie, promising a combination of live music, visual story-telling, dark humour and chaos. Be prepared for “a rip-roaring high energy romp” through Herman Melville’s classic.
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// Thursday //
Salon does Sex! Nichi Hodgson, author of ‘Bound to You’ (a memoir of her time as a Dominatrix) and Director of the Ethical Porn Partnership co-hosts, as the Salon takes a lateral look at SEX.
Inspired by the 1940’s jazz of Billie Holiday, the delta blues of Howlin’ Wolf, the genre-defiance of Tom Waits, and with some good old-fashioned life experience thrown in for good measure, Ma Polaine’s Great Decline is “a creative collection of songs that move from foot tapping abandon to subtle intensity”.
Explicit and beautifully detailed – words which could be used to describe a To Do List editorial meeting, but in this instance they refer to the artworks produced between 1600 and 1900 which continue to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. This exhibition promises to shed new light on what remains a taboo art form within Japanese social and cultural history.
Join THE Amy Grimehouse for a celebration of all things Dorothy Michaels. Expect the usual antics preceding the screening, which is followed by the NorthEast General wrap party, with music from resident Grimehouse DJ Gaga Gabore. Dress up is encouraged, with prizes for the best Dorothy!
A fixture of New York City’s vibrant downtown performance scene for over 30 years, Joey Arias is a bona fide NYC icon.
We saw Joey at the Royal Festival Hall a while back, and loved his sultry, sexy performance. Make sure not to miss out on this rare opportunity to catch a real star performing in an intimate venue.
Ooh La La! London is blessed with this oh so cheeky (although admittedly not oh so cheapy) pop-up Eurotrash-themed soiree. If you were a teenager in the 90s, this is for you – dinner, drinking and trashtastic entertainment to please the most puerile mind! Don’t forget your francs!
As Heimito von Doderer, in his huge novel ”The Demons’, chronicles the disintegration of Austrian society post World War One, so Jay Cloth and Kate Lyddon similarly dissect the small elf-important world-weariness of London as it staves off cyclical collapse.
// Saturday //
Live at the Chapel with Pajama Men | Union Chapel | 7:45pm | £18
October’s ‘Live At The Chapel’ is headlined by the internationally acclaimed duo, Pajama Men, a pair who have fast established themselves as “one of the most skilful, inventive and dextrous physical acts in the world”.
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You are all invited aboard the SS: Atlantica for “an elegant night reigniting the splendour of the 1930s ocean liner:. Featuring live bands, floorshows, cabaret acts and dancing, SS: Atlantica is a Champagne-drenched celebration of the glamour of yesteryear’s most luxurious form of travel. Don your finest clobber and join us on deck for a cocktail!
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// Sunday //
Thinking with the Body: Mind and Movement in the Work of Wayne McGregor | Wellcome Collection | 2pm-5pm | FREE
They Say: This exhibition, staged during the run-up to the first performances of his new work for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, ‘Atomos’ at Sadler’s Wells, offers a glimpse into this interdisciplinary research process and the impact it has in the rehearsal studio. Find out more about the process of choreography and how mind, body and movement interact in each of us.
From Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October there will be opportunities to meet dancers who have experience of working with the ideas discussed in the exhibition. The dancers will offer a unique insight into and practical demonstration of physical thinking techniques. Sessions will run on Thursdays 18.00-21.00, Saturdays and Sundays 14.00-17.00. Drop in at any time.