London To Do List – 21-27 October

London To Do List – 21-27 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 //

Inside Out Festival

Inside Out Festival | Various Locations | Various Times | Various Prices

The 4th Inside Out Festival showcases 47 events including walks, talks, film screenings, debates, performances, exhibitions and workshops. 

Curated and produced by The Culture Capital Exchange, Inside Out celebrates the contribution made by London universities to the capital’s cultural life. Yu are encouraged to participate in “a wide range of activities from the performing and visual arts through to literature, design, fashion as well as the sciences and social sciences”.

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Dracula

Dracula | Wilton’s Music Hall | 7:30pm (Tues-Sat) | £25

Halloween arrives early, as Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous Vampire Count whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society.

What better venue than Wilton’s, the last surviving Victorian Grand Music Hall – playing host to a company of ten amazing dancers who bring Bram Stoker’s classic tale to life. Featuring the music of Bach, Mozart, Ligeti and Fred Frith.

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// Monday //

A Night Against Putin

A NIGHT AGAINST PUTIN – Supporting Amnesty International | The Black Cap | 7:30pm | FREE (Suggested £5 Donation)

An LGBTQIA+ evening of theatre, documentary and discussion on the subject of Russia’s anti gay laws.

Featuring the London Premiere of Boris Got Buggered by Leon Fleming, a new documentary narrated by David Benson, followed by a panel discussion with guests including Ng-Yisheng, Debbie Johnson and others.

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Boogaloo Bingo

Boogaloo Bingo | The Old Queen’s Head | 7pm | £2

Every Monday, Boogaloo Bingo takes over The Old Queens Head to help you shake off those post weekend blues.

Expect outrageous games, hilarious prizes and of course some downright ballsy bingo – all brought to you by gregarious host, Boogaloo Stu.

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Susan Calman

Happy Mondays feat. Susan Calman | Amersham Arms | 8pm | £5

The fortnightly comedy night at The Amersham Arms in New Cross continues, bringing you the hottest new comedians and some well-known favourites This week, Susan Calman heads the bill!

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// Tuesday //

Swallow And The Wolf

Swallow and the Wolf: ‘Fire’ Single Launch Party | Apartment 58 | 7pm | £3

Swallow and the Wolf’s new single ‘Fire’ is the first track from their eponymous second EP.

In the last year Swallow and the Wolf have opened for Ghostpoet, Polly Scattergood, Simone Felice, Nick Mulvey, Gilmore and Roberts, Rachel Sermanni, and Will and the People.

This show kicks off their Autumn UK tour, which includes dates with Jake Morley and Blue Rose Code.

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// From Wednesday //

Festival of Feminism

CALM DOWN, DEAR: Pretty Ugly | Camden People’s Theatre | 7:30pm | £10

“This show is about you rating me based solely on my looks…”

Pretty Ugly follows Louise Orwin’s trail of research into “how Generation YouTube uses the ever-widening field of social networking to reach others. There is a live YouTube experiment, a tender and inappropriate love story, and […] childhood toys. It is about our obsessions, and pretensions, and teenage girls – but don’t let that put you off. It is about you and me and the internet.”

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Naive Dance Masterclass

Naïve Dance Masterclass | Soho Theatre | 9pm | £12.50

Years spent in a love/hate relationship with experimental performance lend inspiration to this provocative show combining physical tomfoolery and deadpan wordplay in what promises to be a “highly original meditation on authenticity and pretension in the world of art”.

They Say: “An electrical fault during a gala performance leads a renowned dancer to the shocking realisation that his effortless brilliance simply leads spectators to more deeply comprehend their own inadequacies. This insight prompts a dramatic change of career path, and the search for a quasi-religious dance practice that transcends egoistic desires through the active pursuit of humiliating experiences. A chance encounter with an immigrant hula-hoopist leads to a romantic entanglement that is to test to the limit the cathartic power of his new dance practice.”

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// Friday //

Gay Bingo

Gay Bingo 10th Anniversary| Hackney Empire | 8pm | £15-£20

Jonny Woo, Ma Butcher and John Sizzle bring their legendary cult bingo extravaganza to Hackney Empire to celebrate 10 fabulous years of cross dressing carnage!

They Say: “Part interactive bingo game show, part cabaret, part lip-synch. This is one big tranny happening that is a party for all.”

With special guests: Gateaux Chocolat, Sink The Pink, Lavinia Co-Op, Holestar, & Legs and Coq

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Wam Bam

Wam Bam Electric | Rise Superclub | From 7pm | From £12

Prepare yourself for a new wave in cabaret from the fabulous Wam Bam Club – “purveyors of fine burlesque supper clubs and champagne soaked cabaret.”

An all new feisty show packed full of guilty pleasures and the very best in burlesque, boylesque, circus, music and comedy – all with a fun retro vibe!

They Say: “Get ready for a shockingly good show with an 80’s twist!”

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Guildhall Gothic

Late View: Guildhall Gothic | Guildhall Art Gallery | From 6pm | £10

A late-night view for ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’, the first major exhibition in the UK to offer a retrospective of Victorian revivalism.

The rarely-open medieval crypts of Guildhall play host to the exhibition, plus theatrical entertainment, Art Macabre’s unique drawing salon, and a pop-up bar.

Be sure to dress the part as you dance the night away!

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// From Friday //

Erotica 2013

Erotica 2013 | Tobacco Dock | From Midday | From £16.50

They Say: “The UK’s premier lifestyle exhibition for adults returns this October for its annual gathering of lovers and thrill-seekers. This is the place to browse hundreds of stands, showing thousands of products, to explore and be entertained.

Treat your lovers and intimate friends, shop all the latest adult novelties, erotic art and kinky clothing; explore new ways to enrich your sex life, and enjoy world-class entertainment from some of the biggest exotic performers around.”

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// Sunday //

From Russia For Love

From Russia, For Love | Marylebone Gardens | 6pm | £20

A gathering of theatre companies and performers from the UK and abroad, presenting an evening of Russia’s finest love scenes all performed with same-sex couples; “an evening of secret assignations, deserted hallways, snatched whispers over the samovar, the ache of a love unspoken, and the ecstasy of finally making your declaration, against the odds.”

The proceeds of the performance will go to groups working to combat homophobia in Russia.

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Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.