London To Do List - January 27 - February 2

London To Do List – January 27 – February 2

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

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// Pick of the Week //

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Guilt & Shame | Soho Theatre | Thu-Sat, 10.15pm | £10

We’re addicted to Guilt & Shame! The stars of the late-evening time-slot – funny, rude, original, and randy as a pair of rutting rabbits!

Guilt & Shame’s 2013 Edinburgh Fringe show was one of our highlights last year: energetic, engaging, ever-so-slightly sex-obsessed. Our highlight? Prepare to see God take on the devil in a gay-off dance-off…

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// Monday //

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Cool Rider Live | Lyric Theatre | 7.30pm & 11pm | £37.50

Grease 2 may be one of the most unfairly maligned sequels in the history of cinema. Sure, there’s no Olivia Newton-John or John Travolta – but hey, Michelle Pfeiffer and the swoonsome Maxwell Caulfield more than make up for that!

This one night only concert features some of the amazing songs from the film, including ‘Who’s That Guy?’, ‘Score Tonight’, ‘Cool Rider’, ‘Girl for all Seasons’ and ‘Rock-a-Hula Luau (Summer Is Coming)’!

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// From Tuesday //

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VAULT Festival | The Vaults | Various Times & Prices

Week 1 of VAULT kicks off with an amazing line-up, including our a few real gems:

  • Sara Pascoe vs The Truth They Say: Nothing in life is certain. Everything we believe is subjective. Evidence can be manipulated by predispositions and prejudices. You could just be a brain in a lab being stimulated by electrical impulses? Or, if each cell in your body is replaced over time, maybe you are not even you anymore, like the Sugababes?
  • The Cement Garden – They Say: In the relentless summer heat, four children retreat into an isolated world left to them by their parents, and attempt to create their own version of a family. In Ian McEwan’s first novel, The Cement Garden explores coming of age, burgeoning sexuality and the distortions of a 14-year-old mind.
  • Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas – They Say: Dr Hunter S Thompson’s twisted, madcap adventure to find the heart of the American Dream is staged in this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between his old friend and colleague Lou Stein and the legendary British illustrator Ralph Steadman.

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// From Wednesday //

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One Festival 2014 | The Space | 8pm (Weekend 2pm Matinees) | £12

A showcase of monologues featuring work from a wide range of theatre professionals, split into four programmes.

Our pick of the bunch is Launderette Superstar, written and performed by Fortuna Burke – a comedic musical tale of Fortuna, self-proclaimed synth-pop superstar and part-time launderette assistant. (Part of Programme B on Friday)

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// Thursday //

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Freckled by Son of a Tutu | The RVT | 8.30pm | £8

A brand new one woman show chronicling Son of a Tutu’s search for the elusive multicultural nirvana that she dreamt of back in her village in Nigeria.

We loved Son of a Tutu in Sister Acts (with Mzz Kimberley), and this promises to me yet another hilarious yet touching show from one our favourite Nigerian drag superstar!

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THE COCKETTES’ Elevator Girls In Bondage: Screening & Talk | Richard Saltoun Gallery | 7-9pm | RSVP required

They Say: The underpaid staff of a seedy hotel rise up in revolt when head Elevator Girl Maxine (Rumi) starts a Marxist-Feminist secret association to liberate the girls, followed by explicit sex scenes. The problem of economic and sexual exploitation are raised in this film with a surreal and fun cynicism. Not to be missed.

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// Friday //

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Cabinet of Curiosities – How Disability Was Kept in a Box | Science Museum | 7.30pm | £8

Mat Fraser takes a journey through the history of disability, using museum objects and their histories – through the prism of drama, comedy and cabaret, film and music hall pastiche – to make us question our own attitudes towards difference.

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Remembering Derek | King’s College London Chapel | 6pm | FREE – Day Tickets Available on the Door

Coinciding with the Derek Jarman: Pandemonium exhibition, and to inaugurate his 24-hour installation of The Angelic Conversation, Neil Bartlett speaks in conversation with the distinguished art historian, activist and close friend of Jarman’s, Simon Watney.

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// All Weekend //

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Phoenix Fringe: Winter Weekender | The Phoenix Cavendish Square | Various Times | Various Prices

A line-up of 16 great shows guaranteed to cheer you up this wet and windy January, promising to deliver the best in new, inventive and alternative comedy from both established, award-winning acts (Alan Davies, Al Murray) and rising stars (including To Do List favourite Katherine Ryan).

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// Sunday //

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BURN | Hackney Attic | 7:30pm | £7

They Say: For artists perennially working on a shoestring, the advent of cheap DV has opened up new dimensions of the imagination. From music videos to gorgeously photographed art films, witty online trailers to video-interactive live work, high-concept gags to experiments in light, the moving image is being embraced by the underground as never before. BURN is a place for those sparks to combust. Created in 2010 by Time Out London cabaret editor and film critic Ben Walters, BURN is a platform for video dispatches from London’s underground cabaret scene.

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