London To Do List – 28 April - 4 May

London To Do List – 28 April – 4 May

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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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Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model | Soho Theatre | Until Saturday | 7:30pm | £15-£17.50

That funny Canadian from Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, Mock The Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats just happens to be one of our favourite comedians – and her second UK tour hits London this week!

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// All Week //

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Angel Comedy Festival | Camden Head | 8pm | FREE

More comedy (we’re going to be laughing a lot this week), as some of the best and biggest names in New British Comedy perform at this fab, free, week-long festival. Featuring Showstoppers! The Musical, Patrick Monahan, Lucy Porter, Richard Herring, Abandoman, Simon Munnery, Mae Martin, Mark Dolan, Luke Toulson, Andy Zaltzman & Joel Dommett.

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Barbarella | The Alibi Film Club | 8pm | FREE

One of our favourite sci-fi films of all time, based on the Jean-Claude Forest comics and starring Jane Fonda as the eponymous space vixen sent by the President of Earth to retrieve Doctor Durand Durand. It’s madness, complete kitsch madness, and you’ll love it!

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// From Tuesday //

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Red Bastard | Pleasance London | 7:30pm | £12-£15

Our highlight of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe (we gave him ★★★★½ – we’re very protective of our fifth star!), Red Bastard brings his unique brand of motivational clowning to The Pleasance – be prepared, be scared, be… honest. Trust us, you don’t want to tell this man any lies!

Prepare for an hour of the most riveting, mind-expanding, uncomfortable, provocative, funny, sad, life-changing brilliance you could possibly imagine. Not for the faint of heart, the easily offended, or the smug – this is a theatre experience like no other, which might just change your life.

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// Tuesday //

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Tomorrow’s Classics Today | Pan Macmillan | 6:30pm | FREE

Pan Macmillan opens its doors and invites book lovers to join them as they raise a glass to their new literary voices of 2014.

Find out what it’s really like inside one of the UK’s leading publishers, mingle with publishing professionals and authors, and listen to the literary talent as they give an exclusive preview of their brand new work. Featuring Kate Tempest, Mark Watson & David Whitehouse.

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Alienese 24-Hour Workshop | The Vaults Gallery | 6pm-9pm | FREE

Join artists Holly-Anne Buck/Collagism and Adam Milburn in making an ALIENESE collage mask – when you’ve finished, they’ll photograph it and email you an hallucinatory, animated version which will be incorporated into their next video piece.

Entry is free, but a gold coin donation to cover collage materials, magazines and masks provided would be much appreciated. Places are limited, but you can reserve your place by emailing

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Baby Lame’s Disney Princess Meltdown Party! | Resistance Gallery | 8pm | £5

They Say: Ariel’s hit the game, Snow White’s in rehab and Britney is… fucked. Let the magical kingdom meltdown begin!!

Join cabaret monstrosity Baby Lame as she takes on Disney, for a punk-horror-drag night of dirty games, frantic drinking and balls-out performance.

Featuring Oozing Gloop, Le Snake Fervor, Mucky Puppets, Cherry Liquor, Jeannie Dee, Dunja, The Face of Pop – Kev Clarke, DJ Moan Crawful & Amy Grimehouse!

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London Sketchfest 2014 | Backyard Comedy Club | Thursday-Sunday | Various Times & Prices

The London Sketch Comedy Festival returns for its second year, featuring a selection of unsigned talent in sketch comedy, alongside established, award-winning acts.

An expanded programme includes competition shows presenting new and unsigned acts, feature shows presenting a range of the best acts from around the UK, and variety shows with some old and new faces.

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Hackney Flea Market | 73A Church Street | Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm | FREE

Hackney Flea Market is home to an eclectic selection of hand-picked stall holders selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects, and couture items.

They Say: Expect a hall brimming full of… Vintage Clothes, 20th Century Furniture, Records, Scandinavian Glass & Ceramics, Jet Set Junk, All Sorts, Handcrafted Jewelry, Salvaged French Homeware, Antique Luggage, Curiosities & Collectables, Honky Tonk Textiles, Small Press Publishers, Reclaimed Industrial Fixtures, Mid Century Danish Decor, Zines, Atomic Era Electricals & Handmade Goods, and much more.

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Curzon Free Film Festival | Curzon Victoria | From Friday | FREE

To celebrate the launch of their brand new Victoria branch, Curzon host a a week-long free film festival!

Guest curators include journalist and presenter Edith Bowman, Time Out film editor Dave Calhoun, humourist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson, The Times film critic Kate Muir, and Curzon Director of Programming Jason Wood.

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Chris Cox: Fatal Distraction | Udderbelly Festival | 7:45pm | £15.50-£20.50

They Say: Chris Cox is the geeky multi award-winning mind-reader who can’t read minds.

He’s also ‘stunning’ according to The Times, and The Guardian says he’s ‘one of the most exciting entertainers in Britain’, although Chris is far too modest to make that the first thing people read about him.

Due to popular demand he returns to the cow with Fatal Distraction, an award-winning, hilarious, mind-blowing and multi five-star magical theatrical experience.

Marvel as Chris does things no human should be able to do, reads minds, controls coincidence and wonders whether love is the only real bit of magic in this world.

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The Geekatorium | Stratford Picturehouse | 7:30pm | £5

Geekatorium is right up our wacky alley: a live comedy night that celebrates the best in pop culture, geekdom and whatever people are passionate about.

Mixing stand up with sketch, music and improvised comedy, as well as video links, animation and social media interactivity, you’re guaranteed a geekgasm at their amazing shows!

Oh, and make sure to check out our interview with Geekatorium creator, producer and host Paul Gannon!

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Cinco De Mayo | The Camden Eye | 7pm | FREE

They Say: Hold on to your sombreros London, it’s fave holiday of the Mexican people Cinco De Mayo next weekend, and to celebrate The Camden Eye pub will host a HUGE party with Mexico the theme.

Expect Nachos, Jala Poppers, Mexican pizza & Quesadillas, all washed down with tequila of course, plus piñatas aplenty, tunes with a Spanish flavour & movies such as Nacho Libre & Frida….

Prizes up for grabs for all those in full Mexican attire and the attitude, as they say down Mexico way, is NO HAY BRONCA!!

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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.