London To Do List – 9-15 June
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
// Pick of the Week //
To Do List favourites Vacuum Theatre put on three special performances of their latest innovative, challenging and rewarding work, Something From Nothing, which we caught at The Yard Theatre earlier in the year.
Admission is free (with donations if you are able to give them) – don’t miss these opportunities to catch the future of theatre! RSVP to email@example.com to reserve a seat.
// Tuesday //
The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens are hosting six free pop-up cinema screenings this summer, including Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, This Is Spinal Tap & The Big Lebowski.
This week, it’s Mean “the fetchest high school comedy”, Mean Girls! You might need a blanket, and a booze-of-choice is always a good thing, but you really can’t beat outdoor cinemas screenings (unless it rains!).
// Wednesday //
They Say: Winston Smith [John Hurt] endures a squalid existence in totalitarian Oceania under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. But his life takes a horrifying turn when he begins a forbidden love affair and commits the crime of independent thought. Sent to the chillingly labelled “Ministry of Love”, he is placed at the mercy of O’Brien [Richard Burton] a coolly treacherous leader determined to control his thoughts, and crush his soul.
They Say: “Diederik Ebbinge’s Matterhorn was the best-loved film by audiences at the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival this January and also won the Audience Awards at last year’s Rotterdam and Moscow film festivals. A deliciously deadpan comedy, Matterhorn is the story of Fred, who likes things to be in order, living a strict regime that leaves no time to contemplate quite how he got there. Then Theo walks into his life and turns everything upside down. Will this disruption finally break him, or free him to pursue his dream of conquering the Matterhorn?”
// Thursday //
Another dose of UnderConstruction, the much-loved performance platform for exciting new work. With a whole host of performers presenting short new works, there’s something for everyone, so long as you have a taste for the offbeat, the kooky, and occasionally the downright weird!
Featuring Blanche DuBois, Claire Benjamin, Luisa Amorim, Miss Giving, Mrs Jonjo, MC Gaff E & The Beast, Rodent DeCay, Sharney Nougher & Leo Conville.
As the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in São Paulo, Trafalgar Square hosts a day to celebrate all things Brazilian!
Expect live music, DJs, dance lessons, capoeira & Brazilian street-food! Important Note: the opening match Brazil v Croatia (9pm) will not be screened, so this one might be more for football avoiders…
Dr. Lucy Bolton, Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, introduces a screening of Andrea Arnold’s 2009 film Fish Tank, after which she “gives a reading of the film exploring how the ‘machine’ of cinema builds and creates anxiety”. Part of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.
Pure party dynamite from Boogaloo Stu!
They Say: It’s summertime. It’s sexy. It’s showbiz. So those crazy ol’ stage veterans Boogaloo Stu & Fake Bush will be taking to the stage for late-nite cabaret capers and naughty-botty showbiz shenanigans, presenting all things BUSHY for your delight and delectation.
// Saturday //
Now in its fourth year, Bushstock is a multi-venue one day event taking place across various venues in Shepherds Bush, celebrating new music.
This year, the line-up includes Alexi Murdoch, Amber Run, Blaenavon, Chloe Howl, Gengahr, Hozier, Luke Sital-Singh, The Mispers, The Felice Brothers, Peggy Sue, Rhodes, Saint Raymond & MORE!
East London Comic and Arts Festival | The Oval Space | From 11:30am | £3 Entry, £3 for Specific Talks
They Say: The third edition of the festival will again aim to showcase the plethora of youthful talent in the comics and graphic art scene in London and the UK and also to bring something fresh to our locals by drawing talent from abroad to take part in the event, inviting exciting new collectives and publishers from Europe and the wider world.