Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 26 – 31 May 2015

Your one-stop culture shop – everything you really need to know if you’re looking for quirky, kooky or unusual things to do in London this week!

Tuesday 26th May – Sunday 31st May 2015

SUMMER OPENINGS

Bold Tendencies | Peckham Multi-Story Car Park | 27 May | 6:30pm | FREE

Bold Tendencies | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

Bold Tendencies returns to the Peckham multi-storey car park for another summer of art, culture, unmissable events and the coolest bar in town. Guest curator Attilia Fattori Franchini brings together Richard Wentworth’s newly commissioned, site-specific work Agora, the AIRBNB Pavilion “Aspects of Change”, and Amsterdam-based design collective Metahaven’s “Possessed”.

Plus, explore the Derek Jarman Garden, grab a bite at the Ali Baba Snack Bar, and watch the sun go down with a cocktail at the famous Frank’s Cafe.

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CIRCUS

Shelter Me | Theatre Delicatessen | 27 May – 5 July | 8pm | £10 – £18

Shelter Me | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

Featuring performers from Shunt, Cirque Eloize, Ockham’s Razor and more, Circumference – a collective of some of the best, cutting edge circus, audio and visual artists – join forces to create an interactive physical journey across and between performance, installation and experience. Featuring an original score by Dutch electronic music producer Aniek de Rooj.

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FESTIVALS

Tunnel to Tunnel Festival | London Fields Brewery | 27 May | 1pm | £5

Tunnel To Tunnel | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

The Carnabys headline the first Tunnel to Tunnel festival, featuring a packed music line-up spread over two stages. There will also be ace music, tasty craft beer, stone-baked pizza, and plenty of surprises throughout the day!

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MUSIC

Bunty: Multimos Album Launch | Jazz Cafe | 28 May | 7pm | £12.50

Bunty

Bunty is a Brighton-based multi-dimensional beat merchant, vocal juggler and visual artist. Her live shows are a kaleidoscope of multi-instrumentalism, voice, SFX and made-up languages, and sets rely heavily on improvisation and inspiration.

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DOOMSQUAD | Dalston Roof Park | 29 May | 7:30pm | £6

They Say: “DOOMSQUAD is a Toronto-based art project made up of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas. The trio create experimental dance music that’s heavily indebted to trance and psychedelia.”

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FILM

Bechdel Test Film Club : The Joy Luck Club | Amersham Arms | 26 May | 7:30pm | FREE

The Joy Luck Club | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

A screening of Wayne Wang’s 1993 film adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club.

Four women, originally from China and living in San Francisco, meet up regularly to play mahjong and chat. And, true to the spirit of the Bechdel Test, they chat about plenty of things other than men!

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CABARET

Miss Hope Springs: Queen of Fools | Hippodrome Casino | 28 May | 8pm | From £15

Miss Hope Springs | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

The definition of classy cabaret – expect decadence, delightful original tunes, and a show-stopping voice to die for. Miss Hope Springs reveals some scandalous showbiz stories from her ‘Ritz to the pits’ life, and shares some musical treasures from her songbook.

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COMEDY

Bashment Granny 3 | Hackney Empire | 30 May | 8pm | £22.50 – £27.50

Bashment Granny | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

Bashment Granny 3 is the latest episode in the Bashment Granny series: “Bad Boy Trevor is released from prison only to find that Shebada is still in hiding and Half-a-Dog is sniffing around for his cash.”

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ART

Central Saint Martins Degree Shows 2015 | Central Saint Martins | 27-31 May | From Midday | FREE

Central Saint Martins | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

King’s Cross is the new, unofficial cultural hub of London. Discover why creative students from around the world are pitching up at CSM, at this series of Degree Shows from Fine Art, Photography, Art & Science, Exhibition Studies, Moving Image and Art Theory & Philosophy courses.

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EVENTS

#FOMO: Fear of Missing Out | ICA | 29-31 May | Various Times

#FOMO | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

They Say: Chaired by Berlin artist and theorist Hito Steyerl, this three-day event brings together leading international theorists, academics, social thinkers and artists to discuss postdigital anxieties and the social condition.

Using the year 2015 as a lens through which to view the early 21st century, Fear of Missing Out captures current debate and forecasts future possibilities for action and change, while acknowledging the complexities of historicising the present at the expense of the future.

Examining the progression and trajectory of technological, ecological and cultural advances, speakers from diverse disciplines will present on topics from Artificial Intelligence to the Anthropocene.

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FESTIVALS

Holloway Arts Festival 2015 | Various Location | 29 May – 13 June | Various Times

Holloway Arts Festival | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

Holloway Arts Festival 2015 – with the theme of Spirit of the 60’s – brings a range of events to Holloway, including a carnival parade and a programme of day-time and evening performances as well as workshops and exhibitions.

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ODDITIES

NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK | The Glory | 29 May | 7pm | £5

NSFW | Unusual Things To Do in London, 26-31 May

The Glory teams up with Pat Cash to launch “NOT SAFE FOR WORK” – “a queer scratch night for all those who abhor the word professional”.

Hosted by Trashbag Trish and Lisa Luxx, the launch night special features guests Travis Alabanza and Dom Top.

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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.