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Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 19-25 October 2015

Unusual things to do in London this week including a live seance, an offbeat comedy special, free festivals & much more.

Monday 19 – Sunday 25 October 2015

THEATRE

Absence by Vacuum Theatre | Battersea Arts Centre | Wed 21-Sat 24 Oct | 9pm | £12/9

absence vacuum theatre

Vacuum Theatre our favourite next generation theatre ensemble are back with Absence:

“A playful exploration of today’s preoccupation with ‘living in the moment’ using pop culture, dancing, iconic movies, philosophy and meditation.”

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La JohnJoseph | Hackney Picturehouse | Thu 22 Oct | 7.30pm | £8

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La JohnJoseph presents a ‘maliciously satirical manifesto’ for modern Britain.

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COMEDY

Crouch End Comedy Festival Gala | Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End | Fri 23 Oct | 7pm | £12 (+ bkg fee)

A stellar line up including Reginald D Hunter, Roisin Conaty, Andrew Maxwell & Ria Lina comes together to celebrate ‘Downstairs at the Kings Head’ – one of the oldest comedy clubs in the UK

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Fred Strangebone’s Freakshow | Etcetera Theatre, Camden | Tue 20-Sun 25 Oct | 9pm | £11/10 (+ bkg fee)

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Get ready for Halloween early with Fred Strangebone, who will take you on a tour of a circus sideshow and introduce you to the Freaks & their dark, hilarious back-stories.

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The Spectacular Spectrum of Now | Star of Kings, Kings Cross | Mon 19 Oct | 7.30pm | £5

the spectacular spectrum of now

Our favourite comedy night is unlike any other with supremely oddball and brilliantly talented line up of character comedy & short film exclusives. This week see Beth Vyse (We gave her ★★★★ at Ed Fringe), a sneak peek of the delightfully strange, Fred Strangebone ahead of his full show & loads of other offbeat acts.

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Spencer Jones is the Herbert | Soho Theatre | Wed 21-Sat 31 Oct | 7.30pm | £12.50/10

spencer jones is the herbert

We honestly hadn’t seen an act like The Herbert before, until we stumbled upon the character at The Spectacular Spectrum of Now (featured above). It’s brilliantly bizarre buffoonery from a BAFTA-nominated star, Spencer Jones. Unmissable!

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MUSIC

Lady Vendredi: Battle Cry! | Roundhouse | Thu 22-Fri 23 Oct | 8pm | £12.50 (+bkg fee)

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‘Imagine Grace Jones in a live Blaxploitation movie directed by John Waters.’

This got us hooked and we couldn’t wait to enter the world of Lady Vendredi. Get ready for a hypnotic ritualistic kaleidoscope, driven by a pumping live soundtrack of traditional Haitian vodou grooves, experimental music, global bass, jazz and hip hop.

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FILM

Estate: A Reverie | Artsadmin, Aldgate East | Fri 23 Oct | 7.30pm | £5

“Estate, a Reverie is a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Giving poetic expression to the passing of Hackney’s Haggerston Estate after 76 years, Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s film explores the death of a utopian dream, the reconfiguration of East London’s landscape and a group of people who refuse to be defined by economic or social brackets.”

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London Fields Free Film Festival | London Fields | Fri 23 Oct | 7.30pm | £5

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The free film festival scene in London is burgeoning and this is a great chance to see some celluloid classics for free in London Fields. Our highlights are: 1996 double bill from The Bechtel Test Fest: The Craft & Scream & Set it Off featuring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox & Kimberly Elise.

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EVENTS

The Magic of Music Hall Weekender | Wilton’s Music Hall, Shadwell/Tower Hill | Sat 24 & Sun 25 Oct | 10am-6pm | FREE

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London’s ultimate hidden gem opens its weighty doors for a free celebration of music hall with live performances in the hall & stalls throughout the building.

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MARKET

The Old Dalston Market | EPIC Dalston, 13-15 Stoke Newington High St | Sun 25 Oct | 11am-6pm | FREE

London’s biggest market packed full of unique treasures from the nicest independent traders in town.

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FESTIVALS

Bloomsbury Festival 2015 | Various Locations | Thu 22-Sun 25 Oct | Lots of Free Events

A lovely chance to discover Bloomsbury’s streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings with art, performance & more. Highlights include:

See highlights picked by the festival team here

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Future Artefacts | Shoreditch Studios, 37 Batemans Row | Fri 23-Sun 25 Oct | Free with Registration

future artefacts

This is the future arts fair with neo publishers, music, fashion & tech companies hawking their wares. See the future today.

See who will be at the fair

Inside Out Festival | Various Locations | Mon 19-Sat 24 Oct | Lots of Free Events

bloodlines inside out festival

The Culture Capital Exchange has organised a corker of a festival showing just how much London’s universities contribute to the capital’s cultural heart. Highlights include:

  • Bloodlines (pictured above, Tue 20 Oct, Free): A theatre piece that eschews the taboos of cancer and portrays the extreme bodily experience of someone going through the most aggressive cancer treatment: a stem cell transplant.
  • The Art of Living (Tue 20 Oct, Free): Dr Dominic Johnson has written a new book about the history of performance art through the voices of it’s key players. Join artists such as Penny Arcade & Anne Bean to talk through this hidden history for free.

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ODDITIES

Seance. An Interactive Illusion | Arch 468,  | Sun 25 Oct | 8pm | £12/10 (+bkg fee)

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Join Philipp Oberlohr as he makes a reconstruction of a Victorian seance live before your eyes.

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Rupert Dannreuther

About 

I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.