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Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 9-15 November 2015

Unusual things to do in London including an offbeat film extravaganza featuring a screening of cult classic Splash! in a swimming pool, a free event for Disney’s Inside Out & loads more!

Monday 9-15 November 2015

SHOWS

Dance Class: a performance by Gillie Kleiman | Shoreditch Town Hall | Tues 10 & Weds 11 Nov | 6.30pm & 8.30pm | £11

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We saw Gillie Kleiman improvise for her life earlier in 2015 in Greg Wohead’s show at The Yard, and fell in love. Here she is on her own terms to present a dance class like no other.

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Good Grief by Jack Rooke | Shoreditch Town Hall | Tues 10 Nov | 7pm | £11

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Grief is a tough subject to tackle, but inspiring newcomer Jack Rooke brings a joy to the subject of the lost and gone.

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This is How We Die by Christopher Brett Bailey | Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush | Fri 13 & Sat 14 Nov | 7.30pm | £15

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Electric searing beat poetry combines with the greatest theatrical surprise we’ve seen in years. Don’t miss.

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COMEDY & CABARET

Inside Out x Comedy Club for Kids | The Phoenix Artist Club, Soho | Sun 15 Nov | doors 12.30pm | Free (first come first served, no booking)

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Strangely cerebral and utterly brilliant Disney picture ‘Inside Out’ unites with the lovely Comedy Club for Kids for a special event to help launch the DVD.

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UnderConstruction | Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall | Thu 12 Nov | 7pm | £5
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Left: Gur Piepskovitz Right: Tricity Vogue – Photo by James Millar

Life is a cabaret, and these performers & many more are ready to show you something new at Lisa Lee’s essential cabaret catalyst.

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FILM

Cancelled: DIVE-IN MOVIES: Splash! | Wavelengths, Deptford | Sat 14 Nov | 7pm | £16.75

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The gorgeous and underrated mermaid classic featuring Daryl Hannah & Tom Hanks gets wet with a screening at a SWINEMA! Grab a lilo & join the fun!

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Greenhorn Short Film Festival | ArtHouse Crouch End, The Proud Archivist & Bertha Dochouse at Bloomsbury Curzon | Weds 11-Sun 15 Nov | Various | £7/5 per show

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The film festival for those with a shorter attention span returns with some divine line-ups of short film future classics, including:

  • It Came from Japan (Thu 12, pictured above) – ‘From the fantastically weird to the beautifully bizarre journey to Japan through this eclectic collection of Japanese and Japan inspired shorts films.’
  • Laughter Live (Fri 13) – ‘Prepare for a night of dark comedy and surreal humour with this programme of funny shorts followed by live stand up at The Proud Archivist.’
  • I Am What I Am (Sat 14) – ‘Join poodle trainers, Mexican wrestlers, celebrity impersonators and punk grannies for this exciting evening screening of award-winning short documentaries at Bertha DocHouse.’

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South Social Film Festival | Dulwich Constitutional Club & Roxy Bar & Screen | Thu 12-Sun 15 Nov | Various | £Varies

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South London’s premier independent film festival, with high quality quirky pictures from around the globe.

Films that grabbed us include:

  • Hip-Hoperation (Sun 15, pictured above) – ‘Bryn Evans’ Hip Hop-operation captures a group of elderly New Zealanders who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they set their sights on competing in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas’
  • Viktoria (Sun 15) – ‘A hugely ambitious, decade-spanning debut feature with eye-popping visuals, sumptuous cinematography and a truly original female-driven storyline, the groundbreaking Viktoria must be seen to be believed.’

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EVENTS

It’s My Party and I’ll Menstruate If I Want To! | Feminist Library, Elephant & Castle/Waterloo | Sat 14 Nov | 1-6pm | Free
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A #periodparty to celebrate the launch of #periodzine: ‘All genders and allies welcome. Please don’t assume pronouns. No Tories. No Terfs. No Trifle (I don’t like custard).’

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The Lord Mayor’s Fireworks | Southbank & Environs | Sat 14 Nov | 5.15pm | Free

Photo from 2014 by mattbuck007 on Flickr

If you aint sick of fireworks yet, get your peepers round these!

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Rupert Dannreuther

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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.