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Thursday 3 July 2014

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Caro Moses
Editor, ThisWeek London
'The Christine Machine', on at the Soho Theatre until Saturday, offers a "gender-blending booty-pounding perversion of punk dragged through a musical theatre gutter" courtesy of its star, Christeene, described by the internet as a "drag terrorist" and by the press release as "a human pissoir of foul hilarity and raw unabashed sexuality". Wow.

I must confess to feeling ever so slightly scared – all that talk of dragging through gutters – but I girded my loins and sent over a mixed bag of questions. Here is what I got back: Christeene, unedited.

Read the interview here
FRIDAY 4 JULY 2014 >>
COMEDY: The Mae Martin Experience | The Invisible Dot | 4 Jul
Acclaimed Canadian Mae Martin MCs this Friday night mixed bill made up of games, songs, and miscellaneous nice things. The vibe is relaxed, the guests are secret, and Mae is, as ever, a likeable delight. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Zip Zip Comedy w/ Daniel Simonsen + Late Night Gimp Fight | The Proud Archivist | 4 Jul
This genius idea for a comic showcase, which combines the jokes with animations and live photoshopping tonight features a brand new episode of Rob Pybus's 'Living cartoons', and as well as the sour-faced Daniel Simonsen and S&M combatants Late Night Gimp Fight. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: West Side Story + live score | Royal Albert Hall | 4 Jul
The 1961 movie of the least hammy musical of all time, 'Romeo & Juliet'-esque gangland romance 'West Side Story', gets a big-screen screening with a big live score to go with it; the Royal Philharmonic play Bernstein's snappy soundtrack as the film rolls. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: ARGComFest | The Garage | 5-6 Jul
The Garage will be spilling over with practically every comedian going over the weekend, presenting competitively-priced Fringe previews by Andrew Maxwell, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Riches, Nish Kumar, Casual Violence and improv pros Cariad (Lloyd) and Paul (Foxcroft) – and that's only today. On tomorrow; it's James Acaster, Josie Long, John Kearns, Simon Munnery aaaaaaaand the one and in fact only Bridget Christie. Details and tickets here.

FILM/ART: Dance Transmissions: Selected by Vivian Ziherl + Q&A | ICA | 5 Jul (pictured)
For the penultimate day of the 2014 Artists Film Biennial, curator Vivian Ziherl has chosen this programme of shorts dealing in the ways in which dance-type motifs translate to the moving image. The event's twin centre-pieces are the London premiere screenings of two new works from Shahryar Nashat, who'll stick around for a Q&A, and Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alcopopalooza w/ Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly | Brixton Windmill | 5 Jul
Rock corps Alcopop! Recordsthrows its annual mid-year party, laying on a BBQ and live vibes c/o alt superman Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Johnny Foreigner offshoot Yr Poetry, Brawlers, Emperor Yes, Uncle Luc and a very secret, very special billing (hint: it's LEN). Details and ticket (tee)s here.
SUNDAY 6 JULY 2014 >>

ART: London Illustration Fair Summer Festival | Hoxton Arches | – 6 Jul
Flying a Tropicana theme this year, with all the timely Brazilian vibes that entails, the London Illustration Fair's summertime art gala showcases the best in print, design and 'illo' from a range of agencies, collectives and independent creatives. Alongside all the exhibitor stands, there'll be live mural painting and screen printing, a 'Print Your Own Ice-Cream Monster' workshop with Hello Print Studio, and Brazilian BBQ. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Descent Funnies w/ Tamar Broadbent + WitTank | Southwark Playhouse | 6 Jul (pictured)
Our favourite Friday night diner, MC-with-the-most Tom Rosenthal, dishes a dollop of Edinburgh-Fringe-first-glimpse goodness, presenting five previews from Tamar Broadbent, Ian Smith, Rosie Holt, Ivo Graham and WitTank. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ Eric Lampaert + Sofie Hagen + Matthew Highton | The Balham Exhibit | 6 Jul
Flipping the 'Rise Of The Idiots' script for a 'Comedians' Cinema Club' plot twist; goofy surrealist Eric Lampaert, Danish card Sofie Hagen and self-styled 'weirdo' comic Matthew Highton act a live and improvised recreation of Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 7 JULY 2014 >>
COMEDY: Alex Horne Breaks The News – Live Recording | Soho Theatre | 7 Jul
Keeping the chat firmly on ultra-lite comic topics, games, songs, and wallets, furry-faced funny man Alex Horne is joined at his (non)news desk for this evening's live recording by the following guest experts: 'Political Animal' Andy Zaltzman (who'll likely try to bring a big pointy talking stick of satire) and "quick wit" Ian Smith. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stand Up Against Austerity w/ Jo Brand + Stewart Lee + Mark Steel | Eventim Apollo | 7 Jul
Hitting back at financial hardship at tonight's charity gala, we have big-deal comic campaigners in the individual shapes of Jo Brand, Shappi Khorsandi, Marcus Brigstocke, Stewart Lee, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Francesca Martinez, Jeremy Hardy, Robin Ince and... Jason Manford. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Under Milk Wood | Richmond Theatre | 7-12 Jul (pictured)
'Game Of Thrones' actor Owen Teale is First Voice in Clwyd Theatr Cymru's affectionate centenary take on this classic text by Mr Dylan Thomas, a day-in-the-life of a tiny fishing town in Wales. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 8 JULY 2014 >>

OPERA/DANCE: Le Coq D'or | English National Opera | 8-10 Jul
The first in a season of ballets by the Moscow State Opera & Ballet, Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov's rarely-seen 'Golden Cockerel' re-tells Pushkin's fairy tale of an aged Tsar who asks a sorcerer to bring peace to his kingdom. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Events | Young Vic | 8 Jul – 2 Aug
This heavy-going play by Scottish writer David Grieg, which is back  by demand at the Young Vic ahead of a transfer to NYC, centres on gay priest Claire, who experiences an atrocity and thereafter strives to understand the breadth of the terrible things she's seen. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Then | Soho Theatre | 8-13 Jul (pictured)
Innovative theatre-maker Yve Blake creates an audiovisual fabric of stories, voicemails, images and playlists donated by over 500 participants in answer to the question,'Who do you feel you used to be?' The show gives in insight into their relationships, and celebrates the idiots, heroes and strangers we once were. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Price – Not As Nice As He Looks | Canal Cafe Theatre | 9 Jul
Older, balder, noisier and above all BACK following a leave of paternity, self-styled 'flinty git' Tom Price wonders how he can stop his beautiful baby becoming a 'spiteful cock' like his dad. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shelter Fundraiser w/ Nish Kumar + Felicity Ward + Mark Dolan | The Phoenix | 9 Jul
Hoping you'll 'Laugh Up A Storm' at tonight's charity gala, which benefits Shelter, it's friendly telly nerd Mark Dolan, enthusiastic Aussie comic Felicity Ward, and, on the flipside of Ward's smily Antipodean coin, Brit sourpuss Nish Kumar. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: The Rape Of Lucrece | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 9-12 Jul (pictured)
Cult cabaret lady Camille O'Sullivan 'inhabits the souls' of both blushing wife Lucrece AND voracious king's son Tarquin in this RSC adaptation of Shakespeare's sexually explicit saga. O'Sullivan sings an original score co-written by Feargal Murray. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 10 JULY 2014 >>

ART: Martin Firrell – It Ends Here | The Vaults | 1- 12 Jul (pictured)
Much-lauded public artist Martin Firrell digs into 'Planet Of The Apes's "particular corner of pop culture" to make 'It Ends Here', a maze of pitch-black underground spaces rumbling with 'found sound' and towered over by giant words, each meant to provoke thought on war, peace and the human condition. Entry is free, and visitors are given torches to find and map the meaning of the hidden texts. Details here.

MUSIC: Austra + Blue Hawaii | Oval Space | 10 Jul

Estrella Galicia is pleased to present clean Canadian vibes via silky synthpop band Austra and, flying in from Montreal, ethereal 'Try To Be' hitmakers Blue Hawaii. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: In Lambeth | Southwark Playhouse | 10 Jul – 2 Aug

Jack Shepherd's slightly surreal 'In Lambeth', a mix of myth and history which imagines a meeting between Enlightened activist Thomas Paine and William Blake and his wife Catherine, is set against the tense tableau of the French and American revolutions of the late 1700s, the play has Paine fleeing to the Blakes, who for a time lived on Hercules Road in Lambeth, only to find them naked, sitting in a tree reading 'Paradise Lost', and speaking with angels. Details and tickets here.
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