New today, it's the ThisWeek London Podcast, our weekly magazine programme - available to download or stream - championing the best comedy, cabaret, theatre, music, musicals and spoken word in London, and featuring interviews with and performances from some our favourite performers and creators.

In this first edition, Chris Cooke and Tom Bragg are joined by Lady Rizo ahead of her Soho Theatre residency, plus find out more about theatre shows 'Wingman' (Soho Theatre), 'Civil Rogues' (Pleasance Islington) and 'How To Disappear Completely' (Battersea Arts Centre).

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Channel 4 comedy types Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, they of – yes, the names give it away a bit – Cardinal Burns fame, are presently in the first stages of their first ever UK tour, and, Londoners, they are kicking it off with a substantial run at the Soho Theatre.

Ahead of their dates in the capital, I sent some questions to the British Comedy Award-winning, Bafta-nominated duo, to find out more about the past, the present, and the future. You can read the interview here.

You can see Cardinal Burns at the Soho Theatre until 20 Sep, after which they head off on their big tour of the UK. To book tickets for the London dates, see this page here, and for info on the other UK dates, have a look here.
Up and coming writer Andrew Maddock started a run at the Old Red Lion this week, performing his own, semi-autobiographical stories in a duo of monologues entitled 'The Me Plays', which tackle the contemporary issue of social interaction and pressure in the digital era, but also engage with the age old themes of mortality and nostalgia.

I spoke to Andrew to find out more about the plays, his career thus far, and what the future holds. You can read the interview here.

You can see 'The Me Plays' at the Old Red Lion Theatre from 2-20 Sep. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.
FILM: Life Of Pi | The Scoop | 5 Sep
A tiny drop in the ocean of films that More London is screening for free every Wednesday this month, it's Ang Lee's big-screen fantasy-at-sea 'Life Of Pi', a painstakingly-made cinematic dreamscape based on Yann Martel's 'boy on boat with live tiger'-based best-seller novel of the same name. Seats are limited, so arrive early. Details here.

MUSIC: Late Night Prom w/ Paloma Faith | Royal Albert Hall | 5 Sep (pictured)
Fresh-faced and copper-coiffed singer-of-song Paloma Faith fronts a 42-man jazz orchestra atop this Late Night BBC Prom. She'll be joining with the elite Urban Voices Collective in a collation of hits off of her latest LP, 'A Perfect Contradiction', and its platinum-selling prequels, 'Fall To Grace' and 'Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?'. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inner City Ooz | Display Gallery | 5-27 Sep
Oft-roaring jazz-pop boy King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, shows some of his and his brother's art works, banner-titled 'Inner City Ooz'. In short, it's an installation based on the pair's reactions to 'motifs' like memory, time and the role of the artist in a changing cityscape, and will feature a mix of large-scale abstract pieces featuring Archy's poetry and 'layers of paint' by Jack, plus illustrations, drawings and photographs. In the downstairs place, the Marshall Bros will create a "secluded, fictional environment" of soundscapes, compositions and live interactive performance made to "vibrate the viewer". Details here.

MUSIC: High Rise | various venues | 6 Sep
The Boxfresh-sponsored High Rise takes place on a trio of East London roof terraces today, soundtracking the city skyline both pre and post-sunset. The headliners at each venue are Waze & Odyssey atop Hewett Street's Rockwell House, Lapalux at the Dalston Roof Park, and Alpines up of the roof of Netil House. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Horst – Photographer Of Style | V&A Museum | 6 Sep – 4 Jan (pictured)
One of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century, Horst P Horst's career spanned six decades – his last professional work appearing in Vogue's 75th anniversary issue in 1991, when he was 85 years old. As well as thousands of prints, this exhibition displays drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters carefully archived by the man himself while still alive. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stewart Lee | Union Chapel | 6 Sep
The Edinburgh Fringe is well and truly over now, a point proven by the billing of this event as a 'Post-Fringe Gala Bash'. Headlining the whole shebang will be Mr Stewart Lee, with a supporting cast of other Fringe comedy highlights. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ John Kearns + Eric Lampaert + Sunil Patel | The Exhibit | 7 Sep
This year's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns headlines a typically tip top Rise Of the Idiots line-up, which also features Eric Lampaert and Sunil Patel. Tickets are just £5 in advance (or £7 on the door). That's a bargain, I tell you. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Telescopes | Shacklewell Arms | 7 Sep (pictured)
Long-serving shoegaze outfit The Telescopes will kick off a three month stint of European and US tour dates right here in London tonight, with a headline set at The Shacklewell Arms. The band have said that they "will be dipping into past present future material from beyond the realm", which I think means there'll be a glimpse of their long-awaited new album. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jo Hamilton | Leicester Square Theatre | 7 Sep
Earlier this year Jo Hamilton premiered her 'Fractal Sparks' show at Durham Cathedral, a suitably grand audio-visual performance. This one-off performance at the Leicester Square Theatre gives a rare opportunity to see her in a more intimate setting. Details and tickets here.
COMEDY: Laugh Till It Hurts in aid of Mind | Comedy Store | 8 Sep (pictured)
An impressive line-up at the Comedy Store tonight. MC Gordon Southern will lead the audience through sets from Stewart Francis, John Moloney, Jason John Whitehead, Kevin Day, Jeff Innocent, Marlon Davis, Barry Cryer, Katherine Ryan and Ray Peacock. And it's all in aid of mental health charity Mind. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Miles Jupp Is The Chap You're Thinking Of | Regent's Park Open Air Theatre | 8 Sep
Think of a funny chap. Are you thinking of Miles Jupp? Well then, this is clearly the show for you. Taking a moment off from his many other jobs in the world of making people laugh – from panel shows to telly acting – Jupp will perform stand-up that, it is promised, will range from 'mild-mannered' to 'stroppy'. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Lady Rizo | Soho Theatre | 8-20 Sep
Star of the first edition of the ThisWeek London podcast, award-winning cabaret performer Lady Rizo will kick off a run at the Soho Theatre tonight. She returns to London with the new show she debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last month. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Laugh Out London's Pick Of The Fringe | Old Queen's Head | 9 Sep
When Lough Out London say they've selected four of the best acts from this year's Edinburgh Fringe, they mean business. The brilliant Sara Pascoe headlines, with supporting sets from Trygve Wakenshaw, Liam Williams and some guy called Stewart Lee. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Simian Mobile Disco | Union Chapel | 9 Sep
Marking the release of new album 'Whorl', Simian Mobile Disco will perform the record in full at Union Chapel. During the making of album, says the duo's Jas Shaw, their live and studio performances drew closer together, all of which makes tonight's show even more intriguing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Great Britain | Theatre Royal Haymarket | 9 Sep – 10 Jan (pictured)
Richard Bean's acclaimed satire of the British press, police and political establishment moves into the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a four month run. In it, Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Wolf From The Door | Royal Court | 10 Sep – 1 Nov
Rory Mullarkey, who won the George Devine Award for this play, imagines a wild road trip across Middle England where Lady Catherine and her young protégé Leo enlist every tearoom, hot yoga class and WI group on a mission to change the country forever. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The James Plays | Olivier Theatre | 10 Sep – 30 Oct (pictured)
Transferring down from the Edinburgh International Festival, where it was this year's big draw, Rona Munro's trilogy of plays, 'James I', 'James II' and 'James III', examine the lives of three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Burnt Ones | The Waiting Room | 10 Sep
Scuzzy San Franciscans Burnt Ones will be setting up shop in Stoke Newington tonight, showing off wares (aka songs) from their array of releases to date and forthcoming third album, 'Gift', which is due out in March next year. Details and tickets here.
ART: Late Turner – Painting Set Free | Tate Britain | 11 Sep – 25 Jan 2015
The first major showcase given over entirely to the highly-significant 'late bloomer' phase of English painter man JMW Turner's life and timeline, 'Painting Set Free' showcases a wide panorama of the artist's unusual square pictures, famed watercolours like 'Heidelberg: Sunset' and 'The Wreck Buoy', and his last-exhibited pieces circa 1850, of classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Africa Utopia | Southbank Centre | 11-14 Sep (pictured)
Taking a juicy bite out of African art, life, history and culture, Africa Utopia will this year play host to all-time Ethio-jazz great Mulatu Astatke, States-breaking (and ThisWeek interviewed) comedienne Gina Yashere, dance pairing Qudus Onikeku & Zena Edwards – who'll interpret themes of identity, memory and exile through movement – and a capella R&B/soul ensemble Simply Soweto Encha. In addition to the 'right-brained' side of the programme will be a series of practical (yet still ideas-driven) seminars and debates led by African activists and entrepreneurs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: 20 Stories High Young Actors Company - Tales From The MP3 | Unicorn Theatre | 11-13 Sep
In Julia Samuels' innovative essay on identity and perspective, a group of young actors give voice to each other's distinct life stories and opinions, listening in via private MP3 players and repeating, line for line and in real time, what they're hearing, and thus sharing it with the audience too. Find extracts from the show – which features a live score, projected visuals and inevitable inner-city beat-boxing – on the relevant instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast, which will be available on 11 Sep. Details and tickets here.
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