Monday, June 11, 2012

Little Miss Random Recommends – Week Ending 17/06/2012

Given that I’ve been busy preparing for my return to the workforce, you’d think I’d have better things to do than blog, but I feel that I have a duty to you lovely readers to make sure you don’t miss out just because I now have something to occupy me during the daytime.

So here’s this week’s edition of Little Miss Random Recommends, with the usual overly-generous amount of  love and care put in.


School Nights
  1. HAS BEEN POSTPONED! If you haven’t heard of Iron Sky, which rock have you been living under the last few weeks? Nah, kidding. I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t have known about this Finnish crowdfunded-movie about Nazis who escaped to the moon in 1945 and return in 2018 to finish off what they started if it weren’t for my slightly-geekier-than-I-am boyfriend. With such a zany, off-the-wall storyline, it can’t be anything other than loads of laughs. Jun 12th, Roxy Bar & Screen, 8.00 pm, £4
  2. Join Live Canon in limbering up for the upcoming games in their Big Olympic Warm-Up, a unique celebration of the games in poetry, featuring a selection of poems nominated to be engraved on the wall of the Olympic village, poetry about cycling and synchronised swimming, and the incredible story of the injured French athlete who lost out in the triple jump but went on to take an Olympics medal for poetry. Jun 12th to 13th, Greenwich Theatre, 1.30 pm (Wed matinee) / 7.30 pm (Tues and Wed), £10.80
  3. NY experimental theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service presents Gatz, an eight-hour long production during which every single word of The Great Gatsby is read aloud with three breaks including a long dinner interval. Considered by NY Times critic Ben Brantley to be “the most remarkable achievement in theatre not only of this year but also of this decade” back in 2010.  Runs till Jul 15th, Noel Coward Theatre, 2.30 pm (Wed, Fri to Sun), £27.50 to £77.50
  4. Catch Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm as it returns to London following its premiere in 2011. I watched this play, described as “ an intimate, explosive and poetic exploration of love in the face of catastrophe”, last year, albeit with a different cast and was blown away by the rawness and intensity of the actors. This run stars Evening Standard Award nominee Tom Byam Shaw and rising star Lara Rossi. Jun 11th to 23rd, Southwark Playhouse, 3.15 pm (Sat matinee) / 7.45 pm, £14 / £18
  5. The Pantaloons present The Importance of Being Earnest at an open-air amphitheatre located near one of the iconic sights of the city. Jun 13th to 15th, The Scoop, More London, 6.30pm, free
  6. I’ll freely confess to never having watched BBC Question Time, but the sheer amount of comments every episode attracts on Twitter must mean it’s good fun to watch with a whole gang of people. I mean, I’m pretty sure that was the inspiration behind the BBC Question Time Tweetalong, which opens with a round of competitive “Dimble-dancing,” no less. Jun 14th, Hackney Picturehouse, 8.30 pm, £5/£4 (concs)/£3 (members)
  7. Dr. Fenando E. Vega, FLS, presents a lecture on the History of Coffee, a crop upon which 20 million families, or 100 million people, rely on for their livelihoods. The presentation will introduce various aspects of the coffee trade, including its dissemination from Africa, the early botanical literature, coffee houses, historical figures that loved coffee, and coffee growing, harvesting, and processing. Jun 14th, The Linnean Society (Burlington House, Piccadilly), 5.30 pm (tea and coffee) / 6.00 pm (talk, followed by wine reception), free
  8. Author and Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman seeks to teach us An Alternative Path To Happiness, sharing insights from his new book The Antidote, which explains how facing up to life’s difficulties and uncertainties can make us happier. All funds raised will go to Action For Happiness. Jun 14th, Conway Hall, 6.45 pm (doors) / 7.00 pm (talk), £15 or as much or as little as you can afford 
  1. London Dreamtime will be boarding the Docklands Community Boat, an old barge from the Mersey, for an evening of storytelling by candlelight as the sun sets over the Thames. Half of the takings will benefit Gasworks Dock Partnership, a local charity which works to connect people in Newham to the river. Jun 15th, exact location provided upon booking, 9.30 pm, £4, e-mail to book a place
  2. The London Tango Long Weekend commences on Friday, bringing four milongas, one practica, four different venues and four DJs. Advance registration is not required, though if you’re intending to attend all the milongas, the Long Weekend package can be purchased on the door on Friday, offering a saving of £6 off the full price of £30. As part of the Long Weekend, there will be a free outdoor milonga on Sunday so if you can’t dance, you can still taking in the majestic sight that is the Argentine tango. Jun 15th to 18th, various locations and starting times, £10 per milonga / £8 if Long Weekend package is purchased / Outdoor milonga, Jun 17th, Spitalfields Market, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, free
  3. DFA, one of the hottest labels when it comes to dance music, bring stalwarts The Juan Maclean, Shit Robot and Factory Floor to East London for one night only. If you’re into disco-electro-house, this is one party not to be missed, particularly as Factory Floor will be performing a rare live dance set. Rory Phillips and Plant Plants complete the bill. Jun 15th, The Nest, 9.00 pm (doors), £8 (inc. fees) 
  4. The Note Wellness Club returns to East London with Note-lympics, Part II. There’ll be interactive competitions and prizes to be won. “Play to laugh. Dance to win.” Dress code: activewear. Beginners are graciously welcomed. Jun 16th, The George Tavern, 8.00 pm, £3 with hug
  5. Welcome to Boom Boom Club: Prospero’s Tavern, the boozer at the end of the world, where travellers and drifters from all over gather to tell tales of times gone by. Cabaret acts, circus performers, heart-breaking song, surreal comedy and live rock ‘n’ roll oall feature. Jun 16th, Priceless London Wonderground, 9.15 pm, £26 (inc. fees)
  6. The Loose Cannons, described by Rob da Bank as “undoubtedly the finest party DJs this side of Mars and our Bestival after-party DJs of choice,” perform at a typically glamorous Shoreditch night of fashion, hedonism and exhibitionism. Sponsored by BBM Me, the first 50 people to BBM PIN 255F148D or tweet @bbmhoxtom before 5 pm on the day will be put on the £5 concession guestlist. Jun 16th, Hoxton Pony, 8.00 pm (doors), free before 9 pm / £10 after / £7 concession guestlist before 10 pm
  7. Take the opportunity to explore the world of graphic novels as the East London Comic and Arts Festival comes to town. In addition to an arts exhibition, there will be talks and workshops conducted by Anorak Magazine, Nexus Cinema, and the organisers themselves, Nobrow. Jun 17th, Village Underground, 9.30 am to 9.30 pm, free entry
  8. Round off the weekend with a lively and entertaining lecture as Yinka Shonibare MBE talks with Richard Phillips, Professor of Geography on Who’s f**king who: Sex in the colonies. Explore the history of British sexual behaviour in the colonies and the role of sexuality in power relations during the time of the Empire. Jun 17th, Hayward Gallery Lecture Theatre, 7.00 pm, £11.75 (inc. fees)

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