Monday, July 02, 2012

Little Miss Random Recommends – Week Ending 08/07/2012

I’ve been battling injury, a bad cold and some job-hunting-related preparations this weekend, so pardon the fact that I’ve only managed to get 75% of Little Miss Random Recommends up before the start of the week proper. All right, all right, it’s also because I’ve been distracted by Song Pop, which is absolutely addictive.

I will do my very best to have the rest of it up by tomorrow. I promise.  Updated!

School Nights
  1. Check out Boardgames & Beyond which takes place the first Monday of every month. Bring your own or ask for a recommendation from the many games on offer. I haven’t managed to go just yet, but, I doubt I’ll find my personal favourite of The Game of Life there. Yes, I was that boring and literal, even as a kid. Jul 2nd, Hackney Picturehouse, 6.30 pm, free
  2. If you’re anything like me, then your classic movies knowledge will be sadly lacking. So, if you’re free on Tuesday, take the opportunity to catch Sergio Leone’s 1967 spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood and fill in this woeful gap in your knowledge. If you really must be bothered about the plot, it’s about a wandering gunfighter who plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride and revenge. Jul 3rd, Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45 pm, £6.50/£4 (members)
  3. Salon XXII: Subliminal features a line-up including one of the UK’s top neuroscientists, Professor Elaine Fox, who will explain why you’re a glass half-full or a half-empty type of person and how, once you have decided which, the world will reinforce your decision daily. Following that, Rough Trade’s Lucy Tesco will be on hand to ensure you have some great new tunes for the all-important summer playlist, and, finally, mind-reader Phillip Escoffey will explain the tricks behind the trade. Jul 4th, Adam St Members’ Club, 7.00 pm (doors), £10
  4. Check out Independence Day Musical Bingo with Jess Indeedy in a celebration of all things USA. It’s just like bingo except, instead of calling out numbers, songs are played. Challenge your musical prowess and claim some amazingly kitsch prizes. Jul 4th, Floripa, 6.00 pm, £5 (adv) / £7 (doors)
  5. Have yourself A Grand Day Out and learn how to build your very own Gromit. Veteran modelmaker Jim Parkyn from Aardman Animations will guide you through a crash course in Gromit building. All materials provided! Jul 4th, Old Spitalfields Market, 6.00 pm, free (booking is essential)
  6. Rich Hall’s Hoedown commences, appropriately enough, on the 4th of July. Enjoy a late night mash-up of music, comedy and gratuitous coloration featuring the very best of comedy and musical guests each night. Jul 4th to 11th, Soho Theatre, 9.30 pm, £15
  7. Let your hair down at the City Academy Summer Boat Party where there will be live music,a great DJ and lots of dancing. Students past and present, teachers, friends and family and anyone else is welcome! Jul 5th, HMS President, 7.00 pm, free entry
  8. Blog Permanent Plastic Helmet presents a special screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, an insight into race relations in the ultimate American melting pot that is Brooklyn. It’s the hottest day of the year, and tensions are rising in the ghetto, where the only businesses are a Korean grocery and Sal’s Pizzeria. Mookie, Sal’s delivery boy, always manages to be at the centre of the action. Jul 5th, Clapham Picturehouse, 8.45 pm, £9
  1. Popup Screens begins its glorious season of outdoor film screenings with Office Space, a film that anyone who’s ever spent time behind a desk can and will relate to. If you’d rather not be reminded by how terrible office policies can be, and how much you’d like to take a baseball to your printer, then perhaps Labyrinth is more up your alley. Whatever the case, there’s sure to be a film to your tastes. Jul 6th – Office Space / Jul 8th – Labyrinth, Ravenscourt Park, 7.30 pm (doors) / 9.30 pm (film), £8
  2. London’s original night market, Red Market, returns to its Old Street venue this Friday for the next two months. Returning with an urban beach, petanque lanes, table tennis, hammocks, Red Market will be an oasis in the middle of the city from midday all the way to the late hours of the night. The event will also present an opportunity to get a last glimpse of two classic Banksy works before the land is converted. Jul 6th to Sep 2nd, 288 Old Street, 12 noon to 11.00 pm, free entry
  3. If you’re into electronica, then the Bloc Festival is not to be missed, featuring a spectacular line-up including Ellen Allien, Jeff Mills, Orbital, Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobis, among many, many others, at a great new location right by the water’s edge. Jul 6th to 7th, London Pleasure Gardens, 2.00 pm to 6.00 am (last entry at 2.00 am), £55 (one day) / £99 (weekend)
  4. Join in Rosetta Stone’s London scavenger hunt by following the clues to find five secret locations where different activities will take place. Discover hidden gems of music, entertainment and languages from different cultures. Clues will be given out on Twitter and Facebook on the day itself. Keep an eye out for the #makefriends2012 hashtag. Jul 7th, see Facebook for details, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, free entry
  5. In search of something more fulfilling but not quite ready to give it all up and become a hermit? The School of Life will be holding two classes this Saturday: How To Find A Job You Love in the morning followed by How To Have Better Conversations in the afternoon. Jul 7th, The School of Life, 10.00 am (Job) / 2.30 pm (Conversations), £31.50 each
  6. NYC DJ Three’s coming to town courtesy of Rhythmatic at a (naturally enough) secret East London location. Don’t miss your chance to catch Three’s all-too-rare visits to our fair shores. I’ve generally known him to be more minimal, but, as the blurb says, “he’s captured a cross section of ears from deep house to techno and throughout the whole spectrum”. Jul 7th, secret location, 11.00 pm (doors), £11
  7. I wrote about Roxy’s screening of Iron Sky, a film about Nazis who escaped to the moon after their defeat in World War 2, only to return in 2018, hell-bent on conquering earth back when it was originally scheduled for mid-June. Unfortunately, it got postponed, but, to make up for it, the screening is now free. It’s not a big-budget film and the script’s not fantastic, but it’s certainly one of the most original, off-the-wall films you’re ever going to catch. Jul 8th, Roxy Bar & Screen, 8.00 pm, free

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