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Today in London: Friday 14 June 2013

By | Published on Saturday 8 June 2013

Yoko Ono

Since Yoko Ono’s arts-and-activism extravaganza, Meltdown, is all live and aflame today down at Southbank, we at TW London have played to that via this lava-like shortlist of London’s most searing-hot cultural spots…


Popcorn Comedy presents… Tim Key/Kevin Eldon/Mae Martin, Hackney Picturehouse, 14 Jun
A crisp, bite-sized, and – for tonight only – ‘Flight’-themed kernel of sweet, locally-obtained cinema mixed in with salty live laughs via tonight’s comic attendants, ‘It’s Kevin!’ character Kevin Eldon, po-faced poet Tim Key and avid Twitterer Mae Martin. Details and tickets here.


Yoko Ono’s Meltdown, Southbank Centre, 14-23 Jun (pictured)
Yoko Ono marks LDN’s alternative arts-athon’s 20th anniversary year by ‘curating’ a June bloom of artistic fare feat musicians – Iggy & The Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux, Patti Smith, Boy George, Kim Gordon,  Thurston Moore, Peaches, Savages and Deerhoof – artists, filmmakers and activists. Oh, and Ono’s DIY finale is a recital of hers and John Lennon’s last LP, ‘Double Fantasy’. Details and tickets here.


The Importance Of Being Earnest, Linbury Studio Theatre, 14-22 Jun
The Royal Opera’s 400-capacity Linbury space is made the ‘intimate’ tableau to Gerald Barry’s imagining of Oscar Wilde’s fast-witted comic particular. Distinguishable by its many quirks – for instance, the amplification of Gwendolen and Cecily’s infamous clash via megaphones, in time to the smashing of 40 china plates – it’s ‘avant garde’ theatre to say the least. Details and tickets here.


After The Rainfall, Artsdepot, 14-15 Jun
A “intelligent, believable and engaging” addition (said ThreeWeeks at the time) to last year’s Fringe programme, Curious Directive’s ambitious, multi-stranded play is no easy watch, straddling four – that’s four – narratives on the time’s ephemerality v the tangible significance of artefacts, objects and photos. Details and tickets here.

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