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Today in London: Thursday 11 October 2012

By | Published on Friday 5 October 2012

Frieze Art Fair

If you’ve had your fill of digital rain, but are still in the mood from something arty, well, good news, because as this picture here will probably already be telling you, this year’s Frieze Art Fair kicks off this very day. More on that in a moment, but first some laughs and tunes…


An Audience With David Mitchell, Shaw Theatre, 11 Oct
Perennial TV/radio panelist David Mitchell enthralls with an evening of peevish satire, cogitating on McDonalds, sciatica and the FRP (Flat Roofed Pub). Like one of his ‘Soapbox’ rants, only a bit less rant-y. And with a book to sell. Tickets and deets here.

The Invisible Dot – The New Wave London Residency, The Invisible Dot, 11 Oct
A still-secret set of The Invisible Dot’s New Wave cuts its comedic teeth at the promoter’s Kings Cross HQ, with a national tour in the offing. Minimal details etc here.

PLEB Talks Live: Myths & Legends, secret Euston location, 11 Oct
The ever legendary PLEB Talks roster – which tonight stars David Trent, Pat Cahill, John-Luke Roberts, Ian Smith, Bec Hill, Joe Wells, Rick Turpin, Ben Target, Rick Turpin and MC supreme Nish Kumar – props up the lectern with its collective musings on “ancient and modern life”. Tickets still available here.


City Showcase, various venues, 9-13 Oct
New music festival City Showcase continues in venues across central London, with workshops and debates by day, and gigs and showcases by night (well, actually, there’s a couple of gigs by day too). In the former, look out for the A&R Panel, with experts providing on-the-spot critiques about new artists’ live performances (X-Factor style, though with more talented performers). In the latter, Charlie Winston playing the Apple Store at 7pm should be a highlight. Check out the full TW:Guide to City Showcase here.


Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park, 11-14 Oct (pictured)
Never mind the Tate’s Turner Prize expo (well do, but also mind this), because Frieze London is back exhibiting and selling its artistic wares. Over a thousand artists from 170 galleries are represented via their various illustrations, ceramics and good old fashioned oil-on-canvases, while an external programme of events features a free-to-view Sculpture Park, a series of Frieze Talks by international curators and commentators, not to mention Frieze Film, five new cinema commisions by Bertrand Dezoteux, Patricia Esquivias, Jimmy Merris, John Smith and Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim. Info at

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