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Today in London: Thursday 4 October 2012

By | Published on Monday 1 October 2012

Shut Up And Play The Hits

Today – as you all must surely know – is World Animal Day, timed to coincide with the (posthumous – he’s well dead) birthday of patron-saint-of-creatures, Francis Of Assisi.

Now follows a list of London events, great and small, that we’re pretty sure Francis would have loved… had he not died in the year 1226.


Grand Theft Impro, Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, 4 Oct
Quick-thinking GTI mainstays Dylan Emery, Phil Whelans and TW favourite Cariad Lloyd – plus special guests galore – are back for a twelve-date Autumn season, which means they’ll be making off with an hour and a half’s worth of audience-recommended spoofs, sketches and tunes at the minimal expense of a £5 ticket. An absolute steal. Tickets available at this link.


Pusher & satellite Q&A with Nicolas Winding Refn, London Picturehouse cinemas, 4 Oct (pictured)
London’s three Picturehouse cinemas – so that’s the Greenwich, Brixton Ritzy and Stratford East – will all host simultaneous satellite Q&As with Danish ‘Drive’ director Nicolas Winding Refn. He’ll discuss this year’s English-speaking, Agyness Deyn-starring remodel of his 1996 film ‘Pusher’ prior to a screening of that very movie. Details here, and this is a racy trailer for ‘Pusher’:

Shut Up And Play The Hits, Fabric, 4 Oct (pictured)
Night-clubbing establishment Fabric is to host a screening of ‘Shut Up And Play The Hits’, the documentary filmed at seminal electro troupe LCD Soundysystem’s last ever live set at Madison Square Gardens in 2011. It’s being shown in Fabric’s Room 1 on 4 Oct, and tickets/details are available here. In the mean time, a ‘Shut Up And play The Hits’ trailer will have to suffice:


Random International – Rain Room, Barbican, 4 Oct-3 Nov
A perennially relevant – in Britain, anyway – new commission by contemporary studio Random International, ‘Rain Room’ represents a digital (and 100% dry) replica of well… a rainy day. Visitors can control the rainstorm themselves, or just watch and listen as it falls. TBA Sunday programmes will also feature choreographer Wayne MacGregor and company’s ‘dance response’ to the installation, with a score composed by Max Richter. This is sure to be, quite literally, an immersive experience. And it’s free! Info via this URL.

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