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This Week: 12 - 18 November

12 November 2018 Billie Manning

See soul legends perform live, solve a murder and even take a trip to Japan, all within the confines of the capital...

1. BBC Radio London’s Soul Night Out
Want to party with Pudsey? Camden club Koko is going to be home to BBC Radio London’s Soul Night Out for Children in Need this Wednesday. Tony Blackburn will be hosting live performances from a cornucopia of soul Alexander O’Neal, Alexandra Burke, The Real Thing, Shakatak. A proportion of the ticket money will of course be going to Children in Need, helping out littluns at home and abroad, so you’ll be able to do good while feelin’ good. You also might be able to catch yourself singing along on the playback of the night, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio London on Friday 17 November, after which it will be available on the iPlayer for 30 days. Hi Mum!
 
BBC Radio London’s Soul Night Out, 14 November, Koko, 1A Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE

2. HYPER JAPAN Winter 2018
The UK’s action-packed J-culture show returns with exhibitions of Japanese culture ancient and contemporary, lively performances and of course, more noodles than you can shake, well, a noodle at. Watch calligraphy demonstrations, a performance mixing gardening and opera (yes, really), get a front row seat to a special screening of 20 anime films from the CG Anime Contest, make your perfect ramen and sample sake. The only problem will be fitting everything into your day.

Image: Hyper Japan via their website
 
Hyper Japan, 16 - 18 November, Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

 
3. TOM at the Lilian Baylis Studio
An innovative production combining choreography with digital animation, TOM is filmmaker Wilkie Branson’s story of one man’s struggle with his identity, investigating themes of mental health and personal sacrifice. This is certainly isn’t your usual dance show: animation, projection mapping and surround-sound all intertwine with B-boying to explore the mind of the protagonist.

Image: Wilkie Branson
 
TOM, 15 - 17 November, Lilian Baylis Studio, London EC1R 4TN

 
4. 1000 Londoners: Windrush Generations
 In a brand new series of 15 short films, documentary project 1000 Londoners explores the lives of 4 generations of Londoners with Caribbean heritage. Each of the films portrays the experiences of a single Londoner, from Dame Jocelyn Barrow, who recalls persuading the shop owners in Oxford Street to employ Black women on the shop floor all the way up to Sara Burke, who led the 2018 protest about the treatment of the Windrush Generation. The films will also include rarely-seen Super 8 footage from Brixton during the 1960s to 1980s, a surefire hit with anyone interested in the history of our city and those who helped to make it as great as it is today.



16 November, National Portrait Gallery
17 November, (EFG London Jazz Festival), Barbican
5 December, Curzon Soho
6 December, Ritzy Cinema

 
5. Solve-along-a-Murder-She-Wrote: Broadway Malady
Do you find yourself standing up in your seat at the end of an episode of Death in Paradise, eagerly explaining the murderer’s motives to your beleaguered spouse? If you answered yes, this is the event for you. With games and audience participation, interactive evening Solve-along-a-Murder-She-Wrote celebrates all things 80s television mysteries had to offer, giving you the chance to show off your sleuthing skills without eventually getting dumped. This round will feature classic episode ‘Broadway Malady’.


 
Solve-along-a-Murder-She-Wrote, 14 November, Dingwalls, Camden Town, London NW1 8AB
 
6. Glad I Did It at Bermondsey Project Space
 For another slightly gory day out, a new installation at Bermondsey Project Space, artist Christina Reihill will recreate the prison cell of Ruth Ellis, the last woman in Britain to be executed by the state. During her trial, Ellis unapologetically declared her intent was to kill her lover, who she shot five times at point-blank range, stating she was “glad she did it”. The exhibition will also include a video piece on the lower level of the gallery showing an exclusive interview with the artist.

Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
 
Glad I Did It, 14 November – 1 December, Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW
 
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