Check out some of the best things we’ve found for you to see coming up over the next few weeks. We’ve included highlights from theatre, comedy, events, art, music, clubs and film – the pick of the best shows and nights around. Don’t forget that there are even more highlights – plus news and surprises – at Latest TV thelatest.tv to check out every week.
THEATRE: Pitchy Breath
Two new plays: Mokita, which takes a look at friendship, and Waiting For Maguffin, an absurdist look at life based loosely on a certain work by Beckett. Both are by local playwright Jerrard Moore and use local talent.
The Hawth, Crawley Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 November 7.30pm 01293 553636 www.hawth.co.uk
THEATRE: Hanging Hooke
To celebrate the 350th anniversary of The Royal Society, Take The Space present their new play about Robert Hooke. Hooke was Curator of Experiments for over20 years at the Royal Society and is now thought to be the English Leonardo; an artist, architect, physicist, chemist, engineer and astronomer.
Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Friday 12 November, 7.45pm
01243 781312 www.cft.org.uk
SEASON?PREVIEW. Go along and browse through the collection of vintage faux fur jackets and coats, leather wear, mohair cardigans, wool skirts and vintage jewellery and accessories. There’ll also be Christmas party dresses including evening gowns from the 1940s and sequinned disco party dresses from the ’70s and ’80s. Enjoy a glass of wine and get a 10% discount on all items.
Tramp Vintage Boutique, Thursday 11 November
EVENT: Royal Pavilion Ice Ball
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion will launch its first ever outdoor ice rink on Friday 12 November with a glittering Ice Ball in support of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation. With just 180 tickets available on a first come first served basis, the inaugural event will serve up a three-course festive dinner, courtesy of award-winning restaurant, Due South, free skating for the evening and membership of the Royal Pavilion itself, all within the ticket price. Over 18s only.
Royal Pavilion, Friday 12 November, 7pm, £55
EVENT: The Space
To mark the 30th anniversary of Steve McQueen’s death none other than his widow Barbara McQueen and his biographer Marshall Terrill will be at The Space to discuss his life, work and all things McQueen. Second guest of the night is Chas Hodges, formerly of the iconic cockney band Chas ’n’ Dave. Presented by Lisa Holloway.
Komedia, Tuesday 9 November, 7pm, £7.50/5
MUSIC: The Divine Comedy
Off the back of an Ivor Novello nomination for his work with his cricket-crazy side project, The Duckworth Lewis Method, Neil Hannon is back on the road in support of treasonable album Bang Goes The Knighthood. The evening gig sold out some time ago, so an afternoon show has been added…
Komedia, Sunday 14 November, 2pm, £17.50
MUSIC: Mary Gauthier
Haunting Americana from this artist who didn’t write her first song until she was 35. Recent album The Foundling is a song cycle about her own experiences of abandonment and adoption.
Komedia, Wednesday 10 November, 8pm, £15
Brighton quintet celebrate the release of The Blondehead EP with a launch at Audio. The ghost of Ian McCulloch and Echo & The Bunnymen lurks within their anthemic sound.
Audio, Thursday 11 November, 8pm, £5
MUSIC: 6 Day Riot
Led by singer Tamara Schlesinger and her maturing songwriting that speaks of personal turmoil, 6 Day Riot’s sublime amalgam of dark lyrics and breezy musical styles sees them straddling pop, folk and indie. New album On This Island re-affirmes their growing stature as one of the most interesting bands around.
The Hydrant, Saturday 13 November, £tbc, www.thehydrant.co.uk
CLUBS: X-Factor Fridays
You’ve boogied with Jedward, sashayed to Alexandra Burke and now it’s time to strap on those dancing shoes to the latest X Factor evictee from last Sunday’s show. Ooh! The excitement is so high you could snog a reject! Revenge gets their first club appearance, as well as two floors of music offering chart-toppers and house beats.
Friday 12 November, Revenge, 10.30pm, £tbc
CLUBS: Unhooked Generation
With a motto of ‘dress up to get down’, and a playlist from resident DJs Iced Gems and Bon Qui Qui, joined by special guest Smokestack Lightning that could include Ike & Tina Turner, Jackson 5 and The Kinks, this is the place to polish your dancing shoes for. Every second Saturday of the month, this is proving popular with the kitsch and retro crowd.
The Jazz Place, Saturday 13 November, 10pm–3am, £4 before 12am/£5 after
CLUBS: Adventures Presents Ali Love Live
An evening of upbeat electro-pop from cool Hoxtonite, Ali Love. With an ear for a catchy melody, his music has a euphoric atmosphere that would make it a favourite on any dancefloor. You can’t beat a mid-week affordable night of tunes that’ll keep you happy and dancing. The weekend starts here.
Jam, Wednesday 10 November, 11pm–3.30am, £1
COMEDY: Rob Brydon and Friends For one night
Just because this has sold out that’s no reason not to support it – or hang around at curtain up time in the hope of any returns. BAFTA nominated, award-winning comic Rob Brydon and friends present a night of comedy, music and surprises to raise money for five-year-old Hove boy Felix White. This one off show is in aid of Appeal4Felix.
Theatre Royal Brighton, Sunday 14 November, 7.30pm, £28.50/17.50
Angelos Epithemiou – as seen on BBC2’s Shooting Stars – is one hunk of a comedy character man. But can he be outshone by a mystery guest? That would be a real battle of the comedy, and it’s just a rumour at the moment, so nudge nudge, say no more. Along with Angelos on tonight’s bill you’ll also find Joe Wilkinson (BBC’s Him & Her) and award-winning Paul McCaffrey. Brill.
Brighton Ballroom, Sunday 14 November, 7.30pm, £10
COMEDY: An Hour of New Comedy Radio, with Jo Neary and Others
Grandfather Paradox by Joseph Nixon (of The Ornate Johnsons) – a sitcom about time travel, plus Life Changers by Joanna Neary (award-winning and all round rather fab) and Joseph Nixon – an interview with a bongo player and character comedy with Dyball and Kerr, take over the hour for this weekend afternoon show. A new format to be entertained in. Bonza!
Upstairs At Three and Ten, Saturday 13 November, 6pm, £4
ART: Funky Red Dog
Street artist Funky Red Dog and his iconic ‘dogheads’ have found their way onto streets and walls around the world – from California to Clapton, Brazil to Bethnal Green. British bred and trained, this mongrel has a good temperament and a strong bite. The Funky Red Dog is currently running wild on the streets of Brighton. Artwork that bites.
New Steine Hotel, 10-12a, New Steine, 01273 681546, until 2 Jan 2011
ART: Michael Ormerod
States Of America is the first exhibition in nearly a decade for this British photgrapher whose life was tragically cut short in 1991. Ormerod took to the Mid-West to find a land where the American dream had turned sour, his images capturing the juxtaposition of beauty that’s been tainted by a hidden sense of menace and corruption.
Crane Kalman, 38 Kensington Gardens, 01273 697096, until 14 Nov
FILM: The Kids Are All Right (15)
Dir: Lisa Cholodenko, An unconventional comedy about an unconventional family, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as the lesbian matriarchs with two kids, Joni and big bro Laser. Before Joni leaves for uni, Laser convinces her they should track down the sperm donor ‘bio-dad’. Turns out he’s slacker Mark Ruffalo, soon the latest and most disruptive addition to the family.
Showing at Duke Of York’s, Odeon and Cineworld