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Adam Lay from The Listings Editor picks his top 10 events for the week ahead.
1. Bobette Buster – Do Story: How to Tell Your Story So the World Listens
Aspiring, perspiring screen writing hacks can have their nerves calmed and their fears allayed as Bobette Buster offers sage advice on how to write for the movies.
A Hollywood-based story consultant, Bobette has taken a shilling from Disney, Pixar and Twentieth Century Fox and so knows her parenthesis from her POVs. With clips from films to illustrate narrative devices.
August 23, 6.30pm. The Gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EB. £3.
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2. Carnesky’s Cabaret
Caberet isn’t dead, it’s just been skulking somewhere quiet and putting its feet up. Until now that is, as Marisa Carnesky shoves it back into the limelight with an evening of new and exciting acts.
Having honed their entertaining skills at Carnesky’s Finishing School, expect a range of talent eager to show off their potential.
August 23, 7.30pm. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB. £5.
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3. Portugal Beyond Port
If you only sample Portuguese drinks in the form of port at Christmas or in storms (any will do), then it’s well worth investigating the many, often overlooked, fine wines that the nation has to offer.
Toddle along to this masterclass and discover six stunning wines from Portugal as the resident experts run you through the finer points of some very fine drinks.
August 29, 7pm. Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, Southwark, SE1 9BU. £40.
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4. Doctor Who
As the nation braces itself to celebrate 50 years since William Hartnell doddered out of the fog to appear as the first Doctor Who in 1963, the BFI continues its screenings of past Doctor adventures with this trip back in time to the Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper days.
Members of the cast and crew will be at hand to discuss Daleks, regeneration and jokes about dog noses.
August 24, 2pm. National Film Theatre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT.
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5. Live by the Lake: Keane
The most exciting thing to appear beside a Hampstead pond since a dead python earlier in the year (of the reptilian variety, not Graham Chapman), the welcome return of the English Heritage concert season sees the big selling alternative rockers storm through their hits in a rather spectacular setting.
August 25, 7pm. Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR.
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6. The Legacy of Erwin Blumenfeld: with Rankin and Francis Hodgson
His name might not be the most familiar to the casual art enthusiast, but the memorable images created by Erwin Blumenfeld are likely to spark instant recognition.
Arguably one of the most influential photographers of his age, his work for the likes of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar are a sophisticated depiction of post war America. Rankin and Hodgson discuss his career and legacy.
August 27, 7.30pm. Studio, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. £14-£18.
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7. Bats, Moths, Fire and Food – Family Evening
Not a cooking class, but instead a family evening in the great outdoors where the youngsters can learn about – and try to spot – some of our reclusive nocturnal friends.
Equipped with bat detectors to pick out the different calling sounds, intrepid wildlife fans can try to track down and identify the types of bats flapping overhead.
August 29, 7pm. Hyde Park, The Isis Education Centre, W2 2UH. £10-£15.
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8. The Thebans
A theatrical free for all (literally) as the Scoop once again present gems from the stage at absolutely no cost to the cash strapped punter.
A Greek myth condensed into a child-friendly running time of just an hour, The Thebans is a musical comedy that’s light, bright and breezy enough to hold the attention of the most sullen and impatient of child. And adult.
Until September 1: Wednesday to Sunday 6pm and 8pm. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2DB. Free.
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9. London Swing Dance Society
Simon Selmen, of Dancing on Ice fame, leads the way at this energetic dance event aimed at beginner and intermediate hoofers. With a live band and swing DJs to keep the sounds fresh, visitors will be taken through the steps of everything from lindy hop and cool swing. With vintage dance cabaret.
August 26, 7.30pm. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. £11-£12.50.
10. John Niven: Straight White Male
The author of The Amateurs and Kill Your Friends (described as ‘possibly the best British novel since Trainspotting’) emerges blinking from his keyboard to promote his latest work, Straight White Male. A yarn set closer to home (professionally) for the writer, this is your chance to quiz him on his book about a millionaire author who skulks around LA writing screenplays when not womanising or drunk.
August 28, 7.30pm. Concrete, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ.