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Posted at 6:15 pm, January 9, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

January blues you say? That won’t stop us painting the town red this week once again. This city is our playground, the tube is our oyster and we are heading out to play. Lucky Voice Karaoke © Alys Tomlinson

Julia Fernandez – Singing my heart out
I’m not what you’d call an exhibitionist, but that doesn’t matter at Lucky Voice. The intimate Japanese-style private booths allow me to knock back mojitos, embrace my inner diva and sing at a pitch that only dogs can hear with only my nearest and dearest for an audience. If music be the food of love then surely in January, when everyone you know is on a strict soup diet, karaoke is the best way to retain the warm, festive glow of Yuletide. The cocktails play a helping hand in this too.

My Week with MarilynSarah Cohen – Hanging with blonde bombshells
I will finally be catching up with ‘My Week With Marilyn‘. Hope it’s better than ‘The Iron Lady‘.

Noises OffMelissa Rauff – Feeling farcical
Sometimes a production feels like it is haunting you, and that’s the case with Noises Off at the Old Vic, as every magazine and newspaper I’ve opened in the last month has awarded it either 4 or 5 stars. I’ve got to put an end to this and see the latest revival of Michael Frayn’s classic farce. It promises to be ‘immensely funny’ and feels like the perfect pick-me-up to keep the January Blues at bay.

Mildred'sRoman Tagoe – Eating up a storm
All I seem to do is eat and this week will be no different. In a bid to consume something vaguely healthy I’ll be having dinner at the excellent vege restaurant Mildred’s. Then I’ll probably undo all that good work with a visit to one of my favourite London restaurants Great Queen Street.

Sonya Barber – Having comedy sex
Should teenage girls be encouraged to abstain from sex? No, I don’t think so either. That’s why I’ll be heading down to charity comedy night ‘Sex Appeal‘ this Friday which aims to publicise the issues surrounding sex education. Al Murray hosts with David Baddiel, Robin Ince, Jay Rayner, Shappi Khors taking to the stage for a night of filthy fun.

ShameTom Young – Being shameful
God bless Michael Fassbender. Guys want to be him and girls want to be with him, so what better thing to do this week than go see Steve McQueen’s second film, ‘Shame‘, where Fassbender plays a sex addict living in New York. Some films were just meant to be.

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