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30 things our critics are loving this week, from Annie Mac to ‘Le Week-End’

Posted at 6:15 pm, October 7, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
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Sure, it might be London Cocktail Week and London Film Festival right now, but what else is making our critics’ socks roll up and down?

Well, our editors have spoken: find the best in this week’s film, music, comedy, theatre, art and good old television below.


1. Filth, the best Irvine Welsh adaptation since ‘Trainspotting’, 
2. Sunshine On Leith is a real put-a-smile-on-your-face musical.
3. Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s excellent comeback.
4. Le Week-End, a seriously funny grown-up film about love and marriage.
5. The Great Beauty, if you’re always banging on about the death of cinema.

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Tuesday-Wednesday: MJ-alike pop prince Bruno Mars will be putting on a hell of a live show at the O2.
Thursday: ‘Annoyingly talented’ Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit play the Hackney Empire.
Friday: Lal and Mike Waterson’s 1972 album ‘Bright Phoebus‘ will be revisited by the Carthy and Waterson clans, Richard Hawker, and Jarvis Cocker.


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Friday: Detroit hero Derrick May and digital funker Dimension Controller will be celebrating R&S label’s 30th birthday at the Hydra, Village Underground.
Friday: Underground acid rave World Unknown are celebrating their 4th birthday at a secret location in Bermondsey.
Saturday: Radio 1’s first lady Annie Mac returns to her residency at Koko, with a guest set from Rustie.
Saturday: Responsible for kickstarting the UK house revival, Julio Bashmore will be headlining Electric Brixton.

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Tuesday: £5 to see Romesh Ranganathan, Joe Lycett and Sara Pascoe at the Library Comedy Club, Islington.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Reggie Watts will be improvising psychedelic songs using a loop-pedal and his impressive beatbox skills, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank.
Wednesday and Thursday: Joseph Morpurgo debuts his innovative character comedy show, ‘Truthmouth’, King’s Cross.
Wednesday-Saturday: Canadian Mae Martin looks back on her days of innocent adolescence at ‘Slumber Party’, Soho Theatre.

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1. ‘The World of Extreme Happiness‘ at The Shed is the third big new play about China to arrive in London recently, ends October 26.
2. Catch Hattie Morahan’s superb performance in Ibsen’s classic ‘A Doll’s House‘ at Duke of York’s Theatre. Ends October 26.
3. A slick adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Scenes From A Marriage‘ at St James Theatre.
4. Henry Goodman gives a performance of a lifetime in ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui‘, Duchess Theatre.

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1. Philip-Lorca Dicorcia photographs are a contemporary take on Biblical stories, David Zwimmer gallery, Mayfair.
2. Elmgreen & Dragset’s installation ‘Tomorrow’ provides the ultimate museum experience, V&A.
3. Art twins Jane & Louise Wilson get wacky with face camouflage and contemplative about our surveillance society, Paradise Row, Oxford Circus.

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Tuesday: Astonishing and touching documentary ‘The Day I Got My Sight Back‘.
Wednesday: ‘History of Congo‘, a grimly fascinating film by Dan Snow.
Friday: Can we love the England football team once more? The World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.
Sunday:Senna‘ is a gripping study in courage, rivalry, obsession and tragedy.
Monday: Stephen Fry explores worldwide sexual tolerance in ‘Stephen Fry: Out There‘.

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