What beautiful weather - it seems wrong that I am telling you about all the fantastic things to do indoors. But it's a good week for interesting things to do in Tokyo. Not to mention Perfect Liars Club is on Thursday! Have a great week.
Sat 11 March - One of the most exciting 'mash-up' shows we've seen in Tokyo so far this year, Nerd Nite has teamed up with Yokohama Theatre Group to produce Science x Theatre. Three top Nerd Nite performers will do a talk, and three theatre groups will deliver a performance based on said talks. This sounds intriguing. It's on today at 2pm and 7pm, and tomorrow at 3pm. Which is just as well because at 7pm many of you will be in Roppongi for Comedy Sumo Slam - and yes, I am one of the contestants. This is one of the smartest topical comedy shows in the city - don't miss it! If you're more in the mood for standard-format stand-up comedy, the Vega Comedy Night is also on in Ebisu tonight. And if you'd rather do arty things, there's art and panels on the topic of 'women and freedom' in Harajuku today.
Sun 12 March - Nerd Nite's science/theatre mash-up with Yokohama Theatre Group, Science x Theatre final show is today at 3pm: don't miss it. Or if you've already seen it, head instead to Ryogoku to see an intriguing spoken word event by a Japanese storytelling company in English - at 12:30 there are two readings: the Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, plus some Shakespeare; at 1:40, a reading of I Accuse Him by Osamu Dazai, translated into English. Then at 2:30 there is a lovely hour of rakugo stories. No link for this, but head to 4-30-4 Ryogoku. I saw rakugo in the venue last weekend: it's in an unlikely-looking apartment-type building with lanterns in front of it. 1000 yen for the lot.
Mon 13 March - CITA (the International Center for Theatre Arts) is putting on a show called Earthbound, inspired by the 1950s collaboration to pioneer rocket development in Japan. One night only - reserve your tickets asap. There's also open mic comedy in Otsuka tonight if you want to grab the mike and make us laugh.
Tue 14 March - Nothing much on tonight, so if you haven't seen it, perhaps this is the night for Miss Saigon at Toho Nichigeki cinema in Yurakucho.
Wed 15 March - Good Heavens Comedy Club is on tonight in Shimokitazawa. Or head over to Temple University for a talk on 'Polarization, Politics and Religion in Trump's America'.
Thu 16 March - It's the moment you've been waiting for all month. Obviously, as the advance tickets are all sold out. It's the coolest night in Tokyo (in our most objective opinion): it's Perfect Liars Club! But don't worry if you don't have a ticket: come along and we'll try to squeeze you in.
Fri 17 March - Tonight in Asagaya it's Gamuso Comedy Night. Happy Friday.