I've been fighting my way out of the house this week: a drawback to living at hanami central! But soon it will all be over, and as the petals hit the ground, we all turn to each other and ask: errr... what now? Luckily we have you covered. Not only is Perfect Liars Club this Thursday, there are all sorts of other interesting things to do in Tokyo this week. So finish up your last picnics for the season, and enjoy.
Sat April 8 - Quite a cool-sounding Art of Disney exhibition is opening today at Miraikan in Odaiba. Then the place to be tonight is obviously Comedy Sumo Slam. It's a topical comedy gameshow based on this week's news, and even better, your beloved Perfect Liars Club MC Layla is performing! 7pm, Two Dogs Taproom Roppongi. Or if you don't like your comedy served with a side of competition, there's also the Vega Comedy Show in Ebisu tonight. Or if you're a Trainspotting fan, there's a special screening today at 7pm at Marunouchi Piccadilly cinema, so you can watch it prior to Trainspotting 2, which launches today. (there's also a Trainspotting pop-up bar at Parco Shibuya!). Finally, if you are feeling even more hardcore, head over to Shin-Bungeiza cinema in Ikebukuro at 10:30pm for a Lars von Trier all-nighter! Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark and Antichrist. Then stagger home about 6am on Sunday...
Sun April 9 - Go listen to Jim Douglas read from his critically acclaimed and recently published crime suspense novel, Tokyo Nights at Good Heavens, 5pm. There aren't very many author events in English in Tokyo, so enjoy this one! It's also the final day of the David Bowie exhibition.
Mon April 10 - Tonight, Good Heavens is kicking off a new night, Monday at the Movies. Be there by 7:30pm to enjoy the classic film noir, Double Indemnity. Free, in English, with Japanese subtitles (and the full bar and food menu will be available throughout the film). Come along and persuade them to make it a regular event! There's also open mic comedy at Otsuka so go laugh and/or make people laugh.
Tue April 11 - Not much on tonight, so maybe time to head to the cinema? I thought Jackie was quite depressing. If I was recommending a film to see, I'd go for Passengers, Sing, or Moana. This week I'm planning to see Lego Batman and Lion. Moonlight and La la Land are still out too. I also hear people are enjoying Ghost in the Shell and of course there's Trainspotting 2, though both are a bit too alarming for me personally.
Wed April 12 - Good Heavens Comedy Club is tonight. Or if you are interested in women's and LGBT rights, the Canadian Embassy is hosting Equality for All this evening, including the Japan premiere of English-language film Freedom to Marry, and a panel discussion about parallels between women's rights and LGBT rights, with lessons from Canada, US, Taiwan, Australia and Japan. Buy tickets by Friday 7th to guarantee entry.
Thu April 13 - Your favourite show in Tokyo, Perfect Liars Club is tonight. Hooray! Buy your tickets now! (or you can get them for 2000 yen on the door). Four people tell a crazy story but only three are true. Listen, laugh, interrogate, and vote. Are you shrewd enough to spot the liar? This show is so much fun.
Fri April 14 - Tonight in Roppongi there's Balls to the Wall comedy. Or get political at a talk at Temple University about What Trump's presidency will mean for the Middle-East. Also, we hear the UK's National Theatre Live program will be bringing us Hangmen, opening tonight at Toho Roppongi. Time Out called this Royal Court production 'The funniest play in London right now'. The plot: what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Check the cinema website for details - they weren't available yet when I looked.