Perfect Liars Club this week was amazing - and the busiest it has ever been! But we somehow managed to squeeze everyone in and it was absolutely worth it. The suspects were brilliant, the audience was shrewd, the Scottish dancing demo was suspicious, and hardly anybody spotted the liar! Here's a quick summary and some fun photos!
Tickets go on sale for the next show (March 16th) at 1pm on 10th February. Get yours!
Fri 10 Feb - If you're out of work in time, kick off the weekend with the lovely Hitchcock film Suspicion at Cinemavera at 1:20 or 5:30 - I saw it last weekend and it was fab. Then tonight it's Nerd Nite - hear talks about earthquakes, astrophysics, and non-profits in Japan while drinking your beer. Also tonight, Balls to the Wall comedy in Roppongi. Or go up to Waseda Shochiku cinema for a double bill of Song of the Sea (6:35) and Red Turtle (8:20). Yebizo, the International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions kicks off today in Ebisu. Last month's Perfect Liar, Donna, is singing jazz. Oh, and are you an aspiring actor? Tokyo International Players have their auditions for the Diary of Anne Frank this weekend.
Sat 11 Feb - Today the Tokyo Northern Lights Film Festival kicks off and runs all week: a range of great Scandinavian movies, eight of which have English subtitles. It's at lovely Eurospace in Shibuya. Have a fantastic Scandinavian film week! (side note: when I was in Estonia for work last year, events for this festival were happening at the same venue as my conference and I desperately wanted to switch rooms!). Upstairs in the same venue, catch the fabulous double bill of All I Desire (11, 2:30, 6) and Imitation of Life (12:30, 4, 7:30). One ticket lets you into both! Or save that for Valentine's Day... If you want something non-filmy, there's a lovely-sounding art exhibition of urban landscape and typography by Mariya Suzuki. If you go today 1-4, the artist might draw your face onto a mug. And there's a talk about the Skagen artists in English at the National Museum of Western Art at 2.
Sun 12 Feb - If you like drawing, then my favourite drawing event in Tokyo, PauseDraw, is today at 4pm in Shibuya. It's fully bilingual (English-Japanese), for adults, and is full of fun drawing games and exercises. And it's free. Then head back to the Tokyo Northern Lights Film Festival.
Mon 13 Feb - At 4pm there's a talk at the University of Tokyo on The process and factors for the domestic production of animation in Japan after World War II - free and no registration required.
Tue 14 Feb - There are lots of articles about things to do on Valentine's Day, such as TokyoCheapo, Tokyo Weekender, and Time Out. But whether you are celebrating together or by yourself, we think they all missed the best thing to do... well, if you're an old movie fan. It's Cinemavera's double bill of lovely old movies: Imitation of Life at 6, and All I Desire at 8. One ticket lets you into both. The most romantic option in town? I say yes!
Wed 15 Feb - Go to the Good Heavens Comedy Club for a night of stand up comedy tonight. The Stand Up Tokyo people have started up a fortnightly Monday show for people to try their new stuff, so Wednesdays are set to become of even higher quality.
Thu 16 Feb - The fabulous Tokyo Space Cafe is back, with a talk about black holes by Professor Chris Done, in Good Heavens - drink beer and learn about space in what's shaping up to be one of Tokyo's top events for people with an enthusiasm for science-type things. There's also comedy tonight at Double Tall Cafe in Shibuya.
Fri 17 Feb - Yokohama Theatre Group is bringing a double bill of amazing-sounding Canadian theatre to the World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki: I'm Doing This for You and Space Hippo. I'm Doing This for You is a one-woman show blending storytelling, live-art and improvisation. Edinburgh Spotlight called it "funny, quirky and ultimately heartbreaking". Then Space Hippo is an adventure-comedy science-fiction show with a hint of social satire. It uses over 200 intricately cut shadow puppets projected onto a large screen to create the feeling of watching a live animated movie. The double bill is on tonight at 7pm (also on over the weekend). From Canada to the UK... If you want UK theatre on the big screen, Richard III opens tonight at Toho Nihonbashi - filmed from London. Finally, if theatre's not for you, there's also another chance to catch All I Desire (11, 2:20. 5:40 and 9) at Cinemavera, or else go see comedy at Asagaya.