June's Perfect Liars Club was so much fun. Four people told a story but only three were true. Here's photos. And here's where you can buy tickets for our next show on July 6th. Now brace yourselves: I am away on vacation and at conferences for much of June. So rather than leave you languishing without our lovely weekly listings guide, I've written you a bumper edition: a full month! Here's how to occupy yourself while getting excited for the next Perfect Liars Club! Apologies that I don't have something for every day - I did my best but some things aren't publicised yet!
Great news, short film fans: the brilliant and free Short Shorts Film Festival returns to Tokyo and Yokohama til June 25th. They all have English-language subtitles. We really loved this festival last year. Check out the schedule and book your (free) tickets now! Now you're in the film festival mood, EU Film Days are also on all month til 22nd June, so check out their schedule, which includes English language details for each film! From the 10th-23rd Ginrei Hall is showing a double bill of Maggie's Plan and Captain Fantastic.
Fri 2 June - The Gamuso comedy show brings stand up comedy and improv to Asagaya to finish off the week with some laughs.
Sun 4 June - I can't quite figure out exactly what Off the Page is, but I think acoustic music, photos, a panel discussing music, and some performance poetry at Infinity Books.
Mon 5 June - It's open mic comedy in Otsuka tonight - feel free to take the mic! Or head to Yotsuya for a free talk about Chefs, Trends and Tastes at the World's Top Restaurants by Crystyl Mo, founding editor of Time Out Shanghai.
Wed 7 June - Good Heavens Comedy Club is tonight in Shimokitazawa.
Thu 8 June - A bit random, but if you fancy it, head to a talk about the cultural history of hip hop in London.
Fri 9 June - Balls to the Wall stand up comedy is on tonight in Roppongi.
Sat 10 June - During the day, if you're feeling literary, head to the University of Tokyo's Komaba museum for talks on Literary Celebrity in Newspapers and Magazines: Australia between the Wars (2pm) and Capricious Captioning and Narrative Instability: Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle Newspaper Illustrations at 3. Later Comedy Sumo Slam is one of our favourite comedy shows in Tokyo: two teams of comics compete to be hilarious about current events.
Mon 12 June - It's open mic comedy in Otsuka tonight - feel free to get up and take the mic!
Tue 13 June - Hooray, tonight is Space Cafe, so all you space nerds head on over for talks by Chris Blackerby (NASA Attache to Asia) and Dr. Steven Rieder (RIKEN).
Wed 14 June - Good Heavens Comedy Club is tonight in Shimokitazawa.
Thu 15 June - Comedy tonight at Double Tall cafe in Shibuya.Or the first Tokyo Humanities Cafe is tonight. The TED-style talks by Tokyo-based academics promise topics like 'Defying the Victorian Faries' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream: a digital reconstruction'.
Fri 16 June - It's Nerd Nite Tokyo's first birthday. Go and celebrate with the usual nerdy talks in a bar, plus some extra birthday shenanigans. The Gamuso comedy show brings more stand up comedy and improv to Asagaya tonight. And this is the start of Cinemavera's old Hollywood musicals retrospective. Have an amazing time. It's on til 7th July. Plus London's National Theatre Live is screening The Threepenny Opera at both Toho Nihonbashi and Roppongi every day from today til the 22nd. Don't miss it!
Sat 17 June - More quirky talks at the University of Tokyo's Komaba museum today: Literary Evangelicalism in the Late Nineteenth Century: from Romanticism to Sentimentality at 2pm and Illustration of the Novel and Reproduction Technologies at 3.
Sun 18 June - Nothing much on so why not head to the Threepenny Opera, performed in London and screened in Toho Roppongi and Nihonbashi cinemas every day til Thursday.
Mon 19 June - It's open mic comedy in Otsuka tonight - feel free to take the mic!
Tue 20 June - There's a random (actually, it's a terrifyingly specific) talk tonight on the culture of the coffee house and tea table in Britain 1650-1750. Also, the Embassy of Canada is doing a cool dialogue between Canadian and Japanese writers. Tonight: What's on the Mind of Women Writers Today? Authors: Madeleine Thien, Yukiko Chino and Hiiragi Nonaka. Register in advance.
Wed 21 June - Visiting comedian Adam Bloom (BBC Radio 4, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Perrier award winner, Chortle award nominee, Just for Laughs festival) headlines tonight in Shimokitazawa.
Thu 22 June - Cool arty talks from artists and architects and assorted others at the famed Pecha Kucha tonight - some talks are in English and some are in Japanese.
Fri 23 June - Tonight Apocrypha brings another evening of edgy and emotional performance storytelling for your delight. All stories are true. Also, Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School has another fun evening of drawing burlesque performers, also delightful. And for the first time all year it doesn't conflict with Improvazilla.
Sat 24 June - The final installment of quirky Saturday talks at the University of Tokyo's Komaba museum today: The boa constrictor at the nursery door: Anglophone literary culture in the English-language press of 1920s East Asia at 2pm and New Middlebrow Readerships: Serialised Novels in The Daily Mail Overseas Edition, 1919-1939 at 3. Later, Comedy Sumo Slam is one of our favourite comedy shows in Tokyo: two teams of comics compete to be hilarious about current events. There's also stand up comedy in Asakusa.
Sun 25 June - Tonight head to Ebisu for a bilingual improv show, courtesy of Pirates of Tokyo Bay.
Mon 26 June - It's open mic comedy in Otsuka tonight - feel free to take the mic!
Tue 27 June - Author Fumio Matsuo is talking about her book on US-China relations tonight at the Foreign Correspondents' Club.
Wed 28 June - Good Heavens Comedy Club is tonight in Shimokitazawa.
Thu 29 June - Ian Condry from MIT is doing an interesting-sounding talk tonight on music and the new social economy in a post-capitalist 21st century.
Fri 30 June - It's the last-Friday-of-the-month-madness! Improvazilla brings you improvised comedy and a whole invented musical. There's a book talk by Jane Yamashiro on Japanese Americans who return to Japan. It's not online yet but I suspect there's also a Drunk Poets See God poetry slam at Bar Gari Gari.
Thu 6th July - It's Perfect Liars Club! Buy your tickets now!