Fri 27 Jan - Tonight enjoy one of our favourite shows of the month: Improvazilla. This is a super and professional-feeling improv show at a cool Shibuya venue. Drinks and food are available while you watch a show that delivers sketches and games in the first half, and a full improvised musical in the second half. Other well-established last-Friday-of-the-month shows are Drunk Poets See God, an open-mic slam poetry night, and Dr Sketchy's burlesque art class. Also tonight is Nerd Nite with talks on citizen science and space gravity, cognitive behavioural therapy, and urban exploration in Japan. Plus, there's a totally charming-sounding gramophone concert. Finally, there's a talk at UN University about the Arab Spring. Decisions will have to be made.
Sat 28 Jan - There's a craft beer festival in Yokohama which could be fun. Then in the evening, if you're in Yokohama anyway, there's a really inexplicable location-based show involving music, dance, flowers and food. You may need Google Translate to figure this one out, but it sounds quirky and intriguing.
Sun 29 Jan - The craft beer festival in Yokohama is still on. Back in Tokyo tonight, there's a bilingual improv comedy show from Pirates of Tokyo Bay in Ebisu.
Tue 31 Jan - There's an academic-style talk about literary translation at Sophia University tonight which is open to the public: it will explore transnational ideologies: the meanings behind which texts are translated into which languages.
Wed 1 Feb - During the day there's a talk about international security. And in the evening it's the hilarious Good Heavens Comedy Club in Shimokitazawa - enjoy!
Fri 3 Feb - Gamuso comedy show in Asagaya is on tonight.
FILM THIS WEEK:
From today til February 10th you can see Your Name with English subtitles and the songs in English. I saw this film at the Tokyo Film Festival and I think I might just have to go again as it was so good... It's on at Toho Shinjuku and Roppongi, plus Cinema Rosa Ikebukuro. The critically acclaimed indie film Tangerine is on at Shibuya Image Forum. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 97% and describes it as "A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart." Another award-winning film is the Japanese family drama/thriller Harmonium (aka Stand on the Edge) and it's screening with English subtitles on Monday and Tuesday only at the Uplink Shibuya.
- Hitchcock/Truffaut is at 10:45am every day at the Uplink.
- To Kill a Mockingbird is on at 10am every day at Toho Shinjuku
- The Miracle Worker is on at 10am every day at Toho Nihonbashi.
And remember, get your tickets for the most amazing comedy story interrogation show in the world, Perfect Liars Club on 9th February.