There's been sun, there's been rain, there's been fabulous talks, comedy, theatre and more last week. But now Tokyo is hotting up, it's time for a bumper edition of two full weeks of fabulous listings of things to do in Tokyo (because I'm going on vacation for part of the time). Get ready for fun, and don't forget to buy your tickets for Perfect Liars Club on 11th March. Peatix has been suggesting they're sold out. Nope, not yet! See you there. If you're unconvinced, check out the photos and summary from our last show.
Sat 22 April - You know I think Comedy Sumo Slam is one of the best comedy nights in town. Sad to be missing it myself... but you don't have to: it's on tonight! Topical comedy based on the week's news stories. Plus today is the first day of a 2-week movie director retrospective and old film fans: prepare to go wild: it's Ernst Lubitsch at Cinemavera. And L'Institut Francais in Iidabashi is showing The Intruder today at 11am and The Woods Dreams are Made Of at 5:10, both reportedly with English subtitles.
Sun 23 April - Pirates of Tokyo Bay, Tokyo's bilingual improv show, is on tonight at What the Dickens in Ebisu.
Mon 24 April - Tonight is an International Headliner Comedy Night, featuring the fabulous Lou Sanders, a 'surrealist comedienne' who has come over from the UK after a hit show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that got great reviews like this one. Don't miss it.
Tue 25 April - Nothing tonight, so head over to that Ernst Lubitsch retrospective at Cinemavera
Wed 26 April - Good Heavens Comedy Club hosts its regular stand-up comedy show tonight. Or else go to Pecha Kucha, with cool arty and architecty talks in English and Japanese.
Thu 27 April - Having start-up problems? Like to learn from (laugh at) the mistakes of others? You might enjoy the international sensation F*ckup Nights, at the Hub in Meguro. In a mix of English and Japanese, innovators talk about the lower points of their enterprises. Or there's a bilingual theatre production called Mori - Tales of Shonai.
Fri 28 April - It's the last Friday of the month, and that means an extravaganza of options. Improvazilla is a fantastic improv show, complete with an improvised musical. Drunk Poets See God is a slam poetry open mic night and tonight is their 50th show! Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School combines burlesque and drawing.
Sat 29 April - Shawshank Redemption starts screening at 10am every day at Toho Nihonbashi and Rear Window at Toho Shinjuku (they reverse the following week). Also today and tomorrow, Beauty and the Beast is playing at Tokyo International Forum with live chorus and orchestra. And an amazing Warner Bros retrospective kicks off at Shin Bungeiza cinema in Ikebukuro today til May 8th. Here's the flyer.
Sun 30 April - From 11:30-3:30 you can go to a rakugo show (Japanese storytelling) which will be half in Japanese and half in English. Then Beauty and the Beast is playing at Tokyo International Forum with live chorus and orchestra - it's in English and it should be delightful. Also, this is the last day to see Singin' in the Rain is at Tokyo Theatre Orb. I thought it was lovely.
Mon 1 and Tue 2 May - The quiet of Golden Week descends on Tokyo... And so it's time to settle down at the movies to the Warner Bros retrospective at Shin Bungeiza cinema in Ikebukuro, the Ernst Lubitsch retrospective at Cinemavera in Shibuya, and the Toho 10am films (Shawshank Redemption and Rear Window).
Wed 3 May - Good Heavens Comedy Club is back with its regular stand-up comedy show tonight.
Thu 4 May - Better get back to the cinema - not much else happening today.
Fri 5 May - A Golden Week treat: tonight is That's What She Said, Tokyo's first all-woman comedy show, complete with charity auction and other fun things. Your beloved Perfect Liars Host Layla will be performing. Also, Gamuso comedy show in Asagaya is back.
Thu 11 May - It's Perfect Liars Club! And for extra excitement, we have one of America's top storytellers, coming to Tokyo to be one of May's four suspects... You won't want to miss it. Buy tickets now.