Thank goodness Golden Week is coming to an end - it's been rather quiet in terms of fun events in Tokyo, though we've all been at the cinema, which has been fun. But good news: it's picking up slowly but promises to be an interesting week. Best of all... Perfect Liars Club is on Thursday. Make sure you've got your tickets, and see you there!
Sat 6 May - Tokyo Rainbow Pride kicks off today in Yoyogi Park. There are all sorts of adjunct events if you like to party, picnic, or understand Japanese. Otherwise, head to Ikebukuro's Shin Bungeiza cinema to see Dirty Harry and/or Bullitt.
Sun 7 May - Tokyo Rainbow Pride and parade is today in Yoyogi Park. And at Ikebukuro's Shin Bungeiza cinema, Wild Bunch and/or Dirty Harry.
Mon 8 May - At 4:20 go to a free talk about Shakespeare's original accent. Also, today the three-day Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival starts. The films are new indie films, they're either in English or have English subtitles, and the festival is at the Uplink in Shibuya. Or if you want classic cinema, head to the final day of Ikebukuro's Shin Bungeiza Warner Bros retrospective to see Rebel Without a Cause and/or East of Eden. There's also open mic stand up comedy tonight in Otsuka.
Tue 9 May - Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival continues this evening.
Wed 10 May - Good Heavens Comedy Club is back with all the laughs tonight. Plus it's the final night of Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival.
Thu 11 May - Oh glorious day! After you have patiently been waiting all month, finally, Perfect Liars Club is tonight! Make sure you get your tickets as it's going to be a good one. There's even a guest suspect/performer from the Washington DC Perfect Liars Club. Are you shrewd enough to spot the liar? The most fun night in Tokyo in our opinion.
Fri 12 May - There's a performance of Twelfth Night tonight only by International Theatre Company London. English with Japanese subtitles. Nerd Nite is also tonight, with talks about race issues in Japan and the links between cancer and mathematics. Or hear a talk about the future of work at UN University. Enjoy!
Fab films to see all week - Born to be Blue (about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker) is screening at Ginrei Hall. For documentary fans, Don't Blink (about photographer Robert Frank) and The First Monday in May (the MET fashion gala) are at Le Cinema Bunkamura. For old film fans, the Ernst Lubitsch season at Cinemavera runs all this week with a different double bill every day. What a treat. As for your Toho daily 10am films, Rear Window is at Toho Nihonbashi and Shawshank Redemption at Toho Shinjuku. And of course around town you'll find Beauty and the Beast, Sing, Moana, La la Land, and more. Go wild.