Wasn't this month's Perfect Liars Club completely hilarious? It was also our very first voting tie! Was the liar Sandra, with her tale of smuggling money across borders inside a teddy bear? Or Louis who claimed he failed a lie detector test to work in the Georgia version of the FBI? Or JJ who destroyed the Death Star? Or Phoebe who accidentally found herself taking off her clothes to pay for a nice piece of furniture? At half time, Sandra and JJ were the prime suspects but after the interrogation, JJ and Phoebe had exactly the same number of votes. So the whole audience voted again for one of the pair. And they got it right! The liar was... Phoebe! Next show is on May 11th. Buy tickets. Then enjoy all the cool things happening in Tokyo this week.
Sat 15 April - At last: the Ginrei Cinema has a double bill that's entirely in English. Go see Everybody Wants Some and Florence Foster Jenkins. Or if you're in more of a theatre mood, Singin' in the Rain is at Tokyo Theatre Orb til the end of the month. I saw it, it's in English, and it's delightful.
Sun 16 April - It's my favourite art event in Tokyo - Pausedraw! Go along for free at 4pm, bring a sketchpad and something to draw with, and enjoy a social art experience - drawing exercises and games for people at every level of skill.
Mon 17 April - Tonight there's open mic stand up comedy at Otsuka near Ikebukuro. Or if you're feeling a bit more wonky, how about The Future of Peacebuilding: Lessons from Afghanistan at UN University?
Tue 18 April - Space cafe is tonight. Not only does it feature a cool, publicly accessible talk from a NASA expert about Venus, which you can listen to while enjoying a drink, it has the best event title ever: The Ataksuki Venus Spacecraft Rises from the Dead to Explore the Depths of Hell. A must-see.
Wed 19 April - If you like rakugo (Japanese storytelling performance), there's a big treat tonight: my favourite English-language rakugo performer has a rakugo show in the Fukagawa Edo Museum theatre in Kiyosumi. Or Good Heavens comedy club is tonight for some of Tokyo's top stand-up comedy. And there's a lecture about traditional colours in Japan which is in English too.
Thu 20 April - If you're into global development, UN University has a symposium on Global Companies and the SDGs this afternoon. If you're still at the UN in the evening, check out another talk on Japan's challenges at the United Nations. Or go see Hangmen at Toho Nihonbashi?
Fri 21 April - Gamuso comedy show in Asagaya brings us more stand-up comedy to kick off the weekend. There's Nerd Nite Tokyo, which has a special theme of open science in Japan and is at Accenture Digital Hub this month. And another intriguingly-titled talk, News, The Media, Entertainment, Information and Fakery by David Schlesinger, the previous editor-in-chief of Reuters.
Next Perfect Liars Club show is on May 11th. Buy tickets.