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Apr 17, 2014

Do a good thing, get drunk. It’s a win-win.

If you're at a loose end this coming 22nd April - it's a Tuesday! - then you might want to pop down to London's glittering Clerkenwell for an event with a message. And not one of your crappy messages either.

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Apr 17, 2014

You can’t beat James Dean. Though from what we hear, he might have liked that.

Come back to the BFI Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Oh, you have! Yes, fans of classic films starring gentlemen of no little allure, you will be delighted to hear that Her Majesty's British Film Institute is putting on a series of classic - classic, we tell you! - James Dean films. Including some good ones.

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Apr 16, 2014

If ever there was a show that sounded like a load of old you-know-whats but actually is great…

It's Avenue Q, a puppet show with sex and violence and drugs and bastard next-door neighbours and singing and dancing and... well, just fun. It started off-Broadway, ran for ages, went on-Broadway then came to the West End where it was on forever and a day. And now it's back but only for three weeks.

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Apr 16, 2014

Cut out and keep

It really does sound like a load of old nonsense on paper and anything the critics are unanimous about must have something wrong with it, right? Wrong! The Matisse cut-outs at the Tate are a work of pure, delicious, colour-infused genius. We were at the press show on Monday (there was some woman called Matisse there asking when the champagne would be served, which we think is a very good question, even at 10am) and were delighted with the whole thing...

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Apr 16, 2014

A couple of hours alone in a car with Tom Hardy anyone? He has a beard and a chunky knit

When we saw this brilliant little British movie, we suggested to the film company that they put a big quote on the poster saying 'Gravity on the M6'. Apparently not. Even though it's a one-person thing (like Gravity: OK, that was one and a half) and it's on the M6. Some people, right? Anyways, it's out this week.

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Apr 04, 2014

Meat me. Yes, that is a pun.

'What could be better than a home-cooked meal?' asked Madonna during one of her more Proustian moments, the answer being 'a restaurant-cooked meal.' But would you Adam and Steve it, Hill & Szrok have only gone and covered both bases. Bear with us, it's been a long week...

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Apr 03, 2014

We won’t have a word said against Jean Paul Gaultier. Not a word!

Love him, love (some of) his work, love (one of) his fragrances. Even share a birthday with him. And Barbra Streisand. That's how much esteem we hold him in. Which is why we will be trying to bum tickets to the no doubt lavish opening party of his no doubt lavish new show over at the not actually that lavish Barbican (listen, it may be big but big doesn't mean lavish).

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Apr 03, 2014

Dance macabre

If you've not had First World War centenary stuff up to here, let us point you in the direction of a superb - pronounce it 'syoopairb' to sound cleverer - new dance compilation (not like Now That's What I Call Dance) over at Her Majesty's Barbican Theatre called Lest We Forget, which has been garnering big-star reviews. You know, fours and fives...

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