London Lite Thursday, 13 August 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Beingannoying is in my genesU2 U2 play Wembley Stadium Fri & Sat. 12PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyStephanieHirschmiller COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC The Grand MajesTic THE eight-piece pop funk band, right, bring their infectious melodies from Brighton for this Bite Nite gig. Sound Club, 1 Leicester Sq WC2 (0871 223 2518), 7pm, 8, 6 concs. Tube: Leicester Square Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out MirrOrs BRIGHTONS noir-ish electro pop quartet, right, headline a night of mayhem hosted by Moshi Moshi records. The Relentless Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner N5 (0844 847 1678, the garage.co.uk), 10.30pm, 8. Tube: Highbury & Islington LOndOn MeLa AMAR, right, headlines the London Mela. Famed for her collaborations with Talvin Singh, shes become the new muse of producer Timbaland. Expect bhangra, Bollywood and urban beats. Sun, Gunnersbury Park, Acton W5 (020 7387 1203, londonmela.org), 1pm, free. Tube: Acton Town PrisciLLa QUeen Of The deserT JASON DONOVAN, right, camps it up in this trashy and uplifting Aussie drag queen, road trip romp. Until 13 Feb 2010, Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus, Shaftesbury Ave W1 (0844 755 0016), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, 20.25-64.25. Tube: Leicester Sq Coming SoonTomorrowToday The WinTers TaLe ETHAN HAWKE, right, stars in Sam Mendess take on Shakespeares psychological fable. Until Sat, Old Vic, Waterloo Rd SE1 (0870 060 6628), tomorrow 7.30pm, mat Sat 2.30pm, 9.50-45. Tube: Waterloo The shaWshank redeMPTiOn THE legendary film comes to the stage, right, in Stephen Kings prison tale of hope against the odds. 4 Sep-14 Feb 2010, Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Rd WC2 (0844 482 5125), Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm, Thu & Sat 3pm, 10- 49.50. Tube: Leicester Sq canUxPLOiTaTiOn WINNERS of the Canadian comedy award for best sketch group, the duo, left, deliver hilarious part-improvised performances. Until 30 Aug, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place WC2 (0844 847 2475, leicestersquaretheatre.com), Tue-Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm & 7.30pm, 15. Tube: Leicester Sq Coming SoonTomorrowToday GLObe GirLs THE girls, left, are sure to bring the (brick) house down with their sassy, sexy, larger-than-life comedy cabaret drag act. And Sat, The Brickhouse, 152c Brick Lane E1 (020 7247 0005, thebrickhouse.co.uk), 8.30pm, 10. Tube: Aldgate East shOTGUn iMPrO THE group, left, perform on the fly, running with suggestions and ideas from their audience. Yours is the power to make or break. Wed, The Miller, 96 Snowfields SE1 (020 7407 2690, themiller.co.uk), 7.45pm, 5. Tube: London Bridge reGGae rOasT THE ROAST runs the most vibrant reggae events in London. Tonights bash features DJ Louis Slipperz, left, and a live roots set from Collie Buddz. Jazz Caf, 5 Parkway NW1 (0844 847 2514, jazzcafe.co.uk), 7pm-2am, 22, free after 11pm. Tube: Camden Town Coming SoonTomorrowToday LOsT and fOUnd PAUL BARRY and Johnny Russell, left, are on the decks, laying down rediscovered classics and nu disco bombs to make the floor shake. Dust Bar, 27 Clerkenwell Rd EC1 (020 7490 5120, dustbar.co.uk), 9pm, free. Tube: Farringdon MaTTer firsT birThday TECHNO supremo Carl Cox, left, has been drafted in to help Matter blow out its first birthday candle. Hes joined in Room One by Josh Wink and Matter resident Paul Woolford. 19 Sep, Matter, The O2, Peninsula Square SE10 (020 7549 6686, matterlondon. com), 10pm, 20, 15 adv. Tube: North Greenwich WHY does everyone seem to hate Bono? The man himself seems to know why. I can be annoying -- I have a kind of annoying gene. A lot of people dont know what I do so they think, Hes just turning up in photographs with starving Africans or some president or prime minister. We dont like that. Rock stars telling elected officials what to do, and then they run back to their villas in the south of France. As U2s huge tour rolls into London, replete with the biggest stage ever, it seems a good time to present the case for the defence of the little rock god. As Paul McGuinness, U2 s manager, said recently: Hes a bundle of contra- dictions, a spoilt-rotten, rich rock star who became successful from his own talent. He didnt trick anyone. He enjoys life to the full, but he does a lot of good. He has difficulties; one day hell win a Grammy for album of the year, the next hes called a terrible hypocrite, a force for bad. Yet the organisations that support his activism are sophisticated. Red is extremely successful. Red is the organisation Bono set up to help brands such as Armani and Apple give up to 40 per cent of their profit to charity. It has raised more than 79m. Not bad for a man dismissed as a mythomaniac by turgid travel writer Paul father of Louis Theroux. Bonos also the man who helped per- suade former US president George Bush and the religious fundamentalist ex- head of the Senates foreign relations committee Jesse Helms (a man who used to believe Aids was Gods retribu- tion) to give more aid to Africa, up from 1.2bn in 2000 to around 4.8bn today. This impressed no less a statesman than Bill Clinton: He converted Jesse Helms, and thats something I could never have done. Jesse found it fasci- nating that a man from a radically different culture would court him. So, Bono can be an annoying tubthumper with an unquenchable thirst for the limelight... Perhaps, but hes a bloody effective one, too. PAUL CONNOLLY This ones for you, too: The Edge and Bono in action index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html