London Lite Monday, 17 August 2009 15 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS MsCruzwilldo anything I askPEDRO ALMODVAR Broken Embraces (15) is out 28 Aug. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyStephanieHirschmiller COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC FOREst FiRE THE folksy punk band, right, belt out brassy, woodwind scronk with jazz-style vocals from their gutsy debut album, Survival. Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 (020 7392 7788), 7pm, collect wristbands prior to gig. Tube: Aldgate East Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out AMANDA BLANK HAVING collaborated with the likes of M.I.A, fiery US rapper Amanda Blank, right, is breaking out on her own with her debut album, I Love You. Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Sq N1 (020 7613 0709,, 8pm, 8. Tube: Old St GREAsy LiPs CLuB THIS brand-new monthly night is hosted by Alan McGee, right, and features sets from unsigned bands including Fake City Lights and House Of Dolls. 5 Sep, then first Sat of the month, Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd SW9 (020 7274 5537,, 8pm, 10. Tube: Brixton thE CARAVAN THIS show about people forced from their homes by flooding, right, is set in a caravan which fits an audience of just eight. Until 23 Aug, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (0844 482 8008), Mon-Fri, every 45mins from 5.30pm- 8.30pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm, 12. Tube: Chalk Farm Coming SoonTomorrowToday As yOu LiKE it GENTLE mischief, romantic magic and Naomi Frederick, right, as Rosalind, shine out in Shakespeares comedy. Until 10 Oct, Shakespeares Globe, 21 New Globe Walk SE1 (020 7401 9919), tonight 7.30pm, other times vary, 5-33. Tube: Southwark A LiFE iN thREE ACts PORTRAIT of the camp cabaret star Bette Bourne with Bourne, right, playing himself talking about his life with the playwright Mark Ravenhill. 21-27 Sep, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0870 429 6883,, 9.30pm, 12.50-15. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd sEAN huGhEs THE darkly humorous Irish comic, left, of Never Mind The Buzzcocks fame, is back in London with his new show, What I Meant To Say Was... And tomorrow, Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Pauls Rd N1 (020 7704 2001,, 7.30pm, 8. Tube: Highbury & Islington Coming SoonTomorrowToday tOM PRiCE EVER screwed up so badly that you thought it was the end of the world? Tom Price, left, has and his show, My Favourite Misteaks points out the brilliance in calamity. Until Fri, Camden Head, 100 Camden High St W1 (020 7485 4019,, 7.15pm, 7.50. Tube: Camden Town DOuG stANhOPE THE unsettling, incendiary American comic, left, returns with a show that displays a healthy disregard for moral, social or sexual boundaries. Prepare for a tirade of vitriol about our political system. 1-6 Sep, Leicester Square Theatre, 5 Leicester Place WC2 (0844 847 2475,, 7.30pm, 20. Tube: Leicester Sq i LuV LiVE uNCut RAS KWAME, left, and fellow DJ Twin B spin hip hop, soul, indie and grime, with special guests and open mic slots for the brave. Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Ave W1 (020 7287 2715,, 11.30pm, 5. Tube: Piccadilly Circus Coming SoonTomorrowToday WhitE hEAt VAMP it up as DJs Matty & Olly, left, host their popular indie night with live bands Copy Haho, My Sad Captains and Wonderswan. Madame JoJos, 8-10 Brewer St W1 (020 7734 3040, madamejojos. com), 8pm, 5, 4 concs. Tube: Piccadilly Circus sECREtsuNDAzE JAMES PRIESTLEY, left, and Giles Smith are joined by Doc Martin and Steve Bug for an underground house bash that lasts until dawn. 30 Aug, That Club, 338 Boord St SE10 (secretsundaze. net), 2pm, 20, 14.50 adv. Tube: North Greenwich I NEED to play with something like you, says Pedro Almodvar, which sounds like a come-on (well he is gay) until he explains he needs my sheet of questions, for doodling. He scribbles away and Im wondering if the tireless Spanish director (17 films to date) is plotting his next project, but he soon abandons the task to give me his full attention when I ask if hes mellowing with age. His new film, after all, is his least controversial. Aside from a bare-breasted Penlope Cruz (she plays an actress in a doomed affair with her director) theres nothing saucy and scandalous here -- no Gael Garca Bernal in a frock, no paedophilia, no gay sex. Its very difficult to be outrageous in movies now, explains the 57-year-old auteur. But I never set out to be scandalous or shocking. Thats what Lars Von Trier does, its what Madonna does, but it was never my intention. I just wanted to tell stories from my point of view. His unique style, blending fetishism with melodrama, has made Almodvar into something of a celebrity, which he hates. I feel this ongoing paradox between the places I live and the places Id like to live, he says. I tend to live in very comfortable, pricey parts of town whereas Id much rather live in the opposite neighbourhoods -- the more popular, livelier ones -- but I cant go there without being bothered. Having a brilliant filmography also has its downsides. Theres a huge amount of pressure when I release something, but its important not to be concerned with making the best film. I dont want to be thinking I have to make a film thats better than the previous one. I want to make the film that my heart wants me to make. Cruz is now his muse, and hes like an entranced lover when her name is mentioned. She has such blind faith in me, he smiles. She sees me as an utter genius, which is not the way I see myself at all, and it gives me a lot of strength knowing I have an actress who will do absolutely everything without even blinking. SIMON BUTTON He shoots, he scores: the Oscar-winning director 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.html