IN&OUTTONIGHT 16 Friday, 21 August 2009 London Lite CLUB TALK By Scott Manson A recent, confusing issue Ive found is how to tell the difference between cool people and homeless people. Seriously, its becoming a major problem in London. I was standing in a Shoreditch warehouse party the other night looking at a guy in neon orange dungarees holding a Stop children lollipop lady sign and wearing a deerstalker hat. now, either that chap was about to be sectioned or he was one of the coolest blokes in the club. the zeitgeist is so difficult to pin down. Similarly, Ive been to clubs recently where DJs have dropped house music so minimal its like listening to a very loud metronome. It just sounds like the record has got stuck. Is this super- deep and achingly hip, or simply the sound of a DJ disappearing up his own bottom? Personally, Ill plump for the latter. there are some clubs, though, that manage to combine a hip, modish WEEKEND FOR CHARITABLE SORTS Artival MERCURY-noMinatEd hip hop artist Speech debelle headlines this one-day arts festival to raise awareness of Londons homeless. Tomorrow, Queen Of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, EC2 (020 7422 0958, artival.co.uk), noon, free with flyer from website. Tube: Old Street FOR SEAFOOd FANS Tiger Beer Chilli Crab Tour MUnCH chilli crab and wash it down with tiger beer to an exotic soundtrack from dJs Cosmic truth, ashley Beedle, Reverse 68, danielle Moore (Crazy P), the offKeyHat and discobox. Tomorrow and Sunday, The Big Chill Bar, Dray Walk, off Brick Lane, E1 (020 7392 9180, tigerbeer.co.uk/ chillicrab), noon, free. Tube: Liverpool Street FOR MINI THEATRE BUFFS Kids Week tHERES a week left of the 15-day Kids Week. dont miss the chance to take your five- to 16-year-olds to West End shows such as Billy Elliot, Hairspray, War Horse, Sister act and Chicago free of charge (with a full-paying adult). Until 28 August, (0844 248 5151, kidsweek.co.uk). Tube: Leicester Square LAUREN PAXMAN LAIDBACKANDLOWKEY Talk, talk, talk: spoken word hip hop artist Speech Debelle Karaoke chorus forevery genre... by chloe lambert fROM HIP HOP TO ROCK, LIvE OUT O nce associated only with Japanese businessmen and Phoenix nights-style dives, karaoke is now singing a different tune. Thanks to Singstar and Martha Lane Fox, who brought us the swisher- than-swish Lucky Voice (luckyvoice.com), sud- denly everyone in London thinks they can sing and the capitals bars and clubs are only too happy to oblige. From crooning in a swish private booth to rocking on stage with a live band, there are now karaoke nights to suit all musical tastes. Heres our pick of the best kara- oke nights out. Ukulele A S e V e r y Hoxtonite knows, ukuleles are very now. At Karauke you can perform your favourite song alongside a 15-piece ukulele band. The songlist boasts everything from Abba to Guns n roses. Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, N1 (020 7613 1988, karauke.net). Monthly, Thursdays, 7pm-1am, 5 (3 if you join the Karauke Facebook group) Classicsoul THe ultimate in feelgood karaoke is Soulbrew, where you can belt out your favourite soul hit with a classy, six-piece funk band. Imagine the buzz of sing- ing All night Long or Im every Woman to an audience of adoring fans. e ve r y o t h e r month is themed to an artist or music genre. There are some show-offs about, so dont get drunk before you go on and think carefully before you take on Aretha. Vibe Bar, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 (020 7247 3479, soulbrew.com). Last Friday of every month, 8pm-1am, 4. Karauke: sing along to a 15-piece ukulele band 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