London Lite Tuesday, 1 September 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION COMPILEDBYSTEPHANIEHIRSCHMILLER COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC Sam Baker The Texan singer, right, began writing music 21 years ago, after surviving a terrorist attack in Peru. The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn high Rd NW6 (020 7372 7123), 7.30pm, 12 Tube: Kilburn Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out CherBourg This London-based folk- rock group, right, play a selection of harmonious songs from their eP into The Dark at their biggest headline gig yet. iCA, The Mall sW1 (020 7930 3647,, 7.30pm, 8.50. Tube: Charing Cross BeStival DoN your space-themed costume for the annual isle of Wight extravaganza featuring Massive Attack, MGMT, right, Florence And The Machine and La Roux. 11-13 sep, Robin hill Park, isle of Wight (0844 888 4410,, noon, returns only. Train/ferry: Portsmouth harbour Brazil x 2 This sexy double bill of Brazilian plays, The Assault and The Last Days of Gilda, right, raises the temperature in east London. Until sat, old Red Lion, 418 st John st eC1 (020 7837 7816), Tues-sat, 7.30pm, sun 5pm, 15. Tube: Angel Coming SoonTomorrowToday ForBidden Broadway soPhie-LoUise DANN, right, stars in this spoof of West end shows. Until 13 sep, Menier Chocolate Factory, 51-53 southwark st se1 (020 7907 7060), 15-25. Tue-sat, 8pm, mat, sun 3.30pm. Tube: London Bridge othello LeNNy heNRy, right, stars in this acclaimed production of shakespeares tragedy. 11 sep-12 Dec, Trafalgar studios, Whitehall sW1 (0870 060 6632, trafalgarstudios), Mon-sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & sat 2.30pm, 20-45. Tube: Charing Cross Cutting edge ALisTAiR BARRie, left, Andy Parsons, ian stone, Paul Thorne, stephen Grant and steve Gribbin are tonights topical chuckle brothers. Comedy store, 1a oxendon st sW1 (0870 060 2340,, 8pm, 15. Tube: Piccadilly Circus Coming SoonTomorrowToday Pear ShaPed in Fitzrovia MCs Brian Damage and Krysstal are joined by Buddy hell, left, Boyce Bailey, Mark shonfield and Anthony Miller. The Fitzroy Tavern, 16 Charlotte st W1 (, 8.30pm, 5. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd ladyBoy 2009 PLUsh Thai restaurant Mango Tree hosts a camp beauty contest where contestants, left, show their talents in front of a celebrity panel. 13 sep, Mango Tree, 46 Grosvenor Place sW1 (, 6pm, 18, 15 adv. Tube: Victoria ForCa BraSil GeT into the Brazilian spirit with DJ Fred on the decks and a free samba class from ella Pecks element Dance Company, left, at 7.30pm. salsa!, 96 Charing Cross Road WC2 (020 7379 3277,, 5.30pm, 4, free before 9pm. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd Coming SoonTomorrowToday glitterati iTs that time again. The first Wednesday of the month means its Astariel, left, and Lauren Loves polysexual alternative night, with androgynous indie and electro anthems. Trash Palace, 58 old street eC1 (, 10pm, 3, free before 11.30pm. Tube: old st diSCo BloodBath The Bloodbath is back in Dalston where it belongs, featuring Todd Terje, left, and the usual mishmash of disco, pop noir and house music. sat, secret location e8 ( discobloodbathdisco), 10pm, 8. Rail: Dalston Kingsland Imseducedby thebestwriters glenn CloSe Damages: season 2 (15) is out now on DVD. You wouldnt take your pet rabbit along to an interview session with Glenn Close. She professes to being a real wuss, yet the woman who will forever be remembered as the bunny boiler in Fatal Attraction has a stare that could curdle concrete and if she doesnt like a question she sure lets you know it. Rather foolishly, I wonder aloud if the 62-year-old actress only took the role of ruthless litigator Patty Hewes on TVs Damages, meaty though it is, because movie offers had dried up. Close fixes me with a withering look. I bristle when its intimated Im doing television because I cant get any other work, she says, and Im terrified shes about to transform into 101 Dalmations Cruella De Vil. Its just not true. Ive always gone to where the best writing is and when I was first given the Damages script I thought This is as good as the very best movie scripts. Im always seduced by what I think is good writing and in this case it just happened to be a television series. The five-time oscar nominee smiles and Im off the hook. Her angular features and rakish figure have seen her cast as powerful, sometimes deranged, women, but thats nothing like the real Close. Im a soft touch, she says. Just ask my daughter, who knows how to work me to her advantage. And most of the time these roles seek me. For Damages they wanted me from the very beginning, which is flattering, but Im honestly nothing like Patty in real life, or like most of the people Ive played. Filming in New York means Connecticut-born Close can be near daughter Annie and husband David, and shes loving the process of doing a TV serial. Sometimes there are many revisions before the day of shooting and even on that day youre given rewrites. I like what my brain does when it has to learn lines so fast, she smiles. Its thrilling to just go with the flow. SIMON BUTTON Close encounters: the veteran actress in Damages 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html