London Lite Friday, 18 September 2009 25 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Sequins? They make me sick 12PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman THEATRECLUBSMUSIC CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrow Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday WHEN your debut album sells six mil- lion copies, wins an armful of awards and has the worlds top designers clamouring to clothe you, fame can go to your head. Yet when I ask Mika about life as a pop star, he laughs. I havent noticed much difference, he insists. But I have spent the past year working with people who dont know who I am. Thats one of the reasons I went to LA. The musicians there are just so jaded. I hired horn players who worked with Frank Sinatra and they were unbe- lievably rude to me. I adored it. In a superficial sense, I can feel famous. Its great if you want a reser- vation somewhere they used to tell you to get lost and, suddenly, theyre fuss- ing to find you a table. I rarely go to those sorts of places, but the thought that I can does make me grin. Mika should get used to it. His new album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, is packed with potential hits. Though less sweet in sound and darker in theme than 2007s Life In Cartoon Motion, it contin- ues his trick of turning kid-friendly tunes into glossy, grown-up pop. I worry when children turn up to my shows, admits Mika. The content can be risqu. So far, I havent been burnt, but promoters are starting to say that I will get sued if I allow kids to watch animals having sex on stage. The kids dont care though. To them, its animals dancing to nursery rhymes. If kids like the new album and want to keep coming, Ill risk it. I love the idea of impending danger. Mikas songs, mischievous sense of fun and outrageous outfits might appeal to kids, but dont make the mistake of not taking the 26-year-old seriously. A lot of planning goes in to every aspect of my career, he admits. I often have to put my foot down to get my own way. Mostly, with stylists. They think, Ooh, Mika loves camp clothing. Lets stick in him sequins. Sequins make me sick! No one is ever talking me into a sequin jacket. They should save it for their nan. LISA VERRICO Massive attack ITS been six years since the trip-hop duo, right, released their last studio album. Will they preview material from the next, due next year, at this gig? And tomorrow, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Brixton Peter Doherty THE ex-Libertines and Babyshambles frontman, right, plays some solo material to demonstrate that hes much more than just Kate Mosss ex. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (0844 482 8008, roundhouse. org.uk), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Chalk Farm Florence & the Machine THE young Miss Welch, right, performs songs from her Mercury Prize- denied debut Lungs, which was kept off the No 1 spot by that pesky Michael Jackson. 27-29 Sep, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green W12 (0870 060 0100), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Shepherds Bush the ManiFesto AUDIENCE members suggest policies to make Britain better, then Mark Thomas, left, decides whether or not to put them in his manifesto. Until 3 Oct, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Rd NW6 (020 7328 1000, tricycle. co.uk), Mon-Sat 7.45pm, 10-18. Tube: Kilburn See Win ticketS: Page 34 thinGs ROSS NOBLE, left, discusses all things great and small in between picking on audience members. Until 22 Oct, Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave W1 (0844 412 4658), Mon-Sat 8pm, 20-35. Tube: Piccadilly Circus By the yarD MEMBERS of The Guild Of Paul Foot Connoisseurs will be snapping up tickets to see the latest show by their master, left. 25-26 Sep & 3-4 Oct, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0207 478 0100, sohotheatre.com), 8pm, 12, 10 concs. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd alls Well that enDs Well MICHELLE TERRYS Helena, right, falls for Bertram in this gorgeous revival of Shakespeares play about unrequited love. Until 1 Oct, National Theatre, South Bank SE1 (020 7452 3000), 7.30pm, in rep, other times vary, 10-30. Tube: Waterloo yasser AN IDEALISTIC Palestinian actor (William El-Gardi, right), gets to grips with playing Shylock the archetypal Jew. 6-24 Oct, Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola St E8 (020 7503 1646), Mon-Sat 8.15pm, 14, 10 concs. Rail: Dalston Kingsland rock a hula! THE Bikini Beach Band, left, and Jessie & The Orbits perform rockabilly and rhythm and blues before sets by DJs El Nino and Tim Hellzapoppin. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way WC1 (020 7691 2610), 8pm, 8, 6 adv. Tube: Russell Sq JalaPeno sounD systeM TURNTABLIST supremo DJ Parker, left, plays everything from funk to drum&bass. Trevor Mac supports. The Big Chill House, 256-9 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross N1 (020 7427 2540, bigchill.net), 9pm, 5, free before 10pm. Tube: Kings Cross raBiD Winter Music Festival UMEK, left, Hannah Holland and more ensure that the summers electro and techno festival frolics continue into the dark winter nights. 7 Nov, SeOne, Weston St SE1 (0870 060 0100), 8pm, 25-40. Tube: London Bridge Today the ones that Flutter MICHAEL FEAST, right, and Richie Campbell star in this drama about the relationship between a prison warden and someone on death row. Until 10 Oct, Theatre 503, Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Pk Rd SW11 (020 7794 0022), Tue-Sat 7.45pm, 13, 8 concs. Rail: Clapham Junction COMEDY Mika The album The Boy Who Knew Too Much is out on Monday. 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