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4 KEW’S ARTFUL AUTUMN This autumn, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew celebrates the season of fiery colour with a brand new festival, featuring a stunning exhibition showcasing the immersive art of Rebecca Louise Law (pictured) and intriguing botanical art by Lindsay Sekulowicz. In addition, there are two major sculptural exhibitions in the gardens, one of contemporary pieces curated by Handmade in Britain and the other a series of specially commissioned pieces inspired by Kew itself. FUNK IT UP THURSDAYS AT YAMAHA MUSIC LONDON Yamaha Music London is launching the search for London's funkiest music act. The flagship music store in Wardour Street will be getting funky on Thursdays with a series of four heats on 19 & 26 October, 2 & 9 November, to find the freshest and funktastic talent around. Funky Thursdays are free live music evenings open from 18.00 - 20.00. THE TOXIC AVENGER THE MUSICAL Following a sold-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse, when it received 6 Off West End Award nominations including Best Musical, acclaimed rock musical The Toxic Avenger The Musical has transferred to the Arts Theatre. The Toxic Avenger is the brainchild of the Tony Award-winning creative team behind the hit West End musical ‘Memphis’, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, an original founding member and keyboardist/vocalist for rock giants, Bon Jovi. Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult 1984 comedy schlock-horror Troma film, it tells the story of the citizens of Tromaville, who are crying out for a hero. Enter nerdy Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist, determined to clean up the state’s major toxic waste problem. Mark Anderson returns after starring to great acclaim as Melvin/Toxie in the original London production. Tickets from the box office on 020 7836 8463. DIWALI CELEBRATIONS IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE Trafalgar Square will be transformed with a colourful and vibrant mix of music, dance and live performance to mark London’s annual Diwali celebrations on 15 October. Londoners and visitors to the capital are invited to attend the celebrations with activities for the whole family to enjoy. The free event is being organised to mark Diwali, the 'Festival of Lights', which is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in India and other countries around the world. ROB AND NICK CARTER OPEN NEW STUDIO SPACE RN AT 5A Rob and Nick are opening their new London exhibition and studio space RN at 5A, with their inaugural exhibition – Yoga Photograms. The images have been made in complete darkness, the nude model assuming a yoga position directly on a large piece of photographic paper. This process is as pure as photography can be, made by a single flash of light onto light-sensitive paper. Each work is unique and although photographic there is no camera, lens or negative used in the making of the work. They are all life size. RN at 5A is at 5A Bathurst Street, W2. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

THE KING OF KIMONO COMEDY KATSURA SUNSHINE: RAKUGO Katsura Sunshine, the first Western Rakugo Master, crosses cultures with centuries’ old storytelling and kimono comedy at the Leicester Square Theatre for 10 performances until 15 October, when the show will transfer to Off-Broadway in New York. With only a fan and a hand towel for props, his hilarious, fast-talking narrative is singularly Japanese and universally funny. Described as 'the funniest man in Japan', and a ‘one-man sitcom’, his storytelling (in English) engrosses eight to 80 year olds. He invites everyone to ‘Come for an hour of laughter and leave with a piece of Japan in your heart!’. A tall, blond-haired Canadian wearing a kimono and top hat, Sunshine is the first Westerner to have completed the three-year, intensive, 'live-in' apprenticeship in Osaka, to become a respected Rakugo Master and represent the 400-year-old classic Japanese art of comic storytelling. The apprentice slowly learns the craft through observation and imitation, attentive to the Master’s every waking hour including all the housekeeping chores. His master, Sanshi combined the first part of his name, ‘San’, meaning ‘Three’, with the Japanese word for ‘Shine’, and gave it the Japanese pronunciation of the English word ‘Sunshine’. Sunshine studied classics at the University of Toronto before going to Japan in 1999 to study Noh and Kabuki Theatre, at the same time continuing to write his own material and producing musical theatre. In 2008, he was accepted as an apprentice to the great Rakugo Master, Katsura Bunshi VI. He has performed in Singapore, the United States and Canada, London, Paris, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Sri Lanka, and many other countries, as well as throughout Japan. Tickets are available online at or telephone 020 7734 2222. Katsura Sunshine will perform at the Leicester Square Theatre until 15 October. 5 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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