What’s On: Week 4

Working on the assumption that everyone is sufficiently sick of work by Week 4, here are some better ways to procrastinate than a YouTube binge.


Frost/Nixon – Tuesday-Saturday – 7.45pm, ADC – £8/10 (book here)

Based on the insanely good film about Richard Nixon’s deal with TV show host David Frost to produce a series of unscripted interviews, director Helena Middleton (a very busy lady, it seems, having most recently AD’ed the Greek Play) will bring the story to the stage.

Faustus – Tuesday-Saturday – 7.30pm, Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens’ College – £5/6 (book here)

Modernising plays can be a tricky business. Bringing Marlowe’s Faustus to 1986 Cambridge, unspeakably so, though with the potential to be hilarious/deeply disturbing, depending what kind of mood you’re in.


Jazz at Johns – Friday 9pm, Fisher Building (in Johns) – £4

Cheap drinks (really cheap drinks) and a great jazz singer by the name of Louise Dodds.

CUMS Symphony Orchestra performs Schubert and Mahler – Saturday – 8pm, West Road Concert Hall (book here)

A slick programme of Schubert and Mahler, conducted by Ben Glassberg. Go, if only to feel smug.

Clare Jazz presents Trio Manouche – Saturday 9pm, Clare Cellars – £3 before 9:30, £4 after

“It’ll be intimate. It’ll be rustic. It’ll gypsy. We promise you it’ll be jazz and good company.” not setting expectations high then…

CREEM x Tinder – Monday – 12am, Fez – £4/5 (more info here)

Somehow Culture feels this was an accident waiting to happen: CREEM meets the viral new “dating” app (i.e. Grindr for straight people), Tinder. Nip down for some hip-hop, house, R&B, garage, and if you’re lucky, casual sex.

Girls with Guitars – Tuesday – 11pm, ADC – £5/6 (book here)

A group of no less than eleven women guitarists show off their acoustic skills celebrating women in music. Proof that feminism can be fun.


Philomena – ongoing – Picturehouse (book here)

Go not to see Judy Dench jostling for an Oscar, but for the weird and wonderful sight that is Stephen Coogan not channelling Alan Partridge.

E.T. – Sunday – Picturehouse (book here)

It is because of screenings like this that I love the Picturehouse. What better to warm up a cold November eve than a screening of one of the most classic kids’ films of all time screened on 70mm? Just do it.


The Ethical Festival Presents: Spoken Food – Friday – 7pm, The Fountain – £3 (more info here)

Cambridge Hub’s Ethical Festival clearly takes its tagline ‘not what you’d expect’ quite seriously: Food + Spoken Word + Food is certainly a quirky combo, though one that sounds scrumptious.

Vintage Fair & Afternoon Tea – Sunday – 11am-3pm, Emmanuel College Bar – free (more info here)

Another part of The Ethical Festival, this event also inventively combines two fantastic things: thrift shopping and cake. Just don’t spill any tea on your vintage dress.

The YouTube Debate – Monday – 7.30pm, The Cambridge Union Society – members only (more info here)

In an attempt to seem down with the kids, CUS are branching out into new and completely tangential issues, namely YouTube. Aside from the fact that ‘This House Welcomes a Future in Which YouTube is the Dominant Broadcast Medium’ is perhaps the most strained motion ever’, members should attend simply for the unbounded joy of seeing YouTube sensations, dull as they come and uncannily identical twins Jack & Finn give their two cents’ worth in the flesh.