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B A ROMETER: MAY 2012 THE WORD


UNHAPPY BIRTHDAYS, APP-TASTIC GAMES, SWISHY COCKTAILS AND SILVER SOIRÉES...


OF THE MONTH


DRAW SOMETHING BIRTHDAY BELLE


Amy Lamé premiered her latest performance piece, Unhappy Birthday, last year in Manchester. Now she’s bringing it to London for an extended run at the Camden People’s Theatre. The piece is based around Ms Lamé hosting her birthday party, to which you are all invited. Her hero, Morrissey, is invited too, and a seat is reserved for him. But will he turn up? Cake, quiffs and craziness collide in a flurry of balloons and beer, against a soundtrack of nostalgic teenage obsession in a show that explores fan-dom, faith, celebrity and sexual identity. You can catch it running 1-5 and 8-12 May, before it embarks on a national tour. The performances in Camden will be accompanied by an exhibition of rare Smiths & Morrissey photos by Tom Sheehan. www.unhappybirthday.net


NAT’S SILVER SOIRÉE


If you’d like to do your bit in the fight against HIV and AIDS, or if you just enjoy swishy cocktail parties, then we’ve got a date for your diary. NAT (National AIDS Trust) has announced details of its annual spring fundraising party. ‘Spring Awakening – The Silver Soirée’ will take place on 17 May at 11 Cavendish Square, W1. The event, which takes place each May, will not only help NAT raise funds to continue its much-needed work, but will also act as a birthday celebration to commemorate NAT’s 25th birthday. “There will be a range of special birthday touches at the event,” said a spokesperson, “including an exclusive birthday cocktail created by Eric Lorincz, mixologist at The Savoy, and there will be an exhibition of Red Ribbon artwork created by a range of high-profile supporters – including Gok Wan, Annie Lennox and Pam Ann – as birthday gifts for NAT. Tickets to ‘Spring Awakening - the Silver Soirée’ are £75 each plus an optional £25 birthday donation for NAT’s ‘25 for 25’ fund. For more details and to book a ticket, visit: www.spring-awakening.org.uk


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One of those apps that makes you think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s a deceptively simple, ridiculously addictive game where friends and fellow players have to guess what you’re drawing on your phone – and vice versa. Draw Something is £1.49 from the iTunes store.


APP


ON FIRE


PALOMA FAITH We’re loving new single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, and we’re loving new album, Fall To Grace. We’re just loving Paloma. Period.


GOODBYE TO SOHO Anyone who’s ever skipped down Old Compton Street will find something to enjoy in Clayton Littlewood’s second collection of memoirs.


CHRIS EVANS The hunky Avengers star has spoken in favour of gay marriage, saying, “In ten years we’ll be


ashamed that this was an issue.” Bless him.


MONTH’S RISE AND FALL


QUOTE OF THE MONTH


“I wanted a male dance partner on tour without sensationalising the issue. Sometimes you can make a


big noise very quietly...” Ian ‘H’ Watkins does his bit for gay visibility on the Steps reunion tour


AMERICAN RETRO The long-running Soho institution becomes the latest victim of the economic downturn –


forced to close after many years of business.


TITANIC CENTENARY Titanic cookery courses and quiz books? Yes, we know it was 100 years ago, but please, enough with all the Titanic-related merchandise now!


EX-GAY BUS ADVERTS A Christian group – that claims gay people can


overcome their sexuality – has had its bus adverts rejected by TfL. Thank God!


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