Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: WEEKEND GIGS DAVID SMYTH

MENCAP'S LITTLE NOISE SESSIONS The annual series of stripped-down charity gigs by big noises is back in church. The second half of the six gigs includes The Maccabees tonight, Noah and the Whale tomorrow, and Amy MacDonald with a little help from Keane on Sunday. Tonight-Sun, St John-at-Hackney, E5 (08444 999 990, littlenoisesessions. org.uk) BOBBY WOMACK After touring with Gorillaz, the soul veteran, right, has reinvented himself on record with the stunning digital soul of The Bravest Man in the Universe, produced by Damon Albarn and XL Records boss Richard Russell.

Sun, Tue, Forum, NW5 (0844 847 2405, kentishtownforum.com) CRYSTAL CASTLES This Canadian electronica duo are impressive on record -- check out their recent third album, the imaginatively titled III -- but achieve new levels of intensity on stage. Tomorrow, O2 Academy Brixton, SW9 (0844 477 2000, o2academy brixton.co.uk) THE ROLLING STONES Empty your wallets -- they're back marking their 50th anniversary with a new hits collection featuring two new songs. Once they're out of the way it'll be classics all the way -- there's a very good reason people still want to see this band. Sun, Nov 29, O2 Arena, SE10 (0871 984 0002, the02.co.uk) WEEKEND COMEDY BRUCE DESSAU JASON BYRNE Production problems have postponed the release of his new DVD -- but spend the money on seeing Byrne live anyway. Tonight, Hammersmith Apollo, W6 (0844 844 0444, ticketmaster.co.uk) SUSAN CALMAN Calman, left, recently entered a civil partnership and while she is angry at the gay weddings ban she wonders if she is a suitable spouse, given her obsession with cats and Prime Suspect. Until tomorrow, Soho Theatre, W1 (020 7478 0100, sohotheatre.com) CHRIS TUCKER Tucker stars in Silver Linings Playbook and he is making his stand-up comeback. He was a comedy phenomenon in his youth but can he still cut it in middle age? Tomorrow& Sunday, Hammersmith Apollo, W6 (0844 844 0444, ticketmaster.co.uk) CRITICS' CHOICE THEATRE THE TROJAN WOMEN Gate, W11. …

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