Picks of the Week HT15 Week 8

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OUSE Hilary Term Concert, Friday 8pm, Christchurch Cathedral

As Oxford University String Ensemble’s first performance under its new conductor, this concert, set in the majestic surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, promises to be an atmospheric evening. The programme includes pieces by Suk, Bach, Mahler, and the premiere of a work by Oxford Music student Alex Ho. 

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, Saturday 12-5pm, Oxford Town Hall

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair returns to Oxford, now encompassing two halls of retro goodness. If you’re looking for vintage fashion, homeware, or a vintage beauty salon, this is the place for you. They’ve also now added a vintage hair salon, and a vintage tea room. Entertainment to be confirmed, but expect it to be… vintage. 

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The Alternotives Hilary Party, Tuesday 7-8pm, Merton Audiorium 

We’re guessing that this is a concert of some sort, but the blurb on the Facebook group made no sense, so we’re having to interpret. Even if the music isn’t your thing, they’re promising an after party at Itsu, which sounds absolutely wild. 

Mary Stuart, Tuesday-Saturday 7:30pm, Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Theatre Guild comes to the Playhouse, with this production of Schiller’s retelling of a pivotal moment in English history. The story follows Mary, Queen of Scots, as she waits for her death, and her final confrontation with Queen Elizabeth. A Twenty-First Century adaptation of a Sixteenth Century story, it questions how much has changed for women of power in a man’s world. 

Tragedy: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, Wednesday 7pm, The Bullingdon

This is gonna be an eclectic one. We think we speak for everyone when we say we’ve been waiting for a heavy-metal rejigging of the Bee Gees for too long, and that’s what Tragedy (yes, their real name) provides. Plus, one of their members is called Disco Mountain Man. Enjoy! 

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Dylan Moran, Thursday 8pm, New Theatre

In his first UK stand-up tour for four years, Dylan Moran comes to the New Theatre with his show Off the Hook. Though his style might seem shambolic and rambling, don’t let that fool you; behind the facade, there’s a sophisticated comic mind that ensures there’s a joke every 30 seconds, no matter how subtle or surreal. 

Robert Fisk, Thursday 8pm, The Oxford Union

The Independent’s Middle East correspondent for more than 20 years, Robert Fisk promises to be an expert on foreign affairs. The recipient of more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent, Fisk is also one of the few journalists to have interviewed Osama Bin Laden. 

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Friday 6:45pm, Ultimate Picture Palace

A showing of one of the iconic masterpieces of cinema’s history, telling the story of a creepy carnival and the mysterious Cesare, a sleepwalker who can predict the future. The definitive German expressionist film, don’t miss the opportunity to see an absolute classic of the horror-gothic genre. 

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