Things to do
Early May Events: Boy George … and ‘Dick’
Boy George Aliens & Icons
ongoing, ends June 4, opening times TBC; Gallery Oxholm, Pile Alle 25, Frederiksberg; gallerioxholm.dk
Saturday saw the opening of a new exhibition featuring the artwork of Boy George that will run at Gallery Oxholm until early June. Since his first exhibition in Monaco in November 2019, the former Culture Club singer has had plenty of time to hone his skills. The results are “noisy, crooked and border-seeking provocative”, promises Gallery Oxholm’s owner Kim Jørgensen.
May 5-9, weekends 17:00, weekdays 20:00, at Bådteatret at Nyhavn 16Z, Cph K, May 16-19 at 20:00 at Teatret ved Sorte Hest, Vesterbrogade 150, Cph V; 160kr; whynottheatre.dk
Why Not Theatre Company presents a one-man drama, approximately one hour in length, written by the one and only Tanja Mastilo. Andrew Jeffers, beloved for his long-running role in the Crazy Christmas Cabaret, takes on the self-deprecating title character – a misanthropist who doesn’t really care for anything, least of all his genitalia. Utilising his strong comic phrasing and aplomb for cutting lines, he reflects on how his life/sex life has been ruined by the sexual stereotypes he discovered in porn as a youth … and other matters.
Stephen Sondheim Tribute
May 5 at 18:00 & 20:00; Metronomen, Godthåbsvej 33, Frederiksberg; 75kr, reserve via MobilePay ‘5896PH’
We all know English-language musicals are a rarity in Denmark. In recent years the Copenhagen Theatre Circle has staged ‘Cabaret’, and there have been several productions of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ by Teatret Gorgerne, but that’s about it: until now! A new company, CPH Musical Theater Co, has confirmed it will be staging its first shows on May 5: ‘The Little Things We Do Together: A Tribute Concert for Stephen Sondheim’. Among those involved are Copenhagen Theatre Circle chair Rachel Kador, David Barrett, Dennisalias Crystallando, Kristian Husted, Alexander Bastian Nielsen and Laurie Richards.
The Money Shot
May 12-28, performances Tue-Fri 20:00, Sat 17:00, Sun 14:00; Krudttønden, Serridslevvej 2, Cph Ø; 160kr, teaterbilletter.dk
Another chance to see Neil LaBute’s ‘The Money Shot’, which is playing for two weeks at Krudttønden following a successful run last August during Copenhagen 2021. Steve (Tomm Voss), a 50-year-old action star, and his young wife Missy (Mikka Deleuran), are the guests of star actress Karen (Dina Rosenmeier) and her partner Bev (Dorte Rømer) at their Hollywood Valleys home to discuss the possibility of Steve and Karen having sex on camera to boost their sagging careers.
English Comedy Night
May 12, doors 18:00, show 18:45; Knock Knock Comedy Club, Vimmelskaftet 41, Cph K; 120kr, billetto.dk (only 60 seats)
Copenhagen English Comedy Night again presents three comics … wait, don’t forget compere Adrian Mackinder … for you to wash down with refreshing large beers (just 45 kroner) and cocktails (65). This month’s headliner is Luca Cupani from Italy, with Loren Mayshark (US), Wally Johnson (Canada) and Danay Kidane (Sweden) offering able support.
ongoing, ends May 14, performances Tue-Fri 20:00, Sat 17:00; Teatret ved Sorte Hest, Vesterbrogade 150, Cph V; 205 kr via teaterbilletter.dk
Vivienne McKee and the London Toast Theatre present Willy Russell’s 1980s crowd-pleaser Shirley Valentine. Come and meet Shirley in her kitchen as she talks to her only company: the wall. Discover why the CPH POST’s review awarded the show with six stars.
Nordic Gaelic Football Championship
May 7, 10:00-19:00; Kløvermarksvej 50, Cph S
Head down to Kløvermarken to enjoy some gaelic football at a tournament being hosted by city side Copenhagen GAA. Teams from all over the Nordic region are taking part. As an added bonus: there’s a hurling exhibition game during the lunch break.
Tivoli Food Festival
May 12-29; Tivoli, Cph V; entry with Tivoli admission; tivoli.dk
For 18 days, the themepark will be hosting a festival of full-on food: a smorgasbord of regional and international delights. Sup cocktails, down beers at the American NoMad Bar, a pop-up for the duration, gorge on suckling pig, and take your pick of gourmet food, from the very best open sandwiches to vegan delicacies and sweets. Check the website for details concerning tastings, workshops, markets, cooking demos, competitions and events, which include one billed as the world’s largest beer tasting.
Copenhagen Asian Film Festival
May 15-22; various cinemas; caff.dk
Principally showing films from east Asia, so China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, the event normally takes place earlier in the year, but was postponed due to corona. With 40 film screenings spread over eight days, the organisers claim it is the country’s largest feature film festival, so “bigger than CPH: PIX”. The opening film is South Korean flick ‘Escape from Mogadishu’ on May 15 at Imperial.
Copenhagen Beer Festival
May 20-21, open 11:00-16:30 & 17:30-23:00 each day; Lokomotivværkstedet, Otto Busses Vej 5A, Cph SV; 325kr (includes entry and 10 tastings)
An annual fixture for decades, Danske Ølentusiaster’s event is the longest running in the country. Sample over 1,000 beers … but not on the same night!
May 13-15; Cph N; 48timerfestival.dk
This Nørrebo culture festival is one of the city’s most popular. Over two days, expect 100 different events, of which most are free entry.
Sweet & Slade double concert
May 22, 20:00; Docken, Færgehavnsvej 35, Cph Nordhavn; sold out, check forums for tickets
Come on and feel the noise at this blockbuster of a concert. Two of Britain’s favourite early-70s bands have been touring together for years now, delivering nostalgia in the bucketload to those old enough to remember, and drawing in new fans every concert.
Suede in concert
May 12, 20:00; Scandic Falkoner, Falkoner Alle 9, Frederiksberg; sold out, check forums for tickets
Coming before Blur and Oasis, Suede and their lead singer Brett Anderson are arguably the grandfathers of Britpop. They’re not ‘so young’ anymore, and guitarist Bernard Butler is long gone, but their recent concerts have been winning plaudits across the world.
May 7 & 8, 16:00; Marmorkirken, Frederiksgade 4, Cph K; 225kr; euphonia.dk
Listen to Chamber Choir Euphonia play a very special piece of music in a very special church. Let the history wash over you. As an added bonus, you’ll also get to hear a warm-up act: Duruflé’s Requiem.
Science and Cocktails
May 8, 19:00; Koncertsalen, DR Koncerthuset, Ørestads Blvd. 13, Cph S; tickets: 145-195kr, drkoncerthuset.dk
The latest instalment of the popular event, ‘The biodiversity crisis: is mass extinction of species worse than climate change?’, invites world-renowned ecologist Carsten Rahbek to speak about ongoing mass extinction and what we can do about it. The event is in English. Spend an evening in the company of Kathryn Paige Harden, the American psychologist and behavior geneticist who authored the book ‘The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality’. Astral Cinema and Niels Christian Cederberg will meanwhile spin some records in the foyer. (AD)
ends May 28; gallery open Tue-Fri 11:00-17:00: Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Glentevej 49, Cph NV; nicolaiwallner.com
Swedish artist Moki Cherry works between mediums, bringing together art, architecture, design, and music. On the opening night, there will be a musical performance by Naima Karlsson at 18:30. (AD)
Open Mic @Cph Listening Room
May 8 & 22 at 19:30, sign up by 19:15; Onkel Dannys Plads 7, Cph V; free adm
For years now, Cph Listening Room has hosted its weekly open mic for songwriters. If you want to sign up to perform two songs, you better be fast! There are only 14 spots left. In the middle a featured act takes place: Effy Simon (10) and 32w (24). (AD)
May 7 & 21, 14:30-17:00; Studenthuset, Købmagergade 52, Cph K; free adm
Every other Saturday afternoon, join other language aficionados to learn new ones. The list of languages spoken at the café is updated on the official Facebook event page. So what are you waiting for? (AD)
CTC Open Stage
May 12, 20:00; Krudttønden, Serridslevvej 2, Cph Ø; free adm
Performers of all walks, media and genres are welcome to the Krudttønden stage for an energetic evening of creative arts staged by the Copenhagen Theatre Circle. If you wish to perform, register via firstname.lastname@example.org. And from 17:30, eat beforehand: the menu costs 79 kroner and dessert 39 kroner.
Gravens Rand Quiz
May 10 & 24, 19:00; Søndre Fasanvej 24, Frederiksberg; entry 30kr
Maximum of four per team, it’s 1,000 kroner for the winners and a crate of beer for second. Two beer rounds, and shots for last place!
May 15; all over Copenhagen
Come out and support the runners in the annual city marathon! First held in 1980, 10,000 participants are expected.
May 5 & 19, 19:15; Globe Irish Pub, Nørregade 43-45, Cph K; 50 kroner per person to enter
Game night’s on at this pub on Nørregade! The winners will be awarded 1,000 kroner, and there are plenty of spot prizes too. (MB)
Opera Tours in English
Sat & Sun in May with the exception of May 14 (extra tour on May 13); Ekvipagemestervej 10, Cph K; 135kr, under-12s 60kr, kglteater.dk
Discover the Opera’s beautiful foyer with its clean lines, Olafur Eliasson’s light sculptures, and views over Copenhagen Harbour that embrace the shiny maple shell around the Main Stage. (AD)