Fancy zipping up to London for a little cultural soiree do we? If so, here’s an idea from Catherine, the switched on editor of the brand new Muddy Warwickshire. North Wales’ fab award-winning Festival No 6 at TATE is going south-side for an afterhours collaboration with TATE Britain at the David Hockney Retrospective (the gallery’s fastest selling exhibition ever FYI). Here’s what you need to know….
You’ll need to act quick if you’d like to partake in a one-off evening of art, musical collaborations, poetry, food and drink organised by Festival No 6 at TATE during the David Hockney retrospective, as tickets are limited.
Art, eats, beats and other treats and some fun things to book ahead in this week’s Muddy Guide. There’s theatre, exhibitions, a quiz night, dragon dancing and a chance to eat four puddings in one sitting! Don’t forget there are more family-friendly ideas – over 25 in fact – in my Half Term Guide.
Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Sat 18 Feb – 4 Jun
This is a major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art who experimented with a wide range of materials.
The musical version of Ghost – the classic story of love overcoming the ultimate barrier – is on at The Hawth in Crawley this Valentine’s week and my husband couldn’t wait to take me along. Yeah right. The first hint of an actor breaking into song and he’d be running for the fire exit so I went with my sister-in-law instead.
This is the touring stage version of the blockbuster 1990 film that starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.
If you know a young adult with learning disabilities within range of Brighton and they don’t know about Blue Camel Club then do them a favour and introduce them to these great nights with bands, DJs, films and more.
The concept is simple – a good non-patronising night out where people with learning disabilities and their friends can enjoy themselves in a safe, friendly environment.
Blue Camel is run by arts charity Carousel.
I’m not saying I’m unromantic but I do hate romance by numbers. I once declared that if my other half ever gave me a teddy holding a heart for Valentine’s Day it would be an instant dumping offence. Originality wins the day in my book. (Or happy hour cocktails and getting out before the other couples descend for dinner… I’m a cheap date).
So, if you’d like to ring the changes yourself this year, check out my cheese-free ideas.
I see comedy in some form every few weeks, be that a big name, a mixed bill with some regulars on the circuit, or a one-off fringe show I just fancied the sound of. It’s not just about having a good laugh; I love the cleverness of the best acts, the way they can pull the humour out of an anecdote or observation and pace their material just right. You’ll recognise Sussex’s Romesh Ranganathan, Zoe Lyons and Simon Evans from TV and Radio but there are heaps of other acts on the circuit I really rate and I saw the likes of Bill Bailey and Man Down’s Greg Davies before they were famous.
Sir Elton John is not known for his understated taste. Remember how he arrived at his 50th birthday in a van to accommodate a giant wig topped with a galleon and his 15-foot feather train?
You might then expect his art collection to be a little on the garish side but err no – not when it comes to photography at any rate. I’ve just been to see The Radical Eye at the Tate Modern (on till early May), which is comprised entirely of his personal collection of Modernist early 20th century photography and all I can say is ‘wow!’ Beauty, elegance, subtlety, and all in black and white.
The festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. Many of the biggies sell out in a flash – has anyone managed to score Glastonbury tickets in years? But the good news is lots of the local events still have availability, plus most of them are family friendly.
Hollywood’s awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, celebrating the best in TV and movies. I don’t know about you but when I scan the lists of nominees and winners for these things (after I’ve gawped at the red carpet frocks), I make a mental list of cultural catch-up viewing. Too much brilliant stuff to watch, not enough time, so to make it easy for us all – here’s our top Golden Globes picks and where to find them courtesy of Hero at Muddy HQ.
‘Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life‘ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P. Delaney, out this month and already destined for the silver screen in a film directed by Ron Howard.
I was given an advance copy by Nash at the lovely Much Ado Books which has a shelf full of such things for members of its friends’ club.