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It’s a Thursday, so it’s well, helllloooo! to the latest Muddy Guide – here for your delectation to stimulate your social life for the week to come. Have fun peeps.

Xu Bing exhibition ‘Landscape Lanscript’, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, opens today (28 Feb) – 19 May

Books In Sky, by Xu Bing

Books In Sky, by Xu Bing

The Ashmolean and contemporary art seem unusual bedfellows but Oxford’s 400 year old museum is snuggling up with Chinese Xu Bing from today. One of China’s best known and critically-acclaimed artists, Xu Bing has won multiple awards for his work which blurs the boundaries between writing and painting, bookwork and artwork (it, um, says here). Landscape Lanscript will be the first exhibition devoted to his landscapes, and there’s also a multimedia element to the show, with behind the scenes images and interviews with Xu Bing that you can download onto your phone or tablet as you walk around. Sounds brilliant.

£6 adults/£4 concessions/Under 18s free.

9 to 5 The Musical, Milton Keynes Theatre, 4 – 9 March 

I saw 9 to 5 The Musical a few months back with my mum and absolutely loved it. It’s ridiculous, hammy, silly, and brilliant fun, and huzzah! – it’s back in our neck of the woods, playing in Milton Keynes all next week. Bonnie Langford steals the show as the office jobsworth, but in truth all the leads are great. Read my review here, grab a bunch of girlfriends (husbands – hmm, not so sure!) and go see it. Book tickets £15-42. 

Dancin Oxford, citywide, 1-11 March

If you’re in central Oxford this weekend you may be accosted by dancers shaking their booty at you as part of the official launch. Franky I applaud anything that the Saturday supermarket run more interesting. Hip hop, tap, zumba, contemporary, flamenco, baby boogie – it’s all going on over the next week and a half. I’ll be taking my 10 year old son to I Just Wanna Dance by Cerebro at Pegasus Theatre, though I draw the line at the ‘dancing the night away’ with him to ‘smooth sounds’. Dig out your old MC Hammer pants or sequinned boob tube, and get with the programme here.

Oxford Literary Festival, central Oxford, 16-24 March

Axel Scheffler and his baby,  The Gruffalo

Axel Scheffler and his baby, The Gruffalo

Another Oxford Festival, this one not starting for several weeks, but I’m giving you an early heads up because the authors are just phenomenal and it’s bound to sell out. How about Phillip Pullman, Joanne Harris, Ruth Rendell, Julian Barnes, Seamus Heaney and Hilary Mantel for starters? And for young people, Julia Donaldson, Charlie Higson, Alex Scheffler, Roger McGough? The list goes on. The venues are primarily Christchurch College, Corpus Christi College, The Sheldonian Theatre and The Bodleian – more beautiful venues are pretty tough to find anywhere in the world. The full programme is here, so it’s the perfect opportunity to inspire yourself or others close to you. 

Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble, Chipping Norton Theatre, Sat 2 May

flamenco 2

Olé! Juan Martin is one of top flamenco guitarists in the world, and will be playing his own compositions at the Chipping Norton theatre on Saturday accompanied by dancers that make the Strictly pros look like they have two left feet. I had one of my funniest nights ever in Barcelona when Mr Muddy was forced up on stage to attempt flamenco moves in front of an incredulous audience. It’s unlikely that will happen to your partner at this event, but there’s always hope.

Adults £15, concessions £13.


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