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What’s On this Week: Thurs 12 – Weds 18 March

I don’t know what happened to that ‘in control’ feeling I had in January but life feels like it’s really speeding up at the mo – kids doing a million and one things, the Muddy Awards off like the clappers, and loads going on this week in Oxon, Bucks and beyond. Never mind my breakdown, out you go and have some fun!

Hero x

Yolanda Brown at Cornerstone Arts, Didcot, Sat 14 March

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Double MOBO award winning saxophonist Yolanda Brown is one of the UK’s most exciting, in-demand jazz performers and there’s a chance to see her perform this Saturday at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot – the, um home of jazz! Her music touches on jazz, soul and reggae, and her debut album, April Showers May Flowers reached No1 on the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts. She’s a total jazz hottie in other words.

From 8pm, Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Tel: 01235 515144.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Aylesbury Waterside, from Tues 17 March


I can’t wait to see this. The winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly- acclaimed National Theatre production comes to Aylesbury as part of its first ever nationwide tour. Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, it follows 15 year old Christopher whose Aspergers makes him exceptional at maths but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world. I’ll get my review out quickly if you want to wait until Wednesday morning to book, but I’m not sure there will be many tickets left by then!

Tues 17 – Sat 21 March. Tickets £11.90 – £37.90. Ayelsbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UG.

New fine dining alert, Riverlight, Bourne End marina, open now


This new restaurant is only a week old – such a babe-in-arms it doesn’t even have a website yet! So this is an early heads up if you want to give it a try. I haven’t eaten here myself yet, but I did drop in to have a gander the other day and very quickly imagined myself sitting with a crisp glass of white watching the boats go by. Owned by the same guys who run the cool Cooper’s cafe in Marlow, it’s definitely erring on the funky side, so if the food keeps pace with the décor and all that fabulous natural light, we could be in for a treat.

Wharf Lane, Bourne End SL8 5RR. Tel: 01628 532626

Oxford Bach Choir & London Mozart Players, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Sat 14 March

Ah, the lovely Sheldonian. The perfect spot in which to enjoy Mozart’s brilliant Mass in C Minor sung by the Oxford Bach Choir, if you’re that way inclined. Also on the bill is Jonathan Dove’s For an Unknown Soldier is a new work to mark the centenary of the First World War so you’ll have to take an artistic punt on that one!

 7.30 pm; pre-concert talk by Jonathan Dove at 6.30pm.Tickets £10-£42.
Sheldonian, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ

Mother’s Day treats, various, Sun 14 March


Just about every restaurant, stately home and family attraction is going Mother’s Day crazy, but you can’t go far wrong with Waddesdon Manor‘s Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea (12pm-5pm; adult £25, child £8), or three course dinner (£35); The Quince Tree‘s MD special which includes fresh flowers for every mum to take away (yes really!); mums get free into Waterperry gardens on Sunday with an adult fee-paying son or daughter; Stoke Park has a three course lunch at Humphrey’s with a surprise gifty for mums for £49 per head (£27.50 for kids 12 and under). TVC is doing an Afternoon tea on its lovely heated rooftop (a must for funky mums), while Danesfield House is offering a mum-and-daughter spa day for £360.

Wow!How? Family Event at Pitt Rivers, Oxford, Sat 14 March


A whole load of tests, explosions and science stalls throughout the Pitt Rivers, Museum of Natural History, and outside on the lawn. It could get messy! Free, and suitable for children aged 8+.  More info.

 10am – 4pm. Pitt Rivers, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PP. Tel 01865 270927

Kazuo Ishiguro opens Oxford Literary Festival 2015 , Thurs 12 March


Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro opens the 2015 FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival with a talk on his new novel, The Buried Giant, at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday 12 March. I write this late at night so can’t check if it’s sold out, but if so, the event is a preview to the main festival which opens on Saturday 21 March with more than 70 events now available to pre-book. Get to it peeps!

The Alarm 30th Anniversary Tour, O2 Academy, Oxford, Sat 14 Mar


I’m not sure I care about this too much but if you (or yours) was or is a big Alarm fan, you’ll probably jump over hot coals in the mosh pit to get to this 30th anniversary gig. Expect a combination of performance, stories and images as the whole Strength album is played.

Buy tickets. O2 Academy, 190 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE Tel 01865 813 500.

The Art of Detection, Talk at Ashmolean, Oxford, Sun 14 March.


I know you’ve been wondering about how authenticate that tricky Jackson Pollock piece you’ve had your eye on, and now you have your answer! This talk at The Ashmolean is an introduction to the forgery of paintings, giving you inside info on how experts tackled the detection of forgeries in the past and in the present. A bit different and only an hour of your time on Sunday.

11am–12pm. Tickets £5/£4 concessions. Booking in advance essential.


 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at V&A, London from Sat 14 March

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Savage Beauty is the first retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe and  the V&A are bound to do a fantastic job of it. It’ll be a fashion bun-fight to get in but I’m betting it will be massively worth it.

Savage Beauty runs until 2 August, 2015.V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London.


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