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FRI 2 - SUN 4 MAR 2018

Hugh Grant in Conversation, Oxford Playhouse, 4 Mar

Just a teeny smattering of tickets left for this one-night-only with Hugh Grant – the actor talks life, career and his battles with the press no doubt with a large dose of self-deprication and wit. Not usually proceeds from the night go to the Hacked Off campaign.

 

Intergalactic Adventure: FUNomusica Family Concert, Oxford Town Hall, Sun 4 Mar

If you have little people in your life, you can’t do much better than take them to one of these informal FUNomusica concerts at Oxford Town Hall. Conductor Alasdair Malloy has been running these successfully for years with the Oxford Philharmonic and they’re really relaxed and good fun – a great way to introduce little ears to classical music. Today they travel through space and time – cue a little Holst and no doubt the theme from Star Wars. Pre-concert craft activities at 2pm. oxfordphil.com

 

Vintage Cinema: Singing in the Rain, Marlow, 4 Mar

One for your mum. Vintage Cinema has teamed up with the Flying Tearoom to bring a special screening of Singing in the Rain with afternoon tea in the attractive Liston Hall. Afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, scones with cream & jam, cakes, pastries and soft drinks. Rock n roll!  vintagecinema.co.uk

 

Oxfordshire International Women’s Festival, 24 Feb – Sun 11 March

It’s the 29th year of this festival and the pressure’s on to make it really count in the 100th year of women’s suffrage and with International Women’s Day on 8 March. It kicked off last weekend but there’s still plenty to do including Suffragette walks around Oxford, talks on everything from Sylvia Pankhurst to gender diversity, housing to, er, the menopause (I’m not even joking!) plus music and art in the mix.

 

Ric James, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 28 Feb to Sat 24 March

Marilyn Monroe red lips stars blue background

Strongly inspired by the New York arts scene, multi-media artist Ric James’ work takes a journey across the Atlantic with a mixture of reality-based and abstract work referencing Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko. Fantastic work on canvas and in sculpture – bring your credit card fully flexed! thechapelarts.com

 

Wicked, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 3 March

Photo: Matt Crockett

The untold story of the Witches of Oz – or how two sorcery students became the Wicked Witch of the West (boo, hiss) and Glinda the Good. atgtickets.com

 

First Aid Kit: Ruins UK tour, Mon Feb 26 – Fri March 2

The melodic Swedish sisters have four UK dates in Manchester’s Albert Hall and The Roundhouse, London this week before jetting off around Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and the US. Then they’ll be returning for the summer festival season playing Larmer Tree Festival in Salisbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival and Waterford’s All Together Now Festival in Ireland. firstaidkitband

 

Stroud Film Festival, various locations, Stroud, Sun 4 to Sun 18 March

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A fortnight of celluloid culture kicks off at The Prince Albert on Sunday as the Stroud Film Festival launches its fourth outing. This year expect even more films, including new releases, old classics and kiddie-friendly screenings, as well as a chance to meet well known filmmakers and grill them about their work. Sunday’s launch event will see George Platt present a synchronous sound multi-screen experience. Yes, we need to know what this is! So go along!! It’s free and the action starts at 4pm. stroudfilmfestival.org

 

Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, 9 Feb – 3 June

I love Barbara Hepworth’s work – if you’re ever in St Ives, be sure to visit her gorgeous house/studio, with its striking sculptures dotted all around the pretty garden. So I’m very excited about this – and what a coup for Henley’s little museum. This retrospective covers the sculptor’s work from the 1930s to the 1960s, borrowing pieces from the Tate and National Portrait Gallery. A must-see. rrm.co.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, until April 15

More than 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Steve McQueen, Derek Jarman, Sunil Gupta, Chila Kumari Burman and Gillian Wearing exploring themes of gender, sexuality and identity in art. birminghammuseums

 

National Theatre Posters, National Theatre, South Bank, London,  until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions. nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, 10 Feb – 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please. kew.org

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