Woody Harrelson Q&A, Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford, Sat 13 May
It’s not often a Hollywood actor drops into your local cinema, but Woody Harrelson clearly likes to do things differently. In January, the American star of Natural Born Killers directed and starred in an unprecedented live feature-film event: a comedy shot in real time in central London in a single take and broadcast live to cinemas across the world. Lost In London follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family after a scandal threatens to ruin his marriage. It’s showing at the Phoenix Picturehouse on Saturday and Woody happens to be hanging around Jericho that night with nothing better to do than drop in for a Q&A.
Last week to catch Grayson Perry at Banbury Museum, until Sun 13 May
Over at the Banbury Museum the last two weeks to see Julie Copes Grand Tour: The Story of a Life – a pair of large-scale striking tapestries by none-other-than Grayson Perry, winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, cross-dressing delight and national treasure. The tapestries are on show until 13 May and then they’re off on a national tour so catch them while you can.
History Festival, Milton Keynes Museum, Sat 13 – Sun 14 May
A live representation of 2000 years of history at Milton Keynes Museum this weekend – I know, nothing like an ambitious project! You can expect to see Roman traders demonstrating early wax tablets and selling everything from jewellery to potions, join the Vikings in battle, have a go at Medieval archery, live like a local during the War of the Roses, talk to a Tudor surgeon and watch a Civil War re-enactment group. Sounds like a lot of fun.
Milton’s Cottage Garden Open Day, Chalfont St Giles, Sun 14 May
A chance to think up your very own Paradise Lost in Milton’s back garden. Fleeing the outbreak of the Bubonic plague in London, Milton came to Chalfont St. Giles with his wife and daughters in 1665, where a house had been secured for them by Milton’s friend Thomas Ellwood who famously referred to it as ‘that pretty box in St Giles, Chalfonte.’ Milton was a keen botanist (fellow poet, Emily Dickinson, called him The Great Florist) and the garden at his cottage in Chalfont St. Giles is planted with trees, flowers and herbs referenced in his poetry. It is the only cottage garden in the Chilterns listed by English Heritage as a Grade II Registered Historic Garden.
11am – 5pm. miltonscottage.org
Liscious Interiors Flash Sale, Oxford, Sat 13 – Sun 14 May
Tucked away behind Farrow and Ball in Oxford’s Summertown is super fabulous, Liscious Interiors, an absolute gem of a vintage shop. From 10am sharp this Saturday, there’s a flash sale with vintage and collectible armchairs and sofas going free to a good home if they get the upholstery job, along with mirrors, chandeliers and discounted fabrics and trimmings.
Oxfordshire Artweeks, Across the County and central Oxford, until 29 May
Amazing art in open studios and private spaces across Oxfordshire over the next three weeks and totally freeeee! The first week focuses on exhibitions along the Thames from Faringdon to Henley and the Ridgeway from Wantage to Thame, and during the second, visit beautiful North and West Oxfordshire where venues can be found nestled from Burford and Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds across to the historic market towns of Bicester and Banbury (this image comes from Lane End Vintage in Bampton). The third week will take place in Oxford in 200 art spaces across the city.
Forgotten Faces, Christchurch Picture Gallery, Oxford, until 15 May
It’s been extended once already but this lovely exhibition, Forgotten Faces: Portraits from our Storeroom at the Christchurch Picture Gallery, ends this week. A chance to see beautiful portraits of the unknown or overlooked from centuries gone by.
Christchurch Picture Gallery, Christ Church, St Aldgates, Oxford, chch.ox.ac.uk
Wycombe Arts Festival, High Wycombe, until Sun 4 June
The Wycombe Arts Festival is a real mix of professional and amateur around High Wycombe, Marlow and the Chiltern hills. Think classical and jazz concerts, open air theatre, cultural offerings like an Open Day for the water-powered corn mill Pan Mill in High Wycombe (this Sunday), ‘Frogfest’ festival on Sun 28 May with music, roaming performers and kids activities, and a grand finale at Wycombe Swan with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Don’t forget the bluebells!
The carpets of blue won’t last more than a few weeks, so make it your mission to see them this weekend. I’ve put my head on the block with my pick of the best bluebell woods here, but click the link and you’ll also see lots of suggestions from other readers. Add your own favourites too, I love finding out new stuff!
Eduardo Paolozzi , Whitechapel Gallery, London, until 14 May
If you’re up in London anytime soon, be sure to catch this exhibition showcasing the work of the ‘godfather of Pop Art’ Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005). One of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century, his collages, sculptures and prints challenged artistic convention, from the 1950s through to the Swinging Sixties and advent of Cool Britannia in the 1990s.