Fri 14 - Sun 16 Feb
Stilettos on but nowhere to go? We can help with that…
Fran & Flora, The Poly, Falmouth (14 Feb)
Described as “a string duo bound for glory” by Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction) Fran & Flora are quickly becoming one of the capital’s most sought-after bands. Eat first at the accompanying pre-show pop-up restaurant from Pea Souk.
Slinky Minksy’s Valentine’s Special, The Old Library, Bodmin (14 Feb)
Enjoy a night of tapas and tipples at the Ola Café with The Slinky Minsky’s who mix together the wild style of cabaret with timeless touches of burlesque. Hosted by Babalicious, who entertains you with her sultry, seductive singing, she is joined by her gorgeously talented girls, highly experienced in the art of tease.
At a Slinky event, people are encouraged to leave their hang-ups at the door. Dust off those tailcoats, slip into something slinky and celebrate how beautiful we all are.
The Countrymen, The Acorn, Penzance (15 Feb)
Six seasoned musicians with tight four-part harmony vocals and a token Cornishman take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some original material – we’re told there is no mistaking that they love their county with a passion.
Brunch in the Polytunnel, Padstow Kitchen Garden (15 Feb)
Who wouldn’t like to be taken for brunch on a farm in a plastic tunnel! This is a proper foodie treat with all food grown or reared on the farm or sourced from nearby suppliers, with a view that packs a serious punch. A two-course brunch looking over the Camel Estuary, with everything cooked over fire using Big Green Egg’s and the OFYR firepit to give a delicious and unique flavour. Served with Bloody Marys and coffee available from Maggie’s Mobile Barista. Wear wellies and pack a warm coat!
Eduardo Niebla, The Acorn, Penzance (16 Feb)
Hailed by the Guardian for his “exquisite guitar playing”, the formidable virtuoso Eduardo Niebla presents his amazing repertoire of “stunning flamenco jazz” with his internationally acclaimed trio. Eduardo combines jazz, classical, world and pop music and has collaborated with Craig David, Juno Reactor, sitar maestro Nishat Khan, Lol Coxhill (sax) and the Dante String Quartet, among others.
Snowdrop Sunday, Pencarrow House, Wadebridge (16 Feb)
It’s snowdrops in abundance over at Pencarrow House with the white bloomer springing up across the site’s fifty acres. This Georgian pile is the family home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns and the season really gets going with the first of the wild garlic when the gardens properly open on 1 March, with the bluebells following in April. Halfway between Wadebridge and Bodmin, the gardens are running two charity ‘Snowdrop Sundays’ (9 & 16 Feb) with the suggested £5 entry fee going to CLEAR and Parkinsons Research. The Peacock Cafe will be open both Sundays.
Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives (16 Feb)
Make, play, explore and design as a family in the studio and visit the Drawing Station in the galleries. Each session has a different creative theme. Every Sunday in term time, under 18s free, no booking required.
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (until 3 May 2020)
The first extensive presentation of Naum Gabo‘s sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs to be held in the UK for over 30 years opens at the Tate St Ives.
The exhibition marks the centenary of the Realistic Manifesto 1920, a set of pioneering artistic principles launched in Moscow by Gabo and his brother Antoine Pevsner. The statement declared that authentically modern art should engage with and reflect the modern age.
Drawing primarily on the complementary collections of Gabo’s work held at Tate and the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany, it will focus on key themes in his work. Check out our Muddy review here.
A Sharp Pencil, Falmouth Art Gallery (25 Jan – 21 March 2020)
The super sharp pencil used by Falmouth-based artist Patrick Woodroffe is the inspiration behind this celebration of all forms of drawing. Patrick’s highly detailed drawings will be displayed alongside those by his friend, Peter Markey, who shared Patrick’s quirky sense of humour but developed his own distinctive drawing style. These works will be displayed alongside pencil masterpieces drawn from Falmouth’s collection and loaned by contemporary artists.
The Festival of Curious Puppetry (27th Jan – 14 March)
Offering 8 unique puppetry performances, 6 inspirational evenings of talks and an exhibition showcasing puppets from around the world, come and experience the magical world of puppetry. Expect a riot of exciting shows and events to inspire and engage people of all ages in puppetry in all its forms and fancies. From clothes peg to carved exquisiteness puppets tell us their stories and open worlds of visual possibility.
RSC | 2020 Season (12 – 22 Feb)
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Plymouth with a season of exhilarating Shakespeare, direct from Stratford-Upon-Avon with As You Like It (13 – 20 Feb), Taming of the Shrew (18 – 22 Feb) and Measure for Measure (12 – 22 Feb).
SHOW: Magic Goes Wrong, Penn & Teller, Vaudeville Theatre, London, throughout Feb
Co-created by magic rebels Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjures up and evening of grand illusion to make your head spin. The show hinges on a hapless gang of magicians and (of course) things soon spiral out of control. From the same team who created Olivier award-winning Peter Pan Goes Wrong. 11+ age recommended. Now booking until August 2020.
MUSIC: Madonna – Madame X, London Palladium, until Feb 16
Get drawn into the universe of Madonna in all it’s high kicking, spangly-corseted weirdness. Kicking off a series of 15 special shows to mark the release of her new album Madame X before she heads to Paris. No soulless stadiums here, instead an intimate residency where you can worship at the altar of her Madgesty up close.
ART: Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts, Mon 27 Jan – 12 April
Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this simply brilliant exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. Don’t forget to book ahead people, big crowds are expected at this one, give yourself enough gawp time (1 – 2 hours) and tickets start at £18.
THEATRE: Faustus: That Damned Woman, Lyric Theatre, London, 27 Jan – 22 Feb
Award-winning playwright Chris Bush has turned Faust into a young woman in a reimagined version of this story, exploring what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness and the legacy we leave behind. This beautiful female-centered play centres on a woman living in 17th century London. A brilliant gender-swapping night out with the Birmingham Rep Company.
MUSICAL: Mama Mia! The Party, O2, London, throughout Feb
Mama Mia, how we love a bit of ABBA, and this spectacular night out at the O2 is a definite must-see. Created by the one and only beardy one Bjorn Ulvaeus, this immersive all-singing, all-dancing theatrical dining experience awaits you (booking until May 2020). Over the course of four hours (you’ll need a lot of Cosmo-fuelled endurance we reckon) you get a four course gourmet Mediterranean meal and a fabulous ABBA disco. Pure pop escapism, and we want to be there right now.
FILM: Fellini Season, Southbank Centre, London, throughout Feb
Oh, che bella, La Dolce Vita! … Is there anything more classy than a Fellini film? Really? We’d quite like to be wading sensually through a Roman fountain right now as it happens, but hey, work calls, so we’ll content ourselves with this two month retrospective of renowned film director Federico Fellini. Catch fascinating Q&As, talks and movie screenings. Relive some seminal ’60s cinema from Anita Ekberg to City of Women, his provocative, take on the battle of the sexes.
FASHION: Mary Quant, V&A, London, until 16 Feb
From miniskirts and hot pants to kerr-azy tights and makeup – discover how sartorial icon Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. Drool over more than 200 outfits and accessories from the designer’s personal archive.
DANCE: Message in A Bottle, Sadlers Wells, 6 Feb – 21 Mar
They were some of the songs that defined the 80s and 90s – Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Fields Of Gold and Shape of My Heart. Iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. So our cool culture alarm went off big style with Message In A Bottle – a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, Featuring exhilarating dance dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, this uplifting show is a story of humanity and hope.