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This Weekend

Fri 6 - Sun 8 March

Short on ideas but want some darn good fun this weekend? Read on for Muddy’s curated guide to What’s On in Cornwall this week including some inspiration for the summer (above).

Ben Fogle – Tales From The Wilderness, The Princess Pavilions, Falmouth (Fri 6 March)

Ben Fogle is an award-winning Broadcaster and adventurer who has written 9 Sunday Times Bestselling books and is the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness. He’ll be talking about his myriad adventures, which include climbing Mount Everest, rowing across the Atlantic, racing across Antarctica to the South Pole and crossing the deserts of the Empty Quarter in the Middle East.

International Women’s Day Cabaret, The Acorn, Penzance (Sat 7 March)

Held in celebration of women everywhere – our struggles, strengths and achievements – proceeds this year will again support PLAN (educating girls globally) and other local charities supporting women and children.

This year’s fabulous line up features music from acoustic duo Campion, folk singer, Chris Symons, comedy chanteuse, Joan Oliver, and the brilliant Smith Family Trio, as well as dance performances by The Dinner Ladies and Fountains Ensemble. Other acts include: stand-up comedienne Julie Stone, Jane Pugh sharing her latest anecdotal wisdoms, Sarah Connors’ skit about being childfree, a brief history of Women’s Public Toilets, courtesy of Jak Stringer and Linda Camidge, aerialist Ruth Hawkley on hoop, a short film by Martha Dixon about Merryn’s Home – an orphanage in Kenya, the cabaret has supported previously – and much, much more.

The KVK, Driftwood Spas, St Agnes (7 March)

The ‘KVK’ Trail running race is a unique challenge; a Kilometre of Vert in Kernow! Two laps of a specifically designed route to reach the magic number of 1000m of ascent. 15-miles total distance of inland hills and coastal running with big climbs, and big downhills.

Shextreme Film Festival, The Poly, Falmouth (Sat 7 Mar)

Leading the charge for gender equality in adventure filmmaking, Shextreme’s UK tour takes the best of the 2019 festival out on tour, electrifying audiences with an exciting and inspiring celebration of adventurous, active women.

There is no shortage of amazing women in adventure. However, there IS a shortage of filmmakers sharing their empowering stories on screen, and Shextreme addresses this through its action-packed programmes of active, adventurous women both on screen and behind the camera.

Shextreme’s UK film tour has assembled a selection of inspirational stories, encompassing mountaineering, biking, surfing, skiing, slacklining and more. Prepare to be inspired!

Scratchworks Theatre Company | The Great Train Robbery, Helston (7 March)

Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the four feisty forgotten females from the Great Train Robbery.

Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives (8 March)

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.

Radical Botany, The Eden Project (until 17 May 2020)

Radical Botany explores the artist’s role in the collecting and recording of flora while uncovering stories about biodiversity, trade and extinction.

The current classification of plants, their taxonomy as we know it, is inherently linked to the acquisition of botanical collections. Artists travelling with scientists collecting evidence of newfound flora would record specimens on their travels and on their return.

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 (until 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.

Further Afield

Swan Lake, Royal Opera House, London, 5 Mar – 16 May

And plié! … Celebrated as one of the most famous classics in the ballet canon, Swan Lake returns to the RO. The production has won two Benoit de la Danse awards last year for Principal twirler Vadim Mnutagirov and designer John Macfarlane. A spectacular and breathtaking show that has been reimagined for a new generation.

David Hockney: Drawing From Life, National Portrait Gallery, London, until Thurs 28 June

It is the first major exhibition dedicated to Hockney’s drawings in more than 20 years. Forget those overproduced acrylic paintings of Californian swimming pools. In this enthralling show, more than 150 portraits spanning 50 years show Hockney at his most emotional and contemplative.
Feast your eyes on a range of works from pencil drawings to composite Polaroids. Book now to see it at the Wolfson Gallery at the National Portrait Gallery. Detail from Celia, Carennac, August 1971. Photo: Richard Schmidt/David Hockey/PA
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Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk, V&A Museum London, from 29 Feb
Tokyo fever is in the air with the impending Summer Olympics and the V&A is turning Japanese in homage. Paying tribute to the kimono, this show shines a light on the clothing as an icon of fashion, culture and status. Glimpse stunning examples from the 1660s up to the present day. Expect to see the kimono Alexander McQueen designed for Björk for the cover of ‘Homogenic’, the Star Wars costumes inspired by them and much more. Our Muddy tip is book ahead, it’s sure to be very popular.

Magic Goes Wrong, Penn & Teller, Vaudeville Theatre, London, throughout Feb and March

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.

Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, 13 Feb – 11 May

So cool, you’ll be name dropping this one all month. London is Steve McQueen’s home town and this is the first major exhibition of his work here since he won the Turner prize in 1999. Also the director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his stellar career in film, photography and sculpture. The display will cover the last 25 years and include personal works such as his early film on Super 8 camera and this breathtaking aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above). The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.

Pretty Woman The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre, London, until 2 Jan 2021

It may not be the most #MeToo show of the year – but hell, it’s an of-its-time classic, right? Hot on the heels of its hit Broadway premiere in 2018, Pretty Woman this month begins its West End residency. Let’s be honest it’s going to be a huge crowd puller, so book up fast. Plus, the production has some major names with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan ‘Everything I do, I do for you’ Adams.

Mama Mia! The Party, O2, London, throughout Feb and March

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.

Message in a Bottle, Sadlers Wells, throughout Feb and March

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.

Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts, until 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.

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