Fri 21- Sun 23 Feb
Stilettos and nowhere to go? Here’s my Muddy guide to the weekend.
Banff Film Festival, The Regal Redruth (20 – 22 Feb)
Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival – there are two different films so you can go twice! The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe.
Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen. Includes Danny MacAskill aka Danny Day Care, who takes on childcare the only way he knows how… by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland. Babysitting his friend’s daughter Daisy, the pair tackle stunts over Scotland’s iconic mountain biking terrain (pictured) but maybe don’t try this one at home!
BAIT Film, The Poly, Falmouth (21 Feb)
Back by popular demand – the BAFTA-winning Cornish film, stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock. Mark Jenkin’s remarkable new film is a timely and funny, yet poignant tale that gets right to the heart of a Cornish community facing an unwelcome change.
Steve Tilston, The Acorn, Penzance (21 Feb)
Steve Tilston is a celebrated folk and contemporary music songsmith and guitarist. His album Truth to Tell was voted one of The Telegraph’s best folk albums of 2015, with the Guardian saying “it remains a mystery as to why he is not far better known today”. Find out for yourself at the Acorn on Friday.
Emilio Ayto, The Poly, Falmouth (22 Feb)
Emilio Ayto is a guitarist based in Falmouth, Cornwall. His repertoire combines classical guitar with film soundtracks, alternative rock music, and his own compositions. He uses effects pedals and extended techniques to create a sound that is both innovative and unique to him.
45s Live, The Juke Boxx, Bude (22 Feb)
The Juke Boxx in Bude have their first food and live music this weekend when The Food Yard opens from noon with a prime selection of food vendors from around the county firing up delicious street food from midday. Free entry and suitable for all ages. Bar and coffee lounge also open.
From 6:30pm, there’s live music from Bristol-based “Fuzzy-Scuzzy-Motown-Rock & Roll” band, the 45’s (incidentally just back from a sell-out tour supporting punk rockers, The Idles) with support from Bude’s own, “The Nut Sacks” blending the best era’s of music in a short sharp dose of musical madness. £3 entry on the door (18+).
Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives (23 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.