Events to ear-mark for February onwards…
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective – 21 February – 27 May 2013
We can’t wait to see the first full-scale retrospective of Lichtenstein’s work in over 20 years. Bringing together 125 of his most celebrated artworks and sculptures including Whaam!, Drowning Girl and Look Mickey. There are workshops and lectures too. Well worth a visit. Tate Modern, London, £14. Exhibition App
Showcasing a mouthwatering variety of scallop dishes, Rye Bay Scallop FWeek is a fantastic opportunity to dive into the great and the good of the sea. There’s also cooking events, demonstrations and more!
Hitchcock – in cinemas nationwide from 8 February
Everyone knows Psycho, but few knew that it took two to make it. Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock lays it bare, telling the complex love story of Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (played by Helen Mirram) through the film-making of the world’s most famous thriller. An all-star cast includes Hopkins, Mirran, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette and Danny Huston.
London Fashion Week – 15 – 19 February
Now that London Collections: Men is over, it’s time for London Fashion Week. Organised by the British Fashion Council, it is one of the world’s highest profile designer showcases and will feature collections from Marios Schwab, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum.
The Judas Kiss – Now until 6 April
Magnificent performances from both Rupert Everett (as Oscar Wilde) and Freddie Fox (as Lord Alfred Douglas) in David Hare’s drama about the power of all-consuming love and the cruelty of betrayal. Duke of York’s theatre, London.
Paradesi – in cinemas nationwide from 22 Feburary
Set in the 1930s in pre-independent India, and based on Malayalam novel Eriyum Thanal, Paradesi portrays real life incidents faced by a couple working in an tea estate as they try to raise their son. Brilliantly directed by Bala.
Light from the Middle East: New Photography – Now until 7 April
The works of artists from 13 different countries highlight a range of creative responses to the Middle East’s social and political challenges and, as the first major exhibition of contemporary photography from the Middle East, it is well worth a visit. Admission’s free. The V&A Museum, London.
Six Nations Rugby – Now until 16 March
The England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy teams play to win the Six Nations Championship. Save us a front-row seat at Twickenham.
Valentino: Master of Couture – Now until 3 March
View a collection of over 130 exquisite Valentino designs worn by the likes of Jackie Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Sophia Loren. This fantastic exhibition at Somerset House also features photographs from Valentino’s personal archive, and films giving behind-the-scenes access to the Valentino atelier. Tickets £12.50. Somerset House, London.
Manet: Portraying Life – Now until 14 April
A rare opportunity to see some of the most prolific portraiture works of Edouard Manet, the Royal Academy’s exhibition brings works together from America, Asia and Europe. The exhibition features over 50 pieces spanning his entire career. Royal Academy, London.
Conspiracy, action and edge-of-the-seat drama in this slick British action movie starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong. McAvoy plays a police detective, Max Lewinsky, who’s desperate to take down his criminal nemesis Jacob Sternwood (Strong). Cleverly shot, and full of hard-men stand-offs, it’s a good, get-down-and-dirty grit flick.