Mon 13 - Sun 19 Jan
COMEDY: Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny, Watford Colosseum, 15 Jan
Mr Carr and his cheeky brand of comedy are back for his new show, which promises to be jam-packed with jokes about terrible things so cast your political correctness aside and enjoy the show. Those easily offended need not apply!
DRINK: Krug Champagne Tasting Dinner, Copper House, Berkhamsted, 16 Jan
Fancy spending an evening sipping your way through the range of Krug Champagnes – from their Grand Cuvee to Rosé and older expressions – guided by the expert knowledge of Jack Dundass, Krug’s UK Ambassador? Copper House in Berkhamsted is hosting a fabulous evening on 16 Jan offering just that – a rare chance to taste this fabulous fizz outside of London over a perfectly paired four-course menu, designed by Copper House’s Head Chef to match the Champagne tasting notes. This one’s sure to get snapped up quickly, so don’t miss out. Race you to the booking page…
COMEDY: Adam Kay :‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, Watford Colosseum, 16 Jan
If you’ve read his book, This is Going to Hurt or seen him on TV you’ll know Adam Kay will have you in stitches – although not the medical kind, hopefully! This seasonal show takes a close-to-the-bone look at the NHS and those hardy staff who had to work over Christmas – described as a love letter to those who spend their festive season on the front line removing babies and… err… baubles! Not sure if we want to know, thanks!
ART: Parade, a Celebration of Contemporary Art Textiles, Broadway Studio and Gallery, Letchworth, 13 Dec – 16 Feb
Got a passion for pattern? You’re going to love this exhibition of modern textiles by 15 acclaimed international artists, showcasing the different ways that threads and fabrics are being used today. And its not only textiles, but sculpture, tapestry and installation too. The one in the picture above, One Neutron Too Many, was inspired by the artist’s childhood in Ozyorsk, Russia, the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear weapons programme. Intriguing stuff.
PERFORMANCE: Spa Songs, Fay Zmija Nicolson, Broadway Studio and Gallery, Letchworth, 13 Dec – 16 Feb
This musical performance has been composed and choreographed by artist, Fay Zmija Nicolson and features only voices. It’s inspired by the harmonies of early music and high energy of folk and punk, combined with movement, lighting and costume, as well as film documenting a previous performance in the tunnel of Rotherhithe’s Brunel Museum.
Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020).
Another newbie is Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh (above) at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May).
Other exhibitions worth a snoop are Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane collection of work at the V&A (until 8 March); William Blake at Tate Britain, with the visionary painter and poets work blown up to enormous scale using digital technology (until 2 Feb 2020); Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s (until 19 Jan).