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Mon 24 Feb - Sun 1 March 2020

MUSIC: Keifer Sutherland Band, The Junction Cambridge, 24 Feb

You may know him best for playing Jack Bauer in Fox’s hit series 24. Yep, you guessed it! Kiefer Sutherland is dragging his band ‘Keifer Sutherland Band’ (very inventive, I know) around the country to tour their new ‘Reckless & Me’ album. Being a man of many talents, this evening at The Junction on 24 February is one not to miss!


MUSIC: Portico Quartet, Cambridge Junction, 24 Feb

If Keifer doesn’t tickle your fancy, maybe the Portico Quartet will. Playing at the Cambridge Junction on February 24, the Mercury Prize nominated group are set to debut new music. If you are not familiar with them, expect lots of saxophones, drums and electronics. So, if you’d like to start your Monday off in an unforgettable trance, this is definitely the gig for you.


MUSIC: Boyzlife, Cambridge Corn Exchange, 26 Feb

Always wanted to see Boyzone and Westlife? Well now’s the time. Cambridge Corn Exchange are hosting Brain McFadden and Keith Duffy’s theatre production of ‘Boyzlife’ on 26 February. Between them they share 18 number one singles, and 9 number one albums, so get ready to hear all of their greatest hits. You better get there quickly ‘Uptown Girl’, because boy are these tickets are selling out.


COMEDY: Jimmy Carr, Cambridge Corn Exchange, 27 Feb 

Jimmy Carr

One night and one night only! The Cambridge Corn Exchange welcomes the ‘Terribly Funny’ comedian Jimmy Carr to the stage on February 27.  Expect Carr’s trademark dark humour and heckler interaction; this show is not for the fainthearted! Tickets are not yet on sale, but when they do, they will go quick so keep your eyes peeled!


THEATRE: The Woman in Black, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 24-29 Feb

Following on from dark humour, this theatre performance is certainly a lot darker. The Woman in Black is back for its major UK tour, being shown at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from the 24th-29th February. This spine-chilling performance will definitely keep you on your toes, so don’t buy any popcorn…it will probably end up all over the floor.


EXHIBITION: Crowns and Gowns, Ely Cathedral, Ely, until 15 March

crowns and gowns exhibition

Who needs the V&A when you live near Ely Cathedral? This incredible cathedral has a not-to-be-missed exhibition running until 15 March showcasing a fabulous collection of costumes, jewels, props, behind the scenes images and memorabilia from some of the major Hollywood movies filmed within the Cathedral itself. We’re talking big films here… Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, The King’s Speech, Macbeth and The Crown with costumes worn by Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Who knew Ely was such A List haunt?!


ART: Linderism, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, until 26 Feb

Kettle’s Yard dips its toes into some of Linder’s work this February, exhibiting some pieces from her ground-breaking work in the 1970s. Linder is best known for her distinctive style of photomontage’s – combining ordinary fashion images with archival materials. Her confrontational art is not only eye-catching, but also oozes the radical feminist stance that she stands for. There is no better time than now (well, February) to go and support her exhibition of Linderism! 


ART: An Exhibition of Paintings by Jean and Jasper Rose, Clare Hall, Cambridge, until 27 Feb 

Jasper and Jean were both early members of the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptures, and important figures in Cambridge’s first forays into contemporary art. Both Jasper and Jean painted daily and exhibited regularly, capturing the world around them with a magical freshness. Jasper died in 2019 but Jean still paints and will be present at the opening reception, along with her son William.


David Hockney: Drawing from Life, National Portrait Gallery, 27 Feb – 28 June

It’s been a hot five minutes since David Hockney last exhibited in London. But, alas, he returns! Exhibiting over 150 drawings, his work will cover over 5 decades of work, showing at the National Portrait Gallery in London. These portraits will range from self-portraits, and interpretations of friends and family. This includes drawing his muse Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne. Highlights of his work includes new portraits; coloured pencil drawings from 1970 Paris, and polaroids from the 1980s. Also, following from a period of self-scrutiny, Hockney documented his appearance over 2 months by drawing himself every day.  

Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, Feb 13 – May 11

More exciting art is being exhibited this February, with the Tate Modern opening its doors for people to see Steve McQueen’s video and film installations. The Turner Prize and Oscar Winning artist will sure be showing his best-known work of ‘Ashes 2002-2015’ and ‘Caribs’ Leap/Western Deep’, amongst many more. 


Busy last month? There’s still time to see Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh 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). Elsewhere, at the O2 Arena, there’s ABBA: Super Troupers a journey through the Swedish band’s career featuring personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020). And finally, there’s the fantastically bonkers Tim Walker exhibition (above) at the V&A with snaps from his career as a fashion and portrait photographer, a must-see before it ends on 8 Mar.

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