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Mon 21 - Sun 27 Jan 2019

ART: Louise Bourgeois, Artists Rooms, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Tues 22 Jan – Mon 24 Mar 

This new exhibition of sculptures, prints and drawings by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) traces pivotal moments in the artist’s long career that is commonly associated with Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Feminist Art. Julie Mehrutu exhibits alongside in her first UK solo exhibition.


SCREENING: Royal Opera House Live, The Queen of Spades, Picture House Arts, Cambridge, Tues 22 Jan

The Queen of Spades, based on a short story by Pushkin, is one of  Tchaikovsky’s greatest operas. This new production has delighted the critics and is a must-see for any opera lovers, charting the destructive obsession of a tortured artist in all its gothic glory.


WALK: Winter walk at Anglesey Abbey, daily

Blow the cobwebs away at National Trust site Anglesey Abbey with its annual winter walks around the Jacobean-style house and gardens (famed for their winter snowdrops) and working water mill.


MUSIC: The Brass Funkeys, Cambridge Junction, Fri 25 Jan

Playing music from their second album Rabble Rouser The Brass Funkeys are bringing a little swing to Cambs. The eight-piece New Orleans brass band formed in 2011 and have some serious creds including performances at Galsto, Wilderness and Ronnie Scott’s.


DRINKS: 10th Elysian Winter Beer Festival, Ely, Fri 25 – Sun 27 Jan

With over 86 real ales including ten key keg, ciders and mead, beer lovers are sorted but what caught my eye is that wine will be on offer for the first time in the festival’s history. Hurrah! No kids allowed so get your drinking head on and enjoy.


GARDEN: Winter garden workshop, Cambridge Botanic Gardens, Sat 26

If your back yard is looking a little worse for wear then this three hour course on how to care for trees and shrubs in winter should breathe a little life back into your garden. The workshop is led by Mark Crouch, arborist and deputy head gardener at the Botanic Gardens.


MUSIC: Cambridge Philharmonic: The Mouse Who Jumped, West Road Concert Hall, Sat 26 Jan 

Written by BAFTA-nominated writer Martin Riley (The Worst Witch), The Mouse Who Jumped is a family tale of courage and kindness performed by one of Britain’s oldest musical societies, Cambridge Philharmonic. The group is composed of a full symphony orchestra and large chorus.


DRINKS: Gin Masterclass, Cambridge Distillery, every Sat and Sun 

Did someone say dry January? Nope, not us. Award winning Cambridge Distillery’s gin masterclass runs throughout the month on weekends in its Grantchester showroom. Explore the distillery, learn how to pick out flavours and, of course, drink some gin.


WORKSHOP: Mindfulness workshop, Sacrewell Heritage Farm, Sun 27 Jan 

Deep breaths at the ready, Sacrewell Heritage Farm is holding a mindfulness workshop for those in need of a little R&R. You’ll get a guided workshop in the pretty Cambs countryside, take-home materials (a personal masseuse, perhaps?), refreshments and a day pass to the farm included in the ticket price.


COMEDY: Nish Kumar: It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sun 27 Jan

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is stopping in Cambs on his UK tour that touches on politics and humankind’s self-destructive nature- don’t worry I’m sure it’s funnier than it sounds! A regular on the comedy scene Nish has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and even has his own show on Netflix with fellow comedian Joel Dommet.


MARKET: Vegan market, Guildhall, Sun 27 Jan 

If you fancy giving Veganuary a go (we don’t know if we can give up cheese either) then Cambs is holding its very own vegan market where there’ll be over 50 stalls selling vegan products made by local businesses, food, luxury cosmetics and ethical clothing. 10.30am –  4pm.


EXHIBITION: Whistler & Nature, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Tues 8 Jan – Sun 17 Mar

This major exhibition of Victorian artist James McNeill Whistler’s paintings, sketches and prints explores his work in the context of attitudes to landscape in British art and design. A complementary exhibit ‘The Gentle Art: Friends and Strangers in Whistler’s Prints’ will run alongside in the Print Room from Tues 29 Jan, featuring the artist’s etchings of people.



THEATRE: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Ourselves, the National Theatre, London, until Sat 2 Mar

Cate Blanchett makes her debut at The National alongside Stephen Dilane in this new play by Martin Crimp, based on Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela. It explores desire, sexual violence and the complicated roles men and women play – blimey!. There’s also a series of talks with members of the production and the playwright throughout the play’s run though Cate isn’t on the menu I’m afraid.


CULTURE: Tate Late, Tate Modern, London, Fri 25 Jan

More art, you cultured lot, in this monthly open evening at Tate Modern that includes music, workshops, talks and more as you wander the galleries after hours. This Friday Bridget Minamore, poet, critic, essayist and journalist, will be reading from her debut pamphlet Titanic, which explores love, loss and the struggles we all face in relationships.

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