Lead image: Daniella Isaacs’ Hear me Raw peels back the Instagram filter to reveal the dirty truth behind clean living
1 Springsteen is For Lovers: A Valentine’s Bash at The Grand, Clapham
She Street Band, the all-girl Bruce Springsteen cover band, is returning to London this February. Following their sold-out debut gig at The Moth Club last April, the She Street Band is returning to their hometown and cooking up something special, a Valentines themed blow out that would make Springsteen proud. You can expect all the classic hits such as Born To Run, Thunder Road and Dancing in the Dark with a female twist. Not only will She Street Band be performing live, but DJ’s from Hungry Heart will be keeping the 80s themed party going. Tickets are £12.50.
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1TT; shestreetband.com
2 London Classic Car Show, ExCel London
The London Classic Car Show heads to ExCel London, where visitors will be able to relive the golden years of car motoring. Discover the world’s best classic car manufacturers, clubs, collectors and dealers, browse memorabilia, as well as displays of the most prestigious vintage cars. Highlights include the chance to meet Nigel Mansell CBE, who will be appearing at the Supagard Theatre on Sunday 18 February to to receive The London Classic Car Show Icon Award, and The Grand Avenue, which this year is focusing on ‘Specials’, showcasing up to 60 unique vehicles steeped in history and mystique owing to their standout design and outlandish performance.
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway E16 1XL; thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk
3 The Best You at Olympia London
Now in its third year, The Best You Expo will run for two days at London’s Olympia, giving you the chance to hear from a stellar line-up of speakers offering advice, expertise and providing the practical tools to motivate, inspire and help in every aspect of your life. The wide variety of speakers include people such as Editor-in-Chief of Global Woman magazine and founder of the Global Woman Summit Mirela Sula, International Best Selling Author, hypnotist, and behavioural scientist Paul McKenna and Chief strategist and an international trading educator voted one of the 50 most influential people Sandy Jadeja. Tickets start at £10.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; thebestyouexpo.com
4 David Milne: Modern Painting at Dulwich Picture Gallery
14 February–7 May
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne, bringing together 90 oil paintings and watercolours alongside drawings and photographs never shown before in the UK, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision. Through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, Milne developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing influences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a bold modernist language of his own.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
5 The Bleeding Heart Ball, The Vaults
Gypsy Disco & Shotgun Carousel, two of London’s leading immersive event extraordinaries, have joined forces once again to produce one giant of a party full of passion, enchantment, and risk! Having gone underground, they return with a new Anti-Valentine’s event, The Bleeding Heart Ball. You can expect to hear the wildest gypsy folk and brass-heavy bands, gender-bending cabaret, awe-inspiring interactive theatre performances and jaw-dropping circus acts! 10:30pm-2:30am. Tickets £18.50.
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7AD; vaultfestival.com
6 Hear me Raw at Arcola Theatre, Dalston
Daniella Isaacs is bringing the hit show Hear me Raw to London’s Arcola Theatre. In an autobiographical story about empowerment and crippling insecurity, fitspiration and fragile bones, superfood smoothies and so much debt, Daniella Isaacs peels back the Instagram filter to reveal the dirty truth behind clean living. Aged 24, Isaacs joined the cult of contemporary wellness. She spiralised courgettes, saluted the sun, and came out top in spinning class. She even ghostwrote for some of the world’s most well-known wellness brands. But it’s been two years since her last period. Her bones are disintegrating, hairs are springing up in all the wrong places, and her anxiety is sky-rocketing. The doctors are saying her lifestyle is responsible. In a clean-living obsessed world, what does wellness even mean?
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL; arcolatheatre.com
7 Night of Four Or Five American Comics, The Ivy House, Nunhead
Night of Four Or Five American Comics, taking place at the atmospheric The Ivy House pub in Nunhead, does exactly what it says on the tin. Starring American Comics Scott Capurro (‘Brilliantly, shockingly funny… This is grade-A, pure hardcore comedy,’ Chortle), Erich McElroy (‘political stand-up comedy at its best,’ BroadwayBaby), Robyn Perkins (‘sharp, insightful, touching, but above all really, really funny,’ Three Weeks) and Rick Kiesewetter (‘punchy observational gags about the little things that annoy everyone,’ Evening Standard). The evening will be hosted by American comic Lewis Schaffer alongside Lisa Moyle, both stars of Resonance FM’s Nunhead American Radio show, with music by the Relatives UK with Richard Guard and Anna Crockatt. The event is a fundraiser for Resonance FM. 7pm. Tickets £10.
40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 3BE; ivyhousenunhead.com. For tickets see eventbrite.co.uk
8 Dream On at V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
From 10 February
Dream on is a new exhibition which explores dreams, the unconscious and an imaginary world between sleep and wakefulness. Opening on 10 February 2018 at the V&A Museum of Childhood, it weaves together several elements. Looking at our relationship to objects and the power we invest in them the exhibition plays with the notion that objects come to life when we are not looking, much like our dreams when we fall asleep. The artists at the exhibit include Christie Brown Katherine Tulloh, Madeleine Waller, the children of St George’s Hospital Tooting, and the primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney. Running till 20 January 2019.
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA; vam.ac.uk
9 The B*easts at Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush
12 February-3 March
BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan brings her first play, The B*easts, to the Bush Theatre from 12 February following a hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it won a Stage Edinburgh Award 2017. It is a searing ‘What If?’ exploration of the pornification of our culture and the sexualisation of our children. Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards our children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring Monica Dolan, explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
10 Best of British at M1 Fine Art, Greenwich
Until 1 March
This February M1 Fine Art in Greenwich hosts the The Royal Society of British Artists in an exhibition showcasing the Best of British, showing the very best work so visitors can enjoy a varied selection of art to catch the interest of all. The RBA have consistently been at the forefront of artistic innovation since before the days of Whistler, LS Lowry and Henry Moore, so enjoy oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture, and more from some of the most respected artists working in Britain today.
20 Nelson Road, Greenwich SE10 9JB; m1fineart.com
11 Orchids Festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Until 11 March
Thailand’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life will be the centrepiece of Kew Gardens’ Orchids Festival in February. Inside the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors to Kew’s 23rd annual Orchids Festival will get a chance to shake off the winter blues and get creative. Colourful floral displays will welcome visitors as they enter the tropical glasshouse and wander through a magnificent Vanda tunnel bedecked with orchids of all colours. Thailand is home to 1,100 species of orchids. Botanists have been naming and describing orchids for more than 250 years and Kew is a world leader in this field. Last year alone, 600 new species were discovered including three from Thailand.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB; kew.org
12 Jorge Pardo Exhibition at Victoria Miro, Islington
Until 24 March
Jorge Pardo, the Mexico-based Cuban-American artist, is showing an exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery from 2 February to 24 March. Celebrated for his use of vibrant colours, eclectic patterns, natural and industrial materials, and craftsmanship and computer-aided production, Pardo, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, has since the 1990s questioned distinctions between fine art, architecture and design. This exhibition comprises not only paintings but also large-scale chandeliers, ranging in scale from 1 to 1.7 metres tall. The exhibition will draw you into an environment of form, colour, illumination and shadow as the artist explores light’s potential as a means of shaping our experience of architecture while creating an immersive visual spectacle during winter’s darkest months.
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com
13 Evidence by He Xiangyu at White Cube, Bermondsey
Until 8 April
Evidence is an exhibition of new sculpture, installation and video by Chinese artist He Xiangyu. Known for his provocative and ambitious works, he is part of a generation of conceptual artists in China who use a range of media to articulate cultural and social concerns. This latest series is informed by small scraps of metal from North Korea, sourced whilst filming a project exploring the country’s diaspora in his hometown, close to the China /North Korea border. The objects relate to a black market recently discovered by the artist. Alongside this presentation, he will show The Swim (2016), a feature-length film documenting life on China’s border with North Korea through a series of interviews with defectors and Korean War veterans, plus footage of the artist swimming across the river to the border.
144–152 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ; whitecube.com
14 Fatberg! at Museum of London
Until 1 July
The Museum of London will showcase the last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg as part of a display titled Fatberg! opening on 9 February. Fatberg! will address how fatbergs are created, the processes of obtaining and displaying such an object and how the rest of the fatberg was recycled. The display will tie in with the museum’s season of events and displays, City Now City Future which examines the challenges, initiatives and innovations taking place within our cities.
150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
15 Deconstructing Patterns at Francis Crick Institute, King’s Cross
Until 1 December
Deconstructing patterns, an art-meets-science exhibition, opens at the Francis Crick Institute on 1 February. The exhibition is a collaboration between leading Crick scientists, visual artist Helen Pynor, poet Sarah Howe and sound artist Chu-Li Shewring. The various artistes were commissioned to describe the different molecular and cellular patterns studied at Crick. The exhibit provides the visitor the opportunely to listen in as the artists and scientists discuss their different ways of seeing patterns.
1 Midland Road, King’s Cross NW1 1AT; crick.ac.uk