As I’m sure we’re all keenly aware, it’s St Valentines Day, a time to feast bacchanalially in the name of its Roman patron saint Valentinus, or alternatively, to buy a loved one/oneself chocolates and roses.
Or, perhaps, to go to The Old Vic’s Love Nest Valentine’s Ball, if things like ‘peacock mating dancers’, an ‘African rhythms massage’, ‘kingfisher kissograms’ and tandem bike rides take your romance-romancing fancy. Any of those, and/or this hand-made choc box array of London culture dates worth falling in love with…
TODAY’S ART CHOICES
The Bride And The Bachelors: Duchamp With Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns, Barbican Centre, 14 Feb – 9 Jun (pictured)
A facet of the Barbican’s ‘Dancing Around Duchamp’ season, a series of events, shows and talks in the name of famed urinal artist Marcel Duchamp, this particular art/music/dance performance traces Duchamp’s ideas and legacy in the doings of composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Details and tickets here.
TODAY’S COMEDY CHOICES
A Night Of Comedy In Aid Of The MS Society, Comedy Store Piccadilly, 14 Feb
The very likeable Jon Richardson and Adam Hills dedicate a fine night’s comic stylings to the MS Society, also rallying the just as likeable Shappi Khorsandi, Josh Widdicombe, Charlie Baker and Suzi Ruffell. Details and tickets here.
Cariad Lloyd – The Freewheeling Cariad Lloyd, Soho Theatre, 14-16 Feb
“Comic pocket dynamo” (says The Guardian, and it is quite right) Cariad Lloyd reprises her wildly-praised 2012 Fringe show, giving characters like crazed child-lady Jooey Bechamel, Helena ‘HSBC’ Bonham Carter and Scandinavian sleuth Moomin Mama an additional airing. Details and tickets here.
TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES
The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, Battersea Arts Centre, 14 Feb – 9 Mar
The Paper Cinema draw modern meaning from Homer’s ancient Greek saga, recasting its characters as 2D illustrations, and creating a silent animation featuring a live orchestral score. Details and tickets here.