Alexander Calder, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Sat 26 May–Sun 9 Sept (private view Fri 25 May)
Famously known for inventing the mobile, Calder also made a whole load of other stuff from wire sculptures, paintings, jewellery, furniture, domestic objects, and monumental public commissions across the world – 80 of which (not the monumental ones) are on display in the new exhibition ‘From the Stoney River to the Sky’.
Wells Comedy Fest, various venues around Wells, Fr1 25 – Sun 27 May
England’s smallest city punches well above its comedy weight with 64 shows over one weekend. From James Acaster to Mark Watson and everyone in between. The full line up. Act fast to get the last tix.
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, The Brewhouse Studio, Taunton, Fri 25 May
The scandalous life and outrageous times of original Bad Boy, the priapic poet Lord Byron. For 16+
Phill Jupitus: Juplicity, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Sat 26 May
Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Right up my street then.
Bath Fringe Festival, venues across the city, Fri 25 May–Sun 10 June
Over 200 events from the absurd to the profound, the politically current to the historical, the salacious, the scary and the sexy, from hidden lives to everything laid bare. Full listings.
Eat: Burnham on Sea, around the place, Sat 26 May
They say it’s the largest free food and drink festival in the South West and who am I to argue? 140 of the region’s producers, the Hawksmoor Cookery School making vegan sushi, cookery demos from four professional chefs, street entertainment, giant tractors … and lambs (to ooh over not to eat).
Paloma Faith and Robert Plant,Bath Recreation Ground, Bath, Sat 26 & Sun 27 May
Not just the awesome Paloma and Bob but Alison Moyet, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Midge Ure and many more at the grande finale weekend of the Bath Festival.
Town Choir, Weston Museum, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 26 & Sun 27 May
Four writers type out stuff they see around them and it’s live streamed onto a large screen so ‘Take That Thou Theatre’ (students from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) can sing their words to the public. Intriguing – and free. A MAYAK/Theatre Orchard production at the newly refurbed Weston Museum (worth a look around while you’re there).
Miss Saigon, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 16–Sat 23 June
Tissues at the ready for the beautiful revived musical that follows Kim’s desperate struggle to find her beloved, during the last days of the Vietnam War. Read the Muddy review.