8 awesome things to do this week
Baby it’s cold outside, so check out this warm stuff that’s still cool, inside. There’s just one little jaunt out that does warrant a coat, hat, scarf and gloves – some really thick leather ones – if you really must.
Once in Every life time: The Young Ones Revisited, Bristol Old Vic, Sun 22 Jan
Join Marcus Brigstocke (who has a Somerset connection: he was expelled from King’s School in Bruton) with Nigel Planer (Neil the hippie), Alexei Sayle (The Belowski Family) and Lise Meyer (co-writer of the series) to celebrate the anarchic 80s cult comedy The Young Ones. Part of Bristol’s Slapstick Festival 2017 (Weds 18-Sun 22 Jan), now in its 13th year and with 26 events at four different venues, all focusing on silent, visual and classic comedy – funnily enough.
Mothership, Bruton Art Factory, Bruton, until Weds 4 Feb
The first exhibition of the year by Somerset’s edgy art gallery showcases 10 British female artists, the work shown here is by Elizabeth Byrne. The Bruton Art Factory is on the top half of a warehouse unit close to Bruton Station; while you’re there, drop into the award-winning roastery Bean Shot Coffee on the ground floor, for one of the best coffees around.
Frozen Singalong, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 21 Jan
You can see why Muddy’ Stilettos has reached the finals in the Best Arts & Culture Blog in the UK Blog Awards, can’t you? Wannabee Annas, Elsas and Olafs can bring adults along for free to this singalong version of Frozen and get a icy treat thrown in too. The good news is that Frozen 2 won’t be out until 2019. Let it go…
Stick in the Wheel, The David Hall, South Petherton, Sat 21 Jan
Inner city, folk music? No foppish men on stools with fringes singing about flowers, Stick in the Wheel are from the gritty East End and according to one critic ‘make Mumford & Sons sound like Roger Whittaker’. They’ve only been around a few years, they’ve already played Glasto, Larmer Tree, Beautiful Days, Sidmouth, etc and have been nominated four times in the BBC Folk Awards.
The Russian State Ballet, Bristol Hippodrome Thurs 19 to Weds 25 Jan
Triple bill from The Russian State Ballet and their live orchestra: La Fille Mal Gardee (farm boy woes flirty farm girl and finds inventive ways to avoid her mother), The Nutcracker (kitchen gadget turned prince fights a mouse king plus dancing sweets) and Swan Lake (tale of white swan with evil twin which ends badly). Take your pick.
Shazia Mirza in The Kardashians Made Me Do It, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 19 & Sat 20 January
Falconry Weekend, Puxton Park, Hewish, nr Weston-super-Mare, Sat 21 & Sun 22 Jan
I’m throwing down the gauntlet – it’s up to you whether you want to pick it up, put it on and invite an eagle or kestrel to step onto your arm. Lots of other stuff to do – a maze, JCB dig and lots and lots of animals – in this family run adventure park. The kids will love it and there’s a good farm shop with a deli and fresh local meat for you to peruse.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Tues 25 Jan – Sat 4 Feb
Ruby Wax: Frazzled, The Octagon, Yeovil, Fri 10 Feb
The only comedian, actor and writer I know with a Master’s in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University is coming to help us all live saner lives. Come join the chat as she discusses issues raised in her best-seller A mindfulness guide for the frazzled. See you there.
Shhh! Burlesque, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 18 Feb
Glamourpusses Violet Blaze, Diva Hollywood and Miss Von Trapp and Co will be twirling their tassels and doing saucy things with feathers in this burlesque and cabaret show. Adults only, natch.
BFI Film Academy, Somerset Film, Bridgwater, from Sat 4 Feb
Budding Tarantinos, Kathryn Bigelow or Ang Lees aged 16-19 may want to sign up for the British Film Institute Film Academy’s 7-day course run over a number of weeks by Somerset Film. There are master classes from industry professionals and you’ll make two short films and get some career advice. They’re practically giving it away at £25 but you do have to apply by Mon 23 Jan saying why you should be selected.