The return of the Chiltern Arts Festival Weekend to a unique exhibition looking at the work of Stanley Spencer, 7 events not to miss in February
Reading Town Hall
What should we be doing with our time on earth, and how can we do it better? Mark Watson has made a lot of strides towards happiness and fulfilment over the past few years. But there’s one problem left and it really is a big one. The popular but all-too-mortal Radio 4 figure, star of Live At The Apollo and House Of Games (which he won, but it’s not all about that) wrestles with some of the fundamental questions of life, with unusually high levels of benign audience involvement and the gag rate of an already fast-talking comedian who’s been imprisoned his house for more than a year.
Betfair Super Saturday
This is the perfect chance to see some of your racehorse celebrities in action, winners on this day in the past have included Kauto Star, Denman, Altior, Native River and Sprinter Sacre. Perfectly placed just five weeks before Cheltenham, this is often the last opportunity to gain some festival hints and clues from some of the big trainers and their runners. Racegoers will also get the chance to get closer to the action and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the racecourse, along with multiple trips to the last fence for an up-close view of the racing.
Wycombe Arts Centre
Ozric Tentacles are regarded as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, formed during the solstice at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 and going on to become psychedelic staples at Glastonbury and other festivals. The creative vision of multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, the Ozrics’ uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia and dance music culture. Ozric Tentacles Electronic is a stripped back presentation, comprising Ed Wynne and Silas Neptune who will perform tracks from the extensive Ozric Tentacles catalogue as well as tracks from the most recent Ozric Tentacles album, Space For The Earth (K-Scope, 2020).
Illumination: Works by Leo Villareal
Until 27 February
In celebration of the completion of Illuminated River – a multi-award winning public art commission that lights nine of central London’s iconic bridges – visitors can enjoy an exhibition in the Coach House Gallery that showcases impressive works by Leo Villareal, the celebrated American light artist behind the project. It adds to the illuminations that have been brightening up Waddesdon Manor all winter.
Mind and Mortality
Until 27 March
Stanley Spencer, Cookham
Stanley Spencer Gallery is delighted to present Mind and Mortality: Stanley Spencer’s Final Portraits. Comprised of 26 works, the exhibition spans fifty years from 1909 until the artist’s death on the eve of the 1960s and reveals not only the importance of portraiture to Spencer’s artistic practice, but also the intimacy and unflinching candour he brought to it.
23 February-5 March, MK Theatre
Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning, true-life phenomenon, Jersey Boys. They were just four guys from New Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, off stage it was a very different story…
Chiltern Arts Festival Weekend
As the world still reels from the effects of the pandemic, Chiltern Arts offers a serene escape from the daily grind with a programme inspired by the world of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, exploring magic, mystery and folk tales – with concerts taking place in the usual array of venues across the Chilterns, including Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Berkhamsted, Great Missenden, Dorchester-on-Thames, Princes Risborough and Wendover. The award-winning choir Tenebrae (pictured top of the page) open the season in Dorchester Abbey on 25 February.