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Nancy Rubins Crocodylius Philodendrus (detail), 2016-17, Photo by Brian Guido

This week: 12 – 18 February

12 February 2018 Suzanne Frost

This week brings us both Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day back to back but if you’ve had your fill of sweet stuff, there is some fierce Flamenco, groovy Gershwin or a killer play to explore…

Nigel Kennedy Plays Gershwin

Nigel Kennedy

The world-class violin virtuoso with a punk attitude, self-proclaimed “bad boy of the string set,” returns to Ronnie Scott’s for eight shows celebrating one of his greatest loves: the music of the George Gershwin! Kennedy is no stranger to jazz, showing off impressive improv skills when he last performed at the club in 2009, putting his masterful classical technique to new expressive use.
Nigel Kennedy will play at Ronnie Scott’s 12, 13 and 15 – 17 February; tickets are £40.00 - £65.00
Flamenco Festival

The annual foot-stamping Flamenco Festival London brings a bit of Spanish heat to wintery London. The popular event celebrates its 15th anniversary at Sadler's Wells this year, offering two weeks of flamenco covering a vibrant spectrum from the traditional Gypsy roots to its modern-day incarnations, performed by some of the world’s most outstanding flamenco dance and musical talent. This year's festival searches beyond the classical images of the flamenco dancer to rediscover forgotten spirits, reclaim women's stories and unearth the true characters behind the dramatic façade.
Flamenco Festival London is at Sadler’s Wells 14 - 25 February
Moulin Rouge Valentine's Weekend at Hester’s Hideout
Hidden deep beneath Exmouth Market, this decadent little speakeasy has big plans for a Moulin Rouge themed Valentine’s weekend: those in the know may enter the basement and be transported back in time to 19th century Paris for a hedonistic evening of immersive sing-alongs, cabaret performers and entertainers, bewitching burlesque, Can Can dancing and luxurious Decadent Love cocktails.  
Hester’s Hideout is at 2, Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell. Tickets from £8

Pancake Day

Espresso Martini Pancakes at The Book Club, Shoreditch

Shrove Tuesday is on the 13 February, marking the beginning of Lent, a period of fasting and sacrifices for the 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally, excessive pancake eating was encouraged to use up rich ingredients like milk, sugar and eggs in a final big feast before fasting. Not like we needed an excuse.
The Book Club in Shoreditch had the genius idea of combining every hipster’s favourite drink right now, Espresso Martinis, with fluffy pancakes sandwiched together with Kahlua cream, doused in a rich chocolate, espresso and vodka sauce, and finished with a topping of even more Kahlua cream. Fasting may be needed after that indulgence!

Espresso Martini Pancakes will be served at The Book Club Shoreditch between 9am – 10pm on 13 February. 

Jason Watkins and Suranne Jones in rehearsals for Frozen (c) Johan-Persson

Enough sweet stuff. This is most certainly not the Disney musical but a chilling psychological thriller about the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl, Rhona, abducted and murdered, and the intersecting lives of Rhona’s mother, her killer and a psychiatrist studying what causes men to commit such crimes. Tackling themes of retribution, remorse and redemption this award-winning play staring Suranne Jones and directed by Jonathan Munby is going to be an emotionally challenging experience.
Frozen is at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 February – 5 May.
Nancy Rubins at the Gagosian

Nancy Rubins, Agrifolia Major, 2017, Photo by Joel Searles

The Gagosian Gallery at King’s Cross is presenting American artist Nancy Rubin’s first solo exhibition in London, titled Diversifolia. The scientific name of plants indicates a single species with a variety of leaves. Rubins piles iron, bronze and brass animal forms – crocodiles, giraffes, storks, tortoises – into bouquet or coral reef like arrangements that require precise engineering to balance and cantilever into space.
Nancy Rubins ‘Diversifolia’ is at the Gagosian till 14 April


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