What To Do, See & Buy: James Franco; Mystery Jets; Bauhaus: Art as Life; Topshop; Calligaris; Elderflower Fields Festival


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Note to self

Dangerous Book Four Boys is a photobook from the actor-turned-artist, James Franco, based on his 2010 show at a New York gallery, exploring themes of childhood and memory through sculpture and video. Expect felt-tip scrawlings as well as, erm, topless self-portraits. Published by Rizzoli this month, £30

Water music

The Twickenham-based indie four-piece band Mystery Jets (now minus Henry Harrison) upped sticks to a studio on the banks of the Colorado River to record Radlands, featuring gospel singers and lyrics penned on their Texas porch. Out on Rough Trade Records on 30 April; mysteryjets.com

Past perfect

Bauhaus: Art as Life is the biggest exhibition in the UK on the movement and begins at the Barbican on 3 May, with talks, workshops and a themed film season with live music. Tickets £10, barbican.org.uk, 0845 120 7550

Mini Me

Say no to dull pink and blue babygros. Topshop's cute Mini SS12 range – in stores this month – is just the thing for the discerning infant: think peace-sign and Aztec-print leggings, and ice-cream print dresses (topshop.com).

Stack it

Tired of wooden benches and metal chairs? Park yourself on a bright new range of garden furniture from contemporary Italian brand Calligaris. They might look like building blocks but these stackable Crossover models serve as a stool, table and a kid's armchair – and might work for a game of giant Jenga, too. £116.50, calligaris.com

Fields of gold

Family fun is on the agenda for the inaugural Elderflower Fields Festival in East Sussex, with an Olympic-themed sports green, woodland skate-boarding, cinema, and healing huts; plus a cocktail bar and complementary Sunday picnic serving up local fare. Book now!25-27 May, elderflowerfields.co.uk