What To Do, See & Buy: Martin Creed; Babar; Bombay Beach; Transport Museum; Utile; The Black Keys

 

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Marble arch

Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed kicks off a new series of 'integrative art installations' at trendy London restaurant Sketch. The theme? 96 different types of marble and a strict 'no two pieces of furniture, cutlery or crockery the same' policy. In the vein of his '925' piece.

From 1 March; sketch.uk.com

Trunk call

With his smooth skin and timeless accessories it's hard to believe Babar turns 80 this year. To celebrate, bag yourself a special anniversary edition of some of his finest adventures.

£5.99, Waterstones

Desert storm

First-time director Alma Har'el's acclaimed documentary Bombay Beach revisits a fading American utopia deep in the California desert. Worth a watch, if just for the gorgeous soundtrack.

Released on 3 February

Mind the gap

The Transport Museum is re-releasing a series of charming Art Deco-inspired prints, designed by the late Parisian artist AE Marty for London Underground in the 1930s.

£19.99/set of four; ltmuseumshop.co.uk

In the bag

Fledgling menswear brand Utile, which launched in May last year, cuts a dash with pared-down tailoring and simple, well-cut outdoor wear. They've just added a couple of snappy new colourways to their line of cheery manbags, too. All handmade in England.

From £65; utileclothing.com

Keyed up

Blow away the cobwebs with the pounding sounds of The Black Keys, whose touring show promises proper rock'n'roll. They play Nottingham on 3 Feb. Alternatively, settle for the brilliant album, El Camino.

Theblackkeys.com

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