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Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 18 February 2012
Just dough it
South African brass legend Hugh Masekela brings his oeuvre of glorious, politically-charged jazz – along with his trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn and trombone – to the Barbican Hall on 12 March, part of a week-long series of lively Commonwealth-themed gigs. Tickets from £10, barbican.org.uk
A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. But who cares when it tastes as good as the doughy stuff served up at Bath's new Bertinet bakery? Don't miss their signature sourdough loaf. Or the brioche. Better still, take a seat in the café upstairs and work your way through the lot. Bertinetkitchen.com
Famed for coining the phrase 'art brut', Jean Dubuffet was the original self-proclaimed Outsider artist. Take a peak at his rarely-glimpsed later works at London's Waddington Custot Gallery, from 7 March.
Suddenly, we're aching to rest our posteriors on one of these perky perches from Irish knitwear/furniture designer Claire-Anne O'Brien. They come in various shades and stitches. If that weren't enough, she also does chenille chairs. What's not to love? From £495, claireanneobrien.com
We've got designs on bag-maker Alison Dunlop's snazzy new wares. Inspired by the rigorous geometry of artist Frank Stella, all her pieces are hand-stitched from vegetable-tanned leather, which she etches and laser-cuts with fabulous bold patterns. From £98, order via alisondunlop.co.uk
A suitably sleek new coffee-table book, John Pawson: A Visual Inventory, presents hundreds of snaps of everyday things, from pavements to trees, that have informed the work of the brilliant minimalist architect, whose CV includes a Czech monastery and the new Design Museum.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now
Laurie Lee's Rosie: What is it like to inspire a writer's work and be immortalised forever on the page?
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Doctor Who series 8: Time Heist pictures revealed ahead of episode 5
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'