What To Do, See & Buy: Hugh Masekela; Bertinet bakery; Jean Dubuffet; Claire-Anne O'Brien; Alison Dunlop; John Pawson
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
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
Just dough it
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. £29.95, phaidon.com
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
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American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Silly, sensational and sensitive
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The Apprentice, episode 3 - review: Lord Sugar hacks away at the deadwood with another double elimination
Channel 5 set to give Big Brother the cold shoulder
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement