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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.

£29.95, phaidon.com