What To Do, See & Buy: Mr Lawrence; Jerwood Gallery; Mia Hamborg; Alexander McCall Smith; Khodorkovsky
ON MATERNITY LEAVE. Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Saturday 11 February 2012
Rounding off this year's energetic Resolution! season at London dance venue, The Place (theplace.org.uk), Mr Lawrence is a gloriously vibrant, semi-improvised show by slinky contemporary choreography septet Seke Chimutengwende & Friends. 17 February, £14 a ticket
Flowers or chocolate? It's the original Valentine's dilemma. Now you can give both, with this (almost) too pretty to eat sugar-coated milk chocolate bouquet. At £3 a bunch, it'll please your bank manager, too. Johnlewis.com
On the waterfront
Head to the seaside for the launch of the new Jerwood Gallery in Hastings on 17 March, and catch a rare glimpse of the foundation's collection, including Christopher Wood's The Bather alongside the naïve illustrations of Rose Wylie. Jerwoodgallery.org
You'll never tire of this perky side table (above), the latest collaboration from upcoming designer Mia Hamborg and the Danish crafts team &Tradition. All the parts, which are hand-built from lacquered wood to look like huge colourful beads, can be taken apart and reassembled, instantly giving your living room a bright new look. A toy for big kids. 'Shuffle', £449, heals.co.uk
Ever wondered how Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Ladies' Detective filled her days as a child in Botswana? All is revealed in Precious and the Monkeys, the wonderfully-illustrated tale of the eight-year-old detective's very first case. Out 23 Feb, £6.99
The story of Vladimir Putin's nemesis, Mikhail Khodorkovsky – the former boss of oil giant Yukos, now serving time on charges of fraud – is brought to life in a hotly-anticipated doc by the German filmmaker Cyril Tuschi. 'Khodorkovsky' is released 2 March
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