The arts and culture everyone is talking about
COMEDY: SEANN WALSH – ONE FOR THE ROAD
He’s tremendously funny on panel shows, but live is where comedian Seann Walsh truly shines. Whether taking on the mundane, such as cooking, or addressing meatier issues like anxiety, the charismatic comic knows how to make a room rock.
Leicester Square Theatre; 9 and 10 March; seannwalsh.com
EXHIBITION: FIUMANO CLASE’S DISCOVERIES
This exhibition showcases four recent graduates scouted by contemporary art gallery Fiumano Clase. You’ll find challenging work from four artists including Rhine Bernardino, whose work includes Regla (pictured), which uses glass, water and her own menstrual blood.
Wren Street; until 8 March; fiumanoclase.com
Disney it ain’t… Suranne Jones stars in this dark thriller which focuses on the interwoven lives of three strangers when a girl goes missing. As well as Jones, this brooding tale of revenge and retribution also features the sublime Jason Watkins. The two stars make this limited run a must-see.
Until 5 May; Theatre Royal Haymarket; trh.co.uk
PHOTOGRAPHY: INSIGHT ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR
Living in London is terrific, but pollution means it’s hard to pick out your Ursa Minor from your Ursa Major. This stunning exhibition features some mind-boggling snaps of stars, space and more.
Royal Observatory Greenwich; until 22 July; rmg.co.uk
THERAPY: SOUND SEBASTIEN SINGING BOWLS
Author Jasmine Hemsley and wellbeing expert Toni Dicks team up to create a sensory meditative experience through the therapeutic tones of crystal singing bowls. It’s an excellent way to calm the monkey mind, open the heart and nourish the soul.
Edition Basement; 12 and 19 February; eventbrite.co.uk
EXHIBITION: AYURVEDIC MAN – ENCOUNTERS WITH INDIAN MEDICINE
The title and inspiration come from an 18th-century Nepali painting depicting the organs and vessels of the male body according to classical Ayurveda. Expect Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouache paintings, erotic manuals and more.
Wellcome Collection, NW1, Until 8 April, 2018. wellcomecollection.org.
COMEDY: JOHN ROBINS
John’s upcoming tour has used a recent break-up as inspiration for his latest show and, by delving into his past, carved quite a future for himself. He won Best Show in Edinburgh in August and embarks on a UK tour from January. John oozes affable agony in this blackly funny show. johnrobins.com
VizEat has nothing to do with a certain ‘adult’ comic – it’s about enjoying meals in 130 countries. VizEat is the food version of Air BnB: you visit the website, enter a destination and then enjoy a foodie experience there – maybe a food tour in Barcelona, cooking class in Rome or something equally mouth-watering elsewhere. vizeat.com
COMEDY: KERRY GODLIMAN TOUR
Laughter, they say, is the best medicine so if you need cheering up now that summer’s coming to an end, Kerry Godliman is one of the finest stand-ups working today. Although best-known as Hannah from Ricky Gervais’ sitcom Derek, it’s live you’ll get the richest flavour of her skills. Kerry Godliman; various dates
CULTURE: BALENCIAGA – SHAPING FASHION
Late, great fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga isn’t as well known as, say, Chanel or Versace, but this beautiful V&A exhibition goes a long way to putting that right. It examines his work and legacy, with more than 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’, his protégées and others working in the same innovative tradition. V&A, until 18 February 2018.