Welcome to the Muddy fun factory, if you’re running the Reading half marathon – good luck, hats off to y’all. If you’re not, treat yourself to something cold and bubbly because we’ve got plans to make.
Meet Louis Sidoli, Castle Fine Art Windsor, Sun 20 Mar
Love neon? I do, I do. Elbows sharpened then, as we bowl down to Castle Fine Arts in Windsor to meet celebrated British artist Louis Sidoli.
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, the Muddy Guide’s a celebration of strong women, kick ass characters and having a good time. As Katherine Hepburn once said: ‘If you obey ALL the rules, you miss all the fun’. And we’re all about having fun…enjoy
Ladybird Book Exhibition, Reading University, Sat 11 Mar – Sun 2 Jul
The Ladybird book is a symbol of our childhood.
As we hurtle towards the weekend I’m feeling the need for fun, fresh air and an ice cold gin and tonic (or three). Who’s with me?
Seth Lakeman, The Hexagon Reading, Sat 4 Mar
The West Countrys certainly produced a few musical hotties. Chris Martin for starters, Ben Howard and Seth Lakeman (pictured) – the poster boy of folk. Let’s be honest Seth’s not really a boy, more a man… with, er, three kids.
As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…
Someone had a very bad day at the office.
Yippee! We’re over the hump of half term, so treat yourself to some time out – Muddy style. We’ve got theatrical trampolining and opera to a world-class exhibition in a greasy spoon and Michelin BBQ. Whatever floats your boat, the fun starts here.
Fisheye by Daniel Jamieson, South Street Arts Reading, Tues 21 Feb
Neighbourhood Watch stalwart Pam becomes a one-woman MI6 after someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, so she ramps up her operation from curtain twitching to hiding cameras in hand-knitted novelties and discovers that everyone around her is a thief, pervert or a terrorist.
Brace yourselves folks, it’s half term week. Keeping the kids entertained is one thing, but keep the adults sane is far more important. Check out the cool stuff to do this week – oh and stock up on wine.
NT Live: Saint Joan, Corn Exchange Newbury, Thurs Feb 16
I’m a big fan of the cinematic live screenings of London’s best shows – and this one is no exception.
Crikey is this the longest month ever?! January’s massively overstayed its welcome – and I haven’t given up booze. At least there are plenty of distractions to keep us from crawling back into hibernation.
ROH Live: Il Trovatore, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tues 31 Jan
Polish your tiara and call Richard Gere, you’re being whisked off for a night at the opera… in Newbury. Thanks to the popular ROH Live series, enjoy world class singing and staging via the big screen.
A trip to the flicks with girlfriends is one of life’s little pleasures: gossip, popcorn, a soupçon of culture, and a night out that doesn’t involve a hangover. What’s not to like? And right now is an excellent time to get a big screen jaunt booked in, given the slew of female-friendly movies coming up. So bench the man in your life, grab a girlfriend and go.
Jackie (out 20 Jan)
A hotly tipped Oscar contender, this biopic stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and homes in on the bleak days following JFK’s assassination.
We’re over the hump, Donald gets the keys to the White House and you get a weekend pass – buy the ticket and enjoy the ride: from ballet, to musicals, live music, wrestling and wine tasting (there’s always wine). Happy weekend y’all.
Bolshoi Live: The Sleeping Beauty, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sun 22 Jan
Is there anything more lovely than watching the ballet? Apart from a date night with Ryan Gosling, I’m gonna say no.
I say it loud, I say it proud. I LOVE costume dramas! Pass me my knitting and slippers, it’s my not-so guilty pleasure. A void was left when the final credits rolled on 25 Dec 2015, and Carson turned out the lights for the last time at Downton. Mr Selfridge briefly filed the void, War & Peace and Victoria certainly hit the spot and The Crown (OK not a bodice ripper, but retro) is so good I watched it twice.