Our February highlights
Enter a Marlene Dumas exhibition and you never know who you might meet. Among the subjects of the South Africa-born, Amsterdam-based painter’s work over the past few years are Jesus, Princess Diana, Phil Spector, Amy Winehouse and Osama bin Laden. Dumas is the painter-doyenne of dark undercurrents, tragic lives and falls from grace.Read more
Loud-shirt wearing 'Mock the Week' regular Milton Jones is back on the road with a brand new show. With a heady mixture of bizarre and hysterically surreal one-liners, Jones weaves a hypnotic web of lunacy. He stands head and shoulders above most other comedians out there. He's a one man laughter factory, and 'Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft' is bound to be a hoot.Read more
The kids are in charge at the Southbank Centre once more this February as their two-week children's festival returns. This year, expect a wide range of captivating theatre, dance, music, film and comedy plus readings from some of the UK's favourite authors, with free and ticketed events for young people of all ages.Read more
Overbooked cinemas and overpriced restaurants are so 2014. This February 14 think outside the box and head to one of the capital's many alternative Valentine's Day events. There's a lot going on in London on the year's most loved-up day, believe us.
Sat Feb 14. Various London venues
From the makers of London Cocktail Week comes an equivalent for beer drinkers. Buy a wristband for £10 and you'll be entitled to £3 beers and £5 boilermakers (a beer and a bourbon) in bars that have been specially chosen for their devotion to the good brews. Participating venues include Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar, Howl at the Moon, Mark's Bar, Porky's BBQ, The Cock Tavern (Hackney), The Hops & Glory, Craft Beer Co and The Draft House.Read more
The Chinese Year of the Sheep is imminent and, as usual, London's Chinese community will be celebrating in style. The Sunday after the big day (Sun Feb 22) is when the capital's festivities kick off, when decorations, dragons, music and dancing take over Chinatown.
Thu Feb 19. Various London locations
Another peak for the Bristolian singer-songwriter: he's playing a massive Brixton show to kick off 2015, after his meteoric 2014. Cradling his acoustic guitar like a lifeline while he sings his plaintive laments, Ezra is also blessed by top cheekbones and great taste in chunky knitwear. Even bigger things could still be in store.Read more
Now this is big. Apart from a short set at Lovebox a couple of years ago, D'Angelo has not been seen onstage in London for a very very long time: this is only his second headline booking here in over a decade. After becoming the closest thing the ’90s had to Marvin Gaye he slowly and quietly succumbed to the classic banana skins of stardom (notably drugs and allegedly trying to solicit an undercover cop).Read more