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This week's top ten things to do in Leeds

Written by
Rob Martin

Book a meal for a romantic night out, go bird watching, see a saucy film or catch a new drama - whatever your desires, we have it covered for you this week. Ready?

Winter Wildlife Trail
, Temple Newsam, Tue Feb 10, free 
A chance learn more about the trees, birds, tracks and trails found around the estate of this stunning Tudor Jacobean mansion. Meet at the stables courtyard by 11am.

Phoenix Dance, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wed Feb 11 - Sat Feb 14, £12-£28
With a mixed programme of works by Christopher Bruce CBE, Caroline Finn and Artistic Director Sharon Watson, you can expect a pretty dazzling set of dances from this always interesting company. Ranging from the sublime to the gravity-defying, dance doesn; come more contemporary.

Sweeney Todd, Carriageworks Theatre, Wed Feb 11 - Sat Feb 14, £18
Leeds Youth Opera have a go at the demon barber of Fleet Street in Stephen Sondheim's classic, genuinely funny, chilling and touching musical. Expect throat slashing a-plenty and the worst pies in Leeds, (that's a reference to one of the songs, not the catering available at the venue!).

Philip Selway, Brudenell Social Club, Thu Feb 12, £20
With a new release in 'Weatherhouse', the Radiohead drummer is finding a voice all of his own. The album has been getting some very decent reviews so this is going to be one not to miss.

Boi Boi Is Dead, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sat Feb 14 - Sat Mar 7, £12-£28
The new play at WYP this month combines dialogue, drama and live music, telling the story of what happens when jazz legend Boi Boi dies, leaving his widow to cope with everyone who now wants a piece of his legacy.

Kaiser Chiefs, First Direct Arena, Sat Feb 14, from £19.50
The Leeds boys play their second gig at the arena, given a huge boost by frontman Ricky Wilson's new-found TV fame. These days, we predict a riot at the gig is unlikely, but with some great pop tunes under their belt it should be a pretty cracking night.

Kate Tempest, Brudenell Social Club, Sat Feb 14, £12.50
A mercury nomination for this young rapper and poet dealing with difficult social issues has pushed Kate Tempest into the spotlight. Go along and see for yourself why she's making such a splash.

Interpol, Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, Sun Feb 15, £25
End your week with the effortlessly stylish indie rockers from New York, touring with their fifth album, 'El Pintor', which means 'the painter'. It's their best for a few years.

Fifty Shades of Grey
In a week of stiff competition for your leisure time, many will be drooling for the arrival of this film version of the publishing sensation. An very interesting choice of director in Sam Taylor-Johnson means this could be far better than many might be be expecting. See what its star has got to say about it in our interview with Jamie Dornan.

Valentine's Day
And if you're still looking to book a romantic table for two, you can always check out our list of some of the top restaurants in the city to get inspiration. Come on now, not long to go...

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