We're big fans of March. It has the first bank holiday of the year, lots of great activities to get stuck into ready for spring, St Patrick's Day and there's also Mother's Day – which you can start planning in advance now you've remembered, for once.
Here's our guide to the best events, free stuff, art and music, which should keep you busy for the whole of March
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Our March 2017 highlights
Like Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood,’ Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ follows Chiron, a young, introverted African-American, from child to high school pupil to adult. Growing up in a black ghetto of Miami, with crack dealing and violence as his only prospects, Chiron is bullied by his classmates, then by his high school classmates. In short, Barry Jenkins’ beautifully shot film (only his second feature-length) is a fantastic example of contemporary American cinema's potential.
Singing, dancing, a parade and a pint or two - the Irish have always known how to party and celebrating St Patrick's Day in London is no exception. St Patrick’s Day in London is a chance for Irish London (and, of course, anyone and everyone who's Irish-at-heart) to hit the streets and show the city the true meaning of the word ‘craic’.
Will this be the last outing for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, as the actor has seemed to suggest? If it is, he's certainly going out with a bang – lots of them, in fact, as Logan fights and snarls his way through this heavy-handed action epic. But beneath the beatings, some thoughtful, dark themes are explored, making for an atmospheric and very timely blockbuster.
Explore the area the late singer called home in this street art tour through Camden Town. Produced in collaboration with Global Street Art, the trail features Amy-themed street art by artists such as Captain Kris, Mr Cenz, Philth and Amara Por Dios. The walk leads to a newly commissioned installation at Jewish Museum London by renowned street artist Pegasus called 'Love is a Losing Game'.
There probably won't be any talking candlesticks in this version of the traditional fairy tale, but there will be Emma Watson, who's sure to fire up the role of Belle. It's an adaptation of Disney's classic animated film, but given a sparky makeover and a starry cast – Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Dan Stevens and Ian McKellen all feature alongside Watson.
This show takes a look the Land of Opportunity through the prism of its artists and their printed works. There'll be many familiar pop faces here. Ed Ruscha's slick images both chronicle and celebrate everyday Americana; Andy Warhol peeks into the darker side of the nation's history with images of disgraced president Richard Nixon and bereaved First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Issues of racial divide – no less pressing than they ever were – are explored by African-American artist Kara Walker.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a truckload of Lego making its way to the South Bank. A purpose-built tent will pop-up by the London Eye this month for 'The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes', a collection of larger-than-life sculptures of iconic comic book characters contructed entirely in Lego. Artist Nathan Sawaya used almost 2,000,000 bricks to recreate the heroes and villains of your childhood. It's like seeing life in 8-bit.
Get ahead of the game and plan the perfect Mother's Day in London pronto. From the best restaurants in London, to mum-friendly exhibitions and lovely free London events to explore – steal our fail-safe ideas and itineraries for Sunday March 26 2017 and treat your mum to the mother of all Mother's Days.
Isabelle Huppert plays a tech company entrepreneur who takes revenge on the man who brutally raped her in her home in what becomes a provocative, psychological film from Paul Verhoeven. Yes, that's the guy who gave us 'Basic Instinct' and Showgirls', but this is an altogether more complex and challenging flim, feturing an outstanding performance from Huppert.
When Martin Scorsese puts away his strutting cocks – his raging bulls, comedy kings and Wall Street wolves – the results can be astounding. 'Silence' is a furiously alive and concentrated parable about faith under fire set in seventeenth-century Japan that ranks among the greatest achievements of spiritually minded cinema.
Abba. Junk food. Watching Jeremy Kyle. Thwacking dawdlers on Oxford Street over the back of the head with a copy of Time Out. We've all got our guilty pleasures, and this hugely fun night celebrates the musical side of them. It's a high-quality but ultimately cheesy party of pop, disco, dance tracks, R&B and soft rock, where you can hear anything from Hanson to Haim to Soft Cell to Whitney to Beyoncé, accompanied by dancers, live acts cabaret performers, balloons and a lot of glitter Leave your hipster credentials at the door, dress up and get guilty!
Explore how architecture and family life in Japan changed after 1945 with this new exhibition at the Barbican. The legacy of WW2 and the changing face of Japanese society wrought huge changes in the way the nation lived, and the way Japanese design principles influenced the West over the last 70 years.
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House of Vans
Taking over what used to be the Old Vic Tunnels, the House of Vans has turned the space below Waterloo station into a hot new destination for skateboarders, and promises a variety of diversions that will also appeal to those with no particular ambition to execute a credible 360 flip. The underground venue is sister to House of Vans Brooklyn where tickets for the free, all-ages summer concerts go like hot baked goods. The London branch also boasts a live music stage, as well as two tunnels’ worth of purpose-built skate park and an art gallery that will open with ‘Scissors & Glue’, an exhibition documenting the brief history of zines (till September 20). There’s a café, bars and cinema space and a regular programme of talks and workshops is planned. Skate sessions are free and open to all ages (there are lessons with The Skateboad School on Saturday mornings) but to be sure of entry book in advance on the House of Vans website where you’ll also find updates on upcoming gigs.