Spring has finally sprung and with the big thaw comes a wealth of things to see, hear and do this month. We’ve had International Women’s Day to celebrate, and Mother’s Day. And as the sun finally has a bit of warmth to it and the days get longer, there’s no excuse, get out there and embrace it all!
Picasso at the Tate Modern
This exhibition, titled Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy – focuses just on 1932, a prolific year for the artist and one dominated by his fascination of his muse at the time, Marie-Therese Walter, a voluptuous young mistress. The show starts on Christmas Day 1931 and then the works unfold throughout the following year, and are like a diary of Picasso’s life. Enthralling.
Tate Modern, until Sept 9
The beautiful Barbican Conservatory will be filled with one-off ceramics as 60 contemporary artists from east London studio Turning Earth gather to sell their wares. If you’re interested in pottery, go along to watch artists demonstrate techniques and you could even have a go at working with clay yourself. We love the idea of finding unique plates and mugs to create an eclectic crockery collection.
Barbican Conservatory, Barbican, 18 March, http://e2.turningearth.uk/events
Watch a bit of Idris
As if we needed a reason to get an eyeful of Idris Alba… but thankfully we’ve just been given one. The Luther and Wire actor is showing his versatility by starring in a comedy TV show, of all things, at the end of the month. The sitcom offers a radically normal take on immigrant life and is autobiographical for Alba who created the show about his upbringing in Hackney, with parents who had moved over from Sierra Leone. The result is said to be both moving and funny.
In the Long Run will be on Sky One from March 29
Getting a bit bored of rubbing shoulders with the Hooray Henries on the banks of the River Thames for the annual Oxford/Cambridge boat race? Why don’t you take the kids along to the Oxford V Cambridge Goat Race instead? This farmyard fracas is in its tenth year and sees two goats dash around an inner-city farm. Gates open at noon and there’s lots of fun for children and parents alike, including bands, booze and food.
Saturday, 24 March, Spitalfields City Farm, Bethnal Green
Winnie the Pooh
Whether you’re a parent or just nostalgic for your own childhood, you’ll love the V&A’s exhibition dedicated to Winnie-the-Pooh. The collection of drawings, letters, photographs and manuscripts tell the story of the tremendous success of this little bear, whose sage sayings are wonderfully prescient in a world trying to become more mindful.
V&A, Brompton until 8 April
You’re simply the best
A new show based on Tina Turner’s life is coming to the West End. The musical starts with Turner’s beginnings in Tennessee and follows her through her marriage and on to her triumphant 80’s comeback.
Aldwych theatre, Temple, 21 March until 20 October
What to eat
In spring, the garden becomes bountiful. Stock up on rhubarb, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach and spring greens. They should be coming to your veg box already but if you have the time, why not try out the Save the Date market in Hoxton to get your greens? It’s open 11-5 Tuesday to Friday and all their perfectly imperfect produce is collected from markets and suppliers across London. Ten they just ask you to pay-as-you-feel because as they say, “everyone should be able to afford beautiful, healthy produce.”
(Image via Social Pantry)
What to wear
Time to bring some much needed colour back into your wardrobe! Our new arrivals are abundant in bright and cheery hues. Long time favourite Kowtow's new collection features some beautiful deep gold culottes (great for this transitional period!) and a hit of bold bright red thanks to their Building Block Ladder Dress. Meanwhile Beaumont Organic has come up with the most beautiful deep orange tones for spring that seem to instantly invigorate your look. We particularly love the versatile Hattie top and statement Carol dress.