32 exciting things coming up this week

Come on up to the Southbank Centre. Flickr: Optic68

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See you January… Hello there, February!

Make the most of midweek with our fabbo tips on what to do this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Monday

Chill out at the Frost Fair 200 with ice-skating, hot cider, and stilt walkers included.
Let country tunes sooth your heart with the Transatlantic Sessions at the Southbank Centre, courtesy of ‘90s Grammy winner Shawn Colvin.
Leather up as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ride into town. Vroom vroom.
And don’t forget, The Rib Festival continues to roll out weekly at The Blues Kitchen this month. Finger lickin’ rib-alicious.

Tuesday

Hoorah! Human rights charity Liberty has turned the big 8-0. Celebrate at the Liberty80 exhibition at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Continue the charitable tone at Rewired, an evening of cutting-edge neuroscience and multimedia art.
Be inspired by Alan Powers as he discusses water-colourist and ceramicist Eric Ravilious at the V&A.
Take note as BBC Radio presenter Robert Elms talks Boris Bikes, the Olympics and the London riots with man-in-charge Leon Daniels.
You may know Childish Gambino as Donald Glover, the US comedian and model. Now, spot his cheeky, catchy hip hop in Camden.
Or, just ping over East to the Rich Mix Pongathon.

Wednesday

Walk to the beat of the beat generation and space out on the William Burrough: An alien in London tour.
Stop by Tate Britain to see Turner prize-winning sculptures by Richard Deacon – and while you’re there check out the cuisine at Rex Whistler.
Pop down your tablet down and visit the new Hockey Printmaker exhibition – iPad prints and all.
Fighting to keep the writing on the wall, The Ghostsigns Project are hosting a film night on signposting and typography.
Or, for a flaming hot night out hear French indie-rockers Phoenix at the 02 Academy in Brixton.
Wax lyrical over punk poetess Patti Smith after she performs at Cadogen Hall.
Or, if you like your punk extra gloomy, stop by Belfast group Girls Names at Concrete in Shoreditch.

Thursday

Who’s made it to half a century? The Who of course. See their latest photographic retrospective at The Horse Hospital: Fifty Years of The Who.
Swing ’60s-style to David Bailey’s Stardust exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery for more iconic photography.
Hop on down to the ninth ale festival at The Snooty Fox, Newington Green.
And there’s The Fly Awards at the Forum: Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts, The Horrors, and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. ’Nuff said.
If you loved him on Rudimental’s chart hits, check out John Newman’s soulful solo pop at Shepherds Bush Empire.
Or else, stop by whimsical electronica group East India Youth, steel pan man Fimber Bravo, or world-jazz maestro Attab Haddad, all performing on Thursday.

Want more gigs? There are bucket loads.
Hungry? Here’s the hottest new restaurant openings.
Art? These are the new shows worthy of your eye power.

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This week stimulate your mind with lectures on Victorian frocks, super galactic star life, and childhood at Gresham College.

After a rip-roaring run it’s also the last chance to catch David Baddiel – Fame, Not the Musical. It’s really not bad-diel (sorry).

Three great photography exhibitions are drawing to a close this week, so make sure you get down to see the Landscape Photographer of the Year, Behind the Mask BAFTA portraits, and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition.

Need more inspiration? Check out this week’s hot list.  

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