February Culture Fix

Your monthly global culture guide starts here

Words by Lisa Hughes
January 28th, 2016

Find out what to see, do and read in this February’s culture fix.

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1.) ART – What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now, IMMA, Dublin. Ends 7 February.

What better time than February – the month of the dreaded V-Day – to dwell on how our notion of love has changed in the 20th century? That’s exactly what IMMA’s What We Call Love exhibition does through an eclectic mix of love-themed artworks by artists including Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović and Damien Hirst. There’s just 7 days to check out this exhibition so get moving! Admission €8. Read more here.

2.) FESTIVAL – MARDI GRAS, NEW YORK CITY

Jazz performances, street food, masked balls and unforgettable parties are standard fare at New York’s annual Mardi Gras which always brings a splash of New Orleans funk to NYC’s heaving streets. Highlights include the “Funky Fat Tuesday” Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic and absinthe drinks at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes. Go to Nycgo.com for up-to-date event info.

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3.) MUSIC – Roisin Murphy, Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Thursday 11 Feb 2016

Fresh off the back of her Choice Music Prize nod and Mercury Prize nomination, the inimitable Roisin Murphy swings by Dublin’s Olympia Theatre this month for her first Irish headline show since 2008. As anyone who has heard the sublime blend of disco and deep house of ‘Hairless Toys’ can attest, the woman can do no wrong. Tickets from €28.40 from ticketmaster.ie.

4.) BOOK RELEASE – Marie Kondo: Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Following up the best-selling “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”, lifestyle guru Marie Kondo is back with an illustrated guide to bringing order to your life through a good de-clutter. With the help of some handy illustrations on how to fold and tidy up, Kondo’s ethos is simple – if it doesn’t spark joy, throw it out. You bet your local charity shop will be thrilled to see you coming.  Priced from $12 from Amazon.com. tidyingup.com/books/spark-joy-hc

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5.) CINEMA RELEASE – Zoolander 2

Disappointingly not called Twolander, Zoolander’s sequel finally arrives this month, just 15 years after Derek and Hansel first hit the big screen. The really, really, ridiculously good-looking model duo are back at it, taking a break from strutting down Valentino’s catwalk to solve some peculiar assassinations of the ‘Beautiful People’. Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Penelope Cruz are just a few of the famous faces adding to the action.  Time to get working on your Blue Steel. Released in the US on 12 Feb. zoolander.com

6.) NEW TO NETFLIX IN FEBRUARY

Whether you’re based Stateside or in Europe, Netflix has some treats coming up in February worth staying in for. Breaking Bad diehards have season two of Better Call Saul (Season 2 (UK) February 16th) to look forward to and there’s also the Judd Apatow original creation Love (February 19th) starring Gillian Jacobs which promises to be a modern take on dating and the L word.

Another one TV fans have high hopes for is Fuller House (February 26th), a reboot of the classic American 80’s – 90’s series Full House (yes, the sitcom that first brought the Olsen twins into our lives). Netflix has ordered 13 episodes for the first season so prepare to binge-watch and relive your youth.

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7.) FESTIVAL – CHINESE NEW YEAR, LONDON, Sunday February 14 2016, Free

Outside of China, London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations rank as the biggest in the world. Celebrating the year of the monkey, the 2016 festivities in Chinatown will include a parade along Charing Cross Road and the Chen Brothers flying lion dance team in Trafalgar Square, as well as special menus in Chinatown’s 100-plus restaurants and cafes

8.) MUSIC – Massive Attack, O2 Academy Brixton, 3rd & 4th February

If you missed the trip-hop heroes’ Dublin dates in January, now is your chance to beg, steal or borrow to catch them in London. Supported by the Mercury-winning Young Fathers, this is Massive Attack’s first UK headline tour in 5 years and, six years after their last record Heligoland, they’re slated to release new music later this year. Nice one.

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9.) ART – Museum of Neon Art grand opening, Los Angeles, 6 Feb, neonmona.org

Who doesn’t love a neon sign? From Tracey Emin’s ‘Keep Me Safe’ to Curtis Kulig’s iconic ‘Love Me’, neon art has moved from Las Vegas kitsch to a hipster haunt essential. If you’re LA-bound this month, check out the Museum of Neon Art in its new home on Brand Boulevard. Swinging open its doors with a ticketed grand opening, there’ll be performances by Neon Hunter Collective and Lou Mannick, plus enough neon to leave you starry-eyed.

10.) FASHION – Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery, From 11 February to 22 May 2016. Tickets £17. npg.org.uk.

Ritts, Testino and Bailey are just a handful of famous fashion photographers whose work will be on display in all its glory at this best of British Vogue exhibition. Whizzing through 100 years of the style bible, you can expect 300 glorious prints of fashion pioneers like Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent, alongside portraits of art hero Lucian Freud to the iconic Lady Diana. Glamorous doesn’t come close.