Music in London Wednesday 29 February

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Simon Callow on Charles Dickens — Museum of London29 FebruaryActor Simon Callow will be discussing a rarely explored side of Charles Dickens. As one of the very first ‘celebrity authors’, Callows argues that his outut was driven as much by his performance and showmanship as it was towards his literary endeavour. His readings in the UK and the States attracted thousands of fans, and he even acted in plays for the public.

Chris Addison, from TV’s “The Thick of It”29 FebruaryChris Addison, from TV’s award-winning “The Thick of It”, returns to the Apollo with a brand new show. “The Time Is Now, Again” promises some top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around.

Comedy legend Jackie Mason — his farewell UK show29 FebruaryJackie Mason is back in town with “Fearless” — his farewell show in the UK. Jackie’s politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics, David Cameron, and his hilarious take on every day life. As Jackie says, “If it’s in the news, it’s in the show!”

David Lynch film season, at BFI Southbank29 FebruaryBFI Southbank will be celebrating the career of one of Hollywood’s most talked about directors with a month-long retrospective of David Lynch’s films. Films include “Blue Velvet”, “Dune”, “The Elephant Man”, “Eraserhead”, “Lost Highway” and “Wild At Heart”.

England v Holland — International friendly29 FebruaryEngland will take on Holland for their first game of 2012. This game was due to played last August, but had to be postponed because of the London riots. England have taken on Holland 18 times now, winning just five of them, losing four and drawing nine – including their last match-up in 2009.

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern29 FebruaryAlighiero Boetti was one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th-century. As a key member of the Arte Povera group he sought radical new ways to use simple materials like stamps, pens and magazine covers. Later on he travelled to places like Ethiopia and Afghanistan and created some wonderful embroideries.

War photographs by Don McCullin29 FebruaryDon McCullin is recognised as one of Britain’s greatest war photographers. “Shaped By War” is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.

Antarctic photography, from Scott’s expedition29 February“The Heart of the Great Alone” is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott’s Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton’s visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.

George Gershwin’s “Crazy For You”29 FebruaryGeorge Gershwin’s smash-hit musical “Crazy for You” is packed full of classic songs including “I Got Rhythm”, “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Embraceable You” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It”.

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany29 FebruaryThe Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new art from Germany called “Gesamtkunstwerk”. It will include pieces by Dirk Bell, Matti Braun, Andre Butzer, Max Frisinger, Thomas Helbig, Volker Hueller, Thomas Kiesewetter, Josephine Meckseper, Kirstine Roepstorff, Julian Rosefeldt, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.

Stephen Hawking: A 70th birthday celebration29 FebruaryThe Science Museum will be celebrating Professor Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday with a small exhibition of objects and papers from his own archives. There will also be some specially recorded audio by Professor Hawking himself, and some photographs that span his life and career, many of them previously unseen.

“The Leisure Society”, at Trafalgar Studios29 February“The Leisure Society” is a fantastically offensive comedy with absolutely no moral compass. When a well-heeled couple invite their friend over for dinner, intending to dump him, they are surprised to find that he turns up with a stunning new beau in tow. The dinner party then descends into a drunken row of revelation and debauchery.

Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics29 FebruaryThis explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the “Commando” comic series. “Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics” will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue, through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum29 FebruaryThe British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.

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