Music in London Wednesday 29 February

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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.

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”.

Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’29 FebruaryThis spectacular version of Verdi’s “Aida” will be performed ‘in the round’ amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King’s daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard.

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.

Spend an evening looking at the stars…29 FebruaryIf you’re a budding astromomer and looking for a truly memorable experience, then how about booking a spot on a session at the Royal Observatory? The ticket will include a planetarium show exploring the stars on show that night, and the opportunity to look through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope.

“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.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits29 FebruaryThis major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud’s portraits — a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud’s lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London29 FebruaryThe Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of ‘Bleak House’ and ‘David Copperfield’ will bring to life the author’s world.

“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre29 February“She Stoops To Conquer” tells the story of Hardcastle, who’s trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friend’s son. But his son is crippled with shyness when it comes to wooing the upper classes, and he is tricked into thinking his prospective father-in-law is an old innkeeper, and his daughter is a barmaid.

Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry29 FebruaryIn this version of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”, the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.

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.

“Three Days In May”… with Warren Clarke29 February“Three Days in May” takes us behind the famous Downing Street door for three of the most pivotal days in British history. Newly installed as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill assembles the war cabinet and tries to persuade the appeasers that Britain’s only option is to fight on alone.

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.

The Bach Choir, singing Rachmaninov29 FebruaryJoin conductors David Hill and Stephen Threlfall as they lead the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, in a performance of Sergey Rachmaninov’s “Spring Cantata”, “Piano Concerto No.3″ and “The Bells”.

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