03 January 2014 by

5 Things To Do This Weekend

Got the January blues? Here are a few things you can do to snap out of them...

1)  See Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Playing one of the most beloved and respected men on the planet is no easy task, but in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Wire’s Idris Elba proves equal to it, ably supported by Naomie Harris as Winnie. Hardly reinventing the wheel of film biopics, this is a vital chronicle of extraordinary times. 

 

2) Go To Pop Art To Brit Art

On display for the very first time, this private collection of modern art goes on display for the first time and features works from the Swinging Sixties through to The YBA’s and beyond. Featuring exquisite work from David Hockney, Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Gavin Turk.

Lakesidearts.org.uk

3) Watch Splash

The second series of the show we all love Tweeting about begins on Saturday. The bizarre conceit – C-listers flipping off a diving board – continues to forge full steam ahead and features the likes of Michaela Strachan, Gemma Collins from TOWIE and Ricky Groves formerly of Eastenders. Get your bathing suit ready...

 

ITV1, 7.20 pm

4) Buy Letters Of Note

If you didn’t get this in your Christmas stocking, it’s time to pick this up now. With letter writing being a sadly dying art, this book (based on a popular website) looks back at the best practitioners of it, featuring significant letters from the likes of Gandhi (to Hitler), Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth II and Iggy Pop.

Lettersofnote.com  £30

5) Watch Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks follows her triumphant reunion with Fleetwood Mac with the DVD release of her In Your Dreams documentary. This short film follows the making of her first album in a decade. It features appearances from follow Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, Reese Witherspoon and producer Dave Stewart. This is an illuminating journey, behind-the-scenes of music’s most respected icons.


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