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The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.


Whitechapel Gallery, London E1, Zarina Bhimji, until 9 March
Landscapes and buildings and their multi-faceted histories inform British artist Zarina Bhimji's photographs and large-scale film installations. India and East Africa are the key locations for her evocative journey into the archaeology of place. This exhibition surveys 25 years of Bhimji's work, and is organised in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Bern.


Slug & Lettuce, 19 Hanover Street, London W1S, Comedy at SohoHo, 4 February
There's always a fine night of comedy here and tonight is no exception, with a line-up including Danny Buckler, Nick Revell, the Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III and MC Simon Happily.


Almeida Theatre Islington, London N1, The House of Bernarda Alba, until 10 March
Following her husband's funeral, powerful matriarch Bernarda Alba instructs her five daughters that the household will enter into a period of eight years' mourning. The only one, it seems, who will escape this fate is the eldest daughter, Augustias, who is already betrothed to the village's most eligible bachelor. A new production by Emily Mann of the Federico García Lorca classic.


Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1, British Dance Edition: Russell Maliphant Company, 5 February
Having mesmerised everybody with his last piece, AfterLight, based on the drawings of Nijinsky, choreographer Russell Maliphant turns to another creative inspiration - Rodin. For The Rodin Project, Maliphant has incorporated elements of popping and breaking into his usually fluid movement style. The work comes with a new score by Russian composter Alexander Zekke and lighting by long-term collaborator Michael Hulls.


St John's Smith Square, London SW1, Peer Gynt Suite, 6 February
Barbirolli Christ's Hospital under Andrew Cleary: Holst's "Mars" from The Planets; Beethoven's Egmont Overture; Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia; and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite. (A Christ's Hospital: Bluecoat School Concert).

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