What’s On?

By Elizabeth Hughes

Looking for something fun, cultural, energetic or scary to do?

Elizabeth Hughes picks the best events across the South East in the next two weeks.

Big Country: “Crossing The Country” tour

Throughout February; venues nationwide.

Ten years after the tragic suicide of singer Stuart Adamson, Scottish rockers Big Country made a successful comeback last year appearing at The Isle of Wight Festival, T in The Park and V Festivals. 2012 marks their 30th anniversary and to celebrate their label has re-released The Crossing, the bands debut classic album, which the band will perform the album live in its entirety at venues from Dunfermline to Bristol throughout February.

Tony Butler says: “First albums are usually considered to be a bands finest moment, for us it was a magical one. A collection of songs that were unique, original and above all, heart felt. We knew we were different and we knew we were creating something special.”

Mike Peters of The Alarm joined the line up two years ago so for some high-octane 80s nostalgia, don your checked shirt, book your ticket and prepare to sing along to anthems such as In A Big Country and Fields Of Fire.

Big Country play London on Sat 11th February, Reading on Sunday 12th and Norwich on Monday 13th February.

LONDON

Lucien Freud

National Portrait Gallery, 9 Feb – 27 May; npg.org.uk/whatson

Lucien Freud, who died in 2011, was one of the most influential artists of his generation.

The National Portrait Gallery collaborated on this show with the artist before his death and this is a rare opportunity to see a vast array of his portraiture in one place.

Portraits of people were central to his work and this major exhibition features 100 works from museums and private collections across the world, some of which has never been seen in public before.

Paintings of his lovers, friends and family whom the artist called “the people in my life” will be on show demonstrating the psychological drama and intensity of Freud’s work.

· BRIGHTON

Brighton Half Marathon , Sunday 19th February 2012; brightonhalfmarathon.com

The Brighton Half Marathon is one of the longest established and most popular seafront road race events in the UK. 22 years ago the event started at The Marina with just 200 runners taking part. As part of the Olympic celebrations numbers have been increased this year to 10,000.

The new flatter, faster route, mostly along the seafront, received a lot of praise and positive feedback from runners last year with lots of new Personal Bests (PBs) being achieved. It’s the first major half marathon of the year and is perfectly suited as a warm-up for all the spring races.

Main registration for the 2012 event has closed but there are still opportunities to register for the Corporate Charity Challenge team event or run for a Charity. The primary fundraiser is The Sussex Beacon, a clinical care centre for men and women living with HIV and they and other charities still have places within their teams.

If you are feeling slightly less energetic but want to get involved with the buzz of a big race then you can register on the website to be a volunteer or just wrap up warm and cheer the brave souls over the finish line on Madeira Drive.

NATIONWIDE

The Woman In Black.

Cinemas nationwide from 10th February; thewomaninblack-movie.co.uk

Based on the ghost story by Susan Hill, already successfully adapted into a play, the film tells the story of a menacing spectre which terrorises a remote English village, foreshadowing the death of children.

Former boy wizard, Daniel Radcliffe, now 22, takes the lead role of lawyer Arthur Kipps in his first adult film role since the end of the Harry Potter phenomenon.

It’s a Hammer Film Production, and the studio behind many classic horror films of the 60s, 70s and 80s still has the power to frighten grown men, the trailers alone are enough to scare staff at the Brighton Lite office. If you are looking for Valentine’s Day romance this could be a good one to take your girlfriend along to as she will be gripping your hand throughout the movie and begging you to stay over when you take her home.

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