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27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

An Evening with Ian McCulloch at City Varieties Music HallFri 27 Feb 2015Iconic front man Ian McCulloch will be giving a rare solo performance at City Varieties and will feature stripped down versions of classic Bunnymen tracks as well as songs from his own solo catalogue.

24 January 2015 to 27 February 2015

The Marriage of Figaro at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 24 Jan - Fri 27 Feb 2015It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

A Curious Life & Levellers Acoustic at Leeds Town HallFri 27 Feb 2015Watch Levellers documentary film A Curious Life followed by an acoustic performance by the band.

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

“La Festa Del Pescatore” - Seafood Dinners at Salvo'sFri 27 Feb 2015Join Salvo's for a real feast of fish and shellfish, oysters, scallops, and lobster, all extremely delicious.

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Ólafur Arnalds at Howard Assembly RoomFri 27 Feb 2015Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds performs his most recent album For Now I Am Winter, evoking the atmospheres of winter nights and crisp snowy hills

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Tribute Nights at Thorpe Park Hotel & SpaFri 27 Feb 2015Enjoy a three course dinner followed by live music from our tribute acts. The evening is rounded off with sounds from our resident DJ.

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Maia with Yellowcake at Headingley Enterprise and Arts CentreFri 27 Feb 2015Ian Bramall is a Sheffield based singer/songwriter. Described as sounding somewhere between Richard Hawley and Mercury Rev, his songs combine the feel of nineties indie with folk sensibilities.

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Marks In Time Talk Series: Design Routes at M&S Company ArchiveFri 27 Feb 2015Themed around cutting-edge design, this new series of lunchtime talks explores how M&S’ inspirational imagery and design innovations still resonate today.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Drawing Space Drawing – Spatial Interventions at The TetleySat 28 Feb 2015Drawing Space Drawing – Spatial Interventions with Line & Body

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Tasting Adventure at Roast + ConchSat 28 Feb 2015Our Chocolate Tasting Adventures have been created especially for chocolate lovers who would like to take the next step in their appreciation of chocolate – gaining delicious insider knowledge and tasting tips.

12 November 2014 to 28 February 2015

Nostalgia & Progress at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryWed 12 Nov 2014 - Sat 28 Feb 2015Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After the Second World War reviews this fertile period after the Second World War.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Afternoon Tea with a Difference! at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 28 Feb 2015Taking the Gallery's current display of baking as a starting point, discover the wonderful atmosphere of a Chinese tea ceremony and learn about Chinese tea culture in this relaxing workshop.

01 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

‘Get Into Golf!’ at Leeds Golf CentreSun 1 - Sat 28 Feb 2015Free golf lessons and equipment hire throughout the month of February. Giving anybody in the region the chance to ‘Get Into Golf!’

18 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

La Vida Breve at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera.

18 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Gianni Schicchi at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – a satyr play played out around the death-bed of a rich man

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Leeds Festival Chorus present Mozart, Handel, Bach at Leeds Town HallSat 28 Feb 2015Choir and soloists work together energetically as the composer explores a fascinating variety of stunning ideas and sounds.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

STILL ALICE preview screening + Q&A with director at Hyde Park Picture HouseSat 28 Feb 2015Winner of a Best Actress Golden Globe, Julianne Moore gives an extraordinary performance as a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. This preview screening includes a Q&A with director Wash Westmoreland.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Sicilian Wine tasting and Dinner at Salvo'sSat 28 Feb 2015A dinner evening showcasing the cream of Italian wines hosted by Salvo’s owner John this 5 course dinner with wine flight will take place in our intimate private dining room for just 12 people

27 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

VERVE UK Tour at The Riley TheatreFri 27 - Sat 28 Feb 2015The 2015 tour takes VERVE across the UK and Europe. Beginning at their home venue the Riley Theatre in February, the tour includes performances in Italy, Austria, Switzerland and London, returning back to Leeds for the Riley Theatre finale

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

The Corporate Tramps at Village Hotel Leeds SouthSat 28 Feb 20154 Piece Cover Band, Funk/Soul/Pop/Reggae

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Ladies Night - 50 Shades of Grey with DJ at Village Hotel Leeds SouthSat 28 Feb 2015A night of butlers in the buff, singing and saucy dancing.

15 January 2015 to 01 March 2015

Portraits of Emotion at The TetleyThu 15 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015An exhibition of large-scale paintings by Leeds-based artist Paul Digby of people enacting the emotion of joy.

16 January 2015 to 01 March 2015

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 at The TetleyFri 16 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

11 November 2014 to 01 March 2015

Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant at The Henry Moore InstituteTue 11 Nov 2014 - Sun 1 Mar 2015Dedicated to the intertwined lives and artistic practices of Dorothy Annan (1900-83) and Trevor Tennant (1900-80), this exhibition of archival material reflects developments in British sculpture from the 1930s to 1960s.

26 February 2015 to 06 March 2015

Figure This Out at Assembly House StudiosThu 26 Feb - Fri 6 Mar 2015Curated by Kate Hiley, one of the painters exhibited, "Figure This Out" hopes to contribute to and build on the tradition of self curated exhibitions. The works will travel to different cities in Europe throughout the coming year.

10 November 2014 to 08 March 2015

The Event Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteMon 10 Nov 2014 - Sun 8 Mar 2015The façade becomes a surrogate plinth and screen, presenting actions, objects, and images, some lasting seconds, others hours.

17 January 2015 to 14 March 2015

‘Made with Love’ at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 14 Mar 2015Our annual exhibition celebrating the romance of British Craft.

23 January 2015 to 15 March 2015

The Labours of Herakles at Leeds City MuseumFri 23 Jan - Sun 15 Mar 2015The timeless Athenian tragedy of ‘Herakles’, will be explored through a series of fascinating lithographs and etchings by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire from Friday 23 January 2015 at Leeds City Museum.

16 January 2015 to 21 March 2015

The Art of Baking at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryFri 16 Jan - Sat 21 Mar 2015The Art of Baking: Cake Making and Bread Baking through the Ages. Recipes weird and wonderful, new, old, faithful and plain disgusting, feature in this small display.

14 February 2015 to 12 April 2015

Ilkley Camera Club Creative Light Exhibition 2015 at Manor House Art Gallery & MuseumSat 14 Feb - Sun 12 Apr 2015Stunning exhibition of over 100 photographic prints and projected images from one of Yorkshire’s top rated camera clubs. Vote for your favourites. See creative light objects and our take on them. Talks and workshops on many Saturdays.

28 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteWed 28 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Introducing modern Japanese sculpture to Britain, this exhibition presents small-scale sculptures from the Taisho and early Showa periods

17 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Charlotte Jones at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Cornwall with its dramatic land and seascapes inspire Charlotte Jones to make her beautiful ceramics. Her distinctive pots are made from coloured stoneware clay using oxides and self-dug clay.

06 February 2015 to 24 May 2015

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People at Leeds Art GalleryFri 6 Feb - Sun 24 May 2015This exhibition explores the everyday theatricality of the body through paintings of the human figure

17 January 2015 to 27 June 2015

'Rings' at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 27 Jun 2015Our annual showcase of rings from ten jewellers who all work in very distinctive styles. Something for every occasion from rings for everyday wear to wedding and engagement rings.

14 February 2015 to 24 July 2015

Georgie Meadows: Stitched Drawings at Thackray Medical MuseumSat 14 Feb - Fri 24 Jul 201520 textile artworks that explore personal experiences of ageing and dementia.

04 November 2014 to 27 September 2015

John Fowler Exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsTue 4 Nov 2014 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Marking the 150 year anniversary of his death, the work of John Fowler, who was a pioneer in the development of steam engines for ploughing and inventions which changed the course of agricultural practice, will be showcased at Armley Mills

14 February 2015 to 30 November 2015

The Healing Home at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 14 Feb - Mon 30 Nov 2015An intimate exploration of the role of Temple Newsam House as a hospital and a home during the First World War.

01 January 2015 to 01 December 2015

Gaucho Dinner & Show ExperienceThu 1 Jan - Tue 1 Dec 2015Gaucho Leeds offer bespoke dinner and show experiences in association with the First Direct Arena.

24 January 2015 to 31 December 2015

How Do I Look? at Abbey House MuseumSat 24 Jan - Thu 31 Dec 2015Join us to peep in the mirror and see how people throughout history have enhanced their looks and presented themselves to others.

10 December 2015 to 21 February 2016

Katrina Palmer at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 10 Dec 2015 - Sun 21 Feb 2016Katrina Palmer (b. 1967) writes about objects, with her sculptures taking the form of books, readings, recordings, and, at times, less covertly material manifestations.

10 December 2015 to 21 February 2016

Christine Kozlov: Information at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 10 Dec 2015 - Sun 21 Feb 2016From the late 1960s American artist Christine Kozlov (1945-2005) consistently questioned how objects can be used to communicate information

07 November 2015 to 27 February 2016

Solo Print Exhibition - Carry Akroyd at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 7 Nov 2015 - Sat 27 Feb 2016Carry showcases a beautiful selection of screenprints which explore fields and fens, the natural habitats of birds and other wildlife and rich landscapes. Her style is bold and her colour palette vibrant and exciting.

01 January 2015 to 01 March 2016

Figure and Architecture: Henry Moore in the 1950s at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 1 Jan 2015 - Tue 1 Mar 2016These projects represent Moore's most fully realised attempts to integrate sculpture into the rhythm and fabric of a building