A Useful Life

Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley

This short Paraguayan film is a must-see for cinephiles, telling the story of a life devoted to film and the art of cinema with strong echoes of the classic Cinema Paradiso. 

The Hothouse

Oxford Playhouse, until 4th February

The ambitious, expensive Pinter production finally arrives,  with high expectations to meet. The play follows an excessively bureaucratic mental institution through the machinations and political power plays of its staff. Doors vary, 2.30/7.30/8pm, Tickets £10-£15.

Love Interruption

Released 7th February on Third Man Records

A year after the White Stripes announced their breakup, Jack White releases solo single ahead of his forthcoming album, Blunderbuss.. 

Visions of Mughal India

Ashmolean, until 22 April

From the private collection of artist Howard Hodgkin,  this exhibition of Indian paintings is displayed for the first time in its entirety. See www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/mughalindia/booking for ticket details.

Being Human

Starts 5th February, BBC3

The supernatural comedy-drama returns, sans Vampire  Mitchell, as the gang returns to their house in Barry Island to deal with the aftermath of  the third series, some new friends and some new enemies.  9pm.

Oxford Gargoyles

Copa George St, 7th February

Oxford’s leading jazz a capella ensemble return with a mix of Disney toe-tappers,  grooving funk and, of course, classic jazz. Doors 8.30pm, tickets £4/£2.