Five things to do or see this month

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Doreen Fletcher

Doreen Fletcher, A Retrospective
Nunnery Gallery, Bow Road, London, until 24 March
Doreen Fletcher painted scenes of east London streets between 1983 and 2004, when she gave up, discouraged by lack of interest in her work. Brought back into the public gaze by a London blogger in 2015, her work is now getting a full exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow. Her focus was on places that were about to change forever, as developers steamrolled through the East End, giving her paintings a real poignancy.

Anna Boghiguian
Tate St Ives from 8 February
This is the first UK retrospective of the Egyptian-Armenian artist. Boghiguian’s work comments on the human condition through the perspectives of global trade, mass migration, colonialism, oppression and war. The exhibition will feature large-scale installations of cut-out paper figures, alongside paintings, collages and books, as well as components of the artist’s studio brought to St Ives. A rare opportunity.

The Hurricane Tapes
BBC World Service, available on iPlayer Radio
In 1966 two black men walked into the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson and shot four white people, killing three of them. One of America’s most famous boxers, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, was convicted of committing these murders. Throughout his 18 years in prison he insisted he’d been framed by a corrupt and racist police force. This 12-part series gives access to previously unheard recordings of Rubin, as well as setting the injustice in the context of mid-century US.

Richard II
Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 22 Feb–21 April
This new production of Shakespeare’s history play is entirely performed and directed by black women. Concerning a king forced to relinquish his “hollow crown” as his supporters abandon him, it is a meditation on empire and identity in the context of the Windrush scandal and Brexit.

The Lady Eve
BFI Southbank and selected cinemas from 14 February
This 1941 screwball comedy is one of the absolute best of its breed. Directed by Preston Sturges, it stars Barbara Stanwyk as a con artist who works with her father to scam rich travellers on cruise ships. Her mark is Henry Fonda, playing an innocent young bachelor and heir to a fortune, who has just returned from travelling up the Amazon looking for snakes… Memorable scenes include Stanwyk out-cheating her dad at cards to save Fonda, and a romantic moment interrupted by a horse. Also available to rent on BFI Player.