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IF you love Bette Davis, hot Southern dramas and zinging one-liners (and who doesn't?) then popping along to the IFI to watch that classic Jezebel is a must.

The film is being shown at the Irish Film Institute and focuses on a heady and head-strong southern belle who flouts social norms.

As she says herself: "This is 1852 dumplin', 1852, not the Dark Ages. Girls don't have to simper around in white just because they're not married."

Set in 1850s New Orleans ante-bellum society, the film is a spectacle.

It's being shown as part of the Heroic Gestures festival. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Malcolm X, This is England, Pink Flamingos and Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey will all be screened.

Heroic Gestures kicks off on February 4 with a screening of Malcolm X at 6:30pm.

THE Abbey Theatre opens its 110th anniversary with a classic, John B Keane's Sive.

The production has a stand-out cast: Love/Hate's Ian Lloyd Anderson; Barry Barnes; Derbhle Crotty; Muiris Crowley; John Kavanagh; and Brid Ni Neachtain will all appear in the show.

The new production will premiere at The Abbey on February 18.

THE Westport Music and Food Festival is always a highlight of our culinary and cultural diary.

Next Tuesday, the organisers will hold a mouth-wateringly tasty lunch at Derry Clarke's restaurant L'Ecrivian to launch this year's festival.

THIS year, Wexford Street institution Whelan's will celebrate its 25-year anniversary.

Originally called Bourke's pub, the site was revamped and refurbished and threw open its doors as Whelan's in 1989.

To mark the occasion they are going all out to make sure this is a music-filled year that no one forgets.