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Tori Halstead and her children with a reptile from Wrigglies

Wrigglies brings exotic pets to The Mall

Children have the chance to meet Wrigglies Exotic Pets at The Mall’s Hallowe’en event, running until Friday, October 31, from 11am till 4pm. 
A team from Whitbread are hosting children’s activities, face painting and raising money for Great Ormond Street hospital.

Luton musician Paul Jolly

Welcome to the Bear Club – it’s Luton’s best kept secret

Luton’s recently opened Bear Club has been hailed as its best kept secret – and one of the top jazz venues in the country.

Sexy dance sequence from Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing is back at MK

Following its record-breaking run two years ago, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is back at Milton Keynes Theatre until November 8.

Teenager Zack Boutwood

Star has emergency op - but the show goes on in true showbiz style

It’s every producer’s worst nightmare – the show’s about to open, everything’s tickety boo and then the star is taken ill at the 11th hour.

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Hallowe’en fun

The Mall are hosting a Hallowe’en event from Wednesday, October 29, till Friday, October 31.

Fury

Matt Adcock’s film review: Fury, starring Brad Pitt

It’s April 1945 and the Allies are making their final push into Germany, facing fierce resistance after Hitler declares ‘total war’ where every man, woman and child must fight to the end.

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Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Dougie MacLean,”Till Tomorrow” (Linn CKD 465)­ Highly regarded Scottish singer­songwriter Dougie MacLean makes his Linn Records debut by re­imagining the cream of his illustrious backcatalogue in a fine collaboratio with conductor John Logan and the massed ranks of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Their august presence lends an impressively symphonic dimension to Dougie’s settings of Burns’ poems such as “Ca’ The Yowes” and “Green Grow The Rashes,” and this hand­picked package closes with MacLean’s enduringly popular love song to Scotland,”Caledonia.”

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Paul’s great passion for things that go bump in the night...

Life couldn’t be better for Luton paranormal historian and author Paul Adams.

Jon Favreau in Chef

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Chef, The Fault In Our Stars, The Christmas Candle, Blood Ties

If you’re thinking of watching CHEF (15: Lionsgate) after this review, don’t do so on an empty stomach.

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Inspire FM open day

Inspire FM are inviting the public to an open day at the studio on Wednesday, October 29, to celebrate its fifth year as a 24/7 community service.

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Have your say

Have your say on the council’s statement of licensing policy. It is responsible for licensing all premises selling alcohol, providing entertainment or selling hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am. It is reviewed every five years, to comment, go to: www.luton.gov.uk/licenses

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Farley Junior school celebrate diversity with international evening

Farley pupils celebrate diversity

Farley Junior school, together with the charity Friends of Farley, hosted an international evening, celebrating the diversity of cultures and traditions in the school and community.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Matt Adcock’s film review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A darkness has spread across New York City. The people are scared, and with good cause.

Godzilla

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Godzilla, The Anomaly, The Art Of The Steal

A sense of menace in one monster movie franchise has been missing since it began 60 years ago.

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Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Ewan McLennan,”Stories Still Untold” (Fellside FECD 263)­ Ewan McLennan’s rousing renditionof his own “Whistling the Esperanza” was one of the highlights of BBC4’s excellent “Transatlantic Sessions” series, and the Scottish singer­songwriter’s third Fellside album is another musical tour de force,showcasing a finely judged assortment of self­penned songs and haunting traditional material. “A Beggar” and the Chartist hymn,”Song of the Lower Classes” are particularly memorable efforts, and Ewan also invests compelling ditties such as “ Prince Robert” and “Granite Cage” with a power and passion which puts me in mind of the great Dick Gaughan in his pomp,and you can’t really ask for a higher recommendation than that.

Some of the Luton Bandstand project design entries

Join a band of young artists and designers in competition

The Rotary Bandstand for Luton and the Rotary Youth Trust for Luton have announced the judging panel for the Bandstand Design Competition.

Stephen Jones and Conor Delaney

Award winning comedy to entertain the Grove audience

Stones In His Pockets, the multi award-winning comedy by Irish writer Marie Jones, is coming to the Grove Theatre on Wednesday, October 22.

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Maleficent, 3 Days To Kill, Oculus, Seve

The latest reworking of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale may not leave you spellbound, but there’s plenty to enchant and entertain.

The Maze Runner

Matt Adcock’s film review: The Maze Runner

Meet 16-year-old Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) in The Maze Runner. He’s your average cute teen, but one day in the near future – for unexplained reasons – he wakes up in a strange elevator with absolutely no memory of who he is.

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Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

“American Music Library­The Hits of 1961” (Fantastic Voyage FVTD 201)­This interesting new series of anthologies focusses attention on tracks which were sizeable hits in the U.S. of A. but failed to make any impression at all commercially on this side of the Atlantic. 1961 seems to have been a notable year for inexplicable flops,as witnessed by the presence here of timeless gems such as The Shirelles’ “Dedicated To The One I Love,” Ben E.King’s “Spanish Harlem” and The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman” to name but a few. The 3 CD set indulges in a feast of unashamed nostalgia as it serves up a charmingly dated assortment of pop,country and r&b hits for your entertainment,including everything from bluesman Freddy King’s classic instrumental “Hideaway” to country legend Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and “I Fall To Pieces.”

Circus Starr chose Keech Hospice as their charity of the year. Photo by Briscoe Photography

Circus troupe helps Keech

Circus Starr has chosen Keech Hospice Care as their charity of the year for Luton.

Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince Of Leaves is heading to The Grove

Ha Ha Hood! will leave you in stitches with comedy performance

Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves is coming to The Grove, Dunstable, on Friday, October 17.

Gone Girl

Matt Adcock’s film review: crime thriller Gone Girl

Prepare for a scorching crime thriller that cuts through lies and pretence to the unsavoury secrets at the heart of a very modern marriage, writes Matt Adcock.

Tom Cruise in Edge Of Tomorrow

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Edge Of Tomorrow, The Other Woman, Grace Of Monaco

Sci-fi adventure EDGE OF TOMORROW(12: Warner) looks every inch your bog standard gung-ho alien invasion blockbuster.

Alan Stoob - Nazi Hunter

Comic book hero hunts down Nazis on streets of Dunstable

If you haven’t seen any Nazis on the streets of Dunstable recently, it’s entirely down to the tireless efforts of retired policeman Alan Stoob.

Artist Peter Deighan in his Luton studio

‘World’s greatest portrait painter’ to exhibit again

Celebrated Luton artist Peter Deighan is holding his first exhibition in more than a decade.

Theatre

Celebrating history

The British/Nigerian tragi-comedy Pandora’s Box is coming to Luton’s UK Centre for Carnival Arts in time for Black History Month.

Iconic image on Luton artist Dominic Allan's left hand

Iconic Call Mum image will be hoisted on flag

A specially commissioned flag bearing the statement Call Mum will be raised on Friday (October 3) from the corner battlement of Cardiff Castle.

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Growing old disgracefully

Are you 65, but feel like a 25-year-old?

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