Making it to the Disco Kid, King & Queen finals in Blackpool this month was the icing on the cake for young Stopsley dancer Craig Hopkins, 19.
After watching about 6,000 films on video and DVD since this column began in April 1983, I thought I had seen it all.
Luton Gospel Community Choir is hosting a Christmas fundraising concert in aid of the Luton Foodbank on December 19.
She suffered devastating injuries as a baby when a candle fell into her cot, but brave burns survivor Shamiam Arif has never let that stop her having a good time.
Robin Hood has arrowed its way into Dunstable this festive season, but will you be among his Merry Men if you shelve out to see the Grove Theatre’s panto?
Little learners from Foxdell Junior and Icknield Primary Schools had the time of their lives watching a special performance of A Christmas Carol at Luton’s Library Theatre on Friday.
The University of Bedfordshire approved funding for five projects at last week’s Dragons’ Den event.
The end of the beginning is here, writes Matt Adcock.
Multi-talented Australian actor and musician Alan Fletcher has a confession to make – he only likes playing baddies.
“The Very Best of the Drifters” (Metro Select) This enjoyably dated anthology focusses attention on the Drifters’ classic recordings from the fifties and early sixties,including several gems from Ben E.King’s highly productive stint with the group, including “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “This Magic Moment” and “There Goes My Baby,” the 1959 hit which made revolutionary use of a full string orchestra for the first time on a rock’n’roll record. Their constantly shifting lineup meant that in later years quite a few former members would take to the stage in an often vain attempt to convince audiences that they were the authentic Drifters, but the 58 tracks featured here are unquestionably the genuine article, and well worth an hour or so of anyone’s time.
Students from Tina’s School of Dance will be performing The Wizard of Oz at Barnfield South Academy on Saturday, December 20.
If you’re browsing the shelves in your local HMV store or supermarket, a DVD named SEX TAPE (15: Sony) may grab your attention.
Two University of Bedfordshire graduates used Steps funding to set up a dance company in their final year.
If you’re an avid panto fan like me, there’s a triple treat ahead - oh yes, there is!!
Christmas is coming and that can only mean one thing... panto season is upon us – and you’ll be full of beans if you check out the Alban Arena’s offering this festive season.
We have breaking news that just days before Christmas there are several reindeer running loose through the streets of London.
If tons of magic, plenty of comedy, a touch of soul and a host of groundbreaking works sound just up your street, then Dunstable Grove Theatre’s Spring Season 2015 will suit you down to the front row of the stalls.
Jerry Lee Lewis, “Rock & Roll Time” (Vanguard Records) Most of Jerry Lee Lewis’contemporaries from the golden era of rock’n’roll fell by the wayside long long ago, but this irascible character is still pounding the ivories with the vigour of a man half his age. Producer Jim Keltner oversees a starstudded backing lineup featuring the likes of Neil Young, Keith Richard,Ron Wood and The Band’s Robbie Robertson as they underpin the venerable performer’s contributions on the warm and rootsy “Rock & Roll Time.” Jerry Lee may have surrounded himself with rock luminaries but he remains the the real star of the show , and his slightly wheezy vocals breathe new life into much loved old favourites such as Jimmy Reed’s “Bright Lights,Big City” and Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” and “Promised Land.” Strawbs,”Hero & Heroine In Ascencia” (Witchwood WMCD 2050) The original version of “Hero & Heroine” captured the dramatic essence of The Strawbs’ highly distinctive progrock sound when it first saw the light of day in 1974, leaning heavily on the creative contributions of singer Dave Cousins and lead guitarist Dave Lambert. The two men made the rather unusual decision to re record the entire album almost four decades later,and this mildly redundant album is the result.
An innovative theatre company is presenting Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Luton’s Library Theatre next month.
It’s been nine years since neo-noir thriller Sin City, based on a comic book series, burst onto our screens.
Wardown Park Museum is the setting for a very special exhibition of local talent.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Luton Art, it is showcasing the winners of the 2014 competition and featuring a series of images and news cuttings dating back to the 1930s. This includes photos of exhibitions, artworks, prize givings and even some entries which have since been added to the Museum’s art collection.
Luton Culture spokeswoman Tahmina Saleem said: “The competition is sponsored by the Murry Barford Trust and is a fantastic opportunity for artists of all ages and levels of experience to have their work on display in their local museum.”
This year’s winner in the adult general category was Singer (above) by Robin John Cooper, who said: “Artwork of a very high standard is on display and I am proud to be part of that.”
He’s undergone 15 gruelling rounds of chemotherapy but nothing will stop former Luton fireman Ben Markus from making music.
Legendary Irish group the Fureys will be appearing at next year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Luton on Sunday. March 15.
Horrible bosses are a blight on any working environment – but if the first Horrible Bosses film showed us anything, it’s that killing them isn’t necessarily the best course of action.
The Balham Alligators, “BayouDegradable” (Proper PRPCD021) The Alligators’ tasty melange of musical styles was all the rage in London’s pubs and clubs during the early eighties,leaning heavily on the creative contribution of singer,pianist and accordion ace Geraint Watkins. This impressive 2CD anthology captures their unique fusion of rock,blues,cajun and country music at its most infectious and appealing , including covers of everything from Bonnie Raiit’s “Love Has No Pride” to Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B.Goode” and the Chris Montez hit “Let’s Dance,” all of them delivered with the maverick charm which always made these irascible characters’ live gigs such an unforgettable experience.
There’s the usual winning mix of wisecracking banter and mass destruction in the latest instalment of the macho Expendables franchise.
There’s something for everyone in this year’s build up to Christmas.
Active Luton has teamed up with CHUMS, to run a young carers project, aimed at young people who look after siblings and other family members.
The 10th anniversary edition of Singstar –Ultimate Party! – has discovered the key to truly social gaming.
As the hit Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde from the soundtrack says, “This is the start, of how it all ends…”
PFM,”Paper Charms” (Esoteric Records) PFM were the first Italian rock band to make a major impact on record buyers in the English speaking world and this fine audiovisual package offers an absorbing introduction to their complex,classically influenced sound. The contents bring together all the recordings that the prog rockers made for the BBC during their creative heyday in the mid seventies,including two complete “In Concert” performances and a selection of extracts from the late lamented “Old Grey Whistle Test,”including renditions of such cerebral crowd-pleasers as “Four Holes in the Ground” and “Mr.Nine ‘till Five.”
An ancient Greek warrior becomes famous as highly exaggerated tales of his exploits spread throughout the land in HERCULES (12: Paramount) .
Standing up to sing a Robbie Williams song in a club on a Cornish holiday was a career-changing moment for ASDA lorry driver Barry Steele.