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Love is in the air for ACT group

Nomadic theatre group ACT Company presents the county premiere of the West End smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Aspects of Love’

Ex Stone Roses guitar legend Aziz Ibrahim

Musical treat for poorly patients

Ex Stone Roses guitar legend Aziz Ibrahim took time off from Biggleswade’s Wadefest last weekend to visit poorly patients at Keech Hospice Care,

Ex Stone Roses guitar legend Aziz Ibrahim

Have you got the luck of the Irish as Grove’s 
Panto Factor returns?

After the huge success of last year’s talent show, Panto Factor returns to The Grove Theatre in Dunstable in search of two stars to play two title roles in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

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Nazareth,”Rock’n’Roll Telephone” (Union Square Music)- Bassist Pete Agnew and gravel voiced frontman Dan McCafferty have been constant presences in the Nazareth line-up ever since the band made their vinyl debut in 1971 ,but serious health problems have now prompted the latter to call it a day after more than four decades of loyal service to the cause. McCafferty’s musical swansong is a typically gritty and vital offering, and the deluxe edition is fleshed out with the addition of potent live versions of perennial crowd-pleasers such as “Sunshine” and “Expect No Mercy.”

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Matt Adcock’s film review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Sci-fi classics really aren’t what they used to be. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is the latest to get the Hollywood re-envisioning as a follow-up to the excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Dirty Dancing is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre in October

Awesome autumn at MKT

A scorching summer will make way for an awesome autumn at Milton Keynes Theatre.

NGYT rehearse their next production The Butterfly Catcher. Pic: Phillipe Sleet

An exciting collaboration between theatre groups

Social media will be the focus of a new collaboration between Next Generation Youth Theatre and Luton theatre company How it Ended – thanks to a grant from the Arts Council and a little help from The Hat Factory.

The late singer Eva Cassidy

The haunting legacy of songbird Eva Cassidy in a tribute concert

If it hadn’t been for our own national treasure, Terry Wogan, the late Eva Cassidy would probably have been unknown in this country.

Travel: Jazz reaches the Finnish line

By Jamie Grierson, Press Association

Luton author Paul Adams (second from right)

London launch for Written in Blood

Luton ghost writer Paul Adams had a suitably spooky crowd at the launch of his latest book, Written in Blood – A Cultural History of the British Vampire.

Luke McQuillan, centre, with Popol (Paul Carpenter, left) and Kakehole (Kriss Freear)

Juggling to join the circus

Wearing a clown outfit his mum bought on Amazon and with his face painted Pierrot-style, 10-year-old Luke McQuillan will make his big top debut at Circus Wonderland this weekend.


Travel: Silver medal for holiday company

Hertfordshire travel company Ramblers Worldwide Holidays have been awarded The 50-Plus Show’s silver medal in the Best Adventure Travel Provider category at London’s Olympia.

A desert safari in Dubai. Picture: PA Photos.

Travel: Alternative Arabian nights

By Catherine Wylie (Press Association)

A desert safari in Dubai. Picture: PA Photos.

Matt Adcock says Boyhood is a heart-rending experience

Boyhood is something unique. A film that takes the everyday experiences of growing up and tracks one young man over 12 years, shooting scenes from each of his years from age six to 18.

One of the Circus Wonderland acts

It’s Circus Wonderland!

There’s a treat in store for all those who love the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd – Circus Wonderland is at Stockwood Park next week.

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A summer programme with lots for wannabe young thespians to do

Dunstable’s Grove Theatre is buzzing with young talent this year.

Dawn French.

Waterside has plenty of autumn treats in store

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has an Autumn season jam-packed with the best drama, musicals, comedy, live music and events for the whole family to enjoy.

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Numb3rs matter on stage at The Wheatie

On Friday evening The Numb3rs a lively five piece Indie and Rock covers band take to the stage at The Wheatsheaf, Leighton Buzzard.

The Lego Movie

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Lego Movie, Need For Speed, Beyond The Edge

Popular building toy Lego has featured in several small-scale DVDs, but now it’s been taken to a whole new level.

Dee Bailey (right) and Vicky Fagbayi of AHEAD

Day of ‘Tribute for Elders’

The courage and fortitude of Luton’s original African Caribbean community is to be recognised next month at a special event at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts.

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Sounds of Nashville from The Shires country duo

A country music duo is making waves on the music scene.

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Kinky Friedman,”Lasso From El Paso” (Floating World FLOATM 6207)­ Singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman was working as a member of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue when he recorded the eclectic “Lasso From El Paso” in 1976. This gave the eccentric Texan a rare opportunity to rope in rock luminaries such as T­Bone Burnett, Roger McGuinn and Mick Ronsonto underpin his mildly whimsical musings on the human condition and he certainly made the most of his good fortune, although the venture wasn’t a great commercial success and Friedman is better known these days as a writer of detective and mystery novels.”The Ballad of Ira Hayes”and a live rendition of Kinky’s classic “Sold American” are the best of the bunch.

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A mindblowing evening ahead

An evening of Mystery- Mind-reading, Magic &Mayhem is heading yto Slapton village hall on Friday.

Scarlett Johansson in Under The Skin

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Under The Skin, Escape From Planet Earth, Gimme Shelter

Scarlett Johansson is truly mesmerising as an alien taking on the form of a dead womand seducing local men in Scotland in UNDER THE SKIN (15: Studio Canal).

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Gardens go on show

A selection of gardens will be open around the Aspley Guise village on Sunday 13 July from 12.30pm-5.30pm, giving the chance to re-visit at a different time some that were open in May as well as other gardens now in full bloom for Summer.

Melissa McCarthy in Tammy

Alan Dee’s film preview: Melissa hits the road with gran in tow

Brace yourselves, there’s another blockbuster Transformers movie out next week.

Luton cult band Mantrata

Mantrata to play at festival on their High Town doorstep

Cult band Mantrata will be performing this Saturday as part of the High Town Festival.

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Pack up a picnic for a great night at Abbey

It’s a packed summer for theatregoers at Woburn Abbey and Gardens with a full programme of events and activities on offer.

Laura Hobson and David Lloyd who formed Next Generation Youth Theatre

The young people who are creating original works for the theatre

Meet the husband and wife team dedicated to giving young people a chance to shine in the performing arts.

Rhythm Junkies at Phoenix Starr Academy of Dance

Young dancers for England

Three youngsters from Luton Phoenix Starr Academy of Dance will represent England at the European and World Street Dance championships in September.

Jon Favreau chalks up the daily specials in Chef

Matt Adcock’s film review: Chef is a tasty little morsel with a nourishing message

“I get to touch people’s lives with what I do and I love it and I want to share this with you.”

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John Lee Hooker,” Cook With The Hook” (SALVO SVX 030)­ This absorbing audio­visual treat extends over three discs, serving up the cream of John Lee Hooker’s musicaloutput between 1948 and 1961 alongside a DVD featuring the great man’s performance at arather curious festival held in an active landfill site in Massachusetts in July 1974. Mississippiborn Hooker’s intense and mesemeric approach to music­making influenced a whole host ofaspiring young bluesmen on both sides of the Atlantic during their formative years and many ofhis finest creations are given an airing here,including “Boom Boom,” “Crawlin’ King Snake,” andhis first hit single,”Boogie Chillen.The Pretty Things,”Live at the 100 Club” (LMS 001 LP)­ This limited edition vinylP has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Pretty Things’uncompromising debut album. Founder members Dick Taylor and Phil May and their recentlyrecruited sidekicks set up shop in London’s 100 Club four years ago to record a new live versionof their first long­player, with their energised renditions of dusty old crowd­pleasers such as“Honey,I Need,” “13,Chester Street” and Bo Diddley’s”Pretty Thing” providing an object lesson inthe art of growing old disgracefully.

Bradley Walsh is to star in Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre

Bradley’s back in Peter Pan

Top television star Bradley Walsh is taking a break from Law & Order UK and The Chase to star in Peter Pan, this year’s pantomime at Milton Keynes Theatre.

A hilarious scene from the stage production of Rising Damp

Get ready to laugh out loud as Rising Damp comes to the Grove

Add some chuckles to your summer next month with the stage version of Rising Damp, the superb television sitcom that had the nation rocking with mirth.

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Writer who reads the Bible and drinks Bloody Marys

Author Deanna Maclaren has the happy knack of picking up on current news events as themes for future novels.

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Don’t miss the Hightown Festival

SUMMER is here to stay as the second annual Hightown Festival comes to Luton.

A view of the harbour in Bardolino on Lake Garda. Picture: PA Photo.

Travel: Riding high in Lake Garda

By Celia Paul, Press Association

Rebecca Eastwick, Keech Hospice manager for fundraising, is presented with a cheque for the money raised at the Luton Fashion show, the cheque was presented by students, Amreen Taj and Salma Shah, fashion tutor Aneesa Kiani, her nephew Aahil Kiani and her father Mr Aurangzeb Kiani

Hundreds raised for Keech at show

Central Bedfordshire College helped to raise hundreds for Keech Hospice Care at the Luton Fashion Show on Wednesday, June 18.

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Young musicians tuning up

The town’s young musicians are fine tuning their performances for the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham next month.

Jon Favreau stars in Chef

Alan Dee’s film preview: Chef is a streetfood snack, Walking On Sunshine is a cheery cocktail video

Everyone loves cooking shows – Masterchef, Come Dine With Me, Ready Steady Cook. So why not a cooking movie?

Luton author Paul Adams

London launch for vampire book

The history of British vampires – Written in Blood, by Luton uathor Paul Adams (right) – is to be launched in London next month at the King and Queen pub in Fitzrovia.

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