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Edele Lynch and Sam Sloane are appearing in The Pirates of Treasure Island at Dunstable's Grove Theatre in April

Pirates ahoy! at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre

Ahoy, me hearties! Get set for a spectacular Easter treat as The Pirates of Treasure Island prepare to invade Dunstable’s Grove Theatre.

Nightcrawler

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Nightcrawler, The Imitation Game, The Hundred-Foot Journey

A cynical petty crook is inspired when he sees a freelance camera crew and decides to go into business filming crime scenes and accidents in NIGHTCRAWLER (15: Entertainment One).

Paul Carrack

March-ing into Spring with one night shows

The weather is improving, the days are growing longer and there’s a terrific range of entertaining shows coming up at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Community news

Turn old clothes into art

The council’s GreenUp team are working with Ragged Life, a local craft organisation, to help residents turn unwanted fabric and clothes into handmade home ware, fashion and art.

Community news

Turning car art upside down video

A Vauxhall Corsa as you’ve never seen it before has been delighting the crowds at London’s Southbank Centre.

Blackhat

Matt Adcock at the cinema: Blackhat review

Hackers, eh? A very current threat, writes Matt Adcock.

Review by Judi Moore

Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Gaz Coombes, “Matador” (Hot Fruit Recordings)­ Gaz Coombes’ songwriting has certainly grown in depth and maturity since he first entered the public’s consciousness twenty years ago as the bewhiskered frontman of infectious Britpop combo Supergrass. “Matador” is the second Coombes solo album to see the light of day since his former outfit’s sad demise in 2010 and this home produced effort is certainly an impressive piece of work, with the multi­talented musician creating the bulk of the instrumental backdrop for fine tracks such as “The Girl Who Fell To Earth,” “The English Ruse” and the epic “To The Wire.”

Phill Jupitus plays Franz Liebkind   in The Producers at MK Theatre in March

‘Franz is not the full ticket’

Comedian, performance poet and BBC 2 quiz captain Phill Jupitus, 52, is a man of many parts.

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Faye Tozer is Christina Black in 69 Shades of Black

Our Faye is saucy and sassy in 69 Shades of Black

Who needs Fify Shades of Grey when we have our very own Faye Tozer starring in 69 Shades of Black at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre in May?

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Mr Turner

Geoff Cox’s DVD reviews: Mr Turner; This Is Where I Leave You; Serena; Love, Rosie

Mike Leigh’s biopic of British artist J.M.W. Turner is a beautifully drawn portrait and some might even consider it his best film to date.

Sam Darlaston

Graduate loves his new role at KISS

A University of Bedfordshire graduate has won the opportunity to become the next presenter on KISS FM and KISS TV.

Ollie Nicholls of Oxford University's a capella group Out of the Blue

A holiday high note for Ollie

Passengers on a recent flight to Malta were treated to an impromptu performance from Oxford University’s a capella group Out of the Blue.

The winning design

Launch of network for art teachers

The University of Bedfordshire has launched a network for art teachers, allowing them to collaborate with colleagues and use the state-of-the-art facilities at the School of Art and Design.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Matt Adcock at the cinema: Fifty Shades Of Grey review

The worldwide mass selling, morally vapid cultural phenomenon about a messed up abusive relationship makes the jump from ropey novel to money-spinning movie.

Bramingham Primary School pupils awarded by the Mayor for their success in the craft competition

Pupils creativity awarded

Pupils from Bramingham Primary School Craft Club were presented with vouchers from the Mayor of Luton, for their winning entries in a craft competition.

Bramingham Primary School pupils awarded by the Mayor for their success in the craft competition

Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

The Unthanks, “Mount The Air” (RabbleRouser Music)­ Rachel and Becky Unthank may be loosely pigeonholed as folk performers but the Northumbrian duo’s work is blessed with a freshness and originality which should appeal to music lovers of all persuasions. “Mount The Air” was penned by Rachel’s husband, producer and pianist Adrian McNally, drawing inspiration from a book of traditional Dorset songs which sister Becky found in Cecil Sharp House. The epic and expansive title track is the crowning glory of a typically innovative set which also features beguiling gems such as “Died For Love,” “Magpie” and the strangely sinister “Flutter.”

Fury crew

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Fury, Effie Gray, The Calling, Annabelle

Brad Pitt is on towering form in heart-pounding drama FURY (15: Sony) about the crew of a tank rolling through Germany in the brutal dying days of the Second World War.

NGYT member Sam Edmunds, 19, in The Butterfly Catcher

Brighton beckons for NGYT

It’s exciting times for Luton’s innovative Next Generation Youth Theatre.

Become a Home Front Hero at Wrest Park at half term

Become a Home Front Hero at Soldiers School

Perfect for parents with children looking for fun this February half term, Wrest Park is inviting young recruits to train in its spectacular historic grounds.

Jupiter Ascending

Matt Adcock at the cinema: Jupiter Ascending review

Dear earthling reader, you probably don’t realise this but your whole existence is due to wealthy aliens who are ‘farming’ us in order to use our bodies as the ingredients for a valuable life-bestowing elixir, writes Matt Adcock.

Review by Judi Moore

Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Belle and Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance” (Matador Records)­ The eagerly anticipated new album from Stuart Murdoch’s beguiling indie pop outfit was apparently influenced by their recent exposure to the delights of vintage Detroit techno and the collected works of disco supremo Giorgio Moroder. The Glasgow group’s ninth studio album was recorded at Maze Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, marrying their wistful songwriting sensibilities to some exhilarating dance rhythms on stand­out tracks such as “Enter Sylvia Plath” and “Play For Today” as they deliver their most vivid and outgoing offering to date.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Book Of Life, The Babadook

It’s half term next week so not surprisingly DVD distributors have scheduled their new releases with young audiences in mind. First up is the awesome foursome’s return in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (12: Paramount).

Comedienne Gina Yashere will be at Luton Library Theatre on March 7

The engineer who swapped lifts for laughs

You wouldn’t think anyone who qualified as a lift engineer would make much headway on the comedy circuit.

Charity.

Fundraiser for Families United Network

Families United Network (FUN), a charity that supports families living with disabilities, is holding an evening of Clairvoyance on Sunday, February 22.

Charity.

Muslim comedy screening a hit

Tickets have already sold out for the screening of a hotly-anticipated Muslim comedy film in Luton next week.

Sarah Burgess hopes to attend the specialist conference

Luton music event to raise money

Friends of a woman who has a rare genetic condition are organising a fundraiser to help her travel to a specialist conference in the USA.

Tina's school of Dance is holding auditions for a world record attempt

Auditions for world record attempt

Tina’s School of Dance will be holding auditions for a world record attempt on Tuesday, February 17.

Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice

Matt Adcock at the cinema: Inherent Vice review

Welcome to Inherent Vice, an insanely over-the-top thrill ride trip that takes Thomas Pynchon’s head spin of a novel and writes it larger than life on the big screen thanks to the full creative genius of director Paul Thomas Anderson, writes Matt Adcock.

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Students’ film shown world-wide

An award-winning film by a pair of University of Bedfordshire postgraduates will feature at over 20 festivals this year.

Review by Judi Moore

Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Albert King, “Live in the ‘70s” (Floating World)­ “Live in the ‘70s” captures electric bluesman Albert King in his natural element, revisiting the cream of his sizeable back catalogue inperformances recorded at a variety of venues in the U.S.of A. between 1971 and 1978.

Edward Scissorhands, directed by Matthew Bourne

The new Bourne Identity

Seeing Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for the first time when he was 12 encouraged dancer Tim Hodges to follow a career on the stage.

Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber are appearing at The Stables on February 22

A last chance to see cello maestro Lloyd Webber?

Legendary classical musician Julian Lloyd Webber and his wife, fellow cellist Jiaxin, are visiting The Stables in Milton Keynes next month on what could very well be his farewell tour.

All hail the ale!

Raise a glass to glorious real ale at Luton Beer & Cider Festival

Organisers of the 32nd Luton Beer & Cider Festival are hoping to beat last year’s figure of 2,000 visitors when this year’s event brings barrels of community fun to High Town.

The Maze Runner

Geoff Cox’s DVD reviews: The Maze Runner, The Best Of Me, Enemy, If I Stay

Just like The Hunger Games, THE MAZE RUNNER (12: Twentieth Century Fox) ticks all the right boxes for teenagers raised on a steady diet of reality game shows who might also wonder what life would be like without high-speed global communications.

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