A University of Bedfordshire graduate has been selected for the Catlin Guide 2015, a book that profiles 40 of the UK’s most talented new artists.
Prepare to be blown away by Kingsman: The Secret Service, a total cinematic endorphin rush.
Shawn Phillips, “Faces” (Talking Elephant TECD 268) Legendary rock promoter once described Shawn Phillips as “the best kept secret in the music business,” and the inventive Texan singer-songwriter certainly didn’t go out of his way to court fame and fortune during his creative heyday in the early seventies. This 1972 album was one of Shawn’s more successful offerings, scraping into the lower reaches of the American album charts with its elaborately arranged fusion of rock,pop and classical forms underpinned by guest appearances from the likes of Steve Winwood and Crusaders’ pianist Joe Sample. “Anello (Where Are You)” and the beguiling bonus track “A Christmas Song” are particularly fine efforts.
If you’re worried about what to do with the kids at half term, don’t be – Full House Theatre and Luton Culture have got it sorted.
Crime thriller GONE GIRL (18: 20th Century Fox) doesn’t have many good things to say about the state of modern relationships, but it does provide an aborbing mystery.
American Sniper is a powerful autobiographical big screen account of Chris Kyle, who became a legend during his four Navy SEAL tours in Iraq where he was credited with over 160 kills, writes Matt Adcock.
One of Britain’s best-loved comedians has helped promote a Valentine’s Day event at Luton’s UK Centre for Carnival Arts.
Don’t look now but Luton’s Hat Factory is rapidly gaining a reputation in the capital for cutting edge productions
Never let it be said that Luton is a cultural backwater.
The kids are the real stars of comedy drama WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY (12: Lionsgate), which won’t come as a surprise if you’re a fan of the TV sitcom Outnumbered.
Once upon a time there was a poor Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) who wished for a child but find out that they have been cursed by a wicked Witch (Meryl Streep) and will never have children, writes Matt Adcock.
Jon Allen has a voice you don’t forget. Just ask Jools Holland, who demanded Jon appear on Later… after hearing him on the radio.
In 1997 a film about six jobless Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose took the world by storm and became one of the most successful British films ever made.
Technology has revolutionised our lives in all sorts of ways, from fitness to finance, from how we date to how we communicate.
Teen film fans have come to expect things to be more intense than in sci-fi adventure THE GIVER (12: Entertainment In Video).
The show that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and is now a smash West End hit will be at Milton Keynes Theatre for one night only on January 13.
Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are at their very best in psychological thriller BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (15: Studio Canal).
After a hugely successful tour last year, the Classic Rock Show is back to perform the Top 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time.
Back in the ’90s, the superhero of the hour was Birdman. Birdman was a massive box office smash, the franchise ran for three films and made Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) a major star.
Todd Rundgren,”At The BBC 19721982” (Esoteric ECLEC 42469) This wideranging anthology extends over three CDs and a DVD, drawing on all the radio and television recordings made by this multitalented performer and his gifted cohorts which still remain in the BBC archives. These include Rundgren and Utopia’s classic Radio One “In Concert” shows from 1975 and 1977 and the solo Todd’s complete Whistle Test special from 1982, showcasing everything from the pure pop of “I Saw The Light” and “Hello It’s Me” to progrock epics such as “Singring and the Glass Guitar” in the process.
That magical musical Jersey Boys – winner of a trio of top accolades – is rocking into Milton Keynes Theatre in February.
I’ve had a yen to go to China ever since I can remember.
The hugely popular Forties Family Festival will make a welcome return to Bletchley Park in 2015.
Wilko team members recently raised £236 for Great Ormond Street hospital Children’s Charity.