What’s on where around Luton: listings, October 14 edition

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Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Luton over the coming week. Please email editorial@lutonnews.co.uk with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14

Adults with learning difficulties arts and craft sessions. Every Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 1pm at Arttrend, Arundel Road, Luton. Social and creative activity for adults with learning difficulties, engaging in all types of art and craft work such as painting in acrylics, papier mache, salt dough, cross stitch, rug making etc. Please see the website www.arttrend.co.uk and go to Art ALD, then see the gallery of work already done.

Tel 07794 987796 if you would like more details. 10.30am to 12.30pm Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm Saturdays – but can come and go at any time. £6 per session including materials and refreshments.

01908 280800 and via www.stables.org.

Luton Irish Forum holds a weekly Tuesday and Wednesday Club from 11am - 1.30pm at 102 Hitchin Road, Luton LU2 0ES.

This is a great chance to meet old friends and make some new ones. Refreshments are all included along with soda bread, scones with jam and monthly chicken and chips. Entry costs £1, plus optional £3 for two games of bingo and a raffle.

The Wednesday Club holds a monthly tea dance, quiz, weekly dominos, cards and needle craft. Tel: 01582 720447

THURSDAY OCTOBER 15

Keep fit - for the more mature. Luton Irish Forum’s Keep Fit Class meets at 102 Hitchin Road Luton LU2 0ES Thursdays from 10am to 11am. The class is ideal for anyone who wants to get active and it’s great fun too at £2 a session. Tel: 01582 720447.

Barnstomers Comedy returns to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable from 8pm. Freewheeling compere Kevin Precious will be on hand to oversee the proceedings, wioth the line-up comprising the “acerbically amiable” John Ryan, the “effortlessly affable” Quincy and the “endearingly irritable” Pierre Hollins.

Tickets cost £12.50 in advance or £15 on the door.

Call 01582 60 20 80 to book.

Sleeping Beauty will be presented by English Youth Ballet at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

The ballet will star international principal dancers Amy Drew, Adele Robbins, Monica Tapiador, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic, Oliver Speers and Steven Wheeler. All the soloist and corps de ballet roles in the production will be performed by 100 of the finest dancers (aged eight to 18) from Herts & Bucks.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office on 01438 363200 or online www.gordon-craig.co.uk

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16

Luton Irish Forum’s Baby and Toddler group meets at 102 Hitchin Road Luton LU2 0ES every Friday from 9.30am to 11am during term time. Recommended a donation of £1 per adult and 50p per child.

A drink and a healthy snack is provided for your child(ren) around the middle of the session. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for the adults throughout the morning. Telephone 01582 720447

Sleeping Beauty will be presented by English Youth Ballet at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

The ballet will star international principal dancers Amy Drew, Adele Robbins, Monica Tapiador, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic, Oliver Speers and Steven Wheeler. All the soloist and corps de ballet roles in the production will be performed by 100 of the finest dancers (aged eight to 18) from Herts & Bucks.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office 01438 363200 or online www.gordon-craig.co.uk

Jenny Eclair presents A Guide To Being A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane) at Harpenden Public Halls at 8pm.

Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry - or buy a dachshund.

Watch Jenny lob a few grenades back in the face of ageism. Call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk for tickets.

Glam rock greats, disco hits, power ballads and party anthems revive the golden age of pop with Solid Gold 70s at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 8pm. A “fab-tastic” night of hits from Sweet, T-Rex, Queen, Elton John, 10CC, David Essex, Suzi Quatro, David Cassidy, ELO, The Carpenters, Osmonds, Bay City Rollers and more. Tickets: £21.50.

Visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk or call 01582 60 20 80 to book.

The Future Libraries Festival at Flitwick Library kicks off at 7.30pm with Flitwick Comedy Night and the launch of the Flitwick Joke book – a collection of jokes sold to the artists by Flitwick residents for 10p a joke. Bedfordshire comics Simon Munnery, who will bring his ‘And Nothing But’ show hot from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Eamonn Flemming will be performing on the night. Tickets are free but booking is essential. Visit www.virtual-library.cultural

services.net for more information.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17

Sleeping Beauty will be presented by English Youth Ballet at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage. The ballet will star international principal dancers Amy Drew, Adele Robbins, Monica Tapiador, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic, Oliver Speers and Steven Wheeler. All the soloist and corps de ballet roles in the production will be performed by 100 of the finest dancers (aged eight to 18) from Herts & Bucks. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office 01438 363200 or online www.gordon-craig.co.uk

Big Girls Don’t Cry, featuring the Eastcoast Boys, celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 8pm. Tickets: £24.50. Visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk or call 01582 60 20 80 to book.

The Future Libraries Festival at Flitwick Library continues, with the library playing host to a language café from 9.30am to 11am with native speakers keen to share their language, and from 11.30am to 1pm local crime fiction author Adam Croft and And Publishing will be running a workshop on how to self-publish. In the afternoon, local groups will go head to head in the community challenge competition. The fun begins at 3pm. From 7pm the library will screen the Flitwick Skater Group’s Flitwick Skate Competition film as well as the cult skating film Dogtown and Z-Boys. Visit www.virtual-library.culturalservices.net for more information.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18

Russian State Ballet and Opera House are back at the Grove Theatre, Dunsbatle with a new vibrant, stunning and enchanting ballet production of The Nutcracker. Ticktes: £26. Visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk or call 01582 60 20 80 to book.

The Future Libraries Festival at Flitwick Library continues at a more relaxed pace with rest, relaxation and musical bingo as the theme of the day.

The weekend will culminate in a discussion and debate about the future for libraries.

Visit www.virtual-library.culturalservices.net for more information.

MON OCTOBER 19

Broadcast live from the English National Opera to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, The Barber of Seville is filled with fun and farce, following the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise the beautiful yet feisty Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo.

It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15. Visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk or call 01582 60 20 80 to book.

Music on Mondays concert: the Frith Piano Quartet with Christine Bunning, 7.30pm at Luton Library Theatre. This is the third of a series which celebrates the music of Beethoven and the Celtic nations.

This Welsh programme includes Beethoven’s Piano Quartet. Hitchin-based soprano and Luton Music Vice president Christine Bunning also performs Beethoven’s arrangements of Welsh folk songs. Tickets : adult £15 (inc seniors), registered students/unemployed/disabled £8, under-18 in education free.

Call 01582 878100 to book and see www.Lutonmusic.org.uk for more information.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 20

Luton Irish Forum’s Irish Classes for beginners are for those who have had little or no contact with the language previously. The classes will introduce the learner to simple conversation and familiarise them with basic aspects of Irish grammar on from 6pm to 7pm at 102 Hitchin Road, Luton. Tel: 01582 720447