What’s on where around Luton: listings, September 30 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 SEPTEMBER 30

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.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 1

Fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Nina Conti is bringing her new show to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, at 7.30pm. And in a spectacular feat of ventriloquism, it will be entirely improvised. Nina has won a British Comedy Award, performed on Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, and Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without even moving her lips. Tickets cost £20. Visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk or call 01582 602080 for more information or to book tickets. The show is suitable for ages 16 and over.

Luton-based alt-prog rockers Exit Black support platinum-selling UK act The Pigeon Detectives at a special one-off show at The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield. The opportunity for Exit Black to play with the well-established indie rockers is due to Forum Hertfordshire’s Hatfield Rocks concept, which supports the best in unsigned and undiscovered new music. Also joining The Pigeon Detectives on the night are Franklin – one of Hertfordshire’s most promising unsigned bands. Likened to Foals, Alt-J and Ben Howard, their fans will be delighted at the chance to see these local heroes elevated to the Forum Hertfordshire’s main stage. Advance tickets cost £10. Visit www.forumhertfordshire.co.uk to book.

After numerous sell out tours and best-selling DVDs, the star of ITV’s Take Me Out will return to his performing roots at the Watford Colosseum, with his first stand-up comedy tour since 2011, Daddy McGuinness. Tickets start at £17.50. Age limit 15+. Visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk for more information and to book online 24 hours a day. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 0845 075 3993.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 2

Medium Sally Morgan will be demonstrating her skills at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. The former housewife from the suburbs has become a global hit, having performed in front of a combined audience of over 750,000 people in hundreds of venues. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £24 plus fees. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for more information.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3

Politically-charged music and words will ring out in Luton as artists unite for We Shall Overcome. The event takes place at the Castle Tavern in Castle Street, starting at midday and continuing to around midnight. All the bands, poets, comedians and speakers on the bill are from Luton or the surrounding area. Admission to the gig will be granted in exchange for food for the food bank, but cash donations to the Mary Seacole Housing Association for young homeless people will also be accepted. Visit www.facebook.com/events/603891123087444.

Dunstable’s Cubes Nightclub returns for one night in the original building with its original DJ from 8pm until 2.30am. Visit https://www.facebook.com/cubesthereunion for details.

Packed full of circus, puppets, dance, music and magic; Dr Longitude and his crew of mysterious misfits aim to entertain all the family with a caravan of curiosities and even a cow that looks like Brian May in their Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie. They perform at Luton Library Theatre, Luton Central Library, from 2pm to 3pm. Tickets cost £8, £6 Culture Card, £24 family ticket and are available from www.lutonlibrarytheatre.com or the box office on 01582 878100.

MONDAY OCTOBER 5

From accountancy and alternative medicine to web development and writing skills, if you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of a subject, Luton Central Library is holding a series of one-off sessions to help. These sessions will enable you to register with Universal Class, an online learning tool where you can choose from hundreds of free public courses. Once registered you will be shown how to use the site and get the most out of your chosen course. You will need a library card number and an email address to register for the courses. If you don’t have either of these you can join at any Luton library, and get some basic assistance in setting up an email account. Sessions are free but booking is recommended. For details and to book, contact the library on 01582 547426 or email libraryinfo@lutonculture.com. Today’s session runs from 11am to 1pm.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 6

Dunstable Rep’s Little Theatre hosts Forbidden Broadway, an Off-Broadway cabaret-style revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway/West End musicals. Over the years it has also targeted famous musical theatre actors, writers, composers, directors, choreographers and producers. The show stars 12 of the best actors and actresses on the local Am Dram scene, changing in and out of costume at lightning speed as they sing songs such as Defying Subtlety, Into The Words, More Miserables, Rant, I Enjoy Being A Cat and many more.

Tickets cost £12 (plus booking fee). The show is presented by Dunstable Amateur Operatic Society. See www.ticketsource.co.uk/DAOS or call 0333 666 3366.

WEDNESDAYOCTOBER 7

Dunstable Rep’s Little Theatre hosts Forbidden Broadway, an Off-Broadway cabaret-style revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway/West End musicals. Tickets cost £12 (plus booking fee). The show is presented by Dunstable Amateur Operatic Society. See www.ticketsource.co.uk/DAOS or call 0333 666 3366.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 8

Dunstable Rep’s Little Theatre hosts Forbidden Broadway, an Off-Broadway cabaret-style revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway/West End musicals. Tickets cost £12 (plus booking fee). The show is presented by Dunstable Amateur Operatic Society. See www.ticketsource.co.uk/DAOS or call 0333 666 3366.

With a brand new set which reflects the stunning architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and Moorish influences, Watford Colosseum is transformed for a production of Carmen. It is the story of the bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder. The opera includes some of the most evocative and best-loved melodies in opera –The Habanera, The Seguidilla, The Flower Song, The Chanson Bohème and perhaps the best-known baritone aria of all The Toreador’s Song. It is brought to the stage by award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent. Tickets start at £24. www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk for more information and to book online 24 hours a day, or call 0845 075 3993.