Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Luton over the coming week. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.
WEDNESDAY JULY 15
Adults with learning difficulties art and craft sessions. Every Wednesday morning 10.30am to 12.30pm and Saturday morning 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 07794987796 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.
An unlikely love affair explodes into an inferno of devastation in La Traviata at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable. Catch the production as it is broadcast live from the English National Opera on at 7.15pm. La Traviata, translated as ‘The Fallen Women’, reaches into the heart of opera’s powerful themes of love and tragic death. Tickets are £15 with discounts available for Friends of the Grove Theatre and concessions. For more information or to book tickets, call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
THURSDAY JULY 16
Opening today at Wrest Park is a new pop-up exhibition telling the story of how Wrest Park was the first country house to take in convalescing soldiers during the First World War. The doors opened just two weeks after the Battle of Mons, the first major engagement of the war involving British troops, on 7 September 1914.
t later became a hospital in November 1914. In the drawing room of the house visitors can discover how Wrest Park and its grounds were put to use as a hospital during the First World War. There will be graphics and an audio-visual display telling the stories of the people who worked and convalesced there using historic photographs and vivid diary extracts.
The displays will show how the rooms would have looked and how they were used during that time. In all 1,600 men passed through the hospital’s wards. By 1916 it had a deserved reputation as the best country house base hospital. See next week’s Luton News for more.
Flamenco rhythms, traditional Spanish and Cuban folksongs are interwoven to evoke the soul of the Iberian peninsula with Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents featuring Emily Dankworth and Jesus Olmedo at The Stables, Wavendon at 8pm. With compositions by Dizzy Gillespie, Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea and Vicente Amigo, the show will feature the beautiful voice of Emily Dankworth, the powerful flamenco dancing of Jesus Olmedo and the award-winning bass playing of Alec Dankworth. Tickets cost £16. Call 01908 280800 or see www.stables.org
FRIDAY JULY 17
Join the Basement Gaming Club at The Hat Factory, Luton for a new fantasy games night, to be held every Friday on the second floor of The Hat Factory. A variety of gaming tables including Magic the Gathering, Games Workshop (40k, Bloodbowl, etc) and more.
Bring your own refreshments. If you would like to book a gaming table please contact email@example.com. There will be tournaments and leagues with prizes, so come along have fun and happy gaming. Age 18+. Entry £1.
Jackson Live sees the hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with a rendition of all the King of Pop’s best-loved hits at The Stables, Wavendon. He is joined on stage by his band and dancers who work their way through all the hits. He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! Jackson Live features live vocals and music, fabulous costumes and, of course, all the signature dance moves. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £21. Call 01908 280800 or see www.stables.org
Barnstormers Comedy presents a double bill at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable from 8pm. It features Kevin Precious and Mary Bourke. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12.50 on the door. Call 01582 60 20 80.
Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra come to The Stables, Wavendon at 8.45pm. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra play their own brand of Western swing, blues, gypsy jazz and country, or North Eastern Swin’ as they’ve memorably coined it. Drawing on an eclectic range of styles and influenced by early 20th-century American music, with the addition of razor-sharp solos, irresistible arrangements and an expanding repertoire of original material, their music harks back to a golden age while staying perfectly modern. Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door. Call 01908 280800 or see www.stables.org
SATURDAY JULY 18
Shamima’s Mehendi Workshop every Saturday 1pm to 3pm. Learn how to create your own beautiful mehendi style artwork in acrylics on various surfaces such as card, canvases, boxes, phone covers. www.shamimasmehendi.webs.com
The Bricklayers Arms in Hitchin hosts entertainment kicking off at noon. Local favourites such as Kev Maher, G La Roche, Fire and Rain and Mikey King will be performing on the day – and will be joined by many more. It’s organised by Rhythms of the World. See www.rotw.org.uk. More on page 25.
The Strawbs were one of the biggest folk/rock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with a string of well-known hit albums and singles including Lay Down and Part of the Union, which reached Number Two in the charts in 1973. They’re putting on a performance spanning their entire musical career at The Stables, Wavendon. The concert will start off with Strawbs acoustic while the final set sees The Strawbs ‘full-on’ electric. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £18.50. Call 01908 280800 or see www.stables.org
Act Around in Bute Street, Luton hosts a production of Puss In Boots at 6pm. The groups assists children and adults with confidence-building and stage and theatre performance. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children. Call 01582 510 459 or visit www.actaround.co.uk to book.
Aunty Donna’s Edinburgh Festival preview comes to The Stables, Wavendon at 8.45pm. Aussie Edinburgh favourites Aunty Donna return to the UK with a new show, described as “unique, tight,fresh, filthy but best of all just flat out, laugh ‘til your face hurts funny”. Expect 60 minutes of pure sketch comedy that transports you into the warped world that is Aunty Donna – turning the ridiculous into the sublime.
May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+. Tickets: £10. Call 01908 280800 or see www.stables.org
SUNDAY JULY 19
Act Around in Bute Street, Luton hosts a production of Puss In Boots at 4pm. The groups assists children and adults with confidence-building and stage and theatre performance. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children. Call 01582 510 459 or visit www.actaround.co.uk to book.
WEDNESDAY JULY 22
Oozing with and squirming with tension, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of The Merchant of Venice is broadcast to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable at 7pm. Tickets are £15 with discounts available. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.