Here's your guide to what's on where around Luton and Dunstable. Please send details of your events to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before they take place. Thank you.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22
The Omnibus Society (Herts & Beds Group) meets in Challney High School for Boys, Stoneygate Road, Luton, in the Green Room at 7.30pm. All interested in road passenger transport are welcome to attend. Call 01582-574903 for more information.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23
Connors Café Bar plays host to the Hat Factory Pub Quiz at 7pm. The quiz features a special productions presented by Middle Child Theatre, mixing up the quiz format with lots of laughs and many more surprises in store! Up to six people are allowed in each team, with a charge of £1 per head with no need to book. The winning team will walk away with The Hat Factory Pub Quiz trophy and the cash pot. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.lutonculture.com to book.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24
Hardcore punk band Anti-Nowhere League promise an evening of musical mayhem at the Hat Factory in Luton. The band set out on the road in 1980 to prove they could be the worst band on earth as loud, violent, and obnoxious guys with one mission: to get banned from as many TV show, radio station and newspapers as possible. Claiming to be hated by the general public as well as ‘real’ musicians, and with numerous encounters with the authorities, they have continued to play and release new material away from the public eye. Tickets cost £13. Visit www.lutonculture.com or call 01582 878100 to book.
The Cliff Brown Band play at the Bear Club in Luton from 8.30pm. Cliff Brown promises a night of blues, mainly hailing from the Texas and Chicago styles, with a bit of JJ Cale and Hendrix thrown in. Luke Palmer (Selector) plays bass and Chris Hilliard the drums. Full-price admission costs £5. Visit www.the-bear.club for details.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25
Zest Theatre presents Thrive at the Hat Factory at 6pm. Developed in association with psychologists, the play tells of three young people thrown together by a sudden death and find themselves wrestling with the emotional consequences. A Spoken Word competition precedes the performance. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.lutonculture.com to book.
Luton Male Voice Choir and their guests the Bushmead Singers present a concert in aid of Cancer Research at Christchurch Bushmead, Hancock Drive, Luton LU2 7SF at 7.15pm. Tickets £8 each, payable on the door. Call 07752 843160 or email email@example.com for more information.
Denmark Street Big Band featuring BB Kean perform at the Bear Club in Luton. Musical director and band leader Paul Burch has hand-picked musicians with impeccable reputations and experience, having performed with some of the biggest names in the music business and in many West End musicals. The music starts at 8.30pm. Full-price admission costs £10. Visit www.the-bear.club for details.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 27
The Music on Mondays series returns to Luton Library Theatre at 7.30pm with a programme including Milhaud’s ballet score La création du monde played by Counterpoise, an ensemble of trumpet, saxophone, violin and piano. Accompanied by film, they also perform two world premières by Jean Hasse, work by local keyboard virtuoso Iain Farrington and transcriptions of three songs by Erik Satie. Call 01582 878100 to book or buy tickets on the concert door.
THURSDAY MARCH 2
Dizzy’s Got Talent on World Book Day at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable from 10am. The King is running out of money and Princess Petula doesn’t know what to do. Can Dizzy the Dragon save the day by putting on a story telling contest? Be prepared to hear some of your favourite fairy tales like you’ve never heard them before. Featuring original songs, silly gags, a few surprises and all the usual hilarity that ensues with Payne and Pearce around. A prize will be given to the two best dressed World Book Day characters. It starts at 10am. Tickets: £2.50. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for more details.
Hailed for its beauty, 201 Dance Company’s Smother comes to The Hat Factory. Taking hip hop to new places, Smother is a striking dystopian fairytale. Touching on themes of addiction, obsession, and the amplified feelings of love, Smother tells the raw story of two men’s broken encounter. The show takes place at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 or £8 for concessions. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.lutonculture.com to book.
FRIDAY MARCH 3
Bilal Zafar will bring his hilarious new show Cakes to the Hat Factory in Luton at 8pm. Bilal tells how his innocent Twitter handle @zafarcakes became a focal point for the misguided rage of the global far right when it was mistaken for the account of a non-existent Muslim-only bakery in Bristol. Tickets £10. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.lutonculture.com to book.
Live at the Grove returns to the Grove Theatre in Dunstable with an evening of stand-up comedy featuring five comedians. It starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £15. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for more details.
SATURDAY MARCH 4
Leading rock’n’roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns to the grove Theatre in Dunstable. It features a line-up of classic hits, spanning the ‘50s through to the ‘70s and ‘80s, mixed with comedy. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £25.50. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for more details.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 8
Sing-a-long-a Grease comes to the Grove Theatre in Dunstable at 7.30pm with a special sing-along screening of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The evening begins with a vocal warm-up and teaching of dance routines by the host, before the audience can sit back, relax and enjoy the story of Danny and Sandy and the gang, whilst singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation is essential. The film is rated 12A. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for children. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for more details.
THURSDAY MARCH 9
Starring West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti (Let It Be) as Paul McCartney; Macca: The Concert is a celebration of the life and music of a legend. The concert features state of the art video projection and all of McCartney’s best loved hits, as well as a selection of Beatles favourites. It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £24. Call 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for more details.
FRIDAY MARCH 10
The We Love the ‘90s film festival continues at the Hat Factory in Luton with a screening of the 1996 cult favourite Trainspotting at 7.30pm. Tickets £5. Call 01582 878100 or visit www.lutonculture.com to book.