What’s On: The Muddy Guide 22-29 Jan
There’s plenty going on in Herts and beyond this week — and here’s just a small selection for you to enjoy. Whether it’s getting your platforms out of an evening of ABBA, taking the time for a spot of self-improvement, or rummaging through vintage goodies, enjoy your week!
Vintage Fair, Hatfield House, 25 Jan, 10am
If you like a good old rummage for some vintage treasures, then the Vintage Fair this weekend in the Stable Yard at Hatfield House will be right up your street. The North London Vintage Market is venturing into Herts for the very first time — you’d normally have to head to Crouch End to see what they’ve got – and they have serious experience in putting these events on. Entrance and parking are free, leaving you more to spend on that beautiful whatever-it-is that you simply have to take home with you.
ABBA Mania, Watford Colosseum, 22 Jan, 8pm
It’s 40 years since ABBA won Eurovision, so if you remember it, then perhaps best not to admit it? If you still can’t get enough of all those oh-so-memorable songs, then squeeze into your flares and get down to ABBA Mania at the Watford Colosseum. It’s a spectacular tribute act that will have likely you tapping your platforms and singing your heart out. Surely you can’t resist ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme a Man After Midnight’? And I dare you to stay in your seat when ‘Dancing Queen’ comes on!
Burns Night, Hitchin Priory, 23 Jan
If you’re yearning to be north of the border this Burns Night, who would have thought that Hitchin could offer you the next best thing? Hitchin Priory are hosting a traditional Burns Night supper. There’s a four course meal – with the obligatory wee dram, a proper piper, and the traditional address to the haggis. After that, it gets a bit less traditional with a cabaret and the chance to dance the night away – and I’m not sure prosecco has always featured, but there’s a glass on arrival to enjoy. Sounds like a fun night, and the Priory is offering a deal on rooms that night, too, so you can simply stagger upstairs afterwards rather than all that tedious faffing about with taxis.
£47.50 per person, a table of 10 booking together gets half a bottle of wine each for free, £50 B&B for a double room, 01462 420500, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Big No: George Grosz Exhibition, Rhodes Gallery, Bishops Stortford, opens 24 Jan
Coming straight from the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery, this looks to be a fascinating exhibition of the work of George Grosz, one of the early 20th century’s greatest satirical artists and a co-founder of the Berlin Dada group. Grosz was a revolutionary who worked to satirise, often quite savagely, the injustices he saw around him, and he was both prosecuted for obscenity and had much of his early work was burned by the Nazis. The prints vary hugely – some are more like graffiti and some are complex and futuristic — and one is being shown outside Germany for the first time, having only recently been rediscovered. It’s received some high praise from the critics and while it might not cheer you up, it sounds like it will definitely make you think.
Marvellous Mummies, Museum of St Albans, 24 Jan, 2-5pm
Marvellous Mummies? Hoorah – finally the recognition they deserve! Oh, wait. Egyptian mummies. I see. Still, it sounds like a load of fun if you’ve got little ones who are into that sort of thing. This free family event at The Museum of St Albans is a chance to meet an Egyptian priest and see a demonstration of mummification (ewww).
Louise Onisha Claremont workshops, Tring, 24, 29 & 31 Jan
If you’re looking to do a little bit of work on your self – all those New Year’s resolutions won’t keep themselves, you know – then Louise Claremont has a couple of workshops coming up that might be just what you need. Choose from ‘Create‘ for chance to work on creating the life you want to be living (beach house and a pile of books for me, please!) or ‘Money Magnificence‘ (one to think about if your relationship with money could do with a little work, whether you have pots and pots of it or are digging around for spare change down the back of the sofa). Book soon, as they’re filling up fast. New you? Quite possibly.
Money Magnificence, 24 and 29 Jan
Create, 31 Jan
Nils Lofgren, Alban Arena, 26 Jan, 8pm
If you loved Bruce Springsteen and his E-Street Band, you’ll know that Nils Lofgren was integral to their sound and success, and he’s had a brilliant solo career since then. He’s playing at the Alban Arena this week — there’s no support act, but he will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta who appears to play just about everything, often all at once. Lofgren has been recording for more than 45 years now – so there’ll be plenty for him to choose from.
‘Teechers’ by John Godber, Radlett Centre, Radlett, 28 Jan, 8pm
John Godber’s classic school comedy ‘Teechers’ is coming to the Radlett Centre in the capable hands of the Blackeyed Theatre company. With just three actors taking on the more than twenty roles, timing is everything – and the reviews reckon they’ve got it spot on, with plenty of energy to boot. And yes, you’ve guessed it, more than one review has described it as coming “top of the class.” Lucky I’m much too classy to rely on cheap school-related puns. Full marks for me! Oh. Bother….