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Mon 23 – Sun 29 April

Claire Martin & Liane Carroll, The Maltings, St Albans, Tues 24 April

Photo: Lisa Wormsley

I’ve got tickets for this and I can’t wait. Herts Jazz Club has recently moved from Welwyn Garden City to a new home at The Maltings, St Albans. On Tuesday, singer Claire Martin and singer and pianist Liane Carroll will be performing together and it’s very exciting indeed. At the time of writing there is a handful of tickets still up for grabs. Hurry, hurry!  7.30pm.

Claire Martin & Liane Carroll

 

Candoco, Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, Thurs 26 April

Candoco Dance Company presents a dramatic and powerful new double bill at Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre. Visual artist Hetain Patel’s Let’s Talk About Dis returns to challenge notions of identity and appearances, while Yasmeen Godder’s Face In is a sensual and disturbing ode to intimacy and imagination, where images are interwoven with daring and uninhibited dance.The company of disabled and non-disabled dancers creates excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability. 7.30pm.

 

Ampthill Literary Festival, Sat 28 April

This looks good and necessitates a trip over the border to Beds. Chocolat’s Joanne Harris is doing her unique #Storytime. According to Joanne Harris, this is a kind of musical storytelling show combining original music, songs and stories as part of an exploration of different forms of narrative. Basically, Jackanory, with drums. John Suchet is also making an appearance. And the wonderful Berko novelist Rowan Coleman is  talking to Nancy Stevens, and will be sharing the stage with local author Ruth Hogan. Ruth’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things has been a whirlwind success since its appearance on the Richard and Judy Book Club. In the morning there is a fringe event for children aged 3-8 when Four Little Hens author, Heather Trefusis, will entertain the children with stories about her four rescue hens. Ampthill Parkside Hall, Woburn Road, Ampthill, MK45 2HX

Ampthill Lit Fest

 

Twists and Turns, Dickens’ Museum, Sun 29 April

This event is with the brilliant Ben’s City Tours. Follow in Dickens’s footsteps as he wandered the streets near his home, seeing places and hearing about people and events that inspired him to write Oliver Twist. Walk the streets which once housed some of the worst slums in London and see where Dickens set Fagin’s den of thieves. The tour starts at the Charles Dickens Museum. Approx 90 minutes. 11am.

Twists and Turns

 

Pulp Fiction, Natural History Museum, Tring, Sat 28 April

​A film where undoubtedly some people in the audience will be calling out lines, or at least whispering them ahead of the actors. This well-known and well-loved classic will be screening in the temple of taxidermy, the Natural History Museum in Tring. 8.30pm.

Pulp Fiction

 

The War of the Worlds, Old Town Hall, Hemel, Weds 25 April

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new adaptation as they use musical instruments, puppetry and, erm, enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting-machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale. 8pm.

The War of the Worlds

 

Classic Car Boot Sale, Granary Square, Kings Cross, Sat 28- Sun 29 April

Classic cars, vintage fashion, vinyl, street food and music. Vintage treasures and lots of style in the shadow of Central Saint Martins. 10am-6pm.

Classic Car Boot Sale

 

Out of the Block: Henry Moore’s Carvings, Henry Moore Studios & Garden – until October

One of my favourite places in Herts is now open for the summer season. There’s a wonderful new exhibition celebrating Moore’s carvings but you’ve also got wonderful gardens, sculptures galore, spring lambs running around bronzes, a fab new cafe, and you can also visit Henry Moore’s house. An inspiring day out for all.

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

 

Beatriz Milhazes, White Cube Bermondsey, until 1 July

Beatriz Milhazes, White Cube Bermondsey

Ooo! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.

Beatriz Milhazes, White Cube. SE1

 

Book for: Vamos, A Brave Face, Hertford Theatre, Tues 1 May

What’s going on here? Well, Vamos Theatre is a full mask company, the best in the UK. It takes on challenging themes, using mask skills to create engaging storytelling and emotional insight. Vamos guides audiences across borders and boundaries, and in A Brave Face, the location is Afghanistan and the story is about Ryan, a soldier, and his young sister. The subject is Post-Traumatic Stress. Ages 12+. 7.45pm.

A Brave Face

 

Book for: Geronimo, Knebworth House, Sat 30 June & Sun 1 July

Geronimo is the ultimate family festival that’s known as ‘Glasto for Kids’. Now in its 4th year, Geronimo will continue to celebrate its success at Arley Hall in Cheshire, but it’s venturing further afield, and has chosen a new field, or rather parkland, at Knebworth House. On the main stage you can expect to see Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom among other talented and friendly faces. Delights on the ground include activities with two circuses, a Victorian fun fair, den building, zip wires, family crafts, a gaming bus, willow weaving and more. Once you’ve bought a ticket, most of the activities are free, and a day ticket (£25) includes entrance to the Dino Trail at Knebworth House.

Geronimo

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