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Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jan 2018

The Harpenden Gang Show, Harpenden Public Halls, Fri 12 – Sat 13 Jan

Harpenden is in the record books for having the longest running gang show in the country. Music, comedy and dance with the grand finale celebrating the traditional Gang Show anthem, On the Crest of a Wave. All of the performers are under 18, and include many grandchildren of former Harpenden Gang Show members. This tends to sell out so be quick!

Harpenden Gang Show  Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road AL5 1PD


Ernest Herbert Whydale, Royston Museum, Fri 12 – Sat 13 Jan

Royston Museum has an impressive collection of works by local artist E.H. Whydale, who, during his career, exhibited in galleries all over the country, including the Royal Academy. This exhibition charts Whydale’s life and career, and his close connections with Royston and its surrounding district. Admission free.

Royston Museum  5 Lower King Street, SG8 5AL


Helen Lack, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, opens Sat 13 Jan

Inspired by Jackson Pollock, Helen Lack is a local artist with a global reach. Some of the issues that Helen explores in her work include population, pollution, ocean bleaching and chaos in the universe. You can see her work in the Trestle gallery cafe from Saturday.

Helen Lack Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ


Parkrun, Panshanger, Sat 13 Jan

Well, it’s the time of year for having a go. I signed up for Parkrun years ago but have never made it to Panshanger Park. This is my year. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, my cousin goes to this, and loves it. If you’re looking for beautiful views to appreciate while you whizz around doing your 5k, this is the place. Even the very slowest are welcome (that’s what I’m telling myself). 9am.

Panshanger parkrun, Panshanger Park, Thieves Lane entrance, Hertford, SG14 2WN.


Lucinda Rogers, House of Illustration, Granary Square, Kings Cross – until 25 March

Illustrator Lucinda Rogers draws directly from life and is brilliant at capturing intimate details and broad views of cities around the world. In this exhibition, On Gentrification, she explores the relationship between old and new, focusing on East London’s 200-year-old Ridley Road Market and a new block of luxury flats soon to be unveiled.

Lucinda Rogers House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4BH


Gordon House, Curator’s Tour, Broadway Gallery, Sun 14 Jan

woman short auburn hair crossed arms painting purple black blue orange squares triangle white wall

I loved the Gordon House exhibition and will definitely be going again before it finishes at the end of Jan. Gordon House was a fine artist and commercial designer who lived in Letchworth and studied at Luton and St Albans art schools. He was part of the London 60s art scene. It’s an uplifting exhibition and full of colour. House also designed album covers including the Beatles’ White Album. This is a tour with curator Laura Dennis who is brilliant. Recommended. 2pm.

Broadway Gallery


Sculpture Trail, Uni of Herts, Mon 15 Jan and first Monday of the month until end Feb

The University of Hertfordshire has 500 artworks across its campuses. Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore’s assistant John Farnham and Andy Goldsworthy are just some of the artists whose work is displayed in Hatfield. Meet at reception at 1pm on the first Monday of every month until 28 Feb and enjoy a guided walk taking in the 12 outdoor sculptures on College Lane campus. There are two walks: 1k and 5k. Perfect if you work in the area and want to up your steps this month and next.

Guided sculpture walk University of Hertfordshire, College Lane campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB


Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Sadler’s Wells, London, now until Sat 27 Jan

Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.

Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Av, London EC1,


Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, now – 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


Modigliani, Tate Modern, now – 2 April 2018

Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.


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Blow-Up, Broadway Cinema, Thurs 18 Jan

Part of the swinging London scene at Broadway Gallery, there will be a screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow-Up at Broadway cinema. David Hemmings is a fashion photographer who captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park. 7.45pm.



84 Charing Cross Road, Barn Theatre, Fri 18 – 27 Jan

I loved this book and the film with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins is a classic. I can’t wait to see what the Barn Theatre does with the story and how it brings to life the story of a New York writer and a London antiquarian bookseller.

84 Charing Cross Road  Barn Theatre, Barn Close, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6ST.


Moroccan Saturday, Frithsden Vineyard, Sat 20 Jan

Frithsden Vineyard has created a fine programme of delights for 2018 with supper clubs galore. The first is Moroccan. Time for tagine.

Moroccan supper club  Frithsden Vineyard Hemel Hempstead HP1 3DD


International Organ Festival Concert, St Albans Cathedral, Sat 20 Jan

Listen and look up. It’s the Choir of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, directed by David Skinner. And it’s free! 5.30pm.

International Organ Festival Concert, St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, AL1 1BY


Chilean Supper Club, The White Hart, Welwyn, Thurs 25 Jan

This is the bar at the wonderful White Hart, but the supper clubs take place in the function room, the old courthouse. James Dowling from Wine2Trade will be leading the tasting of six Chilean wines and the chef will be rustling up three courses. I love this family run pub. There’s a wonderfully warm and welcoming atmosphere and the food is delicious.

Chilean Supper White Hart, 2 Prospect Place, Welwyn AL6 9EN


Jenny Eclair, Hertford Theatre, Fri 26 Jan

No need to introduce Jenny Eclair and you can probably imagine some of the topics in her live show. Aimed at an adult audience so you have been warned. Middle age under the microscope. 8pm.

Jenny Eclair Hertford Theatre, The Wash, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

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