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The 2019 Muddy Stilettos Awards

24th April - 22nd May 2019

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This week, Fri 21 April – Thurs 27 April

It’s here already – are you ready? If you’re looking for a special little something this weekend and in the week to come, I might have the very thing for you. We’ve got theatre, cinema, gardens, lots of live music and more. Here we go…

Record Store Day, David’s, Sat 22 April

Record Store Day at David’s Music in Letchworth promises to be a blast. You do know about Record Store Day, don’t you? It’s celebrating its 10th anniversary tomorrow and is now a global event. Limited edition records are released and can only be bought in the indie shops taking part. It’s so popular that you’ll probably find yourself in a queue trying to get in, but the friendly David’s Music people will bring you tea and coffee while you wait. They’ll also hand out lists of the special releases. Goody bags to those who get there early! And, get this: DJ CitiXen will be spinning tunes followed by Winchester Collective. Live music kicks off at 1pm. Morganway (alt-country, beautiful harmonies), Graham Gouldman (legendary 10cc singer and songwriter will be performing a live acoustic set, followed by a signing at 3pm Pete Um (experimental, electronic songsmith and then at 4pm, Billy Doze (former David’s employee) will play beautifully-crafted psych tinged pop songs.

David’s Music, from 8am.

Record Store Day, Gatefold, Sat 22 April

Record Store Day comes to Hitchin! Gatefold is a great little place and worth a visit if you don’t know it. I recommend going to David’s AND Gatefold in one day. Live dangerously! Doors open at 8am, and there’ll be tons of stuff going on, including food by Cantina Carnitas. Here’s the list of what’s on offer. It’ll make your eyes boggle and your heart race. A couple of highlights for the older listener: Smiths’ demos, Bowie LP sets and 12″ singles from Prince.

Gatefold Records

I Capture the Castle, Watford Palace Theatre, until Sat 22 April

I promise this is the last time I’ll talk about I Capture the Castle! I actually went to see it again this week, I enjoyed it so much. It’s a stunning, new British musical based on Dodie Smith’s first novel. Wonderful music, great acting, fab set and an uplifting and fun production. Watford Palace Theatre, Clarendon Road. Matinee 2.30pm and evening 7.30pm.


Berko Beer Fest, Fri 21 and Sat 22 April

Local beer? Get in! Loads of good breweries setting out their stalls and offering tempting tasters. Tring Brewery, Mad Squirrel, Farr Brew and loads more. Berkhamsted Civic Centre. Comedy on Friday night, all day Saturday, 12pm-11pm. £5.

Berko Beer Fest

Waiting for God, Broadway, until Sat 22 April

Thrills and spills at Bayview Retirement Home. Nichola McAuliffe and Jeffrey Holland star in this new stage production of the classic BBC comedy series Waiting For God. This is the beginning of a national tour, so if you catch it in Letchworth you’re in at the start. Nominated for a BAFTA, Waiting For God was a TV hit in the 90s, and this all-new script is penned by the sitcom’s creator. Matinee 3pm, evening 7.30pm. 


Alswick Hall, National Open Garden Scheme, Sun 23 April

Look at this! You can visit this garden on Sunday and appreciate 5 acres of gorgeousness with a listed Tudor house and hog roast to boot. I’m there! Cakes, plant stall, general pottering about and buying of plants with all good intentions to sort your own garden when you get home. I did read advice somewhere recently that we should also all make time to sit and stare in our own gardens. £5. 12-4.30pm. Alswick Hall, Buntingford, SG9 OAA.

Alswick Hall Open Garden

Robin Lustig, David’s Bookshop, Tues 25 April

Robin Lustig is a broadcaster and journalist who has reported from every continent in the world except Antarctica. He’s in Letchworth on Tuesday to talk about his memoir Is Anything Happening? He’ll be talking about his life growing up as the child of refugees from Nazi Germany, and his spectacularly varied career working for Reuters, The Observer and the BBC. Tickets are £5, deductible against a copy of the £20 hardback. 7.30pm.


How to ice a cake, Sherry Hostler, Weds 26 April

Sherry Hostler has won gazillions of awards for her cakes. She does the lot, from naughty naked sponges for weddings to the silkiest, most flawless of satiny finishes. This is a demo class where Sherry will cover a cake using fondant and then stack tiers with appropriate cake-friendly scaffolding. After that, she’s promising wow factor decoration. Sherry has got a fab studio next to PE Mead in Wilstone. The class is suitable for all levels of icer-decorators. £25. 7-8.30pm. Unit 3, PE Mead Farm Shop, Wilstone Green, HP23 4NT

Clare Mackintosh, Chorleywood Library, Thurs 27 April

Clare Mackintosh is one scary, talented author. I’ve just finished her new book, I See You, and as I write she’s on her way to Herts to talk about it (before heading off to Barcelona to continue her book tour). Clare used to be in the police, CID if you don’t mind, but is now a full-time author travelling all over the world, from Chorleywood to Spain. Thurs 27 April, Chorleywood Library, tickets £10 to include a copy of the book. I imagine that comes with a cheeky glass of wine to steady your nerves. This is a gripping psychological thriller. 7pm.


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