What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 18-24 Aug 2016

Oh, I just love a bit of sunshine. All the more reason to head out and enjoy some local staycationing fun. Lots going on, lovelies. See you out there!

Havana Nights – Cuban Party, The Gatsby, Berkhamsted, 25 Aug, from 7pm

cuban night

Party on, Cuban-stylee, at the gorgeous Gatsby in Berkhamsted.  Live music, a Cuban buffet, salsa dancing and — of course! — cocktails.  Close your eyes and you could be on the other side of the world…

Call  01442 870403 for details and tickets

Harry’s Tricks, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 19 Aug, 7.30pm

harry's tricks

More live music — in a great pub with a delish menu and a decent selection of gins behind the bar!  You’ll definitely need to book for this one — their live music nights are getting properly popular.  Harry’s Tricks are up from Brighton, with their mix of 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s tunes from Britain and America. Mike Potter, who’ll be taking the mic, combines Fats Waller, Al Bowlly, Slim Gaillard and Billie Holiday, along with all sorts of others.


Laura Boswell, Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, 16 Aug-3 Sept

laura boswell upstairs galler

Local printmaker Laura Boswell is showing linocut and Japanese watercolour woodblock prints in a solo show. Some of her recent linocuts of local birds will be forming part of an arts trail on the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes.  And if you want to see her at work, she’ll be demonstrating her woodcuts there on 24 Aug, 10am-4pm.


Art in Clay, Hatfield House, 19-21 Aug, 10am-5.30pm (5pm Sun)

art in clay

Art in Clay is a serious ceramics exhibition — one of the most important in Europe, so I’m told.  Relative newcomers exhibit alongside internationally renowned makers, and there’ll be demonstrations, talks and workshops too.  And what a setting, too.  Don’t think ‘craft fair’ — it’s way beyond that.


Sundown Cinema, Hitchin Lavender, Ickleford, 18-21 Aug

sundown cinema

More movies to enjoy in the beautiful — and fragrant — surroundings of Cadwelll Farm.  Acres of lavender and sunflowers are such a gorgeous backdrop.  Bring a picnic, or choose from what’s there when you arrive — and then enjoy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (18 Aug), Dirty Dancing (19 Aug, but already sold out), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Aug 20), and — my fave from my teen years — The Breakfast Club (Aug 21).   Sing with me now… don’t you.. forget about meeee….


David Bowie – Unseen Photographs, Snap Galleries, Piccadilly Arcade, London, until 24 Sept

david bowie

Wow.  A collection of previously unpublished black and white photographs of David Bowie. Gerald Fearnley, a professional photographer whose brother Dek was in The Buzz (who backed Bowie in ’66-’67), took the photos when Bowie stayed with the family — as he often did — and one of his shots ended up as the cover of his first LP (remember those?).   Sound great.


Samara Scott, Pleasure Garden Fountains, Battersea Park, until 25 Sept

samara scott

Check this out.  Samara Scott has created a ‘liquid painting’ in the Mirror Pools.  Using bio-degradable dyes, she’s coloured the Pools to create an artwork that shifts and changes with the flow of water around the pipe systems. Sounds amazing.


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