What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 23-28 May 2015

It’s a long weekend – hoorah! – and there’s lots to do out and about in Herts.  If you’re tryng to amuse small folk (a bit like herding cats, I find), I’d recommend the Muddy Herts Half Term Survival Guide.  If not, here are some lovely grown-up things to do instead….

The Red Shoes, Watford Palace Theatre, Tue 26 May

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Watford Palace, as well as offering some great live theatre, often have some interesting cinematic treats to tempt you.  This coming week, it’s the 1948 classicThe Red Shoes’ – with a famous ballerina torn between her ambition to become a prima ballerina and (sigh…) the man she loves.  Great chance to see an oldie (but goodie) on the big screen.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ, watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

The Shining, The Odyssey, St Albans, Tue 26 May, 9pm

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Another classic movie getting a big-screen outing this week is ‘The Shining,’ celebrating its 35th anniversary with a special showing at the Odyssey in St Albans.  (Not been yet?  It’s gorgeous.)  And it’s not just the regular old Shining – it’s the extended US version.  The cast and crew Q&A earlier in the day is sold out already, but there are still some tickets left for later evening showing of the movie in all its gory glory.  With extra bits.

The Odyssey, 166 London Road, St Albans, AL1 1PG, odysseypictures.co.uk

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft, Alban Arena, St Albans, Wed 27-Thu 28 May, 8pm

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Mr C and I don’t really see eye-to-eye over Milton Jones.  I don’t mind him on the radio, but really can’t stand him on the telly.  Mr C thinks he’s hilarious.  So, this one’s for Mr C – and any of you who want to go with him so I don’t have to.  Milton Jones, the, er, ‘king’ of the one-liner and the shocking pun, is appearing for two nights at the Alban Arena in his new show ‘Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft’ (see what he’s doing there?).  He’s scruffy, he’s odd, and some people think he’s a comic genius.  The Times is all about his ‘absurdist one-line masterpieces’ and the Guardian (not usually in agreement with the Times) reckons ‘no-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride.’  Maybe he’s better live?  I’ll ask Mr C when he gets home.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD, alban-arena.co.uk

Hertfordshire County Show, Sat 23-Sun 24 May

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Now in its 129th year, the Herts County Show is a chance to get your Stilettos properly Muddy.  (No, really, dig out your wellies….)  There’s loads of outdoorsy stuff to see and do, and lots of lovely local produce to sample.  Good weather, and this’ll be a great day out.  Tickets in advance get you a discount.


RAYNE Shoes for Stars, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, opened Fri 22 May

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If you like your footwear – and your celebs – then RAYNE Shoes for Stars is just about the perfect exhibition to check out.  It opened this week, and it’s running through until nearly the end of August, at the Fashion and Textile Museum near London Bridge.  There’s a whole century of the world’s most glamorous women’s shoes to check out – think, Marlene Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot, Vivien Leigh – from designers like Norman Hartnell, Bruce Oldfield and Mary Quant right up to Laurence Dacade.

While you’re there, looks like your ticket gets you into another exhibition as well – Riviera Style: Resort Swimwear Since 1900.  There’s everything there from bikinis to burkinis, palazzo pants to playsuits, swimsuits to sarongs, whether it’s all about covering up or barely covering at all.  Just right to get you psyched for that beach holiday?

Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, ftmlondon.org

Eurovision Song Contest, Vienna, Sat 23 May, 8pm

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If you’re staying in this weekend, there’s always – dare I say it? – Eurovision.  Yes, it’s camp and kitschy in the extreme, the voting takes for-flippin’-ever, and some might say it’s the most convincing argument yet for the UK heading out of Europe – but you’ve got to love it.  Right?   And this year, the UK’s entry ‘Still In Love With You’ is being sung by retro duo Electro Velvet – half of which (the Alex Larke half) is from right here in Hertfordshire.  Go, Herts!  Stock on on Euro-snacks, crack open a bottle of something French or Italian, and get ready to award ‘nul points’ to… well, to just about all of them.


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