What’s on around the area (from February 24)

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THINGS to do and see and plaxces to go around the area over the next few days.

There will be a variety of live music at Barearts Studio Bar in the coming week. An acoustic evening will be held tonight (Thursday) and there will be performances by Ian O’Brian and friends on Friday February 25 and Chordial on Saturday February 26. For more information, visit www.barearts.com.

Todmorden Library is having a book sale on February 25 and 26. People are invited to fill a bag for £1.50.

The next Oak over 50s ‘Drop-in Friday’ will take place at Central Methodist Church on February 25 from 10am until 3pm. For more information, call 01706 813969.

The second Spud Sunday will be held at the Sportmans Arms, Kebs Road, on February 27 from noon until 3pm. Several types of potatoes will be on sale and there will also be a spud pub quiz.

The Upper Calder Valley Walking Group is going on a six-mile walk from Portsmouth to Bacup (almost) on Wednesday March 2, setting off from the Station Parade car parking area at 10.30am. For more information, contact walk leader Margaret Crowther on 01706 814128 or for general information about the group, contact David Rawson on 01422 884748.


Oscar nominated actress Natalie Portman stars in ‘Black Swan’ at the Picture House from February 25-28. The dark psychological thriller is set within the ruthlessly competitive world of the New York ballet as two young dancers compete to replace the prima ballerina. Also showing in the coming week is ‘Get Low’, ‘Outcast’ and ‘Of Gods and men’. For more information, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

There will be a five-mile walk from the Midgehole Road car park to Lumb Falls and Shackleton Hill on Saturday February 26, followed by a light lunch at Gibson Mill. Meet at the car park at 10am. To book a place, call 01422 844518.

The Hut People, one of the hottest acts on the Yorkshire folk scene, come to the Trades Club on Saturday February 26. The band performs a unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, and an array of exotic percussion. Other events in the coming week include Dead Belgian tonight (Thursday) and Chapter Four presents Bass Culture on Friday February 25. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre’s production of Francis Durbridge’s classic thriller ‘Deadly Nightcap’ runs until Saturday February 26. Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Innovation or by calling 01422 843907.


The Calder Valley Organic Gardeners 2011 Potato Day takes place at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturday February 26 from 10am until 3pm. There will be children’s activities, information displays, crafts, compost and plant stalls, sculptures, and food and drink in the potato cafe. Admission is £1 which includes entry to the potato raffle. For more information, visit www.cvog.org.


All the red carpet glamour of a film premiere is coming to the Ace Centre on Saturday February 26 when it screens ‘West is West’, the sequel to ‘East is East’. The charity event featuring a red carpet, limousines and live entertainment aims to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. To book tickets priced £10, contact the box office on 01282 661080.


El Moreno returns to Square Chapel on Saturday February 26 with a concert of some of the most exciting and romantic music for the Spanish guitar. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk.

Halifax Film Society presents a special Alan Bennett Night at the Playhouse on Sunday February 27. The society will be screening his first television play ‘A Day Out’, a nostalgic look at Edwardian Yorkshire which follows Halifax Cycle Club’s trip from Halifax to Fountains Abbey in the summer of 1911, followed by ‘A Private Function’, filmed in Ilkey in 1984. The event begins at the earlier time of 6pm. For more information, call 01422 348863 or 01422 822871, or visit www.halifaxfilm.org.uk.

A range of artwork by members of Halifax Art Society is on display in the windows at Harveys until mid-March. More than 100 paintings by society members are on sale.


Rock ‘n’ roll musical ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly story’ runs at the Alhambra theatre from February 28 until March 5. The show tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist. For more information, contact the box office on 01274 432000 or visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk.

Lenny Henry brings his new one man show to St George’s Hall on Friday February 25. ‘Cradle to rave’ is about a man to whom music matters too much, For more information, contact the box office on 01274 432000 or visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk.


Travelling Light and Polka Theatre present ‘Lost and Found’, the stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ picture book, at West Yorkshire Playhouse from February 24-27. The show tells the story of a boy and the penguin he finds at his door. For more information, contact the box office on 0113 2137700 or visit www.wyp.org.uk.

Northern Ballet presents the world premiere of ‘Cleopatra’ at the Grand Theatre from February 26 until March 5. Composer Claude-Michel Schonberg and Northern Ballet artistic director David Nixon OBE bring the story of an enduring icon of the ancient world to the stage. For more information, contact the box office on 0844 8482705 or visit www.leedsgrandtheatre.com.

Comedian Jimmy Carr comes to Leeds Town Hall on Sunday February 27. He will present an evening of non-stop jokes, gags and banter. For more information, contact the box office on 0113 2243801 or visit www.leedstownhall.co.uk.

l Do you have an event taking place in the upper Calder Valley in the coming weeks that you would like to see included in our What’s On listings? Email the details to todnews@todmordennews.co.uk or hbtimes@hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk a fortnight in advance