What’s on - things to do and see, from January 20

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THINGS to do and see and places to go over the next few days.

The next Oak over 50s ‘Drop-in Friday’ will take place at Central Methodist Church on January 21 from 10am until 3pm. Activities include line dancing, sequence dancing, Tai Chi, board games, singing and ‘writing for everyone’ sessions. Refreshments are available. Dru Yoga sessions are held at Roomfield House on Tuesdays at 2pm. For more information, call 01706 813969.

The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on January 24, beginning at 11am outside the Acorn Centre. The fortnightly, short Monday walks on level paths or pavements last about an hour and are ideal for getting started. New walkers are asked to arrive at 10.45am. For more information, contact walk leader Karen Andrews on 01706 819118

There will be a chance to relive all the glamour from last year’s Mayor’s Fashion Show when organisers UCCA screen a dvd and photographs from the event at St Joseph’s School hall on Wednesday January 26 at 7.45pm. The fashion show proved a big success and raised lots of money for the Mayor’s charity.

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New comedy sketch group Kooky Babooshka will appear at the Trades Club tonight (Thursday). The group consists of Emmy Fyles, Kerry Spillane, Jordy Cook and Chrissy Hoey, who got together and decided to write comedy. Other events in the coming week include HX7’s first birthday bash on Thursday January 27, featuring the Ben Crosland Quartet, Zrazy and the all new Dave Nelson Trio. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in ‘The Tourist’ at the Picture House on January 25 and 26. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise, a woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Also showing in the coming week is ‘Mary and Max’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘The Way Back’ and ‘Another Year’. For more information, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hbph.co.uk.

The Young at Heart Singers meet at Mytholm Court, Church Lane, on Tuesdays from 1-2pm. The group, which sings for health and enjoyment, is free and open to all aged 50 and over. For more information, call 01422 842093 or 01422 330533.


To celebrate the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch initiative, local experts will lead a short bird walk at Hollingworth Lake on Sunday January 23 at 10.30am, followed by a bird box making workshop. For more information, call 01706 373421.


Following sell out performances on his previous three visits, Snake Davis brings his own brand of saxophone playing back to Square Chapel on Saturday January 22. Other events in the coming week include ‘The Ladies of Cranford’, an adaptation of Mrs Gaskell’s ‘Cranford’ put together by Rachel Laurence, tonight (Thursday). For more information, contact the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk.

Halifax Thespians present ‘Inside Job’, a thriller by Brian Clemens, at the Playhouse until January 22. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 365998.

An exhibition of contemporary figurative paintings by Paul Slater opens at Bankfield Museum on Saturday January 22. He has produced award-winning work for national publications including the Financial Times. For more information, call 01422 352334.

Halifax Film Society will be showing ‘Departures’ at the Playhouse on Sunday January 23 at 7.30pm. The film follows a devoted cellist who is suddenly left without a job. For more information, visit www.halifaxfilm.org.uk.

Rafiki Jazz will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Wednesday January 26 as part of the theatre’s world music concert series. Rafiki Jazz plays contemporary world music that reflects the group’s African and Latin roots, combined with beats from the Indian sub-continent. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk.


The Chinese State Circus will stop off at St George’s Hall on January 22 and 23 to perform live action production ‘Mulan’. The show is a fusion of precision acrobatics, circus skills and Shaolin martial arts. For more information, contact the box office on 01274 432000 or visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk.


Opera North presents ‘Carmen’ at the Grand Theatre on Saturday January 22. Bizet’s fiery and passionate opera centres around Carmen, the ultimate femme fatale. For more information, contact the box office on 0844 8482705 or visit www.leedsgrandtheatre.com.

Leeds International Concert Season presents a performance by the Fell Clarinet Quartet at the Carriageworks on Sunday January 23. The programme includes a variety of music from around the world. For more information, contact the box office on 0113 2243801 or visit www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk.


‘Horrible Histories’ author Terry Deary will be signing copies of his books at the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Museum of Museums at the Trafford Centre on Thursday January 27. He is making the visit as part of a special night of entertainment to raise funds for Manchester Museum’s Ancient Worlds Galleries Centenary Redevelopment fund. The exhibition will be open from 5pm until midnight. For more information, call 0844 2491000 or visit www.tutankhamunmanchester.com.