What's going on around the region

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


TAODS production of Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking takes to the stage at the Hippodrome Theatre until Saturday February 23. Tickets are available from the tourist information centre, on the door or can be booked by contacting the theatre's box office on 0870 7705681.

The next Todmorden Walkabout will take place on February 25. The short, fortnightly Monday walks on low level paths and pavements last around an hour and are ideal for getting started. For more information, contact Karen Andrews on 01706 819118 or Louise Castro on 01706 548133.

The Upper Calder Valley Walking Group will be going on the seven mile Circular to Mount Cross walk on Wednesday February 27. For more information, contact walk leader Christine Newell on 01706 817233 or for general information about the group, contact Brian Binns on 01706 813357.

Hebden Bridge

Country singer Tia McGraff will be performing at the Trades Club on Sunday February 24. On Bob Harris' Radio 2 show, the Canadian singer described the Trades as one of her favourite UK venues. Other events in the coming week include DJs Geo Kerouac and Daddy Tone tonight (Thursday), Psybase presents Activation Portal on Friday February 22 and Cabaret Heaven with Tanyalee Davis, Fraser Hooper and the Devil's Jukebox on Saturday February 23. For more information, call 01422 845265 or visit www.tradesclub.info.

Charlie Wilson's War comes to the Picture House on Monday February 25. Starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, the film is based on the true story of Texas congressman 'Good Time Charlie' Wilson, who began supplying Afghanistan with weapons in 1979 following the Soviet invasion of their country. Aided by a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful republican socialite (Roberts), their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Also showing in the coming week is My Summer Of Love, filmed on location in Todmorden and Cornholme, In The Valley Of Elah, The Golden Compass and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. For more information, call 01422 842807 or visit www.hebdenbridge-picturehouse.co.uk.

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre present Theft by Eric Chappell from February 25 until March 1. Tickets are available from Innovation or on 01422 843907.


Todd Miller and the Joe Loss Orchestra come to Burnley Mechanics tonight, Thursday. The orchestra has been running for more than 76 years, performing tunes from the big band era through to today's charts. The following night, Friday, Live Wire will be performing. The AC/DC show with a difference features all the classic songs including 'Highway To Hell' and 'Thunderstruck'. For more information, contact the box office on 01282 664400 or visit www.burnleymechanics.co.uk.


Pendle Borderline Theatre Company present On The Shore Of The Wide World by Simon Stephens at the Muni from February 27-March 1. For more information, contact the box office on 01282 661234.


The Aphra Behn Society presents the Vagina Monologues at the New Millennium Theatre in Waterfoot on Saturday February 23. Tickets priced 6 are available from Anne Riding on 01706 228720. All monies from the performance will be donated to the Lancashire Rape Crisis Centre and Local Victim Support for projects on women’s safety.


A taste of Brazil comes to Halifax as visitors from Firesowers hold a series of events in the town. At 7.30pm tonight, Thursday, Arden Road Social Club hosts an evening of live music, solo artists, displays from several Christian organisations working across the borough, a display of motorbikes from the Christian Motorcyclist Association and a time of prayer. Firesowers are Christian meetings held across Brazil and are attended by more than 200,000 people a year.

Yorkshire-born singer and guitarist Kit Holmes returns to Square Chapel on Friday February 22 with her trio. Joined by Allan Greenwood on guitar and Ruth Wilde on double bass, she will be giving an uplifting evening of acoustic music. There will also be a pre-show guitar workshop. For more information, contact the box office on 01422 349442 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk.


The Ritz Ballroom are having a Rock and Roll Party Night with Crazy Jay and The Partytimers on Saturday February 23 at 7.45pm. For more information, call 01484 720058.


Films showing on the IMAX screen at the National Media Museum in the coming week include Lions 3D, Sea Monsters 3D, Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, U2:3D, Forces of Nature and Mysteries of Egypt. For more information, contact the box office on 0870 7010200 or visit www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.


The Colne Valley Museum is having a havercakes weekend on February 23 and 24. See how traditional oatcakes are made in the Victorian kitchen and take a look around the ‘In The Victorian Kitchen’ exhibition. For more information, call 01484 569762 or visit www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk.


Tommy Steele, one of Britain’s best-loved musical stars, returns to the stage this year in the title role in Bill Kenwright’s production of Doctor Dolittle at the Grand Theatre. The family musical features an Oscar-winning score including ‘If I Could Talk To The Animals’ and ‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It’. For more information, contact the box office on 0844 8482705 or visit www.leedsgrandtheatre.com.


A retrospective of work by the Vietnam-based artist Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba will be shown at Manchester Art Gallery from February 23. His work frequently references his Asian heritage, exploring the themes of tradition, cultural identity and the fate of displaced communities. For more information, call 0161 2358888 or visit www.manchestergalleries.org.


The Harrogate Orchid Society holds its annual show at the Britannia Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel, Bramhope, on Sunday February 24 from 10.30am-4pm. There will be extensive displays by leading orchid societies and opportunities to buy from top specialist national and international orchid nurseries, as well as a chance to gain some expert advice. For more information, call Alan on 01377 217678.