Dinosaur Zoo roars into town

Back by popular demand on a tour of the UK, Dinosaur Zoo is bringing an impressive cast of prehistoric creatures live to the stage of St George’s Hall, Bradford on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November. This time they’re including one of the most ferocious predators to ever walk the earth, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Dinosaur Zoo creators ‘Erth’ use ingenious puppetry to bring dinosaurs to life in this interactive and imaginative live show, suitable for all the family (ages 3+). During the show the audience is introduced to a range of creatures, from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants. Intrepid audience members brave enough to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs are invited on stage to assist the Zoo Keeper. This does come with a warning that not all of these ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem!

Пиво, Pyvo, Piwo, Beer, Ale – whatever you call it PyvoFest has it!

POSTER 2015PyvoFest – Bradford Ukrainian Club’s beer festival – returns on 6 and 7 November, and after two sold-out years the organisers have been working hard to ensure the third year continues to deliver. There’ll be a host of exciting beers never before seen in the UK, including the first-ever draught Ukrainian beers poured in this country.

But PyvoFest isn’t just about drinks, Ukrainian food, including varenyky, kobassa and chubaraky, is available throughout, with six live bands and Ukrainian dance group Orlyk showcasing the colours and athleticism of Ukrainian traditional dancing.

PyvoFest runs over two nights. Friday’s Acoustic Night, featuring a Ukrainian male choir and headline performance by Jen Armstrong, kicks off at 6.30pm on Friday 6 November, tickets are £3 and include a commemorative glass and programme.


Topic Folk Club

photo-originalIreland comes to the Topic Folk Club this November as Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland take to the Glyde House stage on 19 November.

Fil and Tom are a husband-and-wife duo from County Down who perform a mixed programme of traditional and contemporary Irish songs accompanied by guitar and percussion. They present a lively evening of old and new material with plenty of choruses to join in.

The duo have been regular performers on the UK and European folk circuits since the mid-1990s and have played at some of the most prestigious folk clubs in Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland and Germany as well as touring several times in America, France and Denmark. They’ve also performed at many folk festivals in Ireland and across the UK and Europe.

Topic Folk Club is at Glyde House, Glydegate, Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD5 OBQ, opposite the ice skating rink.


Bond on the IMAX

spectre1208141280jpg-398894_1280wBond….on the IMAX? That’s right, experience every twist and turn, explosion and gun blast in full digitally-remastered IMAX quality as the the world’s most famous spy takes on another epic adventure. The newly renovated IMAX cinema at the National Media Museum has improved seating and a brand new digital projection system making it even more immersive than before.

As for the film…Skyfall director Sam Mendes is back behind the camera for Spectre, with star Daniel Craig marking his fourth appearance as the iconic British spy. Joining Craig are Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q. However it’s Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, the latest villain to test Bond’s mettle, who is expected to steal the show.

You can watch Spectre throughout November with tickets starting at £9.50.

Dark & Lovely

dark-and-lovely-01Selina Thompson presents Dark & Lovely, an interactive performance using memories, music, rum and a ‘tumbleweave’ installation to explore the connotations, history and politics of afro hair and what it means to be Black, British and Female in the UK today.

Using recorded conversations with barbers, hair vendors and customers, feelgood music and written text, Selina explores the complexities of the social debate surrounding Black hair. She transforms the tumbleweave, which is admittedly ‘a little bit gross’, into something beautiful which can transcend the weight of all the connotations placed upon it. The performance was a huge hit when it premiered in a disused barber’s shop in Chapeltown, completing a weeklong sell-out run.

Dark & Lovely will be on at Theatre in the Mill Bradford from Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 November. Tickets from £6.


Revelations: Experiments In Photography

800x392x2A new exhibition opens this month at the National Media Museum exploring the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art. Revelations: Experiments In Photography features some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.

From the 1840s scientists were using photography to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The beauty of these early images and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.

Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge, alongside striking works by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto. A must see.

The exhibition is free and will be showing from 20 November 2015 – 3 February 2016.


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