What’s on: This weekend
Fri 19 – Sun 21 May 2017
The quirky, cool and unmissable this weekend in Berkshire
Addictive TV: Orchestra of Samples, The Firestation Windsor, Fri 19 May
It’s a supergroup, but not as you know it. The Orchestra of Samples, involves 200 musicians from more than 25 different countries, who have never met. Electronic duo Addictive TV (Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler) bring their latest audiovisual extravaganza to The Firestation. Five years in the making, the pair filmed and recorded improvised sessions with musicians around the world, then sampled and spliced them together to create an on-screen supergroup. They’ll perform live alongside Paris-based fretless guitar specialist Alejandro de Valera. It’s a magical, unique musical journey without borders!
The Importance Of Being Earnest, South Hill Park Bracknell, Wed 17 – Sun 21 May
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest has been created for the screen no less than eight times – and there’s rumours of a 9th. Why? Well, it’s considered on the finest plays every written. A delicious soufflé of high comedy, unforgettable characters and razor sharp wit masking a radical, irreverent satire exposing the myths of society. And you can see it this week with actress Gwen Taylor (Duty Free and A Bit Of A Do) taking the role of Lady Bracknell. Pop along on Friday 19 May and you can take part in a post-performance natter with the cast and director Alastair Whatley. Tickets £18.
Film On Wheels, WS Station Hill Bus Stop Reading, Sat 20 May
Cinema is getting in on the pop-up scene. We’ve done drive ins, outdoor film nights (in some cases with full immersive theatre), but a film on the No23 is new, even for me. Organised by Outrider Anthems’ Festival of the Dark and Reading Buses, you’ll board a double decker, drive down to Rivermead where you’ll watch a secret film on an external screen, with personal headphones provided. Grab your bus from stop WS at the bottom of Station Hill at 7:30pm. Just don’t expect a list home… Tickets from £12.
Open Studios 2017, across West Berkshire, until Sun 21 May
Amazing art in open studios and private spaces across West Berkshire and North Hampshire with only a few days to go and totally free! Simply go to the Open Studios website, find an artist and pop along for a nose. The Corn Exchange Newbury’s exhibiting works inspired by music by the likes of Arty Pumpkin, Adeliza Mole, Amanda Bates, Isabel Carmona, Rosemary Lawrey and Sally Haynes. My faves include Tom Cartmill’s drawings at his Burghfield studio and textile artist Sarah Moorcroft (she’s worked for everyone from Monsoon to Missoni) at Lower Way Farm Thatcham.
Let’s Rock The Moor, Marsh Meadow Cookham, Sat 20 May
Who doesn’t love a retro revival? Any excuse to wear neon, a pair of Daisy Dukes and stagger about with a cider in my hand. The beautiful village of Cookham will experience and Old Skool takeover this weekend as Let’s Rock The Moor brings Howard Jones, Sister Sledge, Tiffany and Technotronic Pumping Up The Jam. Disco, synth pop, house and a dash of fun and reggae thrown in for good measure, it’s a crowd-pleasing singalong. Tickets £44 or £104.50 for a family of 4.
State Of The Nation, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sat 20 May
You may recognise Ayesha Hazarika as a regular on Sky News, Newsnight, and TheAndrew Marr Show. She started her career as a stand-up comedian, then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser (no sniggering at the back). Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics. Take note, Mr Corbyn and Mrs May, you could learn something. Tickets £14.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents Noisy Kids, The Hexagon Reading, Sun 21 May
Having kids often feels like you are dealing with wild animals as the stomp around the house, snarl at you over dinner, and pace around like they have been caged for months. So for the grown ups, Noisy Kids is pretty apt. Introduced by the Orchestra’s very own Dr Dolittle, Tim Steiner, you’ll hear musical romping, stomping wild horses to whizzy bumblebees, in this fab family-friendly introduction to concerts. Then you can let your monkeys go back to wrestling each other in the back of the car. Tickets £10.50.
Royal Windsor 10km River Trail Run, Alexandra Gardens Windsor, Sun 21 May
If you’re not hiding under your duvet on Sunday morning and you fancy trotting along by the river, then the Royal Windsor River Trail Run is going to get you leaping out of bed like a young gazelle. it’s a flat course (phew) and gives you the chance to see the historically picturesque Thames Valley. It starts and finishes at the foot of Windsor Castle, so you could pop in for a bacon sarnie afterwards with Lix and Phil. I’m sure they won’y mind. I’ll see you at the start line (one day, as long as I’m not feeling a little, er, jaded). Entry is £30.
A Splash Of Colour, Thames Valley Park Reading, Sat 20 – Wed 24 May
Don’t let colour being you out in hives. You don’t have to wear it to appreciate it. A much safer and enjoyable way of embracing the rainbow is art. A Splash of Colour is a touring photographic exhibition created by The Photographic Angle. This exhibition brings together a full spectrum of colour images from all aspects of our lives and it is a beauty. Stunning images from very talented artists. Pop along and see it. Rude not to when it’s free.