Darlington Arts Festival

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The fifth Darlington Arts Festival, themed A Celebration of Talent and again being co-ordinated by Darlington for Culture, runs from April 27-May 31, 2017. A brochure will be distributed nearer the time.

Events running throughout the festival

Saturday April 22 – Thursday June 1
Community Arts Project spring summer exhibition
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Crown Street Art Gallery – Exhibition open standard Crown Street Library hours
The Community Art Project provides an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to practice various visual arts activities with guidance and encouragement from a professional artist. Now based at The Bridge, the Community Art Project is part of Darlington Borough Council’s Services for People and is funded and managed as part of the Adult Learning Disability Service.
This exhibition comprises a selection of new work from the thirty two people who currently attend the CAP. It includes works in a range of media including acrylic and watercolour painting, drawing, screenprinting, lino-cut and monoprinting and digital art.

April 27-May 31
Majestic, an Exhibition Cabaret of Design, Colour & Stitch by members of Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild logo
The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT Upper floor, Theatre foyer & lounge bar
A varied gallery display of embroidery and textile art in a new setting. Taking Art Deco style as inspiration, this is a response to the features and style of a unique Darlington building – The Majestic Theatre
Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild members are enthusiastic about all forms of the art and craft of the needle – contemporary and traditional. Monthly meetings are held on first Saturday at Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall, Carmel Road South.
Exhibition access: Tuesday & Thursday. May 9th 11th 16th 18th 23rd 25th Afternoon. 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Free entry. Members will be on hand to talk about their work and there will be opportunitites for informal drop-in stitch sessions.
For additional opening times please check website
www.darlingtonembroiderersguild.co.uk (f :- www.facebook.com/DarlingtonEG/

Until Sunday May 7
Travels with a Sketchbook, an exhibition of sketchbooks and drawings by Rita Smith
Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam
Included in normal entrance fee.
Drawing and travel are important factors of Rita Smith’s practice and produced over many years and miles, these hidden drawings go on public display for the first time. This exhibition at the Head of Steam is an ideal location, given the importance of the history of the railways in helping to open up the world.

Monday 13 March – Friday 12 May
Bill Lowery exhibition
Darlington Town Hall exhibition space
Exhibition open standard Town Hall opening
Based in the North-East of England, Bill Lowery began sketching as a child, progressing to oil painting as a teenager. His paintings include still life, abstract, landscapes and portraits, as well as a series of First World War scenes. Bill’s main arts passion is sketching, which allows him to pursue his love of the great outdoors, and study the ways in which man has interacted with nature. In the studio he creates more detailed studies, reworking pieces drawn in the field, recreating images from photographs, or formulating imaginative, original sketches. The Town Hall exhibition space opened July 2014 and Bill’s exhibition is the sixteenth to be held there.

An Exhibition of Work by Kolbe and Pam Bassington pam bassington
The Library in the Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Saturdays 20th & 27th May, 10.00am-4.30pm.
Kolbe has been making ceramics for 15 years; he enjoys creating small, curious objects.
Pam Bassington gained a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Fine Art in 2012. She has exhibited in Cork Street and had her digital image projected onto various buildings in London, as a successful entrant in the ‘Kill Your Darlings’ competition, a promotion for the Ginsberg film starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Pam makes medium to large pots using coils, preferring an organic and, often, less than symmetrical look. The clay tends to dictate where it wants to go, so, mostly, Pam lets it.
Her images are a result of digital reworking her own photographs. They are printed on material associated with outdoor advertising; lightweight and durable, they are unencumbered by mount or frame.

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Thursday April 27-30
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Darlington Jazz Festival 2017
Thursday 27th April – Sunday 30th April
For ticket information www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk
Building upon the success of last year’s event with ‘sell out’ audiences, the sixth Darlington Jazz Festival promises to deliver a high quality and diverse program of jazz performances and creativity to the community within Darlington Town Centre.

Day 1- Thursday 27th April 6pm -9pm
Venue: Crown Street, Art Gallery
Jazz Workshop
London based Jazz educator and trumpeter, Matt Roberts will again return to his home town to lead the workshop assisted by tutors performing at the festival. A must for all ages and abilities interested in developing their passion for jazz. There will be a performance at end of workshop.
Numbers are limited so book your place through: darlingtonjazzfestival@live.com or Durham Music Service katie.lewis@durham.gov.uk 03000 262368
Cost £5 registration required

Day 2- Friday 28th April Doors 8.30pm
Venue: Voodoo Cafe
Jazz After Dark
Matt Robert’s Quintet
This year’s ‘After Dark’ Session will once again be located upstairs at The Voodoo Cafe on Skinnergate. Matt Roberts will lead his very own quintet playing the music from some of the legendary trumpet players such as Lee Morgan and Miles Davis. This gig was a sell out last year, so get down early to take in the jazz lounge atmosphere of the Voodoo Cafe and experience top class jazz performers pushing jazz to the limit!
Ticketed and OTD Cost from £6 OTD

Day 3- Saturday 29th April Afternoon
Saturday will see the best of Darlington’s young musicians playing in various ensembles as they converge on the Joseph Pease performance area to provide an outdoor festival atmosphere.
Free outdoor jazz
At venues around the town centre 12 till 3pm
Live solo and small group performances from some of the region’s finest jazz players will also take place throughout the town centre. Program to be confirmed but will include:
The Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard – 1pm – 5 pm
Jazz at The Quaker House during the afternoon with top class north east jazz combos including: Rick Laughlin trio and Abbie Finn’s Leeds based jazz quartet.
Free/Collection

Saturday 29th April Evening
Venue: The Majestic.
Darlington Jazz Festival present: ‘A third evening of swinging big band music’
Dave O’Higgins and Durham Alumni Big Band
Internationally renowned saxophonist Dave O’Higgins will join the Durham Alumni Big Band directed by Al Wood to bring the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Billy May and many more to the town. The award winning Durham County Youth Big Band will perform in support of the main event commencing at 7.15pm. To celebrate our first concert in this fabulous art deco styled venue, there will be spot prizes presented for the best vintage fashion wear from the swing era or art décor period. Book your tickets early – this event sold out at last year’s festival.
Cost from £12 concessions available

Saturday 29th April 10:30 – late
Venue: Quakerhouse
Late Night Jam
Saturday night concludes in similar style to last year. Musicians and Jazz lovers alike will migrate from The Majestic to The Quaker House for a ‘Late Night’ Jam Session on Mechanics Yard. The atmosphere will once again be buzzing with the sounds of modern jazz delighting the packed audiences until the early hours.
Free/Collection

Day 4- Sunday 30th April 10:30am – 12:00
Venue: Hash Bar, Coniscliffe Road
Gypsy Jazz Brunch
Emma Fisk and James Birkett
The final day of this year’s festival will commence at Hash Bar with the intention to widen the range of music performed and will include gypsy jazz influenced music featuring guitarist James Birkett and violinist Emma Fisk. Bringing together their shared knowledge and love of early jazz styles, the duo will present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music associated with and inspired by the first great jazz violin and guitar partnership. A typical performance includes compositions by Venuti/Lang such as Cheese & Crackers, Sunshine and Black and Blue Bottom; jazz standards of the 20s and 30s; and specially composed originals that explore the duo’s sound world. The duo will perform for a ‘jazz’ brunch on the Sunday morning.

Day 4- Sunday 30th April 2pm till 5pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House
Vocal Collective and Locomotive Rhythm
Locomotive Rhythm is a new music work by Darlington born music producer, drummer and recording artist Graeme Robinson.
Inspired by walking the lost routes of the earliest passenger railway system in the world, Robinson creates his sonic vision of Locomotive Rhythm through a combination of thunderous drums, specially founded resonant locomotive wheels, which are played as innovative percussion instruments, and a virtuoso jazz-fusion ensemble featuring Phil Taylor (piano), Gavin Bell (bass), Chris Rutherford (guitar) Steve Bone (Saxophone) and Kevin Eland (trumpet). With titles including Brusselton Top, Black Boy Branch, Hopetown, Thrundle, Mr Barningham’s Crystal Palace and Scott and Mountain Dynamo, Locomotive Rhythm explores the world-changing catalysts for the industrial and transport revolution brought about by the birth of modern railways. The band will combine with Vocal Collective with specially commissioned words to collaborate on the final piece of the suite.
Cost from £6 Ticketed

Sunday 30th April Evening 6pm-8pm
Roof box presents Jazz in the Roof Top Terrace
Darlington Jazz club present its festival finale with what will be a great party atmosphere at the Hash Bar located on Coniscliffe Road. With some of the festival’s top jazz performers and support from Durham Alumni All Star Quintet, it promises to be a night not to be missed. This night of live music will provide an energetic and exciting conclusion to this year’s festival. Check website for further details www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk 

Thursday April 27
Bob Fox – the songman in ‘War Horse’
Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm Further details, including ticket prices, are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com
Advanced tickets please contact George Armstrong on 07890 006204

Thursday April 27 – Open Mic for authors vintage_microphone_144611
Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts, the organisers want to hear it all. Simply bring along your piece and read it out. Eight minute slots for each reader.
Venue: Voodoo Café /Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington (01325 467555)
Time: 7-9.30pm Price: £3 on the door
Contact: John Dean, of Inscribe Media Limited, at deangriss@btinternet.com

Friday April 28
Double Entendre – DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late

Friday April 28
Harrowgate Club presents An Evening with Queen II
It`s been 25 years since the death of Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest showmen and vocalists of the 20th Century. In honour of his work, the club present An Evening with Queen, an authentic tribute to one of the UK’s most successful bands. Performing all their greatest hits, Queen II are the Champions of Tributes and promise to have you singing to all your favourite anthems. Doors open 7pm Show Starts 8:30pm
Pre-gig drinks available in the Lounge and Main bar
Early Bird tickets £7:50 [early bird ends 31st March] Tickets OTD £10:00
Available from Harrowgate Club or online from www.wegottickets.com/HarrowgateClub
Harrowgate Club and Institute Ltd was established in 1907 and moved to its purpose built Club house in 1911, which is a wonderful example of arts and crafts architecture in Harrowgate Hill in Darlington. It is a modern bright club which has disabled access throughout. The Concert Hall has a capacity of 300 and they regularly hold live music events.

Tuesday May 2 7.30pm £3
Moon (15) 2009 Moon
Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music Centre in Borough Road
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems. ‘Moon’ is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction, which is often about the interface between humans and alien intelligence of one kind of other.
Starring Sam Rockwell and directed by Duncan Jones.

Wednesday May 3
Free Drawing Day – Drawing from Collections with Rita Smith
Head of Steam Railway Museum. 10.00am. – 3.00pm
A drawing day with artist Rita Smith linked to her exhibition Travels with. Sketchbook on display in the Museum. The historic location and exciting collections will provide the inspiration for small-scale work in a sketchbook, with an opportunity to develop work on a larger scale. This is a free event aimed at adults of all abilities who like to draw. Please bring a sketchbook, soft pencils and a packed lunch.
Normal entrance fees to the Museum apply.
This study day is supported by the North Yorkshire & South Durham Decorative & Fine Arts Society.

Wednesday May 3
Poetry Reading with Marilyn Longstaff
Crown Street Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND – 2pm Free
Marilyn Longstaff has spent most of her adult life in the North East. She lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane Women.
Her work has appeared in a number of magazines, anthologies and on the web. In 2003, she won a Northern Promise award from New Writing North and in 2005 she received her MA in Creative Writing form the University of Newcastle. Her new book, Articles of War, is published by Smokestack Books.

Wednesday May 3
How to write, publish and sell your own book: in a nutshell
6.30pm to 8pm Health Warehouse Cafe, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington
Tickets £5
Want to know more about self-publishing? Join Sixth Element Publishing for a friendly and informal workshop giving an overview of the whole process. The session will cover tips on how to finish and self-edit your novel, and how to publish eBooks and paperbacks, as well as a whistlestop guide to distribution and marketing.
For more information, call Sixth Element on 01642 360253 or email gillie@6e.net

Wednesday May 3 – Open Mic Night
Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
Monthly open mic night where the stage is set for you
Youth Spot: – 7pm
Regular spot: – 8pm

Thursday May 4
The Afternoon Lectures: “The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid of 1862 & Buster Keaton’s the General” – a talk by Ray State
1.45pm Museum Meeting Room, Head of Steam
FREE to members of the Friends, non-members welcome (please telephone the museum for membership or price details).

Thursday May 4
Singers, Musicians & Poets
Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm Further details, including ticket prices, are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com
Advanced tickets please contact George Armstrong on 07890 006204

Friday May 5 – Ultimate Bowie Ultimate Bowie
Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
This brilliant tribute paying homage to the late great David Bowie returns to The Forum playing all the hits and more, always a sell out so advance tickets are strongly advised.
Tickets £12 – Doors 8pm

Saturday May 6
A Touch of Villainy– Crime Fiction Masterclass
Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 10am-4pm
Run by crime novelist John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series of books, this masterclass shows you how to create a crime novel
Booking in advance required on 07889 554931 or deangriss@btinternet.com. Price: £25.

Saturday May 6 Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club welcomes Spats Langham’s Hot Fimgers group image003
St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield Street 12.30pm
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club will be welcoming Spats Langham’s Hot Fingers group. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in Darlington since 1996. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920s, to the revivalist years of the 1950s and 1960s, with perhaps some be-bop and jive, we try to provide a programme with something for everyone. Jazz has always been about entertainment and connectivity between musicians and the audience but most of all it’s about tapping your feet and enjoying yourselves.
St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield Street is the home of Darlington New Orleans Jazz. Lunchtime sessions are held the first Saturday of the month 12:30 till 3pm. There is free onsite parking, comfortable seating accommodation, and a well-stocked bar. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments but please purchase drinks at the bar.
Tickets for each event are £10 at the door with a 20% discount for DfC card holding members. Full details can be found on www.darlingtonjazz.co.uk or e-mail ray@darlingtonjazz.co.uk or graham@darlingtonjazz.co.uk

Saturday May 6
A Walk in the Park
St Andrew’s Church, Haughton-Le-Skerne, Darlington, DL1 2DD 7:30 pm
An evening of light music and poetry presented by the “Take4 Clarinet Quartet” and Helen Winthorpe Kendrick. On the walk through the park you will encounter all sorts of activities. There are the lovers holding hands spending time together, enjoying their saunter. The musicians on the band-stand are playing for all their worth to an audience who are enjoying the sun and time away from work. Then there is the lake with all its wildlife. Explore through music, humour and poetry the goings-on during a ‘walk in the park’.
Adults: £8 School Children: £1 Ticket includes cheese and wine
Telephone: 01325 332592 Email: take4@kendrick.me.uk

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Saturday May 6 – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club @ The Forum
Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
Monthly comedy night with three top stand-up comedians take to The Forum stage for an evening of quality stand- up
Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm.

Monday May 8 7.30pm £8 adv, £10 on the door
Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (15) 1974 Frankenstein
Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music Centre in Borough Road
Darlington FIlm Club proudly present an exclusive screening of ‘Hammer’s Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell’. Last of the Hammer Frankenstein films, this one deals with the Baron hiding out in an insane asylum, so that he may continue his experiments with reanimating the dead, along with inmate Dr. Helder, who has been institutionalised for conducting such experiments.
Following the film, one of the film’s stars, Madeline Smith, will be on stage for a live Q&A.
Madeline is famous for her Hammer roles as well as appearing in ‘Live And Let Die’, ‘’Carry on Matron’ and ‘Doctor At Large’.
A signing & photo opportunity will available be after the Q&A.
http://www.seetickets.com/event/frankenstein-and-the-monster-from-hell/the-forum-music-centre/1065846

Tuesday May 9 6.30-8pm
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Reality Writing: Creative Non-fiction
Health Warehouse Café, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington
Tickets: £7 per person
Whether they are incredible tales of survival, intriguing insights behind closed doors or riveting accounts of lives more or less ordinary, true stories fascinate us. But how do you go about turning travel journals, personal correspondence or private diaries into works of creative non-fiction? Join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton as she introduces the craft of reality writing, transforming interesting experiences into great reads. With the current popularity of creative non-fiction this genre is an ideal opportunity for new writers to break into print!
To book a place please contact Tracey Iceton: traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk 07773 797817 www.trywriting.co.uk

Wednesday May 10
Hand Made Books
Oxfam Darlington, Skinnergate 6.30 – 8.30pm
Price: Donations to Oxfam please
Available places: 12 max
This is a two-hour hands-on practical workshop with artists Jo Colley and Rosi Thornton that will introduce you to the principles of using words, textiles, found and archive material to create a hand made book. Aimed at complete beginners, this session will allow you to create an artist book or small journal using a variety of bookmaking skills to create a personal story or display a collection of treasures.
To book email: rosithornton@gmail.com

May 11/12
Bussey & Armstrong, developers of Westpark in Darlington, are working with sound artists from Newcastle University to organise two workshops, looking at sound and the landscape at Westpark.
One workshops is aimed at local residents, the other at (local) artists. Both workshops are free to attend, we just ask people to book their place by sending me an email (marleen.vincenten@newcastle.ac.uk). Both workshops start at Westpark Village Centre (Darlington, DL2 2GL).
Workshop Walking with Sound – Thursday 11 May, 10-1pm
Free, but please book your place. Workshop including a sound walk around the new to-be-developed site at Westpark, followed by learning to create audio recordings of the environment. This workshop is open to all, no previous experience required.
Workshop Sound and the Wind – Friday 12 May, 10am-2.30pm
Free, but please book your place. This workshop is specifically aimed at artists, experimenting with the production of new sounds based on a tour around the future building site, to create new work

Thursday May 11 – Dom Pipkin Dom Pipkin
Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
Dom Pipkin is one of Europe’s most authentic and spirited blues and jazz piano players. He has recorded and toured with Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, Ray Davis, to mention a few, and has dozens of radio and TV appearances to his credit.
Tickets £8adv/£10otd – Doors 8pm

Thursday May 11
John Wrightson Band
Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm Further details, including ticket prices, are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com
Advanced tickets please contact George Armstrong on 07890 006204

Friday May 12
Sean Webster Band [Rock Blues] Sean Webster 2015
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road. Darlington. DL1 1SG – Darlington R ‘n’ Club
Sean Webster is an inspiring guitar/vocalist with a great reputation on the British Blues and Rock scene. His band has seen members come and go since its creation in 2003, but Sean describes his current line up as the best ever.
“Every time I get on stage with these guys, they all make me play better. I have a great time, and always leave the stage with a smile on my face.”
Tickets £12:00 01325-363135 Doors from 7:30pm
www.darlington-r-n-b-club.co.uk

Saturday May 13
Darlington Book Fair, organised by Jeremiah Vokes for the Provincial Booksellers Fair Association. Excellent range of books for sale
Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington
Time: 10am-4pm Tickets £1 on the door.

Saturday May 13
Bottle Art – Fabric sculpting workshop by Abigail Lagden of Curiously Contrary
The Bridge – Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Rd, Darlington, DL1 1ED 1.45 – 4.15 pm
Discover the addictive art of fabric sculpting. In this beginners workshop, you will transform a wine bottle into a beautiful piece of art, full of texture and colour. The workshop is run by artist and certified Powertex tutor, Abigail Lagden, who will help you through every stage and technique. No experience is necessary, just bring your imagination.
Price and booking: £26 per person, all materials will be provided. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place please visit www.curiously-contrary.co.uk.
Contact: abigail@curiously-contrary.co.uk

Saturday May 13 – Sunday July 2
North Eastern Railway Association Exhibition “A Railway History of Shildon 1825 – 2004”
Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam
Included in normal entrance fee.

Monday May 15
Bennet House Writers are holding an Open Morning at Crown St Library in the Art Gallery 10.0 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. They invite everyone to come along and find out more about the writing group and listen to them reading from recent work including poetry collections, novels and memoirs. It is a free event and there will be refreshments.

Monday May 15 7.30pm £3 The Cucaracha Club
The Cucaracha Club (12A) 2016
Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music Centre in Borough Road
Retired British spy, George, is living out his twilight years mostly in a drunken haze, in a town called Torrevieja in Spain, until he is dragged back into the business by a former colleague from MI6. George is enticed by his past and blackmailed into taking on board a case where a crooked Ambassador’s Children are kidnapped and held ransom by an international Group.
Haunted by his past, George is unaware of the intricacies involved in the case and where it will lead. However, George is determined to finally uncover the truth which led to his fall from grace. George is forced to face his demons once and for all and at the same time, ensure the safe return of the Ambassador’s innocent children. George teams up with the most unlikely of characters he has surrounded himself with during his retired years, ultimately making him the almost accidental hero. But can he survive what almost killed him the second time round? A film co-written and starring Darlington’s Billie Anthony Gaddes

Monday May 15 Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 7.430pm
An Evening with John S Rutherford – Come along to experience a man who likes the sound of his own voice. Bear witness to why spelling is important and why the arts should be controlled by a paternalistic and prescriptive elite. Best described as ‘A Triumph of The What?’, it would be funny if some of it was true. Would you be happy if your manservant or maid attended this performance? Unsuitable for children, adolescents or adults, this is the incoherent rambling of someone trained in the paradox of ignorance (may contain poetry and short stories).
Tickets: £3 on the door

Tuesday May 16
Vane Women Showcase
6.30-8.00 pm
Join Vane Women for a Spring evening of poetry and prose
Crown Street Gallery, Darlington, DL1 1ND
Admission: £4 (-10% for DfC members) or £2 for Open Mic Readers

Wednesday May 17 6.00 – 8.00pm
Make a book quilt for Oxfam
Oxfam Darlington, Skinnergate
Price: Donations to Oxfam please
Available places: 10 max
To Book email: rosithornton@gmail.com
This is a two-hour hands-on practical workshop with the Oxfam Volunteers Sewing Club and artist Rosi Thornton to create a bookshelf quilt for Oxfam. Aimed at both new and experienced stitchers, the session will explore the use of improvised patchwork & quilting to create a group project. Come and learn new skills with a group of Oxfam volunteers and do good at the same time.

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Wednesday May 17
Darlington Community Wind Band with special guests Darlington SING
The Majestic, Bondgate 7.30pm
Darlington Community Wind Band are a well-established concert band with a mix of professional and amateur musicians. Membership and repertoire have grown in the past two years under the direction of conductor Ed Thompson, who is also a bandsman serving with The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps in Catterick.
The Band will appear at The Majestic for the first time and will enjoy making music with some old friends, Darlington SING. The evening of well-known film music, marches and popular light music will have the audience tapping their feet and humming a tune or two as they leave.
Tickets £7 from The Majestic.

Thursday May 18 Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 7pm
Darlington-based Inkerman Writers entertain with an evening of prose and poetry. £2 on the door for non group members

Thursday May 18
Singers, Musicians & Poets
Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm Further details, including ticket prices, are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com
Advanced tickets please contact George Armstrong on 07890 006204

Friday May 19
MerseyMania starring The Fabs fabs
Venue: The Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT
A welcome return to Darlington for the show that played sell-out performances at Darlington’s Arts Centre Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Fabs re-create the exciting ‘MerseyMania’ years that the world experienced in the 1960s.
Liverpool’s Cavern Club was at the centre of the action – a cellar venue which was the hub of what became a music phenomenon – at a time when its beat groups were ‘pounding out the big beat’. Groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Merseybeats, The Kinks, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Drifters and many more famous names!
Back in a Darlington theatre for the first time in five years, this is your chance to re-visit an exciting live show that features many hit songs from the decade. An excellent stageset helps recapture The Cavern’s atmosphere and some surprise guests may ‘pop in’ too!
You’ll sing, scream, laugh and cheer! MerseyMania is back in Darlington! DON’T MISS IT!
www.thefabs.uk
Ticket: £16 Contact: www.majestic-tickets.co.uk
Box Office: 01325-482848

Friday May 19
Gasto Promotions present The Dirty South
Support: Creepy Uncle
The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
8:00pm ~ £10 ~ 01325 363135
Southern Rock covers from ZZ Top, to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Redneck Rock from The Outlaws to Molly Hatchet.

This event has been cancelled due to low numbers
Saturday May 20 It’s How You Say It – Dialogue Masterclass
Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 10am-4pm
Run by author John Dean, this masterclass teaches you how to produce compelling dialogue, and will include prose, theatre, radio and film scripts.
Booking in advance required on 07889 554931 or deangriss@btinternet.com. Price: £25.

Saturday May 20
NERA Meeting – “A visit to the seaside: A History of County Durham Railway Excursions from the 1840s to the 1960s, part 2 a talk by Colin Ryder
1.30pm Museum meeting room, Head of Steam
Free for NERA members.

Saturday May 20
Kicking & Screaming – A Brief Story of Post-War Art’: by Linda Smith.
Crown Street Gallery, Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington. DL1 1ND
3.15 – 4.15pm. Doors open at 3.00pm
A special free lecture organised by North Yorkshire & South Durham Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Supported by Creative Darlington
Linda Smith lectures at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Her lecture explores British Art since 1945, from Francis Bacon’s paintings through key moments including modernism and the Festival of Britain; the explosion of Pop Art and Conceptualism; the notorious Sensation’ Exhibition and the Turner Prize and the paintings of Lucian Freud.
North Yorkshire & South Durham Decorative & Fine Arts Society is part of Nadfas, a leading arts charity. NYSDDFAS members meet for monthly lectures and organise study days and outings. They are involved in voluntary work on heritage, conservation and arts education projects. For more information go to:  www.nysddfas.org.uk

Saturday May 20
Meet author Shelley Day
Crown Street Library, Darlington DL1 1ND – 2pm
Free event, no booking required
Meet author Shelley Day as she talks about her debut book The Confession of Stella Moon
The event is part of the yearly Read Regional author programme – more information at http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/read-regional/

Saturday May 20 – Bootleg Blondie
Bootleg Blondie
Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
This brilliant band returns once again to The Forum, paying homage to Blondie & Debbie Harry.
Always a sell out so advance tickets are advised.
Tickets £12 – Doors 8pm

Sunday May 21
Vintage Vehicle Rally
Museum Gardens and Field, Head of Steam 11.00am – 3.00pm
A variety of rare and unusual vintage vehicles from across the North East and Yorkshire regions gather again for this popular event, activities include mini train ride, arts and crafts juggling and balloon making.
£1 entrance fee per person, family members go free.
Family Arts and Crafts

Monday May 22 7.30pm £3
Wonderland (18) 2003
Wonderland
Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music Centre in Borough Road
In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the centre of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes. Starring Val Kilmer as John Holmes featuring an all-star cast including Dylan McDermott and Carrie Fisher.

Tuesday, May 23 6.30-8pm
Bad Fiction (and how NOT to write it!)
Health Warehouse Café, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington
Tickets: £7 per person
Ever read a novel or watched a movie and thought, “That was terrible! I could do better.”? From unconvincing characters to unbelievable plots, unimaginative writing and unrealistic dialogue, atrocious fiction abounds. Join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton as she guides writers through the pitfalls and perils of putting pen to paper, helping aspiring novelists and script writers to avoid the cringe-worthy in their creative work.
To book a place please contact Tracey Iceton: traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk 07773 797817 www.trywriting.co.uk

Thursday May 25
Tom McConville – BBC Folk Musician of the Year
Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm Further details, including ticket prices, are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com
Advanced tickets please contact George Armstrong on 07890 006204

Thursday May 25 – Open Mic for authors vintage_microphone_144611
Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts, the organisers want to hear it all. Simply bring along your piece and read it out. Eight minute slots for each reader.
Venue: Voodoo Café /Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington (01325 467555)
Time: 7-9.30pm Price: £3 on the door
Contact: John Dean, of Inscribe Media Limited, at deangriss@btinternet.com

Thursday May 25
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Frankie Abbott evening has unfortunately been cancelled.
If you have already bought your ticket, please speak to The Forum for a full refund
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Friday May 26
Double Entendre – DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late

Friday May 26 – The Forum Soul Club Northern Soul Oldies Night
Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
Four top DJs spinning quality Northern Soul Oldies, 60s & Motown .
Tickets / Entrance £3.50 – Doors 7pm to Midnight.

Saturday May 27 – G-Men
Forum Music Centre, Borough Road
Top local Ska Band G-men plus support from Scottish Skankers Big Fat Panda
Tickets £8adv/£10otd – Doors 8pm

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 30th May – 2nd June
1.00pm – 3.00pm Northern Rail Activity Room, Head of Steam
May half term for fun arts and crafts for all the family. Included in admission and yearly passes.

Tuesday May 30 7.30pm
Dallas Buyers Club (15) 2013 Dallas Buyers Club
Part of Darlington Film Club’s ‘Places’ Film Festival taking place at The Forum Music Centre in Borough Road
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. Winner of three Oscars including Leading Actor, Matthew McConaughey, and Supporting Actor, Jared Leto.

Wednesday May 31 1.30-3.30pm
Young Writers Creative Workshop
Cockerton Library P1120346
Tickets: £5 booking essential (limited to 30 places)
Young writers (aged 7+) are invited to join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton for this fun, interactive writing and storytelling workshop. There will be the chance to create your own storybook with advice on writing characters, developing plot, using imaginative language and including action, speech and description in your stories. There will also be chance to read your stories and enjoy some storytelling with Tracey.
NB: Writers are asked to bring writing materials and their imaginations! Parents are welcome to stay but not required to.
To book a place please contact Tracey Iceton: traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk 07773 797817 www.trywriting.co.uk

Wednesday May 31
No Name Theatre Group presents Communication Breakdown
The Elm Tree Room, Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 7pm
An offshoot of the Inkerman Writers, No Name Theatre is an emerging theatre company based in Darlington and formed by local writers Angela Pickering, Lesley Blundell and Sandra Spears whose aim is to write and produce popular and challenging theatre and bring to you the audience, stories in a changing, playful and dynamic medium. The show comprises the script reading of three short plays linked by the theme of communication and how it changes through life.
Play one – Text Lessons. Two girls text talk boyfriends and revenge. It tells the story of two teenage girls challenged by their social class. As is the modern way, they use text talk to communicate, all explained by an interpreter
Play two – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. Three sixty year old men who have remained friends since school days discuss women, holidays and a guilty secret. Their relationship has been constant through non-communication and shows how opening up can unsettle the balance.
Play Three – Waiting Game. Set in a care home, three elderly ladies talk to each other and to themselves about tea, cake and life. The play examines the complexities of communication between these three women in their twilight years.
Tickets £3.00 on the door or to book in advance email – nonametheatre9@gmail.com
or mobile 07941213155/07880 801261
This event is unsuitable for under -16s.

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