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MON 11 - SUN 17 JUNE

Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.

Surrey artists’ open studios
■ Studios around Surrey ■ Sat 2 June- Sat 17 June

For sixteen days in June, over 275 Surrey artists in 164 studios will be opening up their studios to the public for the open studios annual event. There will be a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, opportunities to view demonstrations and buy artwork. If all the creativity brings a waft of inspiration your way, there will also be opportunities to get involved in creative workshops.

Vicki Nigouimi
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

The New Ashgate Gallery will be exhibiting Vicki Nigouimi’s work; many of her paintings include ceramics by contemporary studio potters from her own collection. Her preoccupation with still life paintings has enabled her to pursue an interest in colour and drawing and a fascination with the relationship of objects.


Jane Muir – Maker in Focus
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Jane Muir’s pieces are being displayed at The New Ashgate Gallery. She specialises in idiosyncratic hand painted figures representing a witty and uncluttered observation of the world. Her figures stand alone or are placed in an architectural landscape and are hand modelled, allowing her the freedom to sketch with clay and develop ideas during the making process. Jane’s figures aren’t specific individuals but are a personification of the stereotype.

Fiona Pearce: Wonder Woods and Furrowed Fields
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ Sat 9 June- Sat 21 July

Fiona Pearce shares her passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside in her artwork, for us all to enjoy at the New Ashgate Gallery. Her daily runs in the local countryside are her greatest inspiration as well as her travel to France. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush.

84 Charing Cross Road
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 11 – Sat 16 June

Based on a true story and adapted from Helene Hanff’s much-loved best-selling book, 84 Charing Cross Road is a tender and heart-warming tale of transatlantic friendship. Spanning 20 years, this bittersweet sweet comedy charts the extraordinary relationship between a vivacious New York writer and a London bookseller. Stars Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis.


ROH: Swan Lake
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Tue 12 June

One of the most admired of all classical ballets prances into Cranleigh with pointed toes. The Royal Ballet presents a beautiful new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet. The story follows that Prince Siegfried dances upon a flock of swans while out hunting, when one of the swans turns out to be a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Tickets: £19.75.

Cirque Berserk!
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Tues 12 – Sat 16 June

This is traditional circus thrills and skills made for theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this international troupe includes over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen.

Jools Holland
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Thurs 14 June

King of boogie woogie, Jools Holland is set to raise the palace roof with an energy-fuelled show with his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Joining him on stage is special guest and 80’s icon Marc Almond. Time: 21:00. Tickets: £49- £69.

■ Yvonne Arnaud theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June-  Sat 16 June

ANiMALCOM is an energetic and funny musical combining physical theatre, puppetry and storytelling to bring David Baddel’s magical comic story to stage. Malcom doesn’t like animals which is a problem because his family love them and his house if full of pets. After a bizarre school trip to a farm, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. But will he end up the same as before? Adult Ticket’s: £20. Under 18s: £15.

Eleanor Conway: Modern Addict (Work in Progress)
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June

Following on from her critically acclaimed debut Walk of Shame, Conway is back with the sequel and it goes a bit like this. Now sober from booze and substances she’s is trying to navigate reality without stimulants. But it turns out now she’s addicted to everything. Except babies. How can she get clean once again and live a happy connected life, all the while keeping her followers updated? Please note, this is a work in progress show and Eleanor will be testing new material.

Pal Joey 
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 14 June- Sat 16 June

Young, naïve and ambitious nightclub hoofer will do anything to get to the top. When he’s torn between two women, a rich socialite and innocent everywoman he makes his decision on who will get him to the top and will soon find out the consequences to his actions. If you fancy a show which is brimming with good music and fast in its toes, then grab your tickets.


Sam Kelly’s Station House
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 15 June

Sam Kelly’s Station house is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, jazz, reggae and funk. With three ‘lead’ singers and a tight rhythm section, the result is an electric fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues. Tickets: £12.

The Beach Boys
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ Fri 15 and Sat 16 June

Legendry American rock band The Beach boys have given us a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions, but their greater significance lies in the fact that they changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Time: 21.00. Tickets £69- £90.

Vision Boards Surrey : Workshop
■ Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming ■ Sat 16 June

Hand holding coffee cup with may photograph on the table

Take time out to think about just you and your goals and dreams. This five-hour workshop will help you identify what’s important in your life, what you want to achieve, and how to get there. You’ll create a vision board as a visual reminder. Cost is £50. Book

Guildford GAG house Comedy Club
■ The Back room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 16 June

The line-up includes Alistair Barrie, one of the most sought-after performers on the international comedy circuit and Jon Long who’s clever gags and witty gags are guaranteed to have you in stiches at The Star Inn, Guildford. Jenny Collier and Darren Altman will also be joining them on the stage. Darren has a unique understanding of pitch and timing and can deliver a huge range of accents, dialects, characters and impressions. Jenny states a highpoint as Appearing on a BBC Radio Wales panel show with Jo Brand. And a Low point – After a gig, an audience member saying ‘You should be a stripper’ (Both secretly highlights).

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission.


The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time.

Beatriz Milhazes
■ White Cube, Bermondsey, SE1 ■ ends 1 July

Oooh! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until 17 Jun

v and a museum ocean liners exhibit empress of Britain poster white ship

These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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