5 Things- This Week in Staines


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1.

See Tinyfish at ‘The Peel’ Kingston

Tinyfish

Tinyfish at The Peel, Kingston Saturday Feb 2nd 2008 7:30PM

…. with Touchstone

“The world’s smallest Progressive Rock Band”

Listed No 15 in the the latest Classic Rock’s top Albums of 2007 [Tinyfish] this Marillionesque new prog-rock discovery from ‘Sarf Lundun’ also suggest influences from multifarious progressive do-gooders including such names as Rush, Solstice and Porcupine Tree.

This is a rare chance to see the band before they go large.

Check them on myspace at:

http://www.myspace.com/tinyfishmusic

Feb 2 2008 7:30A The Peel Kingston

http://www.myspace.com/thepeel
160 Cambridge Road
Kingston Upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3HH


2.

Go to see Foulplay at ‘The Hob’ on Thursday

Foulplay


Foulplay at The Hobgoblin, Staines Thu 31st Jan 9pm

STAINE’S FAVOURITE PUB BAND! [ AdPontes-Staines Poll 2007]

For full review of this band see:

https://staines.wordpress.com/2007/10/22/foulplay/

3.

Go see Cloverfield at Vue Cinema Staines

Cloverfield

Cloverfield at Vue Staines Release date 01/02/2008 Cert 15

Some Thing Has Found Us

This Sci Fi / Monster flick revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of young twenty-something characters who were attending a birthday party before the calamity.

Stars Lizzy Caplan (The character ‘debbie’ in American Dad) and is produced by award-winning ‘Lost’ co-creator J. J. Abrams and written by ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ genius script-writer Drew Goddard, this movie should be a sleek and refined as it is nail-biting and frightening.

Running time: 84 minutes
Director(s): Matt Reeves

Vue Cinema, Two Rivers, Staines

4.

Go see the work of Allen Jones – Pop Artist

Allen Jones at the TATE

The Allen Jones display- TATE BRITAIN until 10th Feb 2008 – FREE ENTRY

Allen Jones

To celebrate his 70th birthday Tate Britain is presenting a display of Allen Jones’s paintings which sets his most recent multi-part canvases against some of his early 1960s work.

Like other Pop artists of his generation, Jones drew upon popular culture for his imagery. He is best known for controversial depictions of female figures based on the style of 1940s and 1950s fetish magazines. There is also an important technical
side to his work, much of which has been in opposition to the formalist doctrine of abstract painting. His work has become increasingly complex in terms of the space he creates and, since the 1980s, paintings of parties, performers and the theatre
even suggest a narrative. This is especially clear in his latest, multi-part works which are on display until 10 February 2008.

Free Entry – Tate Britain

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG

From Staines by rail to Vauxhall (850 metres approx.) and Victoria

Part of the BP British Art Displays 1500-2007

5.

Go to see The Blue Fuses- Staines Riverside Club

Blue Fuses

The Blue Fuses Feb 1st 2008 Staines Riverside Club £3

To check out this local blues band (with a prog-rock edge) see our full review on:our weblog at:

https://staines.wordpress.com/2007/10/23/blue-fuses/

February, 1 2008 at The Riverside Club
6 Laleham Rd, STAINES, TW18 2DX

bandsite: http://www.bluefuses.co.uk/

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5 Things- This Week in Staines


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1.

Go to the Hobgoblin, Staines and see Kill The Baddies

Kill The Baddies at Staines

Kill The Baddies at The Hob, Staines Sunday Jan 27 2008 7:00PM £2

Kill The Baddies formed in 2006 to fight evil and corruption with the power of ROCK! Formerly “And A Thousand Elephants”, KTB have a breadth of experience playing live shows all over London and the South-East of England whilst based in Surrey. Kill The Baddies have just finished their 5 track CD, “Who Is This Girl?”. This year Kill The Baddies were invited to play at Guilfest, which turned out to be an absolutely storming show.

Roj – Vocals

Mikey – Guitar and Backing Vocals

Joe – Bass

Will – Lead Guitar

Jody – Drums

http://www.myspace.com/killthebaddiesmusic

The Hobgoblin Pub
Staines, Middlesex UK

2.

Go to see Avenged Sevenfold – London Tickets

Avenged Sevenfold - only LONDON gig- tickets still available


Avenged Sevenfold at Carling Brixton Academy THU 24-JAN-08 DOORS 19:00

LIVE NATION PRESENTS
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
AT
CARLING ACADEMY BRIXTON
U14S WITH ADULT IN CIRCLE
THU 24-JAN-08 DOORS 19:00

STANDING DOWNSTAIRS
£17.50

UNRESERVED SEATING/REAR STANDING
£17.50

As musicians, the members of Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) are definite virtuosos in a time when being accomplished artists seemingly means so little. They are inquisitive and never fully satisfied with their own work. They seek to grow and improve every day, regardless of the obstacles or costs involved.

They are a rock band. They are rock stars. They are Avenged Sevenfold.

Click here for tickets- few still remaining !

http://www.myspace.com/avengedsevefold

3.

Go see Sweeney Todd at Vue Cinema Staines

Sweeney Todd at VUE cinema Staines

Sweeney Todd at Vue Staines Thursday 24th Jan 2008 Cert 18

Victorian England is the setting for this harrowing melodrama. Benjamin Barker is living a simple life as a barber with his wife Lucy and his daughter Johanna when the lust of a judge throws all of their lives into chaos. The judge has Benjamin Barker deported to Australia, and it is many years later that he returns to England, under the pseudonym Sweeney Todd with revenge on his heart. He wishes to reclaim his family and punish the judge and the society who destroyed it. With the help of Mrs. Lovett a pie shop owner who had known Sweeney and his family all of those years ago, Sweeney goes about seeking vengeance and reaping the benefits of that bloody journey.

Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Head

Thursday 24th January 14:50 17:40 20:30
cert: 18.No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a cinema. running time: 116 mins

Vue Cinema, Two Rivers, Staines

4.

Go see the work of Allen Jones – Pop Artist

Allen Jones at the TATE

The Allen Jones display- TATE BRITAIN until 10th Feb 2008 – FREE ENTRY

Allen Jones

To celebrate his 70th birthday Tate Britain is presenting a display of Allen Jones’s paintings which sets his most recent multi-part canvases against some of his early 1960s work.

Like other Pop artists of his generation, Jones drew upon popular culture for his imagery. He is best known for controversial depictions of female figures based on the style of 1940s and 1950s fetish magazines. There is also an important technical
side to his work, much of which has been in opposition to the formalist doctrine of abstract painting. His work has become increasingly complex in terms of the space he creates and, since the 1980s, paintings of parties, performers and the theatre
even suggest a narrative. This is especially clear in his latest, multi-part works which are on display until 10 February 2008.

Free Entry – Tate Britain

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG

From Staines by rail to Vauxhall (850 metres approx.) and Victoria

Sponsored by BP British Art Displays Part of the BP British Art Displays 1500-2007

5.

Go to see The 39 Steps at Richmond Theatre

The 39 Steps at RICHMOND theatre

The 39 Steps Richmond Theatre Tue 22 Jan to Sat 26 Jan 2008

The 39 Steps
Richmond Theatre

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Directed by Maria Aitken.

Literally nothing has been cut from this hilarious and exciting version of Britain’s most spell-binding thriller with four actors playing a minimum of one hundred and thirty nine roles. Legendary scenes include ‘The Chase on the Flying Scotsman’,
‘The rather provocative ‘bedroom’ sequence’ and the death-defying (or nearly!)‘Finale at the London Palladium!’

Performances:

Tue 22 Jan: 7:45pm
Wed 23 Jan: 2:30pm, 7:45pm
Thu 24 Jan: 7:45pm
Fri 25 Jan: 7:45pm
Sat 26 Jan: 2:30pm, 7:45pm

Box Office: 0870 060 6651

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Is Staines the ‘New’ Liverpool?

Is Staines UK’s new Liverpool?

Celestial hometown popsters- Hard Fi

In a story about hometown celestial pop-group Hard Fi, the local paper
ran a headline asking is Staines the UK’s New Liverpool….

So AdPontes-Staines checked the stats…

Liverpool

Liverpool engraving

Staines

Staines engraving

size pop. 816,000 size pop. 52,400
river Mersey river Thames
Inhabitants Scousers Inhabitants Chavs
age 900 years age 2000 years
Domesday Book? No Domesday Book? Yes
Youth Culture Mersey Beat Youth Culture Suburban Indie
Cultural Centre Cultural Desert
City Of Poetry City Of Profanity
Art Several Galleries Art An art walk
Sport Liverpool
FC
Sport Staines
FC
Performance Performing
arts
Performance Performing
farts
World
Heitage
Waterfront World Heritage Magna Carta
Airport John Lennon Airport Heathrow
Pop Stars Beatles Pop Stars Hard Fi
Comedy
Ken Dodd
Ken
Comedy
Bobby Davro
Bobby
Trivia Adolf Hitlers brother once lived here Trivia The man who arrested Guy Fawkes once lived here
Total 8/16 Total 7/16

Next week… is Staines the New Detroit, the New Florence, the New
Mississippi Delta? etc. etc etc.

Check out Adpontes-Staines for more Art & Lifestyle Comment and Reviews

WINDSOR ARTS CENTRE

WINDSOR ARTS CENTRE ‘CLOSES FOR GOOD’…

The Windsor Arts Centre ‘closed up’ during the week before Christmas (December 14) after spiralling costs left the business in tatters.

Shocked staff were sent home as the managers running the centre admitted that the company had gone into administration.

The company, already over £125,00 in the red, were destined to increase in deficit to nearly £150,000 by the end of the financial year. Several cash injections by the local authority have not helped to ease the cash-flow crisis.

The full extent of this ‘local tragedy’ for the arts is difficult to over-exaggerate. The remaining season’s calender was still intact , with many tickets sold or pre-ordered, and customers have been left out in the cold with no idea of whether they will get their money back.

Meanwhile, members of the Friends of the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum Group attended a meeting with council officials last week in a bid to express an interest in using the space to set up a museum.

Anyone owed money by Windsor Arts Centre should send the details to David Tann at Highlands House, Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, Reading, RG1 1NT

The TANGO now moves to Baldwin Hall, Eton.

Tommyfest (March 2008) may now have to be cancelled.

Go to Save Windsor Arts Centre to leave a message and if you would like to see the centre still maintained for performing arts.

For Staines Arts News visit AdPontes-Staines.Com

5 Things- This Week in Staines

ADPONTES-STAINES
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK

AdPontes-Staines.Com Staines Arts & Lifestyle Magazine

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1.

Go to the Hobgoblin, Staines and see Page not Found

Page Not Found at The Hob, Staines

Page Not Found at The Hob, Staines Sunday Dec 09 at 8 PM £2

Page Not Found are a punk rock group form Slough Berkshire UK. Formally known as Ollie Impossible, Page Not Found play their own style of Fast paced skate punk. After the change the band along with new bassman have wasted no time and headed straight into the studio to record some material. ….

Sounds like: Blink 182

http://www.pagenotfoundrock.com/

The Hobgoblin Pub
Staines, Middlesex UK

2.

Go to see Ravi at Baroosh! High Street, Staines

Ravi at Baroosh! Staines


Ravi at Baroosh, Thursday Dec 06 8:30PM

The local vocal and guitar hero will be playing in the refined atmosphere of Baroosh this week.

With a huge repertoire of sing-along clap-along tunes- some soulful, some upbeat, but all memorable, you are in for a hugely enjoyable night. Ravi plays unplugged so you don’t need your ear-defenders for this polished performance…

Baroosh!
24-26 High Street
Staines
TW184EE


3.

Go see the “Elvis” Tribute at the Yum-Yum Tree


Darren Alboni is Elvis


Elvis Night at The Yum Yum Tree, Sunbury Sat December 8


Darren Alboni is Elvis at the Yum Yum Tree ELVIS night.

http://www.theultimatetribute.co.uk/

Yum Yum Tree Chinese Restaurant
9 Staines Rd West,
Sunbury-On-Thames.
Middlesex.
TW16 7AB.

Phone to book a table 01932 783585

4.

Book your tickets for Local Ice Skating at Windsor

Windsor Skating

The Royal Windsor Ice Skating Rink, Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor
Saturday 2 December to Sunday 7 January. Closed Christmas Day

Advance booking* is recommended, especially at Christmas and New Year and busy days like weekends- for this local spectacular ice rick.

In the shadows of Windsor castle and by the sparkling Thames, only the really posh and the royal come out for skating at Alexandra Gardens…. just a few stops down the line from Staines station to Eton & Windsor Riverside. Why not go shopping after skating in Windsor town centre?

There will be ten one-hour skating sessions every day between 10am and 10pm, with short periods between certain sessions for ice cleaning. Sessions will be: 10 – 11am, 11am – 12midday, 12.15 – 1.15pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.45 – 3.45pm, 4 – 5pm, 5.15 –

6.15pm, 6.30 – 7.30pm, 7.45 – 8.45pm and 9 – 10pm.

Go To ADPONTES-STAINES.COM for your ADVANCED tickets now!

5.

See Curtis Eller’s American Circus in WINDSOR

Curtis Ellers American circus

Curtis Eller Saturday 08 Dec at 8pm Windsor Arts Centre £8.50

Curtis Eller is New York City’s angriest yodelling banjo player. He sings about pigeon racing, performing elephants and Jesus – all of which he has seen with his own eyes. He started his career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde time Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to banjo playing because there is more money in it. His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Al Jolson and Abraham Lincolne

There is a special screening of a Buster Keaton short which will be shown at the beginning of this gig

Box Office: 01753 859336

Windsor Arts Centre
The Old Court
St Leonards Rd
Windsor
Berkshire

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Bohica at The Hob, Staines

Bohica
Dream-pop Guildford rockers Bohica played the Hob last night. What a powerful and exciting band! Incorporating funk and reggae beats, irregular stop-start song structures and heavy anthemic riffs, this lively and energetic act is hard not to like. Add to the mix a wild dervish of drums- plenty of breakdowns, shimmers and solid clangs- some grungy, often doom-laden, nu-metal vocals (think ill Nino or Mudvayne) and the tension and depths of guitarwork as-near-as-damn-it to perfection and you are close to capturing the energy, soul and bravura of this young band.

Fully integrating stylistic elements from post-punk through to hardcore and even soul, Eng Wei Chua on Guitar, brings the notions of lead guitar and rhythm guitar into one unholy wedlock. (Think art-punk heroes ‘Television’ circa 1970’s or UK post-punk’Gang of Four’.) Yes, there may be invisible layers of texture and emotion in there somewhere but this band plays with more chutzpah than a full assault squadron of SAS troopers in a tight spot near Helmand.

After spending the past few years finalising the line up, gigging and writing, the band have recently upped the ante and released two discs and a single (myfreesingle.com.) This band has the ability to finish the task and to get things done… watch them live large and live free…they will achieve the dream!

Catch them next at The Plantation, Guildford on Dec 14 2007 or watch this space to see them again at the Hob.

You can download their single free at myfreesingle.com or check their space at http://www.myspace.com/bohica

Bend over, here it comes again….

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James Burns – Vocals
Eng Wei Chua – Guitar
Christian Inglis – Bass
Nathaniel Renouf – Drums
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Lord of the Rings at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings
Theatre Royal Drury Lane

At last I have managed to get to see Lord of the Rings on stage. 3 hours long in 3 acts with a 20 minute interval. I was like many (but not all) who was there to see just ‘how they do it.’

J. R. R. Tolkein embarked on writing the epic work in stages (between 1937 and 1949) against a background of totalitarianism (a specially bred Orc army), industrial power leading to world war (the end of the ‘Golden Age’) and the allied victory over a common enemy (the battle at the Black Gate of Mordor.) But Tolkein was also conscious that he wanted to record a ‘very English’ kind of mythology similar to European mythologies such as Norse (pantheon of the gods), Anglo-Saxon (Beowulf) or even making reference to the Germanic (Nibelungenlied or the Ring Cycle.) It is clear that the Ring refers to the notion of absolute power the premise being that anyone who seeks to gain absolute worldly power will inevitably be corrupted by it.

To create a performance of an epic-fantasy spanning nine hours and fit for a theatre audience is not inconceivable (Richard Wagner’s ‘The Ring cycle’ has been playing since 1876) but the truly epic enormity of the project (in both a Brechtian sense and also  in a very practical sense) has, until now, been impossible to tackle.

Full-length stage musical adaptations of each of The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003) were produced in Cincinnati, Ohio. These first productions suffered from poor funding and were not successful. Subsequent productions were better received and these inspired the London-based theatre producer Kevin Wallace and his partner, Saul Zaentz (best picture Oscars for and Amadeus 1984, as well as for The English Patient 1996,) stage and film rights-holder and producer of the animated film version of 1978 — in association with Toronto theatre-owner David Mirvish and concert promoter Michael Cohl, to produce the stage musical adaptation in 2006. The book and lyrics were written by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus, and the music was by A. R. Rahman (Bombay Dreams 2002) and Finnish folk-music band Värttinä, collaborating with Christopher Nightingale.

This original production (for Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre,) was promoted as a spectacle of unusual scale. But the size and high-cost of the production, mixed with some very poor reviews, led to the collapse of the project after only 6 months. The writers and producers went back to the drawing-board and came up with a concept that was slightly shorter, more enthusiastic and very cautious (with the longest ‘preview period’ ever attempted in British theatre. This final product (costing in excess of £25 million) is the most ambitious and expensive theatre production ever to have been attempted outside Las Vegas.

What’s it like? The production starts promptly (you are told to get into your seats 15 minutes early) and you go straight to Middle Earth (the Shires to be exact.) The naturalistic woodland setting adds mystery and extra dimension to the stage. The music is folksy and cheerful (dramatic and operatic when the mood requires) and, although not really remarkable or memorable, it provides ample emotional background and occasional leitmotifs.

The real treats were the “how will they do it?” moments. I won’t spoil it for you but Gandalf’s fight at the bridge of Khazad-dûm and the monster at the Lair of Shelob were two of the most memorable and truly satisfying scenes I have ever witnessed in a musical theatre production.

The use of real deus ex machina (elves tend to literally drop in and float back up heavenwards) and the acrobatic assaults by the armies of orcs constantly add thrills to proceedings. You never feel bored- I was at the edge of my seat all the way through.

What did they miss out? Well, I am pretty sure that most female members of the audience were pleased that the big set-piece battle scenes were not there. These take up a huge proportion of the Peter Jackson films. Also, there are no epic poems and verse. The musical tends to take the big motifs (Elves looking after the Hobbits or the ‘smallness’ and ‘cheerfulness’ of the Hobbits in relation to Humans) and runs with these. Obviously, all the major plot elements are still there but there is no sign of ‘wormtongue’ who should have been corrupting King Théoden and there was no Tom Bombadil. ‘Fatty’ Bolger seemed to be missing and the Ringwraiths seemed to be able to find the Hobbits without the decoy scene.

I was pleased to see so may young people at the show. The films and the games have made Middle Earth seem real to a whole new set of fans. This ‘computer generation’ seemed to enjoy the theatrical production as much as the older ‘readers’. All-in-all, hugely enjoyable fun and very good value for money.

Arwen is played by Rosalie Craig (Doctors, Grease Monkeys etc)
Gandlaf by Malcolm Storry (Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders etc.)
Galadriel by Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady etc.)
Frodo by James Loye (TV’s Dunkirk)
Sam by Peter Howe (original Toronto cast)

Monday evenings at 7.00pm
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Saturday matinees at 2.00pm
Thursday matinees at 2.00pm from 28 June
Extra matinees on Monday 24 and Monday 31 December at 1.30pm
No evening performance 24 December.
No performances 25 December

Prices from just £15

http://www.lotr.com/

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