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It’s Friday, glad rags on and go out, out!

I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda looking forward to the kids going back to school, I’ve had no routine at all, meh! I’ve put a few of these on my hit list and I’m going alone. Alone I tell ya (but do say hello if you see me, unless you’re under 16, then get back to school ; )

 I Love Music: Kettering Exhibition, Manor House Museum, 18 Jun – 17 Sep (Free!)

I love music #2

Reminisce Kettering’s musical history and see how pop music has changed over the decades this summer at The Manor House Museum. Take a look at all the pop tunage from 1950 to now and revisit all the musical names of the past. A killer jukebox and more musical interactives are at your disposal to sing and dance along to (just me, oooooo k then).

Olympic Challenge, Stanwick Lakes, 21 July – 4 Sep (£2.50PP)

Olympic ChallengeOne of my faves! Stanwick lakes has been hosting an Olympic challenge since July but as it’s over at the weekend (let’s hope the end of the Olympics didn’t upset you as much it did to Mr Muddy!) I thought I’d mention it for those who still haven’t got round to getting there. Jog or walk the Stanwick Lakes mile, scramble over the assault course, explore the adventure trail and cycle or paddle around a lake. Try five activities which will be fun for all the family and keep you fit and healthy (compensate for all that Friday night wine). Complete three or more activities to be awarded a Stanwick lakes Olympic medal, yay! (11am – 4pm)

MotoGP British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 1 Sep – 4 Sep (£50 – oomph)

MotoGPFor all you muddy lovers that are into your motorsport, this is for you! Apologies for this being slightly late but I thought it was too big of an event to pass up! Be sure to visit the website and get a tent up ASAP to watch our boys race round the track.

Mamma Mia Outdoor Cinema, Winwick Hall NN6 7PD, 2 Sep

Mamma MiaWear your costumes and bring a picnic because things are getting hot in here! For just £15 (under 10’s go free) you get a spot for the evening to watch the classic film, a spectacular firework display, free parking and access to some yummy food outlets if you leave your picnic on the kitchen table! There will also be prizes for best costume and best dancer, so get sewing (or ask your Mum like I still do)!

Richard Alston Season: The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton

effbeatmyheart-1000x407Part of a season of films curated and introduced by Richard Alston (we’ve done loads on Facebook about this) writer/director Jacques Audiard (Read My Lips, Dheepan) turns in a crafty, contemporary Parisian update of James Toback’s Fingers. Tom (Duris) is set to follow in his father’s footsteps in the sleazy and sometimes violent world of real estate. Then a chance encounter leads him to believe that he can become, like his mother, a concert pianist. He starts preparing for an audition with a virtuoso Chinese pianist (Linh Dan Pham). She doesn’t speak a word of French, so music is their only language. However, pressures from the ugly world of his day job soon become more than he can handle. Comparisons with the original are always inevitable, but The Beat That My Heart Skipped more than holds its own. In French with English subtitles. Sun 4 September 2:00pm

Santa Pod Euro Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, 8 Sep – 11 Sep

Santa Pod #3Do I really need to explain Santa Pod? Really? You need me to explain the nitrous fuelled superbikes? The car crushing monster trucks? The flame spitting exhausts? I didn’t think so. (P.s There’s even a Lancaster Bomber flying over the venue on Saturday and Sunday!)

Chinese State Circus, Lighthouse Theatre, 8 Sep

Chinese CircusIt’s the year of the monkey everybody and have we got some monkey business for you. 30 world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artists, and jugglers will be performing for your entertainment. No gimmicks, no fakes, no retakes.

Pop-up Bowie, Lighthouse Theatre, 11 Sep, 9:30pm-11pm

Pop up BowiePaul Anthony sounds and looks like David Bowie; and was voted the UK’s number 1 David Bowie tribute at the National Tribute Awards 2013. With his own band he performs two hours of Bowie’s biggest hits in a show called Pop-Up Bowie. Hear all the songs that have made David Bowie one of the immortal legends of our time. A full evening of material in just the way it should be heard and seen.

Squeeze, Royal & Derngate, 7 Sep

Squeeze #2Once again the Derngate has caught my eye with another live act (I couldn’t even manage press tics to this, it’s so popular). The iconic band Squeeze will feature Cradle To The Grave from their first collection of sizzling tracks since 1998, and some other bangers including Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted.

Oundle Farmers Market, Oundle, 10 Sep

Oundle FarmersIn foodie news, Oundle’s Farmers Market is the place to be next Saturday. The market has it all; a gorgeous pig roast, specialty sausages, and over 35 stalls to choose from. Be there or be er, sausageless.

Further afield…

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones @ Saatchi Gallery, until 4 Sept

It feels like the week of endings, rather than the beginning of Autumn but I should mention or you might miss it for good. The much-acclaimed if pricey Rolling Stones exhibition, taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery in London, ends this Sunday. There are nine thematic galleries, 500 original Stones’ artefacts, never before seen dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, rare instruments, original stage designs and poster/album cover artwork, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and video footage, personal diaries. The only thing missing is yesterday’s undies but there, you can’t have it all.

Holoscenes, Exchange Square, Broadgate, London, 1-4 Sept, 5-10pm

london burning

There are a load of events going on right now as part of London Burning, marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.  Surely one of the most intriguing is Holoscenes — a six-hour underwater performance installation by Los Angeles-based company Early Morning Opera, inspired by water and society’s troubled relationship with it.  Here’s what happens: in a giant aquarium, people struggle to get dressed, clean, read the paper and so on as water ebbs and flows around them, all accompanied by an other-worldly soundscape broadcast from inside the tank. I so want to see it.

St Paul’s Lates, St Paul’s Cathedral, 2-3 Sept, 6-9pm

st pauls

For just 2 days, St Paul’s will be open late — and they’ll be actively encouraging you to take photos (something on which they normally frown).  It’s part of the London Burning series, too, so you’ll see objects that were scorched in the fire (honestly, you think they’d have cleaned up by now…) and their Out of the Fireexhibition.  You can visit the Crypt, too, or just walk around taking it all in.


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