CARNIVAL meets theatre when a giant tiger appears in a west London park tomorrow.

The Tiger and The Emperor is a spectacular site-specific theatre performance created by the outdoor theatre specialists, Walk the Plank, and the carnival arts organisation, Kinetika.

This performance is based on a folk story of the greedy emperor, who wants his taxes and people must pay.

Live music is performed by the Bollywood Brass Band, while dancers from the Alluminae Dance Company and Gumley House Convent School create a spectacular finale accompaniment to the emperor's pageant.

Take a picnic and enjoy a great free event for the whole family.

what? The Tiger and the Emperor outdoor theatre

when? Saturday September 25, 1-2.30pm

where? Lampton Park, Hounslow, TW3 4DN

cost: Free


Conjuring at the Court

A VENTRILOQUIST that even Simon Cowell likes will be holding court at the Drayton in its last magic show before the pub's revamp.

John Kimmons, a hilarious performer with an original approach, will be giving the show some extra pizzazz as he joins Max Somerset, one of the UK's leading magicians, with two series on Sky TV Max Magic and Undercover Magic and a starring role in another TV series, The Sorceror's Apprentice. To complete the foursome are Pat Fallon, one of Ireland's leading magical entertainers and Katherine Rhodes, a professional magician and mind reader.

what? Conjuring at the Court

when? Thursday, September 30, 8pm

where? Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, W13 8PH

cost? £10. Tickets will also be available at the door - if any are left see: .

The Celtic Tenors

THE Celtic Tenors' live show is an experience not to be missed if you enjoy both the classics as well as pop, this is something a bit different that you will enjoy.

The unique voices, charm and wit of Daryl, James and Matthew make it an uplifting experience.

Expect classics from Pavarotti and Bocelli, spiritual songs, musical theatre hits, even some pop, while not forgetting a wealth of Celtic and Irish classics.

what? The Celtic Tenors

when? September 27, 7.30pm

where? Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE

cost: £15 contact: 020 8561 8371


Birds of a Feather exhibition

A MOTHER and son are flying high after teaming up for an exhibition on avian art.

Dianne and Jonathan Preston share their individual passions for birds and have used their creative skills to produce Bird of a Feather, Whatever the Weather.

Jonathan (aka Avian Security) is an established street artist who gives an imaginative insight into the lives of urban birds, with his witty paintings using stencils, spray cans and graphic markers.

Dianne's colourful, sculptural papier mâché figures celebrate the beauty and mystery of birds' behaviour.

what? Birds of a Feather, Whatever the Weather

when? now until October 18, Monday to Friday, 8am-noon and 1-5pm; Saturday 8-11.30am

where? Moss & Co Timber Merchants, Dimes Place, 104 King Street, W6 0QW

cost: Free contact: Dianne Preston, 07917 038 888


Pitshanger International Food and Drink Festival

AN international food and drink festival is being served up by local businesses in the latest part of the Love Pitshanger Lane campaign.

The campaign aims to keep the villagey quality of the Ealing street, with its many independent shops, restaurants and cafes.

Many of the eateries have joined forces to dish out samples of the diverse foods on offer.

Campaign organiser Walter Wyeth, of Pitshanger Books, said: "There are 60 shops overall in Pitshanger and 32 are food-related; virtually everything is represented in world cuisine.

"So we want to celebrate that and enjoy the diversity that is the Lane."

There will be free tasters and sample menus from a wide variety of food, including new arrivals Harrisons Wine and Cheese store and established favourites, such as Lisa's and Atlantis.

Worth popping along, especially at lunchtime!

what? Pitshanger International Food & Drink Festival

when? Saturday, September 25, 10am-3pm

where? Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, W5

cost: Free contact: 020 8991 8131