AS PART of the newly named University of West London's plan to bring art to the local community, students and staff are staging the arts faculty's Summer Showcase.
The event brings together music, art, design and performance in a series of unique exhibitions which includes advertising, animation, film, games development, graphics and photography.
A free gospel music workshop and concert will take place on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm. Sara Raybould, head of the London College of Music, said: "Our annual Summer Showcase event is a celebration of the talents of our students of whom we are really proud and also a chance to find out if there's something that we do that might be of interest - everyone's welcome and we hope that they'll join us."
Mark Little, head of the school of art, design and media at the university, formerly Thames Valley, said: "It's not just the name that is changing.
"We're determined to make a difference and will be organising events of interest to lots of members of the community."
what? Arts Summer Showcase where? University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RF when? May 27, 10am-4pm, May 28 10am-3pm cost? Free see: www.uwl.ac.uk/summershowcase call: 07917 558 975
Klang, it's Steve
A TOP comic best known as the writer and star of BBC3 sitcom We are Klang, Steve Hall is headlining at the Drayton tonight (Friday).
As a solo stand-up, Hall has supported Russell Howard on his sell-out national tours Adventures, Dingledodies and the 2009 arena show Big Rooms and Belly Laughs.
A finalist in the BBC New Comedy Award and Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, he made his fringe debut in 2003 in the sell-out Edinburgh show, Three Men and a Giant, and returned to Edinburgh in 2008 with his first solo stand-up show, Vice Captain Loser.
He is joined by Sean Meo, a regular headliner at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store, where he is a leading member of The Cutting Edge. A former Time Out Comic Of The Year, he has appeared at the Kilkenny, Cork, Montreal and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals.
what? Comedy at the Drayton with Steve Hall where? No5 Club, The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, W13 8PH when? Tonight (Friday) at 9pm cost? £10 see: www.wegottickets.com call: 07853 664 877
HAUNTING Julia is a tale of love and loss and is an undiscovered Alan Ayckbourn gem.
It tells the story of Julia, a musical prodigy who apparently took her own life, though her father, Joe, has always wondered if that was really the case.
Haunting Julia was published in 1994. It was revived at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough in 2008 and has a top flight cast including Christopher Timothy.
what? Haunting Julia where? Studio 2, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, W6 9RL when? Until July 2. Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm. Matinees Thursdays and Saturdays at 3pm. Sundays at 6pm cost? Fridays and Saturdays £25 (concs £20) All other performances £20 (concs £16) see: www.riversidestudios.co.uk call: 020 8237 1111
In the mood for the sounds of Miller?
FOR one night only and marking the 70th anniversary of the Blitz, the Nick Ross Orchestra is bringing the sounds of the Glenn Miller era to the Beck.
A one-off matinee concert will recreate the classic sounds of big bands such as those led by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. With a full line-up of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, a rhythm section and top singers, the orchestra will play popular numbers such as Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood and Begin the Beguine.
The Nick Ross Orchestra uses
arrangements exactly as recorded in the great swing era of the 40s, coupled with outstanding instrumental and vocal performances.
what? The Nick Ross Orchestra - Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era where? Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE when? May 29 at 5pm cost? £18 see: www.becktheatre.org.uk call: 020 8561 8371
For Nisha it's far more than a hobby
INTERNATIONAL artist Nisha Duggal blends documentary and simulation in her novel work, Things to Make and Do, at her first solo exhibition at Watermans.
This film, showing alongside videos from her back catalogue, follows the hobbies and pastimes of a disparate group of people, comparing everyday leisure pursuits and the consumption and production of contemporary art.
Her films and drawings have been exhibited internationally including installations at Arnolfini in
Bristol, Ginza Art Lab in Tokyo and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead as well as screenings at Rekalde in Bilbao.
Nisha has been awarded commissions by the Site Gallery in Sheffield and Contemporary Art Forum in Ontario.
She studied at Derby and The Slade and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Moving Image Awards in 2008.
She completed the Florence Trust residency in 2010 and has also worked in the prestigious Saatchi Collection.
what? Things to Make and Do exhibition where? Watermans Art Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS when? Until Thursday, June 30 cost? Free see: www.water mans.org.uk call: 020 8232 1010