1. Come fly with Northwood Community Arts.
THE first of a trio of shows at the arts centre starts this week and The Magnificent Flying Machine promises to get them off to a flying start.
Garlic Theatre present the magical performance using hand-crafted puppets, movement and live music laden with artistic touches and is an enjoyable experience for family members of any age.
The puppets tell the story of Prof Bix Horn who is full of hair-brained schemes and a wistful view of the old days when a pilot had to rely on his nouse and knowledge of the skies to get the job done.
Two more family shows will follow over the next six months with help from funds from the London Borough of Hillingdon and both prove to be just as imaginative, creative and entertaining as Prof Bix’s journey into a magical world.
where? The Hall, St John’s Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood Hills
when? Saturday, March 24 at 3pm
cost? £7 per person or £24 for a family of four
see: Box office 01628 675 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The Duration of Surface at a new exhibition space in Pinner
THE 17th Century building which has been host to the historic family-run shop will now house a new gallery curated by the Lines family.
The first exhibition opens in the wallpaper and furnishings shop and will give artists and community groups the opportunity to exhibit in a professional setting.
The Duration of Surface exhibition explores the relationship between surfaces and the passage of time and features works from 27 artists in both painting and sculptures.
They include abstract representations of the tide, manipulations of surface and texture and studies of room, person and time and the artists are from across London, with the majority based in Harrow and Hillingdon. One Pinner-based textile artist Samantha Harvey, who has created a stitched sculpture especially for the exhibition, exploring the surface of the sea urchin’s shell which only becomes visible after the creature’s death. The building itself has a rich history which can be explored at the exhibition.
where? The Attic at Lines of Pinner, 26, High Street, Pinner
when? Saturday, March 24 to Thursday, April 12. Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm (except Good Friday)
call: 0208 866 2462 or see www.linesofpinner.co.uk/theattic
3. The Magic of the Beatles at Harrow Arts Centre
HAVING performed across the world to countless celebrities and accompanied some of the biggest names in music, such as Coldplay and Girls Aloud, the Magic of the Beatles descend on Harrow Arts Centre with almost the same amount of hysteria as the original Fab Four would have created in the 1960s and 70s.
The tribute act is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s first hit, Love Me Do, which is still getting stuck in people’s heads for hours on end half a decade later.
In 1962 the song launched the career of four lovely looking boys from Liverpool and in the years that followed they became arguably the greatest band this country has produced.
But, no one needs to be told about the genius of the original band. Take a trip back with the best tribute act there is and sing along to all the hits including Hey Jude, Get Back, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Can’t Buy Me Love, and you will probably end up singing them for days on end.
where? Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End
when? Saturday, March 24, at 7.30pm
call: 020 8416 8989 or see www.harrowarts.com www.easytheatres.com
4. Photography exhibition at Harrow Arts Centre
THE exhibition features a selection of painting which is the result of a collaboration between 100 artists from across the world.
Co-ordinated by Italian contemporary artist, Gianantonio Marino (Zago) the artists have donated their works in aid of Emergency UK and all the proceeds will go towards improving health services in Africa. The charity will ensure every penny from the £350 price tag from the art works will fund the Bangui Paediatric Centre in the Central African Republic.
when? Until Saturday, March 24
more info: www.harrowarts.com
5. Pinner Wedding Show.
THE wedding season is - almost - upon us and every girl is dreaming of the perfect day.
That day might just be Sunday when Pinner Village Hall will be full to the brim of dresses, caterers, suits and delicacies, all accompanied by a professional violinist.
And, to keep the grooms-to-be sweet, there will even free champagne on offer.
There are stalls of everything you could need for the perfect day whether this year or next and is full of ideas.
where? Pinner Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Pinner
when? Sunday March 25, from 11am to 4pm
cost? Free admission and free parking