Friday, July 27
”HAIRSPRAY”, opening night for the new summer show at ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre with shows most days through to September 1. Professional musical production based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. Set in 1962 Baltimore Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance which leads to TV appearances and turns her into a teen celebrity.
MUSICFEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL & SUMMER SCHOOL, returns for another fantastic week of music making at ABERYSTWYTH with 26 concerts, talks and masterclasses across the festival programme ending this Saturday, July 28.
Events at the Joseph Parry Hall end today with the Wind Ensemble Showcase Concert at 1.30pm directed by Laurence Perkins including music by Mozart from the film ‘Amadeus’.
Events at Aberystwyth Arts Centre continue today with Russian and American Cello Music at 6.30pm by Nicholas Jones and his international cello class with Hilary Suckling (piano); Evening Concert at 8pm by the National Youth Brass Band of Wales includes Joseph Parry’s Tydfil Overture, and the Welsh premiere of the Edward Gregson Symphony in Two Movements for Brass Band; Showcase Concert at 9.30pm featuring the conductors studying with Toby Purser on the Conducting Course, conducting excerpts from Mozart, Dvorak, and Schumann.
Events at the Arts Centre on Saturday July 28 are free with Showcase Concerts from 10am onwards.
Ticket bookings on 01970 623232 / www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre / www.abermusicfest.org
CASTLE ARTISTS, Summer Exhibition at Castle Hotel, BISHOPS CASTLE until July 30.
”AN EYE FOR SHROPSHIRE”, exhibition of paintings by Judith Moy at The Gallery, BISHOPS CASTLE, until end of month.
”WELSH PRINCES & CHINESE LEGENDS”, new exhibition of work by 16 artists including Welsh artist Ivor Davies’ life-sized paintings of medieval Welsh princes on show for the first time in Powys at Treberfydd House, BRECON, until July 29.
”SEVEN ON THE SEVERN & WYE”, photography exhibition at the Mid Wales Arts Centre, CAERSWS with Mid Wales Arts members Di Wiltshire and Richard Booth curating a searching, celebratory, wistful and sometimes playful visual journey exploring the Severn and Wye Valleys interpreted by invited photographers and members of the public. Open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 4pm until August 14. Contact 01686 688369/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 4 Richard Booth will be running a photography course at Mid Wales Arts. “Get Beyond Shooting in Auto Mode” is a one day workshop designed for those who wish to develop their skills with the digital camera for more creative and professional looking results.
This workshop is specifically for digital SLR cameras with manual controls. For more information, and to book your place contact email@example.com
For this course you will need a DSLR camera and preferably a tripod.
Richard’s work is on display at Caersws.
WAYNE MARTIN BAND, at the White Horse Inn, CLUN.
WHALEBONE & BECK SIAN, summer evening music concert featuring the high-energy, acoustic folky trio, plus the former Australian singer songwriter of magical Celtic music, at GUILSFIELD Church at 7,30pm.
CHARLES SHEARER, painter, printmaker and illustrator exhibition, also Machynlleth Festival Competition winners and entries on the theme of “Moving” are now on show, at the Museum of Modern Art Wales, MACHYNLLETH to September 8.
GEOFF RODGERS, at the Lowfield Inn, MARTON.
”BATHING BEAUTIES”, new international exhibition of over 100 models designed by artists and architects which re-imagines the British beach hut form for the first time in 300 years, at the Oriel Davies Gallery, NEWTOWN, on until September 5.
Part of the Art, Design and Architecture theme that include Welsh artist Antonia Dewhurst in residence working in the park alongside the gallery and her “Gimme Shelter” exhibition in the TestBed space.
TRANSIENT NATURE, new exhibition featuring award winning RSPCA wildlife artists at The Willow Gallery, OSWESTRY to September 15.
BACK ROAD HOME, the popular trio in the Oak Live! season, at the Royal Oak Hotel, WELSHPOOL with free entry.
Saturday, July 28
BON JOVI EXPERIENCE, the only tribute of the band in the world to have actually played and shared a stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself, at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON.
WIZZ JONES, legendary folk and blues genius makes welcome return to CORRIS Institwt. Wizz has been playing great music for many years and is considered to be one of the founders of UK folk music.
He inspired a whole generation of musicians in the 1960s and played on an edition of the TV programme "Whickers World" way back in 1960 which investigated the early beatniks in Cornwall.
His recent releases, especially "Dazzling Stranger" and "Lucky The Man" feature collaborations with Jackie Mcshee from Pentangle and Clive Palmer and from the Incredible String Band, are clear evidence that this wellspring of inspiration continues to sparkle.
Support comes from maverick duo Coppins and Musgrave. and the evening kicks off at 8pm.
THE LEASOWES BANK MUSIC FESTIVAL, this year’s summer events at Leasowes Bank, RATLINGHOPE ends tonight at 8pm with festival founder John Williams and his Quintet playing jazz with Sarah Moule. Booking and information on 01743 790769.
Sunday, July 29
RHYMES & TELLS, the monthly poetry and stories night from 8pm with free admission and participation encouraged, at the Six Bells, BISHOPS CASTLE.
Monday, July 30
ACOUSTIC NIGHT, at the Golden Lion, LLANDYSILIO.
NEWTOWN DRAMATIC SOCIETY, meetings at the Powys Theatre, Canal Road, at 7.30pm on Monday and Thursday nights.
JAM AT THE RAD, open jam session at the Radnorshire Arms, PRESTEIGNE, on Mondays from 7.30pm.
Tuesday, July 31
OPEN MIC, with hosts Pete Keeley and Dave Rea, at the Kings Head, BISHOPS CASTLE.
BC/DC, the Bishops Castle band at the Yorkshire House, SHREWSBURY.
Wednesday, August 1
”SKATEBOARD SAUSAGE DOG”, summer storytime at BISHOPS CASTLE Library at 10.30am.
“FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER”, Julia Harries’s varied style of art and subject matter with watercolour her favourite medium, in new exhibition opening at the Theatr Brycheiniog Gallery, BRECON, until September 1.
COR MERCHED MALDWYN, the Montgomeryshire Ladies’ Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at NEWTOWN Evangelical Church at 7.30pm. The choir is looking for new members and further details may be obtained from the musical director Ruth Gittins on 01588 640829 or the secretary Ruth Hamer Jones on 01686 621391.
Thursday, August 2
VELVET DUKES, the border band play at The Vaults, BISHOPS CASTLE as part of the Mons on Tour.
“TWELFTH NIGHT”, Gloucestershire’s acclaimed Festival Players on 38-date alfresco summer European tour with one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, perform in the 400-acre parkland of GLAN USK Estate near Crickhowell, at 7pm..
The Players aim to make Shakespeare accessible to all and will transport audiences to ancient Illyria and, in the sub-plot, will introduce such wonderful comic characters as Sir Tony Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Feste the jester and the pompous Malvolio. Just six actors will play all the roles, involving some quickfire costume changes.
Tickets available on 01873 810414 or online at www. glanuskestate.com price £14 adults and £10 under 18s.
PEG DOLLIES 2012, including exhibits from Corfu at The Qube Gallery, OSWESTRY from August 2 to September 8.
Friday, August 3
CRASH FESTIVAL, third annual festival with more that 30 live bands set to appear at ABERMULE tonight and Saturday.
VELVET DUKES, the border band play at the White Horse Inn, CLUN, as part of the Mons on Tour. THE SULTANA BROTHERS, live band at The Elephant, LLANIDLOES.
CHRIS QUINN. at the Royal Oak Hotel, WELSHPOOL.
Saturday, August 4
BAROQUE SUMMER SCHOOL CONCERT, culmination of the Brecon Baroque Festival 2012 with the Contest Of Harmony and Invention Vivaldi's Violin Concertos Opus 8 and Bach's Art Of Fugue, featuring Rachel Podger and Alison McGillivray plus summer school students, at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON.
DARKSIDE, The Pink Floyd Show perform the iconic album “Dark Side of the Moon” live in outdoor concert in aid of Help For Heroes, at LLANFAIR WATERDINE.
BREATHE THE BEAT, outdoor dance roadshow from11am in The Square, SHREWSBURY.