Saturday, 1 December 2018

Things to do this weekend in Leeds, London, Wakefield and New York

Not sure what to do this weekend? Here are a few ideas of things to do this weekend for those of my followers who live in or near to Leeds, London and New York:

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An extra email for you this week to let you know about what's going down this Sunday at The Domino. Working alongside Woodford Reserve Bourbon has afforded us the opportunity to get some serious acts on for our Sunday Blues Nights and keep it as a free entry event.
When we first starting talking about putting on a special Blues night on Sundays this was the first name we came up with, along with the question,
"Can we really get him?"


Victor Brox 
When it comes to the Blues there are few around the world that compare to this chap. Victor Brox has played with them all and then some, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Dr John, Keith Moon, Charlie Mingus, the list goes on and on. He is a living legend and a national treasure.

Described by Jimi Hendrix & Tina Turner as their favourite ever white blues musician, Manchester born but now living in France he doesn't get over to the UK very often so this is a very rare chance to see one of the true greats right here in Leeds.
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To accompany the music Niall and his bar team have been working with Woodford Reserve Bourbon to bring authentic flavours of the South to our Blues Night.
There will be a special Woodford drinks menu for the evening consisting of some true classics as well as some of our own special creations.
We will also be showcasing Woodford Reserve Double Oak as a special cost-price whiskey for the evening.
Here at The Domino we have always been about providing the best live music and the best drinks and we think nothing goes together better than Bourbon & Blues.

The Domino Club,
7 Grand Arcade, Leeds (map)

The incredible true story of the 1914 Christmas truce

Our breathtaking UK premiere of Silent Night opens tonight and runs for four performances only in the incredible setting of Leeds Town Hall.
A beautiful, moving and true story, Silent Night follows the lives of the Scottish, French and German troops, and the lead up and aftermath of that now infamous Christmas eve in 1914 when soldiers laid down their guns and peace spontaneously broke out in the trenches.

Fri 30 Nov, 7.00pm
Sun 2 Dec, 7.00pm
Thu 6 Dec, 7.00pm
Fri 7 Dec, 7.00pm

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Prepare to be enthralled by an extract of the soldiers' 'Sleep' chorus and get a sense of the scale of this emotionally-charged production...

First glimpse

What happens when you place on stage a total of 100 male voices, the acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North and a backdrop of mesmerising video projections?

Well, our incredible Silent Night production images are in! Check them out and see for yourself.

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The three lieutenants

Did you know that Silent Night is sung in five different languages - English, French and German, with a dashing of Italian and Latin, and all surtitled in English.

We spoke to Silent Night’s three Lieutenants (who lead each of the companies) for their thoughts on the opera and what it's like to be part of a piece that features more than one language. 

Rounded Rectangle: Read more

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

Wondering what to do this weekend? What's On by Country & Town House is here to help.

We bring you the hottest events and culture in the town and country. This weekend, why not indulge in a boozy brunch of champagne and oysters? Or hear a talk by an editor of Vogue? Or RSVP to our special festive event in Fulham? Or, of course, you could (and should!) do them all. There's so much going in town and the countryside this weekend, and here are our favourites!


Boozy Brunching

Searcys Diamonds & Dom PΓ©rignon Brunch

Searcys at The Gherkin celebrates the festive season with four diamond Sunday brunches. Guests will sip on Dom PΓ©rignon Champagne and dine on a four-course brunch, overlooking the city from the top floor of one of London’s most iconic landmarks. The diamond bit? One lucky guest from each of the four Sunday brunches will walk away with a genuine diamond worth £1,000 certified by Embee Jewels of London. 2, 9, 16 & 23 December

Sexy Fish x Krug Brunch

Every year globally-renowed Champagne house Krug picks an ingredient to pair with their champagne, and this year it’s fish – hence their new collaboration with Mayfair hotspot Sexy Fish. Diners can now enjoy bubbly with their brunch in the Sexy Fish x Krug Brunch, a unique pairing menu created by Sexy Fish chef director Bjoern Weissgerber. Dishes include oyster and chilli, tamago nigiri, and crab meat and tuna tataki, perfectly complementing Krug champagne.


Let the Festivities Begin

A Christmas Carol

A Yorkshire Christmas can be cold, but not as flinty hard as the heart of Ebenezer Scrooge brought to Victorian realistic life in this grim and ghostly telling. Head to Leeds Play House to see the Christmas classic come to life. Hurry - last tickets remaining! 20 November - 13 January

Get Festive in Fulham

YOU'RE INVITED - to a very special festive event with our Retail Editor and Kim Harvey Interiors. Join us to create beautiful Christmas crackers, learn the art of decorating your dining table and home, gain tips and tricks, enjoy a canapΓ© reception and so much more... 4 December - Click here to RSVP! 

A Christmas Carnival 

Following a £27m restoration project, Alexandra Palace will be re-opening this December for a two-week fun-filled Christmas festival. Expect performances, festive shows, workshops, a huge Christmas market, funfair rides, Santa’s Grotto and an ice rink with performances! 1 - 16 December

Shop 'Till You Drop

Christmas Cheer in Chelsea

Nothing beats Chelsea at Christmas, and for one day only this Saturday, we bring you the Chelsea Christmas Shopping event that’s not to be missed. The iconic destination will be bedecked in all its finest festive frippery, and all your favourite shops will be putting on their best show with special offers, complimentary horse and carriage rides​​ and much more! 1 December

The Maiyet Collective

Back by popular demand is the third Maiyet Collective Pop-Up. The pop-up offers an exciting and varied event schedule, as well as a unique shopping experience where you’ll get to discover the stories behind the curated selection of luxury fashion, jewellery, beauty and home brands on show. Don't miss tonight's 6 pm talk with Vogue's first sustainability editor... 29 November - 1 December

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The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market 2017 - Photograph by Helena Marie

The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market

23 - 25 Nov + 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2018, 10am – 5pm
Entry: £1 / Free for Members & Under 16s

‘One of Britain’s best Christmas markets’ The Guardian

The Hepworth Wakefield’s Christmas Market has quickly established itself as one of Yorkshire’s top Christmas shopping destinations and this year takes place over two weekends.
Treat yourself and your loved ones from over 80 stalls selling textiles, ceramics, jewellery, prints, handmade cosmetics, candles, stationery and homeware from some of the UK’s most talented artists and designers. There will also be a food and drink tent selling artisan produce made in Yorkshire and an outdoor area with a range of delicious street food.
Our Christmas Market is bigger and better this year, offering a fun and festive day out for the whole family featuring a programme of festive performances and free family activities.


What's on at the Christmas Market

Craft and Food Market

Our popular craft and food market returns with a high quality selection of items from independent makers based across Yorkshire and further afield. Expect jewellery, ceramics, print, plants, textiles, sweet treats, craft drinks and more.
See the full list of stall holders below.

Street Food Market

Take time out in our cafe tent and outdoor seating with delicious street food from Toast of Harrogate, Fancy an Indian, Pie eyed, The Hop BoxMor MorWraptureThe Spicy Biker and The Extraordinary Travelling Gin Company.
The Hepworth Cafe will also be popping-up outside, serving cakes along with hot, cold and alcoholic drinks.


Experience festive music and theatre from professional, community and youth acts based across the region.
Performance schedule:
Fri 23 Nov, 12.15 – 3pm –  Long Division presents Maya Kally, Jess Edwards , Del Scott Miller and Ben Robinson.
Sat 24 Nov, 11am and 1:30pm – Wakefield Community Gospel Choir
Sun 25 Nov, 1pm and 3pm –  Crofton Silver Band
Fri 30 Nov – CAPA College
Sat 1 Dec, 11.30am and 1.30pm – St Austin’s Choir.  3pm, Singing Mums. 
Sun 2 Dec, 10am and 1pm – Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band
All performances are free and unticketed.

Festive Family Fun




Take part in future fairs and markets

Photo by Helena Marie

If you’d like to get involved in future fairs and markets at The Hepworth Wakefield, sign up to our mailing list here.

Hello New York,
Thanksgiving dinner knocked a few of us off of our objectives. Whether they be our dietary goals to stay away from any more pie or to stop answering work emails late, I feel like many of us are still on holiday and drifting away from our to-do's. 
If this sounds like you, know you're not alone. For everyone needing to catch up on work and order about three rounds of espresso drinks (the strong stuff,please) there are cafes waiting for your visit! Check out this list of cafes optimal for remote work, because getting out of your living might be the change you need. πŸ‘“πŸ™
To celebrate how we're all collectively dedicated to catching up on piled up assignments, let's have a drink! There two recipes for outrageous and cheerful cocktails will be great while you're hosting dinner for friends or just independently on your couch. One more thing, one of these drinks include breakfast cereal, bet you'll check them out now.πŸΈπŸŽ‰
The word legendary is relative to Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and the 94 foot tall Norway Spruce making an appearance in NYC tonight. The tree, harvested from Oneonta, will be laced with thousands of lights, alongside live musical performances. The ceremony is ringing in its 86th anniversary. Find out how to watch this year's Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting and what you can expect. πŸŽ„πŸ˜πŸ“°
Song of the day: Celtic Women - Danny Boy
Gametime: One Link Puzzle 
Monthly Guide
November is a cozy time of the year. Getting so close to the end, yet there is still so much to do.
Dressed in cozy knits and plaids enjoy the change of seasons and holiday preparations in the Big Apple.
Let’s get celebrating, and take a look at some of the events you can do this month!
Classic Christmas Tale
Christmas is a time of year to give back and to be with family.
The Trebor sisters are currently on a tour of the U.S., caused by a mysterious curse. They perform theatrical stories for each town they stop in; this year, it’s A Christmas Carol. 
The twist is that they’re performing with the real ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future! 
A witty spin on an old classic, surely making this a Christmas to remember.
Intricacies Of Form
Artists Marianna Simnett’s first solo show in the U.S., Blood in My Milk is on display the New Museum in NYC until January. 
Born in the UK, Simnett’s show is a video and sound installation. She explores the body and everything that happens to it through a somewhat medical lens, including surgeries and treatments. 
This exhibition connects many of her previous works into one flowing narrative piece. Not for the faint of heart, Simnett’s show is meant to force the viewers to accept every aspect of the human body.
Fresh Start
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Do something different this New Year’s Eve by grabbing your sneakers and heading over to Central Park. New York Road Runners will be ringing in the new year with its annual NYRR Midnight Run on New Year’s Eve.
Get pumped up with a pre-race dance party, then join the countdown to midnight and watch fireworks light up the sky as you take on this four-mile race through the park. This festive celebration is the perfect way to start 2019 off on the right foot.
Laugh it Out
Unwind and kick back on a Thursday night full of jokes and laughter for 'The Big Banana: A Night of Comedy'.
Join spoiled NYC as we crack up with some of the biggest up-and-coming names in comedy at the iconic Stand Up NY on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
The show is hosted by Caitlin Peluffo with sets by Saturday Night Live's Chris Redd, Khalid Rahmaan from Conan, The Last O.G.'s Gianmarco Soresi, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Correspondent Michael Kosta, Jay Jurden with The New Yorker and Vulture, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Emma Willmann.
These are truly some funny people and it's gonna be a great time to unwind from all the stress of the holiday season. So, see you there?!
Art Ride
The New York City subway system has always gotten you where you needed to go, albeit with some delays and construction. But with more and more stations being overhauled, there are many opportunities for cultural additions to these stations that many may not notice.
New York has art everywhere, so your morning commute should be no exception. Here is a guide to the coolest stations with the most intriguing art.
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