Friday, August 17
HAIRSPRAY, the 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.
FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER, Julia Harries’s varied style of art and subject matter with watercolour her favourite medium using its unpredictability to full advantage in creating exciting effects, in new exhibition at the Theatr Brycheiniog Gallery, BRECON, until September 1.
MID WALES ART CENTRE, Cathy Knapp’s CAERSWS gallery has exhibitions by Churchstoke artist Angela Thorpe and potter Owen Thorpe. Angela has further developed her rare skill as a narrative lithographer producing 16 new works inspired by Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, poems by Robert Frost and recent travels. Owen Thorpe has also taken a new direction in his latest collection.
The new Graduate Exhibition starts this Sunday, August 19 at 3pm.
Open Thursday to Sunday. Contact 01686 688369/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
A two day Yoga Retreat course with Sophie Fairweather this Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, will offer an exciting and varied weekend of Yoga activities.
Originally from Abermule she studied Contemporary Dance and Holistic Medicine and qualified as a Yoga Teacher in India and went on to manage a Yoga Centre in Canada, Sophie is returning home for a few weeks and offering. All levels welcome. Enquiries 01686 688369/ email@example.com.
ERWOOD STATION CRAFT CENTRE, summer activities this weekend include Woodland Crafts with Gareth Irwin; painting with Julia Harris, Auto-harp with Mike Fenton, painting clocks with Richard Barnett, plus local musicians. Call 01982 560674 for full details and bookings.
Saturday, August 18
B:PART YOUTH FESTIVAL FOAM PARTY, dance around to music in a cloud of fluffy foam and marvel at the spectacular foam cannon, from 6pm for six to 10 years; from 7.30pm for ages 11 to 13; from 9pm for ages 14 to 17; and from 10.30pm for 18 years and over at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON.
CHARITY COMEDY NIGHT, with Luke Montague, winner of Manchester's King Gong Award; with music by Alright Les, in aid of Tourettes Action, at the Railway Inn, FORDEN.
LLANDRINDOD WELLS VICTORIAN FESTIVAL, Empire Ball among events of opening day including street theatre and other events on until August 26.
WAYNE MARTIN BAND, at the Plough Inn, PONTESBURY.
MACHYNLLETH FESTIVAL TABERNACL ART COMPETITION, winners and entries on the theme of “Moving” on show, at the Museum of Modern Art Wales, MACHYNLLETH to September 8.
Visitors can vote for their favourite exhibit with the one with most votes winning the Ailsa Owen Memorial prize, to be announced at noon on Saturday, August 25. Voting is open until 4pm on Friday, August 24.
Also on show is work by Charles Shearer, painter, printmaker and illustrator exhibition.
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.
PEG DOLLIES 2012, exhibition including exhibits from Corfu at The Qube Gallery, OSWESTRY, on to September 8.
TRANSIENT NATURE, new exhibition featuring award winning RSPCA wildlife artists at The Willow Gallery, OSWESTRY to September 15
Exhibition of paintings, sculpture, animation, photography, textiles and glass work celebrating the diversity of the British environment. Showcases work by renowned local artists as well as artists from across the UK such as Pollyanna Pickering and recent BBC Wildlife Artist of The Year Winner (Mammal Category) Katy Rewston.
COLLAGES, by Malcolm Tillis from the private collection of the late Kate Christie, on show at the Theatre Severn gallery, SHREWSBURY to September 8.
HITLER’S CANARY, new exhibition exploring the connection between Great Britain and the Danish Resistance during the Second World War, at the Powysland Museum, WELSHPOOL, to November 27.
Sunday, August 19
THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS, for one night only, from 8pm, the cast and company of ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre’s summer show Hairspray will present a night showcasing their musical talent as they perform a whole host of favourite songs from West End and Broadway shows.
Under the direction of Anthony Williams this will be an evening full of slick choreography, magnificent acting and musicianship.
MACHYNLLETH FESTIVAL, traditional free Cymanfa Ganu opener for the annual festival at Y Tabernacl at 7.30pm with Cor Meibion Dyfi.
Call 01654 703355 for all festival events through to Sunday August 26, website momawales.org.uk
MACHFRINGE SUNNY SUNDAY CHARITY EVENT, local bands Finickety Charos, Gunpowder Factory, Matt Cooke,Blue Hubbard, Quercus Burlesque, Bung Bung Girls, school band Bro Ddyfi Rockers,Cloud Cuckoo, Whiskers Dave, Mike McKever, l, Popty Ping, Paul, Mcue Mary Jacob, Helen Jones , Damage Damage ,Chris Cain, Gnome Fury 2, from 1pm in the White Lion beer garden, MACHYNLLETH. The event is free but a collection will be taken for this years charity hospice care provider Beacon of Hope.
CHICAGO SWING KATZ, Sunday lunchtime gig at the Ironworks, OSWESTRY, 12.30 to 2.30pm with Jeff Matthews on Reeds, Pete Ainge on Trumpet, Andrew Mackenzie on Trombone, Derek Harrison on Keyboard, Mick Holford on Bass, Mike Carnie on Drums and Barry Edwards on Guitar. Resident Trad and Swing band play the music of New Orleans and Chicago, Louis Armstrong, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk.
Further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
DAVE ONIONS, at the High Street Wheatsheaf, SHREWSBURY.
FOLK NIGHT, at The Loggerheads, SHREWSBURY.
Monday, August 20
ACOUSTIC NIGHT, at the Golden Lion, LLANDYSILIO.
MACHNLLETH FESTIVAL, concert by Gregynog Young Musician 2012 winner at 1pm; and Folk Music night with Nerys and Llinos Richards at 7.30pm.
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.
Wednesday, August 22
MACHYNLLETH FESTIVAL, Hallstatt lecture on Geology of Wales by Joihn Rickus at 1pm; and Jazz Night with Glasgow band Brass Jaw at 7.30pm.
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.
HUNTING THE GIANT’S DAUGHTER, magical tale at the Living Willow Theatre, near RHAYADER. Call 01597 811487.
CELEBRATING THE CIRCUS, beautiful children’s arts and crafts for all ages taking in the atmosphere of the Big Top, with elephants, clowns, acrobats and much more, from 11.30am at the Powysland Museum, WELSHPOOL. £2.50 per child. Also at 1.30pm, at NEWTOWN Textile Museum on Thursday August 23. Booking essential on 01938 554656.
Thursday, August 23
ELECTRIC BLUES REACTION, at The Vaults, BISHOPS CASTLE.
MACHYNLLETH FESTIVAL, lunchtime recital with Jack Lieback on violin and Katya Apekinsheva on piano, at 1pm; and Songs from the North with mezzo soprano Christianne Stotijn accompanied by Julius Drake on piano. at 7.30pm.
PRESTEIGNE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & THE ARTS, opening event of the 2012 festival with 7.30pm concert at St Andrew’s Church with Amy Dickson on saxophone and Sarah-Jane Bradley on viola with the Presteigne Festival Orchestra.
Events continue to August 28 with full details on www.presteignefestival.com
or book tickets on 01544 267800.
THE UGLY DUCKLING, Sea Legs Puppet Theatre show at 2pm at The Hive, SHREWSBURY.
ACOUSTIC NIGHT, musicians welcome every Thursday night at The Loggerheads, SHREWSBURY.