35 things to do in York this weekend, March 11-12 2017

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International cabaret, a classic musical, a fun show for kids and lots of music – here’s your weekend lowdown.

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The Velma Celli Show

Velma Celli, aka Ian Stroughair
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We’ve been told by two separate sources that Velma Celli is one to watch. The singing starlet creation of York-born actor Ian Stroughair, Velma will be hosting a monthly high-class cabaret packed with songs, stories and celebrity impressions at The Basement starting on Saturdaymore here

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A Frock For Frok at Clements Hall on Saturday from 2pm
ROAR – spoken word & performance poetry

Tommy Foggo – Superhero

Matthew Sharp as Tommy Foggo
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Musician, singer and actor Matthew Sharp plays Tommy Foggo in this family-friendly hour-long show at Cycle Heaven. Tommy runs off to the seaside where he meets a talking cello. Suitable for everyone aged seven and up, there are two shows on Sunday. More here

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Meet children’s author Mike Barfield at Waterstones on Saturday from 11am
Yorkey Dads Lego Club at Acomb Explore on Saturday from 10.30am
Family Fun Day at St Aelred’s Community Centre on Sunday from 3pm
Walk the Walls for Child.org starting at York Station on Saturday from 11am
Coffee Morning And Table Top Sale at St James The Deacon Church on Sat from 9.30am
Fulford Coffee Morning in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice at St Oswald’s Church Hall on Saturday from 10am

The King And I

Photograph: York Light Opera Company on Facebook
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Shall We Dance, Getting to Know You, I Have Dreamed, Hello, Young Lovers, I Whistle A Happy Tune… boy this show is packed with hits. Join York Light Opera Company at York Theatre Royal till March 18 as the English governess teaches the King of Siam a thing or two – More here

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Wonderland at the Grand Opera House till Saturday
Turcaret at the University of York till Saturday
Any Mother Would at York St John University on Saturday and Sunday
Turcaret at the University of York till Saturday
Animals and Us at York St John University till Saturday
Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens at 41 Monkgate till Saturday
The Liar by Pierre Corneille at the University of York till Saturday
Blue Stockings at York Theatre Royal till Saturday

Films: Women on the Frontline

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It’s the last weekend of York International Women’s Festival, and The Fulford Arms hosts Women on the Frontline: Rights, Camera, Action. A series of short films by and about women human rights defenders in York and Yorkshire is followed by a Q&A on Sunday afternoon. More here

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Wimmin exhibition at City Screen till Sun
Formidable Females: Resistance is Futile at The Melbourne Centre on Saturday from 10am
Starting Small, Growing Tall. Small Presses and Women Writers at York Explore on Saturday from 2pm

Meet fantasy author A J Dalton

Fantasy man: AJ Dalton
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A J Dalton’s work includes The Book of Angels, The Book of Orm and The Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord series. The guest of the British Science Fiction Association and British Fantasy Society at their York Pubmeet in the New York Club on Saturday, AJ will be delving deep into the fantasy genre for his talk. More here

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Rapeseed: Book launch for YIWF at York Explore on Saturday from 4.30pm

Dub Pistols

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The Dub Pistols have worked with everyone from Busta Rhymes to Terry Hall in two decades on the road. Hitting Fibbers on Saturday as part of their 20th anniversary tour the band will deliver the sort of super-tight set that have made them kings of the festival circuit. More here

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Scott Matthews at the NCEM on Saturday from 7.30pm
Pig Iron at the Victoria Vaults on Saturday from 8.30pm
The Duke’s Revolver at the Black Horse from 8.30pm
Daniel Guest at Plonkers on Saturday from 9pm
Powerage AC/DC Tribute at the Ainsty on Saturday from 9pm
The Detours – Last York gig at Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday from 9pm
Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) at the Crescent on Sunday from 7.30pm
University Symphony Orchestra at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Saturday from 7pm
York Cantores: Music For Lent at St Olave’s Church on Saturday from 8pm
Soon Amore Twilight Concert at the Unitarian Chapel on Sunday from 4pm

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