The Mix Six: what’s on in York this week

It's being so cheerful as keeps him going… Jack Dee's in town

A legendary singer, a miserable comic, vintage clothes and a chilly photo exhibition add up to a good few reasons to get out and about in York this week.

 

Yesteryear’s here

York Does Vintage is back on Sunday, in the suitably old environs of the Merchants Adventurers’ Hall. More than 40 stalls selling all things vintage, a traditional tearoom, Lindy Hop dancing, a beauty parlour and a mini cinema are among the attractions. Worth time travelling for.


Dee is for deadpan

After six years away from stand-up, Jack Dee is touring again. Why? ‘I want to spend less time with my family,’ says Jack. Let Mr Dee cheer you up by being more miserable than a whole herd of grumpy old men. Sample Dee-ism: “I hate people who think it’s clever to take drugs… like custom officers.”


Joan in the zone

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading arrives in York this week, bringing her special brand of music to the Barbican. During her illustrious career Joan has been successful in all genres – pop, blues, folk, reggae and jazz. Her audience, newly attracted or long term fans, are as loyal to her as she is faithful to them. She will be performing Love And Affection among many other firm favourites, as well as showcasing songs from her new CD.


Bunker in the frame

This October English Heritage is marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis with a series of events. The York Cold War Bunker was built to monitor tiny underground stations around the region as they charted the progress of nuclear devastation. Graham Cook has photographed these stations, now largely overgrown and forgotten, and the pictures are on being displayed in the Acomb bunker. A chilling reminder of grim days.


Continental lift

We could do with a little Mediterranean sunshine in our lives. And while the Continental Market which arrives on Parliament Street is unlikely to deliver that, it does bring sun-ripened olives, tomatoes and fruits from Spain and France. Other stalls sell pungent cheeses or wines from a family vineyard in Italy. Dutch flowers, Spanish pottery and table cloths from Provence are also on offer. It’s like your holiday followed you back to York


It’s cabaret time

We’re not short of laughs in York, with the Hyena Lounge club at City Screen staging weekly laugh-ins and big names coming to both the Opera House and York Barbican. But the latter venue has decided there’s a gap in the market for old-style cabaret gigs, with waiter service direct to your table. This week’s bill includes Manchester favourite Justin Moorhouse, Martin Mor and Junior Simpson.