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

16 Nov 2012 @ 7.49 am
| Entertainment
York's own Dame Judi Dench™ is in The Joy Of Six at City Screen

Our guide to some of the best things to see and do in York this week includes Dame Judi, Dame Rufus, some glitzy Seventies nostalgia and a scientific stand-up. Enjoy…

For families

Looking to buy some Christmas gifts and borrow some books? We have the ideal event: a craft fair on Saturday at York Central Library (now snappily known as Explore York Library Learning Centre). Stallholders will be selling handmade items, such as knitted, felt and wooden crafts, paintings, jewellery and greetings cards. And the café will be offering with a ten per cent discount on freshly-cooked food. The same thing happens a week later at Acomb library (aka Acomb Explore Library Learning Centre)


For film fiends

If you’re pining for some more fantastic short, independent movies after the Aesthetica Short Film Festival ended, pine no more. City Screen in York has an evening of half a dozen documentary and fiction films called the Joy Of Six. “Following in the wake of the superb Aesthetica Short Film Festival,” said marketing manager Dave Taylor, “City Screen has a programme which features one of the most humourous films from the festival launch Long Distance Information as well as a delightful look at social media starring Dame Judi Dench, Friend Request Pending, and my personal favourite, about a pulp-paperback vigilante, A Gun For George.”


For flare-wearers

“It’s – it’s a Ballroom Blitz. Yeah, it’s a ballroom blitz!” If those words have you reaching for your silver foil jumpsuit then we have the evening for you: Sweet and Slade at York Barbican Centre. There’s no Noddy Holder, and lead singer of Sweet Brian Connolly died in 1997, but presumably some of the original line-ups are involved.

For fun and bun lovers

It’s the heartwarming tale of the Yorkshire WI who turn to a little glamour photography to raise funds for charity – and end up as international superstars. Now the true story comes to the Grand Opera House, courtesy of Pick Me Up Theatre. So make a date…

For folky folks

He’s the diva son of a musical dynasty with a voice that launched a thousand sobs. Now Rufus Wainwright brings his luscious baritone to the Barbican in his first tour with a band for four years. And there’s only one response to that. Hallelujah.

For fans of clever clogs comedy

Robin Ince became known to many when he was the butt of many Ricky Gervais japes on the Office man’s live DVDs. Since then Ince has established himself as the thinking man’s stand-up and someone who takes his science gags seriously. Here he previews new material before taking it out on tour.

  • Where: The Hyena Lounge Comedy Club, Basement Bar, City Screen
  • When: Sunday, November 18, 7.30pm
  • Tickets: £10
  • More details: On the comedy club’s website