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Ali Cook

Ali Cook

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

TURN up the festive volume with a visit to the Church of Christ the Cornerstone, and the regular Musical Milestones session, which presents Christmas Music Through The Ages.

Adrian Boynton is tracing the development of the traditional carol – ‘from its origins as a medieval round dance through the homophonic carols and polyphonic Christmas motets of the Reformation to the polychoral splendours of the late Renaissance and early Baroque in works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Hasler and Schutz.’

Boynton is a veritable ace on these matters too.

What he doesn’t know ain’t worth listening to!

Admission is £4, falling to a quid for students, payable on the door.

Call MK 246486 for more details.

But perhaps, weeks of battling against the traumas of Christmas shopping and family arrangements have left you feeling like a balloon that has been pricked by a pin.

Need something to inflate you, and raise a smile once again?

We’ve just the thing – a trip to the SNO!bar in Xscape for the last pre-Crimbo session of It’s Comedy.

You might have seen Ali Cook on Sky 1s Secret World of Magic, or on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us show, but tonight he’ll be tucked into the Xscape venue, mic in hand turning those December frowns upside down.

“Ali promises something a little extraordinary for the season of goodwill,” say those who have booked ‘im.

Joining him for the funny factor will be George Egg, Dan Evans (writer for the insanely funny World of Milton Jones) and Paul Sinha.

Tickets are £10, doors open at 7pm.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

AT The Buszy, regular Open Mic night The Attic Unplugged will have a festive feel for its last bash before Crimbo.

“We welcome all young singers, musicians, poets, rappers and MCs to take to the stage and perform in our chill out lounge with professional sound and lighting,” say organizers.

Entry is free to the Eldergate venue, the tunes will ring between 7 and 10pm and any sore heads the following morning can only be attributed to the music – this in an alcohol free bash, and under 18s are welcome.

Want to know more? Call MK 231312.

The Pitz music nights are but distant memories now, but the Woughton Centre is still there, and so is the old hall.

Champion Sounds have booked in Zion Train for your enjoyment.

Dub and Dance pioneers ZT have been leading the genre, and forging ahead with the sounds for the past two decades and so far as output is concerned?

The train are off the rails – to call them prolific doesn’t do their tireless deliveries justice.

Zion Train also released the world’s first promo video for the dub genre, with the Get Ready single, but that was ages ago.

Luckily they are still sounding tempting and of the moment today.

Their quality laden dub, electronica and world dance will tease your ears following a set by Stevenage-based quartet The Defekters.

Their reggae meets ska pile is souped up with heavy dub basslines and powerful female vocals.

Dig in, enjoy.

Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are £10 on the door, a quid cheaper in advance through www.seetickets.com

Patrick Monahan will be live at Jongleurs at Wonderworld from 7pm (showtime at 8.30pm).

Pat (as he might be known to his pals) is the resident warm-up chap for the Jonathan Ross show.

Pity the TV audience – you get a great set from Mr Monahan, and then that slow deflating feeling when Wossy comes out with another load of naff scripting and Americanised waffle about his favourite subject: himself.

Still that what makes this show so grand – Wossy ain’t appearing!

Instead, Colin Cole and Christian Reilly (formerly guitarist sidekick with Rich Hall’s red-neck character Otis Lee Crenshaw) are booked in. Very nice.

Book your tickets for their funny lines by calling 08700 111 960.

At The Craufurd Arms, Nine Black Alps will be on stage.

The Manc-based troupe have been at their grunge meets indie style for the best part of a decade, but are still bringing the tunes.

Turn out and support the scene survivors. Tickets are £8.

At The Stables in Wavendon, the curtain is up on their alternative to panto, The Secret Garden.

It shows all the way through to January 5th, with ticket prices and show times varying.

A well-loved children’s classic delivered with circus, puppetry, film and music.

Call MK 280800 to book.

The brilliant Beatcheck brand presents dance music ace Elite Force this evening.

EF ‘pushes boundaries to the limit, while uniting sweaty dance floors as one’.

He has remixed for Muse, Groove Armada, Adele and Primal Scream, and we don’t even have time to tell you about his work in soundtracks.

Andy Black, Nasty Neil E and The Candyman will support, making for a monstrous bill, rolling out at the SNO!bar in Xscape.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22

Enjoy A Classical Christmas with MK City Orchestra at the beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul in Newport Pagnell.

Brass and percussionists step into the spotlight for a selection of festive favourites – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and O come, all ye Faithful are definitely set for an airing.

If you are among those who will splash £10 on a ticket, you must be prepared to add your voice to the mix.

The concert will begin at 6pm, and Principal Conductor Sian Edwards will lead.

Book tickets by calling MK 558311 or visit www.mkco.org

Guns 2 Roses are live at The Craufurd Arms, bringing the sounds of the eighties stadium rockers to the fore, but with none of the internal band wranglings.

G2R concentrate on the band’s golden era – when Axl, Slash, Duff, Steven and Izzy rocked the world from slumber.

It doesn’t deal with the current GnR circus, led by a deluded, not very good has been. Phew! Tickets are £7.

Loving Life presented to a full-house when they invited Judge Jules to the fore recently.

Now the brand is back in time for Crimbo – with a house hurrah to warm us up for Tuesday’s main event.

Mayan legend states that the world is due to end on December 21st, a whole day before this bash kicks in, so to celebrate our first Christmas in the afterlife, organisers are delivering the Ulitmate & Twisted Christmas Party.

Upstairs in the Club Room, Karl G and Jamesie will take you to a higher state with delectable deliveries, ably assisted by Paul Leverett and Dale Casa.

Downstairs, Revo’ resident Danny Leese will keep things moving.

House aside, and there will be more tech and electro than you could shake a stick at.

Aint’ that what they say?

You need plenty of time to indulge – so six hours of fun from 10pm will do.Tickets are on the right side of good too, at £4, £5 and £7.

Puss in Boots and the Beanstalk,

the seasonal show courtesy of MK Amateur Operatic Society, opens tonight at Stantonbury Campus Theatre, with performances through to January 5th.

Get your tickets by calling 07765 084193.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23

CLEAR those throats and let’s have a traditional sing song, shall we?

The Choir of the City Church and Cornerstone Brass will deliver a ‘joyful celebration of the Saviour’s birth in words and music’ with the carols you know and love.

‘Grace and Trust’ begins at 6pm, and there will be a freewill offering.

In Wolverton it’ll be music of a decidedly different sort that gets you warmed up: The Strange Doors are back on home turf for a gig at The Craufurd Arms.

It’s been a fruitful year for the imitators too, with festival dates and an increasing fan base.

NME Magazine caught them live at Tribfest and was knocked out by our boys: ‘…looked and sounded so convincing we thought we were watching the real thing,’ they decided.

A Doors-esque version of Jingle Bells will be on the setlist, too.

Let them light your fire from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 on the door, or in advance through www.thecraufurdarms.com

CHRISTMAS DAY

IT’S lovely spending Christmas Day with family and friends, eh?

Eating, drinking, being merry, and soaking up the seasonal stuff on the box.

But what about those people less fortunate than yourselves?

The Buszy is once again opening its doors on Xmas morning, brightening the mood with free cooked breakfasts for one and all.

“…we want to make sure everyone in MK can enjoy their Christmas morning and fill up on hearty breakfast.

“There will be music, decorations, Christmas trees and plenty of festive spirit,” promise those behind the feel-good occasion.

The Christmas breakfast will be served between 8.30 and 10am.

It’s worth remembering that it is often more rewarding to give than to receive.

Perhaps you can spare the time to serve up grub, can cook a mean egg, or can donate food to help the event be the success it so deserves to be.

Call MK 231312 or email info@mad-uk.org if you can help. Go on, you know you want to.

Can’t make it, but like the idea? Buy someone in need their Crimbo fill by donating £5 at www.localgiving.com/charity/mad

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29

YOU’VE stuffed the selection boxes, finished off the veggie roast and been bored stupid by the family (perhaps…)

Now break free, with an evening of top-quality soul and funk sounds, courtesy of Soul Selecta.

The Slug and Lettuce in the Theatre District is your venue, and Nicky Prince the singer fronting the sounds.

The sextet will be joined at the Soul Power promo by DJ Mr Magic on the decks, and tickets are a steal at £4 in advance – rising to £6 on the door.

There are further discounts for groups of four too.

Sounds aplenty, between 8pm and 2am and you can swot up on the band at www.soulselecta.co.uk

Fancy getting All Shook Up before New Years Eve?

Make tracks to Newport Pagnell’s Workingmen’s Club in Newport Pagnell and watch Elvis impersonator Ben Thompson at play, then.

The nineteen year old Londoner replicates the ‘1950’s Elvis’ with cracking discipline: and all the snake-hip, quiff-bounce that the Tupelo-born megastar had.

Will Ben make visitors to the WMC weak at the knees in a similar fashion?

Find out from 7.30pm when he joins the CC Riders tribute band at play.

NEW YEARS EVE

Footwork is still a relatively new name on the new city promo block, but has been working hard to build up tasty nights, and things are going well.

They’ll be handling the New Year celebrations at The Slug & Lettuce in the Theatre District, transforming the innards of the drinking den with lasers, lights, cheap drinks, house grooves and dancing feet.
“We’ll be making sure no-one recognizes the venue when you walk in, and have loads of new lighting and décor, and free drinks giveaways,” says Footwork fella Kenty.

“Best of all, we reckon we’re the cheapest option for a full-on house rave in the city this year, with a door tax of only £5.

“There will be no tickets in advance, so we advise people to get down early, we start at 8pm and crack on until the early hours…”

You heard the man.

NEW YEARS DAY

Kick back, relax, recover.

It’s been a busy festive period, after all.

Happy New Year!

 
 
 

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