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Foxlowe Pixies Come out of Hibernation

The Pixie apples, a late-eating variety, were put away last autumn to hibernate in a cellar, where they get ideal storage conditions (low temperature and humidity).  The plan was to sell them in the cafe when they were fully ripened and ready to eat. NOT MANY LEFT NOW, SO CATCH THEM WHILE THEY’RE STILL YOUNG AND SWEET.

Sadly, their sleep was disrupted when the cellar flooded and they had to be transferred to an attic, which was equally cool but somewhat drier.  This has meant that the Pixies, although perfectly edible, are just a bit wrinkled.

For that reason, we won’t be charging for them, although if anyone wants to make a donation for those they eat, it will be most welcome.

 

Spring Film Programme

The much anticipated new film programme starts on the 22nd January and what a great one, including Peterloo, a major new cinematic work with huge contemporary relevance; Children Act, starring Emma Thompson; The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, and Under the Tree, long-waited in Leek.

We start with BlacKkKlansman, which won director Spike Lee the coveted Grand Prix from Cannes, and then King of Thieves, the story of the notorious Hatton Garden robbery, with a stellar cast led by Sir Michael Caine.

The Wednesday documentary programme starts with Versus, a film about the life and films of much-lauded film-maker Ken Loach, followed by a new film, Bikes vs. Cars, on the challenges facing cities around the world in safely accommodating the needs of both cyclists and motorists.  The Swedish director, Fredrik Gertten, already has a following in Leek, with two of his acclaimed films Bananas!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas having been well-received at the Foxlowe.

Printed programmes and tickets will be available very soon, but full details, trailers and links for on-line tickets can be found in the What’s On calendar.  You can also download an electronic copy of the programme here.

Information is also available on Facebook, via Foxlowe Films and Foxlowe Arts Centre

ST13 Jan-Feb 2019

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 55) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:

ST13 COVER Jan-Feb 2019

ST13 INSIDE Jan-Feb 2019

The Dylan Project December 2018

The Dylan Project visited the Foxlowe Arts Centre once again, on the night of Thursday the 13th of December, 2018.

Now in their 20th year, but unfortunately sans Dave Pegg for this show (apparently “unavoidably detained” elsewhere), The Dylan Project (Steve Gibbons, Dave Pegg, P.J. Wright, Phil Bond & Gerry Conway) played under the banner of the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club to a packed room of respectful but enthuisiastic Dylan fans.

As their website says:

“Don’t be misled by the word ‘tribute’. Although the phrase “tribute band” can mean a slavish facsimile or a big-name cash-in, The Dylan Project is far more than a mere copycat act. The members bring their own distinctive take on the music, Steve Gibbons interprets the lyrics with stylish individuality and, above all, respect for a master writer and performer shines through every word, every note. As Mojo’s reviewer said: “The Dylan Project is a tribute in the best possible sense. Touching and deftly handled, it makes you marvel, once again, at the scope and majesty of this singular writer’s work.””

Thanks on behalf of the Foxlowe and The Cuckoo’s Nest to the band and everyone who attended on a very chilly night in Leek. See you again next year!

The Dylan Project - Foxlowe Arts Centre Dec 2018

The Dylan Project - Foxlowe Arts Centre Dec 2018

The Dylan Project - Foxlowe Arts Centre Dec 2018

Photos by Giles Metcalfe.

Foxlowe Arts Centre brings new professional theatre to Leek

Theatre image

It’s around three years since we started our collaboration with Live and Local to bring professional theatre shows here and this year (season) we were allocated three shows in this spring. There’s one left, but not till April.

January saw the welcome return of James Rowland with his “One Hundred Different Words for Love”:  he told us about the third part of his trilogy and it’s plain that our audience want him to come back with it.

In February, Little Earthquake brought their new show “I Ain’t Afraid of no Ghost”.   A funny and nostalgic trip back to the 80s in a theatre show for adults and older children about a family home being haunted by a playful poltergeist, it drew warm praise from the audience

 

The next show is the last of this year’s crop, and we’re very pleased that we were able to book it here.

Friday 26 April (that’s the Friday after the Easter weekend) sees a real treat – New Perspectives Theatre bring their new stage adaptation “The Man without a Past“.   This is based on the Cannes-award-winning film made by the acclaimed Finnish film-maker Aki Kaurismaki.  It’s described as “A Finnish melancomedy – part melancholic love story, part deliciously deadpan comedy”.   Tickets for this are now available both at the Foxlowe and online at wegottickets.com.

And after that?  Towards the end of March we’ll have sight of the list of offers for the next season.  In the meantime, there are other Live and Local shows nearby which you can go to:  just look for them under <What’s On> at liveandlocal.org.uk.

 

Information from Michael Quine  (michaelquine@talktalk.net)

 

Wreath Workshops Still Have a Few Places – 16th Dec

From the ornate to the simple.  Why not have a go yourself? Good company and free drinks, plus a unique wreath at the end of the session.

There are still some places for this Sunday’s workshops: one in the morning (11am-1pm) and five in the afternoon (2-4pm).

Christmas Wreath Workshops – Morning and Afternoon

Raise a Festive Glass to ‘Edie’ and ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Get into the festive spirit literally at the last two films of the season. The film group will be serving mulled wine, apple and brandy punch and mince pies at Edie on Tuesday, 11th December. and also at the screening of An Inconvenient Sequel, on Wednesday 12th December.

Everyone welcome!

 

Christmas Opening Hours @ Foxlowe

Christmas Opening Hours @ Foxlowe

24th December – Open till 13:00.

25th-27th December – Closed

28th-29th December – Open (10:00-16:00)

30th December  – 2nd January – Closed

3rd January onwards – Open as normal (10:00-16:00)

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from staff and volunteers at the Foxlowe!

 

Great Turnout for Staffordshire Contemporary Artists and Designers Fair

Despite the dismal weather visitors flocked to the Staffordshire Contemporary Artists and Designers Fair this weekend. With stunning art and craft work there were great opportunities to acquire original and beautiful items for the home or Christmas presents for family and friends.

The Little Unsaid

The Little Unsaid played an intimate gig in front of a select audience on Friday night, in the packed cafe area of the Foxlowe. The cafe was adapted into a performance venue for the night.

Touring in support of their ‘Selected Works’ album (Reveal Records 2018), the band are described as being ‘musically inventive and lyrically astute – creating tension between extremes (harmony and discord, sadness and joy, the technological and the organic) – an artist of considerable range’, Album of The Month, by FolkRadio.co.uk

Reveal Records is the home of Lau, Joan As Police Woman, Eddi Reader and more.

Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid are a band with an original sound and international outlook. The band have spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion’.

Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen, using light and shade in their music and lyrics, and quiet and loud passages, to great effect.

2017’s critically-acclaimed Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras album was recorded with Radiohead engineer and film score producer Graeme Stewart. The Little Unsaid embrace elements of rock, folk, electronica, jazz and alt-pop. One of the UK’s must-see rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation.

‘Entrancing… songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach, by a focus on the emotional weight music can carry’ – Clash

‘Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

‘A brave and often brilliant collection’ – R2 Magazine (on Selected Works)

With support on the night from Indie/Alternative singer-songwriter Venn Goodwin.

Venn Goodwin

Venn Goodwin

The Little Unsaid - photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid – photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid - photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid – photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid - photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid – photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid - photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid – photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid - photo by Giles Metcalfe

The Little Unsaid – photo by Giles Metcalfe

Thanks go out to the volunteers who adapted the cafe space into the venue for the gig and put everything back again afterwards, and to Ivan for taking care of the Sound.

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