More things to do in and around York
From an ice trail to Spring Awakening, a very happy pig in the mud to sibling rivalry in a living room, Charles Hutchinson points you in the right direction for the days and evenings.
Opening of the exhibition of the week: Beyond Bloomsbury, Life, Love & Legacy, York Art Gallery, until June 5
The YORK Art Gallery’s spring exhibition, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and Sheffield Museums, explores the lives and works of Bloomsbury’s extraordinary writers, artists and thinkers.
Active in England in the first half of the 20th century, they included the writer and pioneering feminist Virginia Woolf and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, as key figures.
The exhibition features over 60 major loans of oil paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs by Bell, Dora Carrington, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Paul Nash, Gwen Raverat and Ray Strachey, as well as four commissions from Sahara Longe, painted in response to the Bloomsbury Legacy and the Bloomsbury-inspired murals and fireplaces designed by graphic artist Lydia Caprani.
Show of the week: York Ice Trail, today and tomorrow
MAKE IT York and Visit York invite you to “pack your bags, grab your passport and embark on a trip around the world” on the way back from the York Ice Trail.
Solid ice sculptures are waiting to be discovered in 43 locations this weekend, inspired by international cultures and a love of travel. Live carving is also promised.
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the National Railway Museum has removed its egg from the Trans-Siberian Railway from Fabergé to Low Petergate, but a newly added ice sculpture in support of Ukraine will be exhibited in Place Sainte-Hélène.
Dance Show of the Week: Giovanni Pernice: This Is Me!, York Barbican, 7:30 p.m.
AFTER linking Rose Ayling-Ellis to Glitterball Trophy success on the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Giovanni Pernice is paying homage to the music and dances that inspired his journey from competitive dancer to TV favorite.
“I just want to try and do something different, something you’ve never seen before,” says Sicilian stallion Pernice, 31. “I want to challenge myself and show my hidden talents.” Cue ballroom and latin dances and more. Ticket office: yorkbarbican.co.uk.
Children’s show of the week: Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, Grand Opera House, York, Wednesday, 1 and 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
PEPPA Pig is so excited to go on a special day with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig on a road trip full of adventure, song, play and laughter.
From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs, ice cream to obligatory muddy puddles, there will be something for the whole family. Look out for Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull and Gerald Giraffe on ‘the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans’. Ticket office: 0844 871 7615 or atgtickets.com/York.
Salon appointment of the week: Buglight Theater in Jane Hair: The Brontes Restyled, York Theater Royal, Studio, Thursday, 7:45 p.m.
Sibling rivalry meets literary debate on an explosive evening when stylists Anne, Emily and Charlotte Brontë cut, color and style while sharing their hopes and dreams in Bradford’s most creative beauty salon.
Buglight Theater writers Kirsty Smith and Kat Rose-Martin offer this chance to meet modern versions of three determined young women from Yorkshire who set the literary world on fire. For returns only, call 01904 623568.
Musical of the Week: Central Hall Musical Society at Spring Awakening, [email protected], Monkgate, York, Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
CENTRAL Hall Musical Society (also known as CHMS, York), at the University of York, presents Duncan Sheik and Steven Slater’s 2006 rock musical revamp of a once-banned play by Frank Wedekind, staged by Abena Abban.
A group of teenagers in a small German village in 1891 find the oppressive structures maintained by their parents and teachers to be at odds with their own awakened sexuality.
Spring Awakening explores themes of sex, puberty, coming of age, and the desire for a more progressive future, refracting outdated values through a 21st century lens. Ticket office: tickets.41monkgate.co.uk.
Family show of the week; Le Navet Bete at Treasure Island, York Theater Royal, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
LAST in York last September to reveal the secrets of a vampire in Dracula: The Bloody Truth, physical comedy company Le Navet Bete now sets off in search of buried treasure in a fast-paced family adventure, Treasure Island.
Peepolykus art director and screenwriter John Nicholson leads a cast of four, playing 26 characters in a new take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale laced with contemporary comic twists, tropical islands, an unusual motley crew of pirates , of a parrot called Alexa (straight from the Amazon), a white-bearded fish-finger tycoon and unforgettable mermaid. Ticket office: 01904 623568 or at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.
Concert of the Week Outside York: David Ford, Pocklington Arts Centre, Thursday, 8 p.m.
WHAT happens when you lock a creative force in a room for two years? The answer is a tornado blast from a new album by Eastbourne singer-songwriter David Ford documenting the tumultuous events of 2020 and 2021, as he charts the rise of Covid and the fall of Trump, although that the two still stubbornly refuse to leave.
Ford will stream songs from the upcoming May You Live In Interesting Times, as well as compositions written in two days and recorded in one with American support act Annie Dressner. Don’t miss their six-track EP on sale at Pock’s concert. Ticket office: 01759 301547 or pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.