Friends of the Higgins Lectures present:
Jovan Nicholson – Winifred Nicholson and the Liberation of Colour
Tuesday 6 November
Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) wanted, she said, ‘to paint pictures that can call down colours, so that a picture can be a lamp in one’s room, not merely a window’. Nicholson was profoundly interested in how prismatic colour transforms objects and their settings. The art historian, Jovan Nicholson, who is Winifred Nicholson’s grandson, explores this strand of her work.
So Television presents
Gregg Wallace: Doesn’t Get Tougher Than This
Saturday 10 November at 7.30pm
The star of BBC’s MasterChef, Inside The Factory and Eat Well For Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show mixing hilarious behind the scenes tales with demonstrations and audience fun and games. Join Gregg as he answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, shares anecdotes and dishes up a sumptuous serving of MasterChef’s juiciest bits. Complete with a Q&A, this really is a must-see event for any foodie and Gregg fan!
Premium tickets (including signed merchandise) and limited VIP meet and greet tickets also available – book early!
Tickets: £20.00 (£30.00 premium ticket*, £40.00 VIP ticket**)
*Premium ticket includes show ticket and signed apron
**VIP ticket includes show ticket, signed apron and meet & greet with Gregg (post show)
Running Time: 90mins (+15min interval)
Age Suitability: 14yrs+
Skeptics in the Pub: We Do Things Differently
Thursday 15 November at 7.30pm
Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it’s clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.
From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.
Mark has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Intelligent Life, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.
Skeptics at the Pub at North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TW
Lighting Up Bedford at Christmas
On Thursday 22 November, Bedford town centre will be lit up as the Christmas countdown begins – launching late night opening every Thursday.
Throughout the afternoon, families are invited to join Santa and his reindeer in Harpur Square and have pictures taken in the Snow Globe. Entertainment will be provided by the brilliant iridescent Bubble Man and an array of Marvel Comic characters.
The Christmas light switch on will include a giant tree on Silver Street – supported by electrical suppliers, Michael R. Peters and with decorations made by staff and customers at The Art Centre of Howard Street. Riverside Bedford will also be lit up for the first time and the traditional fireworks display along The Embankment will begin at 7pm.
Emma Mason – The Work of Robert Tavener (1920-2004)
Tuesday 27 November at 7.30pm
Robert Tavener’s own list of his favoured subject matter tells us much about the artist – ‘English Countryside and English Architecture. Shape, pattern, colour, texture, design… the underlying relationship with the past, of our landscape and building’. Emma Mason, who is a dealer in modern prints, will tell us about Robert Tavener.
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD.
Places are limited so please arrive promptly.
Tickets – Friends £4, Guests £9
Bedford Film Society – November screenings
This month, Bedford Film Society screens two films at its new venue at the University of Bedfordshire.
Loveless (15) will be shown on 14 November. This Russian language film opened to critical acclaim and won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Critics viewed it as a gripping story of a family crisis and a statement on life in Russia. On 21 November, the Florida Project (15) is screened. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of 2017. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her rebellious mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet, so they may keep one step ahead of impending homelessness. The title is derived from the early name for Walt Disney World, located near the setting of the film.
Twenty films will be shown during the year including some of the most popular recent releases, art house films and the occasional classic film.
All shows start at 7.30pm
Membership is £49 for the year, with reductions for concessions. Non members can pay £4.50 on the door.
Bedford Film Society University Of Bedfordshire Theatre, Polhill Avenue, MK42 9TR