What’s On – March

Sacrifice Pro wrestling returns to Bedford Esquires

Friday 8 March from 7.30pm
An evening of pro wrestling chaos returns to Esquires, with all proceeds going to Autism Bedfordmshire. Confirmed to appear are Big T Justice (making his Bedford debut), Hustle Malone, Warren Banks, Jayde and ‘the Mindsweeper’ Ashley Dunn.
Tickets £10 per person, strictly over 18’s only.

Fancy Dress Silent Disco

Friday 22 March from 10pm

It’s Esquires’ first Silent Disco of 2019 and it’s a fancy dress special. There will be prizes for best and worst dressed, including bottles of fizz, a £50 bar tab and Jason Donovan VHS videos. These are always sold out, so grab your tickets soon…
Tickets in advance from Seetickets.com, Esquires Bar & Slide Record Shop

Esquires, 60A Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2QG

Philharmonia: Beethoven & Brahms

Thursday 28 March at 7.30pm
Bedford Corn Exchange

Xian Zhang conductor 
Alina Pogostkina violin

BEETHOVEN Overture, Coriolan
BRAHMS Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 

Rising-star conductor Xian Zhang leads a performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, alongside Brahms’s heartfelt Violin Concerto. Celebrated for her “deeply moving” performances, Alina Pogostkina plays the Brahms Violin Concerto, with its dramatic first movement, delicious Adagio, and vibrant finale. When Beethoven’s Seventh was premiered, one newspaper reported that the “applause rose to the point of ecstasy”. Wagner called the work “the apotheosis of the dance”, and recent audiences have come to enjoy the symphony through its inclusion in the film The King’s Speech.

Philharmonia Box Office: 020 7921 3907

Skeptics in the Pub: Effective Altruism – giving the reason

Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm
North End Social Club

Effective Altruism is the idea behind a growing movement of philosophy, science and evidence minded individuals with a passion to doing as much good as they possible can. Effective Altruism involves using a combination of the head (reason, logic and evidence) and the heart (empathy/compassion) to systematically fight towards making the world a better place for all that live in it. Richard Clarke is a health psychologist and skeptic currently conducting a PhD in the area of information seeking and vaccine hesitancy with the Vaccine Confidence Project based at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine and due to the reasoning behind Effective Altruism in 2014 he decided to pledge 10% of his income over the course of his life time to charities that are likely to have the most impact in the world. He also writes the blog https://steemit.com/@nonzerosum  and tweets as @RichClarkePsy

North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TW

Feline Assembly celebrate International Women’s Day at the Third Place

Friday 8 March from 8pm

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 and Zoe Stafford, Jess Griffiths and Sue Miller from the Feline Collective want to mark the day by giving a platform to local women through music. The Third Place will be hosting the event, filled with vibrant and enthusiastic women who love music and don’t always get the opportunity to get involved.  Zoe, The CEO of Zoe Stafford School of dance said, “We wanted women to come together so we have formed the Feline Assembly to promote events that will give women the scope to participate in music’. Jess, owner of the Third Place said, “The Third Place is already recognised as a showcase for local DJs and we now want to make the venue more accessible to women to get involved.”  Sue has been passionate about live music for over 40 years and said, “Everyone has a part to play in changing the balance of gender within music. The future is exciting, we must all think equal, build smart and innovate for change’. The night promises a mix of live music and DJs and everyone’s welcome.

Third Place, 38 St Peter’s St, Bedford MK40 2NN

Castle Comedy

Thursday 14 March at 7.30pm
Ent Shed at the Gordon Arms

Hosted by Bedford’s Paul Revill, this month’s Castle Comedy is a classic mixed bill of TV names and UK circuit favourites. Simon Brodkin was named “the world’s most famous blagger” by The Daily Telegraph, he is an untameable prankster and acclaimed character comedian, best known as ‘Lee Nelson’. Simon has hit global headlines multiple times for his high-profile stunts. Most famously he handed Prime Minister Theresa May a P45 form during her keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference. Simon’s television appearances include Live At The Apollo, Sunday Night at The Palladium (ITV); The John Bishop Show (BBC One); John Bishop’s Christmas Show (BBC One); Channel 4’s Comedy Gala. 
David Ward is recognisable from BBC Three’s We Are Klang, David is one of comedy’s most sought after presenters, writers and comedians and has hosted the heats for both BBC’s New Comedy Awards and C5’s So You Think You’re Funny?
Ent Shed at the Gordon Arms, 118 Castle Rd, Bedford MK40 3QY


James Nicol: Apprentice Witch book-signing

Friday 22 March at 4pm
Rogan’s Books, Castle Lane

The author James Nichols is coming to Bedford this month to pay a visit to our fave independent children’s bookshop, Rogan’s Books. He’ll be signing copies of his new book, A Witch Come True from 4pm, following a whirlwind tour of schools.

Rogan’s Books, 26 Castle Ln, Bedford MK40 3US


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