Sep 15 2010 Harrow Observer
A CLASSIC play about a linguistic expert trying to pass off a beautiful commoner as a duchess is to be performed by local amateur dramatics group, The Chameleons.
The Wembley-based troupe's take on George Bernard Shaw's tale Pygmalion - on which musical My Fair Lady was based - comes on the back of a successful portrayal of French farce Allo! Allo!
Shaw's story of wit and manners sees a learned professional trying to win a bet by coaching a cockney flower seller to fool people into thinking she is a genuine member of the gentry, and begins his transformation with what he feels is the foundation of that level of society, impeccable speech.
Eliza Doolittle is played by Michelle Edwards and Professor Higgins by Stuart Everett, with Sarah Crowley directing.
where? The Kingsland Hall, United Reformed Church, East Lane, Wembley
when? Performances at 7.30pm, from Thursday, September 23 to Sunday, September 26, and a matinee at 5pm on Sunday
cost? £9.50 for adults and £7 for concessions. All tickets are £7 for the Thursday performance call: Box office on 020 8123 6443
Sharing great music
PIANIST Valentin Schiedermair is to give a recital at a church in Harrow town centre.
St John the Baptist has held fortnightly Thursday lunchtime concerts from September to July every year since 1975.
Valentin is an Edgware-based German musician whose objective is described as 'to share the joy and excitement of great music with his audience'.
His programme for next Thursday includes JS Bach's Partita No.2 in C minor, written in 1727, and Beethoven's 18th-century piece Sonata in E major, Op.14, No.1. He finishes with three Chopin works: Nocturne in E minor, Op. posth.72, No.1; Four Mazurkas, Op.6 and Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante.
what? Pianist Valentin Schiedermair in recital
where? Church of St John the Baptist, Sheepcote Road, Greenhill, Harrow
when? Thursday, September 23, 12.30pm to 2pm, with a short interval
cost? Free with a retiring collection to cover costs
see: Full listings at www.stjohn-greenhill.fsnet.co.uk/concerts.htm
Film and discussion after
CONTROVERSIAL religious sexual abuse film Beyond The Fire will be screened in Brent, with a discussion afterwards about the issues it raises.
The 15-rated film, which is being shown during the Pope's visit to Britain, concerns a troubled romance involving an Irish victim of sexual abuse and raises questions about the possibility of recovery and the necessary support.
The film, written and directed by Maeve Murphy, was named Best UK Feature at the London Independent Film Festival in 2009 and scooped the Best International Feature award at the Garden State Film Festival in the USA in 2010.
what? Beyond The Fire
where? The Tricycle Cinema, High Road, Kilburn
when? Saturday, September 18, 6pm
cost? £9.50, concessions £8.50
call: Box office on 020 7328 1000
Food historian rustles up some 1930s dishes
VEGETARIAN cuisine from the 1930s can be tasted at a drop-in day at Brent Museum.
The open day is inspired by the staunch vegetarianism of Kingsbury-based architect Ernest Trobridge, whose refusal to use animal-sourced insulin to treat his diabetes ultimately led to his premature death.
Food historian and cook Monica Askay is resurrecting long-forgotten meat-free dishes from the Jazz Age for everyone to try and to learn how to re-create at home.
Drawing from her extensive research of antiquated recipe books and searches for bygone ingredients, Monica's demonstration will include a potted history of the vegetarian movement.
what? 1930s cuisine
where? Brent Museum, Willesden Green Library Centre, High Road, Willesden Green
when? Saturday, September 18, between 10am and 3pm
see: 020 8937 3541
Art exhibition reaching out to engage people in a better understanding about the world we live in
VIBRANT paintings from a local artist have gone on show at The Gallery at Willesden Green.
Mbeng Pouka's exhibition, called Colour Blind, runs until mid-October.
She said: "I aim to show in my work the value and the privilege to be alive.
"I believe everything created has its own purpose, like the earth we live in - there is no other place where humans can share the same breath with animals and plants or drink the same water.
"The diversification of my art enables me to reach out to people's minds and engage them in better understanding about the world we live in."
what? Mbeng Pouka's exhibition, Colour Blind
where? The Wall at The Gallery, The Gallery at Willesden Green, Willesden Green Library Centre, High Road, Willesden Green
when? Daily between 11am and 9pm until Friday, October 15
see: Mbeng Pouka's website www.poukart.com