What's ON


l Harrogate: Into Abstraction: paintings from the Harrogate Fine Art Collection with new work by North Yorkshire painters John Creighton and Simon Crawford, and landscapes by the late Jack Hellewell at Mercer Art Gallery. Until January 18. 01423 556130.

l Harrogate: Christmas exhibition with a variety of original works of art – including paintings, sculpture, jewellery and handbags. Prices start at just 10. Until Christmas Eve. Anstey Galleries, Swan Road. 01423 500102. www.ansteygalleries.co.uk

l Harrogate: Winter art - Artists' interpretations of wintry themes, in works from the Harrogate fine art collection. Mercer Art Gallery. Until January 4 2009.

l Harrogate: Nel Whatmore at Chantry House Gallery, Ripley. Until November 30. 012423 771011.

l Knaresborough: New Work. A fantastical, three dimensional world of figures, buildings and things by Jon Cove, an artist with dual sensory impairment. Arts and Crafts Centre, Bond End. Until November 23.


l Harrogate: Patterns of History - Popular Patterns at the Royal Pump Room museum. A variety of objects highlighting popular patterns and commemorating people and events, from Ancient Greek pottery to 20th century textiles. Younger visitors to the exhibition will find plenty to do with a trail to follow and a pattern-making activities area. Until May, 2009.

l Harrogate: Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate International Centre. Until November 23. Four daily free catwalk shows at The Royal Hall. www.twistedthread.com

l Harrogate: Harrogate Emmaus Trust 20th anniversary celebrations. Until November 23. Events include open afternoons, Thanksgiving service with Rev Francis Wainaina and social evening and hog roast.

l Harrogate: Egyptology: Scientific Investigation at The Royal Pump Room Museum. Until January 2009. 01423 556188.

l Harrogate: Buddhist Thought and Meditation at Friends’ Meeting House, 12a Queen's Parade, 7-9pm every Friday until December 12. Requested donation 5. For further information ring 01759 304832.

l Ripon: Costumes in context group History Wardrobe is putting on Undressing Mr Darcy at Melmerby Village Hall. The performance includes readings from contemporary authors and original clothes, during which that famous Regency gentleman, Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, will explore what makes a `gentleman'. From rumpled hairstyles to the perfect cravat - almost all will be revealed as the historical costume experts take off the layers before your eyes! Evening starts at 7.30pm with funds going to St Mary’s Church, Wath. Tickets cost 10 including a glass of wine: 01765 641255 or 01765 640252.


l Harrogate: Harrogate Speakability charity concert at St Mark's Church. 7.30pm. Featuring choirs for St Aidan's School. Tickets 5 from the school or by contacting Pip Garside on 01765 677494.

l Northallerton: The Allerton Players are presenting Ladies' Day by Amanda Whittington until tomorrow at Hambleton Forum. Tickets cost 6 or 5 for concessions and are available from Greensleeves Music in Northallerton, by emailing allertonplayers@hotmail.co.uk , by calling 01609 7748649 or on the door.

l York: I Want That Hair at York Theatre Royal. Until November 22. 01904 623568.

l York: Kidstory at York Theatre Royal. Until November 29. 01904 623568. Story-telling in the studio for children aged 3 - 6 years old and 7+ years old and their families.

l York: The Wiz - York Stage Musicals at Grand Opera House. 2.30 and 7.30pm. 0844 847 2322. Until November 22.

l Leeds: Mine at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Until tommorrow. 0113 213 7700.

l Leeds: Oliver at Leeds Grand Theatre. Until November 22. 0870 121 4901.

l York: Death of a Salesman at York Theatre Royal. Until November 29. 01904 623568.

l Knaresborough: Frazer Shorts. An evening of new work from The Frazer Theatre Playwriting Group at the Frazer Theatre. Free entry. 7.30pm. Donations to Lift Off Appeal.


l Harrogate: Live music with The John Black Band at the Blues Bar.

l Harrogate: Knievel bring original, 70s-influenced rock to No 19: Bar & Grill on Parliament Street, formerly Yates's. Free entry.Harrogate: Weekly ‘Chord-en Bleu’ evening for diners only. Live jazz from Ian & Tom Peak, Martin Coultas and Chris James and a three-course meal (7pm for 8) at Crepes and Crocs, West Park. 20.

l Harrogate: Swing jazz classics from Frank Brooker at the Harrogate Brasserie. Free entry.

l Knaresborough: Singers & Musicians night for folk fans at Mother Shipton’s from 8.30pm. Free entry.

l Knaresborough: Live music at the World’s End. Free entry.

l Boroughbridge: Live music with Paul Federenko at The Malt Shovel.

l Leeds: The Zutons at The Academy. For ticket details, visit www.leeds-academy.co.uk

l Wetherby: Irish Night with Reels on Wheels at The Half Moon Pub, Collingham. 01937 572641.


l Harrogate: A final goodbye and thank you! Celebrating the last of 175 eclectic exhibitions at The Gascoigne gallery, Royal Parade. Until November 30. 01423 525000, info@thegascoignegallery.com


l Harrogate: Loose Covers! Dance to the greatest sounds, from the 60s onwards! Tickets 15 to include pie and pea supper. All proceeds in aid of Saint Michael's Hospice. 7.30pm to midnight. For tickets contact Morag Caunt on 01423 797304. Ripley Town Hall.

l Harrogate: Christmas Fair at St Peter's Church, Cambridge Road (opposite HSBC)10am-4pm. Free entry, all proceeds to charity.

l Harrogate: John Godber's Weekend Breaks at 7.30pm at Pannal Memorial Hall, Station Road. Tickets at 6.50 available at Pannal Post Office or on the door. Ample parking, bar. Typical Godber, full of humour, as he captures a family with a class divide.

l Harrogate: Montpellier Mews Antique Market, Montpellier Street hold their annual charity tombola for Saint Michael’s Hospice, 10am-4pm. Lots of prizes, enjoy a glass of wine and mince pies. All proceeds to the hospice.

l Harrogate: Woodlands Methodist Church Christmas Fair. 10am-noon, 20p admission. Stalls, refreshments and a visit from Santa.

l Ripon: Friends of Burton Leonard School Christmas Fayre, 2-4pm at Burton Leonard school. Lots of stalls and activities, refreshments and raffle. Entry 50p. www.burtonleonard.n-yorks.sch.uk/fobls.html

l Harrogate: Jumble Sale at Harrogate Rugby Club, 10am until noon. Admission 50p.

l Ripon: Vive Arts and Crafts Fair in Masham Town Hall. Free admission. 10am-4.30pm. Also tomorrow.

l Ripon: Christmas Gift and Food Fair at Ripon Cathedral. Over 60 stalls of seasonal gifts, food and drinks. Santa's Grotto. Music performed by local school bands and groups. Entry 2.50 on the door. 01765 603583.

l Wetherby: Wetherby Choral Society will be presenting The Magic of Mozart (Solemn Vespers, Mass in C Minor) at 7.30pm in St James’ Parish Church. Supported by Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Dunford. Tickets 10 from Academy Florists, Church Street, Wetherby (01937 855759). You can also ring 01937 843887 or 01937 832099 for more information or for tickets.

l Pateley Bridge: Buddhist master Lama Jampa Thaye at Kettlesing Millennium Village Hall, 10am-noon. Admission 10. For further information, contact Kagyu Dechen Dzong on 01423 880224 or Mr and Mrs H and P Quinn on 01282 841570. Email harrogate@dechen.org or visit our website at www.dechen.org

l Leyburn: Farmers market.

l York: Art Exhibition and Christmas Fayre at Newton on Ouse Parish Hall. Also tomorrow. 10.30am-4pm. Entrance 50p, light lunch available.


l Leeds: Peter Pan at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Until January 31. 0113 213 7700.


l Harrogate: Harrogate Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert. Programme includes music from Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Kalinnikov. Soloist is cellist Victoria Simonsen. Harrogate Grammar School. 7.30pm. Tickets 10, 5 or under 11s free. On the door.

l Harrogate: Live music with Jed Thomas Blues Band at the Blues Bar.

l Harrogate: Live music at No 19: Bar & Grill on Parliament Street, formerly Yates's.

lKnaresborough: Male/female duo Sounds Like Us presents songs from the 50s onwards at The Half Moon, 9pm.

l Ripley: Supper dance at Ripley Town Hall with live band Loose Covers to raise funds for Saint Michael’s Hospice. Tickets 15 from 01423 797304 or 01423 860340.

l Boston Spa: Live jazz from Sammy Rimington with the Rae Brothers New Orleans jazz Band at The Trustees Hall. Doors 7.30pm. Entry 8. More info: www.jazzinthespa.co.uk


l Harrogate: Yorkshire Sale (auction) at Pavilions of Harrogate. Until November 25. 0113 234 5755. www.bonhams.com

l Knaresborough: St John's House, Kirk Hammerton Christmas Bazaar. 2pm. Christmas craft stalls, a tombola, raffle, mulled wine and mince pies. Details on 01423 330480; ask for Christine or Pam.

l Pateley Bridge: A fundraising event in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Appeal - 10am-2pm at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Cakes stall, Ringtons tea, jewellery, cards, tombola and refreshments. Admission free. For more information, contact Mhairi Jauncey on 711540 or Sue Marshall on 711037.

l Ripon: Winter Abbey Tours at Fountains Abbey. Sundays in November. 1.30pm.


l Leeds: Tim Minshin - Ready for This? at West Yorkshire Playhouse. 0113 213 7700.


l York: Fish (ex-Marillion) at Grand Opera House. 7.30pm. 0844 847 2322.

l Harrogate: Big screening of Martin Scorsese’s classic rockumentary The Last Waltz with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and more at Rehab, ex-Native State, Parliament Street. Entry is free, starts 8pm.

l Harrogate: Evening - Live music with Roadhouse at the Blues Bar. Free entry.

l Harrogate: Live music at lunchtime with singer-songwriter Jason Feddy at the Blues Bar. Ticket only.

l Harrogate: Easy listening jazz guitar duo Les Sans Noms at the Harrogate Brasserie.

l Ripon: Acoustic covers in the afternoon with Ash Lee at the One Eyed Rat. Free entry.

lBoroughbridge: Unplugged easy listening in the afternoon at The Malt Shovel.

l Guiseley: Tony Martin, Roger Knowles & Tony Aked play Irish, blues, rock and country at The Yorkshire Rose.

l York: Cage The Elephant at The Duchess in York. www.theduchessyork.co.uk


l Ripon: Walk out Well meeting at Ripon Library, 10am. 07960 251320.

l Ripon: Ripon Old Time and Sequence Dance at Littlethorpe Village Hall. 7.30-10pm.

l Harewood: Behind the scenes - Harewood Masterpieces at Harewood House. Includes lunch in the state dining room. 0113 218 1010.


l York: Sixteen Up at York Theatre Royal. Until November 26. 01904 623568 www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

l York: The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Devils and Angels at Grand Opera House. 7.30pm. 0844 847 2322.

l Leeds: High School Musical at Leeds Grand Theatre. Until December 6. 0844 848 2705.


l Harrogate: Live jam session hosted by Pete Oliver at the Blues Bar, Montpellier Hill.


l Harrogate: Royal Hall Open Day. Come. Have a look around Harrogate's beautiful Royal Hall, restored to its original magnificence. Open between 10am and 4pm. A stunning Edwardian Theatre built in 1903. Also tomorrow.

l Ripon: Walk out Well meeting at the visitor centre, Fountains Abbey, 10am. 07960 251320.

l Ripon: Fountains Playgroup and Pre-school Christmas Fair, 6-9pm, at Grantley Village Hall. 21 stalls of goods sold from local businesses with festive refreshments and a playgroup-run tombola. Fair is being opened by pre-school children singing festive carols. Entrance is free!


l Harrogate: Live music at the Blues Bar. Act tbc.

l Harrogate: Harrogate Jazz Club presents vocalist Alice Coulam and sax/clarinet man Frank Brooker with The Watermelon Men at the West Park Hotel. Entry 3. Info: www.jazzinyorkshire.co.uk

l York: An Evening with Zucchero at Grand Opera House. 7.30pm. 0844 847 2322.


l Northallerton: Farmers’ market.

l York: Swan Lake - Vienna Festival Ballet at Grand Opera House. 7.30pm. 0844 847 2322.


l Leeds: The Puppet Man by Russell Raintree at The Leeds Carriageworks, Millennium Square. Until November 29. russellraintree42@hotmail.co.uk


l Harrogate: Paul Middleton and the Angst Band at The Blues Bar.

l Harrogate: Resident act Simon Parkinson plays jazz at the Harrogate Brasserie with guest musician.

l York: The View and Holy Ghost Revival at The Duchess in York. www.theduchessyork.co.uk


l Harrogate: Walk out Well meeting at rear car park, Park Hotel, Hornbeam Park, 10am. 07960 251320.

l Harrogate: Egyptian Party Night at Hales Bar. Opening of Tutankhamun's tomb, November, 1922. Prize for the best dressed.


l York: This Child at York Theatre Royal. Until November 28. 01904 623568 www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

l York: Steve Steinman's Vampires Rock at Grand Opera House. 7.30pm. 0844 847 2322.


l Harrogate: Live music at the Blues Bar with The Dan Burnett Blues Band.

l Harrogate: Live music at No 19: Bar & Grill on Parliament Street, formerly Yates's.

l Harrogate: Beauty & The Beasts play live at The Alexandra. Free entry.

l Harrogate: Jam session at Tap n Spile, Tower Street. Free.

l Harrogate: Simon Parkinson plays jazz at the Harrogate Brasserie with guest musician.

l Guiseley: Coopers Jazz Club presents The Dizzy Club. Entry 5 (4 members).

l Ripon: Lunchtime recital by Tim Semken, organ at Ripon Cathedral. 1.15-2pm. 01765 603496 www.riponcathedral.org.uk