Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Renee White Community Garden appeal

Start of the Renee White Community Garden 
Never let it be said that I get all my news from Twitter(!), but every once in a while I learn about something going on that is pretty cool. One such is an +Indiegogo appeal to build a Community Garden in central Eastbourne.

Renee White was a resident of Winchcombe Road in Eastbourne for many years, who continually championed getting something done about the waste area behind her house. Now the area - former unused ground between Dursley Road and Winchcombe Road - is being turned into the Renee White Community Garden in her memory. Work has already begun with raised beds and borders installed, trees and fruit bushes planted. However, in order to really make the Garden a place for the whole community, the volunteers are raising funds for simple level walkways and a proper permanent seating/meeting area.

If you are able to contribute financially, the fundraising page is at It was already nearly at 10% of the total when I typed this post and had only been active for a few days. To encourage you, one of the 'rewards' for pledging is homemade Strawberry and Lavender Jam! Other ways you could help would be by donating stuff such as plants and plant pots or even yourself - more labour is always welcome! There are contact details on both the Appeal Page and via the Facebook Group.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Mildred Pierce (film)

Back to the Under Ground Theatre again for today's post where Joan Crawford will put in an Oscar-winning performance in the 1945 drama Mildred Pierce. The film has been chosen as the Sunday afternoon classic matinee and will be screened on the 11th of May. It will be introduced with a short illustrated presentation on its importance by Dr Niall Richardson, lecturer at the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex University.

Mildred Pierce is a film noir work which opens with the murder of Mildred's second husband, Beragon (Zachary Scott). Police on the scene believe that Beragon has been shot by her first husband, Bert Pierce (Bruce Bennett). When Bert confesses to the crime, the audience is shown Mildred's life in a series of flashbacks which she narrates herself. Struggling to create a good life for herself and her daughters, Mildred has raised herself from lowly waitress to the owner of a chain of restaurants. However her social climber daughter, Veda (Ann Blyth), is ashamed of her roots. Mildred remarries to the apparently wealthy Beragon but finds herself supporting his playboy lifestyle as well as trying to fund her daughter's materialistic ambitions. The film is based on a novel by James M Cain.

Under Ground Theatre, Sun 11th May, 14:30.
Tickets, £6.50 to include tea/coffee and cake after the film, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Under Ground Theatre and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Andy Panayi Quartet (jazz)

I last blogged about the Andy Panayi quartet in May 2012 when they were touring an evening of Cole Porter music to venues including Eastbourne's Under Ground Theatre. Now, almost exactly two years later, the quartet is returning to the Under Ground.

The line up this time around comprises of Andy Panayi on baritone/tenor saxes and flute, Mark Nightingale on trombone,  Simon Woolf on bass and Clark Tracey on drums. Their repertoire is very likely to include several Cole Porter tunes as well as Thelonius Monk compositions and melodic originals.

Under Ground Theatre, Fri 9th May, 20.00.
Tickets £11, students and UGT members £10, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person from the Under Ground Theatre and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Eastbourne Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

The Da Vinci Hotel in Eastbourne is the venue for this year's Eastbourne Photographic Society Annual Exhibition. The exhibition opened yesterday according to the EPS website and the hotel itself although the Eastbourne Festival brochure has it not opening until the 28th of April which is a tad confusing. Howard Square is just off the seafront so why not combine a stroll along the prom with a visit to the gallery. You can escape from the brisk wind and revive yourself at the bar!

EPS has been in existence for well over a hundred years which is an amazing achievement in itself, and they are currently proud to be enjoying a tremendous surge in the quality of work produced by their members - much of this from newer joiners encouraged by the digital age and mobile technology. As we can see from the images on the flyer, topics and themes are pretty much unlimited and the thriving club is always pleased to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining, full details are on this dedicated page of the EPS website. However, the last meeting of the 2013/2014 season is the AGM on the 25th.

Da Vinci Hotel and Art Gallery, Sat 19th of April to Sun 11th May, 10:00-16:00 daily, free admission.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets (talk)

Another Eastbourne Festival event for today's blog post and one for which, as of Thursday evening, there were only twenty-two tickets left so don't hang about too long before booking!

The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets is a talk by science journalist and TV producer +Simon Singh. He has written a book of the same title which delves into the subject as well. Simon is the author of Fermat's Last Theorem, which was a no 1 bestseller in Britain and translated into 22 languages. In 1999, he wrote The Code Book which was also an international bestseller and the basis for the Channel 4 series The Science of Secrecy. I haven't seen him speak live since the Uncaged Monkeys tour came to +Brighton Dome a few years ago, so I'm very much looking forward to this talk at Bibendum next week for that reason and also because it will be my first +Eastbourne Sceptics in the Pub event. I know I already missed several interesting evenings while we were travelling!

Some have seen philosophy embedded in episodes of The Simpsons; others have detected elements of psychology and religion. Simon Singh, bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book and The Big Bang, instead makes the compelling case that what The Simpsons' writers are most passionate about is mathematics.

The talk will be followed by a break and will then resume with a Question and Answer session. Please note, the talk will be held in an upstairs room with no lift access.

Bibendum, Thu 24th Apr, 19:30.
Tickets £3.30, available online through WeGotTickets.

Friday, 18 April 2014

The Deep (film)

There's a Scandinavian film on at Eastbourne's Curzon Cinema at the beginning of May. The Deep is an Icelandic/Norwegian co-production directed by Balthasar Kormákur from a screenplayby Jón Atli Jónasson and himself. The Deep has a 12A certificate and was selected as Iceland's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar last year. This screening is an Eastbourne Film Society presentation.

The Deep tells the story of the incredible survival of an Icelandic fisherman named Guðlaugur Friðþórsson. He was aboard a boat with four colleagues when it capsized tipping them all into water that was only 5 degrees celsius. Guðlaugur swam for six hours in this freezing water before managing to drag himself ashore. However, his ordeal did not end there. He was washed up at a place where newly formed lava spills into the sea and had to walk across an area of rough lava in order to reach the nearest town.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 7th May, times tbc.
Tickets £6.80, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (15:00 to 19:00 daily).

Thursday, 17 April 2014

She Stoops To Conquer (theatre)

I had some great news last week regarding the imminent Creative Cow (Merry Wives Of Windsor, Charley's Aunt) production of She Stoops To Conquer at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre. I've won two tickets for opening night! I don't often get free tickets to anything (hint, hint!) so this will be a rare treat. VisitEastbourne regularly run theatrethursday competitions so it's worth keeping an eye on their website and Twitter feed.

Charles Marlow, a well bred young man from London, is beset with a stutter and a quiver when in the presence of elegant and educated young women. When his father sets him up with his old friend’s eligible daughter, he is totally tongue tied - but Miss Hardcastle is charmed by her gibbering suitor and employs an unexpected tactic to put him at his ease. Meanwhile, the ridiculous muppet, Tony Lumpkin, on meeting Marlow and his dashing friend Hastings, leads them to believe that old Mr Hardcastle’s country house is actually an inn and the man of the house is the inn keeper. Mayhem and confusion ensue as the young men demand to be waited upon by a bewildered and increasingly outraged host.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Tue 29th Apr to Sat 3rd May, 19:45.
Wed and Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at Eastbourne Theatres Box Offices and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.