Wondering what do over the next seven days? Here are ten of the best events.
1. YolanDa Brown – Tenth Anniversary.
Friday, December 7, 7.30pm, £15-£18, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, www.placesleisure.org/centres/clair-hall. Ten years ago YolanDa Brown was studying a PhD in Management Science when a career in music came calling. Now, this double MOBO award winner is the premier female saxophonist in the UK. Renowned for her unique fusion of reggae, jazz and soul, this concert features music from YolanDa’s albums, as well as plenty of crowd favourites.
2. Seaford Exhibition.
Three Sussex artists are exhibiting together at The Crypt Gallery, Seaford, until Sunday, December 9. The show is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm every day. Chris Hill, Tina McKenzie and Moira Wills have all exhibited and sold work extensively across the UK and internationally. Their pieces are included in national and private collections from the Victoria & Albert Museum, to Paul Smith and Cerruti. This is an exciting show, inspired by Sussex and personal stories of people from around the world.
3. Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus.
Saturday, December 8. £10-£24, 7.30pm, Brighton Dome, Church Street, 01273 709709, brightondome.org. Pull A Cracker with Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus. With special guest star Joanne Clifton. An evening of laughter and music, packed full of seasonal favourites and new arrangements. This year’s show is supporting The Sussex Beacon and the Brighton Unitarian’s Building Appeal Fund. Find out more about the society at www.brightongmc.org.
4. The Vapors and Department S.
Saturday, December 8, £15, 8pm Lewes Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes 01273 473076. Blackstar Promotions bring English New Wave band The Vapors and Department S to Lewes Con Club for a pre-Christmas party. The Vapors formed in 1979 and are best known for the singles ‘News at Ten’, ‘Turning Japanese’, ‘Spiders’ and ‘Jimmie Jones’. Department S are a post-punk band formed in 1980. They are best known for their debut single ‘Is Vic There?’.
5. The Scummy Mummies Christmas Show.
Tuesday, December 11, £15, 8pm, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, 0845 293 8480, www.komedia.co.uk/brighton. Back by popular demand, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson bring us scummy carols, yuletide sketches, festive stand-up and very scummy Santa stories. The Scummy Mummies book is out now. Ellie and Helen will be selling and signing copies after the performance. Find out more at www.scummymummies.com.
6. The Noise Next Door.
Wednesday, December 12, £15, 8pm, Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, 0845 293 8480. Comedy Lock-in Christmas Special. The sell-out smash hit returns to Brighton with a festive dose of The Noise Next Door’s trademark off-the-cuff madness and special guests Abigoliah Schamaun and Catherine Bohart. The improv comedy troupe offer a totally unique entertainment experience every night with the quickest wits in comedy and their astonishing special guests.
7. Uckfield pantomime.
Comedy legend Sue Hodge – Mimi Labonq in Allo Allo – is starring in Jack and the Beanstalk from December 13-15. Sue, who plays Fairy Cucumber in the panto, is not only joined by other actors from stage and screen but also the young stars of Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts in Uckfield. The pantomime is a family affair with Sue directing and her husband Keith ‘Paddington’ Richards as musical director. Visit www.civiccentre uckfield.com/events/jack-and-the-beanstalk.
8. Comedy Night.
Thursday, December 13, 8pm, £10-£12, Lewes Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes 01273 473076. Comedy at the Con presents a Christmas special with Simon Evans and Jeff Innocent, MC Dave Mounfield and Neil Masters. Simon Evans has been a regular face on the comedy circuit for the past two decades, and has performed popular shows at venues and festivals around the world – Montreal, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Aspen and many more.
9. The Rocky Horror Show.
December 13 to January 5, Theatre Royal Brighton, 0844 871 7650. The Rocky Horror Show is the big Christmas event at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this year. The show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house while on their way to visit their favourite college professor. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity.
10. Christmas Concert at Lewes Town Hall.
The Lewes Concert Orchestra return to the Town Hall on December 14. They will be joined by the choir Schola Cantorum of St. Pancras Church, Lewes, and by two soloists. Toby Sims, bass, will sing The Midnight Skaters, by the Sussex composer Peter Copley, and Sue Gregg, flute, will play the solo part in Concertino for Flute and Orchestra by the French composer Cecile Chaminade. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Visit www.lewesconcertorchestra.org.