BLUES guitars, psychological bunny puppetry, mountain films, sci-fi theatre, paranormal investigations and explosive dance promise out-of-this-world cultural experiences, reckons Charles Hutchinson.

Blues gig of the week: Ryedale Blues Club presents Alex Hamilton Band, Milton Rooms, Malton, Thursday, February 29, 8pm

GLASWEGIAN guitarist Alex Hamilton (formerly Lewis Hamilton) has been part of the British blues/rock scene since 2010. Parading a playing style that recalls Robben Ford and Matt Scofield, he released his debut album, Gambling Machine, at 18, winning the Scottish New Music Award for Jazz/Blues album in 2012.

Further albums Empty Roads, Ghost Train, Shipwrecked and On The Radio have followed. Hamilton makes his return to Malton in a trio with his father, Nick Hamilton, on bass and Ian Beestin on drums. Box office: 01653 696240 or

New play of the week in York: Foxglove Theatre in Rabbit, Theatre@41, Monkgate, York, Thursday, February 29 to Saturday, March 2, 7.30pm

YORK company Foxglove Theatre identified a need for weirder, more experimental theatre in the city, focusing on "psychological exploration through innovative visual storytelling". Here comes their debut new work, Rabbit, wherein a brave bunny wakes up lost in a murky forest determined to find her way home to Mumma.

Blending puppetry and visual effects, George Green's performance explores the psychological damage that develops from even the smallest mishandlings of our childhood selves. Box office:

When Tuesday is on a Friday and Saturday: 1812 Youth Theatre in Tuesday, Helmsley Arts Centre, Friday, March 1, 7.30pm; Saturday, March 2, 2.30pm, 7.30pm

AN ordinary Tuesday turns really, really weird when the sky over the school playground suddenly rips open in Alison Carr's funny and playful play Tuesday. Pupils and teachers are sucked up to a parallel universe as a new set of people rain down from above. 'Us' and 'Them' must come together to work out what is going on and how to return things to how they were.

Carr combines "a little bit of sci-fi and a lot of big themes": friendship, family, identity, grief, responsibility and what happens when an unexpected event turns the world upside down. Box office: 01439 771700 or

Film event of the week: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Red Film Programme, York Barbican, Friday, March 1, 7.30pm

EXPERIENCE a night of thrilling adventure up on the big screen. The Banff Mountain Film Festival features a new collection of short films filled with extreme journeys, untamed characters and captivating cinematography.

Join the world's top adventure filmmakers and thrill-seekers as they climb, ski, paddle and ride into the wildest corners of the planet. Prize giveaways are promised too. Box office:

Ryedale gig of the week: Miles and The Chain Gang, Ampleforth Village Hall, near Helmsley, Saturday, March 2, 7.30pm

YORK band Miles and The Chain Gang return to Ampleforth Village Hall by popular demand after a first outing there last summer. Expect rock'n'roll, acoustic songs, new wave, soul and country, plus Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash covers.

York Press: Back on the Chain Gang: Miles Salter, second left, and his York band play Ampleforth Village Hall for the second timeBack on the Chain Gang: Miles Salter, second left, and his York band play Ampleforth Village Hall for the second time

Their latest digital single, the country-tinged Raining Cats And Dogs, is sure to feature in the set by Miles Salter, guitar and vocals, Mat Watt, bass, Steve Purton, drums, and Charlie Daykin, keyboards. Tickets: 07549 775971.

Paranormal show of the week: Most Haunted: The Stage Show, Grand Opera House, York, Sunday, March 3, 7.30pm

YVETTE Fielding, "the first lady of the paranormal", joins Karl Beattie, producer and director of the Most Haunted television series, in the investigative team to take Sunday's audience on "the darkest, most terrifying journey of your life", followed by a question-and-answer session.

In a city bursting at the seams with ghost stories and walks, Fielding and Beattie present Most Haunted's All-Time Top Ten Scares, complete with unseen video footage from haunted castles, manor houses, hospitals and prisons. Box office:

Dance show of the week: Diversity in Supernova, Grand Opera House, York, March 7 and 8, 7.45pm; Harrogate Convention Centre, Saturday, 3.30pm; Hull Connexin Live, April 7, 2.30pm

2009 Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity return to York on their biggest tour yet to stage Supernova, devised by founder Ashley Banjo. More than 120,000 tickets have sold for more than 90 dates in 40 cities and towns through 2023 and 2024, with both Grand Opera House performances down to the last few tickets.

York Press: Diversity: Dancing around the Supernova at the Grand Opera House, York, for two nightsDiversity: Dancing around the Supernova at the Grand Opera House, York, for two nights

Diversity will be supporting the Trussell Trust, the anti-poverty charity, inviting audience members to bring food donations to place in collection points. Cash donations in buckets are welcome too. Box office: York,; Harrogate, 01423 502116 or; Hull,

Gig announcement of the week: Suzi Quatro, York Barbican, November 15

SUZI Quatro will mark the 60th year of her reign as "the Queen of Rock'n'Roll" by embarking on a five-date autumn tour, taking in York Barbican as the only Yorkshire venue. Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday at

Born in Michigan, Quatro flew to England in 1971 to work with songwriting duo Chinn and Chapman, chalking up chart toppers with Can The Can and Devil Gate Drive and further hits with 48 Crash, Daytona Demon, The Wild One, If You Can't Give Me Love and She's In Love With You, as well as co-writing Babbies & Bairns with dame Berwick Kaler in his York Theatre Royal panto pomp.