Here's your guide to some of the best things to do in the week ahead:
One of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced, Elkie Brooks is now in the fifth decade of her career and going stronger than ever. She will be performing many of her classic hits along with her favourite blues and jazz numbers in an evening that’s guaranteed to get your toes tapping and your fingers snapping.
Wyllyotts Theatre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, September 13, 8pm. Details: 01707 645005, wyllyottstheatre.co.uk
Kim Newman Presents The Visitor
The novelist, critic and broadcaster Kim Newman is coming to the Phoenix to present Giulio Paradisi’s 1979 sci-fi horror The Visitor, as part of the Scalarama series in September and the ongoing Phoenix Nights series.
Phoenix Cinema, High Road, East Finchley, September 5, 11.45pm. Details: 020 8444 6789, phoenixcinema.co.uk
Murder Most Profitable: The Life and Career of Agatha Christie
Known as the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie was the author of more than 100 books, short stories and plays, and was the creator of the much-loved characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. A talk to the Edgware & District National Trust Centre.
St Lawrence Church Hall, Whitchurch Lane, Edgware, September 17, 8pm. Details: edgwarentc.btik.com
A Night at the Cinema in 1914
Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting form of entertainment, with an ever-changing programme of short items and live musical accompaniment. One hundred years on, this special compilation from the BFI National Archive recreates the glorious miscellany of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels which would have constituted a typical night out in 1914. The BFI selection includes a face-pulling competition, a sensational episode of The Perils of Pauline, scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front, and an early sighting of one of cinema’s greatest icons.
Wyllyotts Theatre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, September 16 and 17, 1.15pm and 7.30pm. Details: 01707 645005, wyllyottstheatre.co.uk
Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A Life of a Pioneering Aviator
A brand new exhibition uncovers one of Britain’s forgotten heroes – Sir Alan Cobham was a true aviation pioneer both in the air and on the ground and his ‘air to air’ refuelling technique is still used by air forces across the globe today. He landed his sea plane on the Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament and set many long distance aviation records, making him one of the biggest celebrities of the 20s and 30s.
RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, September 14 to September 11, 2015. Details: 020 8205 2266, rafmuseum.org.uk
For a full list of events, see the Just the Ticket pages in this week's Times Series newspapers in print or online here.