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Pick of the Week: 25 - 31 August

24 August 14 words: POTW
There's things a plenty to get yersen involved with for these last few weeks of summer sun
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Gallery 47

Make it, Eat it, Watch it!
There are even more family activities at the boss art gallery this week, and this Monday sees a film screening with a few added extras. Get down for 11am for some free arts and crafts in the drop-in workshop, and bring some lunch along for afterwards so you can enjoy a picnic with the rest of the Contemporary kids’ crew. After a short break to explore the latest exhibition, the Disney classic The Sword in the Stone will be on in The Space for just three quid at 1.30pm. Pick and choose what you want to do, or blast everything in an activity-fuelled frenzy. Your choice.
Monday 25 August, 11am, free/£3, Nottingham Contemporary

Summer Garden Party
A knit picking is on the bill. Don’t worry, no pedantic antics. We’re on about The Framework Knitters Museum’s annual parteh which, this year, is filled with all things crafteh. Get among an afternoon of chilling out in the lovely garden, listening to local artists like King Ned Ludd do their thing, and cram as much cake and tea down yer neck as is socially acceptable. The craft fair has creative fingers from all over the region showcasing their wares, as well as demonstrations of exactly how they do what they do. There’s even a new Luddite Gallery to have a nosey round, so get yersen down.
Monday 25 August, 11am – 4pm, free, The Framework Knitters Museum, Ruddington

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Caribbean Open
It’s the last chance to catch some of the best Caribbean-inspired artwork in Nottingham. To complement the carnival vibes, Rastarella of Cultural Vibrations has whacked on an exhibition featuring a showcase of work from the Mimm Collective and the winner of the Street Art Open 2014, Ian Upcott. Aiming to open a dialogue about race, heritage and immigration through creative talent in the community, the Caribbean Open will run alongside a graffiti mural from 25 Notts Property heads and paintings from Nigerian artist Olalekan Falade in Le Loovre on the first floor. There’s not long left on this one, so make movements!
Tuesday – Saturday, Until Saturday 30 August, free, Surface Gallery

Local Writing Showcase
Ever wondered what the best scribblers in Notts are up to? The lovely people at West Bridgford Library have been doing just that and, as such, have decided to invite some down for a few readings and insights into the work of an author. With writers who cover every genre in the book, from kids’ stories, to crime novels, to poetry, there’s something for every leaf turner in the city to be inspired by. With Don Read, Victoria Harwood, Neal James, Cristian Contras and Rob Hann to make up the literary line-up, you’d be a silly sod not to bell up 0115 981 6506 and book a free ticket.
Tuesday 26 August, 2.30pm, free, West Bridgford Library

People’s March for NHS
It’s been 78 years since the first Jarrow March protests against unemployment and destitution. The Darlington Mums have fired up history in aid of saving what the original march helped to bring about - the NHS. A core group of walkers will follow the same path taken by those women in 1936, through a host of cities across the country. Our local section will begin in Mansfield, then onto Sutton, Kirkby, Newstead, Hucknall and Bulwell, arriving in Nottingham to begin a rally on Forest Recreation Ground at 5.30pm. People are encouraged to walk as much or as little as they can to show their support, inviting everyone to help pump life back into our gasping health service.
Thursday 28 August, 10am, free, Kings Mill Hospital

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Live Music in Trinity Square
I’m Not From London, being the innovative bastards that they are, have decided to chuck a gig on in the great concrete outdoors. And where better than the newly renovated Trinity Square? Once a humble cotch spot for when you found yourself in the depths of a Long Island Ice Tea soaked evening, the square is now the perfect place for grinding decks and live music sessions – soz owd bill. Kicking things off in style are the massive world music instrumentalists Sabar Soundsystem, right alongside a couple of bluesy singer-songwriters in the form of Ryan Thomas and Joe Barber.
Wednesday 27 August, 6pm, free, Trinity Square

The Tempest
Let’s face it, we haven’t got long of this summer sun left to enjoy, have we? Better stop the titting about and enjoy it while it’s still here then! There aren’t many better ways to do so than by watching a bit of classic Shakespeare up at Nottingham Castle. The critically acclaimed Pantaloons will be bringing their hilarious take on The Tempest, so bring down chairs, blankets and picnicky treats to enjoy a shipwreck and silly servant-laden play from the UK’s favourite bard. An evening of music and magic among some of Notts’ most beautiful surroundings. Lovelings jubblings.
Thursday 28 August, 7.30pm, £10, Nottingham Castle

The Summer Musician's Soirée
You musical lot have got a right treat this Friday. It’s the musicians soirée, which is basically a massive party for everyone and anyone involved in the Notts music scene. Of course, that means happy hour is on ‘til late, and you’re more than welcome to bring demos and flyers so you can promote ‘em to the right people. If you just can’t have one night off from live music, the lovely local lad that is Josh Wheatley will be playing upstairs, with support from Tom Ash, Frankie Rudolf and Field Studies. To top it all off, The Pop Confessional will be blasting cheesy pop hits all night long.
Friday 29 August, 5pm, free/£5, The Bodega

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Writer’s Bloc present: A Hip Hop Fundraiser for Palestine
If you’re even slightly aware of what’s going on in the world around us, you’ll know of the horrible injustice that’s been happening in Gaza. Local promoters at Writer’s Bloc have hooked up with Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK to raise a few quid for the Medical Aid for Palestine. In return for your generosity, you get to see some of Nottingham’s finest hip hop talent including Garton, Eljay, Kriptik, Can-B, K-Deuce and 1st Blood. There’ll also be a special performance from three time World DMC champion who’ll be dropping one of his renowned, innovative DJ sets.
Friday 29 August, 10pm, £3, The Maze

Mela Weekender
Since 1988, Notts has celebrated South Asian arts and culture with the Mela Weekender, an annual festival that brings together loads of events and activities for everyone. This year’s coincides with the India v England cricket match at Trent Bridge, so it’s extra special. Saturday sees classical music, some Bhangra beats and a screening of award-winning Bollywood film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India. On the Sunday, you can experience everything from the Bangalore Dub Orchestra to Kabbadi (Indian Wrestling). There’s bloody loads to get yersen involved with, so have a gander at everything going off on their website, and get down.
Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 August, free, New Art Exchange/ Victoria Embankment,

Gallery 47
There’s plenty of incredible musicians residing here in Notts, but not many are as mutually respected as Gallery 47. You might have heard it time and time again, but Gallery 47 really does stun the crowd into silence. This fella will be releasing his difficult second album in a few weeks time, so by getting yersen down you’re guaranteed a sneak preview into what we’re sure will be a beautiful collection of music. Support comes in the form of the heartwarming folk stylings of Jamie Moon and Hearts, so there’s plenty of fine aural delights for your tabs.
Saturday 30 August, 8pm, free, Nottingham Contemporary

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