Pick of the Week: 6 - 12 January

5 January 14 words: potw
Lots of lovely things to distract you from the low bank balance and the bitter winds
Quentin Blake exhibition at the Harley Gallery

Quentin Blake exhibition at the Harley Gallery

As Large As Life – Sir Quentin Blake
That bloke who drew all the pictures in your Roald Dahl books has had an exhibition going for the past couple of months and this is the last week you’ll be able to see it. Sir Quentin’s organic illustrations are renowned for soothing little ones in hospital waiting rooms and his work is reminiscent of a time when you didn’t have to worry about giving up the fags for New Year. Perfect for taking your mind off having to be good boys and girls for a couple of weeks and sauntering down memory lane.
Until 12 January, 10am - 5pm, free, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, S80 3LW

Fuck Hip Hop
The regular Tuesday session is firing up for the first of many more to come in 2014. If you’ve been to their nights before then you’ll already know why there are queues – drinks offers, photography and the biggest of sounds. Prepare to get spun back to the old school with your favourite hip hop tunes in a great atmosphere until the early hours of the morning. There’s a guest list on Facebook, so get your name down and arrive bright and early for a completely free night of breaks, beats and boom bap.
Tuesday 7 January, 9.30pm, free with guest list, Market Bar, 16-22 Goose Gate, NG1 1FF

Gorilla Burger

Gorilla Burger

Gorilla Burger
After the roaring success of the last event, Gorilla Burger is back at The Corner. For those unfamiliar, Gorilla Burger is essentially an open mic night for comedians, where absolutely anyone can perform. Everyone throws their name into a hat and the performers are picked at random. So, you could get some one really good, or someone a bit naff. But, you’re bound to have a good time and meet some interesting people. It’s also bring your own drinks, so nice and kind on your January wallet.
Thursday 9 December, 7:30PM, £4, The Corner, Stoney Street, NG1 1LH

The Family Bible and Other Fables 1948-1978
The late Robert Holcombe made historically warped collages under the pseudonyms of Gene and Michael Harrison – the elusive chap wasn’t one for publicly exhibiting either. The cat and mouse game is over now because by permission of The Robert Holcombe Estate and his sister, Elizabeth Booth, these exclusive artworks are finally available for viewing. Influenced by pop art and the post-war era of the fifties onwards, Holcombe’s collages reflect his troubled view of the society of his time as well as taking the mick out of it. An eye-opening and intriguing collection from an artist who is long overdue his merits.
Until Friday 31 January, free, Syson Gallery, 9-11 Beck Street, NG1 1EQ

Dance Classes
If you’re anything like us, you’ve overdone it a little bit this festive season. Mince pies, chocolate, turkey, blue stilton… Oh, the blue stilton. Back to reality now, the New Year is almost in full swing so apparently it’s time to start thinking about shedding those extra pounds you may be casually sporting. Even if weight loss isn’t your thing, these dance classes will be a great way to meet a few new mates and have a laugh. With a few different places and classes to choose from, we’re spoilt for choice this year – give it a shot, what’s the worst that could happen?
Dance for Fitness - Monday 6 January onwards, various times, book online, ABC Dance School, St. Ann’s Hill Road, NG3 4GN
Improver Level Salsa and Bachata Classes – Monday 6 January, 6pm, La Tasca, 9 Weekday Cross NG1 2GB
Swing, Jive, Rock ‘n’ Roll Class – Monday 6 January, 8.15pm, Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, NG2 5DX

The Salsa Social (Cuban Salsa) – Tuesday 7 January, 7.30pm, free for beginners, Bad Juju Tiki Bar, 9 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

Harleighblu at HMV

Harleighblu at HMV

Harleighblu at HMV
HMV have made a New Year's resolution to bring live sounds to their store; HMV Live will be bringing a whole host of bands to us on a weekly basis. Notts’ very own soul queen will be kicking off the proceedings for the very reasonable price of free. After the success of her critically acclaimed debut album Forget Me Not, she’s been getting a lot of attention and we're expecting big things to happen to her in 2014. She’s got a reputation as a great live performer, pop down and catch one of the best in the industry before she’s off wowing the Americans or summat.
Thursday 9 January, 4pm, free, HMV, Victoria Centre, NG1 3QL

Paper Plane Crash/ Field Studies/ Cadets
The I’m Not From London boys and girls are putting on a crackin’ line-up of musical talent at JamCafé. Helping you get rid of those January blues, the festival-esque indie pop of Cadets will be opening the night, before the post-rock boys in Field Studies will be taking to the stage. Rounding off the night is Paper Plane Crash, with their beautiful take on indie-pop. It’s a great lineup, and it’s free, so you can’t use the “I’m skint” excuse on this one. 
Friday 10 January, 9pm, free, JamCafé, Heathcote Street, NG1 3AA

Practical Lovers

Practical Lovers

Practical Lovers/Joyride & Deathray
Not satisfied with sorting you out on Friday, Sunday entertainment is also served up to you by the lovely INFL team. Giving you more great local talent, the line-up features some groovy tunes from two great electronic pop artists. Practical Lovers, whose beautiful eighties-influenced sound is bound to get you dancing. Save some energy for Joyride & Deathray’s satirical, sonic grooves (their words, not ours) when they then take over the stage. Go on, who cares if it’s Sunday evening, treat yourself.  
Sunday 12 January, 8.30pm, free, JamCafé, Heathcote Street, NG1 3AA

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