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Pick of the Week: 4 - 10 April

3 April 16 words: POTW

Spring hath sprung! The birds are a singing and it's about time you lot did sommat with the lighter evenings

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image: Nottingham Contemporary

Behold! The Markets Shall Erase Our History
If you’ve ever read a copy of our mag – which we bleddy well hope you have – you’ll no doubt have seen our regular feature, Advertising Sectioned, written by Wayne Burrows. Over the last month or so, our Wayne’s been proper busy down at ‘Tempreh, with his Cold War propaganda exhibition. Spanning both sides of the war, the collection features typographic consumer propaganda, artefacts from the histories of pop music in Communist Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and erased partisan histories. Dead interesting, and definitely not sommat you see everyday.
Runs until Sunday 17 April,  free entry, Nottingham Contemporary

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Write Minds Poetry Slam

Wiff Waff
No. Not Jonathan Ross describing the ungainly youth of today. Instead, a fully sick open mic and poetry slam night lead by the folks behind Write Minds. Billed as a safe space to share stories and poetry, it’s the perfect time and place to get them niggles off your chest, and unload in a healthy, positive way. What’s more, you can enter into the poetry slam, in which the winner’ll be offered a full feature set at next month’s event. Oo-er. Get your pencils at the ready and get scribbling. If performance isn’t your bag, pop your head in anyway and fill your boots with inspiration.
Tuesday 5 April, 7.30pm, £3, Das Kino

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Possibly the best image we've ever seen

Those sleepless nights and the high blood pressure received from endless gaming sessions, sustained only by copious amounts of energy drinks and fried chicken have finally paid off. The NVA are inviting you and your team of top notch gamers to compete to complete in their completathon – a mammoth task, involving a mystery game and a whole load of intense gamers. The winning winners will receive prizes in abundance, not to mention the title of the slickest gamer in Nottingham. If you think you’re right up to the challenge, get in and register your team before 8pm on Thursday.
Thursday 7 April, 6pm, free entry, National Videogame Arcade

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Mhairi McFarlane's latest offering

Mhairi McFarlane
About this time last year, we interviewed our Mhairi about her journey from Nottingham Post journalist to full-time fictional author. This year, she’s back in the ends to talk about her brand new novel, Who’s That Girl? When young journalist Edie is caught red-handed in a compromising situation at a colleague’s wedding, she’s forced to move back to good owd Notts, crash with her dad, and become a ghostwriter for a bit. Poor old Edie is having a bit of a crisis, and you can hear all about it straight from the author herself over wine and nibbles. Proper not to be missed.
Friday 8 April, 6.30pm, free, Waterstones

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Gettin' down to the sounds from the sixties...

Get Ready
Roll us in a rug and ship us out to sea if this event ain’t right up your road, in your gaff and helping itself to your biscuit tin. Rough Trade are hosting the themed evening to end all that have come before it this week, with a right owd sixties knees up. Fly back in time with Oldish Spice, the acapella harmony group who will be on hand to warm you right into the spirit of things, and a vinyl playlist of motown, northern soul and Beatlemania will ensue. Get proper involved and dress up in your best mini skirt and twiggy-esque mascara. It’s only fitting, after all.
Friday 8 April, 7pm, free, Rough Trade

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Joing EP launch bonanza

Merrick's Tusk & Little Bribes Record launch party
There was nowt better than when the two most popular kids in school got together for a joint birthday party, and you bouncy castle-d the balls off of a Saturday afternoon, high on cherryade and cheese and pineapple sticks. This week, we’re reminiscing the good old days, courtesy of Merrick’s Trust and Little Bribes joint EP launch party. Buzzing. With sets from Patrons and Set Your Own Bones, The Chameleon is gearing up for a proper rowdy night. There will be no party rings in sight, but you are promised a bitta free scran and plenty of crackin’ band merchandise deals.
Friday 8 April, 7.30pm, £3, The Chameleon

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Everything's just bo-hunkydory

The tucked-away gallery on the edge of town holds some of the most badass artists in the city. Luckily for us, all the creative beings who’ve got a studio there are whacking on an exhibition, all organised by Martin Clarkson and Paola Mac, with a little help from their friends. Over twenty of the boggers will be pulling together for “the freakiest show”, including heads like Sarah Cunningham, who’s been featured in these here pages before with her weird and wonderful landscapes. A celebration of diverse skills and obsessions, the launch party starts at 7pm, and the following week is filled with opportunities to explore their “writings on the wall.” Groove on down, it’s all fine.
Friday 8 - Friday 15 April, 7pm, free, Bohunk Institute

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Dan Nightingale

Andrew O’Neill, Dan Nightingale, Josh Howie and Suzi Ruffell
If someone tells you to cheer up because you’re not grinning like a loon while doing something mundane like working or walking, don’t smile for that idiot. But do make sure you get your smile quota in. One guaranteed way is a comedy night, and this one will see you right. Andrew O’Neill started being funny at the tender age of ten and is a self-professed show-off and metalhead who’s opened for the likes of Amanda Palmer. Dan Nightingale takes self-deprecation to new levels; Suzi Ruffell’s social awkwardness gives her an abundance of material; while Josh Howie is the son of the woman who inspired the character of Edie in Absolutely Fabulous. We shall say no more. Can’t make Friday? No sweat, they’re all going for it again on Saturday night.
Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 April, 7pm, £11/£5, The Glee Club

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image: Nottingham Contemporary

Romance and murder. That classic Sunday afternoon combo is available for your viewing pleasure at ‘Tempreh this weekend. Terrence Malik’s Badlands was inspired by real life killers, Charles Stark-Weather and Caril-Ann Fugate, the tale of two youngsters on the run in the Midwest of America has inspired a whole bag of films, including Tony Scott’s True Romance. The gallery has set up the space as a proper cinema, and they’ve kindly set the show time to 4pm, so even after your Saturday night of debauchery you’ll be able to roll into town for a coseh time at the pictures.
Sunday 10 April, 4pm, £5, Nottingham Contemporary

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Gerra barnet like this on Sundeh...

Lou Lou’s Nottingham Vintage Fair
If your summer wardrobe is looking drabber than the walls of a dentist waiting room, it’s about time you sprinkled some bargains about and spiced things up a little. Luckily for you, this Sunday is the perfect opportunity for you to do so. The Albert Hall is to be thrown into a time warp, with a vintage clothes sale, tea rooms and a proper old school hair salon to boot. Get your crop coiffed, rolled and locked into a proper fashionable forties doo. You’ll have to spend a penny to get in – two hundred pennies, to be exact – but it’s a small price to pay for a right good day out.
Sunday 10 April, 10am, £2, Albert Hall

For the motherload of everything else going on this week check out our comprehensive Nottingham events listings.

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