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10 Things to Do In Nottingham This Week

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It's a bleddy biggun this week, with KRS-One and the Nottingham Night Market


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“Woop, woop, that’s the sound of da police. Woop, woop, that’s the sound of the beast.” Yes yes, Notts. We’ve got a bloody biggun for you here. Hittin’ us up all the way from the Big Apple, hip hop legend KRS-One is gearing up to set lyrical fire to the Rescue Rooms stage. With a massive twenty albums to his name since he first released South Bronx back in ‘86, the Bronx-born rapper is about to treat you to all the goodies in his tool box, playing banger after banger, including Step into a World and the massive MCs Act Like They Don’t Know. If you don’t know, you’ll be well and truly schooled after this gig.
Monday 4 July, 7pm, £15, Rescue Rooms

Too Deep For A Monday

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Mondays can be a right bogger. You’re still a little bit hungover from Saturday night, your brain is in overdrive from the Netflix marathon you completed on Sunday, and work simply won’t get done fast enough. Pop down to The Orange Tree to ease your mind and involve yourself in a little bitta poetry, drama, storytelling and comedy. Although the nights are loosely based around issues that affect women, anyone is invited to get down and share your creative creations on the open mic, in a supportive and friendly space. Mondays don’t come better than that.
Monday 7 July, 7pm, £3, The Orange Tree

Nottingham Night Market

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The days are gerrin’ warmer, and the nights are getting longer. Capitalise on your new, late-night lease of life by popping over to the Lace Market for a one-of-a-kind, night-time market. Indulge in some top dollar scran from the best food trucks in the land, serving vegan and veggie handmade goods, cakes and gourmet meats. A festival-esque market will wind its way through the streets, offering up handmade local crafts, the finest vintage garmz and accessories, and live entertainment dotted along the way. A right different and downright special event if ever we saw one. We’ll see you by the pie van.
Thursday 7 July, 5pm, free, The Lace Market

Street Art Festival

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We love a splash of colour and we certainly love a bit of creativity – so we’re mighty appreciative that Surface Gallery and a whole host of Nottingham lovelies have come together to fill the July air with the sweet scent of spray paint and the diverse sounds of the city’s DJ bags. Not just an exhibition, there will be events a go-go starting with the launch party this Friday at Surface and then an after party at Rough Trade. For the rest of the month, you can catch live painting with the likes of Snik, Kid30, Tank Petrol, Dilk and more, street food, window painting and Doc Marten customisation, emcees, DJ sets, street dance, screen painting, a Sneinton block party, an all-female painting event, market stalls and more. The exhibition is open all of July and the events will be every Saturday throughout the month.
Launch event, Friday 8 July, 6pm, free, Surface Gallery and Rough Trade; festival runs until Saturday 30 July.

Backlit Film Nights: Best of the Jarman Awards

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Over two nights, you get the chance to watch art meet film in bold ways with a series of short films that are selections for the Film London Jarman Award from the last seven years. The Film London Jarman Award is an annual award, inspired by the experimental and innovative filmmaker Derek Jarman and, as you’d imagine, the films selected are ones that also push the boundaries of the art form. The two seventy-minute showreels have only ever been screened together at Tate Britain, and although they’ve toured, the Nottingham screenings will be the first UK screenings outside London. The programme includes short films by twenty filmmakers including two Turner Prize winner, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost, as well as other leading film artists such as Ed Atkins, John Akomfrah, Zenib Sedira and Rachel Maclean. Get booking.
Friday 8 July and Friday 15 July, 7 – 9.30pm, £2, Backlit Gallery

YMCA Digital Family Fun Day

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As you’re all no doubt well and truly aware, the summer holidays are a massive drain on your energy levels and purse stuffings. Thank heavens for the whippersnapper creatives behind YMCA Digital, who are putting on an entire day dedicated to keeping you and your family proper entertained. Funded by Get Set Community Action, the day aims to promote Olympic values ahead of the 2016 games in Rio. Get stuck in to family-friendly zumba, creative writing, beatboxing, a drumming circle, and all the cream tea you can get yer chops round. There’s something for everyone, and it’ll give you a box full of wicked memories to store forever more.
Saturday 9 July, 1pm, free, NGY MyPlace

Chilli, Beer and Artisan Festival

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If you like boozing and know – and respect – what the Scoville scale is, then this weekend promises to get your mouth watering. In the depths of Rolleston this July, you can camp out and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, countryside views, and chilli-based delights on offer. With over seventy street food stalls of spicy (and non-spicy) fare, gifts and general bits and pieces, keep your wallet on you at all times. Not just about noshing, they’re throwing some live music, local real ales, demonstrations, cook-offs and children’s entertainment into the pot too – a sure-fire winner, we think you’ll agree. Perfect for anyone of any age, we just hope the toilets are up to the task.
Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 July, £4.50 - £42, Orchard Farm, Rolleston

Flamenco Live!

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If your plans of spending ten days in the south of Spain have been thwarted by your inability to put enough dollar aside to re-stock yer toothpaste let alone buy plane tickets, then cry into your cuppas no more. The Lacehouse are bringing a little taste of the Med with a truly Spanish themed afternoon. Expect live flamenco dancers, straight from Barcelona, with tons of tapas, paella and sangria to get you right in the mood. Guitarist Jero Ferec, singer Ana Brenes and dancer Magdalena Mannion have travelled directly from Espana to treat you for the day. How lucky are you lot, eh.
Saturday 10 July, 3pm, £5/£10, The Lacehouse

Bling Bang

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We love it when a plan comes together, and this week, the plan has been made and will no doubt be perfectly executed by Nottingham-based jewellry and accessory designers, Bling Bang. The group are trying to bring value-for-money, contemporary design to the masses, and offer the creatives among you to start conversation with designers about creating your own bespoke pieces. Whizzer. You can also spend your pennies on some truly one-of-a-kind pieces from local designers including Alexa Milne Jewellry, Emerald Fruit and Eloise Makes. Gwarn, Notts. Get yersens proper blinged up.
Sunday 10 July, 1pm, free entry, Rough Trade

Board Games Night 

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The Malt Cross are gerrin all philosophical on us with their brand new monthly event. Citing Wednesday as a dodgy day that sits inconspicuously between the end of the week and the beginning, the Malt Cross are convinced that the universe is out to get us, or be more precise, the universe is playing games with us. With their new event, they’re urging you to start playing games with the universe, and by that, they mean getting right stuck in to Mouse Trap, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. The first Wednesday of every month is board game night at the pub, so clear your schedule and gerron down.
Wednesday 6 July, free, Malt Cross

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