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9 Things to Do In Nottingham This Week

10 July 16 words: POTW

Ain't no stoppin' Notts now, it's on the move

Archaeology Live!

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Avid historians, make sure you clear your Monday schedule for this one, it’s one you don’t wanna miss. From 10am tomorrow morning, archaeologists will be digging up the grounds of Nottingham Castle to see what hidden treasures lie beneath the earth’s surface. Professionals from Trent and Peak Archaeology are having a closer look at the seventeenth century formal gardens, and will be delving into sites that date back to the civil war and earlier. You never know, you might be on hand to witness the discovery of a whole new human race. Or, you know, have a look at some chipped bits of pottery and that...
Monday 11 July, 10am, normal admission fees apply, Nottingham Castle

Alex Mendham Orchestra

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Are you a bit sick of living in the now with all the uncertainty and the papers full of copious amounts of both doom and gloom? We're with you. Which is why we are particularly drawn to this event, escapism to another time and place when creativity was at the fore, the old stuffy ways were being kicked to the kerb and fun was high on the agenda - the roaring twenties. This twelve-piece orchestra play hot jazz and dance band music that means you can lose yourself in a world of Hollywood glamour. And if you really want to get decadent and make a day of it, there's an afternoon tea dance at the beautiful Albert Hall at 2.30pm. Get your glad rags on and step back in time in style. 
Tuesday 12 July, 7.30pm, £17.50 - £22.50, Theatre Royal

Summer Taster Workshops

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If you’re no longer of school age but want to try your hand at something new, it can be quite difficult to find somewhere to do it. Fortunately for you, The Lofthouse have decided that enough is enough, and are hosting a series of workshops for 16-35 year olds to try their hand at acting. The sessions will be run by Louise White, in association with the Guerilla Art Lab, this week you’ll learn some top tips on how to devise a piece of theatre using objects. Sound like sommat you’d be interested in? Get yersen online and book a ticket now.
Wednesday 13 July, 6pm, £5-£8, The Lofthouse

Southwell Library Poetry Festival

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Everyone’s gone poetry mad, and Southwell weren’t about to stop at a music festival, oh no. The quaint town is host to some of the biggest names in wordsmithery this month, including Lemn Sissay MBE, Radio 4 Poet-in-Residence Daljit Nagra and ex-Glastonbury Poet-in-Residence Kate Fox. Expect performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops and panel discussions for everyone to get stuck into. And there’s plenty for the kiddywinks, with a Roald Dahl event to boot. Don’t miss out on an afternoon with local small press publishers: Mother’s Milk, Stonewood and Candlestick Press dropping wisdom like the slippery bogger that it is.
Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 July, events can be booked online, Southwell Library

Reel Equality: Mustang

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If you’re sick of watching films in which women only speak to compliment the male lead, or cook his dinner, or mother him be you his mother or not, then you need to get right involved with Reel Equality. The film club that brings you strictly Bechdel-approved film is once again taking over the Savoy with a screening of Mustang. When a group of girls have a lark about on a beach in a very conservative Turkish town, their grandmother and uncle punish them by locking them up, and ensuring their sexual purity is enforced – no matter the cost.
Thursday 14 July, 6pm, £4.50 -£13, The Savoy Cinema

Reggae Takeover

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For some, the task of bringing good, solid reggae tunes to the masses is a highly important one. One bunch who take the job seriously are the reggae takeover crew, who pride themselves in bringing people from all walks of life together to the soundtrack of beautiful reggae music. This week, they’re at Rough Trade, to brighten your lives with bangers from reggae royalty including Frankie Paul and Marcia Griffiths. If you start flagging, you can feast on some top quality hot caribbean food, available between 7 and 8pm. Put on your dancing shoes, and be prepared to dance till you can’t dance no more.
Friday 15 July, 7pm, free, Rough Trade

GRL PWR Party

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Ladies and gents, it’s time to slam that body down and wind it all around, all in aid of raising money and awareness for Ovarian Cancer. Expect to hear some proper power anthems and back to back girl power tunes that’ll have you shakin what your momma and dadda gave yer till the early hours. Blokes, you’re invited too, providing you can get down and dirty with the best of ‘em. You’ll need to book your tickets in advance as the event is expected to sell out, and you don’t wanna be waiting outside for yonks when a one-in, one-out policy is introduced. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Friday 15 July, 8pm, £7, The Market Bar

Dada is Umm

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Back in the dark ages of 1916, one Mr Hugo Ball and his partner Emmy Hennings founded the nightclub, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland. A home for cabaret stylings with both creative and political purposes, the club founded the anarchistic art of Dada – an avant garde art movement. To celebrate the centenary of the club, Primary are hosting an evening of live art cabaret, curated by some of Nottingham’s best-loved artists, including the reading of the Dada Manifesto as read by Hugo Ball himself. The Small Food Bakery will be feeding you homemade delights throughout the night.
Saturday 16 July, 7.30pm, £5, Primary 

No Nothings EP Launch

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If you’ve not had the chance to pop your head round the door of The Angel Microbrewery as of yet, you’ll have the perfect chance this weekend. Gone are the boarded up windows and graffiti-covered smoking area, and they’ve done away with the sticky loos and the pool table. Many were worried the spirit of the place would vanish along with the rude newspaper clippings over the bar. Fortunately, the place is still going to be a hub for live local music, and this week you can catch the No Nothings’ self-titled EP launch. Effin brilliant.
Saturday 16 July, 8.30pm, free, The Angel

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