Rainbow Refugees: LGBT Rights in Refugee and Asylum Law
As part of a regular series of seminars, the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, together with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, are hosting an afternoon of discussion on LGBT immigration. Topics will include past and present immigration policy towards LGBT communities, as well as what we might expect from future plans in a world of Brexit and Trump. Executive Director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group Paul J Dillane will be in conversation with Ibtisam Ahmed, with the chance for others to have their thoughts and concerns voiced. It’s recommended that you book, but of course the event is free.
Tuesday 28 February, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, free, The Hemsley, University Park Campus, event link
The students at the Television Workshop are at it again. Their annual play season gives you lot the chance to spot the next Vicky McClure’s and Toby Kebbel’s before they hit the big time. This year, they’ve been kicked out of their usual basement haunt, so they’re branching out into the wider world of Notts. First up, the all-female cast of Primadonna, starring Lucy Carless from Channel 4’s Humans, and everyone’s favourite singer songwriter, Tiger. Rosie’s (played by Lucy and Tiger) superb organisational skills and knowledge of plant-based diets have made her the perfect PA, but in the super-fast, superficial world of London megastars and producers with cocaine habits, it can be hard to keep your head above water. Or away from electrical wires. You’ll need to book tickets in advance, so give the Workshop a bell on 0115 9932391.
Wednesday 1 - Saturday 4 March, 7pm, £5/6, Nottingham Writers’ Studio event link
Pale Angel Launch Party
Have you been down to The Angel since its reopening? They’ve got a few nice beers on, plus some lovely snap, as well as spinning tunes and gigs galore – so if you haven’t, what are you playing at? Now’s your perfect excuse to pop your nose in, as the dream is beginning to be realised. Yes, they’ve got a couple of massive kettles and the Angel Pale is finally ready to get pumped through the taps. To celebrate the launch of The Angel’s very own brew, bluesy Paul Walker and punk dons Static Kill will be on hand to deliver the tunes. Get yersen down for free tasters, and the chance to try the bogger before anyone else.
Wednesday 1 March, 7pm, free, The Angel Microbrewery, event link
The Art of Finding Yourself Book Launch
We’re a solid two months into the new year, and if you’re anything like us, your resolution to transform your mind from jumbled ball of kitten-toy wool into a tranquil pool of calming thoughts has gone just about as well as the American presidential election. No fear, good fellow. Local author Fiona Robertson is gearing up to sort us out. Her brand spankin’ book, The Art of Finding Yourself is out now, and to celebrate, she’s having a bit of a shindig over at Waterstones. Fiona herself is a practitioner of the Living Enquiries method, which basically teaches you how to grow through self-reflection. She’s gonna teach you all about it in her new book, plus there’s wine and refreshments served at the event. Our Fiona knows how to throw a good party.
Friday 3 March, 7pm, free, Waterstones, event link
Hand Job Zine Anthology Launch
There are two things we are partial to here at the ‘Lion. One, is a well-crafted, witty and informative zine. The other, is a proper naughty, borderline rude, double entendres. Well, whaddya know?! This here event looks right up our road. Unfortunately, the joy comes tinged with a whole heap of sadness, as Hand Job Zine are shutting up shop indefinitely. Not ones to go without a bang, there is to be one hell of a shindig over at The Chameleon in their honour, complete with music from Slumb Party, spoken word from at least twelve acts, and a free shot of tequila on the door. Noice. Plus, you can get your hands on the Hand Job Zine Anthology to see you through the lonely nights without ‘em. We’ll miss you, kids.
Friday 3 March, 6pm, £3, The Chameleon, event link
Shakespeare’s female characters are often a little bit dry. Juliet is a child who gets way ahead of herself with some bad lad her pops don’t approve of, and Hero doesn’t have much of a say in her own story. One bad gal who’s been doing bits on the Shakespeare scene is our Rosalind from As You Like It, and her gender-bending nature hasn’t gone unnoticed by James Cousins. He’s been working over in South Korea to create a contemporary dance piece about the character, and has decided to bring his masterpiece over to Hoodtown. The production asks the very relevant question of whether or not women need to emulate masculinity in order to be successful, and you can decide for yoursen this Friday evening. Book your tickets pronto to avoid disappointment.
Friday 3 March, 7.30pm, £12/£14/£16, Djanogly Theatre, event link
Don’t let it be said that there’s nowt for the youth of Notts to do. This week, ‘Tempreh are giving fifteen to twenty five year olds the chance to get right creative with the help of Fred Perry and Dizzy Ink. You fine young whipper snappers can mosey on down to the Weekday Cross and get stuck into a free risograph printing workshop, plus an exhibition from NTU’s Fashion Communications and Promotion students. Have a goose at some of the zines created by NTU students in collaboration with Fred Perry and Dance4, and then give it a go yourself with help from the experts at Dizzy Ink. There’ll be snacks and juice on offer, as well as tea and hot chocolate to warm your cockles and get that creative energy aglow.
Friday 3 March, 5pm, free, Nottingham Contemporary, event link
Nottingham Classic Ride
If you see a load of folk riding penny farthings, dressed in their finest garb, looking like they’ve come straight from the thirties, then you’ve either time-travelled (fairly unlikely) or you’ve stumbled across the Nottingham Classic Ride (more likely). Okay, there might not be many penny farthings, but a load of dapper-looking cyclist boggers, there will be. Starting out at Stewarts Coffee Roastery in Sneinton, the two-wheeled gang will be drinking coffee – with pinkies out, of course – then they’ll be cruising to Radford’s bike-friendly pub, The Plough Inn, where food will be waiting for hungry cyclists. Every pedal and sip backed by a system of vintage sounds. No lycra or hi-vis please – sorry Bradley Wiggins wannabes. You certainly don’t have to be dressed like Victorian royalty, but the smarter the better, ya scruffs. Grab your WD-40 and dig out your cumberbunds. We’re on it. Toodle pip, and so forth.
Saturday 4 March, 12pm, free, Stewart’s Coffee Roastery, event link
The Ramonas & You Want Fox
The Ramonas are an all-female tribute act to the iconic New York punk rockers. Cloey, Pee Pee, Cammy and Rohnny play high energy, full-throttle, one-hour shows that’ll have you buzzing. They’re touring all over the shop – from the UK to Europe – and they’re coming to The Maze to rock us bleddy socks off. And if that weren’t enough, You Want Fox are also performing. The Notts duo, Natalie (bass/vocals) and Colette (drums/vocals), formed in early 2015, playing rock influenced by top pop hooks. Honestly, this pair will have you swooning like a bogger. Notts multi-genre trio Static Kill will also be featuring after ‘drunkenly forming’ back in 2011 and delivering their acoustic-punk, rock ‘n’ roll and reggae sounds to the city. Plus, we’ve got horror band Headstone Horrors, laden with their own brand of street punk. Not for the easily spooked. See you down the front.
Sunday 5 March, 7.30pm, £8.80, The Maze, event link
Singing in the Rain
Connecting Communities is a cinema project aiming to link up communities – from the cities to the burbs, and beyond. After working with volunteers, BFI (British Film Institute) have helped to set up a load of film screenings across North Nottingham and Mansfield, and there are some bleddy corkers among ‘em. This week sees a dementia-friendly showing of Singing in the Rain down Mansfield Central Library on Thursday 2 March, as well as Robinson Crusoe down Mellish Sports Centre in Bulwell on Sunday 5 March. There are twenty events in five different locations, all created to offer summat affordable to local residents, and to create a network of self-sustaining community cinemas. Keep your eye out for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Parent Trap, Casablanca, Mama Mia, and loads more. Full details on Broadway Cinema’s website. Well in.
Singing in the Rain, Thursday 2 March, Mansfield Central Library
Robinson Crusoe, Sunday 5 March, Mellish Sports Centre, event link
Harry and The Last Pedestrians
What would a Sunday night be without a good owd dose of local music? Harry and The Last Pedestrians have been out on the circuit for yonks, harnessing their guttery, psycho folk sound to rock the socks off the Nottingham populace. And this week, you can catch them down the Nav. Get yersen a proper pint, or a proper fruiteh juice, and make sure you pack yer best dancing shoes. This lot will have you boogying to your heart’s content. And even if you want to just sit back, relax, and listen to the tunes, there’s plenty of comfy spots to park your behind. Just make sure you watch out for that pesky Egore!
Sunday 5 March, 9.30pm, free, The Navigation Inn, event link
For the full motherload of goings-on this week, check out our What's On section.