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Pick of the week 11 - 14 September

8 September 17 words: Curtis Powell

Five things to do in Nottingham this week

Acoustic Rooms

Let’s get our weekend started with some smooth acoustic tunage. This weekly event has proved to be well popular with avid indie and easy listening fans. Prepare yourself for the most chilled Monday night that Nottingham has to offer. Every week there's a fine selection of up and coming talent and in the past they’ve had the likes of Jake Bugg, George Ezra, Dua Lipa, Animal Collective, Trail of The Dead and The Rifles gracing their stage and that’s just to name a few. So stroll down and take a load off. With the bar supplying all kinds of tipples at happy hour prices, this really is the place of choice to relax this Monday.

Monday 11 September, 8pm, free, Rescue Rooms

Steve Biko - Celebrating His Life

You may be very familiar with this famous figure or completely out of the loop however now is your chance to get some knowledge down yer. Stephen Bantu Biko was not alone in forging the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM); he was nevertheless its most prominent leader, who with others guided the movement of student discontent into a political force unprecedented in the history of South Africa. With the National Party in power and reconstructing South Africa over two decades, Biko and others started a movement against them and resisted the strengthening of Apartheid. He was later caught and killed whilst in police detention in September 12th 1977. September 12th 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of his murder in Police Detention and the organisers plan to meet up at the Brian Clough Statue this Tuesday in his honor and to reflect on the selfless risks he and others took for the people around them. Show some love.

Tuesday 12 September, 6pm, Brian Clough Statue

Maker's Dozen - An Exhibition of Contemporary Craft

Now we’ve all heard of a baker’s dozen, how about a ‘Maker’s Dozen’? This exhibition includes an exciting, eclectic mix of thirteen artists, designers and makers working with a variety of materials to create ceramics, textiles, jewellery, mosaic and other mixed media artworks. All thirteen artists are all members of the Design Factory which is a national organisation that promotes artistic integrity. Their main aim is to bring artists and anyone else interested in visual arts together and spur on the creative flow between them. This is an exciting opportunity to discover some of the amazing contemporary arts and crafts being produced in Nottingham. Right up yer alley if you’re trying to spruce up that creative grey matter.

Tuesday 12 - 17 September, 10am, free, Nottingham Society of Arts

Beeston Tales presents Spirit House

Sometimes hearing a story is tedious and repetitive especially if someone you don't want to listen to is telling it to you and we’ve all been there. However, not in this case. Polly Tisdall is a former Young Storyteller of the Year, a theatre maker and an adventurer. Siphai Thammavong is a traditional storyteller living and working in Laos. With the help of Arts Council England, The British Council and Garavek Storytelling Theatre, Laos, these two have worked to compose a show that weaves their styles, their talents and their tales. Get down to the White Lion in Beeston town and witness an unfolding weave of folk tales from the east and west of the world. Buy advance tickets from the link below or just pay on the door. There’s also an extra special "Tales and Tapas" ticket from The White Lion that gets you three tapas choices and the evening of storytelling for just £12. Absolute bargain.

Wednesday 13 September, 10am, £5 - £12, White Lion Beeston

Jazz Steps Present: Sean Noonan

We always wonder how it would feel to be an international music sensation with releases and projects spanning 20 albums and constant performances all over the place…. Ahhh must be the life. Irish-American drummer, Sean Noonan, is no stranger to any of the previous and will put his skills to work at The Bonington theatre this Thursday. Noonan has taken a lot of unexpected directions and claims that his newest project, Memorable Sticks, is a reflection of how the drummer/composer see’s himself, ‘a modern-day sonic griot’. Head on down and witness the spirit of travelling storytellers  through Noonan and his support band’s very eyes.  

Thursday 14 September, 8pm, £12, The Bonington

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