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Pick of the Week: 15-21 November

14 November 21

Nottingham Comedy Festival is in full swing with exciting comedians performing all over the city. Keep on reading for our favourite picks, alongside the best music and workshops coming up this week...

Jay Sandhu 

When: Monday 15 November

Where: Canalhouse

How Much? £5

Maths teacher by day, comedian by night, Jay Sandhu is performing at the Canalhouse this Monday. Meditating on race, culture, and the transition to adulthood, Sandhu’s comedy has been described as witty and informative. Also a poet and writer, Sandhu has headlined Poetry Scum and had poetry featured on BBC Radio Nottingham. 

Sarah Keyworth 

When: Tuesday 16 November

Where: Canalhouse

How Much? £8

Award winning comedian Sarah Keyworth is headed to Nottingham this week as part of the Nottingham Comedy Festival. The comedian, who is known for the BBC Radio 4 relationship podcast You’ll Do, is a fresh voice in comedy and a growing star. Often exploring gender fluidity, relationships, and sexuality, Keyworth straddles the line between being funny and insightful.  

False Heads 

When: Tuesday 16 November

Where: The Bodega

How Much? £8.80

Hailed as young and talented by Iggy Pop himself, False Heads are a three piece punk rock band. The band, composed of three school friends, Barney Nash, Jake Elliot and Luke Griffiths, are playing at the Bodega this Tuesday. Renowned for their live shows, the band has played alongside The Libertines and Band of Skulls. Not a show to miss.

Smash Night 

When: Wednesday 17 November

Where: The Playwright

How Much? £5

Continuing this week’s comedy theme, The Playwright will be hosting an improvised comedy show this Wednesday. With sketches based on crowd suggestions, Smash Night is a fun night of audience led comedy. Featuring Improvabunga, Four Far Away and Press X to Smash - this event promises to be lively affair.

Queering Ecopoetry 

When: Thursday 18 November

Where: Nottingham Writer’s Studio (Over zoom)

How Much? £20 (concessions available) 

After the publication of his own poetry collection This Fruiting Body, Caleb Parkin is eager to share how queer identities can intersect with ecopoetry. Engaging with Timothy Morton’s 2012 essay Queer Ecology, and inspired by Jack Halberstam’s Queer Art of Failure, the writing workshop poses an opportunity to read and talk about poetry that engages with queer ecologies. 

Pongo 

When: Friday 19 November

Where: Metronome

How Much? £12

Following the release of her new single Wegue Wegue, Pongo is playing this Friday at the Metronome. Known for her progressive pop and energetic kuduro music, Pongo is a talented Angolan singer songwriter. This gig is sure to have a lively crowd, perfect for you high energy seekers.

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