10 Things to do in Nottingham This Week

Words: Joe Baines
Sunday 09 April 2017
reading time: min, words

There's loads to be cracking on with this week...


Keith Piper: Unearthing The Banker's Bones

The Nottingham Trent graduate is back in town with his new exhibition Unearthing the Banker’s Bones, at New Art Exchange, showing a viewpoint of globalization and social issues that'll get brains ticking. After co-founding the BLK Art group to increase the profile of black artists, he uses his new and old work to interact with audiences like his restaging of robot bodies (2001) or in his new work – using a HD three-screen film to show the social collapse with an awesome yet realistic sci-fi device looking at the excavation of the modern world before your very eyes.

Wednesday 5 April - Sunday 11 June, NAE, free, event link


Withnail & I

The British black comedy that has one of the most quotable scripts to date, along with a soundtrack filled with the best of Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, is coming to The Savoy. Nottingham-based secret screen and film club The Loft Movie Theatre, and Porlock Press, have been teaming up for regular film nights, screening classic and cult movies each month. With the new comfy seats and the ability to bring in your booze from the bar to the film, we all know The Savoy is the place to be for the real film lovers. And here’s the perfect excuse – a flick that provides the perfect portrayal of the end of the sixties, giving the audience a real throwback to the era that influenced so much.

Monday 10 April, 8.20pm, The Savoy, £4.50 - £6.20, event link


Harlem Globetrotters

A team of American athletes are coming to Notts for a showcase of proper entertainment at Motorpoint Arena this Tuesday. Trick-shot wizardry, comedy and all-out sorcery with a ball puts the fun back in the game of basketball, shaking up everything you ever thought about the bogger. The Globetrotters are iconic, taking the love of the game beyond the court with the opportunity for fans to get autographs and take photos with the players afterwards. You can bag yourself a twenty-quid ticket, or you can go massive and get the players bench experience. Sports fan or not, this one’s a sight to be seen.

Tuesday 11 April, 7:30pm, £19.60 - £50.40, Motorpoint Arena, event link




Based on the Greek Mythological creature, Chimera has become a popular games store in Beeston. Rebranding the myths of Greece, turning them into specialist games, Chimera has all things board game and tabletop, in an ‘out-the-box’ playing style. The gaming dons want to share their passion of board games with the community, landing in the National Videogame Arcade  for an awesome time. Free entry at the NVA encourages anyone to come along and bring their own games, so if you’ve got some lingering in the back of the cupboards, get stuck in.

Wednesday 12 April, 12pm - 1pm, NVA, free, event link



Skillshare: Natural Dyes and Foraged Food

An opportunity to give your old tops a once-over with natural dyes, plus the chance to dive into some foraged springtime foods to meet the try-something-new quota. Following on from the Commoners’ Fair, the workshop gives a chance for the whole community to meet other food foragers and discuss ‘The Commons’, i.e. the resources we have and what we can share between us. A monthly meeting at Primary will let anyone who fancies a bit of creativity and berry survival skills just the thing and, above all, to have a proper good time.

Wednesday 12 April, 5.30pm - 7.30pm, free, Primary Gallery, event link



Fahran Live

Ooft, we haven’t half got some talented boggers in this citeh. And we’re not short of organisations and groups to polish and hone that talent either. This week, one of them said training grounds are asking for your help. Help in the form of your cash money. The Actors Studio, who pride themselves on unearthing and developing new talent, needs some dosh to continue with the work they’re doing. They’ve taken over Rough Trade and bagged new band on the block, Fahran, to serenade you of a Thursday eve. A £3 suggested donation is encouraged, but we’re sure they wouldn’t say no if you decided to dob in a tenner.

Thursday 13 April, 7pm, £3 suggested donation, Rough Trade, event link



Widows Album Release

Nottingham’s hardcore stoners are onto their second album release after ten years of waiting to give the crowd at Rough Trade a night to remember with the Oh Deer God album set to release on the night. Playing heavy, fast and loud. The Regulus are supporting with one crazy mix of psychedelic blues with groovy riffs promoting their album ‘Quadralith’ with MASTIFF to follow who portray their gloom of Hull in their heavy dark music that puts volume above music. Widows are back in Nottingham and one things for sure is that they’re here to play loud.

Friday 14 April, 7pm, Rough Trade, free, event link



Dr Sketchy’s

One hell of a life-drawing class. The various models that Dr Sketchy’s have to scrawl come in the form of carnival freaks, burlesque dancers and performers, to entertain the latest artists to step up to the task. All abilities are welcome, offering those who even struggle with stickmen the chance to feel like a pro. Even if it doesn’t go as expected. Prizes will be drawn to win art goodies, and the bar will be open to grab a drink and reflect on the masterpiece achieved. The most important thing is to have a good owd chuckle, whatever mess you make.

Saturday 15 April, 12.30pm - 4pm, The Canalhouse, £7, event link



Saturday Sessions

These new, regular workshops look at getting the people of Notts to a level of writing that looks and sounds the part. The workshops go into four areas – writing, editing, performance and style. These will be explored beyond the page to look at stage skills, as well as practicing breathing techniques to ensure you won’t KO on stage, all while working on your own personal style to set yourself among the top poets, editing work old and new until it hits the big league, and generally just getting that writing out. So whether you were born a poet, or you’re one who doesn’t know it yet, get yersen down.

Saturday 15 April, 1pm - 4pm, Nonsuch Theatre, £25, event link



Church of the Cosmic Skull

A seven-piece band who’re getting in on the act of psychedelic religious views, freeing mankind from material possessions, and aiming for everyone to be unified to a cosmic whole. Is it possible? We’d like to believe it is so. After being brought together by Billy Fisher, the band released their first album Is Satan Real?, and that’s been described as one of the finest rock records of 2016. Church of the Cosmic Skull return to the Rescue Rooms on Easter Sunday to put on a show that will show the reality of materialism…or simply have its musical fruits enjoyed by one and all.  

Sunday 16 April, 6.30pm, Rescue Rooms, £8, event link


For the full motherload of goings-on this week, check out our What's On section.

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