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Found Footage Festival Returns to Hyde Park Picture House

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Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are bringing their Found Footage Festival back to the Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 25th March, starting at 9pm.

Volume 8 of their latest live show, features newly unearthed VHS gems found at thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters across the US.

Nick and Joe, whose credits include The Onion and The Late Show with David Letterman, began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, ‘Inside and Outside Custodial Duties’ at a McDonald’s in Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos.

This year’s highlights include a collection of satanic panic videos from the 80s including ‘The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults’, outtakes and on-air bloopers from North Dakota local news, and a star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell. There will also be highlights from David Letterman’s Video Collection, inherited by the Found Footage Festival when he retired.

“Some of the funniest events we’ve ever held here are thanks to the brilliant Found Footage Festival”, says Wendy Cook, General Manager at the Hyde Park Picture House. “So we’re so excited to welcome Joe and Nick back to Leeds and cannot wait to see what hilarious gems they’ve unearthed for us this time around!”

Tickets are £12 and booking is advisable via 0113 275 2045 or http://hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk/index.php?showing=9361#now-showing

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Young Musicians Take to the Stage with Trombonist Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins      Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Dennis Rollins Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Young musicians from schools around Harrogate and Leeds will take to the stage alongside acclaimed jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins on Friday 24th March, 7pm at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL).

Dennis Rollins is well known on the British and international jazz scene and will bring his unique style to GSAL for a lively day of music making, culminating with an evening performance.

Around fifty pupils aged 11-18 from GSAL, Harrogate Grammar School, Allerton Grange School, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Crawshaw Academy and Garforth Academy have been invited to form an ensemble for the day. Comprising saxophones, brass and rhythm sections, they will be led by Dennis in creating a programme to showcase at the concert, alongside numbers performed by Dennis himself.

Dennis grew up in Bentley, Doncaster, and developed his musical talents with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. He is celebrated for his versatile and powerful approach to trombone playing and high-energy jazz-funk repertoire as well as his own take on more traditional tunes.

He has earned numerous accolades, including Trombonist of the Year at the inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards; British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist and the prestigious cross-Parliamentary Jazz Educator Award. He has performed with some of the world’s top jazz and pop acts, including Quincy Jones, the Jazz Warriors, Courtney Pine, Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Blur and Maceo Parker. He is also a formidable bandleader of jazz-funk outfit Badbone & Co and Velocity Trio.

The concert is open to all and tickets cost £7/£5 – available online at www.gsal.org.uk/events or on the door.

 

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Student Jazz Night to Benefit Breast Cancer Haven

GSAL Jazz Club vocalist Niamh Hendron

GSAL Jazz Club vocalist Niamh Hendron

GSAL Jazz Club at The Grammar School at Leeds is holding a special gig to raise money for Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, on Friday 17th March, 7.30pm in the school’s theatre foyer.

Talented student vocalists will team up with a professional jazz ensemble consisting of Adrian Knowles (double bass), Jason Scott (piano), Alex Hogg (guitar), and Gordon Kilroy (drums). As well as classics from the Great American Songbook, there will be interpretations of familiar pop tunes.

Sponsored by Daleside Brewery, this is the second year that the Jazz Club at GSAL has raised funds for Breast Cancer Haven, which exists to improve the quality of life for people affected by breast cancer by providing emotional, practical and physical support.

Tickets (£7/£5) are available from www.gsal.org.uk/event/jazz-club-arts17/

 

 

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Gamers in 24-hour Charity Challenge

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William Merritt Centre Gamers, are gearing up for a charity challenge on 24th – 25th February, to raise money for people with disabilities. They will be playing video games continuously for 24 hours as part of GameBlast17, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity SpecialEffect, which uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games.

The William Merritt Centre, was established 35 years ago to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible. It is the only such centre in Leeds and is the largest in the region. It provides impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily living for people with a disability.

The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre also adapts toys so people with a disability can use them. They also adapt controllers so that everyone can play computer games, and regularly host sessions where people play games.

Anyone can go along and take part in the event. More information regarding GameBlast17 can be found at www.gameblast17.com To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WMC-Gamers

 

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Camille O’Sullivan’s ‘Carny Dream’ at City Varieties

 

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Award winning singer and actress Camille O’Sullivan brings her new show The Carny Dream to Leeds City Varieties on March 12th.

The French-Irish songstress is one of the country’s most celebrated artists and is taking her unique and enchanting performances on tour in the spring of 2017.

Camille O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s most exciting performers who enjoys a formidable international reputation for her dramatic interpretations of the narrative songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and more. As much a storyteller as a singer, chameleon-like on stage, her performances are sometimes heartrending, occasionally mischievous but always a spine-tingling, exhilarating carousel ride. With her voice ranging from emotive rock to vulnerable whisper, Camille is fierce, playful and totally mesmerizing, transforming each song she interprets into a gripping theatrical experience. In this new show she has been inspired by the strange, magical, dark and light world of Circus and dreams, asking herself ‘where are you now and what did you dream?’

Camille has performed to audiences at London’s O2, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. She returned to London’s  Roundhouse Theatre last year performing her show to a sold out crowd.

She has won numerous awards and garnered attention with a scene stealing performance on BBC Two’s Later…with Jools Holland (which lead her to support him at Royal Albert Hall). Camille was also chosen by Yoko One to perform John Lennon’s Double Fantasy alongside Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux at Meltdown 2014.

https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/

 

 

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Hilarious Musical Satirist Mitch Benn Comes to Leeds

 

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One of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country, Mitch Benn arrives at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds on Saturday 25 February.

A regular on BBC1’s “The One Show” as the writer and arranger of “The Complaints Choir” and composer for two satirical topical ditties a week for “The Now Show” for BBC Radio 4 as well as BBC Radio 2’s “It’s Been a Bad Week”.  It’s safe to say Mitch is one of the country’s leading satirical song writers.

It’s been a morbid time for ‘the country’s leading musical satirist’ (The Times); he’s turned 46, his personal life is in turmoil and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? Join Mitch to confront his (and your) mortality with hilarious and tuneful consequences.

Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear The Reaper

Saturday 25 February, 7:45pm

Tickets: £13 (£12 concession)

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 376 0318, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD. Tickets on the night can be picked up or purchased, subject to availability, at Carriageworks Theatre from one hour prior to the show.

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Refu-Jazz: Benefit Concert All-Dayer at Headingley HEART

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On Saturday February 11th, Headingley HEART is hosting a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charites with some of Yorkshire’s finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. This is a great opportunity to support this worthy cause and enjoy some incredible music.

The line up for the day is listed below. Tickets can be bought for individual shows (£5) or a full day pass (£20). Events in the cafe are free entry but a donation would be gratefully appreciated.

12-12.45pm – Al Morrison Trio (Cafe)
1-1.45pm – Joe Boyes Trio (Main Hall)
2.15-3pm – Bassa Bassa (Main Hall)
3-3.30pm – Inside Out Duo (Cafe)
3.30-4.30pm – George Macdonald Trio (Main Hall)
4.30-5pm – The Irrelevance (Cafe)
5-6pm – Louie Mcdonald (Main Hall)
6-6.30pm – Sam Dunn (Cafe)
6.30-7.30pm – York Youth Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
7.30-8pm – Aleks Podraza Trio (Cafe)
8-9pm – Leeds Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
9-9.30pm – Phil Green’s Sky High Jazz Trio (Cafe)
9.30-11pm – Kate Peters Quartet + Jam (Main Hall)

Workshops –
John Marley – Jazz Bass Time -1pm
Sam Dunn – Jazz Guitar Time – 4.30pm
Aleks Podraza – Jazz Piano Time TBC

http://www.heartcentre.org.uk/jazz-at-heart

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Calling All Poets, Beatboxers, Spoken Word Artists and Performers: Open Auditions at WYP

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West Yorkshire Playhouse is holding open auditions to meet poets, spoken word artists, performers, beatboxers and other exciting young artists from West Yorkshire, to act in its new production of Zodwa Nyoni’s Ode to Leeds.

Directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director James Brining, Ode to Leeds tells the story of five young poets from Leeds selected to compete at the world’s most prestigious international poetry slam competition in New York City. Fuelled by love, pride and passionate protest their words light fires to show the world who they are and what they can be.

West Yorkshire Playhouse is keen to hear from people from all backgrounds and levels of experience; both from those with acting experience and those without. Whether you’re taking part in open mic nights, competing in hip hop battles, busking on corners or just writing poetry in your bedroom, we want to hear from you.

OPEN AUDITION DATES:

Saturday 4 February: 10am – 6pm, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Monday 6 February: 6pm – 9pm, West Yorkshire Playhouse

To find out more about the characters and request an application form please email auditions@wyp.org.uk or visit wyp.org.uk.

This opportunity is open to those aged 16+ who are no longer in full time education. The Playhouse is looking to cast characters between 14 and 18 years old; those auditioning need to look like they could be in that age bracket. Rehearsals will take place at the Playhouse between the 8 May and 10 June, with performances between 10 June and the 1 July 2017. All rehearsals and performances will take place at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Music and Cinema at Howard Assembly Room

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The Howard Assembly Room continues to mash up music and cinema in exciting and innovative ways with its ongoing FILMusic series.

A bittersweet cinematic treat for Valentine’s Day is The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (£5) with a live musical prelude. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colour and told through the lilting songs of the great Michel Legrand, this is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

On 17th February Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart returns with another David Lynch collaboration. HEXA, his duo with Australian composer and artist Lawrence English, is an uncompromising sonic response to the legendary director’s dark, atmospheric Factory Photographs, taken amidst the ruins of industry in the USA, Poland, Germany and the UK. Tickets: £10
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Icelandic experimentalists múm present the UK premiere of their improvised live score to People on Sunday (Menschen an Sonntag) (3 March) a vivid portrait of pre-war Berlin and its young inhabitants considered a masterpiece of silent film by Directors Billy Wilder, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann, Robert and Curt Siodmak, Rochus Gliese. Tickets: £15
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (8 April) is a swooning love letter to the decadence of Rome. This extraordinary tragicomedy is a must-see on the big screen. The screening is followed on 13th April by The Great Beauty: A Concert with the string section of the Orchestra of Opera North performing a concert of music inspired by the film’s soundtrack. The programme includes John Tavener’s superlative ‘The Protecting Veil’; Summa, ‘Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten’; ‘Festina Lente’ by Arvo Pärt; and William Byrd’s ‘Fantasia a 6’.
For more information visit: https://www.operanorth.co.uk/howard-assembly-room

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SingMeanwood is Looking for a New Choir Leader/Musical Director

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SingMeanwood is a 50-strong mixed community choir with big ambitions and a lust for life. It loves having a varied, vibrant and sometimes alternative repertoire, and loves performing – especially a capella.

Whilst relatively self-sufficient, in that it has an active, committed steering group, the choir is currently looking for a new Musical Director who will be a safe pair of hands to help it learn and grow.

You will need to be a strong, thoughtful MD who enjoys laughing but who is serious, experienced and clever when it comes to music. You would need to be available on term time Sunday nights from September 2017 and to attend an audition session sometime in Spring 2017.

If you are interested, please email info@singmeanwood.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 20th February.

 

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