Morning! Hope you had a good weekend.
The Yorkshire Post has some interesting cultural stories today; they review Gavin Stamp’s Lost Victorian Britain which looks at a generation of incredibly beautiful architecture swept away under the banner of “modernisation”, as well as interview Sir David Chipperfield, the architect of the new Hepworth gallery in Wakefield.
Also in the Post is a call for entrants and volunteers for the Jane Tomlinson 10k run on June 19th. If you feel like getting your running shoes out and raising some money for charity then sign up on www.runforall.com
The Guardian is reporting that proposed boundary changes in Leeds will abolish the Leeds Central constituency; Democratic Audit will have more details on their website. The Guardian also makes note that the “hippest” street in Britain is no longer in London; in fact, That London comes third with Leeds’ very own Call Lane coming in second place. Gateshead won, let’s leave it at that.
The YEP reported on Saturday that community groups can enter the Dragon Boat race for free this year if people can raise £25 in sponsorship per place; there are two boats with places available. Marketing Leeds tweeted:
The Marketing Leeds Team are all set for helping to tidy up Leeds waterfront ready for the @LeedsWFFestival
On Friday, and with very little fanfare, Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs released their latest album. So far, so normal, except this time Leeds Music Scene reports that it’s via an experiment in distribution where you can make up your own album from 10 of the 20 tracks available. I’m quite excited by this, because you’re also encouraged to sell your album mix to your mates. Entertaining digital distribution methods are nothing new (see Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead for tinkering with this) but crowdsourced playlisting turns it into a game.
Leeds photographer Terry Cryer has an exhibition in Harrogate. Cryer, who started his career photographing the streets of Leeds, is now in his 70s and is still working. The exhibition is on at the Red House gallery.
For residents concerned about the future of Bramley Baths there is public consultation meeting on June 16th at Bramley Community Centre. MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, has more details on her blog.
This week sees a plethora of activities in Leeds of an evening. Tonight is the monthly Leeds Photo Hunt, a scavenger hunt across Leeds organised by Kirsty of a thousand cranes fame. Kickoff is at 6:30 this evening outside the Corn Exchange, more details on @leedsphotohunt.
Tomorrow night is the ninth instalment of Leeds institution Bettakultcha, the manic scramble to get your passion across to the audience in five minutes. This time it’ll be at Leeds University Union, more details on the BK website. Wednesday is Leeds Alternative Media, the meeting that set this whole BGL thing off. Interested parties should be in the Packhorse on Woodhouse Lane at 6:30.
Thursday sees the launch of a new evening in Leeds; Precession: The Cynics. This is “an evening of ideas, poetry and performance of contemporary merit (+booze) with DJ playing records to fill the gaps” with Leeds legend Mik Artistik performing, amongst others. At Temple Works and a fiver entry this one has the potential to be a regular event for performing artists.
Also on Thursday (at 5:30, so plenty of time for both) is East Street Arts’ Prepare to Cheer, Amelia Crouch’s “series of 6 brass plaques, the artwork refers to both past and present, symbolic and functional uses of the Town Hall” but of course there’s more to it than that.
Next Sunday, and slightly further afield than the city centre is Open Farm Sunday; Leeds organic farm Swillington are taking part in the event but booking is essential. Details here.
Two new posts on Culture Vultures over the weekend are worthy of attention; firstly, a list of Great Northern Pubs – if you’re up for an argument then this is a great one to get stuck into, but there’s no denying that this is a great list. Also, Alex Folkie reviews last week’s Bettakultcha Bradford and asks a very important question.
Finally, Katie Leedsgrub reviews the cult of Krispy Kreme.