Leeds today: bins, chorus, Archway, cycling, oblong food, Museum, bars and Otello.

Good morning Leeds, the bins have finally been collected. That is all.

At least one of the groups to have been forced out of the abandoned West Park centre has found a home elsewhere. Leeds Festival Chorus has had the use of St Chad’s Church in Headingley whilst they prepare for their next concert on the 16th February at Leeds Town Hall alongside Nothern Sinfonia.

The music charity organisation ‘Clothcat’ are working alongside Archway to bring you a fundraiser gig this Saturday at the Library pub in Hyde Park. The listings include funk-rock from The Scandal as well as lots of local band talent.

Lots of you are anticipating the arrival of the tour and with this in mind why not join Leeds Cycling Action group as they meet for a ride around Roundhay Park every Saturday morning as well as trying more challenging events. The group will be cycling around the Dales throughout the 2013 and are planning a cycling and walking festival in early March.

Oblong Leeds, a community resource centre in Woodhouse has lots of creative courses running which specialise in digital media. However, I’m giving their new pottery course a go, this afternoon from 1-3pm.

More than 90% of the available retail space in the Leeds Trinity shopping mecca has been let with plenty of excitement being generated over the new inhabitants. Neon Cactus owners are opening Cielo Blanco (white sky), another Mexican which promises to deliver a ‘uniquely personal eating experience’ while menswear store HIP are moving from Thornton’s Arcade into the new destination.

Leeds City Museum has launched Natural Beauty, an exhibition devoted to the photography of the museum’s natural history collections by photographer Sara Porter. The museum also invites young people to take their own British wildlife and botanical photographs for a competition that runs until the end of September.

I’ve heard a lot about it and reading this writeup from leedsloveaffair about Outlaws Yacht Club and Rebel Pin up’s venture on New York Street ‘a tranquil environment for people to have some nice food and drink with their friends, join a social club, play some board games, use the free wi-fi, enjoy some great art and listen to some of the world’s best djs playing on a vintage 70s sound system’ may well get me through the doors.

Finally, there’s plenty of new theatre to see this week: Opera North’s Otello is running at the Leeds Grand, Stage@Leeds have new musical Facehunters ‘an epic and moving tale of ill-fated love, loss and the beauty of eternal youth, inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray’ playing between the 6th -9th of Feb and Freedom Studios present Street Voices– a collection of four new plays from upcoming playwrights at the Holbeck Undergound Ballroom.

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