Leeds today: LIFF, charity, wild food, historical houses, budget, neighbours, wheel, reggae and intimacy.

Morning Leeds, the film in 9th place at the recent LIFF audience awards, Argo, came out top at the Baftas last night. BGL is a big fan of Argo and highly recommends a viewing…that or Lincoln.

Speaking of telly…

Red nose day fever has infected the TV schedules, (it’s the slightly bonkers theme for Great British Menu which has cast an uncomfortably forced light-heartedness over quite serious people). If you’re involved in a charity and can’t think of anything funny for money, then the YEP and Comic Relief are simply offering community cash grants of between £500 -£1000, to small, local organisations if they apply before the 8th March.

Fashionable, new website Msitu from Mina Said-Allsop is dedicated to local food foraging in Leeds. The site has recipes, ideas and tips on getting started and excitingly gives you a chance to join Mina on a wild food walk of your own. BGL once did some collaborative work with Mina and the sadly missed Test Space; it’s a great way to get into wild food.

The YEP’s interesting new feature ‘historical houses of Leeds’ starts with Kirkside House in Kirkstall, formerly known as Crooked Acres. Worth having a look if you’re driving past.
On Friday, the council’s executive board will meet to discuss the proposed council budget for the next year. South Leeds Life has its concerns over ‘allotment charges and the future of golf courses and bowling greens’ whilst there is a further list of planned hikes and cuts including job losses, alternate weekly bin collections (I’m almost certain they’re sneaking that in now) and the closure of residential homes and day centres in order to try to save £55 million.

Over on the Culture Vulture, if you share a grievance against anti-social neighbours and a bureaucratic complaints procedure through LCC or an often felt desire to hide from humanity in Leeds market, then these are for you.

Our latest visitor attraction, the observation wheel Leeds (OWL) gets its first excitable journo preview and will be up and running for the rest of mankind in Union Street car park this Saturday from 10 am to 10pm. If you’re going, the website has a 10% discount on bookings.

Billed as a Valentine’s special but crucially held on the 16th  so no-one feels silly, the awesome Full Circle café has a night of rub-a-dub One Love: Jamaican reggae music and Indian street food from Manjit’s kitchen for just five of your English pounds! In addition to this loving week, the WYP has a ‘disturbingly romantic’ production of ‘The Zero Hour’ which follows three couples in Berlin at the end of the Second World War. And as well as couples photography exhibition ‘Intimacy’, the White Cloth Gallery have ‘Wish you were here – pictures taken by Leeds United supporters who were part of the 1980’s casual youth moment’ from 15th – 19th February. This, depending on your partner, may be enough to put them in the right frame of mind.

Thanks for reading! We’ll see you on Wednesday.

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