Leeds today: zombies, Whitehouse, Evans, fashion, stripping, Miggy, tipping, literacy and cards.

Good Morning everyone!

So there’s a card game called ‘Leeds’ invented by the French artist Robert Fillou, whose exhibition ‘The Institute of Endless Possiblities’ which will be played by the Leeds Weirdo club on the 17th April at the Henry Moore. The rules are of the game are ‘not as complex as monopoly’:

‘It involves a lot of drinking, with the players being blindfolded and using double-sided cards so that the audience can shout instructions to them.’

Booking is essential.

Hebden Bridge has been voted the coolest town in Britain by The Times newspaper! I have included this news here in a Leeds blog primarily due to the Northener’s list of small town defects, the likes of which can never happen here…except perhaps that one about success.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is supporting a literacy campaign together with volunteer reading charity Beanstalk, to put an extra 40 reading volunteers into deprived primary schools. You can apply for training and a position in your area by completing an application online or asking for a postal form.

In the war against the city’s grime, south Leeds councillors have agreed to purchase new surveillance equipment, activated by motion sensors, to be deployed at favourite fly tipping spots in the hope of catching and deterring future litterers and dog foulers. Also in South Leeds a new group, The Friends of Stank Hall Barn, has been set up to try to restore the former 15th century tithe barn and scheduled ancient monument in Beeston. The friend’s first meeting will be held this Wednesday at Hillside on Beeston Rd whilst potential new members can email the group. There was no such group to save the former Middleton Arm’s pub in Middleton from demolishment last year and sadly the YEP reports that even the plans to put an Aldi on the site look scuppered.

To brighter news and in blatant ignorance of that giant behemoth that opened last Thursday we some other shopping news: firstly, the No–Stripping Studio is in residence at Bird’s Yard on Kirkgate. Operating between Tuesdays and Saturdays between 11 and 6pm, the studio show you how to re-invent your old items of furniture using shabby chic and retro techniques or provide you with the chance to buy one-off items they have transformed. All day workshops will be held through- out April for those of you who want more in-depth tutelage. The Leeds Corn exchange has a few interesting new shops open on the balcony. Sherbet Pip is a beautiful old fashioned sweet shop; The Bead Hive contains stunning bead shop for your creations whilst The Village is definitely a book shop with a difference. There will also be a charity fashion show taking place on the evening of April 4th with all the corn exchange shops open for browsing. If you do enjoy fashion then The City Talking has lots and lots on student street fashion, scouting for models, and a round -up of the latest digital fashion week.

Tickets are on sale for the sixth Leeds Zombie Film festival to be held at the Cottage Road cinema in Headingley on April 21st, although the lineup designed by Paddy and Marlon from Emmedale hasn’t been announced.

It’s the start of the Leeds Young film festival today which is set to run until the 5th of April. As well as film screenings, Big Fish is at the Hyde Park picture house tonight, the excellent sounding workshops will teach you how to DIY special effects, introduce stop motion animation and teach you how to make your own first short film.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park stages a new exhibition of sculpture by Garth Evans, Britain’s first in 20 years. The artist is known for ‘geometric, asymmetrical forms and a commitment to using everyday materials such as plywood, fibreglass and polythene.’

It’s lock-in time at the Oporto, Call Lane, again. This time the alternative arts evening is dedicated to Constance Mary Whitehouse, expect jazz, folk, poetry, comedy and cakes. ‘Audience members will have to bring their own filth. Badgers will be provided on request’.

Have a lovely day, and we’ll see you on Wednesday.

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