Leeds Today: Books, blooms, bins and Vickygut

Happy Friday! Ally and Kirsty here, bringing you the first and finest news from all over our city.

We’re due a balmy 12 degrees this weekend. I know! The flip-flops are by the front door, ready. However, should the serious sunshine ever put in an appearance, austerity measures mean that there’ll be no cooling down in the fountains around Leeds city centre, which are to remain switched off for the foreseeable. We’re getting flower beds instead, though, so it’s not all bad, though maybe we should take a trip over to Bradford who still have their giant puddles to play in. If you are a flowerbed fan, there’s another photo competition for you today, this time for the Leeds in Bloom calendar.

Plans are afoot for World Book Night on 23 April from Leeds Book Club, The Travelling Suitcase Library and our very own Kirsty. We don’t want to give the game away, and @Leedsbookclub will give us more details next week, but put the date in your diary now for one of these lovely venues – Medusa Bar, Horsforth; White Swan, City Centre; Arcadia, Headingley (all from 7.30pm). Free books, people! What more could you possibly want? A quiz and cake? Well there will be both of those too!

Also in book news, The Leeds Big Bookend festival in June will be headlined by Tony Harrison this year. In association with the festival, the private Leeds Library on Commercial Street has an author event next Wednesday, An Audience with Chris Nickson. Contact the library for details.

Onto sport, and the Leeds Rhinos rugby types are getting the Leeds Award, both for their sporting success and their ‘active role in the community’.

Regeneration next, and not of the Doctor Who kind, sadly. Holt Park’s plans first; then there’s that Eastgate development, now renamed Victoria Gate. I’m really not a fan of the new name, and we’re still working on how Yorkshire folk will nickname and make up a pronunciation for it (see today’s title!), but for all other aspects have your say in their regeneration consultation, next week.

I don’t know about you, but I put out far more recycling now than rubbish, so it’s good news that parts of the city are switching to alternate weeks of green and black bins. Let’s hope this is successful and goes city-wide.

26 April will see the new and rather classy Everyman Cinema opening in Trinity Leeds. Take a look at what’s on. For an even classier experience, try Sunday night’s Minicine at The Maven, with the film ‘It Happened One Night’ – a secret cinema club in a speakeasy. It doesn’t get classier than that.

Sunday at 11.30 in the Leeds Museum Café is Café Scientifique, this time on ‘Raising royalty in the social insects: cheats, police and parasites’. It’s free! In a similar format, Monday is the Leeds Skeptics in the pub. This one’s all about ‘The sex myth’.

Finally, the big news this week was… well, you know already. We’ll leave you with South of the River on the subject.

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