Leeds today: remember, casino, language, Owl, cricket, Drake, Holmes, Contact, cider and comics.

Good morning Leeds! Yesterday was Whitsun, which used to mean that today was a Bank Holiday before Spring Bank got its summery hands all over it. If you were around before 1971, South Leeds asks you how you remember it…although the mention of peasants relaxing from field duties with the permission of their medieval overlords could be amusing or insulting.

But forget that, in case you have been hibernating over the weekend, the winner is…Eastgate! The location of Leeds’ Super Casino as part of the Victoria Gate development was revealed late on Friday afternoon by the council’s licensing committee. The Leeds’ citizen explains in layman’s terms just what exactly the city is getting out of this deal: jobs for locals, net gaming revenue and a social inclusion fund.

Sadly, the Create enterprise whose Leeds’ restaurant had already ‘closed for refurb’ earlier this year has been given the last rites by insolvency experts who say the firm ‘had simply run out of money’.

LMU are cutting the number of specialist foreign language courses teaching students how to speak ‘Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Greek, Portuguese and Polish from the university’s main campus in Leeds’ and Harrogate. As ever, there will be job losses.

And in more disappointing news, Culture Vulture reports on the ‘Save The Owl at Rodley’ campaign where The Owl’s family run pub is facing closure in a matter of weeks due to outrageous rent hikes and dubious fines. The community has rallied round the family and created a facebook  group supporting the campaign.

Community action can be very powerful. As reported last week, Thursday night’s meeting about the fate of Highbury Cricket Club (owned by the developers of Ben Bailey homes) had more than a 100 local residents taking part. There was overwhelming support for trying to bring it back into community use and councillor Alex Sobel has promised a follow up meeting with the developers in about 6 weeks’ time. BGL will keep you informed.

Okay, fun stuff: Hyde Park picture house have a tribute to Nick Drake night scheduled for the 5th June ‘screening the short documentary A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake, alongside live performances of his music’.

Sherlock Holmes: The best kept secret opened at the WYP this weekend. Early reviews indicate Steampunk inspired set design and magic and illusions provided by Scott Penrose. I have my tickets.

The Contact festival, the only student led photography festival in the UK, is running from now until the 25th of May in 13 venues in the city centre. Pick up a map at the White Cloth gallery which is acting as the hub of the festival and embark on a tour where as well as taking in art on walls, you’ll be able to see the students hosting talks.

The Old Bar Cider festival has another couple of days left in its wobbly legs; celebrate the joy of Cider and Perry at The Old Bar, LUU.

Start thinking about the spring bank holiday early and peruse the Dig’s guide to how and where to entertain the family during the half term break. There’s jousting, lots of jousting.

Musically speaking, the legendary Georgie Fame, whose ‘unique blend of jazz/rhythm and blues’, is performing at Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday night and Wednesday sees  Lauren Bradford’s Candles & Wine acoustic festival at Outlaws Yacht Club. No covers just original material.

Finally, we have another instalment of ‘Laydeez do Comics’, the UK’s first women’s led comics forum that ‘focuses on autobiographical comics and dramas of the everyday’. Tonight’s meeting is at the Wharf Chambers co-operative club with guest speakers including Leeds based diary artist Becky Kidner.

A previous version of this article incorrectly said Leeds Uni were cutting language courses, not LMU. Our apologies for any confusion caused.

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One Response to Leeds today: remember, casino, language, Owl, cricket, Drake, Holmes, Contact, cider and comics.

  1. Paul Thomas says:

    How could mention of peasants relaxing with permission of their medieval overlords be insulting?

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