Leeds today: austerity, M&S, Salt’s, Mill, Museum, Degas, skates, freebies, candy and circus.

Good morning Leeds people, I have committed my own cardinal sin of leaving this until the very last minute. At least you may be assured that the quality of news is of the very latest. However, the stress! Gah – onwards!

Is austerity the new black? I’ve been to a few of these 40’s themed parties and weekends in the region over the last year and whilst there’s nothing to stop us glamourising the efforts of that era it’s also good to remember the efforts of those who lived through it. The beautifully named Arctic Star campaign medal was handed to two West Yorkshire veterans of the second world war yesterday in recognition for their services.

If you are a fan of the 40’s and 50’s, M&S are hosting a fashion event in celebration of period looks this Saturday. Best dressed prizes and swing dance classes are on offer at the free event.

The wonderful Salts Mill, a BGL favourite, is the inspiration for an exhibition of art from five local artists on the Sunny Bank Mill site in Farsley. You can see a selection of landscapes, kissing pots, ceramics and sculptures from the 6th September. In addition, the Red House Museum in Kirklees is hosting an exhibition of contemporary and historical glass. Featuring stained glass windows made famous by the Bronte novel Shirley, it sounds absolutely beautiful. Meanwhile Leeds Art Gallery is proud to take possession of a rare Edgas Degas bronze, formerly owned by Lucian Freud. The bronze will arrive next spring in tribute to the Grand Depart.

I’ve started hearing a lot about Roller Derbies as various acquaintances are starting to express an interest. The Leeds Roller Dolls are holding a fundraiser this weekend at Full Circle to raise money for Wrecking Bawls (great name) designed to raise awareness of the sport and encourage more women to join. They’re also currently recruiting for behind the scenes people on their website – non-skating officials and support crews – so if you’re wary of falling over, there’s still a way of getting involved.

There’s a new Adidas store opening in Trinity this Friday and if you go and stand by the tills you may well spot a spluttering Leeds Citizen on a stakeout to investigate the redemption of vouchers by journos asked to turn up and review an event. Now, I’ve read plenty of fashion blogs where cash/garments in exchange for reviews are made. To be fair, no one’s asking specifically for a glowing write up, but who’s not going to enjoy this sort of treatment. I get giddy in Poundland, just imagine if everything was free?!

There are a slew of new places to eat and drink in in the city centre. Leeds Love affair gives us an interview with the owners of Candy Hero, an international sourcing sweet shop on Landslane. Opening in September, La Boheme on Cross York Street promises to bring live theatre, jazz and burlesque performance to your average night out. Pop up restaurant Strano is also a bit bored with the ordinary dining out with set menu experience and wants to ‘have some fun and break some rules’.

Friends of Middleton Park are having their  forthcoming (and indeed fourth) Craft, Flower and Produce Show, on Sunday 15th September from 1pm. The show will also mark the official opening of their state-of-the-art Visitor Centre by Hilary Benn MP (who will also be awarding the show prizes). You can enter your own crafts, veg or flower displays up to 11am on the day! Details on the website.

Finally the Moscow State Circus have announced dates for an outdoor show at Harewood House whilst Leeds Salon have tickets and advanced reading available for this October’s Battle of Ideas 2013 debate on the topic of assisted dying.

That’s all for Wednesday, till the next time.

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