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Things that have turned my head this week

Video – Critically Acclaimed Cutlery bending madness by local illusionist Dee Christopher

Last night I was privileged enough to attend local magician/illusionist/mind reader/masochist Dee Christophers first ever solo show ‘Don’t Forget to Breathe’. I have worked with Dee on many occasions so although I may be biased, I must wax lyrical about a rising star of the Nottingham entertainment scene, a mere baby in his (very) early 20s who I have no doubt he has the single-mindedness and talent to climb to the very top and stab Derren Brown and Uri Geller with a bent fork when he gets there!

Having already received critical acclaim for his isolation illusions, including metal bending using no physical contact, I can’t wait to see what stunt he pulls next.  Yesterdays event brought us such treats as watching a paramedic resuscitate Dee after he stopped his own pulse using extreme mental discipline, eyeball flossing, and russian roulette played with power drills (three dead and one live) aimed at his own head. I’d like to say I saw the second half but most of it I spent with my head turned away from the stage, unable to watch, with 999 on speed dial. It’s great to know that Nottingham is a melting pot for such diverse talent!

Other things that have turned my head this week (although less literally!) :-

Drumming on Dragons Den
Two Musicians who regularly run drumming workshops at Nottingham’s arts charity City Arts appeared on Dragons Den, and managed to get two of the Dragons to have a go. This may or may not be old news but the clip is pure gold!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden/entrepreneurs/richardenion.shtml

EM Media Nottingham Engine Room Pitch Workshop – 8 and 9 February 2010
Documentary producers and filmmakers from the East Midlands and beyond are invited to take part in the Engine Room Pitch, an intensive two day proposal development and pitching workshop to help you prepare your factual project for UK and international funding. At the Broadway Cinema Visit www.em-media.org.uk for more info

Nottingham Filmmaker wins prestigious competition
Ben Wigley a film maker based in Nottingham been shortlisted as one of the 12 candidates from around the UK chosen for the Scottish Documentary Institute’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ documentary-making scheme. Makes you proud to be from Nottingham doesn’t it!  For more details visit www.em-media.org.uk

Textile Designers from Japan & China to show at Nottingham Trent Bonnington Gallery
January 18 to February 17 at the Bonnington Gallery
Professor Junichi Arai and Dr Kinor Jiang will show their innovative textile pieces which take a contemporary look at oriental style. For more and to see examples of their beautiful work visit www.ntu.ac.uk

Breaking Rocks (15) and Live sets by Billy Bragg and Others
Sunday Feb 21st 3pm
The Broadway Cinema is hosting ‘Breaking Rocks’ a documentary film about “Jail Guitar Doors” a ground breaking initiative, organised by Billy Bragg in memory of Joe Strummer that gives musical instruments to prison inmates to encourage rehabilitation and prevent re-offending.  This event aims to raise funds for the project. There will be an introduction by Billy Bragg  Q&A sessions and live acoustic sets by Billy Bragg and ex-inmates involved in ‘Jail Guitar Doors’.

Local Writers Blog
http://richardpilgrim.blogspot.com
Having met Richard at rather too many wine soaked private views (oh the decadent life of an artist!) it was a delight to stumble upon his blog. Dry, witty musings galore!

Lustre – Get involved in 2010
Applications for Lustre designer maker event 2010 are now available!

Curatorial Fellowship Opportunity at Nottingham Castle
It isn’t often that you get the chance to be involved in the curatorial duties and re-hanging of the permanent art collection at Nottingham Castle, and help devise an exhibition plan for 2011. This is a pretty big deal! For more info on how to apply click here