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Links 8-10th Feb: 24-hour comedy-a-thon, BAFTA call for writers and student protest songs

Comedy

24 Hours of Comedy Improvisation March 13th: 17:00 – March 14th 17:00
The Art Organisation, Station Street, Nottingham

Here’s one to ravage your funny bones: Miss Imp are doing a 24-hour comic-a-thon sponsored event.  All money will go to fund their play ‘Coming and Going‘ at the Edinburgh Fringe.  They are seeking sponsors and all day ( and night) tickets are a steal at £6, or £3 for one show.   I’m guessing it will go transform upbeat slapstick through to drunken melancholy by the 20th hour.  I was at their previous improv night, which takes place Fridays each month at The Art Organisation, and there’s a good spirited and witty crowd of performers and audience.

Music

Left Lion interview: Red Rack ‘Em
Those prolific penned people at Left Lion interview club-rocking, genre-busting international DJ Red Rack ’em, who’s spinning tunes at this Friday’s Dealmaker and Left Lion sound system in Market Square for Light Night this Saturday.

Art

Dr Sketchy: Bettie Page special, 20th Feb
The first Dr Sketchy of 2010, the anti-art school where burlesque cabaret meets life drawing, is celebrating the glamour of black-haired ’50s pin-up goddess Bettie Page, with models striking sexy poses for your scribbling pleasure.

Bonnington Gallery Exhibition: Motherland
24 Feb – 19 March (private view: 4 March 5pm)
Bonington Gallery presents this exciting exhibition by the award-winning British photographer Simon Roberts. Motherland Homeland explores notions of identity, attachment to home and land, and the relationship between people and place.

Introducing…Sneinton Artists
Creative Boom give an intro to the windmill loving suburban arts group. Their next event is ?Mezzanine Gallery, Millgate Museum, Newark, Notts. ?March 6th to April 25th.

Lakeside young curators programmes for 14-18 budding art curators
An after school programmes running from Feb – April to give young people an opportunity to understand contemporary art and select exhibits for a programme.

Marketing

Talk: Building brands in challenging times
16th March, 6.30 – 8.30, Nottingham Trent University

John Farrell, who’s advised brand kings Saatchi and Saatchi, will talk about the changing demands on marketeers and brand owners relative to building brand equity in the new challenging market place that faces us, and with the fragmented media market place, exemplified by the over-growing power of the internet.  We’re hearing you John.  The problem with the fragmenting internet is you need a place (like this website) to bring it all back together…

Film

ScreenLit – BAFTA Rocliffe Call for Submissions for new writers
The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum celebrates its 10th anniversary with events in Nottingham and London.  Broadway Media Centre, for their ScreenLit Festival (taking place 21-29 August), are seeking new writing submission for a public performance during the festival.   Deadline for submissions: 8th March.

Nottingham film lurvies bid farewell to Ren, the big shaggy dog that has graced the set of practically every indie flick made in the East Midlands and licked off more leading ladies than Russell Brand.  The loveable mutt absolutely destroyed my tights moments before going on the set of ‘Control’ (filmed in Marcus Garvey Centre, Lenton and Burton Joyce chip shop amongst other Nottingham-doubling-for-1970s-Macclesfield locations) causing a bit of wardrobe malfunction… (hat tip: EM Media).

Jobs

Spool: seeking Audio Post & Post Production Assistant
Hm, not sure what I think of the Future Jobs Fund scheme, aimed at getting young people off the dole and into work but it’s being used mainly to prop up some menial jobs in the public sector to shift around pots of tax payers money.  These jobs in film production at Spool, part of Confetti studios, are at least a bit more interesting and useful for the trainee.

For more jobs, check out the new CreativeNottingham jobs listings

And finally…

Who said the era of the protest song and student activism was dead?  This song has both in spades: posted anonymously on YouTube, it critiques the politics at play at University of Nottingham Students Union.  (hat tip: Impact Magazine)