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Links round up – the return of GameCityNights and more…

Greig Stewart laser harp extravaganza, courtesy of

It’s back! GameCityNights, the monthly after-dark, adults only exploration of videogame culture, kicks of Season Two tonight – tonight! – at Antenna on Beck Street, Nottingham. Starting 6 there’ll be a couple of hours business and networking before the fun starts properly at 8pm.

Tonight, from 8pm, you can see videogames developer and comedian Graham Goring pushing the boundaries of taste, Theremin Hero Greig Stewart is set to deliver a dazzling display of unique hands-free gaming and laser harp wizardry, pay tribute to one of history’s greatest sci-fi television shows, Time-Freeze, with Nottingham’s own sitcom spoofing artists The Megaphones and listen to One Life Left’s Derek Williams present a live Free Market Economy segment.

GameCityNights run on the last Friday of every month at Antenna in Nottingham, Beck Street, NG1 1EQ. Entry is strictly 18+ only, tickets £5 in advance and for students, £6 on the door for the general public. Due to limited capacity, pre-booking is advised.

It occurs to me that I haven’t yet mentioned the new exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary this week. It opened on Saturday and features two – count ’em – internationally renowned artists in Anne Collier and Jack Goldstein. The exhibition runs until 27 March so you’ve got a while to check these out, or go several times, if it takes your fancy. Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham and don’t forget (many people do) that it’s shut on Mondays.

Also opening this week is Sisyphus Rising, a new exhibition featuring works by Robert Luzar and Rachel Maclean. Sisyphus, as our scholarly Greek readers will tell you, was the chap who had to roll a boulder up a hill only to see it roll back down and have to do the whole thing over and over again. Like that scene in Ice Cold in Alex but without the beer at the end. The exhibition promises to be slightly more arty than John Mills so get yourself to Backlit (open Thursday-Sunday) at The Factory Dakeyne St, until 13 February.

Finally! So exciting to feature architecture on here! A rare treat indeed. Nottingham Trent University are hosting RIBA’s exhibition of modern architecture which features 50 East Midlands building gems from the last 50 years. So if you missed this exhibition when it was at Nottingham Contemporary last August  then here’s a second chance.

That’s it for this week!