Creative Arts Development Space.
7 Smithfield, Shalesmoor.

07816418598 / cads-online.co.uk

CADS is a multi-purpose arts complex in Shalesmoor, ten minutes' walk from the city centre. You might recall it from the Now Then front covers exhibition we did there last month or any of the other excellent exhibitions and Dirty Little Secret (DLS) parties going on down there.

CADS provide studios to rent for any form of creative activity. Their current tenants range from painters and jewellery makers to fashion designers, musicians and record labels. Based over two ex-industrial premises, they offer a range of options starting at £20 per week including bills.

The vision of CADS is to create a community of artisan productivity in which the facilities and services available assist individuals and the community. This is done through surplus studio space, free events, exhibitions, fundraising and creative networking.

CADS has a large range of versatile exhibition areas suitable for any type of activity, including art exhibitions, music performances, photography shoots, fashion shows and social meetings. All areas are available for hire by the day.

Their current program of events entitled Regenerate is curated by Sheffield Art Forge and has seen a series of collaborations with this fair magazine and mural commissions from local artists now adorning the courtyard walls. Work is also being displayed by internationallyrenowned sound artist and music producer Mark Fell (SND).

CADS will be featuring performances from the aforementioned and a plethora of other local sound artists, in association with Sensoria Festival, on top of hosting a full-scale art commission and graduate competition worth £200 and three months' studio space for each of the three selected winners. Visit sheffieldartforge.com for more information. Workshops will also be hosted by Faunagraphic during the May and August bank holidays, not to mention the Chief Theatre production of The Cat in the Rain between 18th and 21st May.

Also worth a nod is their Dirty Little Secret (DLS) events rooms, which host a varied mix of dance music, including resident house and techno event Collect! Check out the next one on 11th June with Matador - set to be another smasher.


29th April - 8th May.

Sensoria Festival is a celebration of film and digital media that takes place across Sheffield at the end of April and beginning of May. There are far too many goings on to note here, but of particular glory will be a live soundtrack to 70s sci-fi film Silent Running performed by 65daysofstatic at Queens Social Club on May 6th. Also worth a look-in will be Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Way of the Morris, and Steel City Pulse, a percussion performance hosted in conjunction with Galvanize Festival to raise money for the Save Portland Works campaign.

Visit the website for venues, dates and times.

Sheffield Theatres.


This month we recommend two plays at Sheffield Theatres. Both have a comic bent and both will leave you with a smile on your face. First up is the anniversary stage adaptation of Yes, Prime Minister, based on the legendary BBC series. Will Jim Hacker and his team of advisors find salvation in dubious deals with the foreign minister of Kumranistan? Head down and find out for yourself between 16th and 21st May.

Our second preview is again anniversary related, as Sheffield Theatres celebrate the 50th anniversary of Samuel Beckett's funniest play Happy Days. Featuring Pauline McLynn of Father Ted and Shameless fame, it tells the story of housewife Winnie and her husband Willie, who spend their days talking, preying and singing together under the blazing sun. Directed by Jonathan Humphreys, this bold new production will run from 20th May to 4th June. Don't miss out on a giggle.

TAA Sheffield.

19th-21st May.

Temporary Autonomous Art events and exhibitions were born in London in 2001 to the Random Artists collective. TAA uses DIY culture tactics to create space for expression outside of the established art world elites. Reclaiming and reusing derelict urban space, TAA events host a hotbed of emerging arts crossing all disciplines, fusing traditional and contemporary media. The artwork has a dark and ominous undertone, while sharing a hope and beauty unified through the use of free space.

Visit the ArtSoulKollective website for more information.


0114 266 9147.

You may remember us drawing your attention to this immaculate place in the heart of Sharrow Vale last year. Well, we have got some news. As well as the delicious and authentic Moroccan dishes available throughout the week and on Saturdays, you now have the option of ditching the Sunday roast for the Otto's Sunday Lunch. With four choices on offer for each of the three courses including our favourite fish tagine, it's a welcome alternative to the Sunday norm. The Moroccan Night is also as popular as ever, featuring some of the most traditional Moroccan fare to be found anywhere in Sheffield and easily the snakiest hips you're ever likely to be hypnotised by. Check the website for details of events, including the new and inimitable table magic shows by BenZ.

S7 Electric.

42 Tavistock Road.
07988 754104.

We all know that electricity is not to be underestimated nor approached without the proper tools and training. You may also have experienced the cowboy work of a standard, corporate rent-a-sparky who has half a mind on the job and one eye on the clock.

Far from this are the team at S7 Electrical in Nether Edge. These lads are the epitome of friendly, reliable and trustworthy workmen. They do every job to the highest standard and clean up as they go. They actually care about what you think as it's in their interests to earn your custom. As such they respect you, unlike the deadeyed lad of 12 we recently had sent from Eon, who couldn't even remember our names from his job sheet.

You can reach Toby on the above number about anything from a dodgy looking socket to a complete rewiring of your home, with energy efficiency and green technologies their specialities.

Opus Acoustics.

Every Thursday from 7.30pm.
The Riverside, Mowbray Street.

Opus Acoustics is a brand spanking new venture from yours truly, launched to bring the quieter side of music and spoken word to your ears on a Thursday evening. Entirely free of charge (like all the best things), this regular jaunt will bring in performers like Pete David & The Payroll Union, The Cuckoo Clocks and Richard Barry & The Chaps to the Riverside on Mowbray Street in the coming weeks, as well as poetry from Joe Kriss, Matt Black and Stan Skinny.

As if that weren't enough, a wine and cheese combo will be available each week for a tenner. Keep your eyes peeled for more line-up announcements.