26th - 28th october.
Celluloid Screams is a film festival that showcases the best of contemporary horror alongside stone-cold classics of the genre. Once again housed at the ever-accommodating Showroom Cinema, the fourth Celluloid Screams will take place on the weekend of 26th-28th October, packed full of premieres, previews, Q&As and much more.
The full line-up will be announced soon - keep an eye on their website and Twitter page, @sheffhorrorfest - but a few films have already been confirmed.
After unused footage was discovered some 20 years after its original release, Clive Barker's Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut will be shown in all its fleshed-out glory, coupled with a Q&A session with restoration director Russell Cherrington and cast members Simon Bamford, Nick Vince and Hugh Ross.
As for new feature films, there should be a lot to choose from. Before Dawn (Dir. Dominic Brunt) depicts a zombie epidemic against the backdrop of a relationship in turmoil, and the director and various cast members will be on hand to answer questions. The Cronenbergian Cell Count (Dir. Todd E Freeman) will make its UK premiere coupled with another Q&A, brutal teen-angst horror and Sundance Film Festival favourite Excision (Dir. Richard Bates Jr) might just give you nightmares, while the mood will be lightened somewhat by Steven Kostanski's Manborg ("Imagine Robocop and Universal Soldier mashed up in a pastiche of every 80s straight-to-video genre movie and you get some idea of what to expect," Sci-Fi London.)
A number of short films will also be screen during the weekend, including The Captured Bird (Dir. Jovanka Vuckovic), a pitch black, beautifully-crafted fable, and Familiar (Dir. Richard Powell), the story of a man who begins to suspect that the dark impulses in his head are not his own.
A pass for Celluloid Screams is priced at Â£60 or Â£50 for concessions, and can be bought from the Showroom Box Office - 0114 275 7727 or showroomworkstation.org.uk/ celluloidscreamspass. Keep in touch with Celluloid Screams on Facebook, Twitter and the above website for updates.
20th - 30th september.
The Festival of the Mind is a city-wide project which pairs up creative locals with collaborators at the University of Sheffield for a week of performances, exhibitions, installations, talks and activities, all accessible to the public free of charge.
The programme is packed with interesting goings-on, but one exhibition in particular catches our eye. Longarm is headed up by our very own art director Mattias Jones, extending his artistic exploration of the classic Travelling Salesman Problem, a mathematical problem which seeks to find the shortest possible route between a number of pre-defined positions, visiting each only once and returning to the start position.
Throw some robotic painting devices into the mix - overseen by experts at the University of Sheffield and informed by research into how bees travel from flower to flower - and the result will be a large, single-line mural created by automated machines, painted over the course of a week across the walls and floor of a public access space. The result will be a complex, ever-evolving exhibition that will offer a different experience to each visitor as the piece slowly "draws itself". The ultimate aim is to get people thinking about how fundamental mathematical principles are all around us and how patterns inform behaviour, as well as considering the microcosm of the process and the macrocosm of the image as a whole.
Longarm takes place at CADS on Smithfield between 20th and 30th September.
Regather Fruit & Veg Boxes.
0114 273 1258.
Regather Trading Cooperative is helping revive the Sheffield economy by keeping trade local and fair. Regather runs the Regather Fruit & Veg Box. Suppliers are organic and produce is sourced from local growers. The past month has seen 90% of the boxes filled with produce from Sheffield. Every customer gets a weekly newsletter and the chance to visit where their produce is grown, as well as becoming part of the Regather community. There are often some foraged freebies as well.
Boxes start from Â£10.50 or Â£12.50 delivered. Call 0114 273 1258, visit regather.net/box or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Oxjam is a national music festival which raises money for Oxfam up and down the UK throughout October. Since 2006, the annual charity venture has raised over Â£1.75 million at over 3,000 events.
This year, Sheffield's Oxjam will take place across four city centre venues - The Bowery, The Great Gatsby, The Green Room and The Washington. Line ups are yet to be confirmed, but it's safe to say there will be a great deal of variety, with jazz rubbing shoulders with folk and a single wristband providing access to all four locations.
If you want to perform at one of the venues, offer your services as a volunteer, or believe your business might be able to sponsor Oxjam, visit the above website.
Sheffield Mental Health Week 2012.
There's a packed programme approaching for Sheffield Mental Health Week, which incorporates World Mental Health Day on 10th October. There will be over 15 events taking place, ranging from a football tournament to a CD launch, relaxation sessions and much more, all with the aim of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing and challenging discrimination.
Keep a weather eye on sheffieldmentalhealthweek.co.uk for full event details. Picks at the time of writing are the official opening ceremony at Hillsborough Park, 8th October at noon, and the closing party, which will feature Now Then favourite Peter Antoniou's Psychic Circus. This comedy event will take place upstairs at the Hallam Hubs on Friday 12th October, 8pm. See you there.
80th birthday celebrations.
This month sees the City Hall celebrate its 80th birthday with a special programme of events which will reflect its celebrated history.
Keith Roe's Big Band Ballroom Dance will play in the ballroom on 1st September and 90s club night Drop will return for one night only on 14th, playing a mix of alternative rock and indie, followed by motown, northern soul and more at Brighton Beach on 15th. The building's birthday on 22nd September will see City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra play the music of the most important 20th Century British composers, while Toby Foster's Last Laugh Comedy Club will also celebrate its 20th year on 21st and 22nd of the month. But the crowning glory has to be a well-timed performance from Richard Hawley on 23rd; a man who has played numerous special gigs at this venue, and undoubtedly has many more up his sleeve.
community share offer.
Sheffield Renewables is a co-operative focused on developing, funding, owning and operating renewable energy projects in and around the city. After expanding its volunteer and supporter base since starting life in 2007, the organisation is now set to launch a community share offer for its Jordan Dam Hydro Project, enabling local people to invest in a scheme which will generate 310,000 kWh per year - enough to power around 80 homes.
Planning permission has been secured for the site near Meadowhall, but the co-op now needs to raise Â£250,000 for construction. Shares start at Â£250, with other finances potentially coming through commercial loans. Visit the above URL for more info.
Aberdeen Court, Division St.
0114 327 1727.
To all those arriving into our fair city for the first time, and even those returning who have managed to stroll past, oblivious to its presence, welcome to Aberdeen Court.
Located just off Division Street, opposite the Frog and Parrot Pub, this unassuming wee courtyard is home to a triumvirate of independent traders, with the first sign you'll clock being that of Simple.
Owner Ash's philosophy of "keep it simple" is perfectly embodied in this skate shop-come-gourmet coffee bar. The minimalist decor lets the vibrant and original board designs, tees, shoes and general clobber really shine. And the coffee? It's from Sheffield's legendary Pollards and is, as we say around here, reyt good.
So, if you ride, like ace coffee or just have an eye for a sartorial bargain, get yersen down.