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Issue 129 December 2018

It’s been a fantastic year for us. As well as putting out a bumper 10th birthday issue in April, we’ve commissioned the Now Then mural in town and re-launched the free Now Then app for Apple and Android devices, bringing our original content and featured art into the digital realm.

At the time of writing, we’re prepping for the Now Then 10 gig at Abbeydale Picture House. At the time of reading, it will already be in the rear-view mirror, so a shout out to all who came down and helped us celebrate. And one final time, thank you to everyone who has made Now Then what it is since 2008.

It’s a great pleasure to present the art of Neil Carribine this month. His work has been making us laugh over the last few weeks. Words wise, we’ve got pieces on activism, board games, cannabis and more, plus an interview with electronic music originators 808 State.

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This month's articles

Localcheck 2019: A Year of Activism

Across the globe, there are protests about work and exploitation, environmental damage, governments doing deals and sell-offs with corporati…

Board Games: 'Tis The Season

Board games are a lot like life. Not in a 'we're all in the Matrix' kind of way, nor in a 'you win some, you lose some' kind of way. More in…

64 Lanterns: WWI Vigil in Crookes

At school, I learned about the First World War. It was long ago. The battles had strange names and cost countless lives. It was supposed to …

Festive Gifts

December is the month for a bit of indulgence and spending time with the important people in your life. It's also a chance to think about wh…

Improv: Sheffield's secret funny bone

Any confusion about what improvised comedy is can usually be remedied by asking, 'Have you seen Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Responses range fr…

Sheffield Modern: The Making of 'In C'

Claire Thornley and Stewart Campbell discuss how they designed and realised the groundbreaking performance of Terry Riley's 'In C' that open…

Live / stage review Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Leadmill, 23 Nov

You don't expect to see ferns dangling from the roof of The Leadmill during a gig - especially when that's combined with the sound of distor…

You don't expect to see ferns dangling from the roof of The Leadmill during a gig - especially when that's combined with the sound of distor

Record Review : XXL - Puff O'Gigio

Puff O'Gigio is the third album by XXL, a collaboration between electronic noise pop group Xiu Xiu and post-rock band Larsen. Written and re…

Assassination Nation

We often look back at films that define a moment. Into this world of renewed female empowerment, #metoo and pervasive social media comes a w…

A Star Is Born

A Star is Born, the unashamedly romantic love story of Jack (Bradley Cooper, also director) and Ally (Lady Gaga), is a well-known tale. Thre…

Lands

There are times when theatre resonates with such exactitude that it compels you to look at things about yourself that you might not want to.…

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