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Issue 58 January 2013

2012 was a fantastic year for all Opus projects, but Now Then in particular came on leaps and bounds. While we are taking a break from print this month, we will be back with a vengeance in both Sheffield and Manchester in February, with a featured artist from the other side of the Pennines gracing our pages.

If your New Year’s resolution is to have a go at writing a review, interview a hero of yours, or try your hand at poetry, give us a shout. Our page space can be limited, but we will always point you in the right direction and we try to judge every piece of writing on its own individual merits.

This month we have artwork from local sculptor Simon Kent, articles on food banks, disused spaces, MRI scans and the world of online comedy, as well as the usual news and reviews, plus an interview with Lis Murphy of Musicians Without Borders UK.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Feminism and Activism.

Activism can spring up as a protest reaction, or else existing actions may create the conditions for further developments. In Sheffield we'v…

Activism can spring up as a protest reaction, or else existing actions may create the conditions for further developments. In Sheffield we'v

Savages: Food banks in Sheffield

You've got to be prepared. It's always good to have some food about, like some tins of beans. Or bread. Bread mould isn't poisonous, you kno…

You've got to be prepared. It's always good to have some food about, like some tins of beans. Or bread. Bread mould isn't poisonous, you kno

Dead Space NUM Headquarters.

The lost, the forgotten, the neglected and the rejected. We have all seen buildings that correspond to these criteria in and around our city…

The lost, the forgotten, the neglected and the rejected. We have all seen buildings that correspond to these criteria in and around our city

MRI Scans: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love MRI Scans

There's something wrong with me. Over the past few months, I've been through a series of painful, embarrassing and therefore completely hila…

There's something wrong with me. Over the past few months, I've been through a series of painful, embarrassing and therefore completely hila

Bikes: How to keep, maintain and love your bicycle

Getting in to cycling is a great thing. It gives you the opportunity to explore your world and interact with your surroundings in a new way.…

Getting in to cycling is a great thing. It gives you the opportunity to explore your world and interact with your surroundings in a new way.

Online Comedy: The rise of the blogger stand-up?

When I look back at the last three years of my life, I realise two things above all have changed the way I see the world. The first was havi…

When I look back at the last three years of my life, I realise two things above all have changed the way I see the world. The first was havi

Bees Make Honey: A CALL TO ARMS

When I finished my Fine Art degree I was disillusioned and apathetic about the creative industries. It seemed that to get ahead you needed t…

When I finished my Fine Art degree I was disillusioned and apathetic about the creative industries. It seemed that to get ahead you needed t

Budget meals.

Recipe by Cassie Kill. Serves 4. 800g beef brisket (excess fat removed, cut into small chunks) 1 onion (sliced) 1 red pepper (deseeded and…

 Recipe by Cassie Kill.
Serves 4.

800g beef brisket (excess fat removed, cut into small chunks)
1 onion (sliced)
1 red pepper (deseeded and

Sound Sheffield Participatory Arts Network.

Drums draped in tinsel, limbs spiraling to the flow of entrancing rhythms. A circle of people is then consumed by unbounded zeal. Cherry pie…

Drums draped in tinsel, limbs spiraling to the flow of entrancing rhythms. A circle of people is then consumed by unbounded zeal. Cherry pie

Live / stage review My Fair Lady.

19th DECEMBER, THE CRUCIBLE. Daniel Evans stepped up once again this Christmas to direct a rousing, vibrant version of My Fair Lady at the …

19th DECEMBER, THE CRUCIBLE.

Daniel Evans stepped up once again this Christmas to direct a rousing, vibrant version of My Fair Lady at the 

Simon Kent: Carving out a niche

Simon Kent is a local artist with a difference. Carving sculptures out of large chunks of wood with his chainsaw, the pieces he creates are …

Simon Kent is a local artist with a difference. Carving sculptures out of large chunks of wood with his chainsaw, the pieces he creates are 

Folk Forest / Mark Wynn / Off The Record / Wet Nuns.

30th November. Greystones. Reviewer - Rob Aldam. With the dark nights drawing in and the temperature beginning to plummet, the good people a…

30th November.
Greystones.
Reviewer - Rob Aldam.
With the dark nights drawing in and the temperature beginning to plummet, the good people a

Musicians Without Borders: War Divides, Music Connects

War Divides, Music Connects' is the ethos central to the work Musicians Without Borders does both nationally and internationally. Last month…

War Divides, Music Connects' is the ethos central to the work Musicians Without Borders does both nationally and internationally. Last month

Filmreel The best and worst of 2012 and 2013.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY. Cult director Andrew Dominik is not someone that many people could pick out in a crowd, but if I was to mention films …

 KILLING THEM SOFTLY.
Cult director Andrew Dominik is not someone that many people could pick out in a crowd, but if I was to mention films