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Issue 63 June 2013

It’s that time again, when we take a break from print so we can come back stronger in September. We’ll still be online in July and August with plenty of art and local writing. But first, we present what we believe is our best issue for a good while…

Art comes courtesy of Manchester-born, New York based oil painter Richard Combes, whose work we’ve been eyeing up since we saw it in the flesh at Snig Hill Gallery back in December. It’s a pleasure to put the work of such an incredibly accomplished artist on our pages and once again it’s great to shake things up with a completely different style. Read our interview with him for an insight into his work.

Ahead of this year’s Doc/Fest, which kicks off on 12th June, we have secured interviews with Sheffield legend and intrepid traveller Michael Palin and Northumberland folk collective The Unthanks, who turned out to be lovely people with plenty to say. What are the chances? Take a look at our Filmreel section for our pick of the Doc/Fest programme. There’s so much going on that it would be impossible to squeeze it all in, so if you’re interested then take a look at sheffdocfest.com.

SPIRIT OF ’45 DAY.

As part of our media partnership with Doc/Fest, we are pleased to finally be able to announce our collaborative event, Spirit of ‘45 Day on Saturday 15th June. Taking place at Queen’s Social Club from 2pm till 1am, we will be screening the new Ken Loach documentary The Spirit of ‘45, a live score of the 1929 silent film Drifters by beatboxer Jason Singh, poetry from teacher-turned-rap battler Mark Grist, music from Manchester trio Age of Glass and Leonie Evans, film installations from Exploding Cinema and much more. It’s shaping up to be an amazing event and an utter bargain at £2 before 7pm and £5 after. Search Spirit of ‘45 Day on Facebook for the low-down.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Richard Clare / Peace in the Park.

It seems strange to be reflecting on a sad theme when we’re heading for midsummer, but the green garden of Sheffield is missing two of its b…

It seems strange to be reflecting on a sad theme when we’re heading for midsummer, but the green garden of Sheffield is missing two of its b

Dead Space Old Sheffield Citadel – Salvage Mission.

“Hope springs eternal.” Or does it? The optimist inside us would like to think so, but with high street shopping rapidly becoming a thing of…

“Hope springs eternal.” Or does it? The optimist inside us would like to think so, but with high street shopping rapidly becoming a thing of

Michael Palin: Benign Anarchy

If there’s one person I’ve interviewed who needs no introduction, it’s Michael Palin, but in the interests of fairness and consistency I’ll …

If there’s one person I’ve interviewed who needs no introduction, it’s Michael Palin, but in the interests of fairness and consistency I’ll 

Richard Combes: From Everyday to Extraordinary

Richard Combes is a renowned oil painter, born in Manchester but now based in New York. He trained as an architect before moving to the US t…

Richard Combes is a renowned oil painter, born in Manchester but now based in New York. He trained as an architect before moving to the US t

Sound World Music.

Perhaps one of the biggest banes in the life of a modern music listener is the excessive classification of sound at the hands of an ever-gro…

Perhaps one of the biggest banes in the life of a modern music listener is the excessive classification of sound at the hands of an ever-gro

The Unthanks: Songs from The Shipyards

Northumberland-based folk band The Unthanks will be in Sheffield performing their live soundtrack to internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ric…

Northumberland-based folk band The Unthanks will be in Sheffield performing their live soundtrack to internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ric

Filmreel Doc/Fest 2013 Previews.

Doc/Fest is upon us once more, and this year is set to be one of the most remarkable in the history of this conglomeration of distant voices…

Doc/Fest is upon us once more, and this year is set to be one of the most remarkable in the history of this conglomeration of distant voices

Snooker City: The World Championships

Crucible – (noun) A place or occasion of severe test or trial. The World Snooker Championships drew to a close this year for the 37th time …

Crucible – (noun) A place or occasion of severe test or trial.

The World Snooker Championships drew to a close this year for the 37th time 

Live / stage review Sleeping Beauty at the Lyceum.

After premiering in London back in December, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty finally hit Sheffield last month. This new production complete…

After premiering in London back in December, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty finally hit Sheffield last month. This new production complete

Wild Food and Foraging.

You’ve probably got ground elder growing between the cracks of your yard. I noticed it before, but never thought of eating it until my hous…

 You’ve probably got ground elder growing between the cracks of
your yard. I noticed it before, but never thought of eating it until my
hous

New Model Army / Public Service Broadcasting / Ghosting Season...

Plug. 11th May. Reviewer – Edward Russell-Johnson. There are a lot of bands who are said to defy description, but New Model Army is up ther…

Plug.
11th May.

Reviewer – Edward Russell-Johnson.
There are a lot of bands who are said to defy description, but New
Model Army is up ther

Listings: Hosted by Cool Beans & Puzzled

And finally, after months of snow, rain, woollen jumpers and bitter cold – came the 3 day burst of sunshine that so oft constitutes the Brit…

And finally, after months of snow, rain, woollen jumpers and bitter cold – came the 3 day burst of sunshine that so oft constitutes the Brit