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Issue 73 April 2014

Six years on and we’re still here. I know I do this every April, but I have to extend a huge thanks to everyone who has helped Now Then become what it is in any capacity. We’re certainly not resting on our laurels, but milestones like this give us a chance to reflect on what we do, and we can’t help but acknowledge that the Now Then family extends far further than our office walls.

Once again, to celebrate the occasion we have commissioned a pale ale from Abbeydale Brewery, quite simply called Now Then. Keep an eye out for it in April and May and read more in this month’s Favourites section.

I’m really pleased with the words in this issue and it’s a great pleasure to feature the art of Kid Acne again after so many years. As ever, get in touch with me if you have an opinion or want to get involved with the magazine.

This month’s mix comes from Alex Keegan of local promoters Bat Makumba. Check out their nights down at the Audacious Art Space for more eclecticism.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Energy Efficiency in the City

Is Sheffield really a green city? Apart from the trees, it's only pale green, with promises of eco-improvements to come. Let's face it, most…

Is Sheffield really a green city? Apart from the trees, it's only pale green, with promises of eco-improvements to come. Let's face it, most

Local Trade: A Manifesto for Sheffield’s Independent Traders

Now Then supports local, independent businesses. There are good value-based reasons for this position. In a world that is ever more commodif…

Now Then supports local, independent businesses. There are good value-based reasons for this position. In a world that is ever more commodif

Visionary Enterprise: Alive and Well?

Why would anyone put the Manor area of the city, a free Sheffield online listings service and an acoustic music night in Heeley together? In…

Why would anyone put the Manor area of the city, a free Sheffield online listings service and an acoustic music night in Heeley together? In

Stewart Lee Behind The Wheel of the Comedy Vehicle

The 'comedian's comedian', known for his unusual stage craft, talks about the third series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, his approach to stand-up, and how turning up to a photoshoot looking like he's been punched in the face works for him.

Bread: Artistry vs Survival

“I have a real problem with foodie culture,” Harry said to me. “I see people who are just scraping by, and it really offends me that good fo…

“I have a real problem with foodie culture,” Harry said to me. “I see people who are just scraping by, and it really offends me that good fo

Soft Power: State-manufactured pop and space exploration

The Chinese state, wishing to increase its ‘soft power’ - as opposed to the ‘hard power’ of economic and military strength - is trying to cr…

The Chinese state, wishing to increase its ‘soft power’ - as opposed to the ‘hard power’ of economic and military strength - is trying to cr

Curry.

They say Chicken Tikka Masala is the UK’s favourite dish. Although many refute the authenticity of that particular dish, curries have certai…

They say Chicken Tikka Masala is the UK’s favourite dish. Although many refute the authenticity of that particular dish, curries have certai

Kid Acne: Return of the Stabby Women

Kid Acne first graced our pages in December 2008, our humble first year as a magazine. Since then we have changed – we like to think for the…

Kid Acne first graced our pages in December 2008, our humble first year as a magazine. Since then we have changed – we like to think for the

Sound The Songs of Joseph Mather.

Joseph Mather is a name that all Sheffielders should know. He was a file cutter in the late eighteenth century who supplemented his meagre e…

Joseph Mather is a name that all Sheffielders should know. He was a file cutter in the late eighteenth century who supplemented his meagre e

Listings: Hosted by Cool Beans

Springtime. For Now Then. And everybody! Ah yes, the sun really brings out the best in everyone doesn’t it? Unless you’re one of those winte…

Springtime. For Now Then. And everybody! Ah yes, the sun really brings out the best in everyone doesn’t it? Unless you’re one of those winte

Headsup Fourth City.

Fourth City is all about supporting local up-and-coming musicians and artists. Formed and run by friends Mat Hume and Chris Pick, who handle…

Fourth City is all about supporting local up-and-coming musicians and artists. Formed and run by friends Mat Hume and Chris Pick, who handle

Photography: Moments in Monochrome

Train your eyes on what is not immediately obvious and the stories start to appear. Shalesmoor has two meandering axes. One in Scotland Str…

Train your eyes on what is not immediately obvious and the stories start to appear.

Shalesmoor has two meandering axes. One in Scotland Str

Now Then 6: Lovingly made by Abbeydale Brewery

To celebrate our sixth year as a publication we have once again teamed up with Sheffield's Abbeydale Brewery to release a crisp 4.1% pale al…

To celebrate our sixth year as a publication we have once again teamed up with Sheffield's Abbeydale Brewery to release a crisp 4.1% pale al

Shield Patterns / Roots / Oliver Wilde / Grizzlyfest + more.

4 March Rude Shipyard The Shipyard excels at this kind of gig – close, intimate, very human. First up is Sheffield’s Phoneutrian, purveyor o…

4 March
Rude Shipyard
The Shipyard excels at this kind of gig – close, intimate, very human. First up is Sheffield’s Phoneutrian, purveyor o

Mr Scruff: Keeping It Unreal with Andy Carthy

Andy Carthy began releasing music under the Mr Scruff moniker in the mid 90s after starting out as a DJ in 1994. His second album, Keep It U…

Andy Carthy began releasing music under the Mr Scruff moniker in the mid 90s after starting out as a DJ in 1994. His second album, Keep It U

Filmreel Right/Wrong Man For The Job

Of all the intrinsic problems the film industry suffers from, few compare to that of a task being given to the wrong individual. Examples o…

 Of all the intrinsic problems the film industry suffers from, few compare to that of a task being given to the wrong individual. Examples o

Filmreel The Grand Budapest Hotel

There are many elements that make a film Wes Anderson’s. Regularly labelled as ‘quirky’ or ‘peculiar’, his attention to detail in his filmog…

There are many elements that make a film Wes Anderson’s. Regularly labelled as ‘quirky’ or ‘peculiar’, his attention to detail in his filmog