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Issue 97 April 2016

We are continually humbled when another year passes and we’re still here. It’s been a long journey for us – starting out without any background or experience in publishing, learning from our mistakes and building Now Then from the ground up. But it’s not over. We want to carry on meeting new people, forming new partnerships, doing good work and telling the stories of Sheffield better. If you want to join us, get in touch.

The Festival of Debate is in full swing and continues this month and next. Take a look at page 34 for the lowdown. My recommendations are Nigel Slack’s event on next month’s ‘all out’ Council election (14 Apr, Town Hall), the EU Referendum panel discussion (20 Apr, St Mary’s Church) and the talk from Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell (21 Apr, SU), who is interviewed in this issue. Abbeydale Brewery are also kindly brewing us another festival beer, Why Not Give A Toss?, which will be available soon at all fine establishments in the city.

We are pleased to be featuring the work of internationally renowned visual artist Bridget Riley. Get yourself down to her exhibition, Venice and Beyond, Paintings 1967-1972, which runs at Graves Gallery until 25 June.

And to everyone who has been involved with Now Then in any way since we started out: thank you.

This month’s mix via The Night Train. You can catch their show on SheffieldLive radio on Thursday nights.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Freedom of the press-gang

“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because yo…

“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because yo

Foodhall: A New Kind of Public Space

We live in a globalised world, but despite being the most connected generation ever, cooking and eating communally has become harder. The mo…

We live in a globalised world, but despite being the most connected generation ever, cooking and eating communally has become harder. The mo

Sheffield Pound : A New Currency For Sheffield

How much money spent in Sheffield stays within the city? We’re witnessing continued privatisation of our city centre, with plans to continue…

How much money spent in Sheffield stays within the city? We’re witnessing continued privatisation of our city centre, with plans to continue

Steve Bell: Political Cartoonist Comes To Sheffield

Steve Bell is a cartoonist best known for his regular work published in The Guardian, beginning in 1981 with the strip If…, which he continu…

Steve Bell is a cartoonist best known for his regular work published in The Guardian, beginning in 1981 with the strip If…, which he continu

Eat Your Greens

Recipe by Charley Roberts, The Incredible Nutshell Serves 2 2 portions of pasta 200-240g spinach 4 veggie sausages 3 garlic cloves A …

 Recipe by Charley Roberts, The Incredible Nutshell
 Serves 2
2 portions of pasta
 200-240g spinach
 4 veggie sausages
 3 garlic cloves 
 A 

Live / stage review Sheffield Theatres / Pif-Paf / Stage Listings

Pif-Paf are a genre-blending outdoor theatre company based in Sheffield. If you've seen a steampunk bicycle with wings and a front propelle…

 Pif-Paf are a genre-blending outdoor theatre company based in Sheffield. If you've seen a steampunk bicycle with wings and a front propelle

Cool Beans April Fool / Wine Notes #3

APRIL FOOL Dear Advice Arnold, I am a 54 year old woman from East Hampshire. I enjoy dog walking and used to enjoy the music of Rolf Harri…

APRIL FOOL

Dear Advice Arnold,

I am a 54 year old woman from East Hampshire. I enjoy dog walking and used to enjoy the music of Rolf Harri

Festival of Debate : Why not give a toss?

This year’s Festival of Debate spring season is well and truly underway. With 40 events planned for this spring, and April and May being the…

This year’s Festival of Debate spring season is well and truly underway. With 40 events planned for this spring, and April and May being the

Sound The importance of improvisation

Music in our schools is important now more than ever. Our children deserve to experience all the depth and richness of a musical education, …

Music in our schools is important now more than ever. Our children deserve to experience all the depth and richness of a musical education, 

Wet Nuns & Guests / The Altered Hours

5 March Academy The tragic news of Alexis Gotts' death in November 2014 hit Sheffield a lot harder than he probably would have ever imagine…

5 March
 Academy
The tragic news of Alexis Gotts' death in November 2014 hit Sheffield a lot harder than he probably would have ever imagine

Bibio: A Mineral Love

Even after more than a decade as a recording artist with Mush and now Warp Records, West Midlander Stephen Wilkinson crafts sounds that rema…

Even after more than a decade as a recording artist with Mush and now Warp Records, West Midlander Stephen Wilkinson crafts sounds that rema

Headsup Wrought Festival

Wrought Festival will happen from 15 to 17 April at The Hide, Scotland Street. The basis of Wrought is one-to-one and micro-audience perform…

Wrought Festival will happen from 15 to 17 April at The Hide, Scotland Street. The basis of Wrought is one-to-one and micro-audience perform

Filmreel High-Rise and Full Bins / Listings

Rowing Against the Current in Austerity Britain With echoes not just of Crash (Cronenberg’s J G Ballard adaptation), but of Videodrome, D…

 Rowing Against the Current in Austerity Britain 

With echoes not just of Crash (Cronenberg’s J G Ballard adaptation), but of Videodrome, D

Bridget Riley: This Month's Featured Artist

The art of Bridget Riley has been so assimilated by contemporary culture that it's easy to underestimate the groundbreaking abstract work sh…

The art of Bridget Riley has been so assimilated by contemporary culture that it's easy to underestimate the groundbreaking abstract work sh