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Entertainment, Restaurants and Bars in Leicester

Mark Harris

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The diversity of ethnicities and cultures in Leicester makes it one of the most varied and vibrant cities in the country. The substantive Asian community has brought with it many interesting events which the city enjoys supporting. Complements the traditional Christian festivals Leicester now also celebrates festivals such as Holi, Diwali, Eid-ul-Fitr and of course the Chinese New Year.

Bars and Pubs:
Part due to it having two large airports close by the city center, Leicester city's bars and clubs are numerous and give a thriving and pulsating feeling to it. Bar and club names can change quite frequently, but this helps to keep the sense of vibrancy in the city in that there is always something new on offer. The Firebug is probably as complete a pub experience as you can get anywhere. The NME student guide for 2005 described it as "A real find for blinding food, beer, tough pub quizzes and lots of live music." Here there is food to complement the 157 drinks lines that sell, regular live music, access to 'WiFi' through the concessions and Pub Quizzes. Firebug is on Millstone Lane between the Council Offices and the old Town Hall. The Bambu, on the Welford Road below the Council Offices, describes itself as a relaxing café lounge bar blending mystery and sophistication without pretence. The Aqualounge on Wellington Street, more or less opposite the Council Offices is a bar, club and restaurant on 3 floors in one building, with Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights being the club nights. Moving away from the area around the Council offices, in Braunstone Gate, there's the Loaf which styles itself as a pub to 'loaf around in', slow-down, have a drink and let the world go by. If you want a traditional city center pub, then head for the Globe on Silver Street. Built in 1720 it serves fine draft ales, decent food and has a warm and charming atmosphere.

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There is in Leicester what is known as the 'Golden Mile' of Asian food, to which people are drawn from miles around for a truly authentic Asian eating experience. The Golden Mile is centred along the Belgrave Road, leading north out of the city from the Haymarket bus station. Some people would say the nearest to the bus station a place is, the better the restaurant will be. Friends is an award winning Tandoori restaurant with main courses ranging from only £ 5 to £ 12. Nearby is Sanjay's Curry Pot which specializes in the Indian / Portuguese cuisine of the Goa region in India. It is one of the oldest established Asian restaurants in Leicester; prices for a main course are typically between £ 5 and £ 13. Moving away from the Belgrave Road and into the city center, there is the Opera House, which is by the Cathedral in Guildhall Lane. This is well known for its imaginative menus and the sumptuous building in which it is housed. Alongside the market in Hotel Street is The Case, another stylish and contemporary restaurant, which also has a champagne bar in which you can order snacks and light meals. Although technically a bar and restaurant, Mobius, on Braunstone Gate, serves an excellent mix of Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. It's a relaxing place to eat and produces authentic flavors for the regional food it produces by using only the best produce.

Entertainment:

The De Montfort Hall is probably the best known venue Leicester has, almost a 'trade-mark' venue for the city. Built in 1913 and recently refurbished, it can accommodate an audience of 1500 imprisoned or up to 2200 standing. As well as the indoor hall there is an outdoor amphitheater that can house up to 5000. It has played host to classical, jazz, blues, folk, rock and pop music as well as being a venue for touring musical shows. In recent years it has also been increasingly used for conferences and exhibitions.

The Haymarket theater in Leicester was one of the well known repertory theaters in the country. Closed at present, a new theater is currently being built on Halford Street which is due to open in spring 2007. However, complications in the building program look as if that opening date will now be postponed.

The Phoenix Arts Center on Newarke Street is a small community venue providing a wide variety of entertainments. It is mainly used for showing films and hosting touring comedy and musical acts. However, it can also be used for theatrical plays and musical productions. There is, of course, a café / bar, which also hosts musical performances.

For live music, apart from at the De Montfort Hall, The Charlotte on Oxford Street is probably the largest and best known. A fledgling Oasis played here many years ago! This is the venue in Leicester where you'll first see the up and coming 'Indie' bands.

There are currently some 13 nightclubs to choose from in Leicester. Worth mentioning here is the Po Na Na, which apart from its interesting name, is well known for being the place to go for Funk and House music. Two floors with two separate sound systems make this a savvy and party spirited place to be. Po Na Na is in Carey Close near the Jewry Wall.

Leicester has three comedy clubs; Jongleurs (Granby Street), Ship of Fools (using a variety of stages including the Phoenix Arts Center, and Bottle Rocket (at the Firebug bar).


Source by Susan Ashby

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It was only recently that Cameron James Wilson revealed that Shudu was entirely computer-generated, with her followers previously under the impression that she was a real person.

Shudu Gram, is the world’s first ever digital supermodel! She has attracted tens of thousands of eyes for being the unique concept and there are positives but there is also criticism ranging as to a white man focused on a racist concept.

With a blink of an eye, a new trend has come up.

Nevertheless, the concept definitely deserves enlightenment.

Cameron James Wilson is a 28-year old white British photographer based in London. He’s spent the last years working within the fashion sector and has made a name for himself as a beauty, fashion and celebrity photographer.

The successful photographer taught himself how to create three-dimensional art online, which is how Shudu Gram was conceived.

Wilson told Refinery 29

“Basically Shudu is my creation, she’s my art piece…” He also went on to say

“She is not a real model, unfortunately, but she represents a lot of the real models of today. There’s a big kind of movement with dark skin models, so she represents them and is inspired by them.”

Although a cool concept some worry that Wilson’s monetization of the new “Dark Skin fetish” seen in media is one that stems in a deep history of social injustice.

Rihanna’s cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty, even shared a photo of Shudu on their Instagram account that shows her wearing a shade of the makeup line’s lipstick.

People also took to twitter to voice their opinions some saying.

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DVD Entertainment – An Alternative to Television Programming

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DVD entertainment used to be the once a week family ritual Sunday night after dinner when the kids were young. We would clear the table, do the dishes, get everyone comfy on the sofa and watch one or two DVD movies the whole family could enjoy … which usually were Disney movies the kids wanted to see. Or see again. There is an unwritten rule that, as a parent, you gotta love Walt Disney.

Now the kids are grown and (mostly) gone and I am too busy Most of the time to sit in front of the television waiting for something interesting to come on. As my time has become more precious to me, television commercials have become an unacceptable annoyance in what should be an absolutely enjoyable time for me to see what I choose to watch without constant program interruptions.

What used to be an infrequent use of DVD entertainment has just become about a mainstay as far as what I watch on television. Although there are a few programs on local network broadcasting I will watch with my husband once in awhile, it is only to spend companionable time with him. The television is rarely turned on when he is away.

While never a fan of commercial television, living in the north woods of Wisconsin when there were only three local channels we could get with extra aluminum foil on the rabbit ears made it easy to ignore the bad in order to have some connection with the outside world . My tolerance for all things annoying was much higher back then as well but there was no way to justify paying for cable television.

When we moved to the Milwaukee area in 1988 we suddenly had a dozen network channels at our disposal without subscribing to cable. And we had two PBS stations to work with. It was a change in lifestyle. PBS offered absolutely great programming for the kids and became much more of a staple for family entertainment than the hideously commercial infested programs on network television. The children were responding to marketing directed toward them and that was both disturbing and difficult to counteract. Once they started school it was impossible.

Early on, purchasing recorded programs on VHS tapes became a way to give the children what we felt was good entertainment without causing too many problems most of the time. There were a few super heroes that managed a try to live vicariously through our son or twice but no serious harm was done. We were all very grateful for that.

It can be hard to tell what devices or triggers are embedded in programs or movies we watch online or on television today. Marketing used to be so much more obvious and straightforward; here is our product, this is what it does, this is how you benefit, now buy it. Today big dollar marketing is based on brain wave patterns, and psychological triggers that are intended to give us a sense of urgency and desire; here is our product which is a very limited edition and only a tiny few are available right now, it will do whatever you must buy it now, you must buy it now buy it now.

Very gradually the children began to see marketing for what it was but they still wanted the products that were marketed to them. This was right at the same time that DVD entertainment became available and we immediately began to convert from VHS to DVD whenever we had the purchasing choice. Local and online DVD rental became a much more frequent and encouraged thing in our house from that point forward if there was nothing interesting to watch on PBS.

When PBS was forced to plead for money on a regular basis instead of showing commercials to pay for their programming, at first I contributed. When the pleading began to happen every few weeks and last for a couple of weeks at a time so messing up any previous viewing schedule I had enjoyed, I stopped watching PBS on a regular basis. I gave up on TV just about completely but I missed my shows. I bought the television shows I wanted to see on DVD! Problem solved.

Today I prefer to watch DVD movies or television shows on DVD so that I can control the marketing instead of having it control my time. More and more DVDs are front loaded with unavoidable interruptions mostly in the form of trailers for other DVDs. It is easy and fun to fast forward through these to get the main menu as quickly as possible. It might even be fun to watch them once, but again I dislike the lack of choice in watching what I want to watch and nothing more.

So even while DVD entertainment is not perfect, it offers one choice of freedom from being forced to end the work of marketing geniuses who target viewers in every program on television. It is also looking more affordable with the next generation of media storage called Blu-ray entering the market as a step up. Eventually Blu-ray will rule the world and DVD entertainment will be a blur in the history books. Progress is good!


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The Problem With Entertainment News Today

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Have you noticed the most recent news today? Have you noticed how much of the important news and issues facing society today are pushed more and more onto the "back burner?" This is because more and more the media is focused on the entertainment industries, rather than "real news." That's both the blessing and the curse for entertainment news today, it becomes good for the entertainment industry and bad for the REAL news industry.

What the major problem with focusing on nothing but entertainment-related "news" is, is the fact that our society is not keeping itself informed about the major issues and current events in our society when they are constantly bombarded with nothing but entertainment industry "news . " The complacency with which most have ALLOWED this to occur is the saddest part of this, because the average person no longer cares about major issues or world events.

And what's even worse is that what television, magazines and internet sources are calling entertainment news today is no longer even "real" news, but merely like a constantly running gossip column. When the highlight of a news piece is what someone bought at a convenience store, what color their hair is today, or whether or not they and their significant other is having problems- that's not news, it's merely gossip.

Not to mention, whenever celebrities are constantly followed around by money-hungry gossip magazine photographers or constantly speculated upon by numerous different persons in the media, their privacy and basic human rights are trampled on. All for the sake of so-called "news."

The average person does not get their face splashed all over the media anytime they buy a gallon of milk, a box of condoms or get a speeding ticket- is it right to force that up celebrities just because they're famous and call it " news? " That is the biggest part of the problem with entertainment news today, things that are not really newsworthy are being reported and discussed as if they were.

What one needs to do, if they're fed up with the lack of newsworthy reporting in the media is to complain to the media companies, newspapers and magazines about the lack of quality news that is being put out by the media companies. If enough people take the initiative and make a stand and demand better news and reporting, then the media will change to give people what they want.

If people do not demand change, and stay complacent about the condition of the news and reporting processes, then entertainment news today will stay as it is, and the media will continue to report on non-newsworthy items such as who ate what for breakfast, how much someone's ridiculously large diamond ring cost, and who got a speeding ticket the night before.


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