Culture Diary w/c 27-02-2012

Monday 27 – A Clockwork Orange, 8:45pm @ FACT, see site for ticket prices

A Clockwork Orange is Stanley Kubrick’s vision of the 1962 Anthony Burgess novel of the same name, following Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell) and his droogs. Both the novel and film can (and probably must) be read as social commentary, touching on gang culture, political climate and general dystopia in a near-future Britain. Though famously shocking to swathes of audiences on release, it was in fact never banned in the UK, but withdrawn from screening by Kubrick himself until after his death. Now reclassified as an ’18′, it’s fair to say that for many, it’s a must-see.

- A Streetcar Named Desire, 7:30pm @ Liverpool Playhouse, see site for ticket prices

The first Tennessee Williams produced by the playhouse in over 30 years, A Streetcar Named Desire tells the tale of faded southern belle, Blanche Dubois, on the run from her dark past and pitching up in sultry New Orleans. Ostensibly a story of a clash of cultures; Blanche’s old south and her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski’s driving industrial urbanism, it won Williams the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. Now considered a timeless piece of theatre, the Playhouse must have high hopes for the latest from Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz.

On until 10th March

Tuesday 28 – Shake @ The SiNk 9pm – 1am, free

Offering a combination of hip-hop, old skool and Urban, Shake at The Sink has a number of things going for it; boasting tunes from the likes of Public Enemy, the Sugar Hill Gang and Snoop all the way through to Jurassic 5 and the Wu Tang clan, it’s also free entry with hella cheap drinks and two-for-one cocktails. Tuesdays may never be the same again for the student looking for hits and hooch on a school night.

Wednesday 29 – LITTLE DRAGON @ The Kazimier plus very Special Guests, 7.30pm £13.50adv

A band on a fair number of lips ahead of last year’s festival circuit was Little Dragon, and following a winning performance at Glasto, the Swedish electronica outfit have rode that wave with gusto and come out the other side, dragging an adoring public along the way. It’s been no overnight success though. Last year saw the release of third long-player, Ritual Union, from this group comprised of old school friends made good.

Thursday 1 March – everisland: Eye Emma Jedi & The Kabeedies @ The Kazimier 8PM – 1AM, free

It’s tough to beat a free show at a tarted-up Kazimier – if you haven’t been since the refurb, take it from us, it looks ace – but throw into the mix a first time UK spot from Norway’s Eye Emma Jedi, and this Thursday could be the night to pop along. In their own words, they play “energetic, catchy, and progressive indie-rock with a splash of pop.” And you know, they aren’t far from the mark.

Friday 2 – Cracking The Curatorial @ FACT 2-5pm, free

Curating stuff is the new black, right? We all curate, whether it be in the form of publishing our interests to our friends and/or followers on social media, or a playlist such as exists on here. Open Curate It is a FACT led initiative aiming to celebrate and channel this with a series of events and their very own ‘curatorial wall space‘. This Friday sees the first of those events with a seminar and open discussion on Cracking The Curatorial.

Sunday 4 – TEETH OF THE SEA / EYES / FORTUNATUS @ Mello Mello 6-10pm, £3

Teeth of the Sea are described on the Facebook event page for this gig as “mixing up psychedelic, space and post rock elements.” It’s true, they have all of these things in their armoury, but on first listen, they sounded to us like a band projected into the 21st Century who’d been working on a film-noir era Hollywood score; they’re still writing music for their movie, but have caught up on the 21st Century tech somewhere along the way.  This is a good thing. Supported by Eyes and Fortunatus, this is one in a long line of considered gigs brought to us by promoter, Behind The Wall of Sleep.

Posted on 27/02/2012 by thedoublenegative