Culture Diary w/c 02-07-12

Monday – Milk Maid @ Bumper (call for details – 0151 707 9902) – CANCELLED

The Manchester-based four-piece Milk Maid kicked off a tour last week in support of new album, Mostly No. Hot on the heels of last year’s debut, Mostly No is a continuation of the fuzzy lo-fi which served them so well on Yucca. If you’re looking for a comparison, it makes sense to us that the band, signed to Fat Cat Records, support Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks in a couple of slots next month.

Tuesday – The Found Footage Festival 8.30pm @ The Kazimier £10

The Found Footage Festival, established in New York in 2004 by sometime Onion and Letterman writers Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, is a celebration of discarded, lost and forgotten video gems. Sourced by the pair from car boots and thrift stores, the FFF hits the UK for the first time this year. With the pair hosting at each screening, offering observations, and presumably a little bit of context, we’d like to think of the FFF as North America’s version of an Adam and Joe roadshow.

Wednesday – Tea and Tapestries 2pm @ The Museum of Liverpool FREE

The Liverpool Tapestry, conceived in 2008 to celebrate the city’s year as European Capital of Culture, took two years to complete, and is now on display in the Museum of Liverpool’s Skylight Gallery. Why not pop along for a talk about the tapestry with Gill Roberts of the Embroiderers Guild and a wider look at the People, places and passions exhibition?

Thursday – The Crucible 7.30pm @ the Unity Theatre £10.50 (concessions available)

Written in 1952 by Arthur Miller, The Crucible is ostensibly about the 17th century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. But, in actual fact, Arthur Miller was making a stand. The play was an allegory for McCarthyism (named after Senator Joe McCarthy), during a period when institutions – many of which in the entertainment industry – were dogged by the Republicans for perceived Communist sympathies. At the height of cold-war paranoia, The Crucible was Miller’s comment and critique.

Corridor 8 Issue 3.3 launch 6pm The Sandon Room @ The Bluecoat FREE

Corridor 8, the international journal of contemporary visual arts and writing is back for its third installment of the year. Currently training its focus on the arts scene in the North of England, this edition features novelist Jenny Diski, Northern Art Prize winner Paul Rooney, and an interview with The Free University of Liverpool. At the launch, writer and artist Derek Horton will speak about his experience working on soanyway, the online ‘repository for words, pictures and sounds that tell stories’.

Friday – VOODOOHOP Party 8pm @ Camp and Furnace £5

Recently at Documenta festival in Switzerland and Barcelona’s Sonar, ’Sao Paulo Brazil’s most notorious party‘ comes to Liverpool this week in association with the Brasilica Fringe and EVOL. Promising a tantalising array of music such as Amazonian electronica, rare African and psychedelic world music, Samba Krautrock Dub House and Cabaret Disco Bongo, plus DJIng from local legends Daniel Hunt (Ladytron, UK) and Andrew Ellis (Gold Soundz, UK). If you can drag yourself away from the party, you also get first-look at exhibition Neo-Tropicalism, featuring the work of Adriana Galuppo, Pilantropóv and Kaloan Meenochite.

Saturday – Songwriting Workshop with Mikey Georgeson 11.30am – 3.30pm @The Royal Standard FREE (booking required)

Ever fancied having a song writing lesson from a bone-fide musical legend? Originally developed with Trevor Giles as part of  Critical Practice at Chelsea College of Art & Design, artist Mikey Georgeson (aka David Devant & His Spirit Wife, Mr Solo) invites you to rev up your creative engine, explore ideas and write a song. Booking required.

Sunday – The Incredibles 11.30am @ FACT

Director Brad Bird, previously of The Simpsons and The Iron Giant, won two Oscars and a BAFTA in 2004 for this Pixar outing. The story revolves around a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers in pursuit of a ‘normal’ family life. A perfect Sunday charmfest, and a refreshing counterpoint to a (nother) summer of brooding super heroism from Batman and Spiderman, to name but two.

Posted on 02/07/2012 by thedoublenegative