Culture Diary w/c 13-08-12

Tuesday – Happy 8.30pm @ The Lantern Theatre £5

Can true happiness exist in a world governed by sin? This is the question posed by Bosnian playwright Igor Memic’s new play, Happy (pictured), stopping off for this one-night only preview at The Lantern Theatre before premiering at the Edinburgh Festival later this month. Set in a society where happiness is bought and sold in bottles, the play comes with a warning that audiences won’t know whether to “laugh, cry, or be sick”. To say we’re intrigued is an understatement.

Wednesday – The Cosmic Dead vs The Left Hand 8pm @ Mello Mello £3

Described by The Skinny as being “so involved in their art that they might well have been playing in outer space for all they notice the open-mouthed cluster of spectators blown like trees in a gale”, The Cosmic Dead bring their brand of psychedelic rock with them from Glasgow to Mello Mello where they will converge with Liverpool’s own The Left Hand. Expect some major – and not unimpressive – riffage from these guys.

Thursday - King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 6pm @ FACT

A tale of good versus evil, cloak and dagger shenanigans and massive nerds, King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters captures for posterity (and our viewing amazement) what happened when a virtual unknown in the world of competitive video-gaming dared challenge the hegemony of that world. SEE THIS FILM.

Friday – Blind Monk Trio 9pm @ The Caledonia

The Caledonia has long had a reputation for attracting and showcasing bands performing various genres, from blue-grass to swamp blues. One of its strongest suits however is jazz, and this Friday sees yet another example of this when the cozy local welcomes Bob Whittaker’s Blind Monk Trio. Playing classical chordless jazz, expect original work and “hard swinging arrangements” from these coolest of cats.

Saturday - Oggcamp: a Free Culture Unconference 10am @ LJMU Art & Design, 2 Duckinfield Streert FREE 

A two day (Saturday and Sunday) event celebrating free software and free culture, Oggcamp brings together “developers, artists, hackers and community heroes to share ideas, collaborate, educate and hopefully entertain”. Launching in 2009, this, the fourth Oggcamp, is open to anyone interested in learning something new, and with delegates from the likes of Raspberry Pi and Google, it’s an opportunity to mingle with and learn from people well-placed in the industry.

Evelyn Glennie 7.30pm @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall £20, £22.50, £27.50

Odds are, you caught a snippet of Evelyn Glennie’s renowned, innovative percussion a couple of weeks back, featuring on Underworld’s bit during the Olympic opening ceremony. This Saturday provides an unmissable opportunity to catch her centre stage, with a TED-style talk from the Dame herself thrown in for good measure. That she is “the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist”, is a feat in itself, one made even more remarkable when you remember that Glennie has been deaf since the age of 12.

Sunday – Bonnie and Clyde 6pm @ FACT

Starring Warren Beatty (Clyde Barrow) and Faye Dunaway (Bonnie Parker) as the titular, principle players in the infamous ‘Barrow Gang’, this 1967, somewhat romanticised view of their exploits nonetheless garnered critical acclaim and awards success (winning two academy awards). Considered by many to be an important part of modern Hollywood’s heritage, Bonnie and Clyde continues to impress.


Posted on 13/08/2012 by thedoublenegative