Culture Diary w/c 10-09-12

Monday – Vertigo 1.40pm @ FACT

It was revealed in the September issue of Sight & Sound magazine that, after an unbroken half century of hegemony, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane had lost top spot in its greatest films of all time poll. The film that eventually toppled Kane from its perch was Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which has been closing the gap over the last three decades. Now’s a good time to find out why.

Tuesday – Sleepy Sun 7.30pm @ The Kazimier £10

In June 2009, San Francisco’s Sleepy Sun burst onto the scene with their hazy psyche-strewn debut, Embrace. Since then, they’ve lost front-woman Rachel Fannan but  added another couple of albums, including the latest, Spine Hits, from earlier in the year … full preview.

Wednesday – Stravinsky’s Firebird 7.30pm @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall £13 – £36

A stirring launch of the new season at the Phil (including getting the year-long celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes underway) is guaranteed. Chief conductor of the orchestra, Vasily Petrenko, is once again paired with the virtuoso Macedonian pianist, Simon Trpčeski. Bravo!

Thursday – Jethro Fox: Blinding Light single launch 6pm @ The Kazimier Garden, FREE

LIPA graduate, Jethro Fox (who only played his first show in April this year), has had a good few months. On the back of picking up a label (Tough Love) and recording a session at Maida Vale for Steve Lamacq in June, this Thursday sees the launch of his single Blinding Light. It’s a slice of sophisticated and life affirming pop which nicely marks the end of summer. Look out for an interview with Jethro later this week.

Friday – Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail 7.30pm @ Anglican Cathedral, FREE

Opening night for this year’s Liverpool Biennial launches with a free UK premier, and you’re in for a treat. 100 guitarists and 8 bassists will join punk/minimalist composer Rhys Chatham and his team in a performance in the cavernous setting of our biggest cathedral. Known for (but rarely performing) his avant-garde ‘guitar orchestra’ compositions, Chatham’s performance could be the event of the year. Miss this at your peril.

Saturday – Liverpool Biennial, venues across the city, FREE

As we said in our Biennial Highlights article a few weeks ago, this massive arts festival (running for ten weeks) offers such a huge bill of artists, artworks and interventions, it can be hard to know where to begin. Oded Hirsch’s The Lift and Elmgreen & Dragset’s But…I’m on the guest list too! can already be seen in Liverpool ONE. Keep watch for our pick of the the many events and talks on offer in our Culture Diary.

Sunday – Liverpool Philharmonic Open Day 11am, FREE, booking required for events in the Rodewald Suite

As part of Hope Street Feast The Phil opens its doors for free performances from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Other highlights include the Liverpool Philharmonic  Youth Orchestra and leader of the RLPO cello section Jonathan Aasgaard, and Mike Neary on piano play Before I Forget, in a tribute to Jon Lord.

Posted on 10/09/2012 by thedoublenegative