Culture Diary w/c 23-09-13


Monday – Christine 9pm @ FACT

We must admit to having sidestepped last week’s start of Stephen King season at FACT. Being that it began its run with recent Frank Darabont turkey, The Mist, you’ll forgive us that. Things get going properly tonight though with John Carpenter’s 1983 adaptation of Christine, a ripping yarn taking in teen mythology and possession by car. Obviously.

Tuesday  The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 7.30pm @ The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

One of the centrepieces of last year’s Genius of Hitchcock season at the BFI (more of which here), The Lodger gets a welcome run out in the auspicious surroundings of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Focusing on a community gripped by a spate of murders, this 1927 picture stars Ivor Novello as the titular tenant who falls under suspicion. A genuine treat.

Wednesday – Mira Schendel @ Tate Modern £11/£9.50 concs

One of Latin America’s most important and prolific post-war artists, Mira Schendel (who died in 1988) helped reinvent the language of European Modernism in Brazil and Tate Modern is giving her work the full retrospective treatment. Examining Schendel’s dialogues with a diverse range of philosophers and thinkers, it features more than 250 paintings, drawings and sculptures from across her career.

Thursday – Sequence 7pm @ the Kazimier Garden £2 Donation

If you’ve been meaning to go to a Sequence show all summer but haven’t got round to it, this is your last chance. Featuring the cream of Liverpool’s electronic and experimental crop, this last hurrah (at least for 2013) aims to go out with a bang, boasting Bantam Lions, Akasa, Union Jacques and Chiz Turnross.

The Manchester Contemporary @ Spinningfields (Manchester), FREE, booking essential

Billed as ‘The largest fair of critically engaged visual art outside of London’, with more than 20 galleries and art spaces participating (including Aid & Abet, Ceri Hand, International 3 and Contemporary Art Society North), here’s your chance to discover and perhaps invest in early career artists. Affordable artwork will be on sale throughout, with guides to buying and collecting. The private view opens tonight (invite only); exhibitions and guided tours Friday through Sunday.

PICK OF THE WEEK 1: Friday – Future City Forum @ John Lennon Art and Design Building 10am, FREE

In conjunction with Qatar’s Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Liverpool Biennial has programmed two days of events exploring notions and ideas around possible futures of the urban environment. Beginning with the Future City Forum event, with speakers including Tate Liverpool’s artistic director Francesco Manacorda and Culture Liverpool’s director of culture Claire McColgan, it continues on Saturday with expeditions into the history and future of Liverpool and beyond.

Psych Fest

PICK OF THE WEEK 2: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia @ Camp and Furnace / Blade Factory £45/£25/£20

“It’s the sort of thing you have in London or San Francisco,” wrote Bernie Connor of Liverpool Psych Fest in last weekend’s Guardian Guide, going as far as to call the city “the great psychedelic capital of Europe”. That being the case, the likes of Moon Duo, Dead Meadow and Hookworms will only enhance that particular reputation.

Saturday – 3 am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night @ the Bluecoat, FREE

It’s a simple and fascinating starting point for an exhibition, or anything for that matter. Those lost hours beyond twilight we’ve all faced alone and together, lucid or otherwise. In the blurb for new exhibition 3 am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night, the Bluecoat refer to it as “the dread hour”, a time when the “mind falters and slides”. Foreboding stuff, and should the show equal the text, we could have a darkly brilliant exhibition on our hands.

Sunday – Richard Dawson/Ex-Easter Island Head/Trouble With Books 7pm @ Static Gallery £5 (free with Liverpool Psych Fest wristband)

The Quietus described Richard Dawson as “a singer with a voice that’s both gentle barfly croak and Icarus-soaring croon”, continuing “as a guitar player he’s evolved from homespun folk tales to a man whose playing has recently altered into a (possibly) car battery powered finger-picked electric and messy blues”. Make your own mind up this Sunday.

Posted on 23/09/2013 by thedoublenegative