Culture Diary w/c 07-10-13

David Hockney at the Walker Art Gallery

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool, London and Manchester…

Monday – The Laboratory presents… #shuttersocial 6.30pm @ District FREE

Are you handy with a smartphone? Or a fully fledged photographer? No matter, if you’re up for an evening of networking with a difference — meeting new people and having a go at making films together — this is up your street. First meet-up is Vine powered.

Drenge 7pm @ East Village Arts Club £9.50

Their appeal being described by the Guardian as ”the classic combination of a ferocious intelligence at the heart of a dumb, potent noise”, the Peak District duo play Liverpool tonight. Expect urgent guitar nodding to Nivana/the Stooges/The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. Listen here.

The Shining, part of the Stephen King Season 8.30pm @ FACT

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” Subject to a thousand references, it’s now hard to tell the difference between Simpsons parodies and what’s actually in the original Kubrick film. Starring Jack Nicholson (on fine form) as a recovering alcoholic father who goes mad from cabin fever in a remote haunted hotel, with Shelley Duvall as his terrified wife and Danny Lloyd as his psychic son.

Tuesday – Upstream Colour 6pm @ FACT

A high-concept sci-fi from the director of Sundance-winning Primer, Shane Carruth. Little White Lies gave it a rare 5/5 – “Elegant, spare, mournful, joyous, affecting, economical, thrilling, frantic, experimental, overwhelming… the list goes on” — the film follows the fate of a couple who have a shared experience, perhaps at the hands of a god-like figure, whose motivations are unclear.

Drenge at East Village

Wednesday – Marking Language Curator’s Tour 6pm @ The Drawing Room (London SE1 5TE) FREE

An informal tour of the exhibition Marking Language with co-director and curator Kate Macfarlane. The exhibition explores the relationship between drawing and written communication in contemporary arts practice; expect beautiful draftsmanship from this specialist gallery, dedicated to ambitious and experimental drawing.

Thursday – The Manchester Weekender @ various locations, various prices

Jeremy Deller, Steve McQueen, Vogue, Manchester District Music Archive, secret gigs, pop-up ‘zines, subcultural football, pedal-powered cinema, gastro tours… The Weekender is back, showcasing the best and most alternative city features, places and people. Dip your toe or throw yourself in headlong; the choice is yours.

The Narrators PV 6pm @ The Royal Standard FREE

A collaboration between The Royal Standard and the Walker Art Gallery, curator Lucy MacDonald has been able to access and select film, video and sound work from the Arts Council Collection. The exhibition aims to look at the ways in which these works “generate and weave alternate narratives and histories around existing objects, archives and collections”. Great chance to see a collection in a completely different environment.

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? 7.15pm @ the Open Eye Gallery £7/£5

Open Eye Gallery presents the UK Premier of Which Way is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetheringtonfollowed by a Q&A with director Sebastian Junger and producer James Brabazon. It is a fine addition to a powerful, moving exhibition; read Chris Fagan’s reflections on the show here.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday – David Hockney: Early Reflections @ the Walker Art Gallery FREE

We’ve been excited about this for a while. A new exhibition of Hockney’s early paintings and prints, from his Royal College of Art days to LA, “chart the development of Hockney’s style and subject matter during the swinging 1960s and into the following decade.” Part of Homotopia Festival 2013.

Saturday  Manchester Print Fair 0.6 12-5pm @ 2022NQ FREE

An indy art & design event with a great reputation amongst artists, designers and illustrators, the aim is to peruse and buy all manner of limited edition artwork, from books to tea towels. See over 35 stalls manned by The Modernist, Corridor8, Textbook Studio, Generic Greeting Collective alongside individuals from around the north.

Sunday – Endless Boogie 6.30pm @ The Continental (Preston) £12

Having Steve Malkmus as a fan (their first show was opening for Malkmus at the Bowery Ballroom in 2001, and played the 2010 Pavement ATP) can only be a good thing. The New York quartet jam band are described by The Quietus as “grizzled East Coast heads that play fucked up rock & roll long and slow”. Support from space-rockers Mugstar, “psychedelic hillbillies” Ten Benson, and 12 Mars Bars (mystery). We’re there.

Posted on 07/10/2013 by thedoublenegative