Culture Diary w/c 21-10-13


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

Monday – Magic Arm 8pm @ Leaf £5

Described by Iron & Wine’s Samuel Beam as a “master of the loop pedal,” multi-instrumentalist Marc Rigelsford (better known as Magic Arm) is back in Liverpool following a gig earlier this year. Talented and eccentric in equal measure, read our interview with the man himself.

Creepshow 9pm @ FACT

Traditionally celebrated with greater fervour in North America, Hallowe’en is increasingly doing a screaming trade in the UK, hence the proliferation of genre screenings in the run-up to the 31st. George A. Romero directs this five-story anthology from Stephen King’s screenplay.

Tuesday – Pop Art Design @ the Barbican Art Gallery (London) £12

Has a movement ever been more aptly named? The demand for pop art seemingly unquenchable, London’s Barbican Art Gallery is sure to do well out of an exhibition featuring work by some of pop’s leading proponents; expect Peter Blake, Judy Chicago, Richard Hamilton and Roy Lichtenstein. Read our pick of the 10 Essential Exhibitions.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent 7.30pm @ the Liverpool Playhouse £12-£18

Arch provocateur Mark Thomas set out to commit 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the course of a year. In this new ‘does what it says on the tin’ show, Thomas “catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring”.

Wednesday – Deaf School: Paul Du Noyer in Conversation 7.30pm @ the Bluecoat FREE (booking required)

Following the success of his anatomy of a city’s pop-culture in Liverpool: Wondrous Place, Paul Du Noyer turns his attention to Deaf School, a band he considers “An artistic success and not a commercial failure”. Here he discusses his new book, Deaf School: The Non Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party, with the Bluecoat’s artistic director and Deaf School aficionado Bryan Biggs.

Thursday – Peter Hook & The Light 7pm @ East Village Arts Club £22.50

Last month’s Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked proved tampering with canonical music doesn’t have to result in a crime. Co-founder of the Salford miserabilists, Peter Hook turns his attention to that band’s aftermath, performing New Order’s albums Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies.

Friday – Riot Jazz: Liverpool Launch 8pm @ the Kazimier £8

A nine-piece self-described ‘aggro-jazz brass ensemble’, Riot Jazz serve up an intoxicating mix of funk, soul, hiphop and aggressive jazz. Don’t take our word for it, however, the Guardian agrees: “It would take a hard heart indeed to watch one of these troupes playing live and not want to join the parade.”

The Typing Man

Saturday – The Typing Man 11am @ the Bluecoat and Liverpool Central Library FREE

Shortlisted in Mslexia’s International Short Story awards in 2012, A. T. Boyle’s The Typing Man celebrates its launch with a day of performances and workshops featuring the author, translator Gul Turner and Mercy’s Nathan Jones.

British Gothic Double Bill 8.30pm @ the Cornerhouse (Manchester)

Well we did mention a proliferation of horror screenings! Dovetailing nicely with Monday’s Creepshow and the BFI’s Gothic season, the Cornerhouse gets in on the act with this double-bill of Hammer’s Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing-starring Dracula and Jacques Tourneur’s digitally remastered tale of witchcraft, Night of the Demon.

Sunday – Efterklang 7.30pm @ the Kazimier £12

Did somebody say Scandinavian post-rock? Around for a smidgen over a decade, three-piece Efterklang have ridden a mazy career progression taking in four studio albums and a couple of labels. Now ensconced at 4AD, the Danish meisters return to Liverpool with 2012′s Piramida up their sleeves.

Posted on 21/10/2013 by thedoublenegative