Culture Diary w/c 09-12-13

It's a good day to Die Hard on Sunday.

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK…

Tuesday – Muscle Shoals 6pm @ FACT, ticket prices vary

Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James; just a remarkable handful of the celebrated names to have recorded at FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Director Greg Camalier tells the story in his debut feature with a succession of interviews from a rich array of the stars who’ve called the studio home over the years.

Wednesday – New Order: British Art Today II @ Saatchi Gallery (London SW3 4RY), FREE

The second part of Saatchi’s — he who launched the YBAs — showcase for young British artists opens this week, but will it have any of the passion of previous shows? With reviews of the first installment ranging from ‘lacklustre‘ (Standard) to ‘nifty‘ (Telegraph), it’s probably best to remain open-minded. Look out for sculpture from Nicolas Deshayes and Sara Baker, photographs from Alejandro Guigarro and Dominic from Luton, and video from Greta Alfaro.

Thursday – Office of Useful Art: Remodelling Disparity 1pm @ Tate Liverpool, FREE

A working office and classroom in the middle of current fourth-floor Tate Liverpool exhibition, Art Turning Left (read our review), the Office of Useful Art’s job is to reintroduce usefulness and usership back into artistic practice. Enter artist Ailie Rutherford who, in Remodelling Disparity, will run a workshop using everyday materials to create models highlighting global inequality.

Office of Useful Art: Remodelling disparity, Thursday

Festive Fantasia 1pm til late @ The Kazimier Garden, £7.50

Feasts of Fantasia is essentially a themed Christmassy banquet; “a twisted interpretation” of the season with roaring fire, food, mince pies, drink and good company. Expect artistic interventions an surprises from the Kazimier team.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life PV 6-9pm @ FACT, FREE

It is no surprise that the working day for just about everyone has changed dramatically in the last few decades. FACT’s new exhibition attempts to analyse what we’re doing with our lives, and whether the eight-hour day of work, leisure and rest has been made completely redundant by our obsession with tech. See full preview here.

80p Christmas Party, Friday

Friday – Postmusic present 80p Christmas Party 8pm @MelloMello, 80p (yes we mean 80p)

Our first Christmas Party not only this week, but this year, and it features our favourite Liverpool band, the wonderful psych-folk trio Trouble With Books. It’s also 80p in, it’s got a dance contest, mince pies, four other live bands, and ‘that guy Andy from that band Outfit’ DJing. We defy you to get more fun for your pennies.

Saturday – Mythopoeia 8pm @ the Kazimier £5

Taking its name from a Tolkien poem, Mythopoeia, so we’re told, is a world made of Stealing Sheep’s creation. Featuring Bird, Paddy Steer, the Kazimier Krunk Band, DJ Jacques and collaborations with the Stealing Sheep girls themselves, expect a Christmas shindig with a difference.

Sunday – Die Hard 70mm Screening 5.30pm @ FACT, ticket prices vary

FACT is on a very short list of international cinemas with a working 70mm projector; and luckily for us they’ve managed to hunt down a 70mm version of Die Hard (1988), ensuring ridiculous Xmas-themed explosions, guns and dirty vests. Obvs. We wouldn’t believe you if you said you’ve never seen it before: for those living in a cave for the last 20 years, all you need to know is New York City cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) kicks the ass of terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). Yippee-ki-yay!

Brickface Christmas Party 8pm @ Maguire’s Pizza Bar, £3

Time for Christmas Party Number Two, and perusing the line-up, we stumble upon the best/worst band name ever: Crywank. We think Christmas just died. Never fear: Crywank is actually one guy playing really lovely acoustic ‘anti-folk’ from Manchester. This touring Xmas show of ‘pizza, punx and worshipping satan’ also promises screamo kings We Came Out Like Tigers, and acoustic pop-punk from ONSIND.

Posted on 09/12/2013 by thedoublenegative