Culture Diary w/c 30-03-2015

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2015)

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

Wednesday — Exhibition Opens: Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 10am-4pm @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park — FREE

Featuring over 40 British sculptors — including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding — who began to enjoy international recognition for their work in the late 1970s and ’80s, this is a real focus on the fantastic breakthroughs in conceptual and performance art.

Thursday – Herostratus (1967) 7.30pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool — £3

Infamous for Helen Mirren’s surreal rubber glove scene, Don Levy’s counter-culture classic follows a young poet (Michael Gothard) as he tries to turn his public suicide attempt into a mass-media spectacle. Part of A Small Cinema programmer Adam Scovell’s Flipside of British Cinema Season, this is a great chance to take a look at the new space. Read our feature on A Small Cinema here.

Bipolar Sunshine 7.30pm @ The Kazimier, Liverpool — £10 ADV

Hopeless romantic? Fancy some ‘luxurious, eclectic indie pop’ (The Telegraph)? Former Kid British singer Adio Marchant continues his solo upward trajectory tonight with a three-piece backing band: expect an electropop/hip hop mash-up and soulful songwriting.

Milk & LIV-BCN Present BEACH BEACH 8pm @ Constellations, Liverpool — £5 ADV

The first fringe gig this year from Liverpool/Barcalona music festival (main event hitting Barca in June and Liverpool in July 2015). A Majorca-based four-piece currently touring their new LP The Sea, expect some good, old fashioned sun-soaked jangle pop. Support from Broken Men, Sankofa, Red Rum Club and A Lovely War, with DJ Sets from Calypso Bo and Fitza Laughter.

Everybody Razzle Dazzle @ River Mersey, Liverpool — FREE

British pop art legend Sir Peter Blake pays tribute this week to the WW1 ‘dazzle’ technique, by redesigning a beloved Liverpool ferry for Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW and Tate Liverpool. You may ask why we need another dazzle ship (Carlos Cruz-Diez had a go last year), but when design is this good, maybe it shouldn’t matter. Check it out for yourself either as an observer on the riverbank or actually on-board — the ferry also plays host to a special archive exhibition. Until Dec 2016.

Everybody Razzle Dazzle @ River Mersey, Liverpool -- FREE

Friday — Ghostpoet 7.30pm @ The Kazimier, Liverpool — £13 ADV

The Mercury Prize-nominated performance poet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, delivers his version of forward-thinking post-hip-hop this week as part of an ongoing European tour (full list of dates and locations here). Promoting a critically acclaimed third album, Shedding Skin, expect a new alt-rock slant.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Saturday – The Storming (Part 1 & 2) by Humberto Vélez @ Cornerhouse, Manchester

Described as a ‘referential mass participation artwork’ by the venue, expect audiences, artists, community groups and DJs from Manchester’s past and present club scenes to storm the much-loved Cornerhouse venue before it heads off to its new HOME (see our feature here).

Tricia Porter: Liverpool Photographs, The Bluecoat, Liverpool -- FREE

Exhibition Opens: Tricia Porter: Liverpool Photographs 10am-6pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — FREE

A little-known collection of documentary black and white photography chronicling the development of the Liverpool 8 area, Porter’s work shows a close and vibrant community that have suffered at the hands of local authorities and developers. As the artist herself says, it’s an attempt to make ”a positive and meaningful statement about my neighbours who had all too often been treated as statistical fodder and sociological phenomena.” Until 5 Jul

The GIT Awards 7pm @ The Kazimier, Liverpool — £5.50 ADV

A celebration of Merseyside’s new music talent from the Get Into This blog, a significant proportion of the excellent shortlist are already signed by Domino, XL and Heavenly Recordings (We Are Catchers, Lapsley and Hooton Tennis Club, respectively). Listen to our GIT 2015 playlist here.

Sunday – The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2015, main picture) 1.45/3pm @ FACT, Liverpool (And Picturehouse Cinemas Nationwide) — £10/8

Described by film critic Mark Kermode as ’a beautiful historical fantasia’, this is the latest from the less-celebrated (at least in the West, anyway) Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. As he is best known for animating the devastating Grave Of The Fireflies (1988), expect a sensitive portrayal of the subject matter — in this case an ancient Japanese fable about a peasant who discovers a miniature girl growing inside a bamboo shoot, rendered in a stunning, washed-out watercolour effect.

Posted on 31/03/2015 by thedoublenegative