What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK…
Tuesday – Exhibition Opening: Immaculate Confection: Works By Darrell Hawkins @ Saatchi Gallery, London – FREE
Showcasing works from his extensive oeuvre plus a host of newly commissioned pieces, cutting-edge contemporary artist Darrell Hawkins carefully chronicles contemporary life in his dazzling kaleidoscopic colour prints. Capturing the rhythms of nature in abstract form, we are confronted with the bizarre and randomness of life.
Exhibition Opening: Everything Is Architecture: Bau Magazine From The 60s And 70s 6.30-8.30pm @ Institute Of Contemporary Art (ICA), London – £1 Day Membership
The Vienna-based architectural magazine, Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning, became one of the most influential platforms for new ideas in architecture, and is now taking centre stage in this major presentation exhibition. Featuring some of the most influential Austrian architects and artists of the period – incuding Hans Hollein, Walter Pichler, Günther Feuerstein and Gustav Peichl, plus a display of original issues of the magazine – we are exposed to a view of architecture that moves beyond the mere utilitarian concrete structures that we are used to and instead utilised in the world of politics and art.
Wednesday – Last Chance To See: SCOUSE HOUSE 12-5pm @ SYSON Project Space, Nottingham — FREE
On until Friday, and curated by pop-up art space MODEL Liverpool, don’t be fooled by the tongue-in-cheek title — Scouse House features the work of some of Liverpool’s best and brightest contemporary artists. Including award-winning and emerging practitioners — Rosalind Nashashibi, Imogen Stidworthy, Catrin Davies & Lewis Wright, Emily Speed, Gregory Herbert, Joe Fletcher Orr among them — expect a serious show of skill and ambition.
Blues Pills 7pm @ O2 Academy, Liverpool – £13.50
This eclectic American-French-Swedish four piece tonight take to the stage in Liverpool as part of a small smattering of UK dates – including Maidstone, Sheffield and Belfast – in July (see here for details). Creating an intense rock atmosphere in their live performances, expect driving bass lines and raucous guitar riffs that hark back to music greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
Thursday – Cheap Thrills Presents Enter The Dragon (1973) 7.30-9.30pm @A Small Cinema, Liverpool – £5
The entire uncut version of a martial arts classic? With drive-in adverts and martial arts trailers? Yes please! Tonight, the legend that is Bruce Lee plays a Shaolin martial arts trainer whose participation in a fighting tournament leads to the thrilling investigation of criminal activity. Featuring mesmerising fast-action sequences and an epic soundtrack, it’s no wonder Enter the Dragon is considered to be one of (if not THE) greatest martial arts film of all time.
Friday – Mystery Train (1989) 6.30-9pm @ Metal, Liverpool – FREE
‘A trilogy of off-beat, beat-besotted tales, shot in gorgeous colour’ (Time Out): in Jim Jarmusch’ s crime drama – featuring a stellar cast including Steve Buscemi, Joe Strummer and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – we encounter the very different stories of a Japanese couple, an Italian woman and an English ‘Elvis’ whose lives are woven together through the seedy Memphis hotel in which they stay.
Happenstance With Galvanize Ensemble 7.30-9.30pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — £5/£4
Inspired by the surreal and seemingly random parlour game, Exquisite Corpse, Happenstance is the latest original project from collaborative and creative ensemble Galvanize. Featuring improvised music by the ensemble, and works by artists including Tansy Davies, Helen Papaioannou, Paul Fretwell, Laurie Anderson, and John Cage, we experience a series of related and unrelated performances in which the unrelenting hand of chance plays centre stage.
Saturday – FestEvol 2015: Part 1 3pm til late @ The Kazimier, Liverpool – Day Ticket £15/Weekend Pass £25
Returning for its fourth year, FestEvol 2015 brings us another celebratory year of Merseyside music — and by the look of the line-up we’re in for a treat. Featuring performances from the likes of Dave McCabe & The Ramifications, The Sundowners, The Vryll Society, We Are Catchers, Edgar Summertyme Jones, Silent Sleep, Jennifer Davies, Go Fiasco, Seprona, Sophie Anderson; plus a plethora of secret guests, audio visual artists and DJs that will make for a totally immersive experience. Catch Part 2 next Saturday, 8 August.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Sunday – Last Day: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty @ Victoria & Albert Museum, London – £16
This is the last chance to see the largest retrospective to date of one of the most influential designers of the century — and to make sure you don’t miss out, this final weekend will include round-the-clock opening. From McQueen’s 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, his imaginative and visionary creations have been inspired by romantic naturalism to gothic. What always prevails is the sense of drama and spectacle that has become synonymous with his work.
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