Culture Diary w/c 24-08-2015

Andy Warhol (1928–1987), still from Outer and Inner Space, 1965. Courtesy

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

Monday – BBC Four Goes Pop: A Week-Long Celebration of Pop Art @ BBC Four, Radio and Online — FREE

What a way to start the week. Championing all things Pop, meet Andy Warhol’s friends and confidantes (A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol), hear Dr Richard Clay find out why street art has been popular for 30,000 years (A Brief History of Grafitti), and let Alastair Sooke explain why Pop is one of the most important art forms of the 20th century (Soup Cans & Superstars).

Reading Group: Quitting – Stephen Wright/Alex Koch & Brian Holmes 6-7.30pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — FREE

Lead by artist and MODEL co-founder Dave Evans, tonight the topic of conversation is quitting the artworld; inspired, in part, by one of the texts in the Piracy Project Reading Room, currently on exhibition at The Bluecoat. Entitled: There is Nothing Less Passive Than the Act of Fleeing, Evans approaches ”something most artists have thought about (or at least should have)”.

Tuesday – Drawing From The Unconcious: Art Macabre Drawing Salon  7-9pm @ Freud Museum, London — £15/12

Can drawing unlock our unconscious? Part of Freud Museum London’s Festival of The Unconscious, join the excellent Art Macabre team — including live models — to draw surrealist-inspired nightmares and symbolism through sketching exercises, resulting in your own Exquisite Corpse artworks to take home.

Wednesday -- Strange Collective, Ohmns, Bad Meds, The Floormen @ The Kazimier Garden, Liverpool -- £2 OTD

Wednesday – Strange Collective, Ohmns, Bad Meds, The Floormen @ The Kazimier Garden, Liverpool — £2 OTD

What can you get for a measly £2 these days? Not even a pint, right? Or, you can enjoy some ridiculously good mid-week fun from a bunch of the best pop-garage-punk bands in Liverpool. Having seen them smash their live sets at Maguire’s Pizza Bar a few weeks ago (swapping Floormen for Mind Mountain), we can confirm this will be a very good night.

Thursday — Cheap Thrills Presents: Videodrome (1983) 7pm (7.30pm start) @ A Small Cinema Liverpool — £5 + Booking Fee

A sexy sci-fi cult classic from David Cronenberg (The Fly, History of Violence, Naked Lunch), prepare to be grossed out as sleazy TV exec Max Renn (played with glee by James Woods) commissions a new type of programme: Videodrome. As the violence, torture and hallucinations get more and more extreme, the signal’s source finally is revealed… Expect drive-in adverts and horror trailers as a bonus.

Premiere: Syndrome Presents THE HAPPY JUG -- A Play 8pm @ 24 Kitchen Street -- Donation Entry (Booking Required)

PICK OF THE WEEK: Premiere: Syndrome Presents THE HAPPY JUG — A Play 8pm @ 24 Kitchen Street — Donation Entry

The finale of Syndrome’s 2014-15 programme, we’ll be sad to say goodbye to their fusion of experimental arts, music and technologies (more next year guys?), all instigated by Nathan Jones of Mercy and always joined by a fresh set of collaborators. Tonight, the team unveil ‘a post-human drama about brain trauma, thing theory and the general election’; expect words from Jones, music by Kepla set to a motion-tracked, video composition by Simon Jones and Chris Boyd, and concrete and plaster sculptures by Madeline Hall.

Friday – Michael White: Machinery of Violence 7-9pm @ Young Team HQ, London — FREE

The first solo exhibition in London by Glasgow-based artist Michael White, who we last saw at The Royal Standard, expect intriguing new sculptures and prints that explore the artist’s fascination with the intricate social structures of Japanese culture — including textile designs with the form of children’s kimonos.

Basement Jaxx -- Saturday-Sunday -- Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) @ Sefton Park, Liverpool -- FREE

Saturday-Monday — Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) @ Sefton Park, Liverpool — FREE

A massive, free festival in Sefton Park this Saturday, headlined by Basement Jaxx, Laura Mvula, Labrinth and more, this years fest also includes Liverpool, Next Stop New York, a weekend-long exploration of Black American Music and its ties to the city, featuring iconic DJ Greg Wilson; Global Routes Mixtape (Sunday), a celebration of  international electronic music from around the world; and more. Worth checking out the full programme.

Sunday — Northern Art Carbooty 12-5pm @ Ancoats, Manchester — FREE

A Bank Holiday car-boot fair with a difference, Art Carbooty does what it says on the tin: affordable arts and crafts, from the boots of cars, plus live performance, live music (a punk reggae party from DJs pRp), and some tasty refreshments. Good fun.

Laura Robertson (Editor)

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Posted on 24/08/2015 by thedoublenegative