Culture Diary w/c 28-09-2015

The Bogus Woman 7pm @ Unity Theatre, Liverpool – £12 / £10 Concession

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

Monday – Life (2015) 1.30/4/6.30/9pm @ FACT, Liverpool — £9/10

Anton Corbijn’s portrait of brooding Hollywood heartthrob James Dean takes perhaps unsurprisingly an angle that the photographer/director/filmmaker knows best: through the lens. Following Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) as is assigned to shoot Dean (played by Dane DeHaan), this is a look at an actor on the brink of mega stardom — and subsequent tragedy.

Tuesday – Written Words And Photographs 6pm @ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

Harnessing the ‘visual activism’ of current exhibiting artist/photographer Zanele Muholi, join Jake Thorne for the first of three reading sessions; tonight covering Muholi’s Faces and Phases travelling exhibition and new book — an ongoing documentation of LGBT people in South Africa. Expect an insight into the poetry and prose of Faces and Phases, demonstrating the power of the written word, shared experience and protest.

Friday – Exhibition Opening: Zanele Muholi: Vukani/Rise 6-8pm @ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

PICK OF THE WEEK: The Jarman Awards 2015 6.30-9pm @ FACT, Liverpool – £4/3 

Back for its eighth year, tonight celebrate six shortlisted artists who are breaking new boundaries in the world of moving image. Featuring works from Adam Chodzko, Seamus Harahan, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka Zimmerman, the screenings will be followed by a special ‘in conversation’ event with nominated artist, Gail Pickering, and FACT Director, Mike Stubbs, ahead of the winner announcement (30 November at White Chapel Gallery, London).

Thursday – Geta Brătescu: Panel Discussion With Magda Radu And Klara Kemp-Welch 4-5.30pm @ Tate Liverpool – FREE

To coincide with the current and first UK solo exhibition of Romania’s most significant post-war artists, tonight join curator and art historian, Magda Radu, Lecturer in 20th Century Modernism, Klara Kemp-Welch plus the curator of the exhibition, Eleanor Clayton, to discuss Brătescu’s determination to question notions of identity, our place in the wold and her enduring fascination with the drawn line.

The Jarman Awards 2015 6.30-9pm @ FACT, Liverpool – £4 / £3 Concession

Celluloid Wicker Man Presents The Innocents (1961) 7-9.30pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool — £3

Director Jack Clayton takes on seminal writer Henry James’ spine tingling novella in what is considered by many as the best screen adaptation of The Turn of the Screw. Drenched with sinister Gothic panache, the distressed governess of two young children is faced with the terrifying and malevolent spectres that continue to reside within the isolating walls of a country mansion.

Friday – Exhibition Opening: School 6-11pm @ Two Queens, Leicester — FREE

This is School of the Damned — an alternative art school that runs year-long, un-accredited, postgraduate courses. Tonight, see their artist students — including Robert Carter (The Exhibition Centre for the Life & Use of Books) and Matt Welch (The Royal Standard) – mark the half-way point of their academic year tonight with an exhibition of performances, school bulletin and live music — including all-girl, post-punk band Rainham Sheds. Exhibition continues until 17 October; gallery open Thursday to Saturday 12-6pm.

Friday – Exhibition Opening: School 6-11pm @ Two Queens, Leicester -- FREE

The Bogus Woman 7pm @ Unity Theatre, Liverpool – £12/10 

In writer Kay Adshead’s heart-wrenching new play, we encounter the harsh reality of one woman’s search for asylum. Fleeing for her life, our protagonist reaches the unfamiliar shores of England only to be met with the cruelty of authorities and their apparent disregard for human rights; a performance filled with ‘spare poetry and blistering anger’ (The Guardian).

Saturday – An Introduction To: Printing 1-4pm @ Ninety Squared, Liverpool — £30

Thinking of throwing away those left over sandwich bags, pizza trays and cardboard boxes? Think again. Join visual artist and creative practitioner, Lisa Risbec, to put such unexpected materials to creative use as you will learn three different printing techniques – mono, block and collograph – to customise your own tote bags and notebooks and expand your creative skill set.

WE & Onion Widow 7:30pm-12am @ Freds Ale House, Manchester -- £5 OTD/ £3 Unwaged

The Exhibition Centre for the Life & Use of Books Presents WE & Onion Widow 7:30pm-12am @ Freds Ale House, Manchester — £5 OTD/ £3 Unwaged

A bizarre, unsettling and ultimately very entertaining reworking of tender love songs into threatening, dystopian pop, WE by Pil & Galia Kollectiv comes to Manchester tonight to welcome the new director of The Exhibition Centre for the Life & Use of Books. Expect Kraftwerk-esque synth and black perspex helmets, 1980s club classics, and a good helping of post-modernity.

Sunday – Africa Oye And Mellowtone Present: Joe Driscoll And Sekou Kouyate 8pm @ LEAF, Liverpool – £11

The common language of music is utilised to stunning effect in the collaborative creations of England-based New York rapper, Joe Driscoll, and Guinea-based musician Kouyate. With neither artist speaking the others native language (French and English), their musical talents serve as communicative tools that intertwine to bring us a furious live set of reggae and hip-hop.

Heather Garner

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Posted on 28/09/2015 by thedoublenegative