What’s hot this week? Our pick of the arts listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK…
Tuesday — Musical Memories 1.30-4pm @ The Palm House, Liverpool — £5 OTD
The first sing-a-long of this week, expect popular Christmas songs and carols to be enjoyed with tea, cake and your favourite Christmas outfits (tinsel, flashing jewellery and a party attitude made welcome).
I Have A Bad Feeling About This (2015) @ Small Cinema Liverpool — £3 (SOLD OUT Limited Tickets OTD/Returns)
“Not that long ago. In a suburb not that far away…” Get in the mood for George Lucas’ new Force Awakens film with locally made Star Wars homage-slash-buddy-comedy I Have A Bad Feeling. Directed, produced, co-written and crowd-funded by Edge Hill University graduates Alan Donohoe and Jamie Williamson, expect a playful caper made with love — and plenty of light-sabers.
Wednesday – Exhibition Opening: Cascading Relevant Information 10am-5pm @ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool — FREE
Curated by another independent gallery in the city centre, Crown Building Studios, this new exhibition sees over 60 artists — including top emerging UK practioners Alfie Strong, Claudia Dance Wells, Frances Disley, Harry Meadley and Jemma Egan – print out their works directly from a MX-2600N printer. Expect an investigation into how the photographic image plays a central role in the production of artworks.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Comma Press: Science Into Fiction Book Launch @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — £3/2
Speedily becoming the UK’s most interesting independent SF publishing house, Comma Press’ new Science Into Fiction Anthology Series follows hot on the heels of previous publications Beta Life and The New Uncanny. Presenting new short stories made in collaboration between writers and scientists, Science Into Fiction attempts to look at the great ‘what if’s within physics. Expect live readings and discussion from physicist Tara Shears, author Adam Marek and Comma staff.
Thursday — Spirit Of Christmas With John Suchet And Ian Tracey 7:30pm @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall — Tickets From £18
Allow the dulcet tones of newsreading legend and Classic FM presenter John Suchet sweep you through an evening of true Christmas cheer: conducted by Ian Tracey, and featuring smallpipes from acclaimed Northumbrian musician Kathryn Tickell (OBE), and the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Youth Choir, be ready for a good old sing-a-long.
Friday — Landscape Lunchtimes (Sketching) 1-2pm @ Museum of Liverpool — FREE
It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Michelangelo or if you struggle to draw stick-people — the Museum of Liverpool welcomes you to attend a lunchtime of sketching. The second floor windows at the museum provide a stunning view of the city, which will be yours to draw for the entire hour.
The Charlatans 7pm @ O2 Academy, Liverpool — £30.25 (SOLD OUT)
Behold Tim Burgess’ golden mop in person as surreal indie-rockers The Charlatans perform in Liverpool this week. Expect hit songs from throughout the decades — unbelievably they formed in ’88 — plus those from their new, 12th studio album Modern Nature, which was released in January this year. The record — described simply as ‘magnificence’ by MusicOMH and given five stars by The Telegraph — proves that 27 years later, the band have still got it.
Saturday — Kids Club: Home Alone (1990) 11am @ FACT, Liverpool — £10.50/9.50/6
Possibly many TDN readers’ favourite festive comedy; directed by Chris Columbus, it stars a rosy-cheeked Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister — a boy who is accidentally left behind when his family vacation in Paris. Being eight years old and home alone sounds like fun, until Kevin has to hilariously ward off two men attempting to burgle his home.
Sunday – Garageland Issue 19 Launch: Self 2-5.30pm @ Transition Gallery, London — FREE
What do we mean by the Self? Find out with this new issue of Garageland magazine; featuring self portraits, self reflection and self examination by Francisco Goya, Hilde Krohn Huse, RB Kitaj, Robert Priseman and more. Expect a screening of John Cassavetes’ Swedish drama Opening Night (1977) starting at 2pm (pictured)), which follows an actress’s emotional distress after the death of a fan; plus Garageland editor Cathy Lomax in conversation with Alex Michon (4.30pm). Free copies of the magazine available for the first 15 visitors.
Vanessa Wheeler and Laura Robertson