Culture Diary w/c 06-06-2016

Michael Moore's new film Where to Invade Next 2016

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

Monday — YEP Directors’ Festival: The Effect 7.45pm @ Everyman, Liverpool — FREE

What happens when two people are put on antidepressants, in a seemingly normal clinical drug trial? This love story with a medical twist, directed by Julia Carstairs and a part of YEP Directors’ Festival, asks if happiness is something genuine, or potentially the product of a test tube. Until Tuesday.

Tuesday — Independence Stories 2-4pm @ International Slavery Museum, Liverpool — FREE (Booking Required)

Renaissance One presents the stories of two real women: Hannah Lowe and Melanie Abrahams. Hannah will take a look into her Chinese-Jamaican father’s life and struggles as an immigrant in Liverpool, while Melanie will explore what it means to be independent as an English descendent of the Caribbean.

Maria Lassnig, 1919-2014 Double Self-Portrait with Camera 1974 (Doppelselbstporträt mit Kamera) 1974 Oil paint on canvas 1800 x 1800 mm   © Maria Lassnig Foundation © Artothek of the Republic of Austria, permanent loan, Belvedere Vienna (detail)

Wednesday — Maria Lassnig Film Screening & Discussion 6.30-8pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool — FREE

In collaboration with Tate Liverpool’s Lassnig exhibition (our review here) and part of A Small Cinema’s 58% programme, see this special screening of the 16mm animtated films that Lassnig created when she was involved with Women/Artist/Filmmakers, Inc. in the 1970s. The feminist shorts will be followed by a talk with History of Art lecturer Dr James Boaden from the University of York, who has studied Lassnig’s experimental films in depth.

Folken 6-10pm @ Red Brick Vintage, Liverpool — FREE

Is there a fundamental shift in how our cities are built? Is a top-down rebuild of cities being replaced by a bottom-up resurgence? An alternative to the upcoming International Festival of Business, this is the first of many Folken events in the city throughout June. Expect infomral talks on heritage, alt-commerce, protecting creative spaces and more, with drink, live music and plenty of room for discussion.

Double Act Book Launch & Panel Discussion 6-8pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — £3/4

Be sure to pick up your limited edition copy of Double Act: Art and Comedy (below): based on the current exhibition of awkward laughter, slapstick and tragicomedy through contemporary art. Expect curators David Campbell and Mark Durden to be in attendance, plus a special visit from exhibition artist Mel Brimfield.

Red Sauce Brown Sauce Mania (video) 2014. Part of Saturday's Exhibition Opening: Double Act: Art And Comedy 10am-6pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool and MAC, Belfast -- FREE

Thursday — OUT! LGBT Digital Histories Launch Event 6-7pm @ Manchester Central Library — FREE (Booking Required)

As part of Manchester History Festival, Manchester Pride releases OUT!, a smartphone app to connect LGBT people with their history within the city. Don’t know your own history? Let the app take you on a digital tour, bringing iconic moments in LGBT history to life.

Thursday and Friday — X & Y Festival @ Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool — £14.50+

Celebrate summer with fantastic live music at the Palm House, with Honne and The Japanese House performing on Thursday, and Vant and Vitamin on Friday. Perfect if you couldn’t get enough of Sound City!

David Attenborough at Sheffield Doc/Fest

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday — Sheffield Doc/Fest @ Venues Across Sheffield — £150+

Filmbuff? Interested in what national treasure David Attenborough (above), Oscar winner Michael Moore (main pic) or Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentary at The Guardian, have to say about their work? Don’t miss the UK’s best and biggest documentary festival, with tens of thousands of documentary makers and industry delegates from all over the world attending each year. Running until 15 June, expect to see the best creative produce of 2016.

Future Station – Beach Huts Launch 2-3pm @ Outside BT Convention Centre, Liverpool Waterfront — FREE

Art centre Metal Liverpool has teamed up with the International Festival for Business to create a line of beach huts along Liverpool Waterfront to be occupied by interactive artists, performers, poets and creators in a bid to get the public involved in contemporary art. Expect workshops and discussions, and discover how being visible can better an entire community.

Dr John Cooper Clarke

Dr John Cooper Clarke 7pm @ O2 Academy, Liverpool — £32+

“As acerbic and honest as ever” said Sue Flowers in her review of everyone’s favourite punk poet’s live tour. Back in Liverpool for one night only, expect f-bomb laced poems, political and social commentary, and couplets on necrophilia…

Saturday and Sunday — Parklife Festival Manchester @ Heaton Park, Manchester — £54.50+

Held in Manchester’s Victorian Heaton Park — one the biggest public parks in Europe at 600 acres — and set to be a gloriously hot weekend, expect The Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer, Ice Cube, Jamie xx, Skepta, Busta Rhymes and many more to keep the beats coming.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jesus and Barabbas puppet show, 9 October 2014. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Sunday — Marvin Gaye Chetwynd Presents: Dogsy Ma Bone 3pm @ Cains Brewery, Liverpool — FREE

Enjoy a sneak peek of Liverpool Biennial through Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s commissioned live performance, entitled Dogsy Ma Bone, and which exclusively stars children. Expect a tongue-in-cheek musical, inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s satirical Threepenny Opera (1928) and Betty Boop’s A Song A Day (1936), which even features a kid-friendly ‘speakeasy’ to quench your thirst at during the interval!

Vanessa Wheeler

Posted on 06/06/2016 by thedoublenegative