Culture Diary w/c 17-10-2016

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

PICK OF THE WEEK: Monday – Black Star Season @ BFI Southbank & Cinemas Nationwide – Ticket Prices Vary

A celebration of Black stardom – from Blaxploitation to Josephine Baker – expect a good variation of well-known and underrated films at cinemas across the UK. Highlights include The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers (featuring legendary dancers Harold and Fayard Nicholas), the Norman Jay Tour (introducing films that have inspired him, followed by DJ sets in Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, London and Manchester), and the Proud Valley Tour (honouring bass singer and actor Paul Robeson with a Welsh tour of his 1940 Ealing Studios classic). Until Dec.


Scotland Loves Anime @ Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh — £10/8 Per Film (Ticket Deals Available)

A popular Japanese animation festival, where animation students and graduates can learn from professionals in the industry, expect a bounty of screenings; as diverse as the psychedelic (read: crazy) 1973 fantasy film Belladonna of Sadness (main video, above) by Mushi Production, to the premiere of sci-fi adventure Accel World: Infinite Burst, based on the novel series of the same name, written by Reki Kawahara.

Tuesday — Immersion Theatre Presents Journey’s End 7.30pm @ Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University — £12/10

A claustrophobic and poignant multi-award winning First World War masterpiece, as reimagined by Immersion Theatre, which follows Captain Stanhope as he must stir his men to “go over the top”. Hankies at the ready.


Jenny Hval @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester — £9.90

Norwegian avant-garde artist Hval has been receiving some great press – including this 8.3 rating and reverential review from Pitchfork on new album Blood Bitch. See her live this week in Manchester and London before she continues her European tour in Brussels and Paris.

Wednesday – John Osborne: Three Stories From Radio 4 7.30pm @ Chester Town Hall — £10

Performing three critically-acclaimed half-hour plays originally featured on Radio 4 — including John Peel’s Shed, in which he wins a box of records that took eight years to listen to — as well as new material, expect a funny and captivating night of storytelling from Osbourne himself, live. Part of Chester Literature Festival.


Thursday – Sklonište 8.30pm @ FACT, Liverpool — £7/5

An unusual arthouse film, in which new music by Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain combines with poetry, photography and film, to tell the real story of Sarajevans (Bosnia) who lived through the longest siege in modern history; an act of warfare that claimed 13,952 lives. Part of Liverpool Irish Festival.

George Monbiot & Ewan McLennan: Breaking The Spell Of Loneliness 8pm @ Liverpool Philharmomic Hall – £18.50

Tonight, author and journalist George Monbiot brings his viral Guardian article on the effects of loneliness alive, in collaboration with folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan. Expect songs on guitar and banjo to animate stories of social isolation, the politics that underpins it, and the ways people overcome it.


Friday — Exhibitions Opening: Klein/Krasiński/Evans @ Tate Liverpool — £11/8.80/FREE

Blue, blue, and more blue, plus robots (!) this Friday, in an invigorating and unexpected presentation of three very different artists. On the ground floor, Cécile B. Evans presents a solo exhibition about how new technologies have on how we feel and act, including real humanoid “Pepper” care-bots. Upstairs, expect a new look at painter Yves Klein – including his own invented colour, International Klein Blue (IKB) – and the sculptural interventions of the lesser known Polish artist Edward Krasiński.

Exhibition Opening: The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture @ The Hepworth, Wakefield — FREE

Open to artists who have made a significant contribution to the arts, this year sees Phyllida Barlow, Steve Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla really showcase the breadth of contemporary sculpture being produced in Britain today. Until 19 Feb 2017.

Anna Vasof, Mechanisms of Happiness

Sunday — Anna Vasof: Mechanisms Of Happiness @ Photographers Gallery, London – FREE With Exhibition Day Pass (£4/2.50)

Expect architect and media artist Anna Vasof to “activate” absurd domestic devices in a live performance this Sunday, including ones that help (or hinder?) her walk, open packets, and read books. Put it into context with the venue’s co-current exhibition, Feminist Avant Garde in The 1970s: an impressive line-up of game-changing artists, including Lynn Hershman Leeson.

Laura Robertson

Posted on 17/10/2016 by thedoublenegative