Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the UK – and most of it’s free!
Monday – Prevenge (2016) @ Cinemas Nationwide – Ticket Prices Vary
“I’m not grieving, I’m gestating!” What could be more chilling than an unborn child instructing its mother to murder? Sightseers (2012) co-creator Alice Lowe is back as pregnant widow Ruth, who embarks on a hilarious (and terrifying) killing spree after the death of her partner. Expect a welcome update of classic maternity horrors Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Brood (1979) etc.
Tuesday – Show Culture Some Love Day @ Venues Across London — FREE
Looking for an alternative Valentines Day, artist friends? Celebrate London’s cultural heritage by supporting the creative unions that represent the people who make it all happen. Join a special walking tour starting from BBC in Portland Place (11am), and visiting the Palace Theatre, Curzon Soho, National Gallery, English National Opera, Royal Festival Hall, BFI, National Theatre, ITV, Tate Modern, and the Globe Theatre. For route map, click here.
Wednesday — Performance: Potash Lesson By Jamie Crewe 7—8.30pm @ Gasworks, London – FREE (Booking Essential)
Questioning a heady mix of trans-visibility, feminine pathologisation, and the ethics of collaboration, Jamie Crewe’s performance tonight is inspired by real lectures from the 1800s, in which hysterical women were encouraged to perform their symptoms for an audience. Specifically, he discusses a video work from 2012, in which a gay man sniffs poppers and strikes a pose from the Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière (1876-80). As the model is now trans, Crewe questions the relevance of the work, juxtaposed with a bunch of tricky, moral contexts.
Exhibition Opening: Wolfgang Tillmans @ Tate Modern, London — £12.50
The first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize back in 2000, expect Tillmans (pictured, below) to present intimate still-lifes, portraits, and politically provocative images in a set of quietly dramatic, immersive and sculptural set pieces. See it until 11 June 2017.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Thursday – HEXA: David Lynch’s The Factory Photographs @ Glasgow / Leeds / Bristol — £10-14
This is exciting! Taking as inspiration David Lynch’s The Factory Photographs — a collection of images Lynch took of disused factories across the UK, USA, Poland, and Germany — expect a trippy “sonic response” by musician and Lynch collaborator Jamie Stewart (whose band Xiu Xiu have been touring an excellent homage to Twin Peaks) plus Australian composer Lawrence English. “A work that maps the terrain of Lynch’s photographs, and more broadly, the idea of industrial music in a post-industrial age”, see it tour to three UK cities this week (see link for dates and venues).
Friday – Exhibition Opening: Paul Eastwood: Segrgrair @ P E R I C L O, Wrexham – FREE
What stories would Welsh speakers choose to leave for future generations, if the Welsh language was to become extinct in a hundred years time? Artist Paul Eastwood (pictured, below) has been exploring this idea through a special research project at P E R I C L O; expect to see some of his curiosity on Welsh identity expressed through new work. Can “Welshness” reside within objects?
Saturday — Frida (2002) 2pm @ Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool — FREE
Self-portraits, symbolic monkeys, crippling injury, a tempestuous marriage and bisexuality: learn more about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with Director Julie Taymor’s biographical drama, starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush. Chosen to complement VGM’s first-floor painting exhibition Andrew Fekete: Out of Time, make sure to pop upstairs for a look (on until 22 April).
Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical (Opening Night) 7.30pm @ Manchester Opera House — £23-63
It’s astonishing, really, that it’s taken this long for Meat Loaf to get a musical — given his dedication to theatrics, catchy belters, and leather clothing. Based on the singer’s collaborations with composer Jim Steinman — including I’d Do Anything for Love… (But I Won’t Do That), Dead Ringer For Love, It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, and the title track – expect an apocalyptic, rock ‘n’ roll, teenage love story. And motorcycles.
Sunday – Alborada Films: Day of Documentaries On Latin America 1—6.30pm @ Liverpool Small Cinema — £4/3 Per Film Session; £10 OTD Day Ticket
Get a taste of Latin American cinema today — with cheap tickets and English subtitles. Expect documentaries aplenty, from El Diario de Agustin (2008), which describes Chilean right-wing newspaper El Mercurio and its role in covering-up Pinochet’s human rights abuses; to understanding Venezuelan collective Hip Hop Revolucion (2015), through the eyes of British activist Jody McIntyre and UK-Iraqi rapper Lowkey. See link for times and film details.
Laura Robertson, Editor