Culture Diary w/c 27-03-2017

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the UK – and most of it’s free!

PICK OF THE WEEK: Tuesday – No Boundaries @ Hull Truck Theatre / HOME, Manchester / Live Stream – Booking Now Closed

A lively arts industry annual conference, uniquely taking place simultaneously across two venues – one fittingly acknowledging this year’s UK City of Culture, Hull. Expect cultural shifts at home and abroad to come under analysis; with speakers including Vasif Kortun, Turkey, and Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Mexico City. Until tomorrow.

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures 7.30pm @ Liverpool Playhouse Theatre — £10–30

The UK’s favourite choreographer is on tour to celebrate 30 years of his dance company, with a hit showcase of pieces from his early days: celebrating merry olde England, milkmaids, gym class, cups of tea and music hall, with a wit that is unmistakably his. If you liked any of his other ground-breaking shows – adaptation of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and an all-male Swan Lake amongst them – you’ll love this. Until Saturday. UK tour continues until May 2017.

Thursday – Thursday Lates: Warhol, Money And Capitalism 6—9pm @ The Whitworth, Manchester – FREE

With their ARTIST ROOMS: Andy Warhol exhibition coming to a close 16 April 2017, what better way to enjoy The Whitworth’s pop art focus than with live music and political debate? Join Alliance Manchester Business School for a panel discussion about the links between Warhol’s art and big business, alongside premiere performances of compositions for instruments and electronics by Masters students from Manchester University Music Department; plus food and drinks.

Hannah Peel

Friday – Threshold Festival 2017 @ Baltic Triangle, Liverpool – £7–20

The Baltic’s independent arts and music festival returns, taking over much-loved venues in the area including Constellations, Unit 51 and Black Lodge, with a huge variety of musical genres. The link? One great area, one friendly crowd, and all acts are emerging. Headlined by multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ, Lack Of Afro (described as “deadpan” by the BBC), you can expect a loving homage to old skool hip hop; at the other end of the scale, fellow headliner Hannah Peel (above) is a singer-songwriter known for sampling unusual instruments and unusual subjects (The North and dementia being two). Enjoy these and many more acts until Sunday.

Radical Womyn’s DANCE PARTY 8pm—2am @ DROP The Dumbulls Gallery, Liverpool — £4 OTD / £3 ADV

Welcoming “rad womyn”, collaborative playlists (your favourite female and LGBTQ fronted floorfillers), zines – on Refugee Solidarity, Abortion Rights and feminism — prints, and most importantly, DANCING, expect a kick-ass night with a serious aim – all profits go to Abortion Support Network.

Rob Crosse: Prime Time, The Grundy Gallery

Saturday – Exhibitions Opening: Rob Crosse Prime Time / Torque: Re-learning To Read 2.30—5pm @ Grundy Gallery, Blackpool — FREE

In the first of two exhibitions opening tonight, artist Rob Crosse’s first major solo show (until 3 June 2017) presents a new film entitled Prime Time: considering how older gay men – enjoying the “prime” time of their lives – socialise, think about time and youth, and how older bodies are excluded. In parallel, Torque collective of Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner examine how we read in the digital age: expect a “human-computer” reading machine, hand-made flip books, VR-headset poems and more.

Leeds Print Festival 2017 10am—5pm @ Leeds College of Music / Colours May Vary, Leeds — Ticket Prices Vary

Type and image and print processes are lovingly assessed this weekend at the annual Leeds Print Fest. Expect discussion panels (£16–27) and an exhibition (FREE) from DR.ME studio (Manchester UK & The French Riviera) on contemporary collage; and live music crossing ambient synth to ’80s drum machines from Guardian-featured Jessy LanzaGalaxians, and Hookworms/Deadwall collab XAM Duo (£11).

14 Hour Super Weird Happening, The Florrie, Liverpool

14 Hour Super Weird Happening 11am—1am @ The Florrie, Liverpool – SOLD OUT (Waiting List)

A travelling, one-day counterculture festival (previously seen at Festival No. 6), 14 Hour Super Weird Happening has been instigated by DJ Greg Wilson and his multi-media record label, Super Weird Substance. Expect a “happening” evoking “the spirit of ‘67 and its fabled ‘summer of love’”; with installations, exhibitions, panel discussions, spoken word, live art, acrobats, musicians, live bands, and DJs.  Contemporary contributions from infamous graphic novelist Alan Moore (Northampton), psych-non-fiction author John Higgs (Brighton), The Odditorium podcast, and Liverpool’s own weird venue and collective, Invisible Wind Factory.

Sunday – Premiere: The Sad And Beautiful World Of Sparklehorse & Q&A 2—4pm @ FACT, Liverpool – £10–11

Documenting the life of artist Mark Linkous, AKA Sparklehorse, directors Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass pay respectful tribute to his surreal music — a mix of alt-country, discordant punk and psych-pop – fans and peers – including Portishead, Mercury Rev, and Grandaddy – and the part mental illness had to play in his music and eventual suicide in 2010. Part of Doc ‘n Roll Festival — see it until 29 April 2017.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Posted on 27/03/2017 by thedoublenegative