Culture Diary 07-08-2017

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

Tuesday — Nail Transphobia 1—4pm/Alphonse Mucha Lecture By Julie Robson 2pm @ Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

Join Trans-activist activist Charlie Craggs (who last year topped the Guardian’s New Radicals list) for a free manicure today, whilst having a chat about the Walker’s new exhibition Coming Out (open until 5 November). Then catch art historian Julie Robson for a tour of their parallel exhibition Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty. Expect over 100 of Mucha’s Art Nouveau drawings, paintings, photographs and poster designs (see it until 29 October).

Wednesday – Pikacyu*Makoto (Of Acid Mothers Temple/Afrirampo) 8pm @ The Continental, Preston — £8 ADV

Two doyens of Japanese psych-rock (pictured, below) join forces tonight as they continue their European tour – guitarist Kawabata Makoto (leader of the evolving Acid Mothers Temple) and drums and vocals from Pikacyu (from garage-punk duo Afrirampo). Expect abstract, cosmic noise from new LP OM Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside.


Thursday – Limited Screenings: Shin Godzilla (2016) @ Cinemas Nationwide – Ticket Prices Vary

Rarrrr! Who doesn’t like kaiju? Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi brave a resurgence with their (by all accounts) funny and fast-paced version of the genre: expect shady government plots, toppling buildings, and a very, very big monster.

Friday – Hotel Salvation (2016) + Q&A With Director Shubhashish Bhutiani 2.20pm @ BFI Southbank, London — £12.10/9.70

Young director Shubhashish Bhutiani has grabbed multiple awards this year with his new comedy (pictured, below), including Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival. Expect beautiful cinematography and a tender family drama, as a hardworking son takes his 77-year old father to the holy city of Varanasi.

Hotel Salvation (2016)

Exhibition Opening: 11:17 – Nina Chua 6—9pm @ CBS Gallery & Studios, Liverpool — FREE

Two Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists with shared research interests, Lauren Velvick has organised this new exhibition of Nina Chua’s drawings. Highly detailed, and usually drawn with marker pen on paper, expect one new and one old work: representing “the passage of time, obsolescence and slow decay.” Exhibition continues (by appointment) until 27 August.

Saturday — Exhibitions Opening: Joseph Buckley: Brotherhood Tapestry/50 Years Of Leeds West Indian Carnival 10am—5pm @ The Tetley, Leeds — FREE

Two new shows to enjoy today! Tetley artist-in-residence Joseph Buckley’s new solo exhibition of sculptures (below) exploring what it means to be Black and British; expect references to Modernism, mask-making, medieval armour, and sci-fi. Complimenting this, expect an archive exhibition about the Leeds West Indian Carnival: expect photographs, costumes and films documenting the politics and cultural importance of the parade from its West African roots to Leeds via the Caribbean. Both open until 29 October.

Joseph Buckley 2017

Sunday – The Liverpool Nobody Knows Tour 12—3pm @ Ship & Mitre, Liverpool – Booking Required

A well-reviewed walking tour, starting at the beloved and historic Ship & Mitre pub on Dale Street, expect guide John Syms to introduce you to all the lesser-known dark, winding passageways of Cheapside. Followed by a craft ale or two, naturally.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Images, from top: Pikacyu*Makoto; Hotel Salvation (2016); Joseph Buckley: Brotherhood Tapestry at the Tetley, Leeds. Main feature image: Shin Godzilla (2016)

Posted on 08/08/2017 by thedoublenegative