Culture Diary w/c 16-04-2018


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 loads of it’s free!

Monday – A Clockwork Orange 7.30pm @ Liverpool Everyman  £32–£10

Now more than 50 years since Anthony Burgess’ dystopian, near-future satire was published, its impact on visual, literary and musical culture has been deep, while its themes – the individual versus the state, and crime and punishment among them – continue to resonate. This version from the Everyman Company brings Alex, his Droogs and their transgressions to brand new audiences. Thursday’s performance includes a pre-show, pop-up Milk Bar. What’ll you have? A milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom?

Tuesday – Exhibition Opening: Beatriz Milhazes 6pm @ White Cube Bermondsey, London  FREE

Across painting, installation, sculpture and collage, plus a tapestry created especially for the show, lose yourself in the chromatic explorations of Milhazes (pictured, below). Following in the fine tradition of Lygia Clark, Helio Oitica, et al, the artist juxtaposes cultural imagery of her native Brazil with western modernist references. Milhazes has said: “I want to have optical movements, disturbing things; such visions that your eyes would be disturbed when you see them.” See it until 1 July.

Sonho Tropical, 2017 © Beatriz Milhazes. Photo © Pepe Schettino

Wednesday  Exhibition Opening: Adapt To Survive: Notes From The Future 10am-7pm @ Hayward Gallery, London  FREE

A timely group exhibition featuring seven contemporary international artists: Andreas Angelidakis, Julian Charrière, Youmna Chlala, Rainer Ganahl, Marguerite Humeau, Ann Lislegaard and Bedwyr Williams. Comprising films, sculpture and text-based works, Notes from The Future addresses the impacts and possible futures of architecture, technology, biology and language. Continues until 11 June.

Thursday – Gary Younge On The Power Of Stories 6.30pm @ The Station, Bristol – £1.50–7.59

Editor-at-large for the Guardian, journalist Gary Younge interrogates how stories “have enormous power to shape individuals and how we see the world”, in this event in support of media cooperative, The Bristol Cable. Given Younge’s profession, and the current global affairs morass we find ourselves in, his insights into who gets to tell the story, how and why, should be illuminating to say the least.

Kazimier X, 10th Birthday Weekend

Friday – Exhibition Opening: Kazimier X (10th Birthday Weekend) 6-10pm @ OUTPUT Gallery, 32 Seel Street, Liverpool – FREE

When it was announced that the Kazimier would forcibly close its doors in 2016, Liverpool and the surrounding cultural landscape quite rightly feared the worst. Two years on, and a decade (really?!) since the collective arrived in the city, comes Kazimier X, an exhibition including a laser-scanned impression of the club as well as video, photography and sound montage. Party continues all weekend, see here for tickets.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Glasgow International 2018 @ Venues Across Glasgow – FREE

Scotland’s largest festival of contemporary art, Glasgow International takes place every two years, and 2018′s offer boasts 268 artists and 90 exhibitions across 78 venues. Expect a few familiar faces – new Director Richard Parry (formerly of the Grundy Gallery, Blackpool), plus acclaimed artists Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Lubaina Himid, Linder – and somewhat less so – Erica Eyres (pictured), Carla Scott Fullerton, Nicolas Party, MVB – and in seeking them all out, an ace introduction to the city’s art trail. See it until 7 May.

The Seventh Seal (1957), still

Saturday – Record Store Day @ Venues Across the UK

Vinyl sales increased yet again in 2017, so you may ponder why it is that we or the wider industry needs Record Store Day. But the format’s upsurge in popularity has seen supermarkets muscling in on the act – unbelievably, one in every 20 vinyl records sold in the UK last year was in a Sainsbury’s. Now more than ever, it’s vital that record-buying punters support and celebrate RSD. Check out one of the 200 independent record shops taking part near you: Probe (Liverpool), Kaleidoscope (St Helens), Quicksilver (Southport), Action (Preston), and Piccadilly Records (Manchester) are amongst the many near us in the North-West. Expect live gigs, new releases, signings and widespread camaraderie.

Sunday – The Seventh Seal (1957) 6pm @ FACT, Liverpool

Miss out on the Ingmar Bergman season earlier this year at the BFI? Fear not, as FACT’s Vintage Sundays strand pays tribute to the Swedish maestro with a selection of six of his finest films. Beginning last weekend, it continues today with one of his best known dramas, The Seventh Seal (pictured, above). An allegorical tale brought vividly to life (somewhat ironically) by Max von Sydow’s knight back from the crusades, challenging Death himself to a game of chess.

Mike Pinnington

Images from top: Erica Eyres at GI 2018; Clay Hand, glazed stoneware, 2017, courtesy the artist. Sonho Tropical, 2017 © Beatriz Milhazes. Photo © Pepe Schettino. A Kazimier crowd, courtesy the collective. Still from The Seventh Seal (1957)

Posted on 15/04/2018 by thedoublenegative