Culture Diary w/c 21-05-2018

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 – Moonlight (2016) + Des!re – Screening w/ Q&A 5.50pm @ HOME Manchester — £5-9

See Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning, coming-of-age drama Moonlight tonight, alongside the more experimental short film and ‘jazz meditation’, Des!re, and a panel discussion on the theme of Queer Longing – all part of the University of Manchester’s Sexuality Summer School 2018.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Some Loud Thunder 10th Anniversary 7-11pm @ Plug, Sheffield – £17.92

You could say that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s 2007 album Some Loud Thunder was a typically difficult second record, if only because it followed the Brooklyn/Philadelphia indie band’s massive (self-released) debut. But a decade later, it’s still a good listen – expect harmonies courtesy Flaming Lips’ producer Dave Fridmann, and tracks like Satan Said Dance will get you flopping your early-noughties fringe about like no ones biz.

Some Loud Thunder. by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Tuesday – Talk Tuesday: Henry Blundell 1pm @ Walker Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

Curator Chrissy Partheni gives us the lowdown on 18th century collector and man behind the Walker’s Sculpture Gallery, Henry Blundell – whose obsession with all things classical saw him commission a mini-Roman Pantheon in Sefton.

Wednesday — Hull Independent Cinema: Wonderstruck (2017) 7pm @ Hull Truck Theatre — £6/7

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars…” Todd Haynes’ fantasy drama, starring the magnificent Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, follows two deaf youngsters in two different time periods, dreaming of different lives. Based on based Brian Selznick’s novel, expect an imaginative and tender adventure.


Thursday – Exhibition Opening: Life In Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman 10am-5.50pm @ Tate Liverpool — £5-12.50

With honest and unflinching portraits by Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman under the microscope this season, Tate Liverpool are exploring the body. Expect multiple readings of two prolific artists who died very young (and more than 60 years apart). Until 23 September.

Exhibition Opening: The Manchester Art Authority: Living And Dying In Our Grandfathers’ Houses 6-8pm @ InSitu, Manchester — FREE

Artists and writers Josef Minta and Lee Ashworth are The Manchester Art Authority, and their short show this week focuses on the changing nature of the places where we live – specifically what it meant for them to move into their (respective) grandparent’s houses. Expect image, text and artefacts to prod our ideas of personal, domestic environments. Until Saturday.

Image credit: Beau Dick, Dzunukwa mask, 2007. Image courtesy Audain Art Museum Collection

Native Economies: From The Potlatch Ban To The Masks Of Beau Dick 6.30-7.30pm @ The Serving Library, Liverpool — FREE

Join Canadian art historian and curator Candice Hopkins for a performative lecture tonight about the ceremonies practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the USA: a great opportunity to understand some of the artwork featured in the upcoming Liverpool Biennial.

Friday – Asian Dub Foundation x La Haine | Live Soundtrack 7-11pm @ Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool — £19.80

Considered an incendiary comment on the tensions at play in diverse Paris communities at the end of the 20th century, more than two decades on La Haine has lost none of its power. Written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (and starring Vincent Cassel), the film describes the rioting in the aftermath of the severe beating, while in police custody, of a young Arabic man. Tonight, the film is accompanied live by Asian Dub Foundation, their celebrated ferocity making the on-screen action all the more urgent.


Saturday – Strange Perfume: A Queer Culture Book Fair 11am-6pm @ South London Gallery — FREE

With stands by Travis Alabanza, Synchronise Witches Press and many more international publishers and artists, expect today’s LGBTQIA book fair to be a showcase for indie writing, drawing, printmaking, readings and workshops – echoing the diversity of queer literature and art practice.

Robert Webb In Conversation With Jordan Stephens 7.30-10.30pm @ The Black-e, Liverpool — £6-12

What is it to be male, a man, and how – those of us that identify as such – do we learn to fulfil the role of masculinity as ascribed to us by society? These, among others, are questions considered by Webb in his memoir (released last year to great acclaim) How Not To Be A Boy. He is joined this evening by Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens to discuss the book, and why – in case it wasn’t obvious yet – ideas of manhood require radical redefinition. As part of Writing on the Wall festival, which continues until 31 May.

Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington

Images, from top: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s 2007 album cover for Some Loud Thunder; Egon Schiele, Self Portrait in Crouching Position 1913. Photo: Moderna Museet / Stockholm; Beau Dick, Dzunukwa mask, 2007. Image courtesy Audain Art Museum Collection; Strange Perfume: A Queer Culture Book Fair

Main image: detail, Francesca Woodman, Eel Series, Roma, May 1977 – August 1978, 1977–8. © Courtesy of Charles Woodman

Posted on 20/05/2018 by thedoublenegative