Culture Diary w/c 10-06-13

Monday – 10 Things I Hate About You 6.30pm @ FACT

The definitive teen movie of the ’90s? For some, perhaps. Starring (a pre-credibility, pre-lionisation) Heath Ledger, alongside Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this is Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew for the alco-pop generation; and just like blue WKD, it tastes cheap and far too sweet. That said, as with the sugary drink, it’s not without its place or its charm. 

Tuesday – MONEY 7.30pm @ Leaf £7

Recent Bella Union signings MONEY formed in Manchester against the backdrop of “an extraordinary, poetic city”, says singer and leader of this quartet, Jamie Lee. Embarking on their first UK tour and with debut album, The Shadow of Heaven due in August, this band – whose aim, says Lee, “is to create the world afresh on our own terms” – appear ones to watch.

Wednesday – The a.P.A.t.T. Orchestra 8pm @ the Kazimier Garden FREE

Last seen performing Bird Sheet Music in Tate Liverpool’s lobby, The a.P.A.t.T Orchestra make a welcome return this week, turning their attention to Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise. Composed between 1963 and ’67, Treatise is comprised entirely of symbols rather than traditional musical notation; rarely heard in its entirety, it will be performed utilising Shawn Feeney’s animated score.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Thursday – Turning FACT Inside Out Launch 6pm @ FACT

FACT’s forthcoming exhibition features emerging and established artists, including HeHe (pronounced hey-hey), who we can’t help but be fascinated by. This is due in no small part to the promise of them turning FACT into an industrial site with their piece, Fracking Futures. Exploring themes around capitalism and the environment, the exhibition also marks the official celebration of FACT’s first decade, with appropriate carousing taking place later at the wonderful Kazimier Gardens

The Kite Runner 7.30pm @ the Liverpool Playhouse £12-£23

Where to start with The Kite Runner? Based on the 2003 heart-wrenching best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini (which also spawned a 2007 film), The Kite Runner charts the very different lives of a pair of boys in Kabul. This production for stage, adapted by Matthew Spangler has been earning some rave reviews, and should it even approach the impact of Hosseini’s text, we can well understand why.

Naam/Mind Mountain/Big Naturals 8pm @ Blade Factory

Promoters Behind The Wall of Sleep are so adept at sourcing and delivering psyche in all its forms, it is to almost take them for granted. That we don’t is imperative, for it would mean running the risk of missing out on the likes of latest booking, Naam, purveyors of heavy rock from Brooklyn. Well matched support comes in the form of Liverpool-based noisesmiths, Mind Mountain, and Bristol’s Big Naturals.

Friday – LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up And Play The Hits! 9pm @ Camp and Furnace £8

Another opportunity to see the concert film charting the last 48 hours in the history of much-loved electro-clash outfit, LCD Soundsystem. Followed on the night by sets from Lunar Modular,  Mr. Paul, Andrew Hill and Ellis.

Saturday – Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald 8pm @ Blade Factory £10

He’s recorded with Grandmaster Flash, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Afrika Bambaata, to name a few. Now Skip McDonald (aka Little Axe) returns to the music of his childhood, and has produced what Uncut Magazine have described as “Blues for modern times”.

Sunday – Liverpool Calling 12-8pm/5-11pm @ the Bombed Out Church/The Shipping Forecast £7/£15/£19

Liverpool Calling makes its debut this weekend, making both St. Luke’s bombed out church and The Shipping Forecast its home. Headliners British Sea Power give cause for encouragement, but beyond the Ian Prowse-led Amsterdam, immediately lower down the bill seems decidedly more pot-luck in nature, the names quickly becoming less recognisable. That said, with tickets costing a maximum of £19 for access to both venues, there seems more opportunity for discovery than risk involved.

Apocalypse Now 6pm @ FACT

Adapted from Conrad’s 1899 novella, Heart of Darkness, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is welcomed back to cinemas on digital re-release, powerful and poignant as ever. To say this is about Martin Sheen’s special forces Captain being seconded to track down and terminate Marlon Brando’s insane Colonel Kurtz really is only telling half the story. Go see it.

Posted on 10/06/2013 by thedoublenegative