We might make this a bit of a ‘thing’ – seeing as there’s so much happening in the city right now, what say we tell you what we’re up to, and maybe you tell us what you’re up to? Does that work for you?
After we’ve finished reading the lovely new City Tribune – as sharp as a Saville Row suit, and a far better introduction to the city, for IFB delegates, than anything else currently being printed around here – we’ll be heading down to Mary Mary, the new cycle and coffee hang out on Roscoe Street. We’ve had a go at the new City Bike, too. It’s really rather brilliant. Let’s hope it takes off.
We’re heading to see the ace Lizzie Nunnery, with smiling Viking, Vidar, supporting the Smoke Fairies on Thursday at East Village Arts Club on Thursday. The Smoke Fairies are a little bit Pierces, and a little bit Haim, and really rather good.
Friday sees new folk barnstormers, the grin-inducingly good The Outside Track, raise the corrugated roof at Camp and Furnace. Liverpool needs more great new folk acts in the city: and we’re determined to do something about it. Somehow.
The same night, the Baltic Block Party promises some Baltic Block rockin’ beats (sorry), with a night of shiny new Electronica – courtesy of the likes of Boddika, Germany’s Ben Klock and the dubsteppy drones of Compa. The blu Haus room – it’s a house, and it’s got a neon blue dance floor and decks, like Tron, or something – will see the best stripped down techno and the bass-heavy floor fillers of Boiler Room favourite, Pariah. This is gonna be one big Baltic bruiser of a night.
After that, we think a leisurely walk is in order. Fortunately, we know just the thing. Environmental artist, Kerry Morrison – in conjunction with the ace National Wildflower Centre, is doing just that. And we’re all invited. Looking at talking and walking, ways of seeing, knowing and connecting. The Street Life two-day event: The Art of Nature, offers talks and walks around the city. You’ll see us on Park Lane, on Saturday, nursing a heavy one. But we can walk the talk.
Next week (2 June) sees the launch of the Art Book Exhibition at Central Library. It’s a trailblazer for next month’s huge Art Book Fair (July 4-5, same venue). We love a good art book.
The event’s curated by artist, Simon Ryder: “Liverpool has a fantastic arts scene, and also has storytelling at the heart of its culture,” he tells SevenStreets. “The idea for the exhibition leading up to the Fair came from the realization that not enough people know about artists’ books, and I wanted to try and expand the range and numbers of people involved, who might then be interested in attending the Fair.”
At both the exhibition and the fair, Simon promises to expose us to an amazing range of art works – from hand-made books to sculptures made from book pages; materials from hand-made paper to driftwood book covers; and sizes ranging from a book within a matchbox to a piece which hangs across the whole width of the Hornby Room.
And we’re off to eat at Wirral’s Canteen Restaurant tonight. We’ve heard great things. And we’ll be reporting back…