The sun is out. The sky is blue. There’s quite a lot for you to do. Spring is a-comin. Things are hotting up. Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to over the next couple of weeks…
MEZZANINE DINNER CLUB
26 February, Kazimier
Oysters. Do you swallow or chew? You can mull it over as you wait for this three course dining event at the Kazimier Garden this Wednesday. Celebrate the fact that the garden isn’t going anywhere – despite scurrilous internet rumours – and enjoy fine R&H wines. £20 tickets available from The Garden bar, and online.
NOT JUST VINTAGE
27 February, Oxton Road, Birkenhead
For three days, 136 Oxton Road, Birkenhead sees art, craft, vintage clothing, non vintage clothing, football memorabilia, jewellery and ‘psychic’ readings. Quote marks ours.
CROSBY STREETFOOD MARKET
27 February, Crosby Village
Evening celebration of local food and drink, buskers, choirs and made-in-Merseyside delights. It’s what February evenings are made for. Or is that the cider? 6-10pm.
GLOBAL SCOUSE DAY
28 February, across the city
This Friday, folks. Celebrate your ma’s greatest culinary achievement (well, mine’s a spicy pork casserole, but I do live on the Wirral) with all things scouse. Enjoy a piping hot bowl in any number of Liverpool restaurants or take part in the Scouse Off. It’s like the Great British Bake Off, with added beef.
KEYWORDS, ART CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE 1980s
28 February, Tate
How do the words we use reflect the world around us? This intriguing new show at Tate promises to delve into the place where semantics and canvas meet. Keywords focuses on British art from the 1980s – a decade of angst and change, growth and decay. From the miners’ strike, to Yuppies, race riots to ra-ra skirts. These viewpoints are represented in contrasting forms by a generation of British artists working at the time.
THE LUCID DREAM
28 February, Shipping Forecast
When did Cumbria become the epicentre of Important New Music? Hot on the heels of their new 7″ single. ‘Moonstruck’, Cumbria’s Lucid Dream Liverpool on their UK, with support from Sudden Death of Stars playing Liverpool for the first time before their date at this years Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia. The Wild Eyes and Strange Collective (a band made up of familiar faces) complete the bill.
1st March, Haus Warehouse, Liverpool
Dan Andrei [a:rpia:r], Ion Ludwig - Live (UGold/ Trelik), Leroy Roberts & Scott Grant see a new project showcasing a first team of internationally acclaimed underground electronic artists, pushing a quality minimal house and techno. Fresh, you could say. Exciting and just at the right time, we’d say.
March 1, 2, Hope Street
On Saturday, start the parade from the Playhouse at 6.30pm, join the route which weaves from Church Street to Bold Street, Leece Street to Rodney Street) or meet outside the Everyman for 7.45pm to celebrate lighting up the new theatre with Liverpool Lantern Company. Keep your powder dry, because on Sunday they’re opening at 11am – for tours and a chance to sample the beers and bistro. We can’t wait.
POP UP 51
March 1 and 2, Unit 51 Coffee, Jamaica Street
HOBO Bazaar and Twotone retro with HouseofSharkey and friends present this freewheeling and fun two dayer featuring furniture, household, vinyl, clothes, art, crafts and performances.
EVERISLAND AQUARIA WITH SOUTHERN
March 1, Williamson Tunnels
“Enter a mystical world concocted upon the ancient elements” it says here… “for the first in a four-part series that takes audiences on a journey through mesmeric environments.” No, not Herberts for Hair, the first installment of The Island Chronicles with new folk outfit, Southern and a hypnotic cast of support acts, aquatic interiors, costume & visuals. Everisland take to the flood.
NO-WAVE LIVERPOOL / ACE MAGAZINE SHOWCASE
March 6, Leaf
SevenStreets’ approved Låpsley, aka 17 year old electronic beat maker, Holly Lapsley Fletcher, is joined by Nadine Carina, The Mono LPs and No-Wave DJ’s in between each act.
SILENT SLEEP, VOO
March 7, Home, LiverpoolONE
Enjoy a sneak peek of songs from the second Silent Sleep album, the always reliable Voo, and their good friend Johannes (aka Jawknee Music – really worth checking out) from Trier, Germany in a night of big tunes, in cool new Home bistro, where Jigsaw used to be. Free, too.
THE NEGLIGENT EYE
8 March, Bluecoat
How do emerging artists embrace computers, rapid-form and 3D scanning and digital manipulation? Using printed, sculptural, video and mixed media work, the Negligent Eye examines quite how technology shapes our understanding of art’s parameters, as well looking at wider questions around the impact of digital technology on our lives.
LEGENDS OF FLIGHT
March 14, Discover, Liverpool Central Library
Immersive live musical/visual performance of a new composition looking at themes and ideas explored during their recent performance / installation projects “Tinted Venus” staged at the Sculpture Room of the Walker Art Gallery, and “Alone/Together” in Metal at Edge Hill Station. Legends of Flight promise a collaborative performance with exciting new musicians, visual artists and programmers. The audience will be encouraged to listen to the musical performance while lying on the floor to view the interactive visuals projected onto the ceiling. Nice.
March 16, Haus, Greenland Street
Back with their biggest and best fair yet, featuring the best creative talent from Liverpool and the north west selling prints, zines tees and art books, plus an exhibition, live DJs, drawing tables and screen printing workshops. Free