Museum of Butts
RUMP You can’t keep a good butt down. Actually, that’s quite true. A good butt does tend to defy gravity somewhat. And, in the online Metropolitan Museum of Butts, the finely chiseled globes of Gods, Goddesses and, erm, lions are roundly on display. Ooh, the cheek of it.
AWARDS This year’s winners will get a slot at the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown at the Southbank festival, so lots to play for at this, the original and best Liverpool-based music awards. These awards represent just about the most exciting, and diverse crop of talent out there. And, the impressive thing, we (because SevenStreets is on the judging panel) argued long and hard about another 14 or so contenders. And, if we’re really honest, some of our really hot favourites didn’t make the cut. That’s how tough it’s been this year. Check out the full list with artist profiles, at Getintothis. This year, you can vote on the shortlist too, to nominate the People’s Favourite award. Have your say here. Awards announced at the final ceremony, Friday 19 April at Leaf.
One Mile Away at FACT, 17th April
FILM This award-winning documentary by acclaimed director Penny Woolcock takes a look at members of Birmingham’s warring inner-city gangs (the Burger Bar Boys and the Johnson Crew) who attempt to work together to bring an end to the brutal Birmingham ‘postcode wars’. Then, the riots erupt. Don’t miss. More information
St George’s Day Festival, 21st April
EVENT This big, free event takes place across the St George’s Quarter area of the city, and sounds like the best family festival the city’s had in a while. There’s a general medieval theme to the day, with fancy dress, dragons, music, storytelling, arts and crafts, and loads of one-day offers at local restaurants too. www.stgeorgesquarter.org
NHK’Koyxen at Blade Factory, 16th April
GIG Local electronic promoters Deep Hedonia take over the Blade Factory this Tuesday with special guest NHK’Koyxen (NHK to his mum). One of Berlin-based PAN Records’ current roster, his expressive, wonky beatmaking is coupled with support from excellent Liverpool electronica wizards Bantam Lions and Isocore. Recommended. Facebook event
Meet David Sedaris
RADIO Is it real? Elaborated? Factish? Whatever, it’s hilarious and always on the money when it comes to the morals and mores of modern American living. Essayist David Sedaris is at the helm again for more vignettes of his singular, and incident-prone life. Two more episodes to go. Don’t miss them. Listen on iPlayer
(and if you want more Sedaris in your life, read this weekend’s piece in the Observer about the perils of buying a stuffed pet for your loved one…)
Conan & Bongripper at the Kazimier, 20th April
GIG One of this year’s GIT awards nominees, local doom-rock lords Conan (listen above) are set to play a sludgy, heavy mini-festival at the Kazimier this Saturday. They’re supporting legendary Chicago stoner metal men Bongripper, who make a rare stop in the city. Leeds’ abrasive Humanfly also appear. Bring your earplugs. Facebook event
James McLardy’s White Teeth at the Royal Standard
ART Nestled on the edge of the business district, we love the Royal Standard, and their latest exhibition is one not to miss. McLardy’s surreal sculptures, made from a variety of different materials and processes, and are both unnerving and bizarrely magnificent. www.the-royal-standard.com