Beth Orton & The Leisure Society at the Kazimier, 12th April
GIG After taking time off to be a mum, 90s folk starlet Beth Orton returned recently with the glorious ‘Sugaring Season’ LP. It’s a confident, mature return – taking Orton’s dreamy pop sensibilities and adding a weary Laura Marling-esque crunch. Time away from the spotlight changing nappies clearly had a positive effect, and she heads to the Kazimier this week (along with the slow-burn indie-pop of The Leisure Society) for a rare city appearance. Recommended. Facebook event
Reasons My Son Is Crying
BLOG Tumblr’s brilliantly funny sometimes, and this new blog is our current favourite – the product of a frustrated, anonymous dad who documents every time his son cries – and why. Our individual favourites show frustration on both sides (“I wouldn’t let him drown in this pond”, the father writes with weariness, below a picture of his son bawling his eyes out). reasonsmysoniscrying.tumblr.com
Food Slam Fridays at Camp and Furnace, from 12th April
EVENT Ever been out partying and wanted to scoff some grub in between dancing sessions? Yeah, us too. Camp and Furnace are on it, though, introducing their new Food Slam Friday concept: a street food tasting session, in a clubbing context, with a soundtrack of brilliant dance music. DJs, mixologists and chefs all rubbing shoulders to give you the best night out. We love the sound of it. Every Friday, from 12th April. More information
David Bowie’s vintage videos
LEGEND To celebrate his comeback album ‘The Next Day’ (and the fantastic V&A retrospective exhibition), Davey B’s clearly been sat in front of his MacBook staring at a Vimeo progress bar. Over 30 great, classic Bowie moments have been uploaded to the video site – everything from interviews to classic promos to that dreadful/amazing 80s duet with Mick Jagger (above, for your pleasure). Spend an evening digging through. http://vimeo.com/davidbowie/videos
How Far Is It To Mars?
COOL THING This beautifully illustrated, immersive little website shows you just how far it is to Mars. Simple and lovely. www.distancetomars.com
Be part of Arena Studios’ art auction
CONTRIBUTE Liverpool’s Arena Studios regularly hold auctions to raise funds for their great little free arts space, and the time’s come for another one. If you’ve got artwork you’d like auctioned, send jpegs (no more than 3) to firstname.lastname@example.org (include titles, media used, sizes and a brief artist statement) for a chance to have it included as a lot. Arena take a 30% commission, which goes back into running the place. You get the rest. Deadline’s Friday 12th April.
Arts Hub 47, Lark Lane
STORE This recently opened art co-operative looks really interesting: part shop, part workshop and exhibition space, it’s a cool little not-for-profit place that brings even more great affordable art to South Liverpool. Currently on: ‘Liverpool on the Lane’ exhibition, by talented illustrator Becca Griffin. Go and have a mooch. www.artshub47.co.uk