Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year

Friday, December 19, 2008

Burning of the Clocks

The burning of the clocks takes place sunday night down the seafront.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Carol @ Old Ship Hotel

As Christmas is coming I thought it would be nice to do something fetive, and you can't get more festive than the Christmas Carol. I had high hopes as this production as it was put on by the people who did the play about the Trunk Murders over the summer, and I wasn't disappointed. Taking place in one of the small function rooms in the Old Ship Hotel, this play is marvellous demonstration of hat you can do with very minimal props and a LOT of imagination.

With seats on two sides of the room and the action taking place in the middle, the play starts off in the pitch dark. If fact apart from two benches and two stepladders, the darkness is the main piece of scenery in the play. It conceals a lot of things and is a usuitable backdrop for a ghost filled night. The actors are great. Mr Scrooge is suitably scared by his visions and the three ghosts each have their own distinct style. The way the director cuts between some scenes is almost cinematic and you could almost say that some of the sound effects are in surround sound. Most chilling.

This is the second production by the Brighton Theatre Collective and it looks like they will become a name to watch out for. The play is on every day until the 10th Jan, except xmas eve and new years eve. I got my tickets form the Dome box office.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Brian Gittins + Friends @ Three and Ten

Upstairs at the Three and Ten is a venue that I had heard about but hadn't got round to visiting yet. So when I saw that Richard Herring was appearing there this week I thoughtI would give it a go. The Three and Ten itself is a pub hidden away down the bottom of St James St in Kemptown. It is very small and cosy downstairs and the performance space upstairs is probably the smallest I have seen. It is a narrow room with a stage down one end and room for maybe 50 people to sit in front.

The event itself was billed as Brian Gittins plus Friends, Brian being a local comedian and the MC for the evening. Him and his sidekick came on to warm everyone up with a vaguely surreal Vic Reeves'ish act. The first act on was Jo Enright who I had seen on TV before and thought was very funny. She lives in Hove at the moment do there was a fair amount of local material.

The best bit was when Brian introduced Richard Herring. Richard came out and was about to start his act when Brian proceeded to invite three audience members up onto the stage, gave them rubber monster masks and then lead then in a rousing version of the Hokey Cokey. Throw in a skipping Cd and a chap in a penguin mask and you have a very strange sight. Richard himself was a bit bemused by all this and rounded off the evening with a very rude set.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Being a Hove resident two of my favourite sights are 1) the starlings over the west pier and 2) Nick Cave walking around the town. So, I have to say I was excited when I saw that he was playing the Brighton Centre. I caught the recent Grinderman gig from outside and that was great. So to be in the same room as the band this time should be amazing, and what a great show he put on.

They played for the best part of two hours, the set featuring a few tunes from his last couple of albums and a lot of his "greatest hits". Apart from a couple of songs, the light show was quite restrained. The band however really let rip through the more rocky songs. Mr Cave running round the stage and high kicking everywhere, Warren Ellis playing a little kids guitar and two drummers for added umph!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hove Folk Club

A bit of a late review but a couple of weeks ago I went to see Leon Rosselson at the Hove Folk Club. The clubs home is the Eclipse pub in Hove and takes place in the upstairs function room. It is a small room with room for about 20 to 30 people in it. The performer simply stands down one end with the crowd sat at tables. The hosts are Robb Johnson and the author Robert Rankin, though the latter didn't make an appearance that night.

The evening began with a couple of numbers from Robb followed by by an open mike slot by one of the regulars. Leon did two sets of old school political folk songs, the sort they sung around the barricades back in the 70s. Also won a prize in the raffle, which was nice.

The sort of acts they book seem to be trad folk acts and if news of its existance reaches outside of poets corner then they may have to get a larger room. Well recommended.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dance For Camera 2008

Roughly parallel with CineCity there is the Dance For Camera Festival. This looks like a collection of exhibitions and films all about Dance. It runs from the 5th to 7th December at various places around Brighton.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Anish Kapoor to be Brighton festival's guest director

In a suprise move, the world reknowned artist Anish Kapoor is to be the guest director for next years Brighton Festival.

The festival said that Kapoor's work will be used as "the catalyst for themes and ideas" for a series of events featuring dance, music, theatre and debate, which will last three weeks. The artist said that Brighton would provide a "unique backdrop" to his work.

Sounds interesting.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Cinecity 08

Later this month we have the Cinecity film festival happening all over Brighton. In its sixth year now this festival showcases new films, documattaries and other film related things. This year we have the new Woody Allen film, an exhibition on the Quay Bros and a whole host of indie films. I fancy the documentaries on Patti Smith and Hunter S Thompson.

The festival runs from the 20th Nov to the 7 Dec at various venues all over Brighton.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Reproduced Sound 24

The Institute of Acoustics' Reproduced Sound Conference, now in its 24th consecutive year, will take place at the Barcelo Brighton Old Ship Hotel. Reproduced Sound conferences represent the cutting edge of modern audio and acoustics, in an informal environment that allows consultants, manufacturers, contractors and end users to mingle and share insight and information. The presentations and papers bring people back to Reproduced Sound year after year after year.

It features talks on things like "Timbral correction of loudspeaker systems based on measured reverberation time", "Acoustic geometry sculptor – a computer program for optimising room surfaces" and "Real world line array optimisation".

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

An Artist Called Imbue

Found a cheeky video on the web by a local Brighton artist called Imbue. He has taken a couple of old sweet dispenser, labelled them Heroin and Cocaine and placed them on the Palace Pier. No one actually tries buying it, but it certainly gets some attention.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Big Beach Boutique 4 - Review

Well I went to the first two Big Beach Boutiques (not mad enough to go dancing on Brighton sea front in the middle of the winter) so it seemed a good idea to go to this years as well. Unfortuately the GF double booked us for a BBQ in the afternoon so by the time we got to Maderia Drive it was nearly time for FatBoy to take to the stage. Still, it was a nice day and everyone seemed to be having a good time down there. There was lots of security and food and somewhere in the distance was a stage. The trouble with Maderia Drive is that it is long and narrow and the stage witht he big screen was miles away.

I wasn't making notes or anything but Mr Cooks set went something like this. He started off with a greatest hits segment. This had a few other techno/big beat numbers mixed in and had the crowd singing along. A couple of the new Brighton Port Authority tracks got played as well. there were certainly bits of Dayid Byrne and Iggy Pop floating around. Then there was the Mash up segmentwhere Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Gorillaz and the White Stripes got mixed, remixed and over dubbed. Hilight was the legendary Rolling Stones Satisfaction/Rockerfella Skank mix which I don't think I have heard him play at any of the other BBBs. Finally there was a big cheesey 70s love song and Praise You which got the crowd singing again.

There were lazers, there was someone climbing up a street lamp, there were dozens of boats out at sea shining like fire flys and, Oh yes, and we all got a free mini Cd featuring six tracks from the new BPA album. Another source of related info can be found here.

What did you think?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Brighton Photo Biennial

Brighton Photo Biennial is an ambitious celebration of international photographic practice and a firmly established event in the national and international photographic calendar. It runs from the 3rd October to 16 November. Entitled Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War, Brighton Photo Biennial 2008 will explore photographic images of war, their making, use and circulation, and their currency in contemporary society.

There is also a fringe to the whole festival with its own exhbitions and workshops taking place at the same time.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Streets for People

Streets for People takes place on Sunday 21 September and is a car free day in the centre of Brighton. Pedestrian friendly spaces will include Prince Albert Street, Bartholomews, Market Street and Square, Little East Street, East Street, New Road, Jubilee Street and Square. There will be bands, dancing, walks, free rickshaw rides and even a bit of sand on the beach outside the town hall. I went along last year and it was well received.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Lewes Pound

I just saw this on the news and thought I would mention it. In Lewes they have started printing their own money. This is not some crafty forgery scam but an incentive to get people to spend money in local shops rather than the big supermarkets. The idea is that you exchange a pound real money for a "Lewes Pound Note". This can then be used in any of 85 shops around Lewes.
It seems to have a success with all 10,000 of the first set of notes being sold. The only drawback is that people seem to be collecting then and not spending them. There are currently about 40 on ebay and Lewes council say they will print some more in an attempt to get more into circulation.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Brighton Food Festival

The Brighton Food Festival is now on at various places round Brighton. It is a month long celebration of food and drink and you can't really argue with that. Hilights include various weekend markets, a firey food festival and a live demonstration by 20 of the finest chefs in Brighton. It is also noting that the brochure for the event features artwork by Kate Jenkins who is famous for knitting food (and we dont mean out of spaghetti).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stencil History X @ Ink_d

My favourite little gallery in Brighton has an exhibition of Stencil art on this month. It features ...

Original works from C215, fellow French stenciller Sadhu and three quite amazing US artists - Adam5100, Broken Crow and Koleszar - are taking over Ink_d to showcase the re-written rules on this artform.

Unfortunately one of the artists has been refused entry to the UK.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Trunks @ Old Ship Hotel

Last night I went to see Trunks at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. It is a play by Stephen Plaice based on the 1930s trunk murders that took place in Brighton and caused quite a scandal at the time. the play is performed in the Paganinni Ballroom in the Old Ship Hotel. This is a lovely little ballroom that is accessed from the side of the hotel and via a nice sweeping staircase.

The play itself is great. It is the first show by the Brighton Theatre Collective who are a collective of local actors and actresses. With a cast of twelve you actually get proper crowd scenes with the stage bustling full of people. The main actors and actresses were very good with Mancini, the charming murderer and Violet the worn down prostitute worthy of praise. The story is sort of played in flashback with the murderer, casually conversing with his dead (and resigned to it) victim.

With most Am' Dram' productions you get used to it being two people and a couple of boxes on stage but this was much more exciting. The scene where Mancini the murderer and his new floozy go to a dance hall was especially good. You could sense his paranoia as they danced around while everyone discussed the murders. The lights and bubbles gave it a suitably dream like feel. There was also a nice number of costume changes amongst the cast.

It finishes on Friday so get in quick.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Home Wanted For Local Art

A seriously ill artist from Brighton is looking for someone to leave his life's work to in his will. Brain tumour sufferer Brian Fogarty, 66, fears that his 40 paintings will end up being dumped and his books will go out of print. He said he would love to leave his collection to someone who would be able to display his work.

Much of his work is predicated on the assumption that whatever it is that drives him to create it's not far removed from the vital life force that drives other outlaws to drink, drugs, murder, madness, suicide, or a life of crime.

If you can help out then please contact the author.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Brighton City Festival Announced

23rd to 25th October this year sees Brighton come alive with the Brighton City Festival 08. It is aanother music festival that takes place around town and this one actually has some big names in its line up. For a start there is Underworld at the Brighton Centre. The Wailers will be playing their Exodus album in its entirety (sadly without Bob Marley) and DJ Yoda will be doing his good time party music thing. More acts to be announced soon.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Win a Signed Pic of Kylie

Local artist Merv is raffleing off a signed picture of pop princess Kylie Minogue in order to raise money for a Brighton hospital. Tickets cost £2 with all profits going to The Rocking Horse Charity. This is a charity that helps sick children in Brighton and Sussex.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Colour Out Of Space@Sallis Benny

The web site for this years Colout Out Of Space festival is up and running. Again it looks like 3 days (5th to 5th September) of complete and utter weirdness. the big news this year though is that Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is playing on the sunday. Yes, THURSTON F**KING MOORE!!!! Him, Chris Corsano and Bill Nace will be doing their noise thing i presume which will be fun to watch.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Paramount Comedy Festival

While it hasn't officially been announced yet, tickets are on sale for the Paramount Comedy Festival which takes place in Brighton every year. They have been on sale for a while now, so there is a chance things might start selling out before the program officially gets released. It looks like it runs for most of October.

The usual suspects appearing this year include Dara O'Briain, Richard Herring, The Maydays, Festival Gala with Alan Carr & Friends, Dylan Moran, Jason Manford, Reginald D Hunter, Tim Minchin, Joanna Neary's Magic Hole, John Hegley, Lucy Porter, Stephen K Amos, Zoe Lyons, Russell Howard, Jason Byrne, Andrew Lawrence, Ed Byrne - Different Class, Chris Cox, Rich Hall is Otis Lee Crenshaw, Jimmy Carr - Joke Technician, Jon Richardson, Andy Parsons, David O'Doherty, Pete Firman The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Clive James In The Evening, Michael McIntyre, Jeremy Hardy, Jeff Green, Frankie Boyle, Phil Nichol, Mark Steel,Stephen Grant,Shappi Khorsandi, The Comedy Store Players, Brendon Burns and Roy Walker

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Small Wonder Short Story Festival

That right, The Small Wonder Short Story Festival, which has been held in Charlston the last couple of years is back. It takes place between the 18th and 21st September and features all manner of short story realted things. There are readings, workshops, slams and panel discussions.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Peace Picnic @ Hove Lawns

The Peace Picnic comes to Hove Lawns again on Sunday the 20th July. Lasts years was a great afternoon out so hopefully this years should be as well. From what I remember there is a carnival parade through town which ends at Hove Lawns by the Peace statue. The entertainment for the afternoon consists of several stages with local bands playing, films, food plus the usual "ethnic" food and nick nack stalls. As the name suggests it has a bit of a hippy vibe but it means well.

Update: It looks like the carnival part may just have been a happy coincidence last year. That took place in Brighton last weekend.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Artists & Makers Festival

I always thought worthing should have a bit of a festival now that Shoreham is in on the act. While not entirely Worthing based we do have the Artists & Makers Festival which runs from the 4th to the 20th July. Here is a selection of what's on and what you can expect.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Expo Brighton

Did I mention there is another music festival this weekend? It is called Expo Brighton and is of the more experimental kind of music. It is taking place in various venues around town and features ...
Three days of people enjoying, creating, playing, sharing, discovering, participating and listening to sonic art.

Featuring Aleks Kolkowski, John Wall, Blood Stereo & Ludo Mich plus the best emerging artists back to back with some of the leading figures in UK sonic art playing things you’ve never heard before (and maybe never will again).

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hip Hop Festival Back

After a bit of trouble last year, the annual Brighton Hip Hop festival is back in town. Renamed Rising Styles it runs from the 4th to 13th of July at venues all over town. It features the usual mixture of graffiti, Battle Jams, Block Parties and Poetry Slams and there is a free CD being given away with the July issue of Hip Hop Connection.

How many festivals is that in Brighton now?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Slow Furl @ Lighthouse

Weird one this. They have covered the entire surface of the Lighthouses exhibition space with a layer of soft material and are inviting the public to come in and interact with it. I suppose as more people walk over it oand touch it, the shape and feel of it will change. Probably more interesting to see with before and after pictures or a stop motion recording of it.

Runs 18 June to 19 July 08, Wed to Sun 11-5pm

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fatboy Slim Is Dead ...

Long live the Brighton Port Authority. That's the new name for local superstar DJ Norman Cook. there is a new album coming with contributions from David Byrne and Dizzie Rascal, Iggy Pop, Martha Wainwright, Jamie T and X-Press 2. Check out the video for the first single "Toe Jam".

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

UK Rock Poster Explosion Tour with BRAG

There is an exhibition of the finest UK and US gig posters coming to the Fringe Basement in Brighton this month. The US side is provided by the Firehouse Kustom Rockart Company who do posters out of San Francisco. It should be worth seeing as the the average US gig poster is a lovely 4 colour screen print as opposed to the dodgy photocopies we get over here.

It is organised by BRAG and runs from the 20th to 22nd June.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Adur Festival Started

The Adur Festival started this weekend along the coast in Shoreham by Sea. It's a bit like the Brighton Festivals slightly more sedate uncle and it runs through most of June. It features the usual mix of art and events. The big music names this year are Eliza Carthy and Chris Jagger. The former being one of the staples of the young british folk scene and the latter being the brother of a certain Mick Jagger. Comedy hilights are the local treason Show team and the TV comic Michael McIntyre.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fatboy Gig Details

The tickets for Fatboy Slims BBB4 gig are on sale very soon according to his MySpace page. Monday according to the Evening Argus.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Eastbourne's Wicker Man

Back in January the cargo vessel Ice Prince dropped its cargo of timber which washed up all along the south coast. Most of the timber has been cleared up now but Eastbourne artist Oliver Zurek though it would be a nice idea to do something with the timber. Unfortunately his idea of building a wicker man on the beach and then setting fire to it has been turned down by the local council. Says the artist

"Having heard that the wood at Cow Gap is to be burnt, I feel it is a wasted opportunity to not build something with it first, for example 'the wicker man'.

I feel this could be a great community project for locals and could increase the artistic profile of Eastbourne, if promoted correctly. "

They could always do it any way and stick a couple of the local councillors in there while they are at it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Modern Toss Museum Of Urban Shit Naks @ Ink_D Gallery

Currently at the Ink_d gallery on North Road is an exhibition of Modern Toss. If you don't know, Modern Toss is the 21st Century equivalent of Viz magazine, a crude anarchic comic that as recently branched out into TV. Home to such lovely characters as Mr Tourettes, the flies and that bloke in the deckchair on the Guardian Guides clubbing page. At least one of the people behind it lives/works in Brighton so having a show here is a good idea.

So, onto the show itself. It is basically copies of some of their most popular cartoons with a few extra goodies thrown in for good measure. Mostly collages of coloured card and hair with the characters stuck/drawn over the top, they capture the look and feel of the comic. A couple of them are interactive with bits of string you can pull to make things move. There are even a couple of "ceramic shit frisbees" or plates as they are more commonly known. I think these awere all for sale along with a selection of books, t-shirts and greetings cards.
There was even a picture done especially for the Brighton Festival by the looks of it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Great Escape Reviews

I didn't go myself but here are some reviews of the Great Escape music festival that took place in Brighton this weekend.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Johnnys Midnight Goggles @ Pavillion Theatre

I must admit, I went to see Johnnys Midnight Goggles not really knowing what to expect. It turn out to be a one man show where for most of it, the performer sits centre stage, with a cello, telling a story. Not much cop you may think but it really was quite involving. Matthew Sharp made an entertaining story teller, slipping in voices and accents and providing his own background music and sound effects with his cello. The story is about an artist whose friend disappears shortly after he has seen a mysterious black camel, though it soon descends into an exotic fantasy land and a plot to enslave the world. The minimal production values suited it quite well though maybe light could have been used a bit more to hilight the action sequences. It has finished now but it is well worth catching should it come round again.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Brighton Fest Pics

Here are some pics of what is happening in the Brighton Festival courtesy of Flickr.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

4d art - Norman @ Theatre Royal

4d art - Norman is a piece of multi media performance art/dance at the Theatre Royal this week. Very loosely it is about someone researching the life and works of the audio visual artist Norman McLaren. Not very interesting on the surface but the show starring Peter Trosztmer literally brings the works of art to life in quite a remarkable way. Using minimal props the researcher shows us some of Normans work and then then starts interacting with it. People he has interviewed appear on screen like ghosts or the hologram at the start of Star Wars. With transparent screens at the back and front of the stage Peter manages to get in front of, behind and even inside some of the animations. Some of the animations are quite primitive, though that is because they were scratched straight onto film using a knife. Some are quite hypnotic. "Neighbours" was films with two actors in stop motion and sums up the pointlessness of war. Well worth seeing.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Le Scandal @ Udderbelly

Went to see the New York burlesque troupe Le Scandal at the Udderbelly last night. Ten thirty on a bank holiday Monday night is probably not the perfect time to see them but i didn't have work in the morning so it was ok. It was also the first night of a run with quite a lot riding on it.

The house band were from Brighton but the performers all looked like people from the weirder side of Manhattan. There were a couple of ladies who did various fan dances, a (not very good) juggler, an escapologist, a rope act and a sex monkey. The rope act were probably the best part of the show. It was a woman and two men with lots of climbing ropes, hanging from ropes and spinning round on ropes. The whole show had a sort of vaudeville feel with a slight industrial/alternative undercurrent. Most of the audience were given kazoos when the went in and proceeded to join in with most of the tunes. A couple of ladies even won sets of "Paisties" in a sex quiz.

The person I went with thought it was a bit of a shambles but I thought that was all part of its charm/act. The big infaltable cow is probably not the best place to see something like that as the Spiegeltent (or a dingy NY night club) would have had more atmosphere. Not bad though.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Soundwaves Festival 2008

Although I missed it last year, the Soundwaves Festival is back again this year. It runs from Friday 13 to Sunday 29 June and take splace in a variety of venues all over town. It is one of those "experimental" music festivals so expect lots of audio/visual installations and something taking place in a beach hut.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Loop Festival Announced

One of the hi lights of last year was the Loop music festival, slap bang in the middle of Brighton. Well, it looks like its back. It is on Saturday 16th August at the same location. The website promises it will be bigger and better. Just as long as it doesn't rain again this year. New Young Pony Club are about the biggest name announced so far but it is still early days.

Apart from the weather and one individual, I thought last years went great for a festival in its first year. The security stopped the tents getting too crowded (not a good thing if you are outside) and there was plenty to do. There was at least 3 stages spread over 2 sites and cheap entry to some nightclubs. Due to the size of the place they probably can't have any one too big playing there, so last year it seemed to be the best of the local talent.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Local Bands With New Albums

A few other local bands who have new albums out at the moment include the Blood Red Shoes who do a sort of Kills/White Stripes thing, the Kooks with their charming indie pop, Chris T-T (haven't actually heard yet), Jacobs Stories with hit electro acoustic folk and the rockabilly of Peggy Sue and the Pirates.

All worth checking out. Have I missed anyone else?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Beachdown Festival Announced

It seems there is a new music festival in town, and this one has camping and everything.

From Friday 22nd – Monday 25th August, Beachdown Festival will resonate across the South Downs in East Sussex. Finally music lovers from the south east of England will have the accessible, quality music festival that it has been longing for. In fact, quality is the name of the game for Beachdown, with its organisers hell bent on providing the very best of everything, from heavenly hygiene to the finest of foods.

According to eFestivals
The line-up includes De La Soul, Lightspeed Champion, Reverend and the Makers, Terry Callier, Roy Ayers, Infadels, The Hat and Freakpower, Russ Dewbury,Bah Samba, Azymuth, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jah Wobble All-stars and Amp Fiddler. With more names still to be announced. As well as high profile names there will also be local talent from the Brighton music scene - club nights, record labels and DJ's are all involved.

Hopefully this will run smoothly and become a regular event, like the old Essential Music Festivals of yesteryear.

Their website can be found here. Only tickets are going to be £85 weekend tickets.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Raw Gallery Hove

There is funny little gallery recently opened in Hove. It is called the Raw Gallery and is down the bottom of Hove Street. According to the web site
"The RAW Gallery is our new family run gallery dedicated to contemporary art in the true meaning of the word. Artwork that truly represents our ever changing and contrasting times, thoughts and emotions. Artwork that takes many forms from Stunning paintings to unique one off furniture or bespoke handmade crystal lamps to beautiful sculpture."
It is only a small place with pictures on all the walls and in the window. You can see from the website what sort of artists they have on show there. There is a nice variety of styles and all the artists are friends of the owners. It is certainly a long way from most of the other galleries in Brighton, looking as it does, more like an open house.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My federation Album Out

The Brighton band My Federation have a new album out this week. I though I'd mention them as I saw them last year and thought they were quite good. They have a bit of a soft rock thing going on from what I remember looking a bit like the 70's Bee Gees and sounding a bit like Chicago.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Pam Glew And Ptomley Interviews

There are a couple of nice interviews with Brighton artists on the old interweb.

One is with Ptomley the chap who makes fish, dragons and octopi out of old car hub caps. If yu have been to the Hop Poles or the Eagle pubs in Brighton then you will be familiar with his work. His pieces are all made from hub caps that he or his friends find discarded on the road.

The other interview is with Pam Glew, a 29 year old artist from Brighton who specialises in making artwork on flags, fabric and old books.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Peter Blake @ Ink_d

That's right, PETER BLAKE, the bloke who did the cover for the Beatles Sgt Peppers album. He has a exhibition at Ink_d gallery from 4th April to the 3rd May 2008. It is to mark the galleries first birthday, which is cool.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Local Artist on Apprentice

Not that I have watched it, but the new series of The Apprentice featured a local chap, Nicholas De Lacy Brown. He is from Worthing and it turns out he is a bit of an artist. I say featured as he was the first to be kicked off.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Brighton Fringe Festival

The Brighton Fringe Festival is now open for business. It seems to have grown since last year as it now features a Spiegeltent, an Udderbelly as well as the usual selection of lady boys. Musical hilights include Hercules and Love Affair and Seth Lakeman. Le Scandal sounds fun as well.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Brian Jones @ OContemporary

Currently on at the OContemporary is an exhibition of the work of Brian Jones. It is a look at Britishness and consists of paintings of flags and other British emblems.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Mike Read @ Julie-Ann Gilburt Gallery

Yes, the Mike Read has an exhibition in Brighton. Not only that, but it consists of works made entirely of sweets. Now, that may sound a bit naff and in all honesty it is. I will say though that the Tube (of smarties) undeground map is a nice idea.

The show is on at the juile-anne gilburt gallery which is one of those funny little ones along Maderia Drive. Looking at her website she seems quite happy to work with celebs of the major and minor type. I believe it starts this weekend (22nd March) for an unspecified amount of time. Probably untill they have all been eaten. :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Life's a Beach

Thought I would share this with you as it is quite nice. Jamie Stokes, a local artist is making art on Worthing beach simply using pebbles.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Feed Lack Loop@Lighthouse

This thursday there will be a virual art show in Brighton and a real life in the MMORPG Second Life, or is it the other way around? Either way, it sounds interesting.

Feed Lack loop "inquires whether the concept of interactivity, so lauded in contemporary culture, is about Empowerment or possibly leads to its opposite: Control."

I think we will see a lot more of this sort of stuff in the future, especially in Brighton. The virtual worlds are getting more and more realistic each year and it is only a mater of time before peole start saging plays and films in there.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Brighton Festival

It is that time of year where thoughts turn to the old Brighton Festival. The main website is on-line here and you can check the program to see whats on. The Fringe website is up but no listings as yet.

I can't say a whole lot grabs me this year. The most interesting things with a music slant seem to be in the "books and debate" section of all places. Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant, Alex James and the incomprehensible Mark E Smith are all plugging books.

Tickets go on sale Firday the 29th and it usually pays to get in quick as the popular stuff sells out fast.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Eastbourne Festival

Hot on the heels of the Adur and Brighton Festivals, we now have the Eastbourne Festival to look forward to. This is two weeks of culture taking place in various venues around Eastbourne from the 15th to the 30th or March. It features open houses, exhibitions, comedy, dance, music, theatre and a whole lot more. I have had a quick look through the program and while it doesn't have the big names that come to Brighton, it still has a lot of varied and interesting stuff on offer. Radio 4 will be recording an episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" and Colin Dexter will be talking about Inspector Morse. It is as good an excuse as any for a day trip there as any.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rue Asher @ HQ Gallery

Rue Asher has an exhibition of his watercolours in Lewes. Rather than the usual wishy washy landscapes that you tend to get with water colours, these are bright urban spaces and sea side images. The exhibition is at the HQ Gallery in Lewes, from Feb 23rd- Mar 16th 2008.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Brussels Meets Brighton

Some Brighton artists are taking part in an interesting meeting of minds in London in April. Called Brussels Meets Brighton it is a showcase of talent from Brighton and Brussels.

"Between 30th April and the 3rd of May London’s exciting Shunt Lounge will host a massive exhibition involving Arts Collectives from Brighton, Brussels and London. The event will incoporate a feast of fascinating performance including: live music, puppetry, dance and physical theatre, video and sound installations, photography, slam poetry, scientists, robotics and more."

With over 60 names on the list of artists it looks like an interesting line up.

Friday, February 15, 2008

On The Pull@Brighton Museum & Art Gallery *Update

No, thats not my idea of a good day out, it is a new exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

"Explore love and attraction, tender romance and the call of the wild, as Brighton Museum goes on the pull. Come along with your friends and lovers to discover hidden love stories - from coming of age to the thrill of the chase, when love goes wrong and the happy-ever-after."

Sounds fun.

Here are some pics from the Kissing Booth.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Great Escape Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Great Escape music festival held in Brighton are now on sale. It takes place on the 15/16/17 of May at most of the music venues around town.

The bands announced so far include ;
Young Knives, Black Mountain, Fujiya and Miyagi, Tourngat, Wintersleep, School of Langauge, The Wombats, The Hold Steady, The Subways, Black Lips, White Lies, Monobright, Iron and Wine, Public Service Announcers, Born Ruffians, Broken Mirrors, Ipso Facto, Beat Union, Mother Mother, This City, One Night Only, Teenagers, Canterbury, Crystal Castles, Johnny Foreigner, Ida Maria, Team Waterpolo, Ebony Bones and The Black Angels.

Early Bird tickets cost £35 and get you in to any show (subject to the venues capacity). The ticket price will go up nearer to the time.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Everyday Anomalies@Phoenix Gallery

There is a new exhibition opened at the Phoenix Gallery. It is called Everyday Anomalies and it aims to "observe and highlight the minutiae of everyday life". There is an interesting review of it here. It appears to be sponsored by Buffet Island and China Now, the latter being a huge marketing drive by China to play up the culture and downplay the politics.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Arts Council Funding Cuts

It looks the Brighton arts scene will be hit by cuts in Arts Council funding. Coming a year after the Gardner Arts Centre closed, it seems that the Komedia and Zap Arts have not had their funding renewed. The money only accounted for 6% of the Komedia's money but even that may mean less of the cutting edge dance/theatre like Ketzal and a few more nights of the popular but safe Treason Show.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thais Beltrame, San and John Simpson @ OContemporary

There is a new exhibition coming up at the OContemporary featuring

Thais Beltrame
A hugely talented female Brazilian urban artist from Sao Paulo whose tender and dark line drawings are hugely collectable

One of Spain's leading urban artists whose work regularly sells out around the world, exhibiting for the first time in the UK

One of the UK's top contemporary talents, whose stunning ethereal images are caught between adult reasoning and childhood imagination

This runs from the 9th February to the 9th March

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Chinese Culture Day

Sunday the 17 Feb see a day of all things Chinese come to Brighton.

"Enjoy Chinese New Year with a jam-packed day of celebrations in the heart of Brighton. Taking place at the Dome Complex, the menu of events boasts a wide range of free shows and activities for the whole family, including music, dance, and theatre and community choirs. The Corn Exchange will be full to the brim with interesting stalls and tasty Chinese delicacies, plus, you can expect a wide range of ‘have-a-go’ workshops, including brush painting, ribbon dance and lantern making. The whole event will spill onto the streets, when the North Laine area is transformed into a Chinese extravaganza, with vibrant, festive banners, lanterns, Lion dancers and Dragon parades. The finale to the day is a Chinese lantern parade, which will gather in Jubilee Square at 6.30pm before making its way along New Road to Pavilion Gardens for a surprise culmination."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Skins@ Magnum Opus Tattoos

Magnum Opus Tattoos in Brighton is holding an exhibition of photos from Gavin Watson's book 'SKINS'.

"Around 40 images will be on show, including iconic photos of Gavin's younger brother Nev, who aged 10 years-old was a member of the High Wycombe Skins. First published in 1994, Gavin's book documents his mates and these extraordinary photos are an accurate insight into one of the most mis-represented subcultures ever to emerge in the UK. September 2007 saw a revised edition of the book, with several more photos included from Gavin's archive and an exhibition at the Dr Marten's flagship store in Covent Garden."

Monday, January 14, 2008

Art Combats Vandalism

There is an interesting story in the Metro about how art has been used to combat vandalism in Brighton.

Pictures of a lovely blue sky with white fluffy clouds have been stuck over the windows of the derelict Lion & Unicorn pub on Wilson Avenue. Since the pictures by Stig Evans went up the vandals have left the place alone.

"Mr Evans, who consulted people living in the area about his designs, said: 'They wanted something uplifting and liberating and this works in several ways. It is escapism, really.' "

This is a really good example of public art being used to turn something that is probably an eye sore into something a bit nicer to look at. It would be nice if all derelict buildings could be brightned up in some way.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Ocean Rooms sells Banksy picture for £200,000

The subject says it all really. Back in 2002 the Ocean Rooms comissioned a piece of art from Banksy to hang behind their bar.
"The image, called 'Laugh now', depicts a row of chimps wearing placards emblazoned, 'Laugh now, but one day we'll be in charge.' It was one of six Banksy pictures which once decorated the various rooms on both floors of the club but have since been removed.

Bonhams staff believe it could rival the record £288,000 achieved at the house last year."

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Semiconductor @ Fabrica

I went to check out the installation by Semiconductor at the Fabrica gallery today as I had recently seen some of their work on TV and had thought it was interesting. The exhibition was more of a science exhibit than a bit of art really. The main hall was filled with a large screen onto which was projected images taken of the surface of the sun. The soundtrack of the piece reveals the hidden forces at play upon the solar surface and creates a symphony by the sun by directly translating the brightness of the image into audio frequencies. Also showing was Magnetic Movie, the piece I had seen on TV. As a bunch of scientists talk about magnetism colourful magnetic waves appear on the screen illustrating their points. Finally there is some magnets and a theremin you can have a play with.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Art Junky @ Phoenix Gallery

For the 2nd year running Phoenix will bring together the best of Brighton’s lively jumble sale culture and its enterprising artist population for a one day with ‘Art Junky’ an indoor winter flea market that can’t be missed. Tables cost £13 and you can sell anything artistic that you have made. This would probably have been a great idea to have just before Xmas as opposed to after it.

It takes place on Saturday 26 January 2008, 11am – 4pm