Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
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
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
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
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
Friday, November 7, 2008
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.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The festival runs from the 20th Nov to the 7 Dec at various venues all over Brighton.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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
Monday, September 29, 2008
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
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
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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
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
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
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
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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
Monday, June 30, 2008
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
How many festivals is that in Brighton now?
Friday, June 20, 2008
Runs 18 June to 19 July 08, Wed to Sun 11-5pm
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"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
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
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
Friday, April 18, 2008
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
All worth checking out. Have I missed anyone else?
Monday, April 14, 2008
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
"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
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
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
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
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
"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
"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."
Here are some pics from the Kissing Booth.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
"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
Monday, January 14, 2008
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
Saturday, January 5, 2008
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
It takes place on Saturday 26 January 2008, 11am – 4pm