Getintothis’ Sinéad Nunes shines a light on Captain Beefheart and all things queer in this months art diary, as Homotopia takes the city by storm.
Eat Me + Homotopia: Liberation 2067 – Drag Dinner & Dance Party
10 November / 6pm – 4am / Invisible Wind Factory & Meraki / £22
Now a staple of Liverpool’s LGBT+ nightlife, Eat Me + Preach joins forces with Homotopia for this queer and campy cabaret extravaganza! The evening kicks off at Invisible Wind Factory with a sumptuous three course dinner, accompanied by “the North West’s shiniest, briniest drag artists”, including Le Gateau Chocolat, Marylin Misandry and Auntie Climaxx. Then, from 10pm, join the procession to Meraki, where afterparty Preach promises banging beats and all-night dancing.
Taking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality as its starting point, organisers ask you to imagine a future where “queers rule the world”. Dress code: 2067.
7 November / 7.30pm / Unity Theatre / £10
It’s fourteen years since Kate transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages? When there’s no rule book, sometimes you just have to write your own. This piece of theatre uses song, dance and hard-won wit and wisdom to consider the ins, outs, ups and downs of transitioning. Challenging the idea that genitals equal gender, Kate literally bares all, exploring what’s down there and what’s up here. Tickets available here.
Captain Beefheart Festival
10 – 12 November / Bluecoat, Make Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic
In 1972, cult American musician Captain Beefheart (1941-2010) had his first ever exhibition of paintings at Bluecoat. 45 years later, the venue and partners celebrate his music, visual art, writing and performance with a weekend of special events. Featuring music (The Magic Band at Liverpool Philharmonic), a spoken word poetry event at the Bluecoat, a symposium considering Beefheart as a “total artist”, and a gig inviting musicians Edgar Jones and the New Joneses, Dave McCabe and former Magic Band member Gary Lucas to perform their own original songs alongside reworkings of Beefheart songs. Events ticketed separately.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts
From 17 November / 10am – 5.50pm / Tate Liverpool / FREE
Known for their stylised black-and-white videos, this exhibition features new work In The Body of The Sturgeon which imagines a peculiar time and space: an American submarine at the very end of the Second World War. Sailors on the (fictional) USS Sturgeon grapple with claustrophobic boredom and entertain each other with ad-hoc burlesque performances. Mary and Patrick’s work combines painting, performance and poetry to tell surreal stories inspired by history and mythology, and every character is played by the artists. Find out more.
Liverpool Film Night
Wednesday 22 November / 6pm – 8.30pm / FACT / £7.50 / £5.50
This annual event offers a chance to see brand new film shorts from across the region. As well as seeing work by aspiring Spielbergs on the big screen, a panel of industry experts including award-winning composer and producer David A Hughes; actor and filmmaker Carl Loughlin; author and director Helen Walsh; and filmmaker and senior lecturer at LJMU Demelza Kooij, will be on hand to answer any burning questions about how to make it big. Tickets include a free glass of bubbly on arrival – where’s the catch? Tickets available here.