On a quest to avoid Christmas entirely in this December edition of the Liverpool Arts Diary, Getintothis’ Sinéad Nunes rounds up the most interesting live music, art and political events of the month ahead.
Immix Ensemble: Intone by Laura Cannell and Ella Finer
November 30, 7.30pm, Tate Liverpool, £5
Liverpool-based music ensemble Immix collaborate across the spectrum of arts and music. For Intone, genre-defying violinist Laura Cannell performs alongside multidisciplinary artist Ella Finer in the Wolfson Gallery, amid the new Alex Katz display.
Combining the 15th century idea of performing vocals instrumentally, to Fluxus ideas of interpretation and duration, the piece explores Cannell and Finer’s shared interest in the sound of languages through tone, intonation and translation. There are also premieres of new works by Immix’s composer-in-residence, Andrew PM Hunt, and artistic director Daniel Thorne.
Vote 100: Born a Rebel, Liverpool
Saturday December 1, 24 Kitchen Street, £3-5
Cinema For All are celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage with a screening of a newly commissioned short film using archival footage to chart the story of women in British public life over the last 100 years. Followed by a screening of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home, live music from Dream Nails, spoken word from Louise Fazackerley and discussions about what the future of the UK holds for women.
An alternative way to spend your Saturday night, putting politics and equality first and offering a safe space to connect with like-minded women.
What’s the T! – An evening dedicated to the T in LGBTQ+
Monday December 3, 7pm, Out Liverpool, donations welcome
Bringing together local LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to help raise awareness and support for the trans community, at What’s the T! you can expect an array of inspiring speakers, comics, performers and more!
Comedian Darcie Silver is appearing, and is described as one of the most exciting new comedians on the circuit with a hilarious blend of one liners and observational humour. Slightly less relevantly, she is a transgender lesbian and will be there on the night adding a sprinkle of humour!
Donations go towards Mermaids UK, a charity that raises awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public.
DaDaFest presents: vessel
Tuesday December 4, Edge Hill Arts Centre, £5-10
Following the success of Can I Start Again Please in 2016, Sue MacLaine Company is back at DaDaFest International. Described in The Guardian as ‘challenging, devastating & devastatingly good’, vessel is about the medieval practice of Anchoritism, a life of strict and irreversible enclosure entered into by an elaborate ceremony during which the last rites were administered.
Looking at withdrawal, silencing, containment, banishment, sovereignty and personhood; vessel is about how we hold our history and how history holds us and contemplates notions of radical togetherness and radical aloneness.
Saturday December 15, 11pm – late, Invisible Wind Factory, £8-12
A House / Techno night featuring high-strength premium spiral diffraction glasses, which use a special lens to diffract light into a gradient spectrum of colours, promising a truly spacey experience. Might come off like a like a bad festival-style silent disco, might be an awesome night.
Either way, attendees will probably be too tripped out on their ‘journey through light and sound‘ to know the difference…
Daily, Liverpool World Museum, FREE-£3
The World Museum has recently launched a new programme of free, and very cheap shows at the Planetarium, suited to adults looking to learn more about the night sky. It’s one of those things that’s there year-round, but we forget about in the buzz of gig and launches elsewhere.
Join the hunt for dark matter in Phantom of the Universe, learn about ancient astronomers’ theories in From Earth to the Universe or sit back and gaze at The Night Sky, a free ten-minute show exploring the myths and constellations of the sky at night.