Culture Calendar #16: Picks For The Week

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w/c 1st May

What: Music In Twelve Parts

Where: Barbican Centre

When: Mon 1st

The Barbican says: Spirited and spellbinding, Philip Glass’s minimalist masterpiece is performed in full by an ensemble featuring musicians closely associated with Glass’s music, led by James McVinnie and including Eliza McCarthy, Timo Andres, David Kaplan and more. Over the course of twelve movements, brief, elegant melodies interlock, developing slowly and almost imperceptibly, its trance-like structure echoing the music of Ravi Shankar. It’s a piece that pulls off complexity with seeming simplicity, its constantly shifting textures creating the effect of shimmering stasis. Above all, this is a soulful, absorbing piece – a completely mesmerising tapestry of sound.

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What: Table Scraps

Where: The Old Blue Last

When: Tues 2nd

Get down to The Old Blue Last to see Birmingham garage punks Table Scraps. Over the last 6 months the band has shared the stage with the likes of Idles, Yak nd Ulrika Space- their fuzzed out energy and teeth baring riffs are not to be missed.

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What: The Buried Moon

Where: The Rose Playhouse

When: Weds 3rd

Make your way to The Rose Playhouse this Wednesday for the world premier of Laura Turner’s The Buried Moon, a reimagining of the relationship between The Tempest’s Miranda and Caliban.

The Rose Playhouse says: “Inspired by the theory that the character of Caliban in The Tempest was informed by folklore legends of the wetland creatures that want the Lincolnshire fenlands, The Buried Moon is an exploration, reimagining and re-appropriation of the Miranda/Caliban dynamic from Miranda’s perspective set in the Lincolnshire fen communities of today.”

The play runs until May 13th. Click to find out more. 


What: Borderless 2017

Where: Battersea Arts Centre

When: Thurs 4th- Thurs 18th

Kicking off with a performance from Jodie Abacus, a pioneer of London’s future soul movement, Borderless returns this May as Battersea Arts Centre and GOAT Music collaborate to present some of the UK’s best home grown talent and unique artists from around the globe. In the days to follow, the line-up includes neo soul from Fatima & The Eglo Live Band, jazz from Soweto Kinch, luscious electronica from Kate Simko and London Electronic Orchestra and grime from legendary MC Trim.

The festival runs until May 18th. Click to find out more. 


What: Loefah and Fabio      

Where: The Nest

When: Fri 5th

Two pioneers of electronic music hit The Nest this Friday night for a bass binge. Catch them in conversation a few years ago here

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What: Punk4MentalHealth Charity Festival

Where: The Amersham Arms

When: Sat 6th

This Saturday come to the Amersham Arms for a festival geared to raise awareness for mental health, stimulate mentally healthy attitudes, and raise funds for mental health research. They say: “Punk is not only about a specific music style or looks, but about an attitude: everyone is welcome, all music styles and looks! Whoever you are: join us and be yourself! The ABCDEF of punk attitudes is: Accept differences not division, Be yourself, Creative counter culture, D.I.Y., Empowerment & F*ck narrow-mindedness!” Bands include Screaming Dead, Tara Rez Band, Skykeepers, Future Daughters. Get there for 2:30 for speakers and debates including ‘Does 2017 need another  Rock Against Racism?’

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What: Life Of Galileo

Where: The Young Vic

When: Sun 7th

The Young Vic says: BAFTA Award-winning film director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) returns to the Young Vic after his celebrated production of A Season in the Congo. Brendan Cowell plays Galileo following his acclaimed performance in Yerma. Galileo makes an explosive discovery about the universe with his new invention – the telescope. The show is performed in-the-round on a stunning set designed by Lizzie Clachan (Yerma, A Season in the Congo). The show will have original music by The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and projections by 59 Productions (Feast, War Horse).

The play runs until July 1st. Click to find out more.