THE WEEK AHEAD
As Friday the 13th looms, we're feeling pretty darn lucky to be in the Northwest considering the smorgasbord of events lined up over the next seven days. We start the week with Double Indemnity, a new exhibition pitching up at Cornerhouse that sees us slip into the world of film noir. There's music to please all tastes, with Caitlin Rose bringing an authentic American twang to Manchester, Heartless Bastards providing some garage rock, and SuperByte Festival introducing us to chiptune and-8 bit music. And finally, if it's theatre you seek, the Write Now Festival will be delivering it in bite-sized morsels.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Sat 14 Sep-Sun 5 Jan, Free
It's that time of year again, when Cornerhouse strips its walls of the now familiar and shocks our senses with a mint fresh exhibition. Say hello to Double Indemnity, a new group installation inspired by Billy Wilder's classic film noir of the same name (pictured). Exploring desire, possession and complicity, the exhibition features two newly commissioned works by artists Ming Wong and Anicka Yi – Wong delivers After Chinatown, a video installation with him decked out like Barbara Stanwyck's character in Double Indemnity, and Yi concocts a new scent for Stanwyck, with base notes of bourbon and, er, sperm-y top notes. For a far better explanation, check our preview here.
Fri 13 Sep, 6.30pm, £14 here
Fresh from the End of the Road festival stage, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter Caitlin Rose will be moseying on over to The Ritz this Friday as part of her UK mini-tour. The 26-year-old Americana songstress will be doing her velvety-soft and effortlessly emotive thing, showcasing tracks from her latest LP, The Stand-In, which finds her tiptoeing the line between showiness and subtlety. Whereas you'll be tiptoeing across The Ritz's sticky – yet intriguingly bouncy – dancefloor. Support on the night comes from Andrew Coombes.
Fri 13 Sep, 7.30pm, £8 here
If gutsy garage rock tinged with a unmistakably rock'n'roll vibe is more your thing, your Friday would be well spent in the company of these Heartless Bastards down in the suitably fitting setting of The Ruby Lounge. Hailing from the dizzying heights of Dayton, Ohio the four-piece now reside in Austin, Texas; their musical output over the past couple of years has included their most polished and gem-like release to date, Arrow. Led by the coarse yet captivating vocals of Erika Wennerstrom, we'd file them somewhere between Breeders and Pixies. Basically – go, see!
Sat 14 Sep, 7.30pm, £10 here
Returning to the UK for the first time in seven years, Giant Drag will be rocking up at The Kazimier in Liverpool (following their show at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Fri 13 Sep, 7pm, £10 here) for a farewell tour. Fronted by foul-mouthed rocker Annie Hardy – troubled and talented in equal measure – her creative output over the past ten years includes the 2003 indie classic Hearts and Unicorns and the much-anticipated Waking Up is Hard to Do, released earlier this year. This'll be your last chance to catch this controversially titled track in a live setting.
Thu 12 Sep, 6pm, Free
With a collective middle finger firmly raised towards Russia's outrageously homophobic new laws, Islington Mill is looking towards the positive and asking what a world with Equality Everywhere would look like. For their multi-room exhibition and event, they've invited artists such as Alice Baldwin, Dr Me, Rosanne Robertson and Alex Humphreys to share a personal response to this theme, and when you're all arted out, dance yourself ragged with some help from Bohemian Grove, Wet Play and Trash-O-Rama DJs. The event is free, but donations are welcome – all proceeds go to ALL OUT.
From the highest skyscraper in Dubai to the South Bridge in Kiev, photographers Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov scale them all – without safety equipment – to capture unbelievable new perspectives. Following on from their documentary Roofer´s Point of View
, Makhorov and Raskalov are the focus of mini-documentary New Perspectives
, in which HUB Footwear
follows the duo to their base in Russia, where their love of climbing high buildings was born. In New Perspectives
the duo reach new depths and heights, not just by climbing, but by capturing images in the space under cities and surprising viewers with new and unexpected angles. This mini-documentary is one of a series of videos about creative and dissident spirits who see the city from an original perspective.
Tu 17 Sep, 11pm, Free (booking required, here
We could hardly run a mid-September ZAP! without a nod to the latest influx of fresh blood to the city – welcome, freshers! To help y'all get suitably off your tits, NxNw are throwing a freshers’ welcome party that will likely mark the first of many nights spent sweating away in Soup Kitchen’s basement. Taking advantage of their new mid-week late license, seasoned party throwers North by North West will be testing it out on the only folk who can feasibly stay out past bedtime on a Tuesday night without it having an adverse effect on their week and/or health.
Thu 12 Sep, 8pm and 9pm, £11.50 (£8.50) here
Those pioneers of electroacoustic sound-art, MANTIS (Manchester Theatre In Sound) are to be let loose from the NOVARS research centre for an evening of noise-making at The Capstone in Liverpool. In something that’s not quite a performance and not quite a sound installation, the musicians will use technology to manipulate sound across an orchestra of loudspeakers. By removing all visual stimuli associated with a performance, the sound created is able to take centre stage for a purely auditory experience. Cue collective "oooooooh!"
Fri 13-Sat 14 Sep, 6pm, £13/£17 (£25 weekend) door
With the weather taking a turn for the worse, the folks over at SuperByte Festival have just the thing to cure your on-the-cusp-of-winter blues. Head down to Jabez Clegg for a two day mini-festival awash with nostalgic vibes and retro gaming, and embrace a whole new music scene – chiptune, who knew? Catch the likes of Anamanaguchi (pictured), 8 Bit Weapon and Sabrepulse alongside big screen gaming tournaments (think Mario Kart, Streetfighter, etc), live visuals and some bleeping awesome workshops, including Atari DJing and building MIDI interfaces.
Sun 15 Sep, 10.30am-4pm, Free
Now a monthly affair, the Capstan’s Grand Bazaar will be taking to HAUS Warehouse for yet another urban market, cramming in as much home-grown produce as one venue can comfortably hold. As September finds us slipping comfortably into autumn you'll be able to pick up some seasonal items, including arts and crafts, local produce, baked goods, vintage clothes, handmade goods and second hand items, including vinyl and books. Support local businesses, artisans and crafters and grab some unique gubbins while yer at it.
Win Tickets to Live_Transmission: Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked is an electro-orchestral and visual reinterpretation of Joy Division. To win tickets to either the Salford Lowry (Lyric Theatre) show on 29 Sep OR the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall show on 30 Sep click here. Closes Sun 22 Sep.
Win Tickets to Indy Man Beer Con: The Independent Manchester Beer Convention (IMBC) takes place 10-13 Oct at the iconic Victoria Baths, Manchester. To be in with the chance of snagging a pair of tickets to the session of your choice, plus £40 in beer tokens, correctly answer this easy peasy question here. Closes Sun 22 Sep.
Win a Golden Ticket to Manchester Literature Festival: Running 7-20 Oct, Manchester Literature Festival offers a unique opportunity to see internationally renowned authors, poets and award-winning graphic novelists in unusual settings all over the city. To be in with a chance of waltzing off with two tickets to see Patrick Ness, Roddy Doyle, and Deborah Levy & Sarah Hall, click here. Closes Sun 22 Sep.
Win Tickets to Sonica and a Three-Night Stay at Marks Hotel Glasgow: Sonica returns to Glasgow for the second time to ravish the senses with sonic art for the visually minded. We're offering four lucky readers tickets to Voice (Thu 31 Oct), The Buffer Zone (Fri 1 Nov), Compositions for Involuntary Strings (Sat 2 Nov), and Suspense (Fri 1 Nov). To enter, click here. Closes Sun 15 Sep.
Win a Buffalo Trace Goodie Bag: We are giving away a Buffalo Trace messenger bag full of Buffalo Trace goodies including tee-shirts, caps, wallets, key rings, mini-American footballs and a bottle of the good stuff itself. Click here to enter. Closes Sun 29 Sep.
The Skinny on Tour: Tell us where this reader is holidaying with their copy of The Skinny for your chance to win The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkins (courtesy of those lovely folks over at Canongate). Click here to enter. Closes Sun 29 Sep.