Top Ten Events Northwest 8-15 Aug: Some Misunderstanding, New Fictions + Cunning Folk Festival

Zap by Laura Howarth | 08 Aug 2013
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Top Ten Events Northwest 8-15 Aug: Some Misunderstanding, New Fictions + Cunning Folk Festival






We start the week awash with confusion, as Some Misunderstanding, an exhibition stemming from misapprehension, opens at the Castlefield Gallery. And the weekend holds not one but two mini arts festivals, with As We Are Away and The Manchester Cunning Folk Festival cropping up in venues across the (not so) rainy city. And if it's music that you seek, catch indie pop duo Generationals at The Castle Hotel, angsty synth pop from Cold Cave at East Village Arts Club, or experimental sounds from Howes down in't Kosmonaut basement.


Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Fri 9 Aug–Sun 18 Aug, 1–6pm, Free

Always seeing #FacesInPlaces? Utterly convinced Hendrix was singing 'excuse me while I kiss this guy'? Then you'll want to check out the latest Launch Pad exhibition from Castlefield GallerySome Misunderstanding includes the work of Cory Arcangel, Anton Bruhin and Jenny Core, with each artist finding humour, or even deeper understanding, through misapprehension. Focusing specifically on pareidolia (seeing faces in clouds and such) and mondegreens (mishearing phrases, often to hilarious effect), the exhibition will be as entertaining as it is eye-opening.

Fallout Factory, Liverpool
Fri 9 Aug–Tue 20 Aug, 11am–6pm, Free

Following time spent away at university, nine young artists return to their hometown of Liverpool to present an exhibition of work spanning film, photography and sculpture in a new creative space, Fallout Factory. As the title of the exhibition suggests, New Fictions sets out to explore how readily we accept images presented to us through various media, including social media, television and the internet, and how these same outlets have altered how we present and view artworks.

Kraak, Manchester
Sat 10 Aug, 3pm–late, £10 here

Kraak plays host to another DIY mini arts festival this weekend, offering up a whole cacophony of art, poetry, music and sound. The Manchester Cunning Folk Festival will be taking place in the gallery space and the surrounding alleyways, with immersive art courtesy of the One Five Eight collective and live music in the form of Stranger Son, Proud Proud People and Politburo (pictured) – and catch PARADOX fusing together sound art, film, poetry and dance like never before. Remember those clear boundaries between art forms? Yeah, these Cunning Folk got rid of them.

Thu 8–Sat 10 Aug, 7.30pm, £10.50 (£8) here

Willy Russell's festive favourite returns to Liverpool's Lantern Theatre for a three night run thanks to PurpleCoat Productions, the Stephen Fry-backed, Royal Shakespeare Company-collaborating group behind last year's hit play, Little Voice. Forming the bedrock of The Royle Family (pictured), Breezeblock Park tells the story of a typical family Christmas on a Liverpool housing estate in the 70s, with petty squabbling and dark secrets lurking beneath the tinsel and cheer.

Band on the Wall, Manchester
Mon 12 Aug, 7.30pm, £13.50 here

It's tempting to dismiss some folk as 'so talented they make you sick', but then they go and release an album titled He Poos Clouds... and you realise they can pretty much do no wrong. Owen Pallett – Canadian baroque pop multi-instrumentalist, composer, loop artist and all-round charming fella – is set to return to Manchester for the first time in three years, taking to Band on the Wall to conjure up some life-affirming sounds like this. We recently caught up with Owen in Lisbon where he talked about stealing what you can't afford (music) and working with Arcade Fire again. More on that here.

Wed 14 Aug, 12pm, £3 donation

If the word 'zany' makes you cringe, you might do well to steer clear of The Kazimier Garden next Wednesday, as comic clown Chris Lynam will be hosting a clowning workshop and performance. Kicking off at midday, Lynam will be teaching folk of all abilities how to be, well, a bit daft (workshop £10, book here), followed by a performance from Man with a Porpoise – which is basically three blokes butchering Shakespeare. Finally, Lynam will take to the stage once more for a likely pyrotechnic, acrobatic, mildly unhinged performance.

Various venues, Manchester
Fri 9–Sun 11 Aug, Free

Ever-thoughtful, culture-concerned bunch NOUS magazine are hosting a three-day mini festival – As We Are Away – spanning poetry, music and film in a collaborative effort between NOUS and various Manchester-based creatives. On Friday at Tea Hour Poetry in Takk, four poets will be sharing their perspective on disconnection and depression; Saturday will see Bernard + Edith (pictured) take to Big Hands with various guests for an experimental, ambient show, and finally, Joshua Brooks plays host to a double bill screening on Sunday.

Fri 9 Aug, 7pm, £8 here

New York-based misfit Wesley Eisold aka Cold Cave continues to hone his addictive, irrepressible take on 80s goth and electro – all Depeche-esque, like – one angsty synth-pop gem at a time. He'll be taking to the East Village Arts Club in Liverpool as part of his four-date UK mini tour (catch him at Manchester's The Deaf Institute on 11 Aug, tickets here), which has sparked speculation he could be working on a follow-up to his 2012 album, Cherish The Light Years

The Castle Hotel, Manchester
Thu 8 Aug, 7.30pm, £6 here

Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, formerly of The Eames Era, are heading out on a mini jaunt across the UK, taking their latest album Heza along for the ride. Formed in New Orleans in 2008, Generationals are best described as craftsmen of catchy, hook-driven indie pop with a nod to their Deep South roots, and are now signed to Polyvinyl along with the likes of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu. Catch them in an intimate setting at The Castle Hotel, with support from Limerick-based five piece Windings – tour buds with the likes of Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse and Kurt Vile.

10. Howes
Kosmonaut, Manchester
Sat 10 Aug, 8pm, Free

Following the release of his debut EP on Melodic Records, 19-year-old Manchester-based minimalist Howes will be taking to the Kosmonaut basement to share his weird and wonderful sounds. Joining him on the night will be Work Them's John Loveless, along with Melodic Records DJs and Tusk's Chris Egan. And if you're curious, the latest issue of The Skinny saw Howes sitting up front and telling us why Matthew Herbert is a hero worthy of worship; read his thoughts here.

Win Tickets to the British Cycling National Track Championships: This autumn, Manchester's expanded National Cycling Centre plays host to two major cycling events, the British Cycling National Track Championships in September and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in October. To be in with a chance of snagging tickets to the Championships event on 28 Sep – and a GB Cycling team jersey – enter here. Closes Sun 1 Sep.
Win Tickets to the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival: Like food? Like drink? Good, then you'll like this. We've got a pair of tickets up for grabs for the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, taking place 7-8 Sep at Sefton Park and inviting the likes of Gizzi Erskine and Aiden Byrne to show you how it's done. They're even throwing in a meal at Free State Kitchen to sweeten the deal. Enter here. Closes Sun 25 Aug.
Skinny on Tour: Tell us where this reader is absorbing her trusty copy of The Skinny and you could be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkins, courtesy of our good pals at Canongate. Enter here. Closes Sun 1 Sep.