As always, there’s a huge amount of arts and culture events happening every day this week across Brighton & Hove. Brighton Festival is just over a month away, the suns come out for once and the city is gearing up for it’s packed Summer season. This week we have a selection of art exhibitions, quizzes, plays and much much more. Check out our pick’s of what’s going on.
WaterWeek 2018: Waste Water
WaterWeek artist-curators Charlotte Still and Clare Whistler have teamed up with ONCA to present an evening in the lovely gallery exploring pesticides, fracking and the history of sewage with Josie Cohen, Andrew Durling and Graham Kean. Still and Whistler have been collaborating on projects about local water for 5 years. The process echoes the organic nature of water and is very much fluid and open to adaptation. WaterWeek is a seven day free festival for everyone to enjoy and learn more about water and it’s destructive and beneficial nature.
A Wes Anderson pub quiz!
The 34th monthly pub quiz at Hope & Ruin returns, this time with the fitting theme of Wes Anderson. Hosted by insanely popular ‘Ink Mathematics’, this quiz will test your knowledge of one of the greatest film directors of our time. Anderson’s highly-anticipated new film ‘Isle of Dogs’ comes out this weekend on it’s UK general release. The quiz will cover all eight of his films, with the ever-fun and ever-testing picture rounds, general knowledge questions and sound clips. It’s £2 to pay and just give Barney an email beforehand to let him know you’re coming.
The Paint Club at The Railway Inn
There is absolutely no experience required for The Paint Club. The group meet every 4th Tuesday of the month, every month for some relaxed and enjoyable painting. At previous paint clubs they have had the themes of sunlight mountains. tropical toucans, lakeside forests and more, with this month’s theme being Parisian. All of your painting materials and canvas come included in the price of a ticket, so what more could you want on a Tuesday night!
Fit for Work – part of Hove Grown
There’s little description of what this play is really about but it reflects the current crisis the Conservative government have imposed upon disabled and ‘unfit’ workers. The storyline is simple but hard-hitting, a mentally ill man is forced off benefits and into a job interview. He is surprised to discover that his employers are more depraved than he is and that in fact, he’s the sanest one there. It’s definitely worth a watch and is part of the Hove Grown fringe festival, also worth checking out.
COAL: Gary Clarke Company
This dance piece was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miner’s strike. Developed by multi-award winning choreographer Gary Clarke, this “riveting dance theatre show takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face”. There are 7 professional and incredibly talented dancers taking the stage for this one off performance. The Times said of the piece, “absorbing, immediate slice of history rendered with the kind of emotional truth that deepens its impact as popular entertainment”. There’s also a 3 hour workshop on Monday which includes a live show of COAL and the opportunity to be part of a unique discussion about the impact of the miners strike and the following years of Thatcherism.
Devil’s Dyke Network: Feminist Poetry & Performance
Coming to Fabrica this Wednesday, one of Brighton’s most loved underground events returns into a new home. This space has been created to be a night of solidarity and resistance and to reaffirm the importance of having a feminist network, even in a left-wing city. Entertainment comes in the form of films, art, music and words – featured collaborators include Violeta Marchenkova, Alejandra Guibert, Claudia Treacher, Allison Rumfitt, Khanyisa and many, many more.
The Tango Academy that has taken London by storm comes to Brighton for a weekly course every Thursday until the end of the year. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or already have a little bit of experience, everyone is welcome to come in and experience fullly authentic Argentinian Tango. After touring the world as a professional dancer for a number of years, Leandro Palou set up this much-loved academy in 2003. It’s at The Brighthelm Centre every week from 7pm onwards.
The Elephant Man
Fabrica are introducing a whole new season of events, ‘The Other Screen’. Kicking this off is a screening of the David Lynch classic ‘The Elephant Man’. With amazing stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft this a not-to-miss opportunity to see a very much loved great. ‘Disability on Show’ is the theme of this months event and a short film entitled ‘Born Different’ will come before the screening. There will be a discussion of both film’s so opinions are encouraged greatly. The venue is also fully wheelchair accessible.
BAD Friday – Brighton After Dark Murder Tour
“Discover the dark side of London By The Sea” exclaims the event page and it does indeed look the a dark side exploration of Brighton. This is an evening walk around the city to learn about the Victorian Brighton, with all of it’s gory crime and punishment included. The walk is not suitable for children as tales of ghosts, murders and the most chilling stories of days gone by. There’s tales of the Chocolate Box Poisoner, The Brighton Trunk Murders, The Ghost of St Nicholas Church and premature burials. The tour is only £5.