Music & Entertainment with Joe Fuller
1 London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Saturday night Dome concerts have produced some of my favourite ever classical shows so I’m excited to be going to this one. Rory Macdonald will conduct Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
Brighton Dome, 11 March, 7.30pm, £10-£32.50
2 Alexis Taylor is touring his recent album Piano, which is a delicate counterpoint to the maximal electro pop of his band Hot Chip. Piano stabs hang in the air, a bit like a balance between the sparse majesty of Mark Hollis’ solo album (which you should listen to) and the balladeering of Ben Folds.
Komedia, 12 March, 7.30pm, £12.50
3 Shoot the Sissy is a show by performance artist Nando Messias, who performed a memorable show at the Marlborough as part of Brighton Fringe last year. In this show he asks whether queer lives matter too after the shootings in Orlando, but he thinks the piece should resonate with anyone who has ever been picked on for being “different”.
The Marlborough, 9 March, 7.30pm, £7.50-£9.50
4 Hundred Watt Club is a burlesque and cabaret evening of entertainment including a drunk drag clown in Joe Black and showgirl Bettsie Bon Bon. There’s also neo-striptease from Lena Mae and circus tricks from Twisted Nymph.
The Old Market, 10 March, 8pm, £12-£15
Comedy with Victoria Nangle
5 Here’s a heads up that there’s a cracking line-up of comedy at Vegfest. Joining headliner Carl Donnelly are Lou Sanders (Russell Howard’s Good News), Cheekykita (Prague Fringe award-winner), Alasdair Beckett-King (Leicester Comedian of the Year 2017), and many more.
Brighton Centre, Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 March, 11am – 6pm, £7 per day or £10 for the whole weekend
6 Bringing mirth to the bigger issues of the world, Tiff Stevenson’s show ‘Seven’ is inspired by a gig she did in Paris in 2015 – one month before the Bataclan attacks. Examining a need to make worldwide events about us, she looks at morality, modernity, and mental health.
Komedia, Wednesday 8 March, 8pm, £12.50
Arts with Brighton’s Arty
7 Apologies to the Kemp St felines, Gilbert and George. Put your paws over your ears. Because this week I’m effusing about canines after sneaking a preview of John Bond’s latest collection ‘Best in Show’.
You don’t need to be a dog lover to appreciate the irreverent humour as John’s obsession with the unique characters and quirks demonstrated by dogs are captured as playful, witty illustrated observations that never fail to entertain and delight. Head to Unlimited Design Shop and Gallery on Church Street to see more of his whimsical, spontaneous, deceptively simple and very clever work. From 2 to 31 March.