Music & Entertainment with Joe Fuller
1 In Medea Electronica, the ancient Greek tragedy Medea is played out amidst the chaos of a live gig, which fuses 1980s electronica and cinematic soundscapes. Musicians will play out Medea’s inner dialogue while she wrestles with her demons, so the show looks like a fresh mix of music, theatre and soliloquy.
The Old Market, 16 March, 8pm, £10-£12.50
2 Playing a special solo gig announced at fairly short notice, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power comes to Concorde 2 this week. She’s a great songwriter with a fervent fanbase so you can expect an emotive, moving show with real passion both on and off stage.
Concorde 2, 14 March, 7.30pm, £25
3 The House of Dreams is an installation theatre production which combines dance, physical theatre, puppetry, circus and live music. The story is a dark tale of alchemy, love and desire, and the ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, the show and then live music. The venue is The Spire, based in Kemptown: it’s a great space so any arts geeks might be interested in checking out the opportunities the space can provide for a promenade show like this.
The Spire, 16-17 March, £17.50-£20
4 The Marlborough are presenting a three day event investigating what it means to be Young, Queer & Skint. Shows include a personal story about what it means to serve the public, a dinner party about class and social theatre about letters to Windsor House.
The Marlborough Theatre, 16-18 March, £6-£15
Comedy with Victoria Nangle
5 Stephen Bailey’s debut show states his ambition from its very title: Nation’s Sweetheart. And he’s going the right way about it as he turns his razor-sharp wit and warm sass to life in all its many colours. With a CV that includes hosting Stonewall’s 25th Anniversary Party, this star is on the rise.
Komedia, Friday 17 March, 8pm, £12/10
6 Having a reputation for chaos-turned-comedy has festooned Tony Law with accolades and rave reviews. He brings the latest incarnation of his ‘nonsense nirvana’ to town in the form of A Law Undo His-Elf What Welcome. A comedian a genre apart, and well worth seeing.
The Old Market, Sunday 19 March, 8pm, £15/13
Arts with Brighton’s Arty
7 Colour and simplicity are at the heart of Michelle Cobbin’s paintings. Influenced by 20 years of yoga and meditation experience, she creates a balance of serenity and vigour that results in mesmerising, uncluttered artworks. In her new exhibition, ‘Field of Vision’ at 35 North Contemporary Art on North Road, you can see how this artist gives space for accident, circumstance and organic digression, which all play important roles in her creative process. The varied influences that have fuelled Michelle’s interest in the dichotomy of dynamic energy and stillness include: Zen calligraphy; the stillness of Rothko and Soulages; and the colour and form of the St Ives’ artists. Not to be missed. Until 1 April.