- June 19, 2017
Music & Entertainment with Joe Fuller
1 I saw Richard Dawson at West Hill Hall a few years ago and he was great, with his raw yelping combining with clanging guitar to lyrical effect. Recently released album Peasant is melodic and propulsive, a style that is even more impactful live. Dawson is a perfect antidote to the twee sentimentality of your typical open mic night singer songwriter.
The Old Market, 25 June, 7.30pm, £15
2 The Flaming Lips are a prolific band with a vast back catalogue of strong albums, mixed with some more whimsical fluff. What remains constant however are their great shows, so the gig next week will be colourful, bombastic fun.
Brighton Dome Concert Hall, 27 June, 8.30pm, £30
3 Inspired by a short story by the brilliant writer David Foster Wallace, Focus Group* *or How to Stare Down & Transfigure Loneliness1, is a black comedy exploring the absurdity of consumer culture. The smart and disturbing show should be a thinker.
The Old Market, 28 June, 7pm & 9pm, £10/£12.50
4 Theatre director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create a hypnotic retelling of the biblical tale Salome. Farber’s previous productions having been acclaimed for being epic and near perfect so it’s worth checking for tickets for the National Theatre live stream.
NT Live: Salomé, Duke of York’s, Odeon & Cineworld, 22 June, 7pm
Comedy with Victoria Nangle
5 The hairy comedy rock star himself – Russell Brand – is back on tour with a completely new show entitled ‘Re:Birth’. Unsurprisingly, he’s been greatly affected by the birth of his daughter, and in this personal comic perspective Brand ponders what advice he would give her in a world that appears to be changing rapidly. Lucky old us, due to popular demand Brand’s even added an extra date on 25 July, so he’ll be back again soon.
Assembly Hall, Worthing Theatres, Tues 27 June, 8pm, £29
6 Komedia’s Edinburgh preview season started last weekend and promises loads of great comic talents, offering up their work in progress shows in double-header performances at an incredible discount price of £8 for two comedians. This week catch Gordon Southern, Rhys James, Matt Forde and Rose Marafeo – with other gems like Steve Bugeja, Angela Barnes, Shappi Khorsandi, and Larry Dean to come.
Komedia, various dates, various times, £8
Arts with Brighton’s Arty
7 If you’re down on the seafront, pop into the ever-welcoming Two Kats and a Cow and enjoy their latest collection. Alongside brand new oil paintings from the gallery’s regular artists, you’ll find a limited-edition run of hand-finished Brighton & Hove giclee prints by Kathryn Matthews and highly sought after original drawings by Katty McMurray.
8 Hot foot it to Lewes and you’ll just be in time to catch ‘Abstracted’ at the Martyrs’ Gallery. Michael Munday’s new exhibition reflects his travels through Kerala in Southern India, with a shift in style that expresses his fascination with the colours, symbols and motifs he encountered there. Until 25 June.