THE CATALYST CLUB
After all the Zooms and screens, The Catalyst Club finally returns to its old Brighton home of The Latest Music Bar this September. Anyone who’s been there will know it’s not a big place, so the numbers will be capped at 50 to avoid overcrowding and for better ventilation.
Otherwise it’s business as usual as we welcome the return of Jenna Matthews and the Latest’s own Angi Mariani whose previous talks have included ‘The Literature of Love’, limerence and the ever-useful how to fend off a bear attack.
Thursday Sept 23, doors open 7.30pm £7 entry.
Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me – Bowie/MacCORMACK 1973-76
Now this one is seriously good news. If, like us, you feared you’d missed the David Bowie exhibition at the Brighton Museum… fear no longer.
Geoff MacCormack’s collection of photos and “intimate images” has been extended till January 2022.
MacCormack and Bowie were childhood friends – just pause for a minute and imagine being childhood friends with David Bowie. OK, so he wasn’t “David Bowie” when he was eight, but still.
Anyway, in 1973 Bowie and The Spiders from Mars went on a world tour travelling by sea to New York and then to Japan, Siberia, Russia by Trans-Siberian Express. to Moscow for May Day Parade, Poland, East and West Germany, Paris, Rome…
MacCormack was part of the team, and when he wasn’t on stage being a backing singer and percussionist, he was holding his Nikon.
The result is a record of Bowie’s world, from the early Ziggy Stardust days through to the recording of Station to Station, taking in glam rock, the obsession with American soul music, to Bowie’s first major film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Tickets are available to book from www.brightonmuseums.co.uk
A new kind of Arcade game
Let’s not talk about restrictions and passports and all that. We’re not completely out of the tunnel, but at least we’re in the tunnel. Gigs are being advertised, there’s stuff about the Festival (you’ll have to go to the Whistler website for that) and now, news of a new venue – and we’re never going to say “No” to a new venue.
Set up by the fne folk behind The Warren (and we love The Warren), The Electric Arcade is a new theatre, comedy, music and film venue on the beach, just east of the Palace Pier.
Described as a “multi-functional space” – that means there’s opportunity for loads of stuff to go on – they’re still waiting for the government’s green light, but until then it’s open as a rehearsal space.
“While we’re waiting for live performance to be allowed we can at least open up the two theatres as rehearsal spaces,” said Nicola Haydn, Artistic Director. “We’ve always prided ourselves on finding and creating space for artists to develop and hone their skills and this is an extension of that.”
And until then there’s a beach front patio where you can have your Old Fashioned and watch the evening’s murmurations.
THE GREAT MAGNET – MINTY ART SHOW
You know Minty. If you’ve lived here, walked here, been here… you know Minty. Or at least you now Minty’s work.
The Great Magnet is a new show made up of over 20 new artworks. From full scale interactive installations to large mixed media paintings. On view are several prints, collages, paintings, and sculptures made using a combination of street and fine art techniques.
The work is displayed in a space that’s part sculpture and part gallery and it’s promised there’ll be lights, music, scents, and vibrant artwork. An organic sculpture covers the ceiling, lasers beam just overhead; finding balance between a variety of stimulation Minty creates an exhibition with distinct atmosphere.
The show is at 5 Hannington Lane and runs from April 29 to May 3.
Check out https://www.mintyartshow.com for more details
If you’re feeling a little like you’ve been locked up for a few months, like you haven’t been out since… since you can’t even remember what going out looks like… When you’re finally given the green light to go out, you’re probably going to go out a lot.
Those fine folk behind The Warren have come up with an idea to get you out and – and save a few quid in the deal. There’s a new membership card called Centre Stage which gets discounts and all sorts of stuff at The Warren, The Electric Arcade, The Warren on the Beach and Brighton Comedy Fringe.
Check out https://www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk/centre-stage-club for more
BRIGHTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Meanwhile, back in the land of culture and history, the Brighton Early Music Festival is launching this year on June 5 with a theme of “Myths and Legends”.
They’re still finalising details for their seven programmes which will combine music, dance and storytelling, and are planning for events on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June, Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 June, Sunday 20 June and Saturday 3 July. Performers will include the Flauguissimo Ensemble, Lux Musicae London, Fieri Consort, Pocket Sinfonia and Monteverdi String Band.
Full details of the events will be published on the Festival website very soon, with tickets expected to go on sale on 1 May for Festival Friends, and 10 May for all.