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The Weekend Edit; 3.1.13

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The Weekend Edit; 3.1.13

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All settled back into the real world once again? It’s 2013 ladies and gentleman – and if you’re feeling like a hefty dose of cultural enlightenment to lift you after the season of goodwill and all things kitsch, then The Weekend Edit is the place to be. Roll up, roll up…

Thresholds; Tate Liverpool

Mark Titchner
We Want to Nurture and Protect 2004
We Want Strong Leadership 2004
© Mark Titchner
Image courtesy Tate Liverpool

Until 7 April

Thresholds; Tate Liverpool

Presented at Tate Liverpool initially as part of Liverpool Biennial 2012, Thresholds seeks to explore the uncertain boundaries of personal, geographical, political and cultural identities. Featuring the works of artists such as Gilbert & George, Martin Parr and Mark Wallinger, the show is broken into three sections; Stranger than Self which looks at how artists in the UK have responded to British identity in terms of its culture and history, Shifting Boundaries explores the increasing mobility and migration of our globalising world, whilst Territories in the Making addresses the political implications of regional conflicts and their global effects. Powerful and thought-provoking stuff…

Thresholds; Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BB; Running until 7th April. Free Admission

Peter Blake and Pop Music; The Lowry

Self Portrait with Badges,
Peter Blake (1961)
© the artist, DACS, London 2013.

Until 24 February

Peter Blake and Pop Music; The Lowry

To help mark the grand occasion of turning 80 earlier last year, not only did Peter Blake host a talk at the V&A, but an array of galleries, events and festivals also celebrated on his behalf, such loved is the artist and his work. Currently showing at The Lowry, Salford Quays, is the exhibition Peter Blake and Pop Music; a collection of Blake’s (who is perhaps best known for his Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover) most iconic paintings, collages and prints, inspired by his lifelong love of music.

Peter Blake and Pop Music; The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ; Running until 24th February. Admission is free and the Gallery is open Sunday to Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Noisy Table; FACT, Liverpool

Will Nash, Noisy Table,
2012 installation at FACT,
Liverpool

Until 24 February

Noisy Table; FACT, Liverpool

Noisy Table – a ping pong table that makes music and sounds – is artist (and creator) Will Nash‘s attempt to encourage interaction with art in a non-intimidating and interesting way. Described as “an alter-table-tennis experience” that breaks down traditional barriers of art, Noisy Table – the first project and the launch of the FACT Connects programme – makes sounds throughout play by vibrations created by the balls hitting the table. A library of digital instruments and samples then allow players to alter the sounds. What’s more, FACT are inviting local makers, musicians and artists to go along and customise Noisy Table by hacking (supervised of course) the soundscape…

Noisy Table; FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4DQ; Running until 24th February and available for public play from 12:00pm to 6:00pm daily (11:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays). Outside of these times, it can still be used if players bring their own bats and balls. Free Entry

Cirque du Soleil; Kooza

Skeleton Dance

5 January – 14 February

Cirque du Soleil; Kooza

Having wowed the masses with high-end artistic entertainment since 1984, Cirque du Soleil’s new show Kooza brings things down a notch or two, and sees them return to their origins: combining acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. That said, it wouldn’t be Cirque du Soleil without some surprises, and a couple of heart-stopping moments – and to indulge this, they’ll undertake an unprecedented approach to the High Wire and Wheel of Death, something they’ve never done before in a venue the size of Royal Albert Hall.

Cirque du Soleil; Kooza, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP; Running 5th January to 14th February. Times and ticket prices vary

Seven Dials Presents

7 – 16 January

Seven Dials Presents

Independent boutiques and heritage brands line the seven streets of Covent Garden Village Seven Dials and in a nod to this, a collaborative pop-up shop and presentation space will be open from Monday through until 16th January. Not only will you be able to browse and buy products from British fashion designers including Astrid Andersen, Bobby Abley and Jae Wan Park, but you’ll have the opportunity to access the designers’ presentations taking place in the presentation area. And if like us, you overspent a little over Christmas – shoppers to selected menswear stores can check in on Facebook and tag @SevenDials in their post to be entered into a competition to win a winter look worth up to £500. Can’t be bad.

Seven Dials Presents, 35 Neal St, London, WC2H 9PR; Running 7th to 16th January at the following times; 7th, 12:00pm – 7:00pm, 8th to 12th, 10:00am – 7:00pm, 13th, 11:00am – 5:00pm, and 14th to 16th, 10:00am – 7:00pm

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