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Gutter Culture : 10/09/14

Theatre

Citizen’s Theatre

Hamlet (19th September – 11th October 2014)

Shakespeare’s riveting but violent tragedy about a family dissolving under the weight of suspicion, murder, infidelity and greed comes to life under the direction of Dominic Hill and stars Brian Ferguson as Hamlet with Roberta Taylor as Gertrude and Peter Guinness as Claudius.

*50p tickets available for Hamlet on Saturday 13th September 2014

King’s Theatre

Dirty Dancing (Wednesday 10th – Saturday 20th September 2014)

The fastest selling West End show in history continues its run in Glasgow this fortnight bringing the iconic 80s movie tale of summer romance and stunning 60s soundtrack, including signature song, “(I’ve Had The) Time Of My Life” to the stage. 

The Tron Theatre

Janis Joplin Full Tilt (Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th September 2014)

Directed by Cora Bissett, this 45 minute triumph first aired at Oran Mor’s “A Play, A Pie And A Pint” last Autumn to rave reviews. Scottish actor and musician, Angela Darcy delivers a mesmerising performance as the now iconic American blues singer who died from a heroin overdose in 1970, aged just 27. A gritty, gripping tribute to godmother of rock.

Fashion

“Granny Would Be Proud” Vintage Fair, The Shed, Shawlands (Saturday 13th September)

Now in its fourth year, “Granny Would Be Proud” Vintage Fair brings over 250 traders together and strives to promote independent creatives and bring together like-minded people. It boasts vintage clothing for men and women, accessories, retro glasses, homewares, baking, jewellery, hats, shoes and bags! “Granny Would Be Proud” will be at The Shed this Saturday from 12pm.

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, The Briggait, Glasgow (Sunday 14th September)

One of the UK’s biggest and best vintage fairs makes its Glasgow debut this weekend at The Briggait; a MUST for fans of all things vintage! Expect fashion, homeware, craft, beauty, music, tea and cakes! Lou Lou’s Glasgow Vintage Fair kicks off at 11am until 4pm and entry is just £2 (under 12s are FREE!) Pin-Ups Beauty will be styling hair and doing make-up on the day, appointments are available by emailing [email protected]

Exhibitions

GENERATION 25 Years Of Contemporary Art In Scotland, Gallery Of Modern Art (GoMA)

GENERATION is a landmark series of exhibitions charting the incredible development of contemporary art in Scotland over the last 25 years. It has been running since March and concludes in November 2014 bringing works of arts by over 100 artists to 60 venues across the country. On show at GoMA this week are Moyna Flannigan’s Stare, Sara Barker’s For Myself & Strangers and Douglas Gordon’s Pretty Much Every Film and Video Work From About 1992 Until Now.

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103

Opened between Wednesday and Sunday, Trongate 103 are hosting tragic and funny stories told through the choreography of carved figures and scrap metal moving to music and synchronised light. A treat for fans of visual art.

 

 

 

 

The Mane Experience : “The Lion King”, Edinburgh Playhouse

“The Circle of Life”, is a phrase we can all connect with, a philosophy such as “Hakuna Matata” that we can all relate too, even though not always reachable. The arrival of the musical version of “The Lion King”  to the Edinburgh Playhouse this year has been a much anticipated guest north of the border. Its cultural influences on the Scottish audience is awe-inspiring as music, costume, plot and art come together in an invigorating piece of theatre for all ages, now Broadway’s fifth longest running play in history.

One of the most emotionally diverse characters of the play is that of Mufasa, father of central character Simba, King of Pride Rock and ruler of the Pridelands. This marvellous character is portrayed as the fearless, brave monarch of the Savannah as well as the wise, philosophical, caring father of the young Prince. Julie Taymor’s creative supremacy in the characters costume sets out these traits undoubtedly, as one of the first characters in which she designed for the show.

The Lion Mask is the most distinctive feature of the costume, obviously portraying him as an animal, but sitting on top of his head like a crown; creating height and portraying him as a God, with his mane symbolising the Sun, the centre of the universe and The Circle Of Life. The rest of the costume is based on traditional Maasai warrior dress, reminding the audience of the cultural significance and origin of the story, and re-enforcing the characters fighting personality, not only as a warrior and solider but illustrating the struggle of life.

The character’s walk highlights the strength, influence and power of his position; a stalking swagger which is intimidating, confident but slightly over zealous, and reminds the audience of a local gang lord, moving around his territory, emphasising almost a tyrannical contribution from the king, rather than that of a fair diplomatic free-thinker.

The Stampede Scene in which Simba finds himself in a terminal dilemma, caused by his evil, scheming uncle Scar, in his attempt to raise himself to the throne, touches the hearts of fathers and sons across the audience. Mufasa’s selfless attempt at rescuing his son is deeply instinctive and can be witnessed across the animal and human kingdoms alike. Both Mufasa’s fearless, brave demeanour and his unconditional love for his son crashes through, placing the wise, free-thinking King in a locked drawer somewhere in the den. This consequently results in the death of the character and the audience feel the mourning and guilt of his young  son, as he tries to come to terms with the passing of his role model, protector, and teacher.

The entire production is awash with symbolism and an analytical approach can reveal a host of various underlying meanings and plots from relationships, social position, discrimination, politics, and philosophy; all with sub categories and meanings which the audience may relate to on a more intellectual level rather than a personal one.

A highly energised, entertaining and cultural experience that everyone must experience at least once!

“The Lion King” is on at The Edinburgh Playhouse until January 2014. Tickets available now.

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Baltimore art space won’t take no for an answer.

In Baltimore art spaces come and go. With every passing year a few spaces will come up and a few get knocked down. Be it roommates moving out, cops called to many times, money problems, or just done with it all these spaces don’t seem to have the same longevity as established venues (Ottobar, 8×10, Metro Gallery, etc.). But, there is one art space that seems to stand alone and and won’t go away.

The Bell Foundry

The Bell Foundry of Baltimore is a sight to be seen just on the exterior. From it’s beautiful street side murals, elaborate graffitied walls and gates, to it’s community skate park, The Bell Foundry looks like a fortress where great things can happen. Within the space runs many different smaller entities within. Castle Print Shop for all your Screen Printing needs, The Baltimore Rock Opera Society just moving in since December 2012, and one of the most recognizable part of The Bell Foundry the basement performance space.

This past March The Bell Foundry faced what a lot of other similar spaces have faced.. The Baltimore City code rule book. And, like most art spaces run in the Baltimore city limits, and all across the nation, unknowingly The Bell Foundry did not meet code. All seemed lost as if another great art space had fallen to the woeful lake of wire where all the dead spaces go when they die. But, from the ashes The Bell Foundry has risen to say we won’t take no for an answer.

The Bell Foundry

The Bell Foundry has launched they’re fundraiser campaign today on Indiegogo asking for donations to help fund the renovations and building costs needed to get the space up and running again. This is no normal art space Baltimore. This space has a firm foundation and isn’t going anywhere but up from here!

But, they need your help! Be sure to check out their fundraiser campaign to find out more information: http://igg.me/at/bellfoundry

Facebook Event

www.bellfoundrybaltimore.com

 

The Bell Foundry Crest

The Bell Foundry Crest
Artwork by: A-B Moore

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five

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