SY On The Sly – August Is A Must August 2010 really is a must. It’s a month of musts: Must enjoy. Must experience. Must dance. Must drink. Must sing. Must party. Must live. Must take advantage of how utterly fantastic a summer city Bristol is. Every god-damn weekend there’s some sort of festival going on in some park somewhere in Bristol, and if you can’t wait for the weekends? Hell, there are gigs, clubs, galleries, theatres and cinemas galore packed with juicy entertainment. Must must must! August sees the eighteenth issue of SY On The Sly, the sister publication of Suit Yourself Magazine – Bristol’s number one independent, quarterly magazine which investigates, uncovers and promotes everything that makes Bristol such a fun, vibrant and altogether amazing place to live! Read away and don’t forget to check out the latest issue of Suit Yourself Magazine, our listings service and our constantly updated blog, all found at: www.suityourselfmagazine.co.uk www.bristollistings.co.uk
Contents 3/ August Is A Must 9/ Auntie Harper 40/ Horoscopes by Mystic Ginger
A Sly look back at July 12/ The best of Festivals 21/ The best of Gigs 28/ The best of Art 30/ The best of Stage
A Sly look forward at August 34/ Recommended Gigs 35/ Recommended Art 36/ Recommended Stage 37/ Recommended Cinema For those of you pretending to work, you can also read the magazine online at www.suityourselfmagazine.co.uk www.bristollistings.co.uk
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A SLY look back at JULY Reviews of all the best gigs, art, clubs, stage and cinema over the last month in Bristol
Latitude 2010 Friday 16th until Sunday 18th July 2010 @ Henham Park, Suffolk Featuring Performances From: Florence And The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Rich Hall, Tongue Fu, Tom Jones Latitude isn’t really about the music. Of course they have music going on – Florence And The Machine were brilliant live, much better than I expected – but where Latitude excels is in the arts, the poetry, theatre, cabaret, comedy etc. Highlights included lyrical genius-ness from Ed Sheeran (what an unexpected delight! If you don’t know his music, Google him now! Now, I say!), Rich Hall’s drunken stand-up set in the Comedy Arena, Reader’s Wives DJing at the Cabaret Tent with their 80’s disco campness, and a woman in the woods who did aerial acrobatics suspended by her hair alone. I wish I had got her name, I was mesmerised and forgot I was writing a review at all! I also loved Tongue Fu in the Poetry Tent – poetry set to impromptu jazz, one of which, a poem by Chris Redmond about getting poo in his eye at Glastonbury, nearly made me wet myself laughing. The juxtaposition of poo and jazz was perfect.
Latitude is a very tightly run, well organised festival. It lacks some of the joyful chaos I usually associate with the word ‘festival’ – not a lot of crazy costumes or general messiness - the whole experience is more grown-up and sedate than say, Shambala, but having said that, a festival is what you make it, and the plus side of the organisation is that it feels like a very safe place to be. If you feel that you are a bit too grown-up and calmed down these days for festivals, you might like Latitude. The camping was lovely, being in the woods. The woods in general feature heavily in the Latitude experience – Tom Jones played in the forest on Thursday night, but it was all new stuff (boo!) - and some inspired person had dyed the sheep luminous colours. A little bit cruel or a little bit wonderful? Or both, possibly... Arthur Smith (Radio 4 Comedian) described Latitude as being like ‘Waitrose become tents,’ which is a good description, if you imagine some really awesome theatrical acts in the dairy aisle and comedians and poets bantering by the deli counter. www.latitudefestival.co.uk Anna Freeman
WOMAD 2010 Friday 23rd until Sunday 25th July 2010 @ Charlton Park, Wiltshire Featuring Performances From: Calypso Rose, Little Axe, Ozomatli, LaBrassBanda, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Imogen Heap, Refugee All Stars, Rolf Harris, Imelda May, Gill Scott Heron The weather is fine and the ground dry as friends help me pitch a last-minute-bought tent for my umpteenth WOMAD since I were a young lass. The campsite has showers and the toilets have cleaners. We’re off to a brilliant start. We go into the festival past the pink she-pee tent (“now waxed funnels”) and the main stage to the Siam tent (still sans UV hangings – do you think we might have those back please WOMAD?). Calypso Rose announces herself as a 40s-born cancer survivor who has written over 800 calypso tracks and met the Queen yet is our ‘humble servant’ to which she receives warm laughter from the audience. I love her. My favourite track would be Israel By Bus if it wasn’t for the innuendo filled Rum & Coca Cola that follows. Have you ever seen a 70-year-old stick a microphone between her legs, lift her dress over it and thrust her pelvis forward? I have. What an amazing, amazing human being. For dinner I had a chicken tikka wrap, from the Chicken Tikka and Bombay Potato stall. It was my first time. The mango chutney onion and chicken loved me back. After a bit of Little ‘If I had my way, I’d tear the system down’ Axe on the Charlie Gillett stage (one of the funkiest stages), we went to see my favourite band of all time, Ozomatli. Now, Ozomatli can pretty much get away with anything in my book because I love them so much, but they did come on to stage as if someone had caught them off guard, yelling ‘GO!’ at them. I was surprised to find myself enjoying my least favourite of their tracks Saturday Night the most. I waved my arms from side to side vigorously in support.
The next day after breakfast, my friend Jake and I head past a yoga workshop and a man with elf ears on a mobility scooter. We meet more friends and go to see LaBrassBanda who are late, meaning a swap with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The Uke Orchestra begin with a rendition of Anarchy In The UK: ‘I use the enemy, I use the ukulele’ and move through a couple of well known covers before getting to Shaft: ‘What’s the most important thing in a coal mine besides the coal? ‘SHAFT’ ‘No, it’s the 1815 Davy safety lamp.’ They are hugely entertaining and very funny, perfect for the afternoon. When they finish, LaBrassBanda have arrived, and with an immense amount of energy start up in the Siam tent. The vocalist can spit rhymes at great speed and the whole crowd jump up and down enthusiastically. Later, Imogen Heap has an 8.15 slot in the Siam tent. It’s packed. She comes on dressed in a black dress with a pink flower in her expansive hairdo. She’s incredible, her vocal range is unbelievable. There is a lot in her live performance that you can’t get from the recorded versions, aside from her very hot guitarist. She orchestrates everything and pauses when it doesn’t sound exactly right. For someone who is so particular about getting it right, I do wonder how she came to let the horrendous Jason Derulo sample her greatest track Hide And Seek. She gets the crowd to sing with her on Just For Now and it’s lovely. She is the highlight of the festival. Sunday brings us the wonderful dance inducing Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (one of whom tells me I have a beautiful chin), ‘Can you guess what it is yet?’ Rolf Harris, sexy Irish rocker Imelda May, voice of God Gill Scott Heron and a Goan fish curry. I’ve packed more music in than ever before and am exhausted but very happy. The weather has been beautiful, the music spectacular and the people full of love. www.womad.org Sophie Collard
Larmer Tree 2010 Wednesday 14th until Sunday 18th July 2010 @ Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury Featuring Performances From: Jools Holland, Frank Turner, Emily Barker, Ellen And The Escapades, Kill It Kid, Dr. Butler’s Hat-Stand Medicine Band, Russell Howard, Chumbawumba, Cornershop Now in its twentieth year, Larmer Tree is certainly one of those smaller festivals that deserves its celebration. Now taking place across an astonishing five days and this year featuring acts as different as Jools Holland and Frank Turner, this brave little festival seems to be really coming of age. It’s fair to say that the setting of The Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire provides one of the prettiest settings and backdrop to a festival you’re ever likely to see, just gazing at the 100 year old garden stage as it’s lit up at night can lull you into an enigmatic daydream. When SY arrives on Friday morning, this small festival of around 5000 appears to be in good spirits despite the horror stories we hear of the torrential downpours the night before and looming dark clouds that threaten yet more to come. As we enter the Arc stage to witness folk artist Emily Barker (fast becoming a big fish in a very small pond of new folk artists) the chairs and tables make this festival seem a wholly more civilised affair than others. Emily’s melancholy tones are wonderfully portrayed and she is sweet and subtle and with the accompaniment of Gill Sandell on accordion, she brings an air of traditional folk into the modern age. As we jaunt over towards the main stage to witness this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent winners, Ellen And The Escapades, I was joined by the unlikely company of a peacock. Yes you read correctly; a peacock. It’s not hard to see why this act is being so wildly spoken about well crafted songs are delivered with a sweetness that’s rare to find in a world so obsessed with Lily Allen. Even the peacock liked them, I think.
The biggest surprise of the weekend comes with a visit to The Big Top Stage where we witness the best young band I’ve seen in a very long time. Bath’s Kill It Kid are a revelation. The five piece fuse folk and blues to create a familiar yet new and unique sound relayed by a singer whose voice is wild beyond his years. They put on a show that all who were in attendance will surely remember. We saw the evening out in the Arc stage eating Bristol’s finest Pieminister pies taking in the classic musicianship of Dr. Butler’s Hat-Stand Medicine Band while waiting for an evening of comedy where host, Ed Gamble and warm up act Steve Hall, provide ample warm up to one of the west-country’s finest, Russell Howard. His showmanship was brimming confidence and he left the overcapacity tent laughing into the night. As the family-friendly weekend continues, Saturday becomes the day of the one-hit-wonders as we are joined by Tub-Thumping’s Chumbawumba and Brimful Of Asha’s Cornershop. While Chumba deliver an insightful talk earlier in the afternoon at Club Larmer about 30 years of being in a band and follow it up with an entertaining and humorous folk session, their refusal to play their only real hit seems to leave some audience members disappointed. So Larmer Tree rather quaint than small, ambitious rather than undercooked is an excellent family fare weekend in a beautiful setting and old or young, there’s plenty to offer for all. On first sighting you could be forgiven for thinking it an over-sized village fete but if only just for its unique setting this is surely a must one day for all festival enthusiasts. www.larmertreefestival.co.uk Adam Hooper Photos by Laura Palmer
2000Trees 2010 Friday 16th until Sunday 18th July 2010 @ Upcote Farm, Cheltenham Featuring Performances From: Frank Turner, Sonic Boom Six, Johnny Flynn And The Sussex Wit, 65 Days Of Static, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Subways The atmosphere at this year’s 2000Trees Festival was electric. As the festival is quite distant from Cheltenham town centre, you really do find yourself in a different world; a place far away from everything. At night you’d see flying lanterns flooding the sky, and acoustic sing a longs throughout the campsite, I don’t know what else you would need! Half the festival goers were dressed up in animal costumes as part of a fancy dress competition and this added a fun element to the festival and really did make it rather unique. Frank Turner was the first band we saw and he brought the festival to life! He has played 2000Trees before so he knows exactly what to do. His set was rammed with classic sing-alongs like Photosynthesis, Love Ire And Song and Long Live The Queen, he even played a new song in which he had everyone singing along to straight away, complete genius. Saturday arrived and the first band we saw were Sonic Boom Six. They may have lost a guitarist this year but they are back in full force, borrowing the saxophone player from Kids Can’t Fly and they did a great job in getting everyone moving, even two men dressed up in giraffe costumes were having a little skank! Mumford And Sons need to lookout, Johnny Flynn And The Sussex Wit are on the stage next and they are stunning! Providing the crowd with nu-folk sing alongs, they are also one of the reasons I love attending festivals like this; you get to discover so much new music and this is certainly a band you should all check out.
65 Days Of Static hit the stage soon afterwards and instantly everyone’s jumping. They may have only played three songs but they all lasted a long time and they did great job in keeping the crowd interested. Those of you who know 65 Days will know there is no singing in their songs so they’re always such a unique and fun band to watch. Bombay Bicycle Club step things up next with their indie anthems and it is clear from the crowd and the atmosphere that there is a big buzz about this band. I have a feeling that in a year’s time they could well be selling out arenas. The Subways are no strangers to festivals but the brilliant thing about their slot at 2000Trees Festival is this is the first time they have ever headlined one. They didn’t disappoint, putting all their energy into every song and the whole crowd were singing along. Their new songs also sounded killer, so I think The Subways will once again be flooding our radio stations! They were a perfect end to one of the best ‘smaller’ festivals here in the UK. Here’s to next year when the festival celebrates its 5th year! www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk Andrew Dex Photos by Kirsty Cheney
The Goodness Thursday 1st July 2010 @ The Croft, Bristol With Support From: Archimedes, On Off Switch, A Day At The Races A gig was in order to celebrate the birthday of New Generation Takeover’s Abi Ward and only the finest bands in Bristol will do. Opening the night were Archimedes with their quirky, progressive, poly rhythmic jams. They started their set with a refreshingly instrumental number complete with extra floor tom pounding from frontman Noah Villeneuve. Patrick Flint added extra textures on keytar that contrasted nicely with the twisty guitar riffs ala Biffy Clyro or Foals. With so many influences on show in this band, it’s a shame that many of the great little highlights of the set didn’t feature often throughout the performance. On Off Switch followed and did not hesitate to get the crowd jumping with an extremely confident and consistent set of electro rock hits. Singer Kat Cheadle had the audience in the palm of her hand and defined each song with her soulful vocals. Do You Wanna? was a set highlight with its MGMT/Passion Pit inspired grooves. The energy from the band was running high throughout, especially with the heavier track, Gotta Know. A Day At The Races made another appearance in Bristol for the event. New song Unhinged let singer George Rigden move away from his usual chirpy self to draw on darker influences such as Ian Curtis. Only tuning issues near the end diminished from an otherwise enjoyable set. The Goodness headlined with their high paced, enthusiastic songs full of feeling. First highlight was Tonight that was full of instant hooks. Good use of swapping vocals was on show from lead singer Steve Preston and guitarist Jonah Swabey but also worked together well for harmonies. The crowd were totally into their set. Songs such as Something To Say are clear sing-along hits, an excellent example of great songwriting with soaring hooks that have hints of influences from bands like Noah And The Whale. The Goodness clearly have their sound worked out and deliver it consistently in their live performance. www.myspace.com/thegoodnessmusic Chris Mulligan
T4 On The Beach Sunday 4th July 2010 @ The Beach, Weston-Super-Mare Featuring Performances From: Jedward, Ellie Goulding, Diana Vickers, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz, Taio Cruz, Pixie Lott, Jason Derulo, Alexandra Burke, Kelis, Kids In Glass Houses, The Saturdays, JLS As the Channel Four Sunday show makes anchor in Weston today for the eighth year running amid a flurry of Pineapple Dance Studio Dancers and screaming teens, not even the grey skies and the building site that is Weston’s sea front at the moment can contain the excitement of 40,000 teenage pop-music lovers. As presenter Steve Jones welcomes the crowd and viewers at home to T4’s summer party, it dawns that this is perhaps the best explanation of how the day feels. It is in essence a large scale cabaret show, certainly not a concert and certainly not a festival. What it is however, it’s a chance to take part in perhaps the largest TV studio audience assembled upon our fair shores. A chance to catch a glimpse of the who’s who in the modern media savvy world - be it five minute flash in the pans (Jedward) or genuine future superstars (Ellie Goulding). Of course the day comes with both its highlights (Edward of Jedward breaking his leg) and lowlights (Diana Vickers going down like a limp summer salad) but a genuine highlight of the day had to be Dizzee Rascal who effortlessly rolled off number one records, instantly creating the producer’s desired atmosphere, even if he lacked the presence and tour de force his act becomes when backed by a full band.
The day progressed and chart toppers continued to fill the stage; however, the ten and fifteen minute slots mean most acts have to leave the stage just as they’ve hit their stride. As T4’s musical connection canon continued to fire out chart topping crowd pleasers though, we were graced with the presence of N-Dubz, Taio Cruz, Pixie Lott, Jason Derulo, Alexandra Burke and Kelis to name but a few, and only a couple of acts seemed genuinely out of place. Kids In Glass Houses whose rock’n’roll ‘scream at the crowd till they do something’ routine seemed lost on the masses and Diana Vickers, who as a replacement for late drop outs Faithless, was never really going to fill those giant shoes. As the hours drifted by into a pulp pop daydream, the afternoon became more formulaic and the crowd become harder to rouse with the temperature dropping and the impending threat of rain looking to dampen spirits. However, the day soon brightened up by sunshine pop and eye-candy from both The Saturdays for the boys and JLS who enjoy their own moments of Shea Stadium madness from the crowd’s female and some male population. As a live TV show/party, T4 On The Beach certainly delivered and when it keeps on bringing this much excitement, celebrity glamour and spotlight to a small seaside town, long may it continue to do so! www.channel4.com/entertainment/t4 Adam Hooper Photos by Laura Palmer ©
Kele Monday 12th July 2010 @ Thekla, Bristol For some, tonight is a chance to see the most intimate Bloc Party gig since Kele and co first hit the scene back in 2004 when they played the likes of The Louisiana and The Fleece. It is clear to see a lot of Kele’s following are avid Bloc Party fans with their merch shirts and the whispers of being fans since Silent Alarm, pledging allegiance and flying their flags for tonight’s headliner. There seems to be a somewhat unusual tension in the air though as we wait for the now solo singer to arrive. Maybe this is due to the rumours’ that Bloc Party may not return from their hiatus and as Kele seems to be the one out doing something different, he is perhaps the instigator and unforgivable in some die-hard’s eyes. A neon blue ‘Kele’ sign flashes alight rear of stage to announce his arrival. He is joined on stage with his three-piece band; drums, keys and various electronic synthesizers act as the backdrop to King Kele’s sermon this evening. The flashing strobes kick in and the place feels electric. After the first song, Okereke is already stating; “Bristol are always a good crowd”. By the second, girls are screaming for Kele to get his top off to which he replies laughing; “Hey, we’re not at a JLS gig, this is real music”. Now referring to his ‘other’ band rather than his ‘old’ band, like mentioned at previous gigs, Okereke jumps into a medley of Bloc Party hits that some may see is ill-advised but hey, who are we to judge? He wrote it, has a right to play it and when it vibes the room up this much, who really cares?
What tonight essentially feels like is a great club night, an avid live performance of a Bloc Party remix album - while Kele is striving to do something new, this is essentially what it sounds like. One could even imagine he drew influence from hearing what other strange places people had taken his sound. For his second encore he ends with dance-heavy 2007 single Flux and again Okereke shows what a true showman he is, daring to be different yet not completely submitting himself to change. We wait with baited breath as to whether King Kele now tries to carve out his own kingdom or return to the homeland of Bloc Party. Either way, Kele is sure to be a face for years to come. Even if he doesnâ€™t inherit any throne, heâ€™ll be a prince to many. www.iamkele.com Laura Palmer Photos by Laura Palmer
The Black Keys Wednesday 7th July 2010 @ Colston Hall, Bristol For a two-man band, these Ohio men can really cause a rock out of the highest (and best) order. The simplicity of the guitarist/lead singer and drummer allows the listener to distinguish every electric note and in turn makes for a purer and more contemporary sound – yet still allowing for messy space. As proven by the right hand side balcony at Colston Hall, immersed in body shaking, hair and beer – whilst the left appeared contented with some serious (seated) forward head movements. Everyone wanted to let go a little bit more it seemed, but then The Black Keys are more than mosh pit material; they inhabit, and deserve, a more attention seeking space. With one strum of the guitar, Dan Auerbach produces a shift in hips and mind, his killer riffs delve deeply into a sensuous guitar space. His singing to them sounds like the early 2000’s; of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Strokes, but heavily mixed with 70s Hendrix, as it’s more proclaiming than the ambling sounds of the noughties bands. Auerbach has a likeable voice and demeanour, his comfortingly Mid Western twangs hold a sense of nostalgia in a high pitched dirge of electro-pop. Unfortunately he has now trimmed off his beard, which was epic and added to the Mid Western authenticity, but like the Kings Of Leon (who after big success got the trimmer out), The Black Keys are, after ten years, now properly storming it up in America. Drummer Patrick Carney provided a solid bass line to Auerbach’s demanding strums. His energy was relentless but both men spoke very little throughout the performance. Lost in the set, they barely paused a second between songs; however, it was nice to see them going for each track with commitment rather than order. They were joined on stage by a bassist and keyboardist around halfway through, which intensified the sound further – as other pitches and noises spouted from the stage. Their new songs were as good as was hoped, with the same formula thus stamping their own style further into musical past and present. If you want a taste of them; Girl is On My Mind – classic. www.theblackkeys.com Helen Martin
St Paulâ€™s Carnival 2010 Saturday 3rd July 2010 @ St Pauls, Bristol www.stpaulscarnival.co.uk Photos by Chris Collier
Bristol Ferment Friday 2nd until Saturday 17th July 2010 @ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol For the past two weeks, Bristol Old Vic has hosted a selection of plays, poems and performances in different parts of the building. The shows are all at the beginnings of production, therefore devoid of the usual paraphernalia and rather stapled scripts are clutched and stage directions, read aloud. In some cases the shows are just an idea being tested and further considered with a group of people, i.e. the audience. The concept is that by seeing this ultra fresh, new theatre, created by some of the finest and newest writers, actors, dancers, musicians, poets, puppeteers, directors and producers, vital feedback will be gained for the prosperous future of the performance. With every show packed, there was an eagerness to see what no one else has seen before. The support was impressive; it was excellent to observe such a desire to nurture theatrical experiments and developments. The diversity of the performances on offer was extensive and the openness of the performances to debate and feedback was both admirable and enjoyable. If itâ€™s very good, a read through of a play is raw and shaky. Not for the actors necessarily (gah!) but for its maiden audience. If by merely reading through the lines, without props, costumes and direction, it conjures up great thoughts, opinions and drama, it must be potentially something special.
Highlights of this season’s Ferment included Betwixt And Between, a Gothic play set in the 1880s. The tale focuses on desperation, madness and separation, told chillingly by a flock of birds. It will certainly be fascinating to watch as a full performance, it has the potential to leave audiences totally awe-inspired and deep in thought. Another highlight was the fabulous Magician’s Desk, a free installation by the Mercurial Wrestler. It is a single person affair and involves being taken down into the depths of the Bristol Old Vic. There follows a series of quests for you to complete (like a Victorian Crystal Maze), involving magic and illusion. ‘The voice’ talks to you, whilst the tasks and props play on your imagination, fear and intrigue, as you find yourself ‘oooing and wowing’ pottering about the little, musty room. One Hundred Percent Happy was another prime specimen of potential. It hauled up huge emotion, empathy and positivity. It is certainly within the ‘watch this space arena’. Far Way Back also displayed some future star talent, although needs polishing and further character development, this would help the audience form more of an attachment to the characters and their individual plights. Bristol Ferment allows a close relationship between the audience and performance makers, which is fantastic for new theatre action. It also encourages people to think about why they come to their conclusions. Every audience member understands what is before them in their own way, which is why it is so important that there is feedback, as points can be easily missed and tiny sparks of greatness can be lost. www.bristololdvic.org.uk Helen Martin
A SLY look forward at AUGUST Previews of all the best gigs, art, clubs, stage and cinema coming up next month in Bristol
Recommended Gigs For August in Bristol Bristol Harbour Festival Saturday 31st July until Sunday 1st August 2010 @ City Centre, Bristol
Xavier Rudd Thursday 5th August 2010 @ Academy, Bristol
Mango Factory Friday 13th August 2010 @ The Grain Barge, Bristol
Ugly Duckling Saturday 28th august 2010 @ Thekla, Bristol
Recommended Art For August in Bristol Turroe and Shade One: Actions Speak Louder With Words
Friday 16th July until Sunday 8th August 2010 @ Weapon Of Choice Gallery, Bristol Shade One and Turroe were first grabbed by the hip-hop bug in the early 80s. Both born in bred in Bristol on complete opposite sides of the city, along with a few like minded individuals they followed the same path. Hip-hop-Graffiti or rather B.boy Graffiti, is a rarity these days but this is exactly what these two old school fools deliver to the stencil filled world of urban artists. www.weaponofchoicegallery.co.uk
Kerry Tribe: Dead Star Light
Saturday 17th July until Sunday 12th September 2010 @ Arnolfini, Bristol Kerry Tribe’s film, video and installation works form an ongoing investigation into memory, subjectivity and doubt. Her new project comprises a series of three new works – Milton Torres See a Ghost, The Last Soviet and Parnassius mnemosyne – related to questions of personal and historical memory and their counterpart – erasure and forgetting. These works try to structurally engage in innovative ways with their media, which include 16mm film, reel-to-reel audio, and video, in innovative ways. www.arnolfini.org.uk
Saturday 31st July until Tuesday 10th August 2010 @ Centrespace Gallery, Bristol Self expression at its best! A powerful insight into how life is affected by problematic drug use. Vibrant art created at Bristol Drugs Project reflecting recovery, symbolizing change and transformation. www.centrespacegallery.com
Recommended Stage For August In Bristol Eddie King’s Unforgettable Tour of the Forgotten
Monday 2nd until Thursday 5th August 2010 @ Tobacco Factory Theatre & The Brewery
Théâtre de L’autre Côte
Friday 6th August 2010 @ Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol
Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th August 2010 @ Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol
Sunday 29th August 2010 @ Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol
Recommended Cinema for August in Bristol Cyclescreen: Bristol’s First Bike Film Festival
Thursday 5th until Sunday 8th August 2010 @ Watershed, Bristol The bike holds a special place in the hearts of Bristol’s ever-growing cycling community and to celebrate the many pleasures to be had on two wheels, Watershed is hosting Cyclescreen, Bristol’s first Bike Film Festival, a season of fun, inspiring cycling films, talks and events for riders and non-riders alike. Cyclescreen’s wide variety of features, documentaries and shorts cover the wonderful diverse landscape, from the bicycle’s rich history, to cycling communities, disabled riders and lovers of road racing, mountain biking and BMX riding. www.watershed.co.uk
Friday 13th until Thursday 19th August 2010 @ Watershed, Bristol Francis Ford Coppola’s first original screenplay since 1974’s The Conversation, Tetro is a return to the intimate, personal films that the director always wanted to make. Bennie has travelled to Buenos Aires to confront his reclusive writer brother who abandoned him as a child. When Bennie discovers an unfinished play of Tetro’s that is full of their family’s secrets and betrayals he plots to finish it, unleashing all manner of melodramatic pain and anger. www.watershed.co.uk
Friday 20th August until Thursday 2nd September 2010 @ Watershed, Bristol Another extraordinary film from Korean director Boon Joon-ho in which a devoted and deranged unnamed mother obsessively pursues her own detective work in a bid to clear murder charges against her childlike adult son Do-joon. Hiring thugs and questioning witnesses, she stops at nothing - all the while getting increasingly overprotective, unpredictable and intense as the real truth turns out to be more horrifying than she thought. www.watershed.co.uk
Leo: Drugs are lucky this month, Leo. So is standing around in the park drinking White Ace. If anyone tries
to tell you otherwise, just shout ‘I hate you! No one understands me!’ and slam off to your room to write angsty poems.
Virgo: This month you are just as happy working by yourself as being part of a team, Virgo. But you won’t get the job because your flies are open and you have weird ming on your face.
Libra: This month vague, generic clichés are lucky for you, Libra. So be your own inner warrior and fight to dream. And stuff. Your lucky inner warrior: Viking with a battle-axe.
Scorpio: This month romance sees you riding horses on the beach with the wind in your hair. All very nice and Mystic is happy for you, but bestiality is illegal. Still... those horses want it. Look at them – slags.
Sagittarius: Lucky for you this month, Sagittarius: it-bags, bum bags, swag bags, bin bags. Unlucky for you this month: ball bags. And body bags. And reading the word ‘bag’.
Capricorn: Schmapricorn. Aquarius: Pessimism is lucky for you this month, Aquarius. And by lucky, I mean everything will be awful, probably forever. That’s because God hates you.
Pisces: Quivering is lucky for you this month, Pisces. Also combustibles, mandibles, flannels and the scent of a lightly spiced summer quince. Lovely.
Aries: This month you will chafe when you walk. Your lucky home-made chafing gel: sunflower spread mixed with Vaseline.
Taurus: You will be tempted to make jokes this month, Taurus, but some things are just too close to the bone and if you laugh it will shift and puncture a lung.
Gemini: This month you really embody the spirit of Gemini when you find a tiny, shrivelly-pink conjoined twin, growing from your inner thigh. Look! It drools. Funny little Hubert.
Cancer: This month you will stay in your room until you learn to behave. Mystic is sick of the sight of you, and everyone else is sick of the scent.
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