WoWmcr: last gasp before panto...

It's December already and humbug-time is starting so catch the remains of the autumn season while you can, before the whole world succumbs to tinsel and panto... I could use WoW to do a panto round-up, but maybe you wouldn't appreciate my sense of humour...!

A reminder that Saturday 3 Dec sees Burrows & Fargion's Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece at the Nuffield Theatre/Live at LICA in Lancaster.  Contact focuses on gaming and play withLarkin' About's take-over also on Sat 3 Dec, followed by Coney and CYAC at Contact The Adventure Principle (8-10 Dec).

For anyone who missed Kraak's utterly bonkers Disco Cave, they've got another event coming up next " target="_blank">Wednesday 7 December, with Manchester Art Group, a workshop leading to a collaborative work hosted by Naomi Kashiwagi from Whitworth Art Gallery.

And for an ironic slant on the festive season, a date for your diaries - Mother's Ruin at Contact on 16 December with Mother's Yuletide Ding-a-ling

To tease you a little bit further about hÅb's (that's me really) plans for Spring, I'm on the move... and watch this space for a monthly Word of Warning performance programme... starting on 17 Feb... so Save the Date!



WoWmcr: Compass, Disco Cave and Larkin' About

Another breathless bulleting before hitting the windy M62 en route to Compass Liveart Festival in Leeds (Fri 25-Sun27) - with evening performances by Reckless Sleepers and Forced Entertainment, late night shenanigans from a host of artists tonight and a range of intriguing free pieces dotted round the city tomorrow it looks well worth the trip.

Next week, things worth checking out are - Kraak's Disco Cave on Wednesday 30th and on Saturday 3 Dec etiher Burrows & Fargion's Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece or, for a bit of gaming madness, Larkin' About at Contact 

hÅb (that's me for anyone that doesn't know) has a couple of announcements brewing about its future location and programme - and Spring in particular, but I'll save those for the silly season wind-down that it creeping inexorably towards us - and give myself a bit of time to actually be more organised!





WoWmcr...back on the motorway...Compass Live Art festival and more...

Wow (sorry!) this has been a bit of a week of it...I've been out almost every night!

For anyone who hasn't seen it, New Art Club's Big Bag of Boom is still on at the Royal Exchange Studio til Saturday and it's well worth catching. 

Next week to mark the opening of the new Was I There Exhibition, is a double-bill 'performance gig' teaming Action Hero's Frontman,with the Juneau Brothers at the Nuffield Theatre/Live at LICA, Lancaster on Tuesday. And if you missed Forced Entertainment's Void Story this week, you've another chance at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on Thursday.  Tom Wainwright's Pedestrian at the Royal Exchange Studio (Thurs-Sat) might also be of interest.

For me, the main event of the week is Compass Live Art in Leeds (Fri 25 - Sun 27th) featuring Reckless Sleepers,
Forced Entertainment
, Oliver Bray with Mark Flisher, 
Jenny Lawson, 
Brian Lobel, 
Simon Persighetti & Katie Etheridge,
Janek Schaefer, 
Grace Surman & Catherine Butterworth
 and Third Angel, alongside a full Symposium programme.

Also on Friday 25th in Goole, as part of Mayhem in the Market, Question Your Teaspoons offers you Mulled Wine + Snowflakes!

For any dancers/dancemakers out there, in a quick moment of self-indulgence, the Call for Proposals for Turn, May 2012, Contact is now out there, deadline 13 January.

WoWmcr... 11.11.11, Forced Entertainment and lots of dance!

Rapid rundown today, as I'm just about to go and check out today's 11.11.11 In Remembrance at Platt Chapel.  If anyone else is planning on going, just because my brain's wired that way, I turned the timetable from their site into a little spreadsheet to figure out when best to go! I take no responsibility for its accuracy (I did it just for my own use) but if it's helpful to anyone else, it's at the bottom of this page!

Quick reminder of tomorrow's events - Future Artist's all day event, now renamed Crowdfunding... and Blank Media Collective's Title Art Prize.

Onto next week... Lots of dance - New Art Club's Big Bag of Boom at the Royal Exchange Studio (Tues 15 - Sat 19th), Company Chameleon's Gameshow at The Lowry (16/17th) and Ben Wright at the Nuffield (Tuesday 15 only).

And the big one of the week is probably Forced Entertainment's Void Story at Contact, (Tues 15 - Thurs 17).

If anyone's still craving an outing, there's also Ellie Harrison's The Reservation a one-on-one at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds on Friday 18th, Three Minute Theatre at Afflecks, including Fighting Fit's Hoodies on Sat 19th (sorry can't find a link!) 

And finally a quick word of advanced warning for the Compass Live Art Festival and Symposium in Leeds next weekend (25-27 November).




WoWmcr... november with a bang

Reeling as I am after my little trip-ette to Newcastle for Wunderbar yesterday, here's the, frankly bonkers, list of things happening in the next week - I'm almost more exhausted trying to work out how to get to things than I would be if I was doing them!

First off, the very wonderful Julia Griffin (VOIDANCE) presents a special dance video installation created with third years from Edgehill University in Victoria Baths tonight (Friday 4 Nov)Die Praxis der Liebe (The Practice of Love) or for more dance in Leeds there's Live Bites at Yorkshire Dance.  Tomorrow, for bonfire night with a difference try,  David Hoyle’s Northern Lights featuring Ryan Styles, Zero Symphony & Lowri Evans at Platt Chapel.

Next week sees Reckless Sleeper's Schrödinger at" target="_blank">Axis Arts, Crewe on Tuesday and at the" target="_blank">Nuffield Theatre/Live at LICA on Thursday.  At Axis on Thursday is Vincent Cacialano/Things fall into places unknown and at the Carriageworks in Leeds, Ellie Harrison's Etiquette of Grief.

If there's one 'don't miss' live art event of the month, it's In Remembrance.  Marking the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year 11.11.11 In Remembrance is curated by Michael Mayhew and features pieces by Nicola Canavan, Alistair MacLennan, Lisa Newman Kris Canavan, Nina Whiteman, Victoria Gray, Bean, Leo Devlin, Martin O'Brien, Mark Greenwood.

The weekend carries on in mad busy mode - with the ongoing Homotopia in Liverpool, featuring Tranny Hotel at the Adelphi and, also in Liverpool on Saturday is Giving in to Gift (from 2pm, info from The Bluecoat).  

Saturday in Salford and Manchester, see two of the thriving artists cooperatives both with key weekends:

Future Artists present Bring the Noise - a full day of workshops and discussions at their very own Black Lion pub.

And Blank Media Collective celebrate their fifth birthday with the thrilling climax and announcement of the winner of the Title Art Prize at BLANKSPACE.

WoWmcr...last minute additions for tonight + friday: Hallowe'en at Islington Mill and dance in Victoria Baths!

These have just landed in my inbox... not in time for a mailer, but thought they might be of interest nonetheless...!

TONIGHT (31 October) Eggs Collective's Halloween Eggs-travaganza

'an immersive theatrical Halloween experience in and around the famously haunted Islington Mill'
Fancy dress is encouraged. Entry is free - doors 8.30 for 9pm

Friday, November 4th 7.30pm Victoria Baths Hathersage Road, Manchester

Die Praxis der Liebe (The Practice of Love) - a dance video installation by Julia Griffin (VOIDANCE) with 3rd Year Dance & Drama Students in the atmospheric Victoria Baths.

WoWmcr: as the days get darker...

Still reeling a bit from last week's Up the Wall, I'm beginning to think that hibernation or a holiday might be advisable... but those who know me will also know how likely that is...

So, to the week ahead - those who haven't already caught Little Bulb's Operation Greenfield have a final opportunity at the Carriageworks in Leeds tonight (Friday 28th Oct).  On Sunday (30th) Mother's Ruin hold their Fall Ball at Taurus on Canal St, and Action Hero's Frontman makes its first visit to the region at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe.   Then on bonfire night, Platt Chapel plays host to David Hoyle’s Northern Lights featuring Ryan Styles, Zero Symphony & Lowri Evans.

Meanwhile it's a big dance week with two shows by The Featherstonehaughs at the Nuffield (Live at Lica) - Edits and Egon Schiele and a range of interesting work coming to Liverpool as part of Homotopia - including Joseph Mercier's Cruising, Clubbing and Fucking and a Homotopia Dance Triple Bill  both at the Unity, Liverpool.

And, once more, if, like me, you can face straying a bit further afield, Wunderbar Festival takes places all week (31 Oct - 7 Nov) in Newcastle.

As a final word - if anyone knows of an event that they think fits in this mailer and blog please do let me know... I do my best but my telepathy ain't what it once was! I won't necessarily think everything fits, but it's good to know about things, and I realised, too late this week, that there were a couple of things slipping under everyone's radar!





WoWmcr... live from Chester Castle...

Ok, so I'm fibbing - this is coming to you in a rare moment of internet and computer access from the comfort of my flat - strangely 12th Century towers don't afford great wi-fi!  The weather is certainly not the heatwave we had for emergency accommodation but, so far the elements have restrained themselves, everything is up and running and Up the Wall carries on undaunted whatever! 

Tonight (Friday 21) and tomorrow (Saturday 22), 6.30-9pm (free but booking necessary) - 15 new pieces of work in the extraordinary settings of Chester Castle - possibly your one and only opportunity to see the castle Chester doesn't know it has!  After spending two nights of tech, it's definitely looking exciting - I can't begin to sum it up in words, so please do come and check it out!

Follow me @hazardmcr - I'm trying to keep random snippets of the (more) bizarre end of proceedings!

If you're looking to follow that up with some indoor activity - Axis, Crewe and Contact are playing host to Little Bullb's Operation Greenfield on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th respectively. Thursday is a busy day as Axis also has Jean Abreu's Inside and Unity, Liverpool has Invisible Thread (formerly Faulty Optic).

Having bumped into a couple of fellow Mancs at Hatch in Leicester on Sunday, I know I'm not the only one prepared to go the distance - so If, you're game for travelling that bit further, the Wunderbar festival is on in Newcastle all the following week.

And in a final word - for more musings on the extraordinary and the random check out doodlebug's weekly friday morning nugget at 8.30am on All FM radio... doodlebug mixcloud archive

Hope to see you in Chester!





WoWmcr: Up the Wall special

Friday 21 + Saturday 22 October, 2011, 6.30-9pm 

Chester Castle, CH1 2DN

Free - booking required.

Chester Castle perches between City and Wall, its 12th Century tower keeping a watchful eye over the border with a neighbouring nation. Once military base, mint and prison, its architecture has been reinvented along with its role.  Now, almost forgotten and undisturbed by the tourist swarms, it sleeps, still waiting and watching over unfamiliar lands.

For two nights only, join Up the Wall in unlocking the hidden secrets of this ancient watch-keeper as artists local, national and international explore borderland terrain, to draw the maps of our identities and the borders of our culture; physical, linguistic and spiritual.

A semaphore conversation between English and Welsh,  a weighty progression from Ireland to the outpost of England, a footballing story of a split identity stadium and an echoing flight from a towering vantage point...

Through image, movement, light and sound, a glimpse of the Castle as never before.

Photo: Denis Buckley

Participating Artists:

Andrew Binkley  - Camilla Brueton - Denis Buckley - Emma Thackham  - Frajul Systems  - Helen Thomas and Kirstin Sillitoe - Julia Heslop, Martin Heslop and Lindsay Rodden  - Katherine Johnson and Stacey Allen  - Laura Cooper - Marcus Orlandi  - Question your Teaspoons  - Shona Harrison - The Lab Collective - Two Destination Language

Produced by Chester Performs, in partnership with hÅb