What’s On: October 2017
October is the golden month; not just for all the great things going on but it’s officially autumn. Its almost as though the trees turn that beautiful picturesque colour to distract us from the bleak turn in the weather. If by some chance you aren’t too keen on the leaves beneath your feet, then you have more of a reason to fill your diary with all the interesting events taking place in Liverpool…
Coming up this week:
9th – A Lovely Word
It is the second Monday of the month which means poets and punters alike congregate in The Everyman Bistro. From 7:30pm onward you can be within this creative hub – why not be brave and request your own 5 minute slot!
11th – Hot Water: As Seen on TV
Hot Water is a tried and tested way of having a night of laughs and this Wednesday expect to see familiar-faced comedians (George Zach, Hayley Ellis and Mike Carter). Not only is it free of charge but if you can’t make this one, HWCC entertain every day of the week.
13th – Slaves DJ Set
The Shipping Forecast hosts the punk duo’s DJ set this Friday. Spend your night in the heart of town in the cosy-but-cool venue without having to pay anything for entry. Definitely one to get involved with if you fancy starting the weekend with some edge.
14th – Chibuku Shake Shake Presents: Mastermix
An absolute crowd pleaser of a line-up but you wouldn’t expect anything less from the techno king Jackmaster. Expect to see stellar selectors such as Jeremy Underground, Jasper James and Hunee with added treat of Motor City Drum Ensemble and Mall Grab who is rapidly emerging from the Australian underground house scene. Local talent also included who you may recognize from Abandon Silence nights.
13th – 25th March 2018 – Bluecoat: In the Peaceful Dome
In celebration of the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary this exhibition is a compilation of the galleries archives with new commissions highlighting the Bluecoat’s history. Connecting the past with the present. http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/3591
13th – late 2018 – Museum of Liverpool: Tales from the City.
The Museum of Liverpool is marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised homosexual acts between two men in private of consenting age (21). This Act is considered a key turning point in the history of gay rights and the beginning of homosexual liberation in the United Kingdom. By telling the stories of individuals the exhibition aims to reflect how the lives and experiences of Liverpool’s LGBT+ community have changed from 1967 to 2017. http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/exhibitions/tales-from-the-city/
As for the rest of October…
17th – Rick and Morty Quiz
Blast through the hilarious yet dark three seasons because The Merchant are hosting a quiz to get the competitive better of you. A Tuesday better spent than flicking through intergalactic cable all night. Plus, this venue is home to Nightcrawler Pizza and an array of G&T’s, need I say more?
20th -22nd – Cathedral Cinema
Independent Liverpool never cease to provide the best cinema experiences. This week they bring us to the magnificent Anglican Cathedral which boasts a series of cult-favorites: The Goonies, Matilda and then Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the final day. ‘Come hungry and leave happy’ you are kindly advised as local food traders will be set to satisfy.
21st – Spooky Welly Walk
Pull out some wellies and head for the beautiful Sefton Park – perhaps not so beautiful as this is a ‘spooky walk’ which bids to raise money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. This is a day event and kid friendly but in my eyes it is an opportunity to support a great cause whilst dog spotting. Dogs. In. Fancy. Dress.
26th – 1st December Homotopia Festival
Homotopia is a Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making art, interventions and participation that inspires and unites communities. Now in its 14th year, Homotopia features visual art, performance, film, theatre, talks, readings, cabaret, dance and debate, reflecting on their chosen theme #LIBERATION50. http://www.homotopia.net/
27th – 18th February 2018 FACT: Under Cinema by Wu Tsang
Emerging filmmaker, artist and performer Wu Tsang’s new solo show Under Cinema will investigate how artistic practice and its products are positioned to challenge dominant narratives. http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/under-cinema.aspx
Until 5th Nov – Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity
As we embark on the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts, The Walker Art Gallery exhibits a diverse range of artists. This is a powerful exhibition as they each express sexuality and gender identity revealing ‘queer history and institutional blind spots’. This is a richly insightful event by Homotopia who host a vast selection on their website.
16th-21st – Illustrating Futures
We are on a continuous strive to end negative stigmas surrounding mental health and in ode for this cause, TATE Liverpool are hosting various workshops. You can create self-care zines and contribute to an interactive display that reassures us that ‘Healing isn’t Linear’. This has got to be one of the most heart-warming of exhibitions.
25th – No-Wave Quiz Nights: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (part 2)
On the 25th you’ll be spending the night in the Baltic Triangle because No Wave are presenting an Always Sunny quiz in Camp and Furnace. For shotgun shots, themed drinks menus and GREEN MAN why wouldn’t you go? Oh, and there’s the chance to win £100…
27th – Scouser Things
Everyone knows how fun the Baltic Triangle is but if you are looking for another excuse to spend an autumnal evening there, you might find yourself in Constellations. The venue will be ‘filled with exciting twists and turns as you make your way around the venue’ as it embodies the critically-acclaimed: Stranger Things. Be prepared as the event is strictly 18+ and continues until the small hours of the morning.
28th – Dead Indie Halloween House Party
The Shipping Forecast are not only generous hosting some fantastic events but if you win best dressed indie icon you can bag yourself £100 bar tab. Indie music + fancy dress = Saturday night sorted.
- Born Slippy: 90’s ravers unite on Halloween in Buyers Club for one of the coolest events
- LOST: a haunted circus in Camp and Furnace providing seamless DJ sets all night long
- Hocus Pocus Screening: HUS invite you to watch a Halloween classic in their Swedish abode
Evidently, Liverpool during October screams Halloween and I think we are all quite alright with that. With plenty to be getting involved with, welcoming the colder days might not be so bleak after all.