Best Picks 9th-13th April: Arts and Culture

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With Brighton Festival and the Fringe fast approaching it won’t be long before we’re inundated with things to do. This week it feels as though Brighton is beginning to gear up in preparation as there seems to be more fun things to wile away your evenings than there has been all year! Here we have selected some things that particularly caught our attention – there’s something for everyone!


Photo Fringe event: Thom Bridge in conversation with Martin Seeds

For the third year running, Photo Fringe will be running across the city over October in partnership with Phoenix Brighton. This event is an informal gathering to find out what’s happening over the festival and how to participate. Thom Bridge’s work is ‘‘characterised by his continued investigation into the dualities round between photographic language, his mother tongue (English) and his recently learned mother’s tongue (Swedish)’’. Bridge was awarded the Artquest Peer Forum Grant and set up Field/s, a peer forum that “encourages cross-disciplinary and intergenerational conversations between art professionals”. This is a unique opportunity to see and hear how such forums work and what we can learn from them.

Green Room @ Phoenix Brighton. 10-14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB.

Icex: Mexico, Surinam and Indonesia @ La Choza Western Road

Kicking off the week with a bit of heat in the kitchen, La Choza’s head chef, Benji Hinchcliffe, will join forces with Bas Oonk from the Netherland’s Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Restaurant Basaal to create some spice-packed high cuisine. The menu will feature dishes inspired by Mexico and the former Dutch colonies of Indonesia and Surinam. You can expect fresh and innovative twists on the classic flavours of the aforementioned countries, all in the comfort of La Choza’s newest venture in Hove. Don’t miss out on this chance to taste a truly different take on fusion cooking.

La Choza. 105 Western Road, BN1 2AA.


Drawing Club by Cult Milk

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Head on down to the Hope & Ruin this Tuesday evening to eat some good food, drink some good beer and have a good ol’ drawing session with your friends. There are three rounds, ‘Freakiest Consequence’, ‘Most Imaginative Dick Drawing’ and ‘Best Themed Illustration’, the latter of which is always picked by the bar staff. Each round lasts an hour and if you are one of the lucky winners, you win a whole pint! The paper, pens and pencils are provided and the event is completely free! Drawing Club never fails to amuse and with it’s ingenious rounds it’s getting more and more popular so get there early to nab a table and draw to your hearts content!

Cooking Challenge with Surplus Food!

Hosted by Bin Brighton, this is an opportunity to widen your cooking knowledge and learn how to turn sad looking vegetables into tasty dishes – all whilst meeting new like-minded people. Whilst the organisers do get donations from supermarkets they are often just bread or carrots so those who are planning to participate are encouraged to bring along any food from home that they “don’t know what to do with, have discovered it/them in the back of the fridge slowly dying away, or as a donation to the project where an ingredient for a recipe is missing”. However it is not compulsory to bring your own and everyone is welcome to join in! There is group page you can visit here if this sounds like something you want to do!

Brighton Friends Meeting House. Ship Street, BN1 1AF.


Damien Jurado: Listening Party

At 5:30pm join the lovely folk at Resident Records for the only UK listening party of Damien Jurado’s new album. Jurado has created this album with the sole intention of hearing it as a complete piece of work. There’s no singles, no streaming on any platform until two months after its official release and he wants his fans to embrace it as purely as they can. The album entitled ‘The Horizon Just Laughed’ has a lot to live up to after Jurado’s last few releases but we hold high hope! It’s free to listen go down and listen so even if you’re not a fan you may well be at the end of the night!

Resident Records. 28 Kensington Gardens, BN1 4AL.

Unbound: An Evening with Erin Mettler, Lulu Allison and Pierre Hollins

Unbound is an award-winning crowdfunding publisher and this Wednesday they are coming to Waterstones in Brighton to discuss how to give writers the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life. The head of publishing, Matthew Clayton will be in discussion with three authors that have successfully crowdfunded their books. Joining him will be, Lulu Allison, ‘Twice the Speed of Dark’; Pierre Hollins, ‘The Karma Farmers’ and Erinna Mettler ’15 Minutes’. Tickets for the event are only £3 which includes a glass of wine, but you have to book in advance so don’t miss out!

Waterstones Brighton. 71-74 North Street, BN1 1ZA.


Souper Music Fundraiser

Indian Futures, a Brighton-based charity aiming to improve the quality of living and education in South India, will take-over The Rose Hill pub on Thursday evening for a night of delicious soup, snacks and music. You can help fundraise for a worthy cause and hear some musical delights from the likes of, Mike the mic, a swing guitarist and talented vocalist; Veda, a poetic singer and Marina, a singer-songwriter heavily influence by Jazz and Flamenco rhythms. There will be artwork by local artists on sale and all of the £6 entry fee will be donated to the charity.

The Rose Hill. 70-71 Rose Hill Terrace, BN1 4JL.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Live in Copenhagen @ Duke of York’s

The Brighton-based musical hero, Nick Cave has released a full-length film showing his bands extraordinary and triumphant live concert in Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017. The footage was filmed over a string of shows, the first for the band in three years and depicts both the band and the fans ecstatic response to the newest album ‘Skeleton Tree’, as well as their essential back-catalogue of hits. The Copenhagen show was part of a tour which heralded some of the best reviews of the bands long and vast career, many of which focussed on the profound and intimate relationship they have with their fans. There’s only one showing of this at Duke’s so grab a ticket while you can!

Duke of York’s. Preston Circus, BN1 4NA.


Art Jam with Cassette Lord & Friends

You may recognise the name ‘Cassette Lord’ from the abundance of painted electricity and communication boxes across Brighton. This Friday, join him and friends for a night of creativity and experimentation. There will be a whole host of fun and games such as ‘Group Doodle board’, ‘Lego Mash-up’, ‘Laser Mayhem’ and much more. Peanutbutter Mic and Mellow Jam will be spinning the decks and holding a ‘jam session’ alongside the evening. The event costs £4 and you get a free drink thrown in so head down to get creative and jam!

Artista Cafe & Gallery. 42 Waterloo Street, BN3 1AY.

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