Sunday, February 17, 2008

The spivs @ Gibbos

For those of you that missed it, The Spivs (Ben Edge and Steve Coley) have started a bi-weekly residency at Gibbos bar shoreditch, every second saturday. My advice is get down there! You're not going to know what you're in for as the line up is always changing but the night ends with "THE SPIVS" and that is IMPORTANT!

Gibbos formally Montunos (the Jazzist bar around, had fantastic open mic jazz session on a monday where the glitterati of the jazz world gathered and played ad hoc mixes of experimental jazz and jazz singers met the circuit) formally The spiral staircase (a dark gay bar, dark as in they saw no need for light in the establishment). In between it being Gibbos and it being Montunos it was a fairly unsuccessful restaurant, whose name has slipped from my memory).

Here we find Ben Edge busily painting away in his studio space, isn't he cute, Unfortunately he had shaved for the gig and looked like a flashy black-marketeer, the french guy from the matrix movies, the one that keeps vampires and ghosts as friends and get gorgeous women to go down on him in club toilets. Which incidentally happened a lot when it was the spiral staircase, not to Ben, just on the premises, well maybe to Ben I haven't asked him yet.

I chatted to Steve (also clean shaved for the gig) about the drumming . . .

Sayshun Jay: You like them more than food, I guess?

Steve Coley: They are food! Eat drums! Eat cymbals!

Sayshun Jay: How symbolic!

Beautiful fucking Steve plays drums as if possessed by fucking Satan. The Duo play of each other well on stage and really get the crowd going.
And while we're on about the crowd, the crowd was full of characters, I found myself repeatedly shouting "get your Cock OUT!" while the geezer next to me (name left out on purpose) shouted "Deep THROAT", crazy girl chucked her shoes away and bopped bare feet.

and the night need not end there with Rock-A-Billy Rebels at Ye Olde Axe it being a saturday night, you're in Shoreditch don't try and party, just PARTY! £5 12 - 6

Monday, February 11, 2008

next two weeks exhibitions

Monday February 11th
Man and Eve, Mea Culpa roundtable discussion on Public Apology, 3-4.30pm, info:

Tuesday February 12th
Rod Barton Invites, Hypersurface, Ian Monroe, Michale Stubbs, Caragh Thuring, 7pm, info:
Tate Britain, BP Artist Talk, David Batchelor, 18.30-20.00, 7 quid, info:
Rokeby, Simon Keenleyside, 6.30-9.30pm, info:

Wednesday 13th February
Wyer, Jennifer Taylor, installation, 6.30-8.30pm, info:

Thursday February 14th
Sartorial, Anti-Valentine's Day, 2pm-11pm, performances, exhibition, stuff, info:
Transition, Sex and Witchcraft, group show, Kate Street, Hilary Jack, Lisa Penny, Rachel Tweddell, Anne Marie Kennedy, Susan Taylor, Beata Veszely, 7-9pm, info:
Nettie Horn, Mike Newton, My Private Idaho, 6-9pm, info:

Friday February 15th
Crimes Town, Lucy May, Conglomerates, 6.30-9pm, info:

Saturday February 16th
Cut a Shine, Valentine's Barn Dating Ball, Finsbury Town Hall, 8pm-2am, 10 quid, info:

Tuesday February 19th
Jerwood, Jerwood Moving Image Awards Exhibition, 6.30-8.30pm, info:

Wednesday February 20th
Alexandre Pollazzon, Andreas Dobler, Paintings from the Comfort Zone, 6-8.30pm, info:

Thursday February 21st
Anthony Reynolds, Georgia Sagri, three performances, one today, and one on the next two days, check details with gallery rare,

Friday February 22nd
Fieldgate, Gothic, group show, 6-9pm, info:

Saturday February 23rd
Carter Presents, Dallas Seitz, Georgette Magritte and the Exotic Sea, 6.30-9.30pm, info:
Decima, The Famous, the Infamous and the Really Quite Good, check the website on this for sure, info:

Conference: Art in the Public Imagination

29 February 2008
Have your say at this conference on art in the public realm to be held on Friday 29 February from 10am–1.30pm in the Sainsbury Wing Theatre, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.

The conference will include presentations on the Fourth Plinth commissions within the broader context of art in the public realm in London and discussions led by Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. There will be a panel discussion with the shortlisted artists - Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Yinka Shonibare, and Bob & Roberta Smith - chaired by art critic Louisa Buck.

How to get your ticket
Tickets for the conference can be purchased in advance and cost £5 - £3 for senior citizens, full-time students and the unemployed.

In person: From the Advance Tickets and Audio Guide desks, Level 0, Getty Entrance.
By post: Please complete the booking form included in the leaflet and send it with full payment and a stamped self-addressed envelope to The National Gallery.

Art in the Public Imagination conference leaflet/booking form PDF

On the day of the conference any remaining tickets will be on sale half an hour before the start of the event. Payment is by cash or cheque only.