Southsea’s purveyors of sincere beer and homemade cheese-based dishes have opened their doors this week. They say good things come to those who wait. I can confirm after my trip to see the The Wave Maiden team on Tuesday that they are onto a very good thing!
On Sunday 7th December the Pie & Vinyl team will be taking over the Square Tower for the The Retrospective Soundtrack Players ‘It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol’ LP launch. Support on the night will come from The Day Of The Rabblement and El Morgan who will be opening the show.
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players will be launching their limited edition red vinyl ‘It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol’. The LP will be sold at the show and the band will play the whole album in it’s entirety.
Doors open from 7pm and tickets currently available for a bargain £7 from Pie & Vinyl directly or online HERE.
For updates on the event, check out the Facebook Event page HERE.
If you haven’t visited the No. 6 Cinema before then we highly recommend it, it is a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in the dockyard.
Here are a selection of movies we recommend you check out. Be sure to check their website for full list of all the movies this being shown www.no6cinema.co.uk.
2001: A Space Odyssey (U) – Saturday 6th at 7pm
Kubrick’s complete mastery as a director is evident in every frame and every scene of this film. His almost sadistically precise exposition of story and character creates a steady accretion of perplexed tension in the viewer. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY was a landmark film upon its initial release but it received mixed and often very misguided reviews, a fate that would befall EYES WIDE SHUT many years later. The film’s true meaning remains as opaque as the famous black monolith that appears inexplicably throughout the film.
Leviathan (15) – Thursday 11th at 7pm
This powerful drama from Cannes winner Andrey Zvyagintsev begins in a dilapidated port on the Barents Sea, where Nikolai, a hard-drinking mechanic, his long-suffering wife and truculent son are under threat of losing their home, which the mayor wants to bulldoze and replace with a fancy dacha. Hope emerges when a handsome ex-army pal turned lawyer arrives to aid their cause and in the process expose the mayor’s extensive corruption. Things take several unexpected turns, but this being a Zvyagintsev film, the family’s struggle against a poisoned bureaucracy ultimately testifies to the power of perseverance and determination.
Nightcrawler (15) – Friday 12th at 7pm
Drifter and small-time crook Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles into the seedy world of freelance journalism in LA, where he goes armed with a camera and an increasingly perverse taste for car wrecks and shoot-outs. His work soon catches the eye of veteran TV journalist Nina, although his driver Rick is more troubled. As rival newshound Bill Paxton exhorts him to sensationalise his reporting on the basis that ‘if it bleeds, it leads,’ Bloom inevitably crosses the line, and instead of merely covering the story, he becomes it. Dan Gilroy makes a stunning directorial debut, combining tremendous action footage with a morally driven crime drama.
Fury (15) – Saturday 13th at 7pm
Brad Pitt’s second WW2 film is a far more visceral, indeed credible exercise than Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and as Wardaddy. It’s April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts. Director Ayer makes it clear this isn’t about the glory of victory, for as Wardaddy says, “You think it can’t get any worse, and then it does.
It’s a Wonderful Life (U) – Saturday 20th at 7pm
Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is a gloriously sentimental testament to homely small-town moral values. Masterfully crafted, the film opens with angels discussing George Bailey (James Stewart), a man so beset with problems that he contemplates a Christmas-time suicide. As George prepares to jump from a bridge his guardian angel Clarence Oddbody intervenes and shows him how badly Bedford Falls would have turned out without his good deeds. Filled with a renewed joy of life George returns to his family for Christmas.
Christmas is fast approaching, most of us have paid our deposits and are ready for our work christmas party. Everyone knows clichés, the mistletoe bearer, the overly honest drunk and the office flirt. Just spare a thought for freelance artists and creatives who miss out on all this. Not anymore! Work Christmas Party is exactly what it says, a Christmas Party, but with a tangible difference; it is an invitational show for freelancers who often miss out on the cultural marker of the working year.
Teaming up with the ambitious Columbia Road Arts Club, located in the vibrant East End and spiritual home of London’s creative and artistic community, Work Christmas Party will be both a two-week exhibition and Christmas shop, with a series of public events, book signings, and ample opportunities to meet the artists involved.
Structuring the proposal as a loose brief to the invited artists, they were asked to explore the theme of British Comedy.
South Coast ex-pat Aled Lewis will be one of the artist featured and his contribution to the event is the brilliant tribute to Blackadder. The A2 sized screen print was inspired by General Melchett from Blackadder and the iconic British Kitchener poster from World War 1.
The exhibition opens this Wednesday 26th November from 5:30pm until 9pm, then the artists and organisers will be off for their own work christmas party. For more information about the event and the artists involved check out the Facebook, Twitter @wxpshow and Instagram @wxpshow. You can also get your hands on prints at www.shop.workchristmasparty.co.uk
Portsmouth Roller Wenches B vs Manchester Roller Derby B
Portsmouth Scurvy Wenches vs Cornish Nasties
The Portsmouth Roller Wenches’ B team, who are still buzzing after their last home win, this weekend they will be facing the formidable Manchester Roller Derby B. As part of a double header a mixed side consisting of ladies from the Roller Wenches and men from the Scurvy Dogs will be taking on the Cornish Nasties in a ‘co-ed’ bout.
Doors open at Havant Leisure Centre at 1.30pm with the Wenches B team starting things off at 2pm. Tickets are prices at £7, Kids aged 10 years or younger go for free. You can book your tickets online HERE.
For information on the after party check out the Facebook event page HERE.
You should all be well aware that over the last year we have been compiling a calendar using photographs submitted to us by you, the Strong Island readers. We are really excited by our 2015 edition, I didn’t think it was possible but the bar has been raised yet again!
The calendar again features photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.
£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.
The calendars are still only available as a pre-order from our online shop HERE. We are expecting to have them in hand by next Thursday. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each.
I guess it’s about time we share with you some more of the amazing photographs which have been included this year.
Portsmouth’s youth volunteering service Community Fusion are holding another Made with Hartt Christmas market at The Wedgewood Rooms on 29th November from 11am until 4pm.
The market has stalls from plenty of Portsmouth and Southsea’s finest creatives. There will be tea and cake (and beer at the bar) as well as live music. There are a couple of spaces available if you would like to have a table there. For more information please contact Jenna on email@example.com or on 07582 919 091.
Entry is FREE so head on down for a bit of Christmas shopping for your friends and family, or even treat yourself to something nice.
The Gunwharf Quays fireworks display has long been one of the best Guy Fawkes Night celebrations in the area. Local photographer Jay Howard has been recently been experimenting with time-lapse photography and managed to capture a nice video of the afternoon and the evenings events.
This time next month our friends at Pie & Vinyl Records are putting on a Christmas party the only way they know how, thats with great music! Headlining the show will be TRAAMS with support from The Boy I Used To Be, Rickyfitts and a vinyl only DJ set from Death Bitto.
The gig will be held in the Fat Fox on Albert Road. Tickets for the event are £4 each and are available from inshore or online HERE.
Merry Christmas music lovers!
This weekend Aspex Gallery will be hosting their Christmas Contemporary Makers Fair. The event show cases a number of artists and designer-makers who will be exhibiting and selling their work.
After the success of the events back in February & August, Aspex will once again be handing over its main exhibition space to showcase some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, this time with a festive twist.
A full list of the exhibitors selected by Aspex is now available, and features some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, across a range of artistic media, including jewellery, ceramics, printmaking, glass, textiles, amidst others.
The full list of everyone involved:
• Mitzi Broadbent – www.mitzirocks.co.uk
• Jo Calverly – www.weareforwalls.com
• Sylvaine Frouin – www.silvene.net
• Anikó Gajdocsi – www.anikogajdocsi.com
• Bryony Jennings – www.prettyscruffy.com
• Carly Mann – www.carlymann.co.uk
• Catherine McGinness – www.catherinemcginniss.com
• Emma Nicol – www.emmanicolillustration.co.uk
• Rachel Reynolds – www.rachel-reynolds.co.uk
• Martin Snelling
• Marina Skia – www.marinaskia.com
• Miesje Chafer & Malisa Sledmere – www.miesjechafer.com
• Melody Vaughan – www.cargocollective.com/melodyvaughan
• Dan Wendes – www.facebook.com/dan.wendes
• Mary & Julia de Klerk – www.juliadeklerk.com
Find out more by visiting www.aspex.org.uk.