What to do and where to go?

Lots and lots happening about Belfast these days.

This looks interesting:

Interplanatary Revolution

The opening of Interplanetary Revolution may feature a cocktail bar, a chorus of ice cream vans, the introduction of another currency and a song by the factotum choir that they never quite cracked.

Drawing inspiration from the 1924 Russian propaganda animation of the same name, Interplanetary Revolution is a project that will include at least two new simultaneous group exhibitions and the installation/reworking of another.

Looking at failing/ed ideologies; notions of otherworldliness and the uncanny; and revolutionary critique, Interplanetary Revolution will be an opportunity to collapse a few assumptions and undermine previous relationships.

As always a new years resolution here at Handsome and Pretty is to READ MORE:

The Reader Organisation aims to bring about social change by sharing great literature with people of all ages, from all backgrounds, and with all abilities. Through weekly, read aloud sessions, the Get Into Reading model promotes a deeper, more personal engagement with literature and focuses on its practical uses for and in the real world. In other words, it’s about experiencing what literature can do for you. Patricia Canning, a PhD graduate of Queen’s, is the group facilitator and will be delivering the weekly sessions at the Seamus Heaney centre on Thursdays from 12.30 – 2pm. Come along and join the reading revolution.

Heading down to the QFT? We think this could be worth a watch:

The Comedy of Errors

I in earth, in heaven, or in hell?
Sleeping or waking? mad or well advised?
Known unto these, and to myself disguised!

Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. And for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home. A buzzing metropolis, to the outsiders it appears a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound.

Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your
man? Am I myself?

Consistently recognised by strangers, the visitors question their very selves as the turmoil escalates. Meanwhile, Aegeon, father to the Antipholus twins, has been captured searching for his sons and, as an illegal immigrant, is sentenced to death at sunset. Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time. Lenny Henry plays Antipholus of Syracuse.

We were lucky enough to catch The Shore on BBC NI during the week and we loved it. It won the oscar for Live Action Short Film.

After 25 years in exile Jim Mahon brings his American daughter, Patricia, for her first visit to his hometown, Belfast. At a Welcome Home party for Jim at the local pub, Jim’s brother shows Patricia an old photo of Jim and Paddy Grogan, once Jim’s best friend, but long estranged. Patricia convinces Jim to search out his best friend Paddy. But Paddy doesn’t live alone – there’s Mary as well.

Mary was engaged to Jim when he fled Belfast’s Troubles for San Francisco a quarter of a century before. Now she’s married to Paddy. Jim hasn’t been in touch with either of them… and racked by guilt and uneasy about the sort of welcome he might receive – possibly no welcome at all – he doesn’t want to go through with the visit. But Patricia insists “These are people you loved. You have to make your peace with them.” The reunion quickly goes awry with tears and old misunderstandings exposed – and plenty of laughter as well.

What did you get out and about to this week in your area? Let us know what’s worth checking out where.

Handsome and Pretty



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