This week in Bristol, February 7 – March 4

27 02 2012

Bristol Radical Film Festival   All week, various venues
Showcasing “a radically different kind of cinema”, this festival hosts socially and politically engaged documentary films from around the world, aiming “to bring this kind of cinema out from the shadows and into the community”.

Circus of Horrors   Monday, Colston Hall
“Fantastic! That’s what I call entertainment! I wanna party with you guys!” If David Hasselhoff is your barometer of taste, then this show is for you. This show from last year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists promises to be “sinister and sensational”.

The Nine Lessons of Caliban   Wednesday-Saturday, Bristol Old Vic
Performance poetry in response to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, written by the Firebird Poets in collaboration with poet Claire Williamson, developed and performed by Firebird Theatre, Bristol Old Vic’s associate theatre company consisting of disabled performers.

Seth Lakeman   Thursday, Trinity
The virtuoso fiddle player has excelled himself on his new album Tales from the Barrel House, writing, playing, mixing and producing it all himself and recording one of the tracks down a disused copper mine. Hopefully the lights won’t go out this time.

Grain Barge Spring Beer Festival   Friday & Saturday
Live music and DJs provide the sonic accompaniment to the Grain Barge’s spring beer festival, with ten beers available “from near and far”, although now that Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout is back on tap, why choose anything else? £5 ticket for four half pints.

Laura Marling   Saturday, Colston Hall
Ridiculously young and prodigiously talented, Laura Marling at Bristol Cathedral was our best gig of last year. Nothing will able to compare to that, but hopefully this Colston Hall show will come close, as Marling continues bringing her brand of folk to the mainstream.



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