Weekly arts roundup, July 2-8

PICK OF THE WEEK

Shade Compositions/Paris Is Burning
Mac, Friday July 3

A pair of screenings to conclude Mac and Vivid Projects’ Queer Traces season.  Shade Compositions is Rashaad Newsome’s fascinating performance piece comprised of stylised vocalisations and gestures, while Paris Is Burning is Jennie Livingstone’s influential documentary on the 1980s New York voguing scene.  Check out the Brum Notes preview of Queer Traces, which includes an interview with Vivid Projects’ Yasmeen Baig-Clifford.

ALSO THIS WEEK

THE SITCOM TRIALS

The Sitcom Trials
Old Joint Stock, Friday July 3

In Birmingham for the first time, an evening of rehearsed readings of extracts from new sitcoms, with the audience voting on the winner – it’s how the BBC’s Miranda got off the ground.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Cyrano de Bergerac
Crescent Theatre, from Saturday July 4

Glyn Maxwell’s well-received adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic romance – beginning with a run in the Crescent’s Ron Barber Studio, followed by a tour of local open-air venues.

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Mac, Saturday July 4-Sunday July 5

A stylish Persian-language spaghetti western influenced by David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch, following a hijab-wearing vampire as she searches for prey.

PORTRAIT SALON

Portrait Salon
Parkside Gallery, from Monday July 6

A Salon des Refusés rounding up the entries which didn’t make the cut for the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.

BLACK COAL THIN ICE

Black Coal Thin Ice
Mac, from Monday July 6

A gripping Chinese crime film, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.

STILL RUNNING

STEALTH

Stealth
Vivid Projects, until Saturday July 11

A fascinating and timely roundup of work from six artists examining 21st-century surveillance culture and the uneasy effect of technology on our privacy.

THE STORY OF CHILDREN'S TELEVISION

The Story Of Children’s Television From 1946 To Today
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, until Sunday September 13

A warmly-received and wide-ranging exhibition charting seven decades of kids’ TV via clips, images, merchandise and memorabilia.

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