Museum of Liverpool opening, Dirty Dancing the musical tour launch, Mitch Epstein, Martin Scorcese, George Harrison
TODAY's post is mainly on the subject that's been occupying almost all my time over the past week or so, the new Museum of Liverpool opening, but it also covers the Dirty Dancing tour launch and some interesting arts-related links featuring photographer Mitch Epstein and Martin Scorcese, who's filmed a new documentary on George Harrison.
Finally, after 10 years of waiting the new Museum of Liverpool will open tomorrow - at least most of it will, we'll have to wait until the autumn for the History Detectives, Great Port, Kings Regiment and Liverpool Overhead Railway galleries.
I went for a tour last week and wrote this piece all about it for today's Daily Post. It was quite a strange experience walking around a museum that's intended for hundreds of visitors at any one time yet there were only a few of us in there. We had to wear yellow hard hats, fluorescent jackets and walking boots as the contractors were completing their work, even though it's far from being a building site.
My favourite thing about the venue is that it is very much about local people so when the newsdesk asked me to write a second spread on the museum I took the opportunity to focus on that side of things. National Museums Liverpool director told me that the curators started with local people's stories and then used the collections to illustrate them. It's an interesting way of curating and I think it works really well. The real test of course will be when the public get to go in and experience it for themselves - which you can do from around 10am tomorrow after a ribbon-cutting ceremony by this little boy here. . .
He's six-year-old Finn O'Hare and he's understandably very excited to be taking part in the opening event.
Once you've had a chance to look around, it'd be great if you posted your comments on this blog as I'd love to hear what you think of the museum. It's opening from 10am-10pm on Friday and Saturday so even those of us who work during the week will be able to pop along.
I have a confession to make - I have never watched Dirty Dancing. It's not that I have anything against the film I just that, apart from one aborted attempt when my parents turned the TV over because it was too rude, I have never seen it. I just can't face the chorus of "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" and references to watermelons that is bound to accompany the film if I watch it with friends.
None of this has ever held me back in life, until last week when I attended the launch of the stage musical's tour at Liverpool's Hilton hotel - I've never seen so much pink in one place and given that this was the same week as reviewing Legally Blonde that's saying something. Armed only with a Wikipedia synopsis of the film and cast/producer biogs I interviewed Charlotte Gooch, who will play Penny (she's the one who has the botched abortion if you too have never seen it) and the producer Karl Sydow.
In this job you interview people about shows you haven't seen all the time so it's something I'm used to and actually it went really well - although it won't be seeing the light of day in the Daily Post for a while because Dirty Dancing isn't coming to the Empire until October - October 2012 that is! Still, that gives me lots of time to watch the film.
And apparently there's no escape from the whole watermelon thing no matter where you go in the world because, according to Charlotte, fans everywhere all know the same catchphrases, just in their own languages.
Tate shots has filmed this interview with photographer Mitch Epstein, whose American Power series will go on display at Liverpool's Open Eye Gallery later this year after it has moved to its new Mann Island home.
The images look at how power is made and used in the US and range from pictures of the Hoover Dam to an apparently serene garden overlooked by coal power plant.
And finally. . . Martin Scorsese has created a documentary about George Harrison, which includes his Liverpool childhood, which is due to to air on HBO this autumn. Hopefully Beatles fans in his home city won't have to wait too long to see it.