Things to do in Ipswich, free or cheap and easy to get to
Shamelessly ripped off from the old Village Voice page of things to do in New York.
Wed Dec 10 7:30 pm – Ipswich Writers’ Cafe Open Mic, CoffeeLink, Neptune Quay
Fri Oct 3 6 pm – Vagabonds Lounge open mike at Ipswich Town Hall Tea Rooms. Hang out with the Beats Festival folks.
Tues Oct 7 7 pm – Suffolk Poetry Society monthly meeting and poetry slam at Arlingtons.
Thur Oct 9 7 pm – Soldering Irons and Software, monthly hack-in at Ipswich Makerspace, Trinity Church, Back Hamlet.
Sat Oct 11 3 pm to 7 pm – Opening event for contemporary art exhibition Gatherings, at the Freudian Sheep Gallery, 104 St. Helens Street behind UCS.
Fri Oct 17 6 pm – Vagabonds Lounge hosts closing view of exhibition by Fortune Musiwa and Joe Public, plus open mike. At Town Hall tea rooms.
Thur Oct 23 2 pm – Suffolk County Council meets at Endeavour House, Caudwell Road
Thur Oct 23 6:30 pm – Waterfront Book Club discusses Bridget Jones’s Diary, at Arlingtons.
Oct 29 – Nov 1 – Spill Festival, opening with Descent into Glamour by Giovanna Maria Cassetta at St. Clement’s Church.
Nov 4 – The Humans by Matt Haig, Cult Cafe. No idea what this is yet but is on Waterfront Book Club page.
—– In addition to these listings, don’t forget the Ipswich Film Theatre Trust: movies in the centre of town for £6.50 – and free for the volunteer ushers at each showing. – – – – – – -old:
Above, staircase in the Willis Building, which was opened to members of the Ipswich Society for a talk a few weeks ago. It costs only £6 to join the Ipswich Society for a year and gives access to many events and the memories of town planners and activists.
PAST EVENTS (not particularly well ordered, but searchable)
Wed Sept 10 7:30 pm – Ipswich Bach Choir rehearsal season begins; all enthusiastic singers welcome, no audition required. This term, exceptionally, the choir is actually singing Bach and not just borrowing his brand: it will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at St. John’s Church on 6 December. At Rose Hill School near Derby Road rail station.
Fri Sept 12 8:30 pm – Fern Teather Band (Elephants in the Room) play Cult Cafe, UCS. She’ll be on Ipswich Community Radio at 9 am to chat music with Graham and anyone else who’s around. 10 pm Al Lindsay Band continues the evening in the same venue.
Tues Sept 23 6 pm – Joy Bounds reads poetry from her new book about the Suffragettes, at Ipswich Borough Library, followed by more poetry from Harry Mann. Friends of the Library event, in the refreshment area.
Wed Sept 17 4:30 pm – “The Saxon Shore: From Rome to the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in East Anglia,” lecture by UCS Professor David Gill. Get to know the very early history of Ipswich. Lecture theatre 2, Waterfront Building. Free and open to the public.
Wed Sept 17 6 pm – Ipswich Borough Council meeting to consider among other things the Northern Fringe proposal. Grand Hall, Corn Exchange. More information at IBC website.
Thur Sept 18 2 pm – Suffolk County Council meets at Endeavour House on Caudwell Road.
Thur Sept 18 7:30 pm – Ipswich Borough Council Northeast Area Committee at St. John’s Church on Caudwell Road.
Fri Sept 19 6 pm to 10 pm – Contenders art exhibition opening view. Boxing related artworks by Glen Toner, Roni Dean, Adam Riches, Paul Fisk. Tea rooms open. There may be impromptu performances. Check the Midnight City Junk (Vagabonds Lounge) Facebook page for more information. Brought to you by the same team who did Festival of the Beats.
Sat-Sun Sept 20-21 – Heritage Open Days – tours of places that are only open a few times a year. Get out on the town for one of the last really nice weekends, and don’t miss the Ipswich Society’s Pykenham Gatehouse. Those interested in history and journalism are especially recommended to take the tours of the Suffolk Record Office on Gatacre Road.
Tues Sept 23 10 am to 3 pm – Ipswich Community Radio at UCS Freshers’ Fair, Waterfront Building.
Wed Sept 24 4:30 pm – “Back on Track: The History of Heritage Railways in East Anglia,” talk by Dr Geraint Coles who lectures in cultural heritage at UCS. If you’ve followed our Friday Breakfast series of rail interviews at ICR (see Peter Miller, Cllr Phil Smart, Spencer Greystroke on our Mixcloud), you should enjoy this one. Lecture theatre 1, Waterfront Building. Free and open to the public.
Thur Sept 25 7 pm – Ipswich Borough Council Northwest Area Committee, location TBA
Thur Sept 25 7 pm – Soldering Irons and Software, a hack-in with Ipswich Makerspace. Trinity Church, Back Hamlet, see the Ipswich Makerspace Facebook page for more information. This event isadvertised to feature Raspberry Pi and Bake-Off Cake.
Thur Sept 25 9 pm to 1 am – Ipswich Community Radio fundraiser at Cult Cafe, UCS.
Fri Sept 26 8 pm – Gavin Chappell-Bates plays Cult Cafe, UCS. We’ll have him on ICR in the morning to give you a taste of the performance and a chat about his music (h/t Karen). His current lead track is “Black Holes” and he performs with a collective called Up&Atom so we’re looking forward to some geek references here.
Fri Sept 26 to Oct 11 – Switch Fringe Festival
Sun Sept 28 – Access All Arts returns to the Town Hall with participatory art, a flamenco taster and more. Tea rooms open. Midnight City Junk (Vagabonds Lounge, Festival of the Beats) is running a recycled musical instrument workshop at 10 am, and performances in the tea rooms from 11 pm including Meg Burrows (music and poetry), IP3 Celebrity finalist Anna Darzniece, and covers and original songs from Cameron BBridge, Poppy Scarlett and Nick Brown. More information on the Midnight City Junk Facebook page.
Sat 31 May – UCS Ball, Corn Exchange
Mon 2 June, 6 pm – EADT Managing Editor Liz Nice speaks at UCS Journalism seminar, Waterfront building, all welcome.
Mon 2 June, 7 pm – Fluffy Music harmony singing workshop at St. Thomas the Apostle. More information on Facebook page.
Wed 4 June, 1 pm to 3 pm – last of the Life Drawing workshops at Pacitti Company.
Thur 5 June – UCS Arts & Humanities Degree Show, Arts Building, all evening.
Sat June 7, 10 am-12 pm – Ipswich Wildlife Watch Session, “The Story of Trees,” and more. Holywells Park at the Stable building, £1 per child. Information and bookings: Alex Stadler at firstname.lastname@example.org, 07716 702427.
Mon 9 June – 6 pm Tim Fenton speaks on covering democracies at UCS Journalism seminar, Waterfront building, all welcome.
Thur 19 June – Pacitti Company, Tracing Gestures.
Sat 28th June, 2 pm-3 pm – Groovehunters drumming workshop with Eddie Mann at the Wolsey room at Ipswich Town Hall. £3
Sat 2 August, 2 pm-3 pm – Groovehunters drumming workshop with Eddie Mann at the Wolsey room at Ipswich Town Hall. £3
Sun 25 May, 6.45 pm-8 pm – Groovehunters drumming workshop with Eddie Mann at the campsite at Brick Kiln Farm in Campsea Ashe. “Some of you will know this as the site of the Phoenix Gatherings. This is primarily a beginners workshop for the campers but is open to anyone who would like to come along. Please bring your own djembe if you have one.”
Mon 8 March, 10:30 am – 4 pm – Performing Collections, a one-day symposium: Pacitti Company/Ipswich Museum. £12/£8. Bookings essential: James Gorry.
Thur 13 March, 7 pm for 7:30 pm – Sarah Churchwell, professor of American literature at UEA, author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe and Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Great Gatsby, speaks at Suffolk Book League at the Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street. She apparently has things to say on the Great American Novel. £8 nonmembers, £4 members, students free.
Thur 20 March, 6:30 pm – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is discussed by Waterfront Book Club in Arlingtons. It’s 50 years since Roald Dahl wrote the book and the musical is getting rave reviews in London it’s the perfect time to be talking about Willy Wonka and Co. No need to register but can e-mail for more information or to join the mailing list.
Mon 24 March, 6:30 pm – Fine Art Auction, a sale of new work by artists including Ryan Gander, Maggi Hambling, Sarah Lucas as well as up and coming students and graduates. UCS Waterfront building. Free admission and you might snap up a bargain. Information: Andrei Costache.
Further Waterfront Book Club meetings
April 1st – Dance Eats – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith / J K Rowling
April 17th – Arlingtons – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
May 6th – Dance Eats – Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James
May 22nd – The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
June 3rd – Dance Eats – Dear Lupin by Roger and Charlie Mortimer
June 19th – Arlingtons – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
May – Board Game Studies Colloquium, UCS.
Sat 1 Feb – 10:30 am – What’s In a Surname? a talk by Charlie Haylock on British names before and after 1066, the four types of surname and why some surnames are peculiarly Suffolk. Suffolk Record Office, Gatacre Road, £5.50.
Thur 6 Feb – 5:30-8:30 pm, The Bridge In Between, exhibition by DIG! contemporary art collective. Private view and opening. At The Freudian Sheep, a gallery and more, 104 St. Helens Street Ipswich.
Thur 6 Feb – ICR General Knowledge Quiz, 7:30 pm at The Kingfisher pub
Ongoing – Festival of the Beats – Celebrate the Beat Generation and its ties to Ipswich. If you have memories, memorabilia or suggestions, follow the link through Twitter to Facebook and get in touch with festival organiser Paul Fisk.
Sat 25 Jan – 2 to 4 pm – Beats Art Exhibition opening view, Town Hall
Sat 25 Jan – 7:30 pm – Festival of the Beats Pre-Festival Happening, a sampler of events from the main programme including jazz, spoken word, folk, experimental and more. UCS Theta Cafe, Waterfront. Free entry.
Mon 27 Jan – 7:30 pm – Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street – a talk on art by Andrei Costache and Project 5 am.
Tues 28 Jan – 5:30 pm – UCS – lecture on World Fairs
Waterfront Gallery – East Contemporary Art, the final installment, and upcoming, a solo photography exhibition by Natalie Martin who has documented live in a local Traveler community.
Sun Dec 1 – DanceEast Winter Showcase at Jerwood Dance House, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Mon Dec 2, 8:30 pm – Rare screening of On Landguard Point, Robert Pacitti’s film about Suffolk, at Cinema City, Norwich. It’s a riveting film, like a spectacular 19th century tableau, so tell your Norwich friends to go. £7. (Also Tues Nov 26 at the Gulbenkian in Canterbury, Kent, but I’m guessing that’s a bit far.)
Tues Dec 10, 6 pm – UCS Journalism *and Architecture* Film and Discussion: Brazil, the classic dystopian film by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, session led by: Dr. Fidel Meraz, UCS course leader for Interior Architecture and Design. The perfect counterpoint for all the citizen surveillance news this past year.
Wed Dec 11 – Sue Prideaux (Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream; Strindberg: A Life) speaks at Suffolk Book League. 7 pm for 7:30 pm, Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street. £8, half price for SBL members (£15 to join), and free for students with valid ID. Tea and coffee served.
Wed Dec 11 – Tues 24 Dec – Arthur Pita Open Heart Productions at Jerwood Dance House, various times.
NANOWRIMO BEGINS. Everybody go write novels! Mai Black, currently on @PeopleofIpswich, is coordinating activities for Ipswich.
Sat Nov 4, 2 pm to 4 pm – This Me of Mine, symposium in connection with the exhibition on identity in the digital age at Ipswich Art School, tickets for the eccentric price of £16.55 on Eventbrite. Sadly, we have already missed an earlier event called “How do I read this? A new look at art appreciation and audience participation.”
Mon Nov 4, 2 pm to 2:40 pm – Lesley’s Readers on BBC Suffolk: Lesley Dolphin discusses The Silent Tide by Rachel Hore, about the great East Anglian flood in the ’50s, and announces the next selection for the book club. See the title link for local groups discussing the books in person at other times.
Thur Nov 7, 6 pm – Co.Here, a new collaborative arts company for Ipswich, will discuss their work at an Atrium Studios Connect Talk. The Witchfinder Project was the first show from this group, founded by composer Amy Mallett and UCS dance lecturer Sarah Alexander. UCS Lecture Theatre 5 in the West Building / Atrium Studios. Free entry, open to public, contact Carol Gant to learn more about Atrium Studios and the Connect Talks.
Thur Nov 7, 7 for 7:30 pm – Louise Doughty (A Novel in a Year) speaks at Suffolk Book League. Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street. £8, half price for SBL members (£15 to join), and free for students with valid ID. Tea and coffee served.
Fri Nov 8, 7:30 pm – DanceEast Associate Artists at Jerwood Dance House.
Tues Nov 12, 6 pm – UCS Journalism *and Architecture* Film and Discussion: My Architect, documentary by Nathaniel Kahn about his father Louis Kahn, session led by: Dr. Fidel Meraz, UCS course leader for Interior Architecture and Design.
Tues Nov 12 – We Are, UCS Graphic Design and Graphic Illustration show, opens in London.
Wed Nov 20 – Poetry Workshop with the Suffolk Poetry Society. Share your poems-in-progress with other poets.7 pm to 9 pm, University Campus Suffolk, free entry but registration required.
Thur Nov 21 – Trance DJ Simon Osborn and others at No. 16, warming up for John Peel Centre the following night.
Sun Nov 24 – Access All Arts at Town Hall. Thur Nov 28, 7:30 pm – Are you one of those people who can always name that song from the first transient sound? Come test yourself at the Ipswich Community Radio Annual Music Quiz at the Labour Club, 33-35 Silent Street, teams of 4 to 6 people can join for £5. Excellent training for the BBC Counterpoint Quiz. Register with Gary at ICR, 01473 230 716.
Tues Nov 26, 6 pm – UCS Journalism Seminar talk by Terry Hunt, EADT editor. Title to be announced. Lecture Theatre 3. Free entry.
Tues Nov 26, 6 pm – East Contemporary Art, panel discussion and exchange of ideas.
Thur Nov 28, 6 pm – Atrium Studios Connect Talk with Juan Jogvca, talking about visual art and Festival of the Beats. UCS Lecture Theatre 5.
Thur Nov 28, 7:30 pm – Ipswich Community Radio Music Quiz, at the Labor Club. £5 per team entry, maximum of 6 people on a team.
Fri Nov 29 – Ipswich Community Radio Fundraising Party Bash at Club 40TO 12-14 Princess Street, Ipswich. “It will be a night of mix and blend of Soulful House, Old Skool Garage, R&B, Reggae & Dance-hall.”
Fri Nov 29 – Sat Nov 30, 7:30 pm – Akram Khan Company at Snape Maltings, organized by DanceEast.
Tues Oct 1 – Waterfront Book Club @wfrontbookclub meets to discuss The Handmaid’s Tale, 6 pm, DanceEast cafe (upstairs). Tues Oct 1, 7 pm – Arlingtons Cafe Poets, meeting affiliated with the Suffolk Poetry Society on first Tuesday of every month at Arlingtons Brasserie, 13 Museum Street, £2, contact Liz Ambler 01473 230 293. Tues Oct 1 – Sat Oct 5, 10 am to 5 pm – Book Swap at Ipswich Town Hall cafe, now run as The Hub at Ipswich. Part of Literary Ipswich Festival. Through Thur Oct 6 – In a World is a film about voice-over artists that is getting great reviews. Hoping all the Ipswich Community Radio folks go to see it and we can discuss it and do funny voices on the air. Ipswich Film Theatre, Town Hall / Corn Exchange, £6.50, check schedule for times. Wed Oct 2, 6 pm – Hugh Pilkington speaks about the exhibitions he is curating in the Town Hall cafe: Literary Britain, with East Anglian connections: photographs by the German-British lensman Bill Brandt who died in 1983, and Flood: Photographs and Newspapers from 1953. Town Hall cafe, free admission. Wed Oct 2, 7:30 pm – D.J. Taylor discusses his novel The Windsor Faction with historian Juliet Gardiner. What if Edward VIII had never abdicated? The Second World War and after would have been very different. Part of Literary Ipswich Festival. 7:30 pm, Town Hall, Gallery 3. £8. Wed Oct 2, 6:30 pm – French Conversation Group meets at Coffeelink cafe on the Waterfront. #multilingualipswich Thur Oct 3, 1 pm – The Silent Tide: Rachel Hore discusses her fictional book about the 1953 East Anglian Flood and Patricia Rennoldson Smith discusses her factual one with novelist and BBC presenter Georgina Wroe. Part of Literary Ipswich Festival. Museum Street Methodist Church, £8. Thur Oct 3, 1:10 pm – East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star Editor Terry Hunt speaks at Thursday Forum, Christ Church, Tacket Street. “Don’t believe everything you’ve heard about the papers” is the title. Preceded by a coffee hour. Free entry, donation dish at door. Fri Oct 4, 7:30 pm – Bright Futures: Joe Dunthorne, D.W. Wilson and Sarah Ridgard talk with novelist and BBC presenter Georgina Wroe. You may know Dunthorne’s Submarine, later a movie, and you should read Sarah Ridgard’s “Suffolk Gothic” novel Seldom Seen and D.W. Wilson’s story collection Once You Break a Knuckle, set in the Canadian Rockies. Part of Literary Ipswich Festival. Town Hall Gallery 3, £8. Fri Oct 4 – Flipside Festival of Brazilian art and music opens in Snape. Nice work if you can get there. For information on student tickets, mail Gill Lowe. Sat Oct 5 – Groovehunters begins. 10:30 am to 12 pm, in the UCS arts building cafe formerly known as Room One. £6/£3, many drums available to borrow, complete beginners welcome. Contact Eddie for more information. Sat Oct 5, 2 pm – Simon Mayo discusses the second book in his Itchingham Lofte series with BBC presenter Lesley Dolphin. Followed by the prize ceremony for the Young People’s Short Story Competition. Part of Literary Ipswich Festival. UCS Waterfront Building, £8 adults, £6.50 age 16 and under. Sat Oct 5, 7:30 pm – Adventures of Andy Kershaw. The broadcaster recaps his autobiography No Off Switch at Literary Ipswich Festival,Town Hall, £10. Sun Oct 6 , 11:45 am – Literary Lunch with Anna Whitelock. A discussion of the bedroom politics of the Elizabethan Court with the historian and author of Elizabeth’s Bedfellows. Ben Gummer MP chairs. Ipswich Institute, Admiral’s House, £15. Mon Oct 7, 2 pm to 2:40 pm – Lesley’s Readers on BBC Suffolk: Lesley Dolphin discusses The Hive by Gill Hornby and announces the next selection for the book club. See the title link for local groups discussing the books in person at other times. Tues Oct 8, 5:30 pm – Approaches to Professionalism in the Face of Mismanagement or Corruption in Developing Countries: A Briefing Book for Managers, Nonprofit Workers and Journalists, a talk by Dr. Jonathan Richmond in the UCS Journalism series. University Campus Suffolk, Lecture Theatre 3 (Arts Building, near library), free entry. Wed Oct 9, 7 pm – Evie Wyld (After the Fire, All the Birds Singing) speaks at Suffolk Book League. You’re not hallucinating; this is a recent change from Jerry Brotton. Talk starts at 7:30 pm, Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street. £8, half price for SBL members (£15 to join), and free for students with valid ID. Tea and coffee served. Wed Oct 9, 7:30 pm – Wendy Houstoun performs 50 Acts at Jerwood Dance House. £10/£7. Thur Oct 10, 1:10 pm – Sutton Hoo Uncovered, a talk by Raedwald aka Paul Mortimer. at Thursday Forum, Christ Church, Tacket Street.. Preceded by a coffee hour. Free entry, donation dish at door. Sat Oct 12, 2 pm – Alessandro Ludovico, artist, editor of Neural and media critic, speaks on the influence of digital technologies on publishing. This one is out of town, at Firstsite in Colchester. £5/£3. Tues Oct 15 5:45 pm – Field of Blood, a viewing of part of the BBC newsroom/crime drama, with a discussion of changing newsroom culture by >Jonathan Buss, longtime managing editor with Johnston Press newspapers and former crime reporter with the Brighton Argus. 5:45 pm for 6 pm film start, UCS Arts Building Lecture Theatre 3. Open to all, free entry. Thur Oct 17, 1:10 pm – “Blow It! It’s the Woodwind Family!” a talk by Jenny Jones, conductor of the Belstead singers. at Thursday Forum, Christ Church, Tacket St. Preceded by a coffee hour. Free entry, donation dish at door. Thur Oct 17 – Audio editing workshop for performing artists led by Kasper Cornish, Jerwood Dance House, £12. Thur Oct 17, 6 pm – Waterfront Book Club @wfrontbookclub meets at Arlingtons Brasserie to discuss Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. Facebook event. Thur Oct 17, 7 pm – Salon: Blood and Guts – Talks by artists on the performance of pain. Martin O’Brien considers existence with a severe chronic illness within our contemporary situation, while jamie lewis hadley is working on a project involving the history of bloodletting as a medical practice. Pacitti Company Think Tank next to Ipswich Museum on High Street , £4. Fri Oct 18, 7 pm – Local piano-driven band Benjamin Bloom gives a free concert in the Town Hall, which will also stay open till late in the tradition of the late lamented Snobs Coffee. Get a taste of the band in the Weird and Wonderful video. Out-of-towners: Ipswich always looks like that by the way. Sat Oct 20 and Sun Oct 2, between 10:30 am and 4 pm – World Music Festival at Ipswich County Library. Tribal bellydance, folksongs of France, bagpipes, samba marching band and more. Nobody is going to say “shhh!” Also food and craft stalls. Free entry.
Tues Oct 22, 6 pm – McCullin – Documentary film about the war photographer, a hit at Ipswich Film Theatre Trust earlier in the year, presented by Matthew Andrew, UCS MA Photography course leader. Part of the UCS Journalism film and seminar series. UCS Arts Building Lecture Theatre 3. Free and open to all.
Tues Oct 22, 6:30 pm – Public Meeting with PCC Tim Passmore and Chief Constable Douglas Paxton at University Campus Suffolk. Part of the open meeting series with the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner. Waterfront building, free and open entry.
Wed Oct 23, 7 pm to 9 pm – Poetry Workshop with the Suffolk Poetry Society. Share your poems-in-progress with other poets, University Campus Suffolk, free entry but registration required.
Thursday 24 October, 7:30 pm – Jake Morley live at the Theta Cafe, UCS. Alex Stockley opens. £5 advance, £8 door.
Fri Oct 25, 11 am to 6 pm – Reading & Writing Room: Activism & Power: Pacitti Company opens its free alternative public library on topics ranging from protest to ritual, the individual and the group. Browse, read, write, relax in their beautiful clubhouse next to the Ipswich Museum.
Fri Oct 25, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm – Dorkbot Anglia meets in Ipswich, at the Town Hall together with ReCreate. Hear about David Kirby’s mashup of a webcam with his daughter’s telescope, Jim Horsfield’s performance software, and at least half a dozen “lightning dorks” at this electro-maker gathering. Free entry.
Fri Oct 25 – Sat Oct 26 – Russell Maliphant Company at Jerwood Dance House. 7:30 pm. Fri Oct 25 – Thur Oct 31 – A brief history of Stephen Hawking in the form of Stephen Finnegan’s just-released documentary biography. May help answer: How did the universe begin? Are all physicists really Sheldon Cooper underneath? How do you organize your work when you can’t move? See schedule for times.
Sun 27 Oct, 10 am to 6 pm – Diwali on the Cornhill. Performances, craft stalls and I really hope food.
Sun 27 Oct, 7:30 pm – Dingus Khan plays at St. Mary’s at the Quay, with guests Robin Alderton, Mick Squire and These Are the End of Times. This is the kickoff of a five-stop Suffolk and Essex church tour. Pay what you like.
Tues 29 Oct, 7:30 pm – National Novel Writing Month meetup at the Arboretum on High Street. Bring your plans and concepts for the novel you plan to write in November. Convened by creative writing tutor Mai Black, who also has several ongoing writing groups at the Gainsborough Library and Arlingtons.
Tues 29 Oct, 7:30 pm – YeahBooks Reading Group discusses The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart. Arlingtons Brasserie. Contact: @yeahbooks / @loneyjane.
Thur 31 Oct, 7 pm to 10 pm – Spill Tarot Private View Halloween Special – On the first anniversary of the inaugural Spill Festival in Ipswich, Pacitti Company will hold a rare viewing of its art Tarot card project, along with card readings, soup, drinks and art sale. Free entry. Can we come in costume?
SEPTEMBER 2013 Sun Sept 29 – Access All Arts at Town Hall. Including an exhibition of photos having to do with the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter, and a craft and vintage fair. 9:30 am to 4 pm, free or mostly free entry, timetable. Sun Sept. 29 – Festival of the Beats comes to Access All Arts with preview acts by Mai and Simon Black, Joe Runnacles, Anthony Wooding, Chris Milla and more. For those who have seen the best minds of a generation destroyed by trying to level up in that game with the birds. Real festival coming in January: Twitter, contact. Gallery 3, 12 to 4 pm, free entry. Wed Sept. 11 – How to Be a Great Journalist, and Why Most Journalists are Not – UCS Journalism lecture and discussion with David Randall, longtime writer and editor at The Independent on Sunday and other papers, author of The Universal Journalist. Free entry, open to all – like all our seminars. Bring your toughest questions. 5 pm, UCS Waterfront Lecture Theatre 1. Information: D.ben-Aaron@ucs.ac.uk. Fri Sept 6 and Sat Sept 7 – Manhattan – IFTT’s Usher’s Choice series kicks off with Woody Allen’s black-and-white homage to New York. Allen and Diane Keaton star; Mariel Hemingway and the young Meryl Streep are the trim on the package. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, £6.50, check schedule for times. Sun Sept 8 – Barbados Fun Day and Charity Cricket Match – Go beyond a boundary with special Barbados XI v. Ipswich match, tasty island food and drink, dancing and children’s playground. Chantry Park, 12 pm to 6 pm. Free entry, donation for the Mayor’s charities requested. Tues Sept 10 – Alex Preston (author of novels The Revelations, The Bleeding City) speaks at Suffolk Book League. 7 pm for 7:30 pm, Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street. £8, half price for SBL members (£15 to join), and free for students with valid ID. Tea and coffee served. Tues Sept 10 to Thur Sept 12 – When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun – Documentary on Tibet and the Chinese presence there, with appearances by Richard Gere and Desmond Tutu. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, £6.50, check schedule for times. Thur Sept 12 – Constable: Wine and Talk at Christchurch Mansion – Get the inside view of the paintings and objects in the Constable exhibition with curator Emma Roodhouse. A rare chance to experience the gallery after closing and find out more about this internationally important local artist. £8, must book at 01473 433 691. Through Sept. 13 – Suspense, exhibition of art inspired by changing material states, Waterfront Gallery at UCS. Be sure to inspect Ruth Simons’ giant feather boa made of thousands of twist-ties; it’s more complicated than it looks. Free entry. Fri Sept 13 – Reading Room at Pacitti Company. Have a good read-in with a collection of books related to live art, performance, ritual, politics and lots more besides. It’s like a pop-up library or an amazing, creative co-working space in the old life drawing studios of the Ipswich Art School next to the Ipswich Museum at 1 Upper High Street. 10 am tp 6 pm, free entry. Fri Sept 13 – Snobs Coffee open for the last day at Town Hall. Time to get that last flat white or long black and say thanks. Through Sept. 14 – equals=ephemera, residency by a collective of UCS photography students and alumni at Town Hall. Check out their work, and have your portrait taken 10 am to 4 pm (exhibit closes 4:30 pm). Sat Sept 14-Sun Sept 15 – Heritage Open Days – From the rambling buildings of Ipswich School to the vest-pocket Pykenham Gatehouse to the Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum – this is your chance to penetrate unknown Ipswich. Free tours, guided walks in town and a museum-quality double-decker bus will shuttle you between sites in old-fashioned luxury at no charge. Check the flyer for details. Sat Sept 14 – Atrium Studios Art Fair. Shop for affordable art and gifts or just enjoy a Waterfront coffee. 10-2:30 pm, UCS Waterfront Building, free entry. Sat Sept 14 – The Museum’s Heritage – Discover how the Ipswich Museum and its staff used to look using plans, photos and uniforms from the collections. At the Museum, 10 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 4 pm, free entry. Sat Sept 14 – Trianon Family Concert: A Musical Journey. The town’s high-quality symphony plays a varied programme with themes children can appreciate. 7:30 pm, Corn Exchange, tickets £9.50 and up (£8 concessions, and – excellent deal – £5 students and under 16s). Tues Sept 17 – The September Issue – UCS Journalism film and discussion seminar. This documentary focuses on Anna Wintour, the fearsome editor of U.S. Vogue and inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada, and her staff as they assemble the bumper September 2007 issue for her approval. Carol Brown, head of the UCS School of the Arts, whose field is fashion, will lead the discussion. 5 pm to 7:30 pm, Lecture Theatre 3, UCS Arts Building. Information: D.ben-Aaron@ucs.ac.uk. Sat Sept 21 – Making a Journey: Holocaust Conference – Lectures and discussion reflecting the ways in which we remember the genocide of approximately six million Jews and other targeted groups during World War II. If you have not heard survivor Frank Bright speak about his experienes, you should come and be changed by it; likewise the presentation on magazine photographer Lee Miller’s work by her son and granddaughter. Public conference 9 am to 12 pm followed by workshop for sixth-formers to prepare for the Dora Love prize competition for the best student project against discrimination and hate crimes. Please book with Dr. Edward Packard to help with planning. Mon Sept 23 – Learning From a Complex World: The Need for an Integrative Approach to Sustainability, lecture by Mark Lemon, visiting professor of sustainable business, 4 pm, UCS Waterfront building W602, free entry, please book with Gwenda Palmer so they can accurately plan the refreshments. Tues Sept 24 – FILM TBA – UCS Journalism film and discussion seminar. 5 pm, lecture theatre 3, UCS Arts Building. Information: D.ben-Aaron@ucs.ac.uk. Tues Sept 24 – East Contemporary Art exhibition opening. First look at the major collection of 21st century art from the East of England that will be homed at UCS. Waterfront Gallery, UCS, 6 pm to 8 pm. Thur Sept 5 – Feast: Gorge at Pacitti Company. “Performance and meal experience by London-based producing collaborative I’m With You (IWY). Bringing bodies around dinner tables for a messy, politically-charged encounter with other eating bodies, we aim to consider how we take things in – artistically as well as physically.” 1 Upper High Street next to Ipswich Museum. 7 pm -10 pm. £10 includes 2-course meal. Booking in advance please. Tues Sept 3 – All the President’s Men – UCS Journalism film and discussion seminar. See and chat about the unusual movie about the reporters who uncovered the biggest political scandal in U.S. history. Lecture theatre 3, UCS Arts Building. Information: D.ben-Aaron@ucs.ac.uk. AUGUST 2013 Thur Aug 29 – Heaven’s Gate – Michael Cimino made a great film with The Deer Hunter so they let him make another one, this Western, which was reviled as one of the worst and most expensive films ever. But now critical evaluation has mellowed, helped by recutting. IFTT Twitter feed cites Telegraph saying, “The big screen is where it belonged and no screen has ever looked bigger.” See it and judge for yourself. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, check schedule for times, £6.50. Sat Aug 31 – Traditional Music Day features Martin Carthy and other folkies, stepdancing, storytelling, ceilidh, introduction to playing the spoons and other instruments. At Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket – a few stops from Ipswich by train, can walk to museum from station. Tickets a bit pricey at £12-22 with discounts for students and families, and must be booked in advance, but this looks like a unique event and day tickets also allow you to camp overnight. Sat Aug 24 – Art A’Hoy (apostrophe and capital theirs), summer showcase of work by Atrium Studios members, Waterfront lobby gallery at UCS. Geeks will want to check out Andrea Uni’s glistening computer-part icons. Open on these Saturdays because of the UCS open events and Maritime Festival, and runs weekdays through Aug. 28. Free entry. Sat Aug 24 – Salsa party at DanceEast, Jerwood Dance House, lesson from 7 pm, Salsa Chillout from 8:30 pm. There will be unrelated live music in the Dance Eats cafe from 8 pm. Sat Aug 24 and Sun Aug 25 – Orwell Lady cruises on these days will include shorter runs around the wet dock, priced at £5 for adults, and runs under the Orwell Bridge at £8 for adults, both with commentary. This may be your cheapest chance to get out on the river. From 11 am, book via TIC. Fri Aug 23 – Dress like a pirate or sailor or mermaid or sea lion or something else sea themed as it’s the Fancy Dress Friday of Maritime Festival Week. Happening informally all over town. Fri Aug 23 – ’80s Dance Party at DanceEast, Jerwood Dance House, 8 pm lesson in dance routines from the period (there were dance routines in the ’80s? I don’t remember this, unless they mean pogoing and moshing), followed by a dance party with DJ. Fri Aug 23 – Thur Aug 29 – Frances Ha – This black-and-white drama about being a couchsurfing dancer in New York has been praised as a perfect movie. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, check schedule for times, £6.50. Fri Aug 16 – Thur Aug 22 – Blackfish – You may not have been aware just how closely humans and whales are interacting these days. It’s not turning out so well. This documentary about tragic whale attack at Seaworld is actually inquiry into human privilege and animal behavior. Well worth seeing. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, check schedule for times, £6.50. Fri Aug 16 – Wed Aug 23 – Summer in February – A bohemian group of artists goes to Cornwall and paints and drinks and has affairs. If you enjoyed Renoir and Downton Abbey, you are the prime audience for this. Produced by Ipswich’s own Pippa Cross – perhaps they’ll go to Aldeburgh next time. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, check schedule for times, £6.50. Sat Aug 24 and Sun Aug 25 – Waterfront Market open along the river boardwalk, Jerwood Dance House to Old Customs House, from 10 am to 4 pm. Georgian-era historical reenactment companies will perform drills, firing displays, dances and music. There will be shanty singing and possibly a giant lobster. UCS also has an open day on Saturday if you want to have a browse around and chat to course leaders. Also: Continental Market on Orwell Quay featuring food and crafts from outside the British Isles, Thursday through Sunday. Wed Aug 21 – Salon: Fatty and Butch at Pacitti Company. Artists Katy Baird and Lucy Hutson will “discuss the ins and outs of creating solo autobiographical work that plays with risk, taboos and the politics of the body. Topics covered will include: webcams, inappropriate emails and how to make your own strap-on.” 1 Upper High Street next to Ipswich Museum. 7 pm -10 pm. £4. Booking in advance please. Fri Aug 16 – Reading Room at Pacitti Company. Have a good read-in with a collection of books related to live art, performance, ritual, politics and lots more besides. It’s like a pop-up library or an amazing, creative co-working space in the old life drawing studios of the Ipswich Art School next to the Ipswich Museum at 1 Upper High Street. 10 am-6 pm. Free entry. Fri Aug 16 – Thur Aug 22 – Behind the Candelabra – Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star in the Liberace biopic. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, check schedule for times, £6.50. Fri Aug 16 – Thur Aug 22 – Easy Money – Film of Jens Lapidus’ acclaimed Snabba Cash in Swedish with subtitles. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, check schedule for times, £6.50. Sat Aug 3 – Sun Aug 11 – 136th Annual Ipswich Art Society Exhibition at University Campus Suffolk. All artists are invited to enter; hand-in on 1 August, click title for details. Through Wed Aug 14 – Blackfish is a powerful documentary about a performing orca whale that killed a trainer, and the patterns of behavior by animal park managers, trainers, and whales that led to that moment. Biologists and neurologists weigh in to give the whale’s point of view, as much as we can know it, on the performing-chimp business in this rich and intricate film. Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, 7:30 pm, £6.50. Wed Aug 14 – Thur Aug 15 – We Steal Secrets – The Story of WikiLeaks – Documentary on Julian Assange and his website, released this year. Recommended for students of journalism and politics. 6 pm Wednesday, 2:30 pm and 8:30 pm Thursday, Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, £6.50. Wed Aug 14 – Poetry Workshop with theme “Our Island Home,” 6 pm to 7:45 pm, CoffeeLink on the Waterfront, free but must book with Caroline Gill of Suffolk Poetry Society. Part of a series that started with students at UCS last spring – come see what the buzz is about! Sat Aug 3 – Photography Day: Past, Present, Future – Guided exploration with UCS Photography Lecturers Matthew Andrew and Mark Edwards, at Ipswich Art School in the morning and UCS Waterfront Building in the afternoon. Free entry, must book on 01473 433 691. (Archive only.) Thur July 18 – Tour and talk: Historic and Contemporary Photography, Ipswich Art School, 7 pm to 8 pm, £3, must book on 01473 433 691. (Archive only.) Fri July 26 – Thur Aug 1 – The Moo Man documents the life of the fellow who milks the cows. A must for all farm fans and agribusiness policy wonks. Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, Town Hall/Corn Market, TUESDAY 7:30 showing (not Friday, earlier information was wrong) includes Q&A with (I am now told) both directors. Check schedule for other times £6.50. Sat July 27 – Derelicht 02, the acclaimed live performance event comes to a secret location in Ipswich, 8 pm – 5 am, £15 in advance but said to be worth it. Sat July 27 – End of Year Dance Show at DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training. See pre-professional dance students – the stars of tomorrow – in pieces by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers. Jerwood Dance House, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm, £7 and £5. Sat July 27 – Sun July 28 – The Witchfinder Project, new performance pieces based on the story of Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General who sentenced hundreds of suspected “witches” in East Anglia in the 17th century. UCS Dance Lecturer Sarah Alexander is making this audience-engaging piece together with history researchers from the University of Essex. At the Town Hall at 2:30. 4:30. and 6:30 each day, £7/£5, see this excellent InSuffolk article for booking information. Part of Access All Arts. Sun July 28 – Access All Arts also features Capel Dance, Festival of the Beats, Suffolk Craft Society, Collective Mind Exhibition. Snobs Coffee is open. Town Hall and Corn Exchange, noon-4 pm, free entry. Fri July 19 through Thur July 25 – Wajdja is the first film out of Saudi Arabia and it’s about a little girl who wants to ride a bicycle, and it’s by a woman director and it looks pro-women and really good generally. And then you can go see The Bling Ring, also running this week, and rue the priorities of more privileged youth. Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, Town Hall/Corn Market, check schedule for times, £6.50. Mon July 22 – East to East – Last chance to see the pioneering exhibition of professional, staff and student artworks reflecting on the contemporary land and seascapes of Britain’s east coast. It’s the first public output of a larger project run by UCS Fine Art lecturer Jane Watt. Open 10 am to 4 pm with a closing and catalog launch 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Waterfront Gallery, free entrance. Mon July 22 – Suffolk International Film Festival final screening, rescheduled from last Monday, likely to include the winners and local stars listed here, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Cineworld, free entrance. Mon July 22 – Springsteen & I – The Boss, North America’s premier anthemist of teenage wastelands and union struggles, comes to Ipswich for one night only, in a film with exclusive footage of his concerts over the years. With the E Street Band and special guests. If you’ve ever secretly wanted to pound your head and feet to “Born in the USA,” this is the time. Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, Town Hall/Corn Market, 7:30 p.m., £10 – note higher than usual price, but still cheaper than going to London or New Jersey. Tues July 16 – Aguirre, The Wrath of God – Rare cinema showing of this classic 1972 film with a long-haired Klaus Kinski playing a conquistador hacking his way through the rain forest. You might want to follow it up with Apocalypse Now. Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, Town Hall/Corn Market, 6 pm, £6.50. Fri July 12 – Salsa Party with instruction at Jerwood Dance House. 7 pm class for beginners and improvers, 8:30 pm onward, party party party. £8 for party only and £12 with class. Fri July 12 – Sat July 13 – Beware of Mr. Baker, documentary about musically genius but personally unpopular Cream drummer Ginger Baker with many celebrity interviews. Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, Town Hall, 8:15 pm Friday, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday only, £6.50. Fri July 12 – Suffolk International Film Festival festival awards and screening, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at Suffolk One, bus route finder, free entry. Sat July 13 – Atrium Studios Art Fair. Shop for affordable art and gifts or just enjoy a Waterfront coffee. 10-2:30 pm, UCS Waterfront Building, free entry. Sat July 13 – Suffolk International Film Festival screening of films shortlisted for awards, University Campus Suffolk Waterfront Building, 10 am to 9 pm, also special events including 10 am Kids Club, 11 am Q&A with Richard Johns of Corona Films, 2 pm pitching and film workshop with Livid Films, 6 pm screening and Q&A with Michael Price and Tammy Riley-Smith. My programme also lists workshops and film education by One and CSV, Zombie make-up and walk with Clive Double, and filmmaking equipment demonstrations with Bruizer and Doozee Aerial, without giving a timetable. Free entry. Mon July 15 – Suffolk International Film Festival holds “Best in Fest” screening at Cineworld Ipswich, 10 am to noon, free entry. Through Thurs July 11 – Visit Paris and enjoy hearing French with Paris/Manhattan, about a Parisienne fan of Woody Allen. I expect some resonance with Escalier C, a novel written by a very young French writer based her fantasy of New York. In which people live in clean, charming apartments and look out for their neighbors, making it like my fantasy of San Francisco. Anyway, Ipswich Film Theatre in Town Hall, check the schedule for times, £6.50. Thursday, July 11 – Economics and Global Finance open seminar at UCS with Josh Good, Colchester-based economics instructor with training from Oxford and Sweden. Ask questions and raise issues about all those money flows we’re told are too big and complicated for mere citizens to understand. Improve your knowledge of tax havens and illicit financial flows; money debt and banking; financial investments and the shadow banking system; globalization; multinationals and corporate responsibility. University Campus Suffolk Waterfront room 116, free entry, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Wed July 10 – Poetry Workshop with theme “The Ocean of Life,” 6 pm to 7:45 pm, CoffeeLink on the Waterfront, free but must book with Caroline Gill of Suffolk Poetry Society. Part of a series that started with students at UCS last spring – come see what the buzz is about! Sat July 6 – Switch Fringe Festival – see the entire thing remixed by The Decibel Kid in an all-day installation starting at 11 am at No. 16. Free entry. Later there will be a Tarantino movie-themed street party on Tacket St. from 6:30 pm. We shall expect carried treasure, milkshakes, and the world famous Jackrabbit Slims Twist Contest. Fancy dress gets you cheaper drinks.This will be followed by another secret party … somewhere. Fri July 5 – Sat July 6 – Visit Havana and enjoy hearing Spanish with Chico and Rita, a sophisticated animated movie (“comic book for grownups”) about Cuban jazz musicians. Ipswich Film Theatre in Town Hall, 7:30 Friday and 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, £6.50. Fri July 5 – Switch Fringe Festival continues with Electronic Sea Folk at No. 16 (8 pm, £3) and Made in Ipswich at Tate’s on Falcon St (9 pm, £5 if you arrive before midnight) including the very talented Rayon Nelson who has just released an EP. Thur July 4 – Backwater Records Night, featuring wordless prog rockers The Future Kings of England, manic pixie dreamgirl Reb Capper, plus Holly Johnston, Buffalo Road and Ossian Rhys. UCS Theta Cafe on the Waterfront, 7:30 pm, £3. (Archive only, i.e. you’re not going crazy, this was not listed before it happened but I am recording it for reference and ease of templating future listings, in the hope that something like it will happen again.) Sun June 30 – Indian Summer Mela, dance performances, Bollywood, yoga, music, poetry, market with delicious party food, good times. Christchurch Park, noon to 6 pm, free entry. Sat June 28 – Joy Ellis, live music at danceeats in Jerwood Dance House. 7:30 pm for 8 pm, £5 including free drink. Sat June 29 – The Photo Hunt: Zoom Out – photo competition organized for the eighth time by UCS Computer Games Design students Chris Filip and Maria Barte, meets 11 am at No. 16. Free entry. Part of Switch Fringe. See here for parallel competition running in Bucharest. (Archive only.) Thur June 27 – Secrets of Men, a new film about the role of men in society, made by UCS Dance in the Community graduate Ollie Tibble and his dance company, In Shallow Seas We Sail together with UCS film students KJC Productions. 10 pm, 16 Tacket Street, free preceded by open decks DJ night (yes that means you and your MP3s) from 8 pm. A Switch Fringe event. Thur June 27 – Horrorshow, “a free-ranging conversation about what scares us and why,” At Pacitti Company Think Tank, One Upper High Street. 7 pm. £4, beer and wine for sale by the glass. Thur June 27 – Religion and Poetry in TS Eliot, 7 pm for 7:30 pm, a public lecture by the Rev. Jim Corrigall focusing on Four Quartets illustrated with readings and music from the Beethoven quartet that inspired Eliot. Unitarian Meeting House, free entry. Wed June 26 – New Angle Prize Shortlist Showcase, All six shortlisted authors will give readings and participate in a panel. 7 pm at the Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern St. Tickets £7.50 from Ipswich Institute, includes glass of wine (so really under £6 …). Mon June 24 – Efterklang – The Ghost of Piramida, film about a Danish rock band in Lapland, 7:30 pm, Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Market, free, afterparty at The Swan. A Switch Fringe event. Sun June 23 – The Sunday Session, music jam with mystery guests, The Mulberry Tree, near Odeon, Woodbridge Road, 7 pm, free entry. A Switch Fringe event. Sun, June 23 – Extreme Music Fest 2, showcase for new bands, The Royal Oak at Felixstowe and Derby Roads, 2 pm, £6. A Switch Fringe event. Fri June 21 – GrapevineLive Ip-art Opening Party with Phil Jackson , live music at danceeats in Jerwood Dance House. The start of the annual summer arts festival; check out the full programme. 7:30 pm for 8 pm, £5 including free drink. Fri June 21 – Summer Solstice with Elly Tree, otherwise known as Cad’s band, at the Steamboat, 7:30 pm, £3. A Switch Fringe event. Fri June 21 – Snobs Coffee First Birthday Party, Town Hall, 7:30 pm till 1 am, free entry. A Switch Fringe event. Thurs June 20 – The Present Becomes Us – an Initial Case Study, a salon with Johanna Linsley on her research into science fiction and the geography of the future. At Pacitti Company Think Tank, One Upper High Street. 7 pm. £4, beer and wine for sale by the glass. Thurs June 20 – Grace Savage, UK Female Beatbox champion, performs at the opening of Switch Fringe at No. 16, 16 Tacket St., 8 pm, free entry. The entire Switch Fringe programme looks great and seems to adhere to our walking distance and low-cost requirements so do have a look. Wed June 19 – Creative Media Showcase, UCS event for high school students interested in media with quick-hit workshops and interactive stands. Let Carol Gant know if you’re coming in a group and haven’t registered yet. You’ll find us all in Waterfront from 10 am to 3 pm. Wed June 19 – Sustainable Transport: Who Needs It? UCS Academy Lecture by Andy Wistow, director of nations and regions at Sustrans, standing in for Malcolm Shepherd, CEO. Sustrans is the UK’s biggest sustainable transport charity. It will be interesting to hear what he has to to say to who those of us who are already committed to sustainable transport and find it poorly supported. Waterfront Auditorium, 5:30 pm, free entry. Fri June 14 – Jon Hart Band, live music at danceeats in Jerwood Dance House. 7:30 pm for 8 pm, £5 including free drink. Thur June 5 – Sat June 7 – Michael H. Profession: Director. Michael Haneke is the Oscar-winning director of Amour and The Piano Teacher. This French documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at his work though interviews with the director and the actors in his films. 2:30 and 7:30 pm Thurs and Sat, and 7:30 pm Fri at the Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, £6.50. Thur June 13 – Feast: A People’s Peculiar. Gathering for dinner and discussion with a special conversation piece: the silver charms buried and exhibited as part of the On Landguard Point project. Come talk symbolism and archaeology at 6:30 pm at Pacitti Company Think Tank, One Upper High Street, £10 / £8 includes two-course meal. Booking required: 01473 216 545 or email@example.com. Wed June 12 – “I never noticed that,” evening walk in Ipswich with the Ipswich Society, £3, members only, booking essential. (£6 to join for a year includes many benefits – I was invited to a free tea with the Mayor within a week after I joined and also got invited to a talk and dinner inside the Willis building and the annual meeting at the ancient church of St. Peter’s By the Waterfront.) Mon June 10 – UCS Film Showcase. Graduating BA (Hons) students show their drama and experimental films from 6:30 pm in the Ipswich Film Theatre space in the Cornmarket (Town Hall). Themes explored include isolation and control, naturalism and surrealism, live-action pieces with actors and stop-motion. Free entry. Any questions, contact Film Lecturer Dr Hing Tsang. Sat June 8 – Thompson’s Live, the conversational blog about theatre and performance, records an episode in Ipswich with three surprise guests. Part of Pulse Fringe. New Wolsey Studio, 2 pm, £5. Sat June 8 – Institute, a work in progress that delves into caring and mutual dependency, by Gecko Theatre. HEG High Street Exhibition Gallery (next to Ipswich Museum), 4 pm , £5. Sat June 8 – Emily Dickinson, lecture by Graham Fawcett of the Poetry Society, part of his Seven Olympians tour, 5 pm. Unitarian Meeting House, which is a Grade I listed building. £10 includes wine and refreshments so really less. Booking advised; contact Rev. Jim Corrigall. Thur June 6 – Reading Room at Pacitti Company. Have a good read-in with a collection of books related to live art, performance, ritual, politics and lots more besides. Like a pop-up library in what is, by the way, a gorgeous space – the old life drawing studios of the Ipswich Art School. Free entry. Fri June 7 – Creative Case for Diversity – Symposium at Pulse Fringe Festival discussing ways diversity and equality can enrich the arts in our region. Pacitti Company, 1 Upper High Street at Ipswich Museum, 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Free entry but must register with Lorna Owen. Fri June 7 – Jazz with Joanna Eden, mellow piano-based music live at danceeats in Jerwood Dance House. 7:30 pm for 8 pm, £5 including free drink. Fri June 7 – Temper Temper: The Pain of Desire. A special Pulse Fringe performance from Wendy Bevan’s progressive rock cabaret spectacle, a festival favorite. This is what they play in the VIP Lounge on Babylon Five. Jerwood Dance House, £8. Followed by Resident DJs Cambelt Panic & Dorset Exchange, others playing vinyl and curiosities accompanied by teapot cocktails. A Pulse Fringe event at Snobs Coffee in Town Hall, 10:30 pm to 1 am, free entry. Thurs June 6 – UCS School of Arts & Humanities End of Year Show private view and opening gala, 6 pm to 9 pm, Waterfront Gallery and Arts Buildings (north side of campus). Exhibits open Friday and the weekend, and some work remains up until June 19, 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 3 pm Sat-Sun. Free entry. Thur June 5 – Sat June 7 – The Village at the End of the World. When the busy season grinds you down, sometimes you just want to sit on a fjord and stare at the ice. This film about Greenland promises that escape. 2:30 and 7:30 pm Thurs and Sat, and 7:30 pm Fri at the Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange, £6.50. Tues June 4 – Gangs, Weapons and Violence; Reviewing the Evidence, Learning the Lessons, UCS Academy lecture by Prof. Simon Hallsworth, Waterfront Auditorium, 5:30 pm, free entry. June 1 – Pykenham’s Gatehouse open to the public. A rare chance to see inside this landmark dating back to 1471, courtesy of the Ipswich Society, which advises visitors to “look out for the beautiful carved spandrels on the inside of the gate, the decorated corner post and the old hidden stairway.” Northgate Street across from the library, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, free entry. Sat June 1 – Ross Sutherland: Stand By for Tape Backup, “an audiovisual poem on memory, death and reruns,” and Gym Party, “a razor sharp and slightly dark show about the human desire to win,” at the Pulse Fringe Festival. Sutherland is at the New Wolsey Theatre at 4 pm and Gym Party at the New Wolsey Studio on St. George’s Street at 5:30 pm. £5 each. Fri May 31 – Folk Off, live folk and acoustic music with Crumbs for Comfort, Wooden Arms, James Duah, Garden DJs, starts 8 pm. A GetOntheSoapbox production. 16 Tacket Street, free entry. Thurs May 30 – Sat June 1 – First Position, documentary on the Youth America Grand Prix dance contest. Calling all bunheads and ballet fans, this is your reality show. Ipswich Film Theatre, Corn Exchange, 2:30 pm matinee Thur and Sat, and 7:30 pm all three days. £6.50 all seats. Wed May 29 – Life Writing / Alternative Life Drawing (The Shadow) – Pacitti Company’s first alternative life drawing session last month found that using a life model as a human writing prompt produces startlingly vivid images. Today’s session “encourages participants to consider our bodies as unique archives of experience, through text.” Bring writing materials, pens, paper or digital. Pacitti Company Think Tank, One Upper High Street, £6. Tues May 28 – Elizabeth’s Bedfellows, talk by Cambridge-based author Dr Anna Whitelock on Tuesday 28th May at 7 pm in Ipswich Waterstone’s, based on her book of the same name. Tickets are £1 including refreshments, and can be obtained from the first floor till in advance. Thur May 23 – Forensics at the Table (event), an evening of feasting and forensic exploration of memory hosted by artist Giovanna Maria Casetta, whose work explores the fragility of memory. Lois Keidan of Live Art Development Agency and a forensic psychology expert will also speak. 6:30 pm at Pacitti Company Think Tank, One Upper High Street, £10 / £8 includes two-course meal. Booking required: 01473 216 545 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Forensics at the Table (installation) open 11 am – 4 pm Fri and Sat in same location, free entry. Wed May 22 – Poetry Workshop with the Suffolk Poetry Society. Share your poems-in-progress with other poets.7 pm to 9 pm, UCS, free entry but registration required. Sun May 19 – Access All Arts at Town Hall, click link for flyer, 12-5 pm. Snobs Coffee open 1 pm – 4 pm, harmony singing for all at 1:30 pm and 3 pm, DanceEast performance, open portrait drawing workshop, vintage fair, photo exhibit, more. Free entry. Sat May 18 – Midnight Walk and Run for St. Elizabeth’s Hospice. If you haven’t signed up, come and cheer those who have. 11 pm from Portman Road. Noting this for next year. Sat May 18 – equals, exhibition of work by UCS photography students, opens at Ipswich Museum / Ipswich Art School,1 Upper High Street. Come and meet the artists from 12 pm to 3 pm, refreshments provided. Show runs through Sept 1, open Tues-Sat 10-5, also at Slack Space Colchester June 12 – 22 (open Wed-Sat 11:30-6). RSVP to Tom Owens. Free entry. Thurs to Sat May 16 to 18 – Calling all dancers and other body artists! Breath of the Gods, documentary on the social construction of modern yoga in southern India in the early 20th century. Ipswich Film Theatre, Corn Exchange, 2:30 pm matinee Thur and Sat, and 7:30 pm all three days. £6.50 all seats. Thurs May 16 – Salon with associates Johanna Linsley, John Bowers, Lucy Walker – dialogue with a scifi writer, a technologist and an archaeologist, at Pacitti Company Think Tank, One Upper High Street. 7 pm. £4, beer and wine for sale by the glass. Tues May 14 – Restoration of the Shackleton Aircraft, illustrated presentation by Ian Harding, Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society, Ascension Hall Larchcroft Road Ipswich, bus 10 from Tower Ramparts to Congreve Rd / Fircroft Rd roundabout + 3 min walk, 7 pm for 7:30 pm, nonmembers £2 Tues May 14 – The Wonderful World of Disney: Collecting Classical Antiquity, UCS Academy lecture by Prof. David Gill, Waterfront Auditorium, 5:30 pm, free entry. Sat May 11 – Festival of Green Ideas, Quaker Meeting House. Noting for next year. Sat May 11 – Ipswich Record Office Open Day, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the County Council building on Gatacre Road. Recommended for journalism students. Thurs May 9 – “Developing Arts and Entertainment in Ipswich,” Atrium Studios Connect Talk with Greg Cooper, Cultural Development Manager for Ipswich Borough Council. Lecture Theatre 5, UCS West Building, 6 pm. Further guests from Colchester + Ipswich Museums (Jayne Austin), New Wolsey Theatre/Pulse (Laura Norman), IBC/Ip-Art (Sarah Fisher), Re-create (Chris Shutt, Eastern Enterprise Hub and Cad Taylor, CSV). All welcome. RSVPs: email@example.com. Thurs May 9 – Dorkbot Anglia, “people doing strange things with electricity,” open evening with talks 6 pm to 9 pm at Pacitti Company Think Tank, One Upper High Street, beside Ipswich Museum. Begins with a screening, then talks by Ed Perkins (translating data into music), Mark Langford aka Kiteman (the Large Hadron Collider), Nat Bocking (tracing people in a found family album) plus an “OpenDorks” session for impromptu short talks. Free entry. Wed May 8 – Twenty Thirteen, opening of exhibition by first year fine art students at UCS, in the Atrium Studios space (West Building), 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This is the first major exhibition by the newest class. Subjects including identity, gender, politics, realism, process and space will be explored through paint, print, sculpture, drawing, and lens-based media. Wed May 8 – Rebecca West, lecture by Lorna Gibb, author of West’s World. 7 pm for 7:30 pm, Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street. £8, half price for Suffolk Book League members (£15 to join), and free for students with valid ID. Tea and coffee served. Sun May 5 – Ipswich May Day Festival, noon-8 pm, Alexandra Park. Union speeches, solidarity, and two stages of music. Wed May 1 – UCSJournalism seminar on hyperlocal press with Jon Kingsbury of NESTA, 12 pm to 2 pm, Auditorium 5 (Atrium Studio basement), UCS. Free entry. Wed May 1 – DIG! Radius exhibition private view, 6 pm, 22 St. Nicholas St., see below: Sun April 28 – Holi Festival of Colour, Indian celebration of Spring in Holywell Park, 2:30 to 5:30 pm, postponed from March because of bad weather but now it’s going to happen. Dress for paintball if you want to get into the paint throwing! Tues April 30 – Between King and Pope: Thomas Wolsey and Anglo-Papal Diplomacy, third annual Wolsey Lecture by Dr. Jessica Sharkey, UEA, 6:30 for 7 pm, UCS Waterfront Auditorium. Free entry. Tues April 30 – Ipswich Game Developers’ Network, 10-minute talks, Brewery Tap, 6:30 pm. Free entry. Fri April 26 – Sun April 28 – Together Apart – Experiments in art and technology with Curiosity Collective / Ipswich Hackspace at UCS Atrium Studios. Reception Friday 7 – 10 pm; tea with artists Sunday 3 pm. Free entry. Thur April 25 – Primavera, art exhibition by UCS Fine Art students opens at Prettys Solicitors, 25 Elm Street, 5 pm to 7 pm, free. This is probably your only opportunity to view the work as the offices are normally in use! RSVP Katy Pointer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01473 298307.Tues April 2 – Folk, Blues and Roots Music Evening in Aid of Mayor’s Charities with Back Porch, Mc2, Silbury Hill, at Novotel Hotel, Greyfriars Road, 7 pm, tickets £5 from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre Wed April 24 – Game history lecture by David Parlett, 2 pm, Waterfront 416. Wed April 24 – Artist talk for the ground on which we walk by Mark Edwards and Andrew Vass, chaired by Jevan Watson, 6 pm, UCS Waterfront Gallery, free admission. Exhibition features new explorations of eastern landscapes such as those painted by Gainsborough, by photography lecturer Edwards and Atrium Studios associated artist Vass. Runs through May 1. Wed April 17 – Poetry Workshop with the Suffolk Poetry Society, 7 pm to 9 pm, UCS, free but registration required. Share your poems-in-progress with other poets. Tues April 16 – Miracle in Lady Lane: The Ipswich Shrine at the Westgate, lecture and launch of new book by scholars Diarmid McCullough and John Blatchly, 7 pm, UCS Waterfront, free admissionThur March 28 – Atrium Studios Easter Exhibition opens, 6:30 pm, UCS Atrium Studios in arts complex north of Waterfront. Exhibition runs through April 1. Free admission. Thur April 10 – Is East Anglia’s buried and unexplored heritage being pilfered in an unsustainable way? UCSHeritage seminar with Warsaw-based British archaeologist Paul Barford discusses issues related to metal detecting and other activities, 4:30 pm, UCS Waterfront room 602, free.Tues April 9 – Railway Art in East Anglia, illustrated presentation by Richard Furness, Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society, Ascension Hall Larchcroft Road Ipswich, bus 10 from Tower Ramparts to Congreve Rd / Fircroft Rd roundabout + 3 min walk, 7 pm for 7:30 pm, nonmembers £2 * Community organisers! This is how detailed your mass transit directions ought to be. Which bus, from where, what stop to get off at, how far it is from there. Wed March 27 – Collaborative public performance-installation by artist Shane Shambhu, Atrium Studios, West Building, UCS, 7:45 pm free but must book with Jenny Holland at 01986 873955 or email@example.com. This year Shane Shambhu has been an artist in residence at Atrium, “exploring and extending his practice as a choreographer through a unique collaboration with a group of young adult carers.” Wed March 27 – Life Writing: Alternative Life Drawing Beyond the Body, Pacitti Company Think Tank in the Ipswich Museum and Art School complex, 5-7 pm, entry £6. “In homage to the building’s original use, and re-imagining life drawing as a traditional subject, this session will encourage participants to describe the body through text. You are asked to bring along writing materials, be those pen and paper or digital means. A life model will sit for the group. The session will be facilitated by artist Robert Pacitti.”Sat March 23 – Social Bike Ride, 9:30 am, leaving from Pedal Power in Martlesham, apparently free. Sat March 23 – Stride: The UCS Spring Dance Show, Jerwood Dance House, 7:30 pm, £5 / 3.50 concs. Featuring commissioned pieces by choreographers Tom Hobden and Divya Kasturi as well as work of first, second and third-year UCS students. Thur March 21 – Archaeology in a Local Government Context, UCS Heritage Seminar, 4:30 to 6 pm, UCS Waterfront 602, free, refreshments provided. A look at archaeology within a county council’s portfolio of responsibilities. Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for roads and transport, will talk about the situation in Suffolk, reflecting on the changing role of local authority. Thur March 21 – Salon: On Hope With John Bowers, Pacitti Company Think Tank in the Ipswich Museum and Art School complex, 7-10 pm, entry £4. “In this salon artist John Bowers provokes us to think about hope through considering human-technology relations and the future. Bowers works with homebrew electronics, reconstructions of antique technologies, and digital media to combine sound, image and embodied action as fundamental material energies. He is co-founder of the Onoma Research label, playing guitar in the noise band Tonesucker, and in April joins Culture Lab in Newcastle as Co-Director.” Thur Mar 21 – Midterm film showcase by BA (Hons) Film students, 6 pm to 7 pm at UCS East Building Lecture Theatre 3, free admission.
Work by Ipswich artist Andrew Vass, captured in situ near the Waterfront.
Wed Mar 20 – Opening of the ground on which we walk, 6 pm to 8 pm UCS Waterfront Gallery, exhibition runs through May 1, free admission. New explorations of eastern landscapes such as those painted by Gainsborough, by photography lecturer Mark Edwards and Atrium Studios associated artist Andrew Vass. Thur Mar 21 – Midterm film showcase by BA (Hons) Film students, 6 pm to 7 pm at UCS East Building Lecture Theatre 3, free admission. Tues Mar 19 – Poetry Workshop with the Suffolk Poetry Society, 7 pm to 9 pm, UCS, free but registration required. Share your poems-in-progress with other poets. Tues March 19 – UCS Postgraduate Studies Information Evening, Waterfront Infozone, 4 to 7 pm, talk on postgraduate funding at 4:30 pm in Lecture Theatre 2. If you’ve ever thought about doing a PG degree, pick up some information and raise a glass with us while you’re here. Sun March 17 – Access All Arts, Ipswich Town Hall, 10 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions, performances, workshops, craft fair, cafe, live music. Includes The Business of Music workshop with Phil Pethybridge (register), performance by Funky Voices choir at noon, a knit-in for breast cancer, and the activities below. All events are free. Sun March 17 – Festival of the Beats, Ipswich Town Hall. Poetry open mike, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm, art exhibition featuring local artist LA LA, 12 pm to 4 pm, and Paul Fisk‘s film of a martial arts master showing at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Taster for next year’s full-length Festival of the Beats. Sun, March 17 – Derelict Beauty: An Ipswich Journey, Ipswich Town Hall. Film by UCS BA (Hons) Dance students of their site-specific dances performed at locations from Christchurch Mansion to abandoned buildings. Screenings hourly at noon (no commentary), 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm (with commentary). Tues March 12 – Catalina – Past and Present, illustrated presentation by David Legg, Ipswich District Historical Transport Society, Ascension Hall Larchcroft Road Ipswich, bus 10 from Tower Ramparts to Congreve Rd / Fircroft Rd roundabout + 3 min walk*, nonmembers £2 –30–