off the wall
19th April 2000
Funk-art club night Hanky Panky are this month playing host to the second instalment from BLACKFLYS, a local collective of black artists dedicated to celebrating black creativity. DJ and promoter Barney Doodlebug has, for a long time maintained that clubbing need not be a mindless experience, whilst simultaneously advocating that modern theatre space should not be constrained by stuffy, staid modes of expression. Thus, its well matched that Black Angel Djs, Ono, Eno and Barney, who spin contemporary funk, boogie, r'n'b and dub should hold court with, amongst others hip artists Jai Moodie, Wayne Simmonds and Mark Miller who cross observations of urban life with funky recycled fonts and threads of imagery that are weaved into the modern black psyche. Meanwhile in the DEluxe lounge bar, Tracey Sanders-Wood will be exhibiting a photographic celebration of afro hair. Another example of the continuation of a new, fluid regime at the Contact, which honours its stylish space with work that's contemporary, underground and relevant to a new generation of theatre goers.
Hanky Panky #2, Contact Theatre, Thursaday 20 April, 9pm-2am, £6/£5
HANKY PANKY. Hip hop, r'n'b, garage and chunky funk collide with a celebration of Black creativity. Contact Theatre. 20 April
HEROS. Hugely influential techno producer and DJ, Stacey Pullen from Detroit makes a double rare appearance. Planet K 22 April.
SUBDISSENTIAL. Nutty night of trance by the Brummy gang who attract kids that jump about like flourescent Zebedees. See it to believe it. North 28 April.
IMAGE BY: Tracey Sanders-Wood