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Kinetica Art Fair

London's Kinetica Museum for kinetic, electronic and new media art will be presenting it's first art fair in late February...

London's Kinetica Museum for kinetic, electronic and new media art will be presenting it's first art fair in late February. Along with a host of galleries, collectives and other organisations presenting their work, there will be a programme of screenings, tours, talks, workshops and performances. London P3, opposite Baker Street Tube on Marylebone Road, February 27 to March 2, Admission £12/£10 Students. More information here.

Art, Pop, Fashion & The Making Of Roxy Music

Author and Wire contributor will be discussing the interplay between art, pop and fashion and the role it played with the formation of Roxy Music...

Author and Wire contributor will be discussing the interplay between art, pop and fashion and the role it played with the formation of Roxy Music. The evening (which coincides with the release of Bracewell's book on the group) will include a film about Roxy Music fans from the 1970s and a free glass of wine. London Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, WC1E 6EQ, Thursday February 19, 6.30PM, Tel 020 76361577, £3, £2 for students. Admission is redeemable on the night against the books promoted.

Live Art Department Returns To The ICA

As a response to the London ICA's closure of their Live Art and New Media department last year, two artists, Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, respectively directors of Rotozaza and Forced Entertainment, have joined together to create True Riches a virtual interdisciplinary intervention of proposals to 'not' take place in and around the ICA until the end of 2009. The spoof is intended to ridicule the ICA's decision to close the venue's live art department. Events 'programmed' include late night lectures in the ICA bar, debates on the underground, film screenings, food stalls and more. For more information and to download a programme, click here.

Sunn O))) Bring It To London

Preceding the release of the forthcoming Sunn O))) studio album, Monoliths & Dimensions (due out May 5 on Southern Lord) Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley will be playing London's Corsica Studios on February 22, 8PM, Units 4/5, Elephant Road London SE17 1LB, Tel: 0207 703 4760, email:

Throbbing Gristle USA Tour

Throbbing Gristle have announced a US tour...

Beginning in New York City on April 16, TG will go on to play at the Coachella Festival in Palm Springs on the 19th, then to LA on the 21st, San Francisco on the 23rd, Chicago on the 25th. In NYC and Chicago they'll be performing a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman's film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" and be holding regular signings with "TG USA 2009 Merchandising" Check out their website for full details.

Max Neuhaus 1939 - 2009

Max Neuhaus, percussionist and influential sound artist has died...

Max Neuhaus, percussionist and influential sound artist has died, according to the Houston Chronicle yesterday. Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1939 Neuhaus spent his early career as a performing musician, touring North America with works by composers such as Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Stockhausen, by the mid 60s Neuhaus had decided to stop performing live and focus his work on sound installation. One of his most important early works, Public Space from 1966, connected up a radio station with live telephone lines so callers could ring in and broadcast themselves, an idea that Neuhaus would use in 1977, expanding the broadcast range to 190 radio stations across the US.

The Wild Beast: A New Centre For The Herb Alpert School of Music

A $500,000 USD grant for the building of a new music centre at the California Institute of the Arts...

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has received a $500,000 grant to go towards the building a new music pavilion on its Valencia, California campus. Descriptively entitled "The Wild Beast" after composer Morton Feldman's metaphor for creative energy, the centre will host a wide variety of music and performance events alongside providing more space for CalArts's Herb Alpert School of Music.

Peter Walker UK Tour Announced

Folk raga gypsy guitarist legend returns from the 1960s with a UK tour...

Over the years Walker was a fixture in the early 60s Greenwich Village folk scene, studied with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, was musical director of Timothy Leary's Millbrook estate, and in 1966 released Rainy Day Raga, which has since become a seminal folk raga album.

Sat 14 March Edinburgh Henry's Cellar Bar
Sun 15 March Stirling Blend Festival
Tues 17 March Hull Adelphi w/ Nancy Elizabeth
Wed 18 March Coventry Taylor Johns House w/ Nancy Elizabeth
Fri 20 March Falmouth Miss Peapods w/ Nancy Elizabeth
Sat 21 March Bristol Folkhouse w/ Nancy Elizabeth
Sun 22 March London Cecil Sharp House w/ Nancy Elizabeth

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Calls For Metallers

In an effort to reclaim what is rightfully theirs, Home Of Metal reaches out from Birmingham and The Black Country...

Home Of Metal, a project devoted to consolidating Birmingham and The Black Country as the rightful birthplace of Heavy Metal, has teamed up with the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to facilitate an open day where fans of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Godflesh can help by bringing in related memorabilia, photographs and stories to be archived. The resulting collection will be digitised and weblogged for posterity at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Saturday February 7, 11AM to 4PM, Free

Vision Festival Calls For Support

New York City's Arts For Art organisation and Vision Festival calls for support...

Artist run collective Arts For Art, which organises the Vision Festival of avant jazz and new music is calling for support in order to raise the $100,000 it needs to keep operating. Along with the festival (which has been running since 1996, featuring performances from some of the greatest exponents of new music and jazz) Arts For Art is involved with a variety of community based arts projects including RUCMA, Rise Up Creative Music and Arts. RUCMA, a grassroots coalition of musicians, artists and other interested parties attempt to create awareness of New York's need for a new creative music and arts centre to replace diminished public funding for the arts along with the closure of the club Tonic, which was forced to shut in 2007 due to increasing rent prices in the Lower East Side. The remaining donations needed amount to $35,000, for more information email or visit here.