Opera North's majestic Howard Assembly Room offers a rich Autumn programme this year, including a special screening of the 1929 silent film classic Pandora's Box, with a live score composed and performed by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Gudnadóttir, and acclaimed mezzo soprano Alice Coote performing Schubert's beautiful song cycle Winterreise. Aesthetica will be going along. Season runs September to December; Louise Brooks is pictured in Pandora's Box.
The stunning Maude Fealy (1881 - 1971) was a star of the Edwardian stage and silent films. She had a tempestuous love life that included several marriages and a lesbian affair. image is from a vintage postcard.
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." Fifty years ago, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and novelist Arthur C. Clarke met for the first time, forging an epic partnership that spawned 2001: A Space Odyssey, a blockbuster that is now widely regarded as the most influential science fiction film of all time.(Actor Keir Dullea poses in the equipment storage corridor to one side of Discovery's pod bay.)
An empty plinth cursed by a professional witch, eavesdropping devices you can't detect no matter how much you look, a Playboy centrefold erased over the course of one week till no trace of the glamour girl is left, evidence of a movie that was shot without film in the camera, a canvas of invisible ink. Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957 - 2012 deals almost exclusively with immateriality and emptiness.