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Calendar

May
2
Thu
Exhibition- Ray Duncan
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm

Ray Duncan Series Nine.

The production of abstract painting has been a thread running through out my work since the 1960s. I use painting as an evolutionary process, mixing colours directly onto the canvas, incorporating chance and accident, taking a series of calculated risks. Through out the process there is an emotional reaction to the painting, it’s nothing more and nothing less. I carry elements of the real world into the work through observations of colours and shapes that I see in the environment but I am not bound by the need to make representational images.
Ray Duncan attended night classes at The Art College studying under John Luke and Terry Flanagan in the 1960’s and went onto teach Art and Design in Belfast for over forty years. He has exhibited his own work locally regularly since the early 70’s. In the 1980’s, with a group of artists, in a response to a lack of local venues he ran a series of ‘House Shows’ in artists’ houses. He was one of the founders of Creative Exchange Studio Group in East Belfast in 1996. Recent solo exhibitions include, Small Works Linenhall Library 2018, Series Seven Alley Arts Centre Strabane and the Engine Room Gallery Belfast 2015. His work is held in the Northern Ireland Civil Service Collection and the Northern Ireland Libraries collections. Further information: www.rayduncan.net

Image caption Ray Duncan Creative Exchange Studios 2019.

May
22
Wed
Wonder Frog. Comedy Improv Night
May 22 @ 8:00 pm

“Belfast’s best improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)”

May
24
Fri
The Green Room Sessions
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Green Room Sessions

Fridays 7-11pm

Free

Low lit, down-tempo DJ evenings in The Green Room where you can enjoy a continuous stream of well-curated music.

In sounds from around the globe, representing what is musically innovative and intriguing be it; Afrobeat, New Wave, Bosa Nova, Ambient House, Hip-Hop, Spiritual Jazz, Disco, Post Punk, Electronica, Soul, Kosmische Music.

The Green Room Sessions are an opportunity to catch one-off performances from guest artists as well as regular slots from an esteemed cast of local selectors.

May
25
Sat
TOUCH SENSITIVE DJS
May 25 @ 7:30 pm

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Touch Sensitive is a Belfast-based record label that has beaten an ad-hoc, pan-genre path with it’s new and archival releases.

With that in mind, Touch Sensitive’s Green Room residency will take in anything from new-age drifting to rudimentary post-punk electronics to dayglo odd-house boppers and loads more.

Music for supping, head-nodding, and maybe even gently cutting a rug too.

touchsensitiverecords.com

May
26
Sun
Painting a Direwolf Masterclass
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this 4 hour intensive masterclass, local and international artist Stephen Gallagher will lead you through the process of painting a portrait of Ghost, John Snows Direwolf from the hit tv series Game of Thrones, in oil using the classical Alla Prima method which means “all at once”.

You will learn about colour mixing, tonal values and the key techniques to bring your Direwolf to life. What you will learn from Stephen’s workshop can be applied to any subject matter or genre – be it figurative, still life, or outdoor landscape painting.

At the end of the workshop you will go home with your own Dire Wolf painting created by you! All levels are welcome and all art materials are supplied

About Stephen Gallagher:
Stephen Gallagher is a professional Irish-Australian artist specialising in canine oil portraiture. His work employs the ‘Alla Prima’ technique also known as the Direct Method, bringing a fresh and ‘alive’ aesthetic to his paintings. He has a growing international fan base and has held exhibitions in Australia and N.Ireland with private collectors worldwide.

http://www.stephengallagherart.com/

Gender Chores
May 26 @ 8:00 pm

Doors are at 8pm and the first act is on at 8:30pm! Come down to hear some political and punk-infused tunes from Bangor’s Baddest Bitches!
About this Event
WE’RE LAUNCHING OUR ‘WOMANSPLAIN’ EP ON MAY 26th !

WE WILL HAVE MUSIC FROM THE WONDERFUL CIARA ANDREWS AND PROBLEM PATTERNS TO HELP CELEBRATE IT’S BIRTH AND PROVIDE SOME CLASSIC BANTA

TIX ARE A FIVER, IT’S A BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND IT’LL BE PRETTY MUCH SUMMER SO COME PARTY WITH US !

May
28
Tue
Owen Denvir
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

Tipped by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Robinson & Joe.ie – Belfast indie artist Owen Denvir plays his first ever Black Box headline show with full band

Fresh from the release of his RTE Radio 1 playlisted singles “”Bad For You””, “”Jackhammer”” and “”Green Light””, Belfast’s indie singer-songwriter/producer Owen Denvir performs his first ever Black Box Green Room headline show with full band.

Owen’s DIY songwriting & production has totalled over 100,000 streams on Spotify and 2,000,000 views on videos across Facebook and Youtube, even drawing the attention of Coldplay on Twitter. Coupled with support slots for dodie, JC Stewart and Ryan McMullan as well as Irish TV appearances on BBC 1’s “”Nolan Live””, ITV’s “”UTV Life”” and TV3’s “”The 6 O’Clock Show”” and major Irish radio playlisting, his music has stretched far beyond its quiet beginnings of his bedroom studio.

With music that has been described by Hot Press magazine as “”honest, personal… complex and affecting”” and tipped by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Joe.ie, Owen’s sound has expanded from his solo sets into more intricate soundscapes exploring the piano, guitars, drums and cello of his new band. After being selected from over 500 applicants to perform at Dublin’s prestigious Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, Denvir’s music has reached new audiences all over Ireland.

“”Song Of The Day”- Joe.ie

“Fantastic, emotive storytelling” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Honest and personal song-craft, paired with beautiful vocals… This Northern star is rising fast” – Hot Press magazine

“A songwriter of subtle complexity that belies his tender years” – Daily Mirror

“One of Belfast’s gems” – Gigging NI

“One of the finest talents around in Northern Ireland today” – Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

“Lyrically and vocally expressive… Denvir’s classical background provides an intricately delicate musical scaffold” – State.ie”

 

May
29
Wed
Randall Stephen Hall and Brendan T. Monaghan
May 29 @ 7:30 pm

Randall Stephen Hall and Brendan T. Monaghan

bring a certain something to the stage.

A broad fusion of styles and musical genres.

From Irish Trad, Folk, Scots humour to Blues and Gospel.

All mainly new, original material that draws up from the well

of the Folk Tradition. “FOLK and FUSION.”

Stephen was discovered by Gerry Anderson as far back as 2010

playing many of his tracks from his first CD “Songs from the MoonShed”

which introduced such tracks as “The Wee Wee man “, “Biscuits”, ‘Get Yer Pig On”

“The Langstaine”, “The Reiver and the Gael” and “Dancing on the red Road”.

He has now produced three CDs with another due out in the Summer of 2019.

As a “go to” musician Brendan Monaghan has shared many a stage with some very well known

musicians over the years. Doc Watson, Kris Kristofferson, Nancy Griffith and Emmy Lou Harris.

A multi-instrumentalist Brendan plays the whistles, Irish Low Flute, Bodhrán and Uilleann Pipes, to name but a few.

All in all Stephen and Brendan can kick up the dust, entertaining any listening audience.

www.randallstephenhall.com

Plus Sound Cloud, You Tube and Facebook.

LINKS:

Link: Gerry Anderson Interview from 24.9.10. From a number of these radio sessions.

Link: “BONNIE CHILD”. Recorded live at the Black Box, Belfast 2016.

Link: “DANCING ON THE RED ROAD”.

STORYTELLING example:

THE DUCK. Video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfy1H0Dapyg

From a re-telling. Illustrated by Randall Stephen Hall ©

Recorded in front of a live adult audience. Black Box, Belfast.

www.ruftyroohah.com

May
30
Thu
Goin’ Online-THIRD EPISODE- DOGGOS AND PUPPERS
May 30 @ 7:00 pm

A new monthly night in the Green Room celebrating the weird and wonderful things about the internet.

Join us for our THIRD episode showcasing the internets favourite Doggos and Puppers

Some dogs are doggos, some are puppers, and others may even be pupperinos. There are corgos and clouds, fluffers and floofs, woofers and boofers. The chunky ones are thicc, and the thin ones are long bois. When they stick out their tongues, they’re doing a mlem, a blep, a blop. They bork.

Free entry

May
31
Fri
The Green Room Sessions
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Green Room Sessions

Fridays 7-11pm

Free

Low lit, down-tempo DJ evenings in The Green Room where you can enjoy a continuous stream of well-curated music.

In sounds from around the globe, representing what is musically innovative and intriguing be it; Afrobeat, New Wave, Bosa Nova, Ambient House, Hip-Hop, Spiritual Jazz, Disco, Post Punk, Electronica, Soul, Kosmische Music.

The Green Room Sessions are an opportunity to catch one-off performances from guest artists as well as regular slots from an esteemed cast of local selectors.

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Black Bush BFI Cinema SurveyApp