Words by Ian Pennington

You’ve probably seen all the outdoor cinema event pages floating around Facebook recently, asking for registration and all sorts. The quietly bubbling trend seems to have erupted this summer, and is reflected in the forthcoming seven days of recommended events, through which we’re highlighting some of the less grandiose offerings.

Despite that introduction, we’re starting with our usual focus: music. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been quietly revving their engines back in the garage, readying themselves for a return to spread their love at Albert Hall on Monday 29th.

Film night number one sees two locations screening similar selections with contrasting messages – both on Tuesday 30th. With their heads in the clouds for the debut installation of the Rooftop Project, Interstellar Overdrive have linked their psych rock gig curation with a scenic, anthropological classic, Koyaanisqatsi. Ambient soundscapists O>L>A are the chosen ones, charged with replacing Philip Glass’s original tones.

The catch with that one is that it’s sold out, so an alternative is the Manchester Film Co-op’s documentary night at MMU’s new Birley Fields campus in Hulme. The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy will looks at humans’ interaction with the earth’s landscapes in a more critical way.

July begins this Wednesday with an indie time travel favourite, Donnie Darko. The protagonist’s tragic plight will be seen by an audience at Central Library and is part of Grimm Up North’s Suburban Angst season.

The Castlefield Bowl stirs into life on the week that Manchester International Festival begins (more on both below), and the latest guest at the venue is coffee table warbler Paolo Nutini on Thursday 2nd.

For more film on Friday 3rd, head to Z-Arts’ Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) for their advance screening of Dear White People, a controversial satire based on racial stereotypes, which has been recognised by Sundance but not by the British Film industry, who’ve declined to pick it up for national distribution so far.

If you’d prefer a night of motorik beats and steadily building reverberations, then head to Kraak to join The Cult of Dom Keller.

Saturday 4th also marks US Independence Day, a fact acknowledged by local hip hop night Golden Egg in the form of a street party on Landcross Road in Fallowfield. Expect to see many of their regular producers and MCs aiming to replicate Dave Chapelle’s Block Party.

The week ends on Sunday 5th with one of the most popular MIF shows at Castlefield Bowl, Bjork. Needs no introduction, and you’ll already have a ticket if you’re going.

Beforehand, catch ‘sequencer blues’ duo Walk in recording mode from 3pm at the Eagle Inn.

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