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Tuesday 07 May 2019

Review: The Harlem Globetrotters @ The Brighton Centre (5/5/19)

For The Harlem Globetrotters visit to The Brighton Centre, last Sunday, it was all about the ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedic interaction with their devoted audience.
Credit Brett Meister

Age seemed immaterial. The Globetrotters began by inviting five pre-teens on court for a game of lighthearted musical chairs.

Later on it was the turn of three adults to face mirth and humiliation by way of a dance off. 

Two opted out and one gave the briefest of shimmeys - it did't matter, the Globetrotters kept the laughs coming.

Then it was tip off and the night's opposition, the Washington Generals, kept a low profile while the Globetrotters imparted their mastery by way of an exhibition of seemingly impossible tricks and eye-defying passing.

Regular comedic/interactive timeouts kept the younger members of the audience engaged, and the interval brought about a mad scramble to the merchandise table. 

Founded back in the 1920s, the Globetrotters first came to real worldwide prominence in the 1970s.

In the team's peak years, they had their very own animated TV series that made the likes of Curly, Tex, Geese and Meadowlark Lemon household names.

Star of this year's show - recommendation by nine-year old, Jackson Cobley - was 5-foot-3-inch Torch George, who, only last year, became the first of the team's female stars to own her own Guinness World Record title. 

In celebration of Guinness' annual World Record Day, Torch set the official record for most basketball under the leg tumbles in one minute (female), with 32.

Owing to my plus one not feeling well I missed the second half of the show. All the more reason for a return visit next time The Harlem Globetrotters visit Brighton.

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by: Jackson Cobley


Creature Creature can, via the imminent release of their first collection of self-penned tracks, Two Finger Tantrum, be labelled the new flag bearers of rock. The Brighton-based five piece have furrowed a new burrow at the summit of an age old genre. With this debut album they will be looking over their shoulders at the also-rans for many years to come.

Migrate Art, the art organisation fundraising to support displaced and homeless people, has partnered with ten major contemporary artists and illustrators to create limited editions of re-usable, reversible face masks.

Romesh Ranganathan is Straight Outta Crawley, in West Sussex, and on his last nationwide tour, Irrational, he was pondering whether he has an irrational viewpoint on the world or whether that can be attributed to absolutely everyone else.

Returning after four years away, Aidan Knight's penchant for astute observations and personal reflections remains a compelling component of his songwriting.

Young people across the UK will have the chance to find out what it's like to be a record label boss, a film director or a theatre producer through a new podcast series from Lookout that brings together industry professionals from stage, screen and music to share their invaluable insights and experience on how to get into the creative industries.
Credit J. Taylor

Extinction Rebellion Brighton held a socially distanced protest on Hove seafront calling for a bigger public say in how society rebuilds following the coronavirus crisis.
Credit Andrew Gambling

The South Downs National Park photo competition is now open, with a first prize of £250 on offer to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year's theme of 'My tranquil haven'.

"In rock music, it's really easy to talk about partying and shagging girls and all that kind of stuff," says Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin. "But for us, what we were singing about had to be deeper, it had to mean something. We had to talk about our experiences and what we were going through."

Throughout COVID-19 isolation, everyone has become aware of the supportive and stimulating power of music. Although many people want to learn, they have no access to musical instruments or tuition - especially with schools and shops currently closed. 
Credit: Andy Sturmey

Barely a year since their debut album Dogrel, Dublin's Fontaines D.C. are set to return with A Hero's Death.

The Rec Rooms is an independent music and comedy venue in Horsham, West Sussex, which was opened by three locals just over eighteen months ago. 

This Saturday, 30th May, Together Co, the Brighton & Hove based charity that exists to end loneliness, is hosting a virtual music festival that will see more than twenty bands perform for free to raise money to help the most vulnerable and isolated.  

Following Brighton Festival's digital programme during lockdown, poet and author Lemn Sissay MBE has confirmed he will return as guest director in 2021. 

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