Happy New Year and welcome back to Seagull Recommends! We've missed you.
If you come across anything coming up in the city that you think we should know about, let us know!
🎶Gigs: Worth getting on the waiting list for Marika Hackman, who's doing a stripped back instore performance and signing at Resident tonight (tickets); traditional Irish music session at The Bugle this Sunday, from 4pm; punk rockers Epsom Salts are at The Green Door Store on Sunday night, supported by SØWT and The Wrong Trousers (tickets).
🤣Comedy: Babatunde Aléshé will be at the Theatre Royal for one night only this Sunday on his first headline tour, Babahood (tickets).
🎨Art: Artist Artie Carden is hosting a private viewing of their work at The Queery on Tuesday. Their work is up on the walls of The Queery all month, but this event is specifically designed 'to suit their chronic health needs and the locals who might still be struggling post winter holidays'. Their work is available for sale, and there will also be a collage-making table, food and drink available (tickets).
📺Documentary: For years, Team Seagull and friends have been obsessed with the 1980 BBC documentary All Change For… Brighton, in which Jack Tinker, the late theatre critic for the Brighton Evening Argus, wanders around Brighton complaining about how many car parks there are in hilariously flowery language. If you don't want to watch the whole thing, our political editor has put together an excellent highlights reel.
🎞️Shop: The Open Market is home to one of our favourite places in Brighton, Open Market Film Lab. A sick range of cameras and one of the best selections of film we've seen in the city (LomoChrome Colour '92 and Harman Phoenix?! Hello please), they also have a very generous loyalty programme.
☕️Coffee: Kissa in the Open Market is a beautiful little Japanese jazz cafe. A simple menu, mostly consisting of matcha, coffee, and baked goods, our political editor was very excited to see it, having read about kissa here. He said:
The coffee was maybe the best I’ve ever had and despite its small size it has a big heart.
🍱Food: Some of Team Seagull had an end-of-year lunch at Fumi in Circus Street, and it was during this lunch they realised maybe it's not that they dislike aubergines, but that every aubergine they'd had until the one they had at Fumi had just been badly cooked. All this to say, Fumi have an incredible lunch menu. We had a plant-based bento box with the aforementioned aubergine, rice, sushi, tempura, pickles, and miso soup. If you still have room afterwards, the tarte tatin is well worth a look.