July is here in full force and we are living for it. Soak in the sun with these not-to-miss Reykjavík events.
Monday, July 8th
Come Talk Funny One Last Time
21:00 – Gaukurinn – Free!
After four years and 210 consecutive Monday Nights, the Go Talk Funny crew is retiring. Come celebrate with their last show ever, which will feature a lineup of some of the best comedians in Iceland. If you’re busy tonight, the next Monday nights at Gaukurinn will be filled by Soulflow Women & Queer Comedy Night, which promises to bring a new crowd to the comedy scene.
Tuesday, July 9th
Cheating The Constant
Until August 2nd – BERG Contemporary
If you’re looking for a supergroup of contemporary artists, look no further than BERG Contemporary’s current exhibition ‘Cheating The Constant.’ First on the roster is Dodda Maggý, whose audio-visual work combines ethereal musical compositions with fantastical imagery. Next up is the master Finnbogi Pétursson, whose work can best be described as an indefinable melange of music, performance, and technology. Then you’ve got the leading figure of kinetic and programmed art Gruppo MID, multimedia and Venice Biennale-approved artist Jitish Kallat, the socio-politically charged electrical pieces of Iván Navarro, and the visual data-packed works of Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir. If that’s not enough, pioneering electronic media and video art maverick Steina will be included, too. Seven artists. Seven times the fun.
Wednesday, July 10th
21:00 – Nordic House – 3,000 ISK
Gyða Valtýsdóttir has long been an intriguing presence on the Icelandic music scene. From her beginnings as a member of múm, she vanished for a spell while the band sunk into a hiatus; when she returned, she’d studied cello in Russia, toured the world with various diverse collaborators, and developed a desert sun tan and a striking body of solo work. The resulting album—2018’s ‘Evolution’—is a gossamer delicate and hauntingly beautiful collection that’s currently in the running for the Nordic Music Prize. Live, Gyða’s shows are soothing, affecting, hypnotic, pin-drop-quiet affairs, with the audience sitting rapt as a cocoon of gentle, whispering vocals and groaning, soaring cello is woven around them.
Thursday, July 11th
The Cure 40th Anniversary Concert
20:00 – Bíó Paradís – 1,600 ISK
This is a live screening of the 40th anniversary of The Cure concert. It is not the real one. Ya boi Robbie will not be there. That said, it’ll still be just like heaven.
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