Film: One that I would recommend is The Awakening, it is a thriller set in the 1920's in England, about a female ghost hunter who is asked to go to a boys school to check out the paranormal activites as one of the boys died there. Things start to unravel, with an interesting twist at the end. If you like thrillers then it's a good one for you to watch.
Another would be Big Fish, by Tim Burton, sort of fantasy story telling film, with unusual characters. Very fun.
I'm not a huge reader, but the book I would reccomend is "Something at the Window is Scratching" by Roman Dirge. There are twenty pieces of poetry forming "Children's tales for disturbed children," as the front of the book calls them. Some are just that too, dealing with everything from the silliest of notions in "devil bunny" to darker aspects of demise in "the coo coo lady." Also included in the book is a little treasure hunt Dirge hints that you play. Dirge has hidden "something" in the backgrounds of some of his illustrations. Why would he do this? As he says, "I don't know." Still, it's a bit o' fun for some strange reason.
I found an event that seems quite interesting, which I would like to possibly go to check out before it finishes. It's an art project called Sketch-O-Matic,
"In an age of buy to invest instead of buy what you like, the making of art has been torn from human hands as mass-multiple prints flood the high street, while the buying of art is seen as rarefied and reserved for a wealthy few. Sketch-O-Matic is a full size photo booth situated in our busy café-bar, but where the machinery should be is a tiny, fully equipped artist’s studio. You, the public, are invited to sit inside as if for a photograph and make a donation to the artist through a slot for a self- portrait. Wait five minutes (give or take) and the image will appear. It may be a pencil drawing, doodle, cartoon, collage or even word-poem. Take it, frame it, consider it. Now you are both patron and muse!"
It takes place at the cornerhouse, started on the 24th November and finishes on the 4th December (so not long left) hopefully If I get some free time, I can head down and check it out.
Check it out, here.