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Bank Holiday Bonanza

When the bell rings on Friday, there's 5280 minutes until you have to hit the desk again. Relish every one with our guide to the highlights and lo-life action

Published on April 29th 2010.


Bank Holiday Bonanza

Fashion – turn to the left...
Look at the hair rollers, look at the Tesco-trip pyjamas....yes, Liverpool is the style capital of the world – and that's just the chaps.

Only kidding. The city remains a sartorial centre of excellence and now Wonderland Fashion Weekend, a two day event, celebrates fashion in Liverpool for a good cause - the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal.

Let your inner gorgeousness out for a promenade with this lot: A Mad Hatter cocktail party at Heebie Jeebies; a “Golden Afternoon” vintage fashion and goodie fair at The Lemon Lounge above the Metropolitan Bar; a Gala Fashion Show on Saturday at The Anglican Cathedral. Or how about vintage catwalks on Sunday at St Luke's and 'Down the Rabbit Hole, a WFW closing party on Sunday at the The Kazimier.

Details of times and prices are many, and there is no space to give precise details here, but you will need tickets for these events, so go to their website for more.

*Wonderland Fashion Weekend, Sat-Sun May 1-2. Liverpool venues various www.wonderlandfashion.co.uk

Get ratted
If Johnny Ball got you excited with his experimental antics, the first ever live Rathole Radio gig in Liverpool will send you over the edge.

Hosted by the collectors of cool known as Bad Format Social Club, you're anticipating an event entwining music, technology, cyberculture and politics. Live message walls and internet streams connect you with the audience listening online. Vote on the songs you want to hear, and if it's all a bit surreal, the robot in the crowds will finish you off.

The two headliners are David Rovics from Massachusetts - sublime acoustic guitarist and writer of moody, thought-provoking songs - and Attila the Stockbroker from Brighton, a fiddle virtuoso, connoisseur of silly poems and about to pounce on your ears with some songs he co-sings with David.

Live music from Rathole Radio host Dan Lynch and other special guests make this a Good Format gig for a Bad Format generation.

* Rathole Radio, Bad Format Social Club, Trueman St (off Dale Street), L3.Friday, April 30. Be there 8pm on the dot. Tickets £5.

Hart beat
It's red carpet time as the Liverpool premier of Ian Hart's new film, A Boy Called Dad, is staged at that much loved local picture house, The Plaza.

Directed by award winning Liverpool director Brian Percival (Much Ado About Nothing, The Old Curiosity Shop, Gracie!) and written by Julie Rutterford (Teachers, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) A Boy Called Dad tells the story of Robbie – a 14 year old who has just become a father. Abandoned by his own dad Joe, Robbie snatches his baby son and goes on the run. As Joe joins the search for Robbie, they are each forced to face up to the past and what it really means to be a father.

Ian says: “The Opportunity to work on Merseyside is one I always relish and I think this film captures some of my feelings about the area. Liverpool is a great city but most people don’t realise it’s also surrounded by some outstandingly beautiful countryside and beaches.”

*A Boy Called Dad, Liverpool Premiere, Crosby Plaza Cinema, Liverpool Road, Liverpool L22. Friday Apr 30. Tickets £5 0151 474 4076 . Tickets cost £5 for the screening (£10 for both the screening and after show at Esperantos, on a first come first served basis)

Oy, oy, oy!
It's OggCamp time at the Black-E. Open your mind to a technological revolution as the good and great and simply curious amass in a regal encampment of knowledge to discover tekkie things.

OggCamp is a free software / free culture unconference organised by the presenters of the Ubuntu UK Podcast and Linux Outlaws. It's a weekend of free software, free culture and free thinking, say the organisers. And you should listen: they know the way of the future better than any podium-pandering politico.

Less a geek gathering than an outpouring of creative ideas about technology and great music under the liberating climate of Open Source intentions, this is one collective you'll want to jump on if you want to expand your mind about all things future and free.

Unsurprisingly, this baby is free to attend. And if you've never attended an unconference, rid all aspersions of clipboards and sermons. This is interactivity and discovery melded with the ultimate goal of joining minds to create a better tomorrow for us all.

* OggCamp, Black-E (formerly The Blackie), 1 Great George Street, L1. Saturday and Sunday May 1 and 2, 2010. 10am - 5pm. Admission free.

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