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Four for the weekend (July 9-July 11)

Ricky Tomlinson, punky reggae, books at St Luke's and more to get you going this weekend

Published on July 10th 2010.

Four for the weekend (July 9-July 11)

Shakey all over
Ah, the sweet smell of freshly-mown grass, a picnic blanket and an abundance of tasty delights. A six-pack of Moet for you, a bottle of Rolla Cola and a limp sausage roll for your designated driver.

Sounds like paradise? You're not far off. It's actually Halewood Triangle this weekend when the wonderful lot from Halewood Youth Theatre host an al fresco adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

It's an enchanting love story, best served in the warm confines of summer. If you're a born romantic, or even if you like your crisps ready salted, you can't fail to be won over by the irresistible concoction of outdoorsiness and a spellbinding piece of performance art. Just be careful for those fairies – you know they're a sucker for a Ginsters pork pie.

*Midsummer Night's Dream, Halewood Triangle, Okell Drive, Halewood, L26 7XB. Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11 at 7.30pm (Sunday also includes matinee at 2.30pm). Tickets £4.50/£3.50 and available on the day.

Ticket To Ride?
It's 'officially' Beatles Day in Liverpool on Saturday. There's a concert at the Arena, a charity abseil at the Liverpool Cathedral. But it's Beatles day every day here in Liverpool, so why not celebrate by taking a bus ride out of the city?

*Beatles Day in Liverpool, Saturday July 10. Click here for bus and train times to other parts of the region.

They call me Mello Mello
Never understood all this alt- music myself, but now would be a great time to dig in and figure it out, with none less than alt-folksters Ratty Little Fingers and co at progressive clubar Mello Mello on Friday.

Presumably un-alt-reggae band Police & Thieves will un-alt-perform together with the now alt-non-local Toxteth Rebel Alliance in communion with the alt-could-be-record-spinners Rockers To Rockers Deejays.

You'll be relieved to hear all these shenanigans are taking place a long distance from the River Alt-. Slater Street, to be precise. Would you want to be alt-anywhere else?

*Love Music Hate Racism - Punky Reggae Party, Mello Mello, Slater Street, L1. Friday July 9, admission free (small donation requested for LMHR Merseyside). Doors 9pm.

Bassett for Capello?
The best manager England ever had (Ramsay excepted) was Mike Bassett. His alt-er ego Ricky Tomlinson is doing pretty well right now with his exceptionally well proportioned Green Room down Duke Street.

Tommo and pals – pals on this occasion being The Undertakers and Hal Nolan – are ready to chuff you to bits with a right old remarkable rummage through the annals of comedy and music. They call it cabaret. You call it A Grand Night Out.

Tickets are only a tenner and all proceeds go to The Green Room. What more could you ask for?

*Ricky Tomlinson and guests, The Green Room, Liverpool, L1.Saturday July 10, doors 6.30pm for 7.30pm. Tickets on 0151 922 7771 or from www.thegreenroomliverpool.com

Feeling hot, hot, hot
We're back at the bombed-out church of St Lukes this Sunday for a screening of Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury which was first published in a shorter form as The Fireman in 1951.

If you've been living on the moon or in Knotty Ash you might not have been fortunate enough to have caught a flick in this most incredible – THE most incredible – alt-cinema.

This time around it's a book club where all the books discussed will be films too. Next time Graham Greene's End of the Affair. So even if you don't like watching moving images, you'll find something vaguely absorbing in the book bit, where people will inevitably talk about subtle nuances and that “the novel is a critique of what Bradbury saw as issues in American society of the era”. You can use that one as a starter for ten, if you like. We don't mind.

Liverpool Confidential – here to make you look brainy.

*Fahrenheit 451 book group, St Lukes Church, Leece Street L1. Sunday July 11. Starts 4.30pm. Entry by donation.

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Bobby GrantJuly 7th 2010.

'Beatles Day' bah! I wonder what's on at glorious Birkenhead's Kingsland Cabaret Restaurant?

Mike StoreyJuly 7th 2010.

What an excellent idea Dig!

Alex PlodeJuly 7th 2010.

Why is The Wirral referred to as 'the leisure peninsular'? Anyone know because it isn't. I had the misfortune to live there for 19 years before finally seeing sense and moving.

Harry KneeledJuly 7th 2010.

Beatles day should be once a month if we really want to make the most of it, I just can't help feeling that somehow we are missing a wig.

Angry of AigburthJuly 7th 2010.

Indeed, 'bombed-out' means made homeless, not blasted to smithereens and everyone inside slaughtered, as was the case with St. Luke's.

AnonymousJuly 7th 2010.

Oh no, is it Beatles day again!????

Dave ThackerayJuly 7th 2010.

Alreet Soft Joe. Alt seems to be the new normal these days. I blame keyboards. Alt-punk is like folk and alt-folk is like indie and alt-nonsense is still nonsense, at the end of the day.Hey our Bobby, I'm clueless as to all this definition of bombed and bombed out nonsense. All I know is it's better to be bombed with sherbet than cement.

Soft JoeJuly 7th 2010.

What's all this "alt." gibberish?

Phil McCrackenJuly 7th 2010.

Beatles Day? Why can't they do something decent if they are going to have it. Billy Butler in a Beatles wig again. Gawd help us

WappingJuly 7th 2010.

Agreed about bombed out, it's simply "St. Luke's", not even church. It was burnt out, as A of A says bombed implies an explosion.

AnonymousJuly 7th 2010.

Peninsula ffs

DigJuly 7th 2010.

We should add an extra day on to every week and call it Beatlesday. Then we would have 8 days a week.

Bobby GrantJuly 7th 2010.

Ah! http://www.thekingsland.com/

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