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Herbert, Rocky Horror, Alexei Sayle and bands galore..

Here's Sam Brocklehurst's indispensable tips for weekend larks the next day or two

Published on November 13th 2009.

Herbert, Rocky Horror, Alexei Sayle and bands galore..
You and the night and the Herbert
Ignoring the fact that it’s not quite yet the season to be jolly, this Saturday sees the now annual Queenie’s Christmas Dinner take place in the Adelphi. It’s the brain-child of big-hearted local crimper Herber who founded the charity in 2007 in honour of his mother, the eponymous Queenie, in a bid to help out local people with nobody at what can be a difficult time.

This year’s cabaret-based affair is compered by Pete Price with Joe Longthorne and his Orchestra. Star of the show, Father Christmas, will be joined by The Real Thing and Chrissie Rock; entertainment will be provided in the form of a Christmas dance review choreographed Beverley Edmunds as well as by Danny McCall.

All proceeds from the dinner will go towards funding the Lord & Lady Mayoress of Liverpool’s Christmas party for underprivileged children in the city as well as towards providing Christmas lunch at the one and same Adelphi for 750 people who would otherwise be all alone on Christmas Day.

- Queenie’s Christmas Cabaret Dinner, The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool Saturday 14th November, 18:30 for a 19:00 start. Tickets priced at £135, inclusive of champagne reception & gourmet Christmas dinner. Download a booking formhere

Horror of horrors
ARGUABLY the world’s greatest celebration of all things camp, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, returns to grace lusty Liverpool with its presence for one week only. Dig deep in the backs of wardrobes, drag out those corsets, paw through your underwear drawer to liberate those stockings and go mad with the make-up bag before heading on down to the Empire for a night of saucy laughs.

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror is an age-old tale of a clean-cut couple, Brad & Janet, and of innocence lost but pleasure gained.

Littered with B-movie references, it's a veritable romp which takes in murder, madness and mayhem and which is absolutely guaranteed to have you writhing in your seat, if not in the aisles.

If nothing else, let’s face it, under which other circumstances is it perfectly acceptable to traipse to the theatre in just your lingerie? And that’s just the men…

* Rocky Horror Picture Show, Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street L1 1JE. Show runs from 9th - 14th November 2009, check the website for times. Tickets priced £15 - £30 are available from here or by calling 0844 847 2525.

Beat goes on
Couldn't get tickets to bedazzling Beyonce earlier on in the week? Did you miss the Morrissey plastic cup debacle? Tickets to The Arctic Monkeys evade you? Not to worry, because regardless of what the title suggests, Liverpool Music Week is still going strong, serving up a picnic table laden with treats for its closing weekend.

Undeniably, it’s a bit of a local affair this weekend, kicking off with a solid Liverpool line-up on Friday night in the Newz Bar of all places. Graffiti scamps The Maybes? headline the evening, backed up by another local success story, Ian Prowse of Pele/Amsterdam fame. Having been in a band whose song ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside’ was beloved of yet another local-ish lad John Peel, second only to The Undertones' ‘Teenage Kicks’, you'd think there was nowhere left to go but nope, to Water Street he traipses to entertain the masses. The bill is rounded off nicely with new-comers, The Monkey Steps, who promise to lead you on a musical magical mystery tour from the 50s to the present day and beyond.

* Liverpool Music Week. Various venues, festival running from 29th October - 16th November.

Sayle on
Undeniably I’ve settled upon a theme this week, but Saturday sees comedian, actor and author Alexei Sayle put a stint in not a million miles away from his old Anfield stomping ground, in the Southport Arts Centre. Tail firmly between his legs after denouncing lovely Liverpool as a "philistine" upon hearing it had been awarded Capital of Culture status for 2008, he returns for one evening only, presumably as part of his vow to return to his roots more often, to share anecdotes from his life and career, to read selected passages from his work and finally to take questions from the audience.

Considering this is a man who won an International Emmy for his work on 1989's Stuff and claims the first he knew of it was when he saw professional pervert Benny Hill collecting it on his behalf, it's a safe bet the anecdotes will be nothing like those you're bored with by Aunt Gertrude at Christmas dinner each year. Throughout his illustrious career, which it should be noted is coming up to the thirty year mark, he's worn the hats of a stand-up comic, singles chart-botherer in the mid-eighties, TV writer and most recently those of a bonafide author and journalist. I sincerely doubt you’ll be able to say you spent your Saturday evening with somebody of that calibre if you stay put in front of X Factor with Mr. Cowell et al for company, so take my advice, hop on the Northern Line and be entertained by the enigmatic Mr. Sayle.

* Southport Arts Centre, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB. Saturday 14th November, 20:00. Full price tickets £12, concessions at £10 and are available from here or by calling 01704 540011.

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