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It's the weekend what to do (20-22 Nov)

Ice skating, the surreal Laurie Lipton, music, no music and Barbara Nice

Published on November 20th 2009.

It's the weekend what to do (20-22 Nov)

Ice ice baby
It may not be Central Park and the weather outside may be more like early September but the serious business of Christmas has officially arrived in Liverpool this weekend and the city centre looks like a grotto with a big wheel and an ice palace at Liverpool One.

There are women dressed as baubles and elves wearing thigh length boots – and that's just another day in the Blob Shop.

Over in Williamson Square there's even an “undercover ice rink”. By that, we assume they mean a roof that keeps the flies off, rather than something with a hidden camera in its bag.

After a bit of Bolero on the ice, say organisers Merseytravel, “what better way to finish than by taking an enjoyable ride on the traditional carousel or treating yourself to some gorgeous traditional festive goodies at one of the alpine log cabins, such as penguin shaped ginger bread, hot chocolate, cinder toffee and stuff”.

Do remember to do the two in the right order. On a stomach full of sweet stodge it can all get a bit choppy on that carousel.

*Christmas on Ice, £5, includes skate hire and 50 minutes on ice. Tickets are available at the ice rink and from Merseytravel Centres (Queen Square, Paradise Street, Bootle, St Helens, Huyton, Southport, and Birkenhead).

Shake, shake shake
Chibuku Shake Shake might as well have patented the 21st century model of triple pronged clubbing aural hedonism, as they call it. They are that good at it, having honed their trade during the last ten years, principally in Liverpool, but also with sojourns to London’s Fabric too.

Letting genre diversity run amok is the key to the club’s enduring success, fully exploring the wealth of music having three rooms to play in provides. And Saturday November 21st is no different – other than being a true peak of the recent dates The Masque has borne witness to.

Witness a stamping night around the building featuring Andy C and MC GQ, Skream and Benga, Rich Furness, Layo and Bushwacka! While in the l.oft there's Toddla T, Japanese Popstars and Mr Paul.

If all of that means anything to you, please do go and have a delightful evening.

*Chibuku Shake Shake, 10pm – 3am, £12 advance. Saturday 21st November @ The Masque, 90 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BH. Tickets available from www.chibuku.com or 0151 706 8045

Extraordinary times
The Homotopia festival continues after a high profile start, for all the wrong reasons, coinciding as it did, with the homophobic attack on a gay policeman in the city centre.

Happily he is on the mend, and so far there have been some superb events to get you thinking or just to entertain you as part of this annual fest, including the Charles Hawtrey play at the Unity and high profile talks and exhibitions.

The best of the latter bunch is a show that Confidential found itself at the other week at the Contemporary Urban Centre.

For American artist Laurie Lipton’s latest work, Extraordinary Drawings, is all that.

Lipton, originally from New York, has been based in London since 1986. Her provocative, topical images are intensely detailed and rendered in layers of charcoal and graphite echoing the work of Bosch, Memling and Goya. This year Lipton has exhibited at the Basel and Pulse (New York) contemporary art fairs as well as the Saatchi Gallery London and galleries in California, Ohio and Dusseldorf.

Like your surreal? Then it is worth the trip.

*Extraordinary Drawings, by Laurie Lipton, CUC Novas Centre, 41 Greenland St, Liverpool, L1 0BS - 0151 708 3519

Turn the bloody thing off
Music, you can't get away from it. You stay in and are forced to think about the merits of Jedward on the X-Factor. You go out to buy a loaf of bread and and bugger me if Wonderful Christmas Time isn't droning out of every speaker in the shop. Meanwhile each bar and club you pass is banging with the sort of Chibuku sounds mentioned earlier.

Tomorrow, Saturday is the final No Music Day. There have been five, and organiser Bill Drummond, once of this parish, is encouraging people the world over to turn off, tune out and drop in to appreciate the fact that silence, of the melodious kind, is temporarily golden.

Listen to tweety birdies, talk, or discover the cheery ditties of tinnitus in your head and realise that this is where all those years of loud and senseless clubbing have, actually, got you.

Before or after that, there's the mostly music-free Capital of Gay Comedy in the rarefied atmosphere of The Slaughterhouse pub. Leading MC Jonathan Mayor, described as ‘a Christmas tree exploding over the campest Bollywood star you know’ introduces headline Phoenix Nights star Janice Connolly as Mrs Barbara Nice, goth, lesbian and post-op transsexual Bethany Black and I.F Comedy best newcomer nominee Zoe Lyons.

*No Music Day, everywhere. Saturday Nov 21.
*Capital of Gay Comedy, Friday and Saturday, 20/21 November. The Slaughterhouse, Fenwick Street, Liverpool, L2 7LS – 0151 728 9898

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