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Pick of the weekend (June 24-26)

What to do if you aren't at Glastonbury, including Magritte at Tate and runs and runs

Written by . Published on June 23rd 2011.

Pick of the weekend (June 24-26)

Meet And Magritte
ANOTHER coup for Liverpool as the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK of the Belgian Surrealist René Magritte opens today at Tate Liverpool.

René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, brings together over 100 paintings, some never before seen in the UK, as well as a rich selection of his little-known photographs, home movies and commercial art. The exhibition will reveal new dimensions to this popular artist, whose life and work is now more relevant than ever.

The Intimate FriendThe Intimate FriendThe show examines the artist’s oeuvre from a thematic perspective, displaying works in different media and from throughout his career. The exhibition will explore in-depth compositional and conceptual devices which are present in his work from the mid-1920s to his death in 1967. Magritte employed techniques such as veiling and revelation (through curtains and stage sets), the uncanny double (the encounter with mannequins ambiguously located between life and death), paradoxical realities (the simultaneous state of night and day) and the metamorphic transformation of objects (through scale or petrification) to create an enigmatic and continually
mesmerising world.

Drawn from public and private collections across the world, visitors will have the opportunity to view a diverse and rich selection of Magritte’s work. The exhibition will feature famous  paintings, including The Threatened Assassin 1927, The Human Condition 1933, Time Transfixed 1938, The Dominion of Light 1950, Golconda 1953, and The Listening Room 1958, which have become part of the popular imagination.

In addition the exhibition will include paintings from his lesser known ‘Vache’ period, erotic works and examples of his commercial designs. Rare photographs and home movie footage will illuminate the life and work of the artist further, providing insights into his relationship with his wife and muse Georgette and his collaborations within the Belgian Surrealist group. What emerges is a versatile artist and complex figure with an  often anarchic sense of humour whose art transcends the image of the unexciting bourgeois which he liked to project.

Who said no one famous ever came out of Belgium?

*René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle. June 24-Oct 16, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool. L3 4BB. 0151 702 7400. £11 (£9 concs) 

The Fab Force
LIVERPOOL will honour its service men and women this Saturday as part of British Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The service, starting at 11am, will take place in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.  

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Prendergast, will lead more than 600 distinguished guests including the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside and mayors of other Merseyside boroughs.

Strike up the bandStrike up the bandThe ceremony will feature music from the Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and there will be a procession of standards. The service will finish at 11.45am with a march past led by the Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and starting in the cathedral grounds at midday.

The route of the march will be: Liverpool Cathedral, Upper Duke Street, Hope Street to the Metropolitan Cathedral. The march will be led by The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

*Liverpool Armed Forces Day, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Cathedral Gate, Liverpool Saturday June 25. Service, 11am. March past, noon. Free.

Crock and roll
CROXTETH Country Park is the place to be this weekend, especially if you like walking, parading around in a wedding dress, chilling to live bands or just if you live up that way.

There are two big events taking place. On Saturday, willing walkers are being offered a last chance to get into gear - for a wedding-themed 5K event.

Hundreds of ‘brides’ are expected to converge for the BIG Big Day event, which will see runners complete the course in full wedding regalia.

Competition prizes for the best outfits are on offer. But organisers aren’t just looking for the ‘Best Bride’ – they will also be looking for the Best Male Bride, Best Punk Bride, Best Bride Through the Decades, and the best Kate Middleton look-a-like.

Big BIG DayBig BIG DayThere isn’t a Bride of Dracula category - that comes the next day when Goths, punks and other lovers of plain old pop gather for the Croxteth Park Music Festival.

Headlined by the Boweevils (not the 1990s ones, this is a new lot)  it started out as the Croxeth Heyday a couple of years, but the music is now where it’s all at and with plenty for children to do, it’s a day for all ages.

To take part in the Saturday walk, register either online at: www.bigbigday.org.uk or call the low cost number 0845 309 6252 and quote ‘Croxteth Park’.

*Big BIG Day and Croxteth Park Music Festival, Saturday and Sunday 25/26 June. Croxteth Hall & Country Park, Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool, L12 0HB. 0151 233 6910. Free.

Secondhand Rose
Pillbox VintagePillbox VintageStep into the world of retro threads and get your laughing gear around a cup of lapsang souchong this Sunday when Pillbox Vintage gives you the fabulous opportunity to leave New Look for the old look.

You may discover some unique and special pieces, or you may not  – it’s the perfect chance to bag yourself something stylish, original and, hopefully, cheap.

 Leaf will be open serving breakfasts, brunches, lunches and afternoon tea, shop, relax, eat and drink and shop again, giddy with cake and glad rags 

*Pillbox Vintage, Sunday June 26,  Leaf On Bold Street , from 11 AM, free.

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