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SFTW 23-25 Jan 09

Chinese New Year already, and Fatboy Slim too. Heather Smith knows how to have a good time over the next couple of days. You?

Published on January 23rd 2009.

SFTW 23-25 Jan 09

The ox-factor...
JANUARY is bullocks. Particularly when it's the year of the ox.

Monday gone was, statistically, the most depressing day of the year and being told so on the news all day really cheered us up. So let's take a cue from the millions who gathered in Washington DC on Tuesday and get back on the streets parading and partying. What better excuse than Chinese New Year?

Now, everyone knows that this city boast the oldest and one of the most sizeable Chinese communities in Europe, but for one weekend of the year, we really like to sing, dance and shout about it. Quite right, too.

Nelson Street's grand arch is the place to start for the firecrackers, dancing dragons and other colourful crate paper creations. With all the festivities being free, you might even be able to fork out on an all-you-can-eat buffet, or should that be “chopstick out”?
*Celebrate Chinese New Year, Chinatown, 24-25th Jan, from 11am, free.

Shanghai surprise
IF the street celebrations sound bull, the dai hu was made for you. Dai who? That is, the brand new bass instrument, created by Chinatown's Mr Li, resonant of erhu, the two-string Chinese violin.

To launch the new gadget, legendary composer Ian Stephens (The World in One City) has crafted a special piece to capture its unique sound. We'll all have one some day.

The concert takes place at Hope University's Cornerstone building on Haigh Street and also features Raymond Yiu’s haunting Night Shanghai, it says here, inspired by a tango-flavoured song (not the drink) and made famous by the legendary Shanghai-born singer Zhou Xuan. With Shanghai-based composer Si Si Feng dramatising 6th Century BC philosophical verses, opera style. What more could you want?.
*Celebrating the Year of the Ox @ The Cornerstone, Haigh Street, Sat 24th Jan, 7.30pm, tickets £8, call 0151 709 3789.

Out on a Slim
ONE of the nation's favourite table-turners, Norman “Fatboy” Cook, is headlining an epic line-up at our very own Nation this Friday. Yes, Yousef is back on the decks for the first time since Boxing Night and he has organised a super Circus-bash that is set to be more memorable than most.

Joining the 'sef meister in the Courtyard will be the electric house Brothers “Ali” and “Basti”, aka Tiefschwarz, and Tim Green who is better known for spinning at Trapez and Dirty Bird. Meanwhile, in the “Southern Fried” (sweaty) main room you can find Shinichi OsawaCagedbaby, Riva Starr, Lewis Boardman supporting the main man.

If you want to see Saturday safely and soronously in to Sunday, get you ticket at Resurrection, 3Beat or Probe Records now!
*Fatboy Slim @ Circus, Nation, Wolstenholme Square, Fri 23rd Jan, 10pm, tickets £18, £16.

Ooh ah oh the Midsummer Nights
FOLLOWING the final call for the departure of Boeing, Boeing, the Playhouse's runway has been cleared to make way for a grand Shakespearean landing or two.

Propeller returns to the Playhouse following the success of Taming Of The Shrew and A Winter's Tale. This time around, the all-male, authentically Stratford cast, throw themselves in to both A Midsummer's Night Dream and The Merchant of Venice, cramming in an impressive 11 full shows in just over a week.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, which runs this weekend, promises to inspire and uplift all who see it. And not just schoolies.
*The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer's Night Dream @ the Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, L1, until Jan 31, 7.30 pm, tickets £15-£9, to book call 0151 709 4776.

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PutterboyJanuary 23rd 2009.

Discrimination in favour of the chinese once again.Why are they always given this special treatment by the media? What about the much more deserving Somali community that has so enriched the social and cultural life of liverpool in the last 10 years?In america this would be considered a constitutional crime of racism and favouritism.Why such special handling for the Chinese? They have still not fully integrated into english society and it seems their main purpose is to make money with junk food and illegal gambling dens.

Merchant Of ViennaJanuary 23rd 2009.

This all male cast for Shakespeare at the Playhouse, it's not the Six Bangkok Ladyboys of Henry VIII is it?

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