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SFTW (March 6-8, 09)

Blues, feminism, Mike Badger and Birkenhead. It's all happening here in Heather Smith's weekend whirl

Published on March 6th 2009.


SFTW (March 6-8, 09)

Reclaim the day
It was 1910 when Clara Zetkin, the celebrated German Social Democrat, first proposed an International Women’s Day. Now 56 countries champion the annual event, and 15 have made it a national holiday.We need to have a word.

Back in the day, it was all about a voice for women. But hey, it’s 2009, and now it's all about a vodka for women.

Events for the cause are celebratory, you see, but they do uphold a serious note. ‘Women, Peace & Empowerment’ is the theme for this Saturday’s event at Liverpool’s Guild of Students.

Palestian Women’s activism, feminism on the web and Greenham Common will be discussed and over 30 stalls will be involved, including News from Nowhere, Oxfam, Love Music Hate Racism and AWOL (Angry Women of Liverpool), who will hopefully chill out for the day.

At 7.30 there’s a Reclaim the Night march from Lime Street, heading back up the hill. Back at the Guild, marchers will be treated to bands, DJs, comediennes, belly dancers and, er vodka.

Women eh, they can get all sorts done in one day.
*Women’s Day @ Liverpool Guild of Students, Mountford Hall, from 12pm and Reclaim the Night march, St Georges Plateau, 7.30pm , Sat 7th March, free.

Park life
Back in 1976, Lord Evans of Claughton founded the Friends of Birkenhead Park under the motto "That which is good should be preserved.” More than 30 years on, the Friends have stuck to their guns.

In February, they asked the public for Birkenhead photographs past and present to feature in an exhibition. Brushing aside the Facebook Friday night snaps featuring Scrumpy Jack, the team where overwhelmed with sensible photies, too.

Breathe fresh air and count daffodils if you want. But if you want to catch the photos, you’ve only got until Sunday.
*Birkenhead through the Seasons @ Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, until Sun 8th March, 9.30am-4pm, free.

Badger set
Another cracking night of live music at the Zanzibar this Saturday night. Hotly-tipped indie-rocking scouse five-piece the Sixteen Tonnes are making a headline appearance for The Company Store, Zanzi’s monthly band night claiming to bring us the most diverse mix of genres seen in a show this side of the Atlantic.

They’re bound to exaggerate but it really is rather good.

La’s co-founder Mike Badger will be showcasing a sample of his epic back catalogue and Pete Molinari is set to share some of his acoustic gems, in the classic folk collar-up-and-scarf uniform. Even Steve and the Pilgrims, who have a hectic spring/summer schedule under Paul Weller will be making a special appearance.
Company Store @ the Zanzibar, Sat 7th March, from 7.30pm, tickets £7.50 on the door.

Fort Perch rocks
Hooray! It’s the second Sunday of the month, which means it’s time to celebrate the Blues at NewBo’s Fort Perch Rock.

Very special guest is Jim James, the stateside singer/songwriter and blues legend. Forty years since the Gasoline LP was released, Jim has flown in to once again share the stage with old sparring partner Raphael Callaghan

Along with free admission to the museum in the ticket price, downstairs bottle bar and quality live music, there’ll be a display of blues memorabilia and the chance to win some cracking CDs. If you plan on grinding, knee-bending or foot-stomping (as many people do), fine but if you want to sit down and enjoy the show, be sure to get there early.
*Blues on the Rock @ Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, Sun 8th March, 1pm-4pm,. £4.

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DigMarch 6th 2009.

If I venture into Town tomorrow evening I will be definately visiting The Zanzibar. The Sixteen Tonnes are superb. They have been doing the rounds for a few years now. It's about time they got some commercial recognition. With The Coral in hibernation & The Zutons dropped by their record label it could finally be their turn.

Sir Casm The lowest farmer of Whitley BayMarch 6th 2009.

Is somebody impersonating our Dig or has your spelling become lazy? Definately? Maybe you're venturing into town too much before ranting. If you are, you should definitely use a spill chucker. But don't worry you are not aloon.

The Zanzibar KidMarch 6th 2009.

That's the Zanzibar empty tonight then....

DigMarch 6th 2009.

Oopsadaisy. My mistake.

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