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Something For The Weekend (19-21 Sept/08)

Working class heroes, Biennial art, Narnia, musicals and more. Stick with Heather Smith's guide and you won't go far wrong

Published on September 19th 2008.

Something For The Weekend (19-21 Sept/08)

Working class heroes
A FULL three-day festival programme arrives at the New Picket this weekend as part of the TUC’s contribution to the Capital of Culture. The Working Class Music Festival aims to involve every day workers in a cultural celebration, representing all that is unique to them.

Forget any phoney ’08 pranks though; if it’s on at the Picket for a start, you know you’re in for a decent show. At the heart of the city’s independent quarter you can expect demonstrations by the city’s top treasonable talents including The Men They Couldn’t Hang (who went down a storm at this years Glastonbury), Dick Gaughan (always full of fire) and Attila the Stockbroker (mandolin-playing madman). Don’t miss out.

Liverpool Working Class Music Festival @ the New Picket, Jordan Street, Fri 19th - Sun 21st September, weekend ticket £25, individual gig tickets also available, for full listings, visit www.workingclassmusic.org.uk

Liverpool Biennial
The great thing about the Liverpool Biennial – which celebrates its tenth anniversary in ‘08- is that it is for everyone: art lovers from far and wide troop into the city, marvelling, fingers on chins and saying “Hmmm. Yess...” at around 40 different sites. Meanwhile, you can take the kids around in one afternoon and they too would be, well, made up.

“Made Up” is this year’s theme and although seeing is supposedly believing, you’ll have to make your own mind up on what is truthful and what is tripe, however easy it is on the eye.

Don’t stop at the quirky commissions that you’ll see on the streets either, all the galleries are involved too, making the Biennial the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art.

Liverpool Biennial International 2008: MADE UP @ venues citywide until 30th November, for a detailed programme of events, visit www.biennial.com

Prince Caspian
2005’s triumph of the Narnia family activity days has prompted the Anglican Cathedral to do it all again but better this year, adding Prince Caspian to the mix, following this summer’s big cinema release.

Meeting Caspian himself is just the start of the royal fun that’s in store.You can see the notorious 5ft wooden carving of Aslan, climb the tower of Cair Paravel and meet live owls as well as take part in group workshops, arts and crafts. The building itself isn’t bad either.

So, if your child frequents your wardrobe, longing for Narnia, take them along this Saturday, they’ll be in for a treat.

Prince Caspian Family Day @ Liverpool Cathedral, Sat 20th September, 10am-4pm, free www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Eric’s- The Musical
THE Culture Company-commissioned musical finally opens at the Everyman this weekend.

Mark Davies Markham’s story looks (through a dying man's flashbacks) to a time when, although heavy clouds of recession were hovering, there was a real buzz in the city, which is surely important enough today to interest a decent crowd, despite the significance of the club itself.

Plenty flocked to the Carling Academy last weekend for A Little Bit of Eric’s. Will the theatrical offering deliver a little bit more of what used to be great about the place? We’ll have to wait and see.

Eric’s – The Musical runs at the Everyman until 11th October, tickets £9-£19.50, to book call 0151 709 4776 or book online www.everymanplayhouse.com

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Cnut from DenmarkSeptember 19th 2008.

I'm trying to turn back the Tide but all i'm getting s square deal Surf. Yo never see OMO any more, do you?

Knob from NorwaySeptember 19th 2008.

Who the fcuk is Tom of Finland?

Everard FarqueharsonSeptember 19th 2008.

What? No mention of the Tom of Finland retrospective at the "Contemporary Urbane Centre" in the Buddleia Building, opening tomorrow?

Copulating from CopenhagenSeptember 19th 2008.

You can't call them OMOs anymore

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