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Something for the Weekend (16-18 Jan, 09)

PP Arnold, dreamy sleepovers and much more in Heather's top tippery for the next couple of days

Published on January 19th 2009.


Something for the Weekend (16-18 Jan, 09)

In your dreams
ARTIST Luke Jerram is inviting anyone and everyone to go and sleep with him in special pods at FACT on Saturday night. He wants to get inside your dreams.

Dream Director, an innovative part of FACT's DING DONG festival, examines the concious and subconscious state of participants.

You are invited to go and sleep in a room filled with specially designed 'pods' while wearing an eye mask that detects rapid eye movement. In co-ordination with your REM your individual pod plays a range of ambient sounds in a bid to affect the nature and content of your dream. Warning: Don't eat a big load of cheese beforehand.

Eventually, you all wake up, have a big old stretch and then talk about it.

This has already been played out to great success at London's ICA, Quite what is stopping any mischievous soul from going along and making up a corker of a dream to share around the circle remains unclear. But feel free to find out.

*Dream Director Sleepover @ FACT, 16th/17th and 17th/18th Jan, £25. Call FACT on 0151 707 4405

Prints charming
WHAT do you get two years after you mix a printmaker with an illustrator? An interesting exhibition at the Unity of course.

Printmaker (Emma Gregory) and illustrator (Jane Spencer) met here, the centre of the creative universe, back in 2006. This joint-effort print-display features a range of fashionable designs including collographs, woodcuts and screen prints.

Gregory currently runs the Bluecoat’s print studio, teaching and drawing to meet a growing demand of collectors, while Spencer, having worked freelance for many years, has created images for such organs as Tatler, Marie Claire, The Guardian and The Times.

Why not pop along and see for yourself the full scope of simple yet stylish pieces, you might as well, it's free.

*Plate and Paper @ the Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool 1, until Jan 31. free.

Soul to soul
IT'S two soul superstars for the price of one at the Philharmonic this Saturday. Geno Washington and legendary PP Arnold are in town.

With the energy and enthusiasm of their live shows in the sixties, Geno and his Ram Jam Band will be playing their greatest hits such as Michael and Que Sera Sera, but the one not to miss is the one-time Ikette PP who will no doubt be throwing her massive voice over the classics Angel of the Morning and The First Cut is the Deepest.

And with the Phil's generous January sale, you can get your bums on the best seats for only £20. Plus, if you want to see the party in to the wee small hours, ticket holders are invited to Magnet for the free-entry official after show. Talk about the stuff of legends.

*This is Soul @ the Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 Sat Jan 17, 7.30pm, tickets £20, call 0151 709 3789.

One, two, Free
IF filthy soul is more your thing, Zanzibar are on hand to deliver a roaring rock concoction that promises to be 'Heavy.' Man.

Impressive new scenesters El Torro are first up. That is, a San Diego native etching away on lead guitar with a Scouse former-Heebeejeebees-DJ belting out the vocals. With frenetic drumming and bass lines that are chunkier than a Yorkie Fruit and Nut, up-beat grimy garage is the name of the game.

Further support is provided by punksters the Wild Eyes and the unashamedly “skunkadelic” rock quad, Jacobi.

If it gets your goat - like it does mine - when people pronounce 'three' as 'free' you may be quick to write off the Heavy headliners, Free Peace, but you shouldn't. The Led Zep-esque Liverpudlian trio have recently bagged a much sought-after support slot with Oasis on their forthcoming European tour. And after listening only to the four tracks uploaded on to myspace, you can see why.

*Heavy @ Zanzibar, Wood Street, Liverpool 1, Sat Jan 17., 8pm. £5 on the door

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