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Something for the Weekend (19 Feb 29-2 Mar 08)

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Published on February 29th 2008.

Something for the Weekend (19 Feb 29-2 Mar 08)

Do you fit the Bill?
Are you Scottish? Can you fake Scottish? And, more importantly, can you do Bill Shankly.

An audition is being held on Saturday for someone to fill the shoes of the Anfield legend in An Audience With Shankly, one of the Liverpool Commissions for Capital of Culture year.

But they'd better get on with it, the play opens on April 24, a brand new production celebrating the life, work and craft of the manager of Liverpool FC from 1959-1974.

Writer Andrew Sherlock says the production calls for a very special performer — one who not only has the look of the late Bill Shankly but can replicate his unique accent and quick wit.

Matter of life or death? It's much more important than that, So get down to Joe H Makin Drama Centre, Pilgrim Street, Liverpool, between 3.30pm and 5pm if you think you've got what it takes.

Magnetic attraction
The end of the month means another Donuts and another guest appearance at the ever innovative Magnet. This time it's the turn of DJ Vadim whose music combines hip hop, soul, reggae and electronica. To give you an idea of Vadim's credentials, in the past he's worked with The Roots, The Pharcyde, Public Enemy, Morcheeba and Paul Weller.

Also well worth watching are energetic funk band 6ix toys who play a lively set that incorporates trumpets, saxophones, a DJ, and if last time was anything to go by – audience participation.

There's also the usual wealth of DJs designed to keep you moving your feet all night long and (rather bizarrely) free donuts for the first 100 people in. Donuts @ The Magnet

Saturday 1 March
£4 NUS / £5 till 12

Slum aid
Local artists come together this Friday at The Picket, in support of the Kenyan Mukuru slums of Nairobi. Of course, a charity do in Liverpool inevitably uses music to aid its cause and this will be no different. Featuring up and coming bands such as The Fountains and JaJuka, Live for Mukuru 2008 will not only help the less fortunate - it will have you rocking as well.

Live for Mukuru 2008 @ The New Picket, 61 Jordan Street
Friday 29 February 2008
£5 on the door

Nought like a good show
Noughts & Crosses dramatises Malorie Blackman's politically captivating book of the same name. Brought to the Liverpool Playhouse by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the story is set in a world where black people (crosses) are dominant over the white people (noughts). Sephy, a prime minister's daughter from the powerful Crosses, falls for Callum, son of dangerous nought agitator. In a tale where American history is seemingly reversed, Noughts and Crosses promises to engage, educate and entertain. Check back for Vinny's review.

Noughts & Crosses
26 February – 1 March

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