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Something for the Weekend (30 Jan/1 Feb, 09)

Want some hot action in your favourite city over the next couple of days? Of course you do. Here's some tips

Published on January 30th 2009.

Something for the Weekend (30 Jan/1 Feb, 09)

In the Raw
Having been dubbed “the new Lenny Henry,” comedian Junior Simpson has bounced back.

The former team captain with Suggs on that godawful/fantastic Channel 5 karaoke show, Night Fever, can forget those Saturday nights: now they are all about stand-up and he is headlining Rawhide downstairs at the Royal Court.

Joining Junior will be Steve Williams, Jonathan Mayor and Andrew Lawrence, critically acclaimed south-west Londoner whose act includes satirical tunes played on guitar.

If you really want to make a night of it, pay an extra tenner for your ticket and indulge in the 'Court's Royal menu from the award-winning Liverpool Food Co.
*Junior Simpson and guests, Rawhide @ the Royal Court, Fri 30-Sat 31 Jan, 8.30pm, tickets £12/£15 (£10 extra for food). www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk

On the tiles
What's been lying there for ages, under wraps, and about to be exposed to the public? No, not a Standards Board report into the behaviour of our respected councillors, but the 30,000 Minton tiles that lie beneath the wooden dancefloor of St George's Hall.

The hand-crafted tiles illustrate tritons, sea nymphs and boys on dolphins as well as the Liverpool Coat of Arms. “Fancy keeping these covered,” you might grumble. But pay attention to the room's outer rim of tiles which show the pain of exposure over many years.

It's not all about the Mintons though; the Great Hall boasts a magnificent ceiling, chandeliers, stained glass, balconies and columns, all of which are pretty easy on the eye.
*St. Georges Hall will be open for viewing from Fri 30 Jan-Sun 15 Feb, 10am-5pm, admission £1.

Tracks and trackies
Don't bother glamming up for Town this Saturday night, in fact, dust of your wackiest shellsuit and Shake Shake your way down to Chibuku for their Residents Tracksuit Party at Barfly.

No Fakin', the Beat Monkeys and Rich Furness - acts as crucial to Chibuku as the three stripes are to Adidas - will be dominating the decks upstairs in the theatre, mixing the best in head spinning hip-hop, electro, funk and house.

Whilst over in the bar Cassette Jam, Wandy and Tane will be turning the tables, topping off a night that promises to be more Nike high-top than Reebok Classic.
*Chibuku Residents Tracksuit Party @ Barfly, Sat 31 Jan, 10pm-3am, tickets £5, available from Probe and 3beat Records.

Payback time
Chris Darwin, stalwart actor of yore who was first seen in Boys from the Blackstuff and last seen in Night Collar, is directing the debut play by actual cabbie John Evans who started writing in his spare time five years ago.

Don't be expecting big belly laughs though, Payback, which is showing at the Actors Studio until Saturday, is pretty gritty.

Set in docklands Liverpool in the early 1980s, the plot demonstrates the anger, betrayal and greed that had risen in past repugnant recessions. It could be lessons learned for all of us. Or to at least serve as a reminder that things today aren't quite so bad.

The drama promises paint the true characters of the docks and promises to reach an emotionally explosive ending.
*Payback @ the Actors Studio, until Sat 31 Jan, 7.30pm, tickets £10, visit www.theliverpoolactorsstudio.com

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