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Something for the Weekend (30 May-1 June 08)

Music party, something arty, brand new shops and Paul McCartney in Heather Smith's weekend tips

Published on May 30th 2008.

Something for the Weekend (30 May-1 June 08)

Viva Vienna…
A major collection by Austria’s finest artist and notorious ladies man Gustav Klimt are coming to spend the summer with us, here in the Pool of Life. The unmissable exhibition arrives at TATE Liverpool to explore, through painting and design, the cultural revolution of Vienna around the 1900s. Klimt, leader of the Viennese Secession, embraced art, architecture, fashion and furniture. The exhibition surrounds his paintings and drawings with spectacular scenery by Klimt’s close pal/designer Josef Hoffman. Klimt’s work has never before been exhibited in the UK on such major scale. Probably best to pre-book then, here’s how…

Gustav Klimt @ TATE Liverpool,
Fri 30th May – Sun 31st Aug
Tickets: £8, £6 concessions.
Members and children under 12 go free.Call 08456001354 or visit www.tate.org.uk/tickets

Deeper Underground…
The Lake of Stars Party is to take over the dark-yet-delightful Django’s Riff on Saturday night, following the launch in London last week. Lake of Stars is a well established charitable festival which takes place in Malawi, Africa, later in the year. Chibuku-chaps The Beat Monkeys and Jonny One Move top the ‘Pool’s bill on Saturday night promising to blast out heavy funk and fat hip-hop beats into the early hours. The line-up guarantee’s a dancefloor-filled party that you won’t want to leave, not bad for a £2 donation on the door. Always a lively atmosphere in this underground venue, no doubt there’ll be a warm welcome for Django’s own rowdy resident “Buddha” who is kicking off the proceedings, so be sure to get down there early.

Lake of Stars Party @ Django’s Riff,
24-40 Wood Street,
Sat 31st May, 9pm – 2am, £2.

Fever Pitch…
And so to Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘08 piece: Liverpool Sound, a mega-scale concert in celebration of our status as the world capital of pop. The gig which takes over Anfield on Sunday so far boasts the American multi-tasking rock legend Dave Grohl and Leeds’s Brit-popping indie lads Kaiser Chiefs on its bill, not to mention a string of surprises. Our dazzling self-proclaimed “zombie-soul” quintet, The Zutons, will also showcase their class live act to the Anfield crowd, ready for the release of third album You Can Do Anything the following day.

Macca himself returns to a scouse stage five years on from his epic gig at the Kings Dock back in 2003. When asked about Liverpool Sound recently, Sir Paul said he is just ready to party; the 35,000 plus that are expected on Sunday will no doubt be ready for the revelry.

Liverpool Sound @ Anfield Stadium
Sun 1st June, 5pm-10.30pm approx.
A limited number of tickets £35 -£75 are still available at www.liverpool08.com

Halfway to Paradise…
“Phase One” has finally arrived folks. Paradise Street and South John Street have now re-opened as part of the large-scale Liverpool One project. No longer do we need to peer through the glass of Debenhams or ask the workmen how it’s all coming along: we are free to explore for ourselves. Highlights include Debenhams itself, the new John Lewis and the North West’s first branch of American Apparel whilst the kids can enjoy the new Disney Store and the Build a Bear Workshop. If you can’t make it over the weekend, fear not, spendaholics can shop until 8pm every week night. Genius.

The Old No. 7 Band
While the rest of town continues to be invaded by Sound City, there’s still one place in town where you can listen to some great music and still hear the person sat next to you.

Although not the first place that springs to mind when contemplating gig venues, this Friday The Everyman Bistro hosts the Old No. 7 Band first ever gig. Just think. You can say you were there when it all began.

So what of the sound? Think Crosby Stills & Nash, Dylan and The La’s and you’re getting close. Probably. The band features talented local songwriter Nick Kilroe (currently on sticks for Echo and the Bunnymen) and ex Black Velvets lead singer Paul Carden, whose raspy vocals may suggest an urgent need for Halls Soothers but are actually very pleasing on the ear.

The Old No. 7 Band @ Everyman Bistro, Hope Street (back room)
Friday 30 May, 7pm

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Joan BonkerMay 30th 2008.

Music party, something arty, brand new shops and Paul McCartney in Heather? I thought all those matrimonial histrionics would have put him off for good. Money can't buy HIM love.

AndreaMay 30th 2008.

I opted to watch Macca on TV at 11:00pm and I am glad I did. It was OK not worth paying for mind. The highlight to my weekend was dining at Cafe Porto on Rodney Street - what a delight - didnt even know this place existed. Cafe Porto is an excellent portugese cafe. On Fridays and Saturdays they sell tapas and its bring your own wine. we had a fantastic selection of tapas in an extremly relaxed atmosphere. Give it a try it was wonderful.

Manesty S. LaneMay 30th 2008.

Ah yes, "Professor" Redmond refused to take part!

AnonymousMay 30th 2008.

It's raining. Not sure I want to sit in the rain watching the Kaiser Chiefs and whoever else. Oh well!

Lord StreetMay 30th 2008.

Hey! No mention of the Radio Four File on Four programme on Sunday afternoon which investigated all the financial minsmanagement and incompetent cock-ups of our infamous City Council!It is available on listen again at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/progs/listenagain.shtml…

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