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Something for the Weekend (9-11/1/09)

They think it's all over at the scouse wedding, but there's one last Liverpool Capital of Culture event to go. Plus plenty more in Heather Smith's own round up

Published on January 9th 2009.

Something for the Weekend (9-11/1/09)

Transition vamp
THIS Saturday marks a year since we all dutifully headed to St George's Hall in the cold and watched the Capital of Culture opening ceremony unfold before us in piecemeal fashion. Ringo was on the roof, the Wombats wore weird costumes and there was that Precious Cargo thing.

I suppose we can laugh about it now, though, and things got much better. Overall the year has been a big spidery succession of successful events. But what happened to the promised WAGs' fashion show?

And so to the closing ceremony – the uber-sexily titled “Transition”, this Saturday down at the waterfront. And what a spot to witness recent change, from the Kings Dock arena past Liverpool One and the Pier Head revamp and then the towering skyscrapers along the dock road, all easy on the eye.

We've been promised big fireworks from vessels in the Mersey, big performances and plenty of video highlights from throughout the year, which will be projected on to the outside of the new museum.

Brave the cold, pop along and reminisce.

*CoC Closing Ceremony - “Transition”, Saturday Jan 10, 6.15pm,

Horn of plenty
THERE is nowhere better than the Caledonia, one of the Catharine Street area's cooler - and cheaper- venues - to stage the Marley Chingus Jazz Explosion every Friday night.

If you've yet to experience the melodious mayhem made with Colin Lamont's drums, Dave Spencer's double bass, Misha Gray's piano and Bob Whittaker's tenor/soprano sax, be sure to mark a date in your diary tonight.

The chaotic nu-jazz quartet also play an impressively lively set every other Tuesday in the delightfully dingy Djangos Riff in Wood Street.

The free-entry Friday event sees Marley Chingus - band name in Spooneristic praise of jazz legend Charlie Mingus - play a contemporary set influenced by classic acts such as Trane, Dolphy, Monk and of course, Mr M himself. Later on in the evening the stage is opened up for the “Jazz Pile On,” where everyone is welcome to get up and get their horn out.

*Marley Chingus @ The Caledonia, Catharine Street, L8. Friday, January 9, 8pm.

Follow this cab
EVERYONE needs a laugh at this time of year, don't they? If you didn't make it to the Royal Court for Night Collar before Christmas, there's still time.

Enthused audiences flocked to the Roe Street theatre to catch Tony Furlong and Jimmy Power’s stand-up style banter-fuelled comedy in such numbers, they had to extend the run by a week, until January 24th.

Billing it as “the original scouse comedy” might be taking it a bit far, but there is no denying that it was Night Collar which got the belly laugh ball rolling for the Royal Court back in 2003.

The story follows a cabbie, played by Liverpool theatre stalwart Chris Darwin, as he drives every nutter and their mother home on Christmas Eve. Andrew Schofield and Lindzi Germain play the drunkest of drunks whilst Eithne Brown is a fishnet-wearing lady of the night. You couldn't not enjoy it, really.

*Night Collar, Royal Court Theatre, until Jan 24, 8pm, £12.50-£20. To book tickets call 0870 787 1866

Blues on the Rocks
NEW Brighton's old Fort Perch Rock is a funky little entity. Thanks to the fully licensed bar, the old coastal defence battery now operates as much more than a drab heritage site.

During the summer months Ultra Violet - the triumphed trance event - attracts country wide psychedelic ravers to the part open-air, part dingy-underground venue. Ah the summer.

But don't worry, there's plenty to be had at the Fort during these winter months, too. Blues on the Rock, the burgeoning basement blues club, returns this weekend for the first show of 2009.

The event, which takes place on the second Sunday of every month was launched last July and always draws in a decent crowd. Resident duo Blue C, that's Raphael Callaghan and Christine Purnell, who run the event, will no doubt kick off proceedings with their rootsy mix of acoustic and harmonica before inviting on special guests JP Four, Andy Parker's combo.

Always a fun-filled afternoon, catch this under-discovered gem on the blues scene.

*Blues on the Rock, Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, Sun Jan 11, 1pm-4pm, admission £4 which gets you into the museums too.

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