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Something for the Weekend: Nov 14-16, 08

Get out of here! There is such a bumper choice of things to see and be seen at that we don't know where to begin. See Heather Smith's best random picks

Published on November 14th 2008.

Something for the Weekend: Nov 14-16, 08

Thanks Queen
A brand new play by Shaun Duggan, commissioned for the ongoing Homotopia festival, has opened at the Unity.

Shaun, talented local playwright, massive Morrissey aficionado - and one-time Brookside writer - was first recognised at just 15, winning the Royal Court’s Young Writers Festival in 1986.

Drama Queen, which stars Sarah White (remember Bev, from Brookie?), begins after the city’s top gay bar has called it a night, leading the cast of quirky die-hard clubbers to a snazzy city centre apartment where the party continues; the plot focuses on a transsexual “door-whore”, an HRH Queen Liz-a-like and an underage glass collector. Where did he get his inspiration?

Drama Queen @ the Unity Theatre, Hope Place, L1 until Sat 15th Nov, 8pm, tickets £12/£10, to book visit www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Out of the Blue
Mik Kaminski and Phil Bates, formerly of symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra, have been busy working on a small side project of late, and lucky Mr Blue Sky fans have the chance to see the finished product in our very city this weekend.

Mik and Phil will take to the stage as their oddly titled spin off, Beatles Blues and Blue Violin at the Cavern Club this Saturday night. And apparently, it’s worth going along if only to hear their breath-taking, awe-inspiring remix of the fab four’s Dear Prudence. Won't you come out to play?

*Beatles, Blues and Blue Violin @ the Cavern Club, Sat 15th Nov, tickets £10, to book, visit www.cavernclub.org

Brace yourselves
If you like a breath of fresh air with your cultural activities then An Autumn Afternoon in the City could be for you.

Culturepool, Liverpool’s fave arty networker is presenting the event on Sunday, an afternoon of music, theatre and discussion in the Biennial’s Atelier Bow-Bow – Rockspace, that's that wooden decking amphitheatre at the top of Renshaw Street.

Live acoustic tunes provided by Liverpool’s unplugged heroes Mellowtone will kick off the proceedings, followed by The Zoo Story, a 50-minute modern classic by Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), produced and performed by LAX, Liverpool’s newest theatre company, with a chance to meet and chat to the cast.

The afternoon concludes with a discussion organised by the Philosophy In Pubs people on the topic of Public Art.

Wrap up warm.

*Sunday 16th November @ 12pm. The Zoo Story starts @ 1pm and Public Art discussion starts @ 3pm. Rockspace @ 95 – 99 Renshaw Street, on the corner of Leece and Berry Street. Rain protection available. FREE.”

M people
James Bond comes with an extra twist in the tale this Saturday evening when Geek Chic Does Bond!

Get along to FACT at 6.30pm to watch Quantum of Solace on Screen1. As soon as the credits roll, it's off to The Box Cinema from 8.45 until 1.30am when you'll be entertained by comedy, burlesque and live music performers. The night will be concluded with a DJ playing the best of Bond themes and 007-inspired tunes.

There is also a special 'Vodka Martini Bar' which will be serving all night in The Box and Geek Chic's Bond boys and girls will attend to you throughout the event.

Please dress to impress in Bond themed outfits, say the Geek Chic people - be it Bond vixen, tuxedo, Bond baddie or even the blue safari suit. A bottle of bubbly will be awarded to the guest with the best/most original outfit.

Geek Chic Does Bond!, FACT, Wood Street, L1. Tickets, £15 (including film screening), available on Ticketweb or by reserving on Club Geek Chic's website. www.clubgeekchic.co.uk. Please note tickets are NOT available from FACT.

Pest is best
In a bit of departure from the usual am-dram fare, the Little Theatre, Birkenhead is the venue for VESBIM Productions' new multi-media play Pest Control (Never Give a Stranger Your Gun) .

Originally written and directed as a film by Alan Veste ten years ago, this stage production features the original screen actors Phil Stevens, Jason Mulhearn and Mark Griffiths. Clips from the film will be used as flashbacks in the narrative, hence the multi-media tag.

The adult play is described as dark, yet the story - which stems from an attack on a young girl who belongs to a family of American gangsters - should also deliver a few laughs.

Pest Control @ the Little Theatre, Birkenhead until Sat 15th Nov, 7.30pm, tickets £8.50, call 08450 702 990

Sterling Stan
An exhibition in honour of the late Stan Hill, who recently died aged 95, opens at the Bluecoat this Saturday. The highly respected local silversmith sold and exhibited masses of his own work for more than 40 years from his studio at the Bluecoat, which fully reopened last weekend following the accidental fire in May.

The telling tribute, which runs until January, combines some of Stan Hill’s best pieces alongside work from ex-students who have gone on to succeed in the areas of jewellery-making, metal work and design.

*The Stan Hill Retrospective Exhibition runs at the Bluecoat until 13th January 2009

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Desmond LlewellynNovember 14th 2008.

Tut tut.

Duchess PotatoesNovember 14th 2008.

My, what a ripping weekend in prospect!

AnonymousNovember 14th 2008.

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