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Something for the weekend – 7/12/07

Church booze-up, fibbing puppets and lots more in Ben Patey's round up of weekend stuff in no particular order

Published on December 7th 2007.


Something for the weekend – 7/12/07

No strings attached
You can't get away from pantos, so you may as well embrace them. The Unity Theatre's festive offering is a retelling of Carlo Collodi's famous story about a wooden puppet that comes to life. You know, the one whose nose grows when he lies.

You all know the story of Pinocchio. Follow his adventures as he runs away from his father and encounters such sights as a talking cricket, a wily fox and a shark that swallows everyone. Apparently to escape from the shark's stomach people have to tap-dance their way out. If only all life's difficulties could be overcome by tapping your feet.

Pinocchio @ The Unity Theatre, Hope Place. Tuesday 4th December-Saturday 19th January, times and dates vary. Price: £8/£6 concessions £4 children. Tel: 0151 709 4988.

Something in the water
The Albert Dock is always showcasing home-grown creative talent in its Grand Hall, and this month sees a particularly fascinating show for fans of that big grey river over yonder.

Mersey: The River That Changed The World is a book, but it's an exhibition too, of photos taken by top local lensperson Colin McPherson.

Colin has been immersed in the Mersey - figuratively speaking - for quite some time, photographing sites along the entire length of the river from source to the sea to produce a series of portraits of people who work on, live beside and enjoy the River Mersey. It was commissioned by the Mersey Basin Campaign.

Hezza was in town to open the the exhibition last night. It is open to the public now, so if you're all Turner'd out, you know where to go.

Mersey: The River That Changed The World (book, £17.99) and exhibition, Grand Hall, Albert Dock.

Dancing in the aisles
It's a bit strange drinking alcohol in a place where people once worshipped. Unless you take your White Lighning pleasure at the side of St Luke's.

Alma De Cuba is the more orthodox choice, but now Mercy are at it, hosting a party tonight at St Brides Church on Percy Street.

There's live music from The Grand Architects, The Kambourines and John Smith, DJs, and free cake, of course. The £5 entry fee also ensures half price admission to Evol's 4th Birthday at Korova afterwards.

We've been told there's drink available but you may also bring your own, which may be wise. After all you can't feed five thousand people with five cans of Stella and two cakes.

Christmas Party @ St Brides Church, Percy Street, Friday 7th December. 8pm-1am, £5

Christmas Market
With little over two weeks left 'til Crimbo, it's time to quit being a scrooge and throw yourself feet first into the festive season. There's no better place to do that than the Liverpool Christmas Market, a series of decorated wooden chalets selling all manner of weird and wonderful festive tat, be it woolly hats, wooden incense holders, silk scarves or arts and crafts...not to mention delicious food. Mull over your gift ideas with mulled wine. As if you needed persuading.

Christmas Market, until 22nd December, Williamson Square, 9-5pm daily

Music Week Finale
Finally, the biggest Liverpool Music Week to date draws to a close and Alma De Cuba are staging the closing party. Liverpool songstress Candie Payne and the Sense Of Sound Choir are among those providing the sounds. Have an 08 cocktail while you're there.

Liverpool Music Week Finale @ Alma De Cuba, Seel Street, Sunday 9th December. 8pm
Free (get there early)

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