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Something for the weekend...

So much to do, so little time! Here's a quick pick of things happening in your favourite city in the next couple of days

Published on June 7th 2007.


Something for the weekend...

Silly stuff
It's a funny old world out there, and your kids may deserve to know that there's comedy away from the telly, Dick and Dom and the subject of toilets.

On Saturday (June 9), they can warm up their funny bones at The Royal Court for the world's only stand-up comedian for children. Think there is no such thing? Think again.

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids covers everything from parents to Playstations, why we have hair and what he had for breakfast. Top quality stuff for children over the age of six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. It starts at 2pm, and tickets are £8, £4, and £20 for a family.

Final fling
It's not just the students at JMU who can put on a show of all their own work. Right now a talented group of art students from Liverpool Community College are staging their final year exhibition at The Bridewell Studios Gallery, Prescot Street, L3

And it's a final year in ever sense. The Group Denique meaning "last of an era" are the final group of students to receive an HND qualification in Fine Arts from Liverpool Community College, before the course goes all up in the world to becomes a Foundation Degree in Fine Art from September of 2007.

There are 13 participating artists at the gallery which was established in 1976 in an old police station opposite the Royal, which retains its old detective office sign and a row of jail cells that have been partially converted into a ceramics workshop. The free show, which follows an unusually starry opening earlier this week, is open to 6pm this Saturday (June 9) and then From Monday to Thursday.

Get off at Edge Hill
After that, it is but a short trek to the world's oldest railway station, Edge Hill, where, this Saturday there is every reason to get excited at the Edge Hill International Festival. This is a launch event, to be opened by the

actress Cathy Tyson, which signals impressive plans to turn the station into an arts centre.

To kick start the creative programme, and fundraising campaign, an organisation called Metal (which is behind the arts centre idea) is staging day of international art, music, food, comedy, performance and dance - and a few extra surprises thrown in, all free to all.

Fresh from the first few legs of it’s European tour, a specially adapted “arts truck” will park up at the station, delivering visual and performing arts from five European cities.

Those taking part include: Urban Strawberry Lunch, Yemeni Children's Choir, Fen Fen Huang, Home Grown Voices, Kensington Community Choir, Young KOF, King Kora, Gabriel Minnikin, The Flicks, Swampfox, Stephen K Amos, Truck Records, Home Grown Music, Magic Joe, Rosie Farrell, Kensington Fields Community Association, Edge Hill Youth Club, Liverpool Youth Music Service, Kensington Vision Williamson’s Tunnels, and loads more.

And, as the venerable Jimmy McGovern remarked: "A tremendous mix of local talent, a real cross-cultural, people-led event. And, hallelujah, it is NOT in the Albert Dock. It will be wonderful."

And finally....
The Liverpool Comedy festival continues and you can have a laugh on the move with Bus Stop Comedy. A specially converted bus is off around town, with comedians aboard to make you chuckle your hearts out. Two comedians and a compere perform for an intimate crowd, and intervals are taken at whatever pub they are passing at the time. If you like your comedy shows to be a little different then this is the one for you. Get down the back.

NB: The comedians pictured may not necessarily be appearing

*When? 4pm this Sunday (June 10). How much? £6. Where? Meet at Queen's Square. Performers? How would we know?

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