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Something for the weekend: 8-10 Feb/08

Chinese happenings, party fun and Dionne Warwick too, all to keep you out of trouble over the next few days. Compiled by Ben Patey

Published on February 7th 2008.

Something for the weekend: 8-10 Feb/08

Chinese whispers
Out with the pig and in with the rat. Did someone mention Ashley Cole? Actually we are talking about Chinese New Year There are the usual festivities down in Chinatown, but also to celebrate the occasion, families are invited down to The World Museum. Liverpool Hung Gar Jung Fu Club will be entertaining visitors, not by performing a roundhouse kick to the head, but by performing a traditional lion dance.

The lion dance is typical of Chinese New Year festivities and is believed to chase away bad spirits while bringing good luck for the year ahead.

There will also be a martial arts display in the Treasure House Theatre.

If you weren't born in the year of the rat, (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) fear not. Posters around Liverpool state that 2008 is the International year of the Scouser. Well that's great isn't it?

Lion Dance – Liverpool World Museum, William Brown Street (in the atrium)
Saturday 9 February 2pm and 3pm
Martial arts display – Treasure House Theatre @ Liverpool World Museum
Saturday 9 February 2.30pm and 3.30pm
0151 478 4393
Tickets are required for all shows at Treasure House Theatre. They can be collected from World Museum Liverpool's information desk on the day of performance and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dionne Warwick @ Liverpool Philharmonic
This Saturday is a rare opportunity to see singing sensation Dionne Warwick belting out a catalogue of great soul hits spanning over four decades. Warwick will lead you through such hits as Anyone Who Had a Heart, 'Do You Know The Way To San Jose?', and 'Heartbreaker'. Walk on By.

My Music and Me opened to rave reviews during a season in London. Now at The Phil for a night, it will no doubt be a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the voices of our generation. Dionne Warwick, live at The Phil – enough said.

Dionne Warwick – My Music and Me
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Saturday 9 February

The after party
The after party for Dionne Warwick is at Magnet. It's rather unlikely Dionne herself will be there grooving with the riff raff but such things aren't unknown.

More than just an after party, it's going to be a bloody good night of music. In the main room American producer and artist Karizma will be on the decks. In between remixing tunes for the likes of Lenny Kravtiz, Roy Ayers, Jocelyn Brown and Mary J Blige, he's also a pretty nifty DJ.

In the opposite room (known as the fish tank) you can get down to classic soul, funk, rare groove and disco. Sound divine? Well it is Soul Heaven.

Soul Heaven @ The Magnet, Hardman Street
Saturday 9 February
£8 NUS/Flyer, £10 without

The magic flute
It looks like the Hope Street end of town is the weekend hot spot. As well as Dionne Warwick and the nearby after party at Magnet, there's also a night of jazz to enjoy in the Rodewald Suite of The Philharmonic. The night is called After Eight and the series has so far hosted a host of sell out nights of jazz, roots and unplugged gigs. The venue itself boasts cabaret seating, an in-house bar and a rooftop terrace. You'll also get the opportunity to meet the artist after the performance.

And the artist...Guo Yue is a world-renowned virtuoso of the Chinese bamboo flute. As a child he learnt not only how to put his his breath into his playing but his whole body, managing to create curvaceous notes that blend and swoop to form an astonishingly gentle and beautiful music.

If you're after a bit of different, you could do a lot worse than this.
Guo Yue @ Rodewald Suite, Liverpool Philharmonic (Entrance on Sugnall Street)

Friday 8 February
0151 709 3789

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