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Something for the weekend...strikes again

Stacks of live bands, Indian delights, anarchy at the Bluecoat and slappers galore. It's all here in Heather Smith's line-up of weekend jollies

Published on February 6th 2009.

Something for the weekend...strikes again

Sandhu's who
IT seems that hot young Asian composer Surinder Sandhu has everybody talking about his East-meets-West fusion of influences.

As well as touring with his four piece band, the part time professor and globe trotting producer has found time to play an intimate gig this Friday as part of the Phil's continually strong After 8 series, which takes place in the venues cosy cabaret-like Rodewald Suite.

His 2008 album, The Fictionist, has received critical acclaim and featured a symphony commissioned for our very own year of culture. Imagine that.

At some point in the evening, no doubt, drinks will be sipped out on the rooftop terrace in the company of Surinder himself along with all the other arty-farty chatterati types. Well maybe not, it's bloody freezing out there.
*Surinder Sandhu @ Rodewald Suite, Philharmonic Hall, Fri Feb 6, 8.30pm. £10. 0151 709 3789 or www.liverpoolphil.com

Jamming with you
GLASTONBURY may have sold out this week, but there's no need to wait until June for a sweaty music jamboree because Livejam '09 is happening here this very weekend.

Beaker Folk of the Bronze Age, Asbestos popcorn, Happy Tap and 10p Mixes are just a handful of the charmingly named bands on the bill for the three-dayer organised by the Liverpool Oxjam Team.

From Leaf to the Lemon Lounge, Hannah's to Heebies, 12 venues will be hosting events for the festival which is geared at raising both cash and support for Oxfam. Ethical entertainment I think they call it.

So, whether it be the 80s themed Silent Disco at Static Gallery on Saturday or Whiskey Headshot headlining an indie racket at Zanzibar on Sunday, Lizzie Nunnery (pictured) or Stephen Langstaff at Hannah's, keep your conscience clear this weekend and knock back your beers in the name of charity.
*Livejam '09, Fri 6th- Sun 8th, various venues, tickets £8 all weekend, £5 per day, for full listings visit www.liverpool-livejam.co.uk

Slapping it up
THE first 'Court production of '09 takes us to “The Palace Nightclub” a 'Pool club grungier than the Grafton where we follow three lads and un-ladylike lasses out on the tiles, looking to pull.

It's Fred Lawless and Len Pentin's Slappers and Slapheads of course. You must have seen the verging-on-indecent poster plastered all around town (above). Innocent shoppers haven't been this disturbed since the play premiered at 2003's Liverpool Comedy Festival.

Pete Price, the real one, who features as a voice-over throughout the show, will be appearing live until February 18, after that it's just a recording. Make your mind up which you'd prefer. As ever, for an extra tenner, you can get your laughing gear around some decent in-house grub before the performance.
*Slappers and Slapheads @ the Royal Court until Saturday Match 7, 8pm. £15-£10, book online at www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk

Anarchy por the Bluecoat
THE engaging Liverpool artist David Jacques present his half-hour essay-style film, Por Convención Ferrer, on the Bluecoat's big screen this Friday (Feb 6) as part of the Next Up exhibition which has been extended to run until February 22nd.

From 1910 to 1918, on October 13 of each year, Por Convención Ferrer provided a forum in Liverpool for anyone to propose any subject of their choosing “for free and open discussion.” Named after the executed Spanish educationalist Francisco Ferrer y Guardia, the event often involved the contributions of a small though significant network of anarchist activists. A bit like Confidential when the boss isn't looking.

The screening will be followed by a question and answer session where you prod away at narrator-cum-poet Paul Farley.
*Por Convencion Ferrer @ the Bluecoat, Fri Feb 6, 6pm, tickets are free but need to be booked @ www.thebluecoat.org.uk

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