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The Weekend what to do (5th/6th December)

Joseph Viney's tips: JFK remembered, one last shot for Pele, reggae legend Sugar in town and care about Cairns St.

Published on December 4th 2009.

The Weekend what to do (5th/6th December)

JFK day at St Lukes
It has been deemed “the shot heard around the world” and more than once in your lifetime you will hear the phrase “Where were you when JFK was shot?” uttered in dark corners.

Suffice to say it was an event that changed a world that seemed on course for a modicum of peace and stability, gave rise to the art of the conspiracy theory and brought eternal infamy to Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.

Re-scheduled from November 22nd, marking what would have been the 46th anniversary of Kennedy’s death, St. Luke’s Church is marking this monumental event with a collection of audio and visual events designed to capture the moments that took place on a street in Dallas in 1963.

Attendees will be treated to a music and archive system from 3pm to open the day. At 7pm a special new performance from the low-tech music group and St. Luke’s artists-in-residence Urban Strawberry Lunch. To close, there's a showing of the great conspiracy movie The Parallax View.

Get yourself down there and relive a part of history that still resonates to this very day. Oh, and some friendly advice; wrap up warm! Remember this church has no roof…

*JFK Day @ St. Luke’s Church, Leece Street – 3pm-10pm

Pele return
In a true example of ‘power to the people’, one-time biggie Liverpool band Pele are doing one last turn for 2009.

In their words they “…have been inundated with requests from people who couldn't see the summer shows because of holiday/wedding/festival commitments” and so in the spirit of the season there will be a gig at the world’s most famous club this Christmas.

The band responsible for singles like Fireworks and Don’t Worship Me will be supported by the brilliant 1990s band Rain and Irish singer Richard O’Flynn.

As this is the last gig from Pele for the foreseeable future, front man Ian Prowse will be returning to the studio with his current group Amsterdam to continue work on their latest album.

*Pele – One Last Reunion Show – 5th December, The Cavern Club, Mathew St. 0151 236 1963. Tickets £16.

The great Granby
The residents of Toxteth’s Cairns Street, deemed one of the most picturesque streets in Liverpool, are fully focused on regenerating their area.

In a move designed to involve both the local community and others from the wider area, the locals of Cairns Street will be holding a regular market outside their own homes on the first Saturday of each and every month.

Those who feel local authorities are not

doing enough to spruce up the long neglected areas of Liverpool should offer their support by showing both their faces and their wallets at this event.

On offer will be a range of home cooking and various bric-a-brac both new and old. Those attending may well be inspired to pick up an obtuse but well thought out Christmas gift for a friend or relative.

The street is decked in a wonderful array of green intended to look like a garden, and stalls will be set out in this aesthetically pleasing setting.

After perusing the market, visitors will have the opportunity to stroll down nearby Granby Street and consider some of the groceries on offer from regions like Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.

*Cairns Street Market – 5th December. Market open from 10am-2pm. For more information contact 0151 726 9379.

Sugar in town
Those with a predilection to reggae music or who are able to grasp the concept of music history and what it means should not hesitate in getting down to The Picket this Saturday.

A native of Jamaica, Sugar Minott is one of the pioneering figures of reggae music and has time and again proved why he is justified in carrying the status of the “Godfather of Dancehall”.

With a career spanning nearly five decades, Sugar continues to tour and record worldwide and has a mind-boggling 60 albums to his name. Amongst these are bona-fide reggae classics including Ghetto-ology, Bitter Sweet, African Girl, Music For Roots Lovers, Sweeter Than Sugar, Dancehall Showcase and Black Roots.

His influence is far-reaching and he remains an inspiration to many up and coming reggae artists from Jamaica and across the world.

Backing is provided by the equally proficient line-up of Frankie Paul and Tony Tuff plus Vincent Nap.

If you feel you’ve ever missed out by accident of birth and are too young to have caught these masters of their craft in their prime; fear not because true talent never dies, it just keeps rolling on.

*Sugar Minott – December 5th @ The Picket. 0151 708 6789. Tickets £20 from Ticket Line.

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