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The big weekend three (26/11/10)

The God of Hellfire hits town, plus a big winter arts market and Ormskirk has a laugh

Published on November 29th 2010.


The big weekend three (26/11/10)

For your scouse wedding needs
PHIL Redmond gets into scented candles this weekend, or rather his Open Culture organisation does.

It is presenting Liverpool’s largest arts market ever: a huge festive shopping extravaganza where you can find the most distinctive gifts in the glorious surroundings of historic St George’s Hall.

“Whether you’re looking for an artwork to adorn your living room wall or the perfect gift for a friend, the Winter Arts Market presents the work of over 110 highly skilled and imaginative artists and crafts people to choose from,” it says here.

“A chance to shop local and support the work of local artists you will find thousands of unique items including: jewellery, paintings, homewares, sculpture, textiles, beauty products, prints, photography, plus vintage items and much more.”

And scented candles. You just know it.

Phil says: “This is one of those really special legacy events from what we started in ’08. It brings together a mass of creativity from across the region into one of Liverpool’s most remarkable venues. It’s a good thing for the city, and a move away from the same old things you find on the high street”.

Show us yer edgy etchings.

*Winter Arts Market, St George¹s Hall, Liverpool, Saturday 27th November 2010, 10am ­ 5pm. Entry £1, Under 16s free.

Magic mushrooms at the ready
BLIMEY, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, AND Will Sergeant, AND Howard Be Thy Name, AND the Wicked Whispers, AND Eve Peterson AND especially El Toro

All in one room, this Saturday night at Static, one of Liverpool's hippest music venues - especially because it doesn't have to resort to employing PR agencies to tell us how “creatives” go there. You know, people with expensive spectacles and city apartments who drink tea in special tea shops at night and possess dubious facial hair – and that's just the women.

With his theatrical performances, which saw him wearing helmets of fire and outlandish costumes, Arthur Brown

became one of the most unique and electrifying rock n roll artists of the 1960s with a back catalogue spanning 45 years including the hits “I Put a Spell on You”, “Devil’s Grip”, “Nightmare” and the mind-blowing number one single “Fire”.

With Mr Howard doing the visuals and Will spinning the tunes in between the acts, it's got “happening” written all over it, this one.

Extra blimey, in fact.

*The Butterfly's Ball & The Grasshopper's Feast , Saturday Nov 27 Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, Liverpool. Tickets £8 Available Probe Records.

Ormskirk does jokesYOU would have to be off your trolley to make a trip to Ormskirk on a Sunday night. Not our words, but those of the cheery Northern Line driver who occasionally advises passengers alighting at Sandhills of the potential error of their ways should they be thinking of connecting to the Lancs train.

But now Sunday night is a laugh with the launch of a new funny event compered by your very own Ste Porter and his lightning wit.

Hit and Run Comedy Club is set to be a regular monthly event at the Mustard club on Moor Street. The night will take place on the last Sunday of each month.

Manchester acts Mike Newell and John Warburton will kick off proceedings this time – a welcome chortle for the good folks up there. Last train back? Who knows?

*Hit and Run Comedy Club, Mustard Club, Moor Street, Ormskirk. Tickets, £7, from 07554186506.

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WappingNovember 26th 2010.

I know you mightn't have heard them but El Toro are playing at the Static that night too. I'm not sure what time they're on but they are part of the real local arts culture scene, as opposed to the tea drinkers' one you describe. I'm not their publicist so won't go on but I like them a lot.

EdsNovember 26th 2010.

Sorry Wap, you are right, of course, but El Toro weren't on the info we got. Sorry El Toro too, we have written you in now. In fact sorry to everyone, but mostly sorry to ourselves because we are missing what looks like a belter.

WappingDecember 2nd 2010.

Eds, you did miss a brilliant authentic Liverpool cultural event with not a PR person in sight. My Mancunian friend was squeeing about how she loves Liverpool. Doesn't take much eh?

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