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The weekend what-to-do

Fritzi Wemheuer comes up with stuff that's happening right here in the next coupl'a days

Published on August 8th 2009.


The weekend what-to-do

Luke up
There's no danger of the roof coming down when guitars are unpacked this Sunday afternoon for an Acoustic Air Raid. That's because there isn't one.

St Lukes, the bombed out church, dealt with all that years ago, so now it's time to relax with bevvy in hand and enjoy the unique atmosphere while John Head, Misery Guts, amd The Grande and Pod Cousins send gentle sounds around the dreamy masonry.

You'll just need a picnic basket with refreshments, 5 quid per person tohand over at the door and enough shoulders to store away the kids (who get in for free if accompanied by an adult).

Okay, so you have to sign a waiver of liability before entering the church in case something that hasn't fallen down > during the last 60 years decides to do so now. But if that's a reason for you to stay away, you should really see someone about it.

*Acoustic Air Raid @ The Bombed Out Church, Liverpool, St Luke's Church, Sunday 9th August, 2pm - 6pm, £5 (kids free).

Beat goes on
Sweet J.. onas Brother! Another lovely location! This town's spoiling us, isn't it? Venue 2 at the Contemporary Urban Centre it is, and Can't Stop The Beat - an 'evening of performance and song' is what it's about.

The programme promises an entertaining mix of acting (an extract from Bread For The Table by Kieran Lynn), comedy improvisation (by Liverpool comedy group Impropriety) and pop and songs from the shows.

Get a glimpse at regional and upcoming talent plus an executive summary of musical theatre for little money. Unfortunately, I'm unable to provide guidance on the etiquette of singing along. You might feel tempted.

*Can't Stop The Beat - An Evening of Performance and Song, Venue 2, Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, Saturday 8th August, 7.30pm, £9 (available at News from Nowhere on Bold Street and 0151 708 7270).

Flowered up
If you're into gardening, or just into looking at flowers, pin a spring onion to your lapel this Sunday and head to beautiful Court Hey Park for the Knowsley Flower Show.

Apart from the exhibition, competitions and the gardening workshops there's loads to do and see. Actually, it's too much to list in full, so here's a selection: Craft demonstrations, falconry displays, jewellery making, art workshops, live music, a farmers market...

Another one for the whole family it seems. And finally I'm able to give the humble advice on etiquette that I failed to deliver on matters of singing along: Try not to eat the exhibits.

*Knowsley Flower Show, Court Hey Park, Sunday 9th August, 11am - 5pm, free.

Anthony Walker festival
If there's still no consensus in sight by Saturday morning about what to do on the weekend, just cram the whole extended family plus friends into a car/mini-bus/cab/public transport vehicle and decant them into the Greenbank Centre in Mossley Hill

That's where the Anthony Walker Foundation Summer Festival will provide entertainment, food and activities for truly every taste and mood.

It is a free, two-day festival of sport, music, art and education which works to promote racial harmony and better community relations.

That means 5-a-side footy & basketball tournaments for teens, face-painting and bouncy-castling for the hyper-active young, a 'Cultural Food Experience' for starving parents, music and dance performances for artsy friends, art workshops for exhausted mums... Feel free to shuffle those pairings to avoid clichés. And who knows, maybe it's about time you discover that face-painting is what really rocks grandpa's boat.

Oh, and if those teenagers should prove too grumpy for sporting activities, one of the workshops promoting social and life skills might just do the trick.

*Anthony Walker Foundation Summer Festival, Liverpool, Greenbank Centre and Sefton Park Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August, 9am - 6pm, free.

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