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The weekend what-to-do

Sam Brocklehurst tells you where to go over the next couple of days. And you'd better believe her

Published on November 6th 2009.

The weekend what-to-do

Ladies fiction: Discuss
Arguably the biggest coup for this year's Homotopia event is award-winning author Sarah Waters in conversation in FACT this Friday. Probably best known through her startling debut novel Tipping the Velvet - faithfully adapted in 2002 by Auntie Beeb - Waters will be talking to fellow author Helen Sandler about the importance of lesbian fiction, her career to date and how she beat a path from academic to novelist, rounding the evening off nicely with a discussion of her latest offering The Little Stranger.

Thrice Man Booker Prize short-listed, Waters has won a veritable boat load of awards since her debut in 1998, including being short-listed as one of literary magazine Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003, the South Bank award for literature in 2003 and several nods in the short list of the Orange Prize for fiction. The evening promises to be enlightening at the very least - how much Victorian slang for well, anything, did you know before Sarah Waters came along? So grab your tickets early and settle down for an evening of unadulterated culture.

* Homotopia Presents: Sarah Waters, FACT 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ. Friday 6th November, 19:30. Tickets £10/£8 concessions, available from the website www.fact.co.uk

One for the kids
Not to leave the kids out of the weekend fun to be had, or indeed, the big kids out of the weekend fun, the Playhouse theatre is staging an adaptation of Roald Dahl's charming The BFG.

Little orphan Sophie - inspired by Dahl's real-life granddaughter, formerly voluptuous and now a tiny model – is kidnapped by a giant one night as she gazes out of the window counting sheep.

Luckily for her he’s pretty big and pretty friendly, and what unfolds is a wonderful, and in parts, grammatical, adventure. It’s fun, it’s silly and depending on who you are and your childhood, it’s a tad nostalgic.

The Guardian was certainly impressed calling it a "whizzcracking" show, and given the likelihood of the miserable weather hanging around for a few days more yet, it’s one to pack them off to.

* The BFG, The Playhouse Theatre, Williamson Square, L1. Tuesday 3rd November - Saturday 7th, 19:00; matinees on Friday 6th at 10:30 and Saturday 7th at 14:00. Tickets priced between £10.50 and £17.00 and are available online at www.everymanplayhouse.com or via telephone on 0151 709 4776.

Seasick Steve and stuff you can actually go to
It wouldn’t be possible to do a weekend round up without mentioning the fluffy, loveable elephant in the room that is Liverpool Music Week. Putting the questionable use of week rather than weeks in the title to one side for a second, you’re quite literally spoilt for choice for dark, dingy and sweaty rooms to stand/dance in whilst listening to any genre of music du jour your finely-coiffed scenester head can dream up.

The big draw this weekend, for me at least, is the appearance of American bluesman – “song and dance man” to his friends – Seasick Steve at the Olympia this Saturday. But it's sold out, so why go on about it. But the kind organisers of Liverpool Music Week have put on a fair few free gigs for your enjoyment. Saturday night sees the Bumper play host to Northampton’s finest Maps with support from Run Toto Run and the wonderfully-entitled Balloons, among others. Sunday night’s offering comes in the form of Ruby Jean & The Thoughtful Bees + support at Ink and fun and frolics headed by Grammatics at Bumper. Excellent music, cheap-ish, free-flowing booze? Sounds like my idea of a perfect weekend.

Just pleased to see you
Oyé Touring and Trading are not just for Sefton Park African festivals in the summer, they are for the dark nights at The Picket too. This Sunday they are excited to be presenting a true king ofJamaican reggae and pioneer of dancehall – Yellowman. With a careerspanning 30 years, few Jamaican artists can claim to have had such animpact worldwide as the legendary DJ who has won audiences overwith his sharp, humorous lyrics and infectious riddims.

He apparently made his name by inverting the abuse often inflicted on his albino condition in Jamaica, and on tales of his sexual prowess; King Yellowman (King something else to his friends) became an unlikely sex symbol, and in the eighties was seen as the biggest star in Jamaican music following the death of Bob Marley in 1981.

*Yellowman and the Sagitarius Band, The Picket, Jordan St, Liverpool
£10 ADV / £15 ON THE DOOR / 08444 77 1000 / Dr Herman’s, Bold St, Liverpool

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