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The weekend what-to-do (Jan 22-24)

Circus hits town, Billy and Wally, 2,000 tonnes of soil in arena and comedy all over the shop, from Joseph Viney

Published on January 22nd 2010.

The weekend what-to-do (Jan 22-24)

Send in the clowns
RESIDENTS and outsiders alike say that Liverpool is full of clowns. Harry Enfield’s notorious Scousers routine only served the notion that we all wear fuzzy wigs for a living. Now’s the time to put those theories to the test.

This Friday, the Black-E will play host to No Fit State Circus, a contemporary circus group stemming from Cardiff. They are presenting the public with the chance to spectate and participate in a very special circus show.

For those of you who find a clowns just a tiny bit horrifying, there is no need to fear. Expect lithe people back-crunching, feats of derrring-do, and not a nervous looking man trapped in a lion’s cage with a chair and whip.

The whole event is choreographed by Firenza Guidi. Stewards will help guide the public on a journey through the venue where adults and children alike will enjoy all sorts of wonders, from music, visual arts, and circus performances.

*Show starts from 7pm. Tickets, £7 adults, £5 concessions, £14 families, available from The Black-E, Great Georges St and News From Nowhere on Bold Street.Take A Walk On The Wild Side @ The Black-E, Gt George's St, – Friday 22nd January.

Plum position
THE thought of veteran duo Billy and Wally bring back memories of slow Sunday afternoons at my nan’s house, the smell of a cooking roast dinner lingering in the air.

Made famous by their BBC Radio Merseyside show Hold Your Plums, Billy and Wally bring their third annual variety show to Crosby Civic Hall.

The show features Ricky Arron, Britain’s seminal Elvis Presley tribute act who is fresh from a run in a successful Elvis musical (what else?).

Elsewhere on the musical front, Colin Gibson, the so-called “...terrific Nat King Cole sound-alike”

Other acts include local comedians Billy Shine and Bobby Kaye and vocalist Billy Myers, who pays tribute to the late David Alexander (“One of the greatest singers to come out of Wales...” according to his wife) in a show is headlined by magician Stephen Williams.

If anyone offers to hold your plums...run a mile.

*Billy Butler and Wally Scott’s Variety Show @ Crosby Civic Hall, Crosby Road North, Crosby – Saturday 23rd January. Tickets £10 from 0151 928 1919.

Throbbing metal
I don’t know about you but I’ve always associated supercross biking with dirty fields in Stoke and the graveyard slot on the Eurosport channel.

Turns out this is not the case at all. Either it’s been popular all of this time or it’s a sudden thing, but British Supercross is accelerating towards the Echo Arena this Saturday.

Over 2,000 tonnes of Liverpool’s soil will be transported and sculpted into a high calibre, world class race course. Where's it been sitting? With the grit?

It’s a global battle, pitting the best bikers from Britain, the US and Canada against one another in the Supercross World Championship.

Also on the bill are events featuring the youth and amateur classes. If motorsports is your thing (and you’re sick of hacks like Max Mosely and Flavio Briatorie dominating the motor scene) then you’ll no doubt love this. Those after a cheap thrill and the roar of an engine will no doubt love it too....and not an L-plate in sight!

*British Supercross @ Echo Arena – Saturday 23rd January. Tickets £31/£36 for adults & £21/£26 for children. For more information see www.echoarena.com

Comedy tonight (and Saturday)
LOCAL small-scale comedy is something there needs to be more of. Any given night of the week you can see any two-bob three-chord fools half-arsing it at any venue across the land. Not enough time is devoted to the art (and it is an art!) of stand-up comedy.

So let’s all give praise to the Slaughterhouse who have established their weekend comedy nights as must-see events.

Attracting comedians of a decent calibre with various TV appearances under their belt, its cosy(ish) atmosphere and up-for-it crowd are a blessing in an otherwise samey night scene in Liverpool.

This week sees slots from Sarah Millican (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock The Week), Daliso Chaponda (The World Stands Up) and Addy Borg all expressing their viewed and perhaps perverted views on the world.

As an added incentive the Slaughterhouse is offering 2-for-1 on all bottled beers on Saturday night. The “less inhibited” you are the easier the comedian’s job is.

* Laughterhouse @ Slug & Lettuce (Friday 22nd) & The Slaughterhouse (Saturday 23rd). Booking line 0151 227 5946.

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