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Weekend Larks (October 7-9)

Rocky and horror at the Kazimier; Steampunks in the tunnels; fear on the farm - hang on, has Halloween come early?

Published on October 7th 2011.

Weekend Larks (October 7-9)

'Weird baby-people'
BIG event number one this weekend is, as is often the case, at the Kazimier. A very special Psycho Motel event, in honour of Psycho Motel's late co-founder Sir Ann Goodknight. 

The theme this month is kinky/fetish/bondage, so don't go unless you are prepared to enjoy, in their words "plenty of transvetitism, dominatrices, gimps, furries and those weird baby-people, all turning up at the Motel and giving their sexy money to help with Sir Ann's favourite good cause".

ZombinaZombinaWho's playing? Zombina and the Skeletones (pictured right) the scariest rock & roll party band ever to come out from under your bed - something they do very rarely at the moment.

Plus The O'Fishel Jazz Band. Total jazz, not a rock band.  David Fishel, pianist and a former bigwig at the Liverpool Playhouse, was instrumental in putting together Bow Wow Wow with Malcolm Maclaren. Aye, them were the days, but he's mellowed now.

Plus El Toro and Rawbones and a load of DJs. It promises to be very special.

*Psycho Motel, Friday October 7, The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, 8pm-3am. Tickets £5 on the door or from Curious Orange Shop.

Carnival isn't over
AS far back as 1999 Carnival Liverpool was a night of clubbing rarity, enticing hundreds of would-be partygoers from all corners of the North West into a cavernous and darkly absurd extravaganza hosted deep within the walls at Cream. 

Enticed through the streets in a Pied Piper style parade, party goers were seduced by the rhythms of the Liverpool Samba School and its parade of dancers, fire eaters and stilt walkers/

Now for 2011, carnival creators extraordinaire Roger & Maeve Morris founders of the The Liverpool Carnival Company and the ‘Brazilica Festival’, together with Audio Voyeur, co-organiser and resident DJ of the ‘Misturado Collective, have are reintroducing Carneval to a new generation of enjoyment seekers.

Carnivalesque (main picture, top) brings together the mysterious and a “anything goes” ethos behind the original events and twists them into a modern day extravaganza. 

The first monthly event takes place upstairs at LEAF on Bold Street on Friday, to the live intoxicating rhythms of the Hat Band and exotic beats of DJ’s Roger Conga and Audio Voyeur; mixing Latin, Afrobeat, House, Funk, Dubstep and beyond.

*Carnevalesque, Friday October 7, Leaf on Bold Street, from 8.30pm, tickets £5 from door.

Empire looks back
Dismembered Empire is a piece of steampunk-themed music and theatre performance in Liverpool's Williamson Tunnels. Based on a parallel version of Liverpool, inspired by the renegades of the Industrial Revolution.

What's it about? Says the blurb: "Liverpool has become the centre for world trade and economic power. Certain infamous debate raging between two famous scientists, Tesla and Edison, has reached such significance it is ripping the Empire in two.

Dismembered EmpireDismembered Empire"The project is based on the time of the late Industrial Revolution – an important era for scientific, technological and socio-economic change. Inspired by real life renegades of Industrial Revolution Liverpool, such as Edward Rushton; poet, seafarer and abolitionist- the project’s title is taken from one of his poems. The audience can delve into this imagined world in many ways, this first show being a crucial event in the lives of our characters and the history of the re-imagined world."

 *Dismembered Empire, Friday, Sat 7th-8th  October. 7pm, rolling performances throughout the evening. Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, The Old Stable Yard, Smithdown Lane, L7 3EE. Tickets, £5.50  available online at: WeGotTickets or at the Williamson Tunnels Heritage centre.

Get off my land, or else
ANYONE with young children will know that Farmer Ted’s, up in Downholland, is a great place to go when you need a little rest on a couch with a magazine while they scamper about with the goats and llamas and leave you alone for a bit. 

Every autumn they transform the place into Farmageddon, more "scream park" than theme park and strictly for all ages. It’s an interactive horror experience where the whole palce is chock-full of of roaming zombies and creatures of the night.  Like Mathew Street on a Saturday evening, but with straw.

The park now contains three interactive horror houses; making the event even bigger, better and badder than ever.

For example: enter Psychosis and the organisers promise reality soon becomes the intruder. "Surrender your senses and prepare to lose your grip as slowly the torment unfolds... and takes your mind.

"One location, Three haunts, One Price...Your Life!" Yeah.

*Farmageddon, Farmer Teds, Omskirk. Nightly from Friday October 7, from 7pm, tickets from £15

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