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Weekend Larks: September 9-11

Beverley Knight and the return of the Mersey River Festival; Elbow Jane, Andy Irvine and remembering 9/11

Written by . Published on September 8th 2011.


Weekend Larks: September 9-11

Messing about on the river
THIS summer’s series of On the Waterfront events has certainly been impressive. Highlights included doing strange things to the front of the Liver Building and the mighty RLPO in mighty concert. This week has seen the QE3 and next Thursday the Queen Mary 2 comes breezing in.

In the meantime, this weekend there is a huge celebration of all things naughty. Oh, ok then, nautical, down at the Pier Head and environs.

The fleet's lit upThe fleet's lit upOn Saturday and Sunday, the Mersey River Festival will return after a six year absence. Expect aerobatic displays, diving demos, burly firemen, tall ships malarkey and an open air concert by Beverley Knight, for it is she.

Then there are sea shanties, Beatles tribute bands, obviously, street theatre and a bistro village at the Pier Head.

Afraid your newspaper will blow away on the choppy Mersey breeze? Weigh it down with a couple of those Old Spot pork pies from the farmers’ market. They will be salivating with envy on the decks of those Cunard boats.

*Waterfront Festival, 8th - 15th September 2011, Albert Dock, Free Event. Check it out here 


That's what friends are for
AWARD-winning production company Organised Chaos is behind this weekend’s theatre blast.

All Because Of MollyAll Because Of MollyAll Because of Molly had its first public airing as a reading at last year’s 24:7 Theatre Festival. It draws out the story of Jaime and Casey, and the memories of their unlikely relationship – from its birth in playground adversity, the trials of teenage years and university separation, adulthood and the dating game – in "a provocative play that invites us to contemplate the essence of friendship and our own relationships".

The play has been praised so much by critics that it either has to be insanely good or they are all gorging deliriously on some crazy, fat, secret payroll. You choose.

*All Because of Molly, Friday-Saturday  September 9-10, The Lantern Theatre, Blundell Street, L3. Tickets from £7.50.


In remembrance of 9/11
WHERE were you when it happened? It’s been a whole decade.

Liverpool Cathedral is hosting a multi-faith service to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, while a film at St Luke’s takes a different look indeed.

Think, Unite, Act, organised by human rights and development organisation Rights and Humanity, will take place this Sunday at the Anglican cathedral. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the event in recognition of its American counterparts who lost their lives in the twin towers attack.

Man on a WireMan on a WireLater, the bombed out church on Leece St is showing Man on Wire - a documentary by James Marsh about tighhtrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between the twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." 

In the film there is no mention  of the destruction of the World Trade Center: "I didn’t want to get into the Twin Towers falling down; that felt like a whole other story and had nothing to do with what Philippe did. I resisted that easily. I had no desire to make some crass association with 9/11. I wanted to reclaim the memory of the towers to something else, albeit just for the duration of the film."

*Multi-faith event to remember 9/11, Liverpool Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool 1. Sunday September 11, from 5.30pm, free event.

*Man on a Wire, St Luke’s bombed out church, Sunday September 11, 8pm £2 entry. Dress warmly. 


Diddly diddly time
WIRRAL'S Elbow Jane have been called one of the most infectious folk outfits in the UK today.

Elbow JaneElbow JaneThe five-piece band’s mix of bouzouki, mandolins, guitars, piano and percussion is complemented by expressive vocals and harmonies. From thought provoking self-penned songs to Interpretations of the world’s best songsmiths – they’ll make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting more.

The band is joined by Andy Irvine, of the great Irish singers whose voice is one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself".

*Elbow Jane and Andy Irvine, Saturday  September 10, Floral Pavilion Theatre & Conference Centre, New Brighton, from 7.30pm, tickets £15. 0151 666 0000

 

 

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