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Weekend Roundup - 7/5/2010

Stacey Kent, secret Oxton, writing on the wall and bus stop comedy in Dave Thackeray's guide on all the glee to take you through till Monday night.

Published on May 7th 2010.

Weekend Roundup - 7/5/2010

Funny bus-iness
Mirth and mayhem takes on a double-decker duel in one of the undisputed highlights of this year's Liverpool Comedy Festival. Bus Stop Stand Up departs from the Royal Court on Sunday afternoon with top-flight, top-floor jesters riding rampant across the metropolis while gigging gags and leaving paying punters rolling in the aisles.

If you prefer your hilarity in one place, there's an abundance of venues citywide hosting legends and legends-to-be through to Sunday 16th May. Linger on the laughathon by taking your browser to liverpoolcomedyfestival.com.

*Liverpool Comedy Festival 2010, various venues across the city. Sunday May 9th: Bus Stop Stand Up, Royal Court, Roe Street, L1. Tickets £7.50, call 0870 787 1866 for availability.

Throwing open gates to all manner of extravagant horticultural delights... that's is the name of the game for 30 green-fingered goodhearts of beautiful Oxton on the Wirral who will be showing off their secret backyard flora this weekend.

Shambling serenades of colour abut majestic maelstroms of landscaped magic amid a beautiful conservation area, and it's a once-a-year treat to gallivant hither and thither in the name of Secret Oxton.

Bring the car (free parking) or better yet, jump aboard one of the vintage Birkenhead Corporation buses at Woodside Ferry Terminal for the 2 & 6 Oxton Circular running between 10am and 5pm.

All proceeds from the event - which also includes children's entertainment for mini Titchmarshes, and plenty of gardening advice on hand - to local charities.Secret Oxton, Oxton, Wirral.Sunday 9th May, 10am to 5pm. Tickets £7. More details at www.oxtonsociety.org.uk

Wall or nothing
In an age of cheap content, courtesy of the merciless merchants of disenchantment touting blogs by the million on the interwebs, what a refreshing victory for enlightenment to have the 10th year of dishing up quality prose, poetry, music and mooting among us courtesy of the Writing on the Wall festival.

Possessing such inspired alumni as Irvine Welsh, Howard Marx and of course, Jimmy McGovern, this two-week celebration of creativity takes over the

city to show us humble types what it takes to move and change people and worlds with the mighty pen. This year promises a diverse array of entertainment from graffiti exhibitions to pub crawls, readings to real music.

It all kicks off this Sunday at Studio 2 in Parr St with a launch party. Guests include award winning writer Pauline Melville, (Shapeshifter, The Ventriloquist Tale, Eating Air), poet Paul Farley, (The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You, Ice Age and Tramp in Flames) and WoW new writers. Music to dance to provided by Kinda-a-Blue featuring Radio Merseyside’s soul diva Mandy Smith.

Hosted by Julian Daniel.

Entry: £5/3 concessions

Writing on the Wall 2010, various venues across the city. More information at www.writingonthewall.org.uk Festival Launch Party, Studio 2, Parr Street, L1. Saturday 8th May from 8.30pm. Entry £5.

I don't like Mondays
OK, it's not technically the weekend, it's Monday, but you won't hear about it otherwise on here.

Jazz singer Stacey Kent turns up in Runcorn. Yes, the best-selling member of the Blue Note roster of recording artists, now boasts six best-selling albums, a string of awards, including the British Jazz Award, The BBC Jazz Award for 'Best Vocalist', and Album of the Year, as well as a fan base that enables her to sell-out concert halls around the world.

She is in Runcorn, on a Monday night. She needs your support.

Stacey's last album, 'Breakfast On the Morning Train', has gone ‘platinum’ in France and ‘gold’ in Germany, and was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award. Spring 2010 will see the release of Stacey’s eagerly anticipated new album on Blue Note.

"She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody's business,” says The Wall Street Journal. Time to speculate.

*Stacey Kent, Monday May 10. The Brindley, Runcorn. Tickets £18, £16 from 0151 907 8360 or book online at www.thebrindley.org.uk

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