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Weekend happenings (May 14-16)

Doctor Who author hits town, plus Bonnie Greer, Jinx Lennon and Rage Against the Machine's favourite Facebooker. Compiled by Dave Thackeray

Published on May 14th 2010.

Weekend happenings (May 14-16)

'Dalek' we love you
THE Contemporary Urban Centre. Big on the outside, and, like a TARDIS, even bigger on the inside.

This Saturday, Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman, who was nearly-Hugo-Award-winner for his 'Dalek' episode (the one in which it turned all soft after absorbing Rose Tyler's DNA) kicks the Writing on the Wall festival into “seek, locate annihilate” mode.

An established radio and theatrical playwright, Shearman has worked with Alan Ayckbourn, had a play produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and has received several international awards for his work.

He will be reading from his latest fantastical short story collection, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical. Be there, or be exterminated, they say.

*Weekend of Words: Love Songs for Daleks, Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, L1. Saturday May 15, 4pm. £3/£2 concessions.

Pants to Cowell
Now Simon Cowell for PM doesn't seem such a ridiculous concept to swallow. But it wasn't always this way: just a few months ago his manufactured fame machine was under question as the silent majority gave him a bloody nose by ousting his 'guaranteed' Christmas Number One from the top spot in favour of a forgotten Rage Against The Machine track.

Cometh the music, cometh the men on Saturday early evening as a bunch of chordal types discuss the impact of what this sort of prankery actually means for the music industry.

John Morter – the man behind the Facebook viral which saw Killing In The Name Of... get to the festive top spot - is joined by Don Letts. The Farm's gaffer Kevin Sampson and Martin O'Shea, Atomic Kitten's manager, for a fascinating bit of banter curated by The Picket's chief Philip Hayes. And someone on calling themselves Fergal Sharkey is expected to be in the audience, too.

NB: There's a Legends gig later at The Picket starring Levi Tafari, The Beat and Don Letts. Tickets for both events have a combined price of £18/£10 concessions.

*From Generation X to X Factor: Real Music Lost in the Mix? Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, L1. Saturday May 15, from 6pm. Tickets £6 from the Philharmonic Hall Box Office on 0151 709 3789.

Ready for a BarackingSharp-talking Bonnie Greer moots the validity of Mr Obama as the world's most powerful man in the final segue of the Rebel Rants programme, produced again by Writing on the Wall.

Never one to shirk the issues Greer, Late Review regular, deputy chairman of the British Museum and woman of stoic countenance as sparring partner to the BNP's Nick Griffin on 'that' episode of Question Time, examines the impact of America's 44th President during his first year in office.

"Obama – Is he doing it?" A Rebel Rant with Bonnie Greer, Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, L1. Friday May 14, 7.30pm. £8/£5 from the Philharmonic Hall Box Office on 0151 709 3789.

Crazy name, crazy guy
It's never a dull, straight bat at Static, which is why we like it and this Friday you can challenge your 'drums with a parade of the unapologetically original.

Jinx Lennon - part punk folk poet troubadour, part gospel music energy preacher draws from a far wider field of influences and has been lauded by Irish legend Christy Moore thus: “For me the best songwriter in the country at the moment is Jinx Lennon, and he matters.”

There's is nothing diddly-diddly about Jinx, “One of Ireland's greatest living storytellers….Nobody can listen to Jinx Lennon and not be affected,” says Connected magazine. He is supported by the marvellous Emily Lansley (she of the Faves) and joined on stage by Miss Paula Flynn and her velvet undertones.

Speaking of which, maybe Fergal Sharkey will make it a weekend and turn up at this too.

*Jinx Lennon + Miss Paula Flynn with support from Emily Lansley (from Emily and the Faves). Static, 23 Roscoe Lane, L1. Friday 14 May. £5, pay on the door.

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