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Weekend larks (May 4-6)

Bob the Builder, 10cc-ish, art on Penny Lane and May the fourth be with you

Written by . Published on May 4th 2012.

Weekend larks (May 4-6)

Can he fix it?
No, nothing to do with the elections last night, but kiddie favourite Bob the Builder.

To go to see a show somewhere where the stage isn’t even ready sounds like a bad idea, or would, if Bob the builder wasn’t there.

Will the theatre be finished? Will the show go on?  This task is set to be Bob’s biggest challenge yet and this time he needs your help to get it sorted. 

Join Bob and other favourites like Scoop, Muck, Dizzy, Roly and Wendy as they work together to build the set and stage for the grand opening of Fixham Theatre’s new show, directed by the world famous, one and only, Dickie Oliver! However, when mischievous scarecrow, Spud, decides he wants to be the star of the show things start to go downhill for the gang!

If these names mean nothing to you, don’t worry. Your kids will know, and, if you haven't got any, it might just be the ultimate surreal happening. 

Bob the Builder Fixes It, Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Sunday 6 May at 1.30pm and 4.30pm, tickets: Adults: £12, Children: £9, Family £35



The Things We Do For Love
Question: what do Axl Rose, Chris Evans, Chrissie Hynde, Huey Morgan, Sophie Ellis Bextor and at least 30 million other people around the world have in common?


Answer: they are all 10cc fans.

Unlike David Bowie, Queen, Elton John or Rod Stewart – all of whom they stood shoulder to shoulder with for a decade – Stockport's finest worked not on image or celebrity-status, but on pop hits that have stood the test of time.

Unfortunately, this touring incarnation does not include Eric Stewart or internationally acclaimed video makers Kevin Godley or Lol Creme who wrote most of the hits, or we might be there ourselves.

But nevermind, if you want to hear Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love, The Dean And I and The Wall Street Shuffle, all played live and with ownership, get along. It all ended when the Sex Pistols came along. Blimey.

10cc Live in Concert, Saturday 5th May, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, from 7.30pm, tickets from £26

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Cutts to the chase
Penny Lane Gallery regularly hangs artworks from leading musical names who have taken a turn to the visual, which can be bought  as well as gawped at. It also stages monthly live music and spoken word events.

Not to mention it’s founded by a native Liverpudlian Christine Colvin who sold her house to make her life-long dream of owning a gallery. That’s enviable dedication.

This weekend, you can culture yourself at the gallery by admiring some urban and abstract digital art by Paul Berry and John Cutts who are nothing much to do with the music business at all.

Landscape architect Cutts's long-standing interest in the “art of photography” has developed over time and is now being realised in his new web based gallery Where Art Now established in 2009. Working alongside founding partner and Liverpool-born photographer Paul Berry, Cutts uses simple compact cameras to capture his compositions, which are then re-worked digitally into a more ‘painterly’ style. Scenes are positioned in the dynamic intersection of the two art forms.

“31”, Penny Lane Gallery, All Weekend, Free Entry

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Geek to the beat
Here's another chance to wear that Star Trek uniform again without people pointing and laughing as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra offers you a chance to geek it up big style.

This weekend it boasts a fantastic adventure through Time And Relative Dimensions In Space as their very own Time Lord Alasdair Malloy has close encounters with out of this world favourites from large and small screens.

The programme includes music from Dr Who, a musical tribute to Star Trek, as well as music from Star Wars. Mankind’s giant leap is remembered and we pay a visit to our nearest planetary neighbour with amovement from Holst’s Planets Suite.

Come in your best outer space gear for a truly intergalactic experience and meet all your favourite Dr Who and Star Wars characters. Bring your kids as well, as this event is child friendly, with a instrument petting zoo and permission to fidget.

Science Fiction Classics, Sunday 6th May, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, from 1.30pm tickets from £6.

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Steve ZodiacMay 4th 2012.

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