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Weekend larks (Jan 6-Jan 8, 2012)

We have unearthed a gig, jazz and Matisse, a suburban nightclub and a theatre comedy. It wasn't easy

Written by . Published on January 5th 2012.

Weekend larks (Jan 6-Jan 8, 2012)

Martin Smith and his Quartet at the Walker Art Gallery this Sunday

From usher with love
WHEN an actor is taken ill halfway through a show’s run and there is no understudy available. What can you do?

You could ring Jimmy Corkhill, or, like the Royal Court, you go one even cheaper and turn to the staff list of usherettes.

It helps when you see the name of Jamie Hampson – star of the recent production of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Little-Scouse-On-The-Prairie-At-The-Royal-Court-263056252Little Scouse On The PrairieRachel Rae, who plays the part of Donna Marie, fell ill with an ear infection over the New Year. With packed houses every night for Fred Lawless’s latest comedy, Little Scouse On The Prairie, things were looking bleak. Then Jamie stepped in.

Having only picked up a script at midday on Tuesday, she was on stage at 8pm performing to a packed house, says the Court.

Jamie said: “Rachel is a good mate of mine so I hope that she gets better soon but in the meantime I’m made up to be filling in for her. I was texting James from front of house to cancel my shifts so I could perform.”

Jamie did the first show with a script in hand but was gone by her third performance. She will continue in the role until next week.

Want to see her, before she goes? This weekend then. It’s had great reviews.

*Little Scouse On The Prairie, directed by Bob Eaton,  Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. Fri/Sat January 6/7 and until January 21. Tickets are available from £12. Visit www.royalcourtliverpool.com or call 0870 787 1866

Tangerine dream – but in Greenbank
Named after the famous 1940s gaff in London, the Tangerine Club in Mossley Hill is there for those who have grown out of clubbing yet need to get into da groove.  You need to be over 25 to qualify.  

MotownSupremely smoothThis Friday, Soulman ‘Sugar’ Deen is the guest artist giving you all his sweet soul sounds and DJ Macca Khan is there playing classic soul and Motown, as they do on the first Friday of every month. This one marks the club’s first birthday.

Set between Greenbank and Sefton Park the Tangerine Club is far from the madding crowds of town, but close to what it calls the “more chilled ones among us”.

The best thing about a club in the suburbs is that you can leave the car keys at home. Unless you don't want to, that is.

*Soulful Birthday Bash, The Tangerine Club, Greenbank Lane, Friday January 6,  from 8pm, tickets £5

Young, gifted and talented
Like Santa’s elves, all the big music names scatter like cockroaches in January, and high profile gigs are as scarce as sunlight.

393516_290150867689496_144818445556073_730904_54889661_NPublic OverloadBut if your need for live music remains great, The Picket will always provide.

It’s had its fair share of Elvis Costello, Travis, The Wombats, Wu Tang Clan and Joss Stone-types on its roster down the years, but that's not all The Picket does. The platform for emerging talent is at the core of what they do and although, this Saturday, the listing might be slightly less starry, get over yourself.

Upcoming bands Public Overload, Flying With Style, Midnight Playground, Paper Castles and Entropy hit the stage for your partying pleasure and promise to leave no one out in the cold. 
*Bands at the Picket, Jordan Street, Saturday January 7, from 7pm, tickets £5

Jazz you like it
NML’s coolest marketing person, Claire Rider, came up with the idea of sticking cool live jazz and swing on in various galleries on Sundays, as a way of drawing people in.

That was three years ago, it worked, and bands are still plucking and blowing away, at least in the Walker, while visitors contemplate Gilbert and George.

Right now, the Walker is showing art books by Henri Matisse (1869-1954), on public display for the first time in the UK. The exhibition comprises 63 framed original illustrations with text from four of Matisse’s most significant books, including his famous 'Jazz' (1947), one of the most celebrated tomes in the history of modern art.

Cue the excellent and talented Martin Smith Quartet (pictured top), in the gallery itself.

It’s mood music, people, but no vigorous swinging allowed. For that, we refer you back to the second item about the car keys.

*Jazz at the Walker, Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Sunday January 8 from 1pm, free entry.

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