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Your weekend threesome (March 11-13)

Wizards of Twiddly play John Barry Night, plus The Phantom Band and wag show

Published on March 14th 2011.


Your weekend threesome (March 11-13)

Be shaken, be stirred
LOUIS Armstrong was quite wrong when he sang We Have All The Time in The World. It was one of his last recordings.

However, the song, from the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, did live twice.

It became a worldwide hit decades later, after featuring in a Guinness advert. In turn it propelled its writer, movie-themes genius John Barry, to fame with a new, global audience.

Not only has it been covered by My Bloody Valentine and Iggy Pop, but We Have All The Time in The World has subsequently become the third most popular song to be played at a wedding. File under “repent at leisure”.

Sadly just a few weeks ago, it was time for Barry himself to go where the sun keeps shining, through the pouring rain.

This Saturday, a chance to say goodbye properly, with a John Barry Night at The Kazimier.

Apart from the exciting fact that the fantastic, almost-legendary Wizards of Twiddly (main pic) will be playing a rare live gig, featuring brand new arrangements of Barry classics along with mystery vocalists, the event will feature films, frocks, Bond villains, cocktails and cabaret.

Want more? There will be comedy, beat poetry from the heart of The Midnight Cowboy, the Domino Girls, the Roger Moore eyebrow competition, The Ipcress Vial, Miss Moneypenny's Confessions, in bed with Bond, special Barry dance re-mixes and, for all we know, pussies galore.

For as Lulu never sang: Is that a powerful weapon, Mr Bond, or are you just pleased to see me?

*John Barry Night featuring The Wizards of Twiddly, Saturday March 12, The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool L1. Eight till late. Tix £4.

Breed all about it
One place where there won’t be a pussy in sight, although plenty of wags, is Potter’s Barn this Saturday.

For instead of Crufts, the Crosby Ranger Service are staging Ruffts, a fun dog show where you don’t need a pedigree to enter.

Categories include Best Six Legs, Lookalike and Waggiest Tail. It’s our sort of dog gig, especially as jumping through hoops of fire is promised.

There will also be free microchipping and health checks for your pooch.

Ruffts fun dog show, Potters Barn, Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Saturday, March 12, 1pm. Free. 0151 934 2932.

Phant-astic day
“The Phantom Band are a volatile cabal of creative contradictions: a disorientating amalgam of music, art and performance that defies categorisation and provides an object lesson in how to forge something distinct and unique from well-worn sources.”

It says here.

Actually they sound a bit electro-bop to us. That's them, above.

Nothing wrong with that, but. The Phantom Band are from Glasgow and this Friday, those inventive music promoters Harvest Sun, bring them to The Bluecoat to play tunes that are a bit clearer than the above description. And very good they are too.

They are joined by Found, another Scottish quintet playing experimental folk-pop, and the lovely and lush By The Sea.

Harvest Sun and co-promoters Evol are among the few bringing original acts to the city, in all manner of wacky venues. Well, OK, not the Bluecoat, obviously, but what better excuse to get the pristine School Lane venue a bit sweatier than by bouncing off the walls with some good live acts on a Friday night?

*The Phantom Band, Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, L1. Tix, £8 from usual ticket sites, and at the Bluecoat. 0151 702 5324.

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