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Heather Smith's weekend whirl

Bag a vintage fashion prize then salsa, via Les Dennis, over the water to enjoy the rites of string. It's a-happening

Published on May 7th 2009.

Heather Smith's weekend whirl

Vintage point
The “Affordable Vintage Fashion Fair” comes to Liverpool this Saturday afternoon, a must event in the diary for the credit crunched clothes horse.

More than 40 stalls will be pitching up at the event, now in its fourth year, which has come to be heralded by committed clothes-hunters in cities countrywide.

The idea is that top national and local vintage retailers gather to showcase their finest, formerly treasured togs, and forward them on to second, third, sometimes fourth or even fifth owners. Rare gems and generational hand-me-downs passed on at a decent price. And they won't even smell.

Go and browse for something unusual, or something you wish you'd never given away the first time around.

*Vintage Fashion Fair, the Engine Room, LJMU Student Union, Maryland Street, Sat 9th May, 11am-4pm, for more information, visit www.vintagefair.co.uk

Back to Bacchus
Sometimes there's simply nothing better than spending Sunday afternoon relaxing in the garden. But it doesn't have to be your own with just your dibber for company.

This weekend the Ness Botanic gardens will become the petal and people-packed performance space for Manchester's Bacchus String Quartet.

Settle down among the plants, such as the distinctive Primula Bulleyana and listen to the stringers perform jazz and songs from the shows as well as the odd popular classic.

Should the wind refuse to die down, in a meteorological sense, the music will relocate indoors to the garden's Horsfall Rushby visitor centre.

*Bacchus String Quartet, Ness Gardens, Sun 10th May, 2pm, admission cost to the gardens applies, for more information call 0151 353 0123

Queen of Latino
It's not every day that "London's Queen of Salsa" comes to town for a gig with her unrivalled Latin American dance band. On the march it is then to Roscoe Street's El Rincon Latino this Friday night.

LQoS herself, also known as Adriana Santana (there she is holding her maracas aloft) is the voice of Palenke, the quirky quintet that have been encouraging bodies to ripple on dance floors around the capital for quite some time. We're talking almost 20 years. These guys know what they're doing.

Resident DJs will be on hand to fill the gaps with a bit of merengue here and a bit of reggaeton there when necessary. A salsational evening guaranteed for all.

*Palenke, El Rincon Latino, Roscoe St/Oldham St, Sat 9th May, 9pm, tickets £8 / £6, call 0151 709 1177, or visit www.elrinconlatino.co.uk

Oh Soppitt
Les Dennis may have left Buttons behind with Cilla and co. but he is back on stage as Herbert Soppitt, leading the Playhouse's production of JB Priestley 1930s comedy classic, When We Are Married.

Three couples, who were married on the same day, hook up to celebrate their silver wedding anniversaries. Thanks to the photographer, who likes his drink, a few home truths come about which make the past quarter century of ‘holy matrimony,’ a complete farce.

Expect light-hearted laughs all around as the petty pretend snobbish types are ridiculed to a pulp.

*When We Are Married, Playhouse theatre, until Sat 23rd May, tickets £14-£20, call 0151 709 4776 to book.

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