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Something For The Weekend – July 20-22

It's raining, it's pouring, but JK Rowling's happy. Check out what else is happening on your patch with Ben Patey

Published on July 23rd 2007.

Something For The Weekend – July 20-22

Bit of a Brouhaha
It's that time of year again. The Brouhaha International Street Festival is upon us, launching with a dazzling multicultural showcase at the Philharmonic Hall tonight. Over 200 artists and performers from around the world, including Japanese hip hop, Russian street theatre and Ukrainian stilt walkers will be showing up to entertain you.

The festival itself lasts three weeks, and will feature dancers, acrobats and musicians from everywhere you can think of and some you can't.

The festival will also feature international cuisine and a range of multicultural entertainment.
Highlights include the Bootle Carnival on July 28, a street parade in the city centre on August 4, and, on the same day, a special concert in Princes Park, which will star none other than reggae icons Aswad. But more of that later.......

*Brouhaha opening ceremony, Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, tonight (Friday). £5 (£3 children & concessions). Call 0151 709 3334.

Wild about Harry
You'd be an absolute mug (gle) not to fly down to Waterstones in Bold Street this Friday night for there is a sirus-ly (you're fired, ed) magical night in store for Harry Potter fans.

Waterstones has a real fondness for the boy wizard. As well as the traditional Potter Parties they are putting on in their stores, they recently started an online petition in an attempt to prolong the series.

But first, to celebrate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hitting the shelves at £17.99, there is a night of enchanting entertainment going on in the shop here. Expect Quidditch games, prizes for best dressed wizards and witches and people attempting to hex each other with their makeshift wands after the Newington closes.

Otherwise, go to Asda and buy a copy for a fiver and the nice checkout lady will scan it with her own makeshift “wand”. It's your call.

*Harry Potter book, everywhere, all weekend. Price: It depends

See Dean for free!
Meanwhile, back at the Phil, there is a night of opera and arias in aid of St Joseph's Hospice tomorrow night (Saturday).

Dean Sullivan, the host, alerts us to this in a round robin email to all those who signed up to go to his 50-again party.

Tickets for the charity night were meant to be £16, but now they are giving them away free. Yes free.

The gala features the RLPO plus Rosa Mannion, Amanda Roocroft (Olivier Award Winner, pictured) Andrew Greenan and Paul Charles Clarke performing stuff from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly and some Gershwin and Gilbert & Sullivan. The Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust will perform selections from West Side Story and Les Miserables.

So don't be churlish. It's Saturday night, you could do with a bit of culture in your life. So just go will yer.

*Opera Gala, Saturday July 21, Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street. Call 0151 709 3789.

Brookie again
Those ex-Brookside stars continue doing their bit on Sunday, over at the Unity in Hope Place. This time, Simon O'Brien is reunited with actress Gillian Kearney (remember Damon and Debbie?) to host an evening of music, comedy and performance poetry with a whole host of creative talent including Hoof!, Big Wow and the dub poet Levi Tafari. What a line up!

All proceeds from the event will be used to buy shoes for children in Lusaka, Zambia and help the “Bare Feet Story'” raise awareness of HIV and allow children from Zambia's capital to create, play, laugh and learn.

*Bare Feet Story, Sunday July 22,. Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool 1. £25.00 (buys five pairs of shoes), £10.00 concessions (buys 2 pairs of shoes) 0151 709 4988.

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