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Something for the Weekend / 9-11 November

Phil Redmond, male strippers, winter lights and art. Admittedly not all at the same time, but what more could you want?

Published on November 11th 2007.

Something for the Weekend / 9-11 November

One for SAD sufferers
Once upon a time there was a young man fed up with the rain and dark nights so he prayed for some festive light installations.

The Lord came down from Heaven and delivered the goods. "Let there be light" he said. And behold there was light.

The lights lit up Kirkdale, Kensington and Garston. Liverpool was a happy place. The lights pleased everyone so much that God, or rather the Liverpool Biennial people, promised he would perform a similar act every two years. And so it is so. The Winter Lights, designed by French artist Franck Scurti, were switched on last night, just in time for the weekend.

Among them, three new neons will operate like a fruit machine and should be equally as dazzling. Don't be disappointed not to see oranges, lemons and cherries. No, instead, the reels will be an image of food, a body part and “a phrase taken from the local press”. The mind boggles.

One for the thinkers
Let your mouth and imagination run wild as The 2007 Festival of Free Thinking kicks off a weekend of debate and discussion.

Phil Redmond will be launching the festival and giving a talk about personal identity. See, it's not your average festival. Other city lights will talk about the point of university and Radio Three's The Verb will broadcast live with a talk about the lasting legacy of the book The Mersey Sound with music from the delightful Candi Payne.

There is also a Q&A session with Peter Butler, the pioneering surgeon who's preparing to perform the first ever face transplant in the UK. What does your face mean to you?

Don't tell me. You can never find someone on your intellectual wave length in Wetherspoons? Well, on Saturday you'll get the chance to speed date ten fellow thinkers in 30 minutes!

For a full event schedule click here.

One for the ladies
OK. So you're not a thinker. Who's bothered about David Cameron's spat with Gordon Brown this week? No, you are after some cheap, mindless and sordid entertainment of a different kind. Maybe some karaoke, some grub and a peruse of Stringfellow's new naughty range of gifts? The Royal Oak in Walton is hosting a ladies night, this evening, (Friday).. There's also a male stripper on at 8pm, as if that would sway your decision...

Stringfellow's Ladies Night
7pm (stripper at 8pm), The Royal Oak, County Road, Walton.. Ticket Only (£10) For info, ring 07903817909

One for the art lovers
Liverpool's long established artists' group, Arena, is holding its annual arts auction tonight (Friday). This year they have a fantastic selection of work by some talented local artists. Pick up an early Christmas present, meet some artistic types and walk away with some original art. It is an auction though, so just be careful when scratching your nose. Arena Art Auction @ 3345 Parr Street
Friday 9th November
Viewing from 5pm. Auction starts at 6pm

One for the bar flies
Director Bob Eaton, is back at The Royal Court with new comedy drama -Two. The play is written by Bolton author Jim Cartwright and the subject matter is something that should be dear to most of our hearts...The pub. In essence, it's the study of a northern pub complete with its eccentric customers and its warring landlord and wife. Sound familiar?

'Two' @ The Royal Court Theatre
November 8th - 24th
Royal Court box office 0870 787 1866

One for next week
Want to chew things over while you are studying that work of art? If so, the lovely people at Dot Art will be more than glad to accommodate you this coming Tuesday in the latest of their Eat Art events. This time they have teamed up with the stunning new city centre restaurant and hotel, Print, to bring delicious food in abundance while you learn all about the works of local artist John Sutherst.

In between the stupendous three courses with wine, the man himself will tell you all about his stuff. What a marvellous way to while away an evening in a splendid setting, and, of course, all the work is for sale.

Eat Art @ Print Hotel, Stanley Street, Liverpool.
Tuesday, 13th November, 6.30pm.
Tickets, £32, are available from 0845 0176660

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