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Something for the weekend – 12/10/07

A completely random look at what's happening in your favourite city over the next couple of days

Published on October 12th 2007.

Something for the weekend – 12/10/07

Latin quarters
Following the huge success of the UK and Brazilian fused Trocabrahma festival, The New Picket once again pay host to all things Latin. Fiesta Latina is a three-day event that celebrates South American culture through dance, live music and crafts, beginning on Friday night where you can hear Columbian reggae, rumba and Afro-Cuban music.

On Saturday there’s more of the same, highlights coming from Del Norte - a 12- piece ensemble that features musicians from Chile, Colombia, Cuba and the UK.

Sunday’s finale takes place in the Alima Centre, in Sefton Street, and it’s a good one for the family. Latin American food, games and workshops in music and dance all feature. If this wasn’t enough, children will also get the chance to create their own carnival head-dress or mask which could also possibly double up as rather nifty Halloween costume. It’s a win win, nevertheless, and because it’s Dia de la Famila (family day or something like that), it’s all totally free!

Fiesta Latina @ The New Picket, 61 Jordan Street, Friday 12 October and Saturday 13 October 9pm-2am £7 / £5 concs). Sunday 14 October 1pm-5pm, Alima Centre, 35 Sefton Street, L8, FREE. 0151 709 1177

S'now wonder
Regarded by many as the scariest story in the world, making even adults shudder at the childhood memory, The Snow Queen is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s darkest fairy tales. It tells of a girl, Gerda, who rescues her young friend, Kay, from the cluthes of a queen who has created eternal winter.

The tale has previously before been adapted for film, television and the stage but now, it shall be performed as a ballet. Behind the adaption is the critically acclaimed choreographer Michael Corder, himself a former dancer with the Royal Ballet.

Throw together over 60 dancers from the English National ballet, add a few dazzling costumes and a full orchestra and the results can’t fail to impress. We have also been informed that you don’t have to know your pirouette from your arabesque to appreciate the show's cerebral qualities. S’no wonder people are raving about the show.

The Snow Queen @ The Liverpool Empire, Until Sunday 14 October, £8-30. Tikcets on 0870 606 3536

Much Ado About Shakespeare
Much-admired Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance co-directs and stars in “I am Shakespeare” at the Playhouse this weekend.

Rylance plays Frank Charlton, a schoolteacher obsessed with the notion that Shakespeare didn’t actually write all of the stuff he's cracked up to have done - but then if he didn't, who did?

In a bizarre twist of events (a lightning storm and the collective subconsciousness of the internet) Frank finds himself confronted with the real William Shakespeare. With a co-actor and director who's worked with Morecambe and Wise, and an art director who's worked on Lord of the Rings, “I am Shakespeare” promises to entertain, no holds bard.

“I am Shakespeare” @ Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square. Fri-Sat 12-13 October, 7:30pm. £8 – £19.50. 0151 709 4776 www.everymanplayhouse.com

Face Value
To celebrate the launch of new Pixar film Ratatouille, world face painting leaders (!) Snazaroo, will be offering free sessions for kids at the Switch Island Odeon Cinema in Liverpool this Saturday, meaning even after the film has ended the kids will be amused, even if you will have to buy a giant bottle of extra strength Nivea to get “Rory the Tiger” removed from them later on.

Ratatouille is the story of Remy, a rat living in Paris who dreams of becoming a chef - this to the distaste of his family and the obvious problem of him being a rat in a profession that usually doesn’t take too kindly to rodents.

Odeon General Manager, Phil Westhead quipped, “Ratatouille is set to be the biggest cinema release of the autumn and so we want to have all the right ingredients.”

I once ate ratatouille and was sick. The film is meant to be a right hoot though and face painting as well? You can’t really ask for more.

Free face painting @ Switch Island Odeon for Ratatouille. Saturday 13 October. 2.30pm-6pm.

Compiled by Ben Patey

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