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Something for the weekend 16-18 November

Jazz, Christmas lights, sausages and more things to chew over, presented by Ben Patey

Published on July 18th 2008.

Something for the weekend 16-18 November

Jam and jazz
A few weeks ago, we informed you of the jazzy Sunday happenings in Cafe Eros at the National Conservation Centre. You get culture, coffee and cake, plus cool jazz sounds from either the magnificent Martin Smith-Trumpet or from Tony! Tony! Tony!. How could you resist?

This Sunday 20 nimble toed Liverpool Confidential readers could not only be taking in some tunes from the three wise men that are Tony Dolman, Tony Doyle and Tony Judge, but also eating a free Sunday brunch worth £5. If you fancy it, get yourself down to the Conservation Centre on Sunday morning and quote Liverpool Confidential Jazz Offer at the information desk. If you are in the first 20 you will receive your voucher. It's first come first served on the vouchers, so be there 10am pronto to stand a chance. Who ever said there was no such thing as a free brunch?

Jazz & Brunch @ Cafe Eros, the National Conservation Centre, Whitechapel, Sunday 11th November. 10am for vouchers. Brunch @ high noon.

Market values
For the next few Sundays, Croxteth Hall is hosting a Christmas Craft Market which offers shoppers the experience of buying scented candles and nice things in the imposing surroundings of the pile once owned by the Earl of Sefton. Tis almost the season to be jolly, so paint a smile on your face and freeze your assets off here and everywhere else by buying stuff you know you can't really afford.

And while we're on the subject, diss the supermarket this Sunday and get along to Hope Street Farmers Market where all manner of fresh and local produce will be on sale. It's a case of use it or lose it with the Hope Street market which is every third Sunday of the month. Say hello to veggie growers Bill and Freda Neale, as well as the Anglesey butchers who will treat you to the best pork and leek sausages on the planet.

Christmas Craft Market @ Croxteth County Park, West Derby, L12. Sunday 18th, 9am-5pm. 0151 233 6838.
Hope Street Farmers Market, Hope Street, L1. from early til about 1pm.

Let there be light
Christmas isn't really Christmas in Liverpool until the lights have been turned on by Mel C and someone from X-Factor.

With the Spice Girls currently touring, it's down to former Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton to do the honours this time, flanked by scouse boyband Eton Road, this year's X-Factor factor.

The event starts at 5pm and also features performances from Sean Walsh, The Notre Dame School Choir and some lovely fireworks in the shape of Christmas trees. As soon as those lights are turned on, it's nearly Christmas, whether you're ready for it or not.

Liverpool Christmas Lights @ St Georges Hall, Lime Street. Sunday 18th November, 5pm

Lesque me entertain you...
Since starting off as a one-day event in 2000, The DaDa fest has developed into the biggest festival for disability and deaf arts in the UK. It showcases the cream of disabled and deaf artists through the medium of art, comedy, writing, theatre, poetry, photography, music and burlesque. Yes, burlesque.

This Sunday, The New Picket will be hosting a very special event. DaDa aims to break down taboos surrounding all areas of art and performance, sexuality in disability performances being no difference.

DaDaFest Creative Director Ruth Gould says, "This is the seventh DaDaFest and as ever it mixes artists from the regions disability & deaf communities with artists of international stature. It's a great celebration for those of us proud to be disabled or deaf and a reminder that we are artists with fantastic and vibrant arts skills and talents. Remember that Beethoven Renoir, Monet, and a great many other masters were disabled people , plus Reynolds, Goya and even Steve McQueen were deaf people!"

DaDaLesque: Burlesque night @ The New Picket, 61 Jordan Street, L3. Click here for full events schedule.

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