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Something for the weekend - 29/6/07

What's happening in Big Dig Planet over the next couple of days? Ben Patey fills you in

Published on June 28th 2007.

Something for the weekend - 29/6/07

Distant drums
It’s fast approaching July and the sun still hasn’t bothered to make an adequate appearance. Upsettingly, even more rain is forecast for the weekend but, fear not SAD sufferers and fellow rain haters, the sunbed isn’t the only feelgood fallback.

Not only has MEET, on Bold Street, recently launched Bar Brazil, but The Picket, in New Bird Street, is also staging its monthly Latin/Brazilian carnival this Friday (tonight) from 10pm with Roger Conga, Carnival DJs, percussion from Liverpool Samba School, plus jugglers, fire-eaters, performance artists and scantily clad women as standard.

Admittedly, you can eyeball scantily clad women in Concert Square but live music and jugglers as well? (The tired and emotional chap manipulating a kebab, swigging from a bottle of White Lightning and singing Ring of Fire, in the A&E at the Royal, does not count.)

Carnival @ The New Picket, New Bird Street, off Jamaica St. L3. £5/£4 NUS 10pm-3am

God only knows
Liverpool Confidential, as the name suggests, is here to give you the low-down on what’s going down in the city you live in, be it big business , hush-hush or even a little esoteric…

I’ll get to the point. Atheism. Interest you at all? If it does (and why on Earth wouldn’t it?), Liverpool Atheists are holding their next meeting this Sunday at 1pm and, as luck would have it, the setting for the discussion will be The Pilgrim on Pilgrim Street.

The blurb goes as follows… “Who's up for meeting at the big table in The Pilgrim once a month to discuss atheism and plans for world de-indoctrination??

If enough people are up for it (that’s at least ten) we’ll have the first meeting of the Liverpool branch of the Society of the Godless sometime this month when everyone can make it along. All are more than welcome to attend.”

It would be fun (for us) if people turned up for this meeting and reported back. Not that we’re encouraging it or anything. God. Would we?

Society of the Godless Meet, The Pilgrim, Pilgrim Street, L1. Sunday (July 1), 1pm. Price: Your soul.

How bazaar
For the whole of July, Liverpool will come alive with the sights and sounds of Middle Eastern culture when the city hosts the third Arabic Arts Festival – the UK’s only dedicated event of this kind.

The opening is this Sunday (July 1) with a family day at the Sefton Park Palm House, and you can expect authentic sights, sounds and smells. We’re particularly excited about a group called El Tanbura – a collective of musicians, fishermen and philosophers playing traditional "pharaonic funk”. Pharaonic funk… yes, the mummy of all world music.

There will also be Arabic food stall and an Arabic health fair to coincide with England’s first smoke free day. Don’t tell me you forgot?

Liverpool Arabic Arts Family Day 12:30pm-4:30pm, Sefton Park Palm House.Admission free.

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