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Something for the weekend – 6/7/07

The late George Melly might have enjoyed a last whirl around his home city to these events. And he did like his art, so here goes...

Published on July 5th 2007.

Something for the weekend – 6/7/07

What's the damage?
First you build them up. Then you knock them down. We refer not to the flimsy culture of modern celebrity but to ¡DEMOLITION!, the funky-exclamation-mark exhibition of artworks that have been specifically designed to “become irreparably transformed”. To you and me, that means wrecking 'em.

The SITE gallery, in the Albert Dock, has become home to sculptures, live performances and interactive games - an antidote, say organisers, to the staid retrospectives around the corner at that there Tate (see below).

Challenging visitors to consider transformation in all its guises, against the backdrop of the 2008 Capital of Culture programme, 18 international artists will present artwork which, by the end of the residency, next weekend, will be lying in tatters.

Meanwhile, for a more SITE specific happening, the launch of the Liverpool Poetry Festival takes place there on Saturday, promising poetics from Thick Richard, Tom Brookes, Nathan Jones, Olly Gruner & David Bamford. There are also DJs, music and have-a-go ¡DEMOLITION!, poetry games for all the family, adding new meaning to slam verse.

It's like It's a Knockout! but artistic, and with no Stuart Hall.

¡DEMOLITION! Until Saturday July 14. Liverpool Poetry Festival Launch Day, 12-6pm, Site, Albert Dock, L2. Free.

Why Not indeed?
Fancy sampling the best bits of the pub environment but in a slightly more exotic ashram than your usual drinking hole? Why not head to Why Not? at The Dragon Bar this Friday night? They’re putting on “A Night At The Local” which features pubby stuff such as karaoke and quizzes.

The Dragon Bar wouldn’t be the same without a few DJs, so they’re thrown in too, all free of charge. Get there early to stand any chance of a seat as the place is as minute as an igloo but luckily just as cool - despite somehow being hotter than a dragon’s breath in there.

Why Not? presents A Night At The Local, Dragon Bar, Berry Street, 9pm-2am. Free

Empire's got talent
On Sunday a special event at the Empire. The Wirral Academy of Performing Arts is putting on a children’s variety show with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Claire House Hospice. Not only is the night for a good cause, but you could be watching the next Paul Potts (winner of Britain’s Got Talent). Who knows what hot dishes will be served up for your viewing pleasure? After all variety is the spice and all that.

Kids Versus Cancer, Liverpool Empire 7pm, Sunday. Tickets start at £12.50, 0870 607 7575

Blake's heaven
Peter Blake, he of the Sergeant Pepper cover, did a couple of other things too, the Tate would like you to know. After a glittery opening last week attended by the likes of Harry Hill and Lulu Guinness, the Albert Dock branch presents a major retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by the seminal 60s pop artist, the largest since his Tate Gallery exhibition in 1983.

A highly influential and original artist, Blake is often described as the godfather of British Pop art. It's all here: On the Balcony 1955-57 (pictured), Self-Portrait with Badges 1961, and The Beatles 1963-68 alongside rarely seen works. It will conclude with the Marcel Duchamp World Tour, a project which has occupied the artist for the last decade.

Peter Blake Retrospective, the Tate, Albert Dock, L3, until September 23.

Compiled by Ben Patey

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