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The longest weekend and what to do

It's all about Africa Oye, Freddie McGregor for free, stringy stuff at FACT, clubbing and jazz and soul in the midsummer night's round-up from Heather Smith

Published on June 19th 2009.

The longest weekend and what to do

The Africa Oyé festival is back in business at Sefton Park from Saturday, marking its 17th year, unbelievably, as a favourite on the city’s summer events calendar and the biggest free African music festival in the UK..

Celebrate tolerance and multiculturalism and enjoy a day (or two) at the park this weekend soaking up the sunshine and colourful Oyé festivities.

As well as the food, drink, art and fashion stalls, where you will buy items of clothing you may never wear again, Kanda Bongo Man, Kasaï Masaï, Group Loulou and Muntu Valdo are among the artists on stage over the two-day festival. But it's reggae legend Freddie McGregor who may tempt us out to play on Saturday night.

The ever-growing Oyé Village will keep the kids entertained once more with an array of fun workshops, face painting and bouncy castles.

Also, for the first time, there will be a beer tent on site. Get down.

*Africa Oyé festival, Sat 20th & Sun 21st June, Sefton Park, 12.30pm–9.30pm, free

Not cricket
The second Craft and Design Show is set to busy Liverpool Cricket Club once more this Sunday afternoon.

Over 30 local artists and designers will be propping up funky stalls, attracting crowds of alternative shoppers, all of whom will be looking for that quirkiness that Primarni never quite catches.

It won’t all be about clothes either. Individual, handcrafted delights will range from fused glass to leather handbags, garden ornaments to silk paintings. There’ll even a homemade cake stall. Everyone’s a winner.

*Craft & Design Show, Sun 21st June, Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth Road, 11am–4pm, admission £1 adults, children go free

Monochrome set
A brand spanking new psychedelic club night launches in Monochrome this Saturday night.

Crescendo DJs Jonson Walker and Dan Akerman will be supplying the tunes in the ex Sports Café venue on Sir Thomas Street.

Drink offers should make sure the dancing starts early on, although the piercing live visuals should make dodgy movers difficult to spot anyway.

Curiously, beanbags are on the bill as a plus. Perhaps, as 3am creeps closer, the mood will become more chilladelic, who knows. I would advise trying the beanbags as soon as possible, the post aftershock stick will surely be unpleasant.

*Spectrum, Monochrome, Sir Thomas Street, Sat 20th June, 10pm-3am, free

Get knitted
Bernie Lubell or “Blubell, to give him his abbreviated chequebook name, presumably, is a San Francisco artist who makes his audiences do all the work.

This Friday, FACT will unveil a major new commission by Lubell and bring together a series of his low-tech, lo-fi sculptures. Visitors will become part of the exhibition as they work together to animate the large-scale wooden mechanisms “creating a theatre for themselves and one another”.

The new commission, A Theory of Entanglement, will hang in the FACT atrium with a giant wooden construction that requires visitors to bring it to life by pedalling bicycles connected to a large, overhead wooden machine, the audience will collaborate in the crocheting of a large knot that will gradually descend from the ceiling towards the floor.

Meanwhile, in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 a selection of Lubell’s previous works will be exhibited, including a stool where the visitor can sit and dance with themselves ‘cheek-to-cheek’; a machine charting the visitor’s route to Heaven and a windowless box containing an itch you can never scratch. We know the feeling.

*Bernie Lubell - A Theory of Entanglement at FACT, June 19-Sept 6, 09. Call 0151 707 4450

Around the horn
Zanzibar will be animated with the liveliness of CJ’s Jazz Orchestra this Friday night when they return to the Seel Street venue for a very special headline set. Guest musician Steve Parry will be playing trumpet for the occasion.

Expect heavy bass lines, wicked horn riffs and beats that haven’t seen or heard since the band grooved on the green grass of Liverpool One’s mini jazz festival a few weekends back.

In the bands own words, “CJ's horns are gonna blow you away.” Promises, promises.

* CJ’s Jazz Orchestra, Fri 19th June, Zanzibar, from 8pm, £4 on the door

Souled out
The soul legend immortalised in the Dexy’s Midnight Runners hit, Geno, comes to The Brindley in Runcorn this weekend. In the sixties, US soul acts rarely toured the UK and having come over with the US Air Force, Geno Washington stayed on and become our soul man.

With The Ram Jam Band he released two of the biggest selling UK albums of the sixties. In recent times he has dueted with Adamski and Gabrielle and has a new charity single I’m Doin’ 99 Years out.

*Tickets £17, £15 concs. Call 0151 907 8360

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millie willsJune 18th 2009.

Dont miss the FACT exhibition with Lubell he is a genius. This kind of artist only comes along every century or so and will change the face of art. He is another Dali, another Blake, and rivals Michaelangelo in the impressive and epic scale of his work.This is not exaggeration, once you have seen his work you are changed forever and your mental landscape is expanded more meaningfully than any drug you can buy on the streets of Liverpool..

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