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Something for the weekend – 19-21 October

If you can't face opening your shedloads of backlog junk mail, here's a quick pick of better things to do with your time over the next couple of days

Published on October 19th 2007.


Something for the weekend – 19-21 October

Turner talk
For the first time, The Turner Prize is being held outside London, in Liverpool to be precise. The exhibition features four shortlisted British artists and opens today (Friday).

The Turner Prize is usually associated with conceptual art and can often cause mass debate, opinion and a general hullabaloo.

Whatever you think, art is meant to draw differing views and the fact that Liverpool is hosting such a prestigious event is rather bloody smashing. Click
here for the full lowdown.

In the meantime, if you can think of a suitable caption for the still from the above entry (Sleeper, a film by Mark Wallinger) email us here and we'll sort out the best with a special treat.

*The Turner Prize @ The Tate Liverpool, October 19 -January 3.

Rough guide
Plays and productions to mark the anniversary of the end of the slave trade gather pace. First there was often-talked-about King Cotton, now the Liverpool Playhouse has joined up with Headlong Theatre Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith to present a new stage adaptation of Simon Schama’s provocative best-seller Rough Crossings. Playwright and novelist Caryl Phillips has carved a rich dramatic narrative from the book, tracing the journey from the battlefields of the American civil war to the barren West Coast of Africa. Headlong’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs a fast-paced and theatrically-inventive production at the Liverpool Playhouse until Saturday 27 October.

*Rough Crossing, Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square. Tickets: £8-£19.50 (discounts available). Box Office: 0151 709 4776. Online Booking (24-hour): www.everymanplayhouse.com

Diddly-diddly
There's still five months to go before Paddy's Day, but already there's reason to celebrate your Irish heritage. Why? It's the Liverpool Irish Festival, that's why.

Over the coming week, there's going to be an abundance of Irish jigs and tin whistles as the festival gets into full swing. On Saturday night, stalwarts of the Irish folk scene, The Dubliners, are at the Phil for a night of traditional Irish music. Meanwhile, mere minutes away from Hope Street, there's likely to be a more raucous atmosphere still in the Pilgrim pub where a host of local Irish bands will be performing. All performers are under 25 and represent the wealth of contemporary Irish culture existing in Liverpool's music scene, it says here. Stamp your feet, spill your Guinness and holler like Shane Macgowan. If not, Pogue Mahone.

*The Dubliners @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Saturday 19th October @ 7:30pm. £18.50, £22.50 (boxes) 0151 709 3789. Local Irish bands @ The Pilgrim, 7:30pm, £3

Get out of here....
It's half term and, for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine, there is a treat in store. Pile into the car and motor down to Llangollen where the steam railway is hosting Thomas and Friends from Saturday 20th until 28 October. Meet Thomas, Toby, Sir Thopham Hat and, of course, the Fat Controller. Afterwards succumb to buying hats with “Engine Driver” printed on them, train whistles and souvenirs galore, all in a bid for peace on the long drive back. All together now: “Oh yes it's great to be an engine....”

*Day Out with Thomas, Llangollen Railway. Llangollen. Family ticket £25. Pay on arrival. (01978 860979)

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Depends on the arse.

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As usual mancon make no reference at all to the Irish Festival again .

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Double whammy of good markets too - Levenshulme have a food and drink only market on Saturday and…

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There are no excuses for arse-kissing.

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