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Something for the weekend -13/7/07

Don’t know your Harry Potter from Beatrix Potter? Here's Ben Patey's pick of things which don’t relate to muggles, Hogwarts and lightning shaped scars…

Published on July 12th 2007.

Something for the weekend -13/7/07

One for the bboys
Into your skating, biking, grafitti-ing and other really cool things like that? If so, get yourself down to Hub Festival this weekend.

It’s the largest free annual “urban youth” festival in the UK! Wow! And 20,000 people are expected to drop on Otterspool Promenade, giving the doggers and pikers a run for their money, or risk serious wheel marks in serious places.

The council has said to expect live music, street art and “bboys and girls”. We aren’t as “down with the kids” as those Culture dudes and imagined that a sticky little b-key was to blame; the casualty of a spilled cup of coffee on the 08 computer, perhaps. We’ve since found out, however, that “bboys and girls” are p-people devoted to hip-hop legends like mphatic.

Inline skating, skateboarders, BMX bikers, Speedminton®, parkour, international food, urban retail stalls, street art and an adrenaline wind tunnel too. And, let’s face it, where else (without wishing to frighten Daily Express readers), could you see 18,000 teenages in hooded tops and skating attire in one place?

*Hub Festival, Otterspool Promenade, Saturday-Sunday, Free. 0151 233 2008.

Just another brick....?
The critics warn that “if you miss this play, you will regret it forever”, and one paper even calls it ”the most talked about play in Liverpool”.

Far from wishing to argue with such wisdom, we’d better fill you in...

The show they are all referring to is Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, and it is back by popular demand at The Royal Court from Friday until the end of August.

A musical, it centres around The Kingsway Three - a fictitious terrorist organisation who believe they are being looked down upon by the “snobs”, over on the Wirral, so go about plotting their own unique retribution on their neighbours over the water. Eithne Brown, Carl Chase, Suzanne Collins and Drew Schofield return to form the stellar scouse cast.

My mate, who works at The Royal Court, which is how we know about it, say it’s “well funny” and it’s selling out “rapid”.
So go.

*Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels. Until August 25. Royal Court, Theatre, Roe Street, Liverpool. £10 - £18.50. 0870 787 1866.

Museum pieces
If Harry P is packed out, you’re going to need a pretty good alternative to take the kids' minds off what they're missing this weekend. Lucky, then, that there’s plenty going on in Liverpool’s museums.

First up, at the Walker Art Gallery, this Saturday, there are snake demonstrations (12-3pm), origami workshops (1-4pm) among art themed activities taking place all day.

Over at The Merseyside Maritime Museum, an actor will be telling the fascinating story of Robert Hitchins - the quartermaster at the helm of the ill-fated Titanic when Leonardo DiCaprio got killed.

And, at the World Museum, there is a theatrical show in the Time Travel Café looking at what people ate and how they hunted their food in the prehistoric period, explaining, no doubt, the origins of Turkey Dinosaurs.

*Merseyside Maritime Museum. 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm, Saturday, July 14, 2007. 0151 478 4499.

*World Museum (Treasure House Theatre). 2.15pm, 3.30pm, Saturday, July 14, 2007. 0151 478 4393.

*Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street. 10am-4pm. 0151 478 4199.

Gospel truth
We previously informed you of the Waterfront Gospel Music Festival – part of the Amazing Grace Festival 2007.

This Sunday, in Anfield, the festival will draw to a close with the Newton Musical Evening.

This is a celebration of the musical works by John Newton, the slave trader who became a church minister and wrote, perhaps, the world’s most famous hymn - Amazing Grace.

The event will mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and the 800th birthday of Liverpool, and the line-up will feature the Stavanger Choir, from Norway, and The Liverpool Philharmonic Gospel Choir in a powerhouse of singing.

*Newton Musical Evening, Sunday, July 15, Liverpool Lighthouse, Oakfield Road, Anfield, 7:30pm. Tickets £3-£5. 0151 476 2342.

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