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Old June 18th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #2101
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Old June 18th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #2102
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Africa Oyé 2009
A celebration of African music and culture
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2009
12:30pm-9:30pm on both days.
Admission: Free

Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture and takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. Now in its seventeenth year, Africa Oyé continues to grow. With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world. The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists from nations right across Africa and also programmes music from South America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca and Reggae always a popular addition to the festivities.

But Africa Oyé is about more than music. Over 40 stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be present at the Oyé village along with long time supporter ‘News From Nowhere’, one of the UK’s premier stockists of African music, with all the performing artists and much more on sale, it’s a great opportunity to not only take in some of the best roots music around, but take some home with you too. There will also be face painting, bouncy castles and workshops in the village to keep the kids happy, and for the first time ever Africa Oyé will also have a beer tent in the festival grounds to keep the adults entertained too!

Oyé’s subsidiary company Oye touring and trading will organise two UK tours this year including Reggae superstar Freddie McGregor from Jamaica in June and July who you can see at Oyé 09, and Odemba OK Jazz All-stars from DR Congo in September and October with a Liverpool date to be confirmed.

Oyé will also organising a special educational project around schools in the Liverpool area during the autumn of 2009 and more details on this will also be available soon. To launch Oyé touring and trading, an event will take place at The Picket on Sunday 31st May with a live Performance by reggae legends The Mighty Diamonds from Jamaica. Also confirmed for Oyé 09 is the ever-popular Kanda Bonga Man from DR Congo who last played Oyé in 2003.

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Old June 19th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #2103
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I like to go for the food and the stalls.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 02:02 PM   #2104
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Kanda Bongo Man is fantastic. Should get the crowds going with a bit of Congolese Soukous.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 02:03 PM   #2105
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From today @ FACT

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Bernie Lubell - A Theory of Entanglement

19 June – 6 September 2009

FACT will unveil a major new commission by Lubell and bring together a series of his low-tech, lo-fi sculptures, powered entirely by the audience. 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.

Lubell uses the work of French scientist and chronophotographer Étienne-Jules Marey as a starting point and inspiration. Marey’s work captured and studied the movements of the body, from the limbs to the heartbeat, which led to significant and pioneering developments in cardiology, aviation and cinematography. Lubell adopts this body of work to examine the human as a machine, an area he became interested in when he suffered from heart problems.

The new commission A Theory of Entanglement (2009) will hang in the FACT atrium with a giant wooden construction that requires visitors to bring it to life. By pedaling 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.

This ambitious installation alludes to an intriguing aspect of quantum mechanics whereby sub-particles with a shared history will always act in sync, even if they have no means of communication. The piece will bring to mind connections with the Northwest textile industry and rope-making history of FACT’s Liverpool location, as well as referencing industrialization and the computer.

In Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 a selection of Lubell’s previous works will be exhibited, including:


Conservation of Intimacy (2005) a large-scale wooden machine, powered by two people rocking on a spring-loaded bench.

and the Synapse Sweetly Singing (2003) 
A model of the human brain, based on a network of tin can telephones and a wooden coffin.

Etiology of Innocence (1999)
A hand-cranked installation and clockwork recording device.

Cheek to Cheek (1999)
A stool where the visitor can sit and dance with themselves ‘cheek-to-cheek’.

Aphasiogram (1999) A machine charting the visitor’s route to heaven.

A Prurient Interest (1999) A windowless box containing an itch you can never scratch.

In addition, The Media Lounge will play host to a comprehensive public programme encouraging visitors and communities to explore key themes and their own creativity using a variety of arts and digital media based workshops and artist-led events and initiatives.

Lubell has exhibited internationally including Ars Electonica, Linz (2007) where he received the Award of Distinction for Interactive Art.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #2106
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Jazz @ the Walker
Every Sunday
12.30pm - 3pm

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Walker Art Gallery with our resident jazz masters Tony Judge and the Martin Smith Quartets playing alternate Sundays.

Plus appearances from special guest bands and musicians still to be announced.

Be inspired by our stunning collection of art and enjoy delicious food and drink in our newly refurbished café with its special Sunday menu.

Next performances:
Sunday 28 June: Martin Smith Quartet

Sunday 5 July: Tony Judge Quartet

Sunday 12 July: Martin Smith Quartet

Sunday 19 July: Tony Judge Quartet

Sunday 26 July: Martin Smith Quartet

Sunday 2 August: The Downtown Dixieland Jazz Band - Special guest performance!

Sunday 9 August: Tony Judge Quartet

Sunday 16 August: Martin Smith Quartet

Sunday 23 August: Tony Judge Quartet

Sunday 30 August: The Downtown Dixieland Jazz Band - Special guest performance!

Monday 31 August: Martin Smith Quartet - Extra bank holiday show!

Sunday 6 September: Tony Judge Quartet
I'm not in town much at weekends and I don't really like jazz but I like to see others getting off on it.

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Old June 29th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #2107
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Henny Acloque: A Dressing

3rd July - 8th August
Preview 2 July 6 - 8pm

Ceri Hand Gallery is delighted to announce Henny Acloque's first solo show in the UK.

London based Acloque's new series of narrative paintings reference old masters such as Bosch, Bruegel and Durer and explore the fragility of life and the self.

Acloque's part time job as a restorer is reflected in both her technique and restrained colour palette - burnt umbers, ghostly golds and shell greys provide a sinister backdrop for dripping blood reds and dense coal blacks. Layers of paint and reflective varnish create timeless, evanescent landscapes that encapsulate curious creatures and symbolic, recurring motifs drawn from memories and myths, such as trees, animals, plants, eggs and arches.

Seemingly caught between worlds, monkeys wait by open or shut doors that hover in space, Truman Show like, offering an entry point both into the painting and to another plane. Steps leading to it are too high or far away to climb, the monkey is tempted or tormented by a bell pull to announce his arrival (or departure). What the door leads to we are never privy to, but the melancholic tone of the painting indicates the grass may not be greener on the other side.

The majority of paintings are seductively small, which heightens the sinister frisson in the work. Archways with talons or medusa-esque vines brandishing a decapitated bird's head go further to belie the initial desire the paintings evoke in the viewer.

Titles such as St. Paula (the patron saint of Widows) confirm that death is an ever present companion in these paintings, but with a monkey taking central stage, we are also reminded that we are the fool and should question our motives and horizons.

Spectral space within all of the paintings provides a contemplative portal for considering self in relation to other.

The trio of large paintings feature unstable islands, looming moons, precarious mountains and dinosaur sized broken eggshells, wedged into trees. Well mined historical iconography, such as smoking candles and smiling skulls undermine these eccentric worlds, where paradise is in the balance.

Summary CV includes the following group shows: Kings, Gods & Mortals, Hamish Morrison Gallerie, Berlin; The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London; These Living Walls of Jet, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool; Celeste Arts Prize, London and Edinburgh; John Moores 24, Walker Gallery, Liverpool; Expedia, National Gallery, London.

For more info: http://www.cerihand.co.uk/
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Old June 29th, 2009, 01:20 PM   #2108
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Meanwhile ... over at St Lukes for one night only:


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Neil Campbell's GHOST STORIES - A NIGHT OPERA

16 July 2009

A haunting and beautiful sound and visual experience is coming to Liverpool's St. Luke’s (Bombed-out) Church on Thursday 16th July, 'Ghost Stories – A Night Opera' - a classical composition written by Liverpool musician and composer Neil Campbell. Since its release in October 2008 on CD simply titled 'Ghost Stories', it has received unanimous acclaim from both the UK and International music critics. The subtitle 'A Night Opera' was added to the title following collaboration with Bill Elms who will work with Neil to stage performances of the piece across the region.

The St. Luke’s performance will begin at sunset on the evening of Thursday 16th July, doors will open at 9pm prompt and an atmospheric sound installation will build up to the performance which will begin at 9.32pm.

Performance Details:

St Luke’s (Bombed-Out) Church
Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2RT
Thursday 16th July 2009 - Doors: 9pm prompt

Tickets £12, Concessions £10
Box Office: 0151 709 4988 or in person at the Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool.
Tickets will also be available at the door unless it's sold out!
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Old June 29th, 2009, 01:26 PM   #2109
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And over at the A Foundation in Greenland Street ...


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Daniel Pasteiner

3 July – 15 August 2009

Daniel Pasteiner will be the first in a series of exhibitions examining contemporary sculpture through single presentations of UK-based artists at A Foundation, Liverpool.

The solo exhibitions shown over the coming months will work together to explore traditional notions of sculpture and its prevailing importance as a subject and discipline in contemporary art. The exhibitions will include works that are discrete sculptures rather than installations, but which challenge the idea of sculpture as just a static three-dimensional form, with works incorporating film, sound and living materials.

Daniel Pasteiner opens the series with this, his first major solo show in the UK. Pasteiner graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007 and was included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries of the same year. He has been included in several group shows in London, most recently ‘Ventriloquist’ at Timothy Taylor Gallery, curated by Emma Dexter.

Pasteiner describes himself as a painter, creating specific viewpoints of his work through the integration of cameras or projecting images on the surrounding surfaces. Combining recognisable objects, such as snowglobes or domestic lamps, with abstract painted forms, Pasteiner’s work exists “between image and object, abstraction and readymade”.

http://www.afoundation.org.uk/afoundation/index.php


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Old June 30th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #2110
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I had a cup of tea in a posh cafe near there yesterday, very nice to it was.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #2111
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Sunday Jazz @ the Bluecoat

Every first Sunday of the month until Sunday, 06 September 2009

Location: Restaurant/ Bar

Ticket Prices: Free


Come and enjoy an afternoon of relaxing Jazz in the Upstairs restaurant bar at the Bluecoat. Tuck into a comforting Sunday roast or treat yourself to a cream tea and lose yourself in the musical meanderings of Matthew Halsall.

Every first Sunday of the month starting 7 June from 1.00 - 4.00pm, free entry. Reserve a table here or by calling 0151 702 7783.
A jazz-out! Walker - vs - Bluecoat.

It's on!
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:04 PM   #2112
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Tomorrow in the Bluecoat courtyard

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Art and Design in the City


11:00am - 5:00pm

FREE


In conjunction with LOACA Arts Merseyside, artists and designer-makers will be exhibiting their work in the courtyard.

This is an opportunity to not only support local creative talent by buying direct from the artists and designers, but also to speak to them about their work and perhaps be inspired to get creative.

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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:13 PM   #2113
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Tonight @ the Phil (Rodewald Suite)

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After Eight

Michael Weston-King

Friday, 3 July 2009 8.30pm

Rodewald Suite, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Admired by the likes of Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, and the late, legendary Townes van Zandt (who covered one of his songs) Michael Weston King draws his influences from pop to folk, country and soul. He was the leader of UK alt.country pioneers The Good Sons, described by Uncut as “England’s very own Uncle Tupelo” and has since established himself as a world-class songwriter with a succession of acclaimed solo albums.


What is After 8?
After Eight is the Phil’s very popular series of select roots, jazz and unplugged gigs in the Rodewald Suite, a delightfully intimate space with its own entrance in Sugnall Street. With informal cabaret seating, an in-house bar, rooftop terrace and the opportunity to meet the artists and other guests after the performance, After 8 shows are a unique experience and a great night out. Nearly all of the After 8 series sold out in the Autumn, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Doors open at 8pm, artist will start performance at approximately 8:30pm.

There are still a few tickets left for this one. (I think)

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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:43 PM   #2114
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Sunday Jazz @ the Bluecoat

Every first Sunday of the month until Sunday, 06 September 2009

Location: Restaurant/ Bar

Ticket Prices: Free


Come and enjoy an afternoon of relaxing Jazz in the Upstairs restaurant bar at the Bluecoat. Tuck into a comforting Sunday roast or treat yourself to a cream tea and lose yourself in the musical meanderings of Matthew Halsall.

Every first Sunday of the month starting 7 June from 1.00 - 4.00pm, free entry. Reserve a table here or by calling 0151 702 7783.

A jazz-out! Walker - vs - Bluecoat.

It's on!


Liverpool should have more summer jazz - Chavasse Park or the Pier Head would be perfect - in the style of the fabulous documentary, Jazz on a Summers Day:









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Old July 6th, 2009, 01:55 PM   #2115
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Roger McGough's version of Moliere's Hypochondriac at the Playhouse has been so successful that it is now running for an additional week - finishing on 18/7.
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Roger McGough's version of Moliere's Hypochondriac at the Playhouse has been so successful that it is now running for an additional week - finishing on 18/7.
And prettyy good it was too, even though the night I went it must have been 36 celsius and 99 percent humidity in the auditorium
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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:36 PM   #2117
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No aircon in the Playhouse then?
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Old July 7th, 2009, 02:26 PM   #2118
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Very funny show, beautifully directed - though it's basically more of the same if you already saw Tartuffe last year. It's been getting great reviews so hopefully the forthcoming tour will go well.

I loved McGough's nod and wink towards his past exploits towards the end; that went down very well with the Playhouse audience. I wonder if it'll be as well appreciated on its journey round the country?
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Old July 7th, 2009, 02:34 PM   #2119
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Speaking of Tartuffe, an adaptation of the Liverpool Playhouse production was on Radio 3 at the weekend. There are still 5 days to listen to it here...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lfp66
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Sadly not Awayo, and it was Thursday night which was perhaps the warmest of last week.
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