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Today's date - Thursday 25 August 2016

Thu 18 August to Sun 15 January - Petition to implement a Law that would ban all hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for 20 years

Please spread the word- They want to frack in Chorley-Lancs. on White Coppice and other land near the water which supplies Liverpool- so please spread the word... Petition implement a Law that would ban all hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for 20 years fracking is still in the early stages of development compared with other mining methods but seems to already be implicated in various environmental problems, a Law that would ban all hydraulic fracturing for a minimum of 20 years will give time to show the long term implications for the environment

Petition deadline 15/01/2017 - Internet
Website: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/156191

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Fri 26 August to Sun 28 August - Gender Dilemmas: negotiating femininity and masculinity in contemporary night life.

Opening Friday 26th August, 6-9pm, Open Saturday 27th -Sunday 28th 12pm-5pm. Resident artist and Senior Researcher Amanda Marie Atkinson will present photography, installation and sculpture underpinned by her University (LJMU) and doctorate research into gender relations in nightlife drinking spaces. Taking a feminist perspective, the work is methodologically, empirically and theoretically informed and draws attention to public drinking environments as commercialised neo-liberal contexts in which contemporary femininity and masculinity are performed, positioned and reconfigured, and spaces in which patriarchal relations are maintained. The exhibition will explore a number of important issues present in such heteronormative spaces; • The pornification of night life and the main streaming of pole/lap dancing clubs; • Young women’s negotiation of intoxication in the performance of the ‘hyper-sexual’ self; • Sexual consent and alcohol, • Sexist alcohol advertising, • Hegemonic masculinity and ‘stag nights’; • The public bathroom as a public/private sphere in which the gender binary is reinforced. To compliment one piece commenting on the sexist nature of alcohol advertising (e.g. sexist beer labels such as the House of Commons bar favourite "Top Totty", the donation bar at the opening will consist of alcohol with alternative marketing, produced by women and the feminist community. If you'd like to design an alcohol label please get in (contact details below). All money raised from the bar will be donated to The Homeless Period, a voluntary organisation providing vulnerable women in Liverpool with sanitary items. a.m.atkinson@ljmu.ac.uk 07821435849

Opening 6-9pm. Open 12pm-5pm - ROAD Studios, Top Floor, 69 Victoria Street - location map

Telephone: 07940994808
Email: info@roadstudios.co.uk
Website: www.roadstudios.co.uk

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Sat 27 August - Storytelling @ The Bluecoat

Regular tuition in the art of storytelling� Saturdays @ The Bluecoat Tell stories and learn techniques for remembering or enhancing stories. Ideal for building confidence in acting and public speaking or just for the pure enjoyment of story.

10am-1pm - The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07930450829
Email: info@liverpoolstorytelling.co.uk
Website: www.liverpoolstorytelling.co.uk

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Sun 28 August - LGBT (18+)CREATIVE WRITING GROUP MERSEYSIDE.SUNDAY 28th AUGUST, 1.30-3.30, LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY

Regular last Sunday of month LGBT(aged 18+)CREATIVE WRITING GROUP; friendly,well-established and popular. Facilitated by a published writer.We are in Meeting Room 3, on the top floor, by the lift. All genres of writing, lgbt content or not. This month's writing wordcount(max 250 words) is on theme of "mental health": not compulsory AND half the session will be freeform on ANY subject: we take in turns to read (about 8-10 minutes each, depending on attendee numbers),followed by peer, constructive feedback.Average number of attendees:7 to 13, all ages, good mix of women and men:) No pressure to read at all on ur first meet; you can just see it as a taster! EVENT FREE; but small contributions to (private) room hire welcome, but BY NO MEANS ESSENTIAL.There is a café on the ground floor, from where you can bring drinks and food.PLEASE NOTE, even though it is a Bank Holiday weekend, the library (including café) are OPEN

13.30-15.30 - Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street,meeting room 3, top floor, by lift - location map

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Sun 28 August - Womens Night at the Star (Bolton)

This group has been set up for women to meet other women and socialise in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. The group meets on the last Saturday of every month at the Star on Bow Street in Bolton. It would be great to see you. We meet at 9pm and the venue is open until the early hours if you wish to stay that long.

21.00 - Star and Garter, Bolton - location map

Website: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/174727582621502/?bookmark_

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Tue 30 August - Liverpool Womens LGBT Book Group

Our members are of all ages and the book group is open to all LGBT women who love to read, wherever you sit on the rainbow. Discussions are friendly and informal. We meet on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm in Dr Duncan's Pub (St. John's Lane, L1 1HF)in Liverpool City Centre. If you like chatting about books and want to meet new people, come along and join us! Check out our website to see what we're reading this month or find us on Facebook.

19:30 - Dr Duncans Pub, Liverpool city centre - location map

Website: www.liverpoolbookgroup.moonfruit.com

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Wed 31 August to Sat 3 September - Cuban Mini-Film Festival - Cuba Es Mi Marca

The Casa is happy to announce that we will be hosting, critic and poet Fernando Leon Jacomino and photographer Sonia Amalguer who are visiting Britain from Cuba and are touring around showing three exceptional films from Cuba as well as a photographic exhibition of images of the land and its people. They will be discussing the films and photographs and their relevance to Cuban society over two evening and one afternoon sessions between Wednesday 31st August and Saturday 3rd September. The three films are: ‘La Bella del Alhambra’ – Enrique Pineda Barnet’s 1989 film and Cuba’s entry for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars for that year. It tells the story the trials and tribulations of Esther a theatre actress at one of Havana’s top theatres as her rise to the top and personal life collide. ‘Los Dioses Rotos’ – (The Fallen Gods) Directed by Ernesto Daramas, this film was Cuba's candidate for the 2008 Oscars and tells the story of a young university professor, Laura who while researching the famous Cuban racketeer and pimp Alberto Yarini, who operated in the 1900s, finds herself entangled in present-day Havana’s dark side of prostitution and crime. ‘Fresa y Chocolate’ – (Strawberry and Chocolate) Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío this 1993 Oscar-nominated film (awarded Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival and Berlin Film Festival), tells the story of Diego, a cultivated, homosexual and sceptical young man, who falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and doctrinal ideas. ‘Fresa y chocolate’ is a coming-of-age story, told through the development of a growing friendship which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance. ‘a thoughtful, sensual pleasure….the kind of material that modern films from Britain and the US would never dream of giving us’ – The Guardian See below for full program details, dates and times. Each of the three sessions is a separate event and costs £3 entry (£5 solidarity price) – pay on the door. All sessions take place at The Casa. Sonia Amalguer’s photographic exhibition will be on display at each session and copies of the photographs will be available to buy at reasonable prices for those interested. 1st Session – Wednesday 31st August, 7pm ‘The Theatrical Environment’ - an overview of Cuban theatre as shown in film. Film – ‘La Bella del Alhambra’ 2nd Session – Friday 2nd September, 7pm ‘Sex, Racism and Marginalisation in Cuban Cinema’ Film – ‘Los Dioses Rotos’ 3rd Session – Saturday 3rd September, 3pm ‘Emigration, Manners and Folklore’ – three unavoidable issues in Cuban society. Film – ‘Fresa y Chocolate’ ‘Cuba es mi marca’ – Photographic Exhibition by Sonia Amalguer – A selection of images that reveal the ‘epic’ in everyday life, the joys and strength in adversity shown by the Cuban people.

7pm; 7pm; 3pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

Email: info@burjesta-theatre.co.uk

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Sat 3 September - The Wind in the Willows

Toad, Mole, Ratty, Badger and friends will be arriving in Liverpool this Summer! The group that brought you last year’s sell out show ‘Alice’ returns for two weekends of performances of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’ adapted by Mike Kenny. This is a show for everyone as we meet all the favourite characters and follow their journey to save Toad and Toad Hall from the weasels. It will delight audiences young and old with musical numbers, dances from Topaz dancentre and a fast paced script. Co- Directors: Gemma Hurst, Paul Arends and Ali Wellens: “Join us, meet Mole and his best friends as they venture along the river, through the wild wood and up to Toad Hall for a final battle with the weasels. This classic children’s story will delight all ages!!” Tickets are available now through wegottickets.com. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door for each performance. However, tickets are expected to sell out so please book early. Performance times • Sunday 21st August 2016 - Performances 1pm, 4pm, 7pm. Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AP • Saturday 3rd September 2016 – Performances 11am, 3pm. St James Church Hall, Church Road South, Woolton, Liverpool, L25 7RJ (show length 90mins plus interval) Tickets cost just £6 (adults) and £5 (children/ concessions).

11am & 3pm - 100 - location map

Email: wooltondramagroup@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.wooltondramagroup.co.uk

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Sat 3 September - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Vigil

Liverpool Friends of Palestine will be holding their monthly vigil on the steps of St Luke's Church (the bombed -out church at the top of Bold Street). Vigils held on the first Saturday of every month.

12pm till 2pm - Steps of St Lukes (bombed out) Church, Hardman St, Liverpool city centre - location map

Email: rosemary@lfop.fsnet.co.uk

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Sun 4 September - FOR FOLK SAKE Folk and Acoustic Showcase.

FOR FOLK SAKE is a monthly showcase of wonderful local folk and acoustic acts. The event is on the first Sunday of every month and is absolutely free.

7.30pm - Bumper, 14-18 Hardman Street. - location map

Email: folk.at.bumper@gmail.com

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Mon 5 September - Come Strut Your Stuff - open floor poetry and acoustic music

Come Strut Your Stuff - open floor poetry and acoustic music on the first Monday of every month at the Egg Cafe! (or on second Monday of the month when the first Monday clashes with a Bank Holiday).

All performers and listeners welcome. First time readers and performers encouraged. The Cafe normally gets very busy, so avoid disappointment by arriving early to claim a seat and a performance slot.

Hosted by Tony Kehoe and Dave Harley.

8pm - The Egg Cafe, 2nd Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool City Centre - location map

Email: info@comestrutyourstuff.co.uk
Website: www.comestrutyourstuff.co.uk

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Tue 6 September to Fri 9 September - The Importance of Being Earnest

Come and Join us for a night of comedy, cocktails and calamity as Brimstone Theatre stage their Autumn production of Oscar Wilde's, 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. Widely regarded as Wilde's finest play, this is surely going to be a night to remember. Dates - 6th - 9th September 2016 All shows start at 7:30pm Doors open at 6:30pm for Gin and Cucumber sandwiches

7:30pm - The Black-E - location map

Telephone: 07494362142
Email: Brimstonetheatre@outlook.com
Website: www.ticketsource.co.uk/brimstonetheatre

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Wed 7 September - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting of Liverpool Friends of Palestine. (Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.) All welcome.

7.30pm - 2nd Floor (Methodists) above News From Nowhere 96 Bold St Liverpool - location map

Website: http://liverpoolfriendsofpalestine.co.uk/

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Wed 21 September - Liverpool Friends of the Earth meeting

Friendly, informal meeting of Liverpool's local Friends of the Earth group. Past campaigns have included local regeneration, climate change and transport. Open to all!

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month.

6.30pm till 8pm - DoES Liverpool, Unit 3, Floor 4, Gostins Building, 32-36 Hanover Street, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07733 310667
Email: Michael@liverpoolfoe.org.uk
Website: www.liverpoolfoe.org.uk

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