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Today's date - Saturday 30 July 2016

Sat 4 June to Sun 31 July - Shakespeare Now!

The World's Only Contemporary Book Art Exhibition for Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary, including installations, international artists, unique works, sculptural pieces, fine bindings and more.
 
Over 40 international artists work will travel from Australia, Russia, Netherlands, Germany, USA and Lithuania as well as from across the UK with materials including handmade paper, driftwood, pebbles, textiles, cotton, seaglass and seaweed paper.
 
The exhibition will be complemented by workshops and demonstrations of printing and book-making.
 
Adding further to the visual spectacle of the exhibition will be six huge Shakespeare figures made by students at Birmingham City University. The first year students were studying BA (Hons) Design for Theatre, Performance and Events Handcrafted from paper and cardboard, the 6ft figures include Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, Caliban and Julius Caesar.

M-F 9-8, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-5 - Liverpool Central Library - location map

Email: liverpoolbookart@gmail.com
Website: www.liverpoolbookart.com

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Sat 30 July - 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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Sat 30 July - July Handmade Arts & Crafts Market @TheAdelphi

Our July Handmade Arts & Crafts Market returns to the iconic @TheAdelphi We have a fantabulous mix of hand picked local Merseyside stalls of handmade arts and crafts to tempt you, especially if you are looking for something made with LOVE. The handmade arts and crafts on offer includes: Semi precious gemstone, freshwater pearl and/or sterling silver jewellery, Artwork and photographs, Cards, Upcyled and recycled gifts, Unique home furnishings, Wood turned crafts, and much more.... All made by local Merseyside Artists & Crafters We also have our delightfully insightful resident Tarot card reader, too! But you will have to come on down to see what delectable little gems we have discovered for you. Our vision is to provide visitors the opportunity to meet, talk and buy some wonderful on-off original arts and crafts, handcrafted by our talented local Merseyside stallholders, with love and passion! And on top of all that entry is FREE!!! The venue has full disabled access. Do you have any handmade/homemade products that you would like to sell? Would you like to take part in this or any future event? Then please contact Joolz for more details. We are always on the look out for stall holders with exciting new, quality unique handmade/homemade arts & crafts, the more unique the better.

11:00 - 16:00 - The Adelphi, Ranelagh Place, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07557 921371
Email: market@joolzery.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1533632750267558/

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Sat 30 July - 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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Sun 31 July - MERSEYSIDE(18+) LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP.31 JULY. 1.30-3.30. LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY

Regular last sunday of month meet:) All lgbt(18+) creative writers welcome! Facilitated by a published writer. We are in Meting Room 3, on the top floor, by the lift.Our theme this time is "Grey"(in all its literal/metaphorical manifestations); this is a wordcount exercise, in any genre,and is NOT compulsory(c. 250 words). The rest of the time we read our work for 5/10 minutes each(depending on numbers) in any genre, lgbt content or not, for CONSTRUCTIVE peer feedback.Publishing tips also available.There is no pressure to read AT ALL on your first attendance; you can just get a taster. Friendly, well-established group; 7-13 attendees.EVENT FREE; but small contributions to room hire cost welcome; but BY NO MEANS COMPULSORY! Café on ground floor and you can bring food/drink up.

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

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Sun 31 July - Liverpool LGBT Singers

Do you enjoy singing? We are a mixed group of singers of all ages who meet every Sunday evening. We sing everything from pop to showtunes to ballads. No audition necessary, just come along and join in the fun! We have free rehearsal space at St Stephen with St Catherine's Church, Crown Street, Liverpool (near the Women's Hospital). Fully accessible building. Turn up at 6pm for a cuppa and a biccie and rehearsal 6-30 to 8-30pm. Over 16s only.

6.30pm till 8.30pm - St Dunstan - location map

Email: lgbtchoirliverpool@live.co.uk
Website: www.lgbtchoirliverpool.co.uk

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Mon 1 August - 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 2 August - Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and Meditation Every Tuesday @ 4pm Come over and chill �5 per person

4pm - Old Police Centre Lark lane - location map

Telephone: 07514005786
Email: Lindagoulden@yahoo.co.uk

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Tue 2 August - Meeting of Liverpool Holistic Circle

Liverpool Holistic Circle is a forum for sharing and increasing knowledge of all things holistic.

The group is almost unique: there is no membership, no enrolment and no commitments. Just turn up on any Tuesday evening and join in with the information, inspiration, fun, sharing, tea and biscuits.

There is no formal membership, but to cover costs we request a donation of �4.00 per meeting attended.

Our weekly Tuesday meetings cover a huge range of subjects relating to complementary therapies, holism and spirituality. All like-minded people are welcome to come to join us, either regularly or as a one-off.

See website for details of the weekly talks, events, and activities.

7.30pm - The Rosicrucian Chapter, 19, Dovedale Road, Liverpool - location map

Email: mail@liverpool-holistic-circle.org
Website: www.liverpool-holistic-circle.org

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Tue 2 August - Liverpool Network Theatre Group - weekly workshop

Our ongoing weekly workshops are open to all. We share skills, try out new ideas, and most of all have fun!

Network workshops are held every week, including half term and summer breaks.

Please feel free to come along to any workshops, whatever amount of experience you have, from beginner to drama student to professional!

They are usually self contained in theme, so you don't need to wait until the end of a series to join. Also they continue alongside performance rehearsals, which occur on a different night.

Each workshop has a different theme, and are usually led by experienced workshop leaders or interested members of the group. Occasionally we have visiting workshop leaders to bring in different skills. Any member of Network is also welcome to lead workshops, following discussing their plans with the group and workshop organisers.

Members take it in turns to run workshops, on a range of practical skills, drama games and exercises, themes and plays. For information call 0151 733 9606.

We also have a play reading group who meet regularly to discuss ideas for new plays, on a separate evening to the workshops.

The start time is 7pm, running until 9pm.

Since we will now need to pay venue hire, we have agreed to charge �1.00 per person per workshop. Those who can afford to pay more are invited to do so.We can make special arrangements for those who cannot afford this.

If you decide to join Network there is a yearly subscription fee of �5 waged, �3 unwaged.

Why not come along? Non members also welcome.

7 pm till 9pm - 4th Floor of 76-78 Lord Street Liverpool L2 1TL. (the entrance is between McDonalds and Specsavers)
Telephone: 0151 733 9606
Email: liverpoolnetworktheatre@googlemail.com
Website: www.liverpoolnetworktheatre.org.uk

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Tue 2 August to Wed 3 August - 'The Trial and Tribulations of Don Juan'

Clyster Theatre present 'The Trial and Tribulations of Don Juan', a play by French playwright Erich Emanuel Schmitt, a witty examination of human relationships as the nature of love, lust, friendship and exploitation are put under the microscope. Set in a deserted chateau in Normandy, Don Juan is confronted by a diverse group of women whom he has previously seduced and abandoned including a nun, an aristocratic libertine, a suburban housewife and a romantic novelist....how will he fare as the table are turned?!

8pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

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Wed 3 August - 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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Sat 6 August - 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 7 August - 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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Wed 17 August - Audition Notice - Crime & Punishment - Burjesta Theatre

Burjesta Theatre are holding auditions for our Autumn production of Fyodor Dostoevsky's gripping crime story, 'Crime and Punishment', on Wednesday 17th August. See below for all the details you need for the audition process and the production.
 
The Story
 
Our autumn production is an in-house adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel, 'Crime and Punishment' set among the misery and poverty of 19th century Petersburg, Russia. The story tells of Raskalnikov a young, disaffected student who decides that if he were to murder a miserly old money-lender and use her money for the benefit of mankind it would be beneficial act.
 
The story is not so much a 'whodunnit' as a 'whydunnit' with amazing characters, and gripping suspense and drama. The central spine of the story is the cat and mouse games between the detective, Porfiry, who is investigating the murder and Raskalnikov.
 
It is also a story of romance and human need between, Raskalnikov and, Sonya, a devoutly religious young woman, forced to prostitute herself to feed her family. Further down we have given details of the main characters.
 
You can find a succint break down of the novel by going to Wikipedia and searching on 'Crime and Punishment'.
 
The Production
 
We will be performing Crime and Punishment at our place of residence, The Casa, on Hope Street, Liverpool on the following dates: Saturday 12th, Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th, Friday 18th November. We are looking for between ten and twelve actors, most of whom will be playing multi-roles in the production.
 
Other Key Dates:
 
The read-through for the play will take place on Saturday 20th August, 12pm at The Casa. Rehearsals will begin on Monday 29th August also at The Casa and run right through until the performance dates. Two other key dates to note are Sunday 6th November for a Tech Run and Wednesday 9th November for the Dress Rehearsal.
 
Rehearsals:
 
Rehearsals will consist of up to two evenings a week plus Saturday daytime. It will depend upon how big a part or parts you have as to how many rehearsals you would have to attend.
 
* Please note that this is unpaid work for everyone involved including ourselves. All takings from the shows go back into a fund to continue refurbishing The Casa venue space.
 
The Venue
 
We are in the process, along with The Casa management, of transforming The Casa, into a fringe theatre venue in the heart of Liverpool's theatre district. The Casa has a two level stage, as well as newly installed theatre lights and an increased capacity of 100 seats. The next stage of the refurbishment process is to have a new surface put down on the stage as well as put in an in-house sound system, both of which we hope to have done over the summer.
 
Audition Process
 
Auditions will take place at The Casa on Wednesday 17th August from 6pm onwards. They will consist of script extracts from the play which will be given on the evening and for which you will be given time to prepare.
 
There will be two introductory workshops prior to the audition, on the following dates:
 
1st Workshop - Wednesday 27th July, 7pm @ The Casa 2nd Workshop - Wednesday 10th August, 7pm @ The Casa.
 
Please note we will only audition actors who have attended at least one of these workshops though we would like you to attend both. We won't make any exceptions to this stipulation.
 
Main Characters:
 
Male -
 
Raskalnikov, protagonist, murder of the money-lender Alyona Ivanovna Porfiry, detective investigating the murder (please note we will consider male or female actors for this role) Zamyatov, clerk at the police station who has various dealings with Raskalnikov
Razumikhin, friend to Raskalnikov Marmeladov, a drunken ex-civil servant, father to the prostitute Sonya.
 
Female -
 
Porfiry, detective investigating the murder of Alyona Ivanovna (though a male character in the novel we are happy audition women for this role) Sonya, young woman prostitute, becomes Raskalnikov's confidant and intimate. Katerina Ivanovna, Sonya's mother, wife to Marmeladov, she is dying of consumption.
Alyona Ivanovna, (not related) - old miserly money-lender, murdered by Raskalnikov
Lizaveta, her simple half-sister Nastasya, serving girl at Raskalnikov's apartments.
 
Aside from the main characters there are numerous other support roles with wonderful cameos - a ghost man, a religious schismatic who claims that he is the killer, a sadistic peasant who beats a horse to death, various Rabelaisian attendees at a funeral dinner, drunks, prostitutes, singers and beggars to name but some of the characters.
 
Burjesta Theatre:
 
We have been in existence now for five years in which time we have put on twelve productions with over sixty shows to date at venues in and around Liverpool including our place of residence, The Casa, the Unity Theatre, the Lantern Theatre, St Luke's Bombed Out Church, the Williamson Tunnels and Liverpool Town Hall.
 
For more information go to our website address below. Or follow us on Facebook – Burjesta Theatre or Twitter - #burjesta To contact us send an email to the email below. Regards Burjesta

6pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

Email: info@burjesta-theatre.co.uk
Website: www.burjesta-theatre.co.uk

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Wed 17 August - 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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Sat 20 August - MERSEYSIDE LGBT(18+) BOOK GROUP. SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST

Friendly, welcoming LGBT(18+), well-established Book group; average attendees: 7-11, all ages, men and women. We choose fiction/travel-writing in turn, all genres, lgbt content or not. No pressure to attend more than once. This month it is Anthony Burgess's poetic romp through the love life (women and men) of Shakespeare, "Nothing Like the Sun"; no worries if u haven't read any/all of the book, because we also talk re fiction/authors we like, generally. EVENT FREE; but for min purchase of a drink. Venue sells meals(mainly veggie), including lovely salads;cakes; hot and cold drinks.Ground floor café ("Garden") of "Fact": if u come in from the main Wood st entrance we are by the back door, to the right; if not there, we shall be elsewhere in the café so look out for the book prominently displayed on our table!

12-2 pm - Fact, Garden cafe(ground floor), 88 Wood st, parallel to Bold st - location map

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Sun 21 August - The Wind and 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).

1pm, 4pm & 7pm - 200 - location map

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

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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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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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Sat 3 September - The Wind and the Willons

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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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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