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Today's date - Friday 28 August 2015

Fri 28 August to Sat 29 August - Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

'Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'
 
A twisted tale of revenge and violence.
 
Woolton Drama Group are bringing the murderous tale of London's infamous barber to Liverpool. This production is a dark and twisted story of revenge.
 
After many years exiled for a crime he didn't commit, Sweeney Todd returns to London. His wife is dead. His daughter in the hands of the evil Judge Turpin. Sweeney goes on a murderous rampage, and with the help of Mrs. Lovett, he opens a barber shop...
 
Louise Hogan, Director, said "Sweeney Todd is a classic tale of revenge. This version of the story gives Todd a motivation that leaves the audience in no doubt of the sordid reason for Todd's murderous ways. The cast are excellent and everyone has enjoyed getting their hands dirty in this violent, bloody and often poignant play."
 
'Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'
 
Valley Community Theatre, Netherley
 
Friday 28th /Saturday 29th August 2015 - Performances 8.00pm
 
Liverpool L27 3YA

8.00pm - Valley Community Theatre, Netherley - location map

Website: www.wooltondrama.co.uk or at www.wegottickets.com

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Sat 29 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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Sat 29 August - The Artisan Collective June Handmade Arts & Crafts Market @The Adelphi

Our Handmade Arts & Crafts Artisan Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month in the magnificence The Britannia Adelphi Hotel, locally know as "The Adelphi" We have an eclectic mix of hand picked local Merseyside stalls of handmade arts and crafts to tempt you. The handmade arts and crafts on offer includes: Semi precious gemstone and freshwater pearl jewellery, Artwork and photographs, Sublime candles, Cards and gift bags, Soaps and washes, Crocheted and knitted fashions, Upcyled and recycled gifts, Wonderful bags and purses, and Unique home furnishings But you will have to come on down to see what delectable little gems we have selected for you. Our vision is to provide visitors the opportunity to meet, talk and buy some wonderful on-off arts and craft, made with love and passion, from the many fabulously unique local talents that we have in Merseyside. And on top of all that entry is FREE

11am - 4pm - The Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Place, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07557 921371
Email: market@joolzery.co.uk
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/329371257259847/

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Sat 29 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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Sun 30 August - LGBT(18+) CREATIVE WRITING GROUP.SUN 30TH AUGUST

Regular,last Sunday of month LGBT(18+) Creative Writing Group. NB Though this is the day before Bank Holiday Monday, the library is OPEN! Meeting Room 3,top floor, Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool(lift available). We read our work (for 10/15 mins,length depending on number of attendees); then constructive criticism for a few minutes. We have plans for writing "exercises" though these will not be compulsory!! The facilitator is a published writer; and tips are given by him on how to get work published. Though attendees should be lgbt, the work need not necessarily be lgbt in content!All genres are fine: eg scripts, poetry, short stories, (bits of!) novels, mixed/multi-genre. There is no pressure to read on your first meeting. Event is FREE, but a small contribution to the cost (£20 per session) of hiring the nice quiet space, and the £10 pcm advertising costs is welcome, but by no means necessary! Hope to see you there!

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

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Sun 30 August - 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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Sun 30 August - Capoeira Club

What is Capoeira? Capoeria is a Brazilian martial art that was developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil. It is a unique martial art that incorporates musicality, acrobatics and dance. Training Capoeira improves fitness, flexibility, strength and self defence. If you have an interest in martial arts, dance or acrobatics or just want to try something new, come along to one of the friendly classes, led by Daniel Baird. All ages, levels of fitness and abilities welcome! The International Slavery Museum's Capoeira Club is held every Sunday afternoon, 2-4pm.

2pm to 4pm every sunday - Merseyside Maritime Museum - location map

Telephone: 0151 478-4456
Email: vikky.evans-hubbard@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
Website: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

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Tue 1 September - Mindfulness and Meditaion

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 1 September - 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.

Workshops now take place at 13 A Hope Street. The entrance to the building is from the back, via Arrad Street at the back of Everyman Theatre. This is the road next to the Casa pub. Please ring the bell, there is a porter letting people in. It may get cold there, so bring a fleece!

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 - 13a Hope Street,Liverpool City Centre (the entrance is from the back, via Arrad St)
Telephone: 0151 733 9606
Email: liverpoolnetworktheatre@googlemail.com
Website: www.liverpoolnetworktheatre.org.uk

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Tue 1 September - 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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Wed 2 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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Sat 5 September - Queensway Allotments Open Day/Afternoon Tea

Queensway Allotment Association want to invite you to come see our plots. Were having tea, cakes and a raffle to raise funds for our community. We have over 100 plots, a community Green Gym, a natural woodland area and a great community spirit. We will be judging our tallest sunflower competition and be showing off our produce.

1pm- 4pm - Queenway Allotments, Queensway, Crosby - location map

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Sat 5 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 6 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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Sun 6 September - Thinking Like a Storyteller - A storytelling workshop with Laura Simms

The role of the storyteller is unique. It demands an uncanny sense of embodied language moving in space between teller and listener; a strong sense of presence and awareness that guides the listener into a rich response; and a recognition of the shape of the story vivid in the unfolding event itself. Understanding the dynamics of engaged storytelling †keeps alive the living magic of connection for ourselves, and others, and the natural world.¬†It can address some of the great issues of our times.¬†In that way storytelling is¬†medicine. It touches at the root of causes and obstacles.¬† Otherwise, it is literal recitation that entertains and informs conceptually. ¬†We will work together on a single story and engage with a step by step series of activities that empower the storyteller to work with the intangible and potent aspects of spoken attuned storytelling as delight and repair in our world today.¬
 
This workshop is helpful to storytellers at all levels of experience; and those working in the fields of education, advocacy, performance or healing. For advanced practitioners these are essential skills which enrich our process. For beginners it is fundamental for creating a path of using stories today.   Laura Simms, a professional storyteller for more than 45 years, is renowned for her performance of traditional tales interwoven with personal narrative.  She is considered a mythic storyteller.  Laura is also a senior teacher of mindfulness awareness practice and study in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition and is a certified teacher of Dharma Art.  She performs worldwide, and is an author, activist and teacher.

11am - 5.30pm - The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool - location map

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

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Mon 7 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 8 September - Rejoice Regardless - Performance by international storyteller, Laura Simms

An irresistible dynamic weave of traditional tales and personal narratives about the nature of joy.  The piece begins with an encounter with a Tibetan Buddhist monk in a restaurant in Manhattan,  a Roma mother in a Zoo in Romania and a woman in a tent in Haiti after the earthquake. The centrepiece is an Iraqi Kurdish Jewish tale.   REJOICE is sprinkled with folk stories, wisdom tales and events from Laura’s life.

Laura Simms has been telling stories for more than 45 years. She has won major awards and trained storytellers, naturalists, writers, business people and those in the humanitarian field, education and healing professions.  The depth and practicality of her approach is life enhancing and life changing.  She received the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, A Life Term Award for her service as storyteller, and the Sesame Street SUNNY DAYS Award for her work with children worldwide.  She is an author, advocate, teacher and humanitarian. For her 2015 European tour, she is performing at festivals in Germany and Denmark, offering a residential course in Wales and short workshops in Liverpool and Hebden Bridge.

Tickets £8/£5, booking is essential. For her residential workshop in North Wales in August, see www.caemabon.co.uk

7.30pm - The Bluecoat, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07930 450829
Email: info@liverpoolstorytelling.co.uk
Website: http://www.liverpoolstorytelling.co.uk/

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Tue 15 September - Commedia dell 'arte Drama Course

WEA Course - Commedia dell‚Äôarte - Mikyla Durkan A series of workshops for the Workers' Educational Association, introducing and developing some stock Commedia dell ‚Äėarte characters and practicing some of the techniques and disciplines used in Commedia dell ‚Äėarte. This will involve exploring some conventional plot line, styles of improvisation and pre-rehearsed sketches such as the ‚Äė Lazzi‚Äô The course will also look at the historical and socio-economic origins and development of Commedia dell ‚Äėarte and its influences on modern day forms of entertainment. Starting: Tuesday 15th September 2015, 7.00pm - 9.00pm for 11 sessions at The Casa, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ Tutor: Mikyla Jane Durkan Fees: ¬£37.40 if you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course. (Please enquire) You can enrol online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or by ringing 0151 243 5340. Please quote course reference: C3838256

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

Telephone: 01512435340
Email: northwest@wea.org.uk
Website: www.nw.wea.org.uk

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Wed 16 September - MERSEYSIDE LGBT SOCIAL AT FONSECAS. WEDS 16TH SEPTEMBER

Regular monthly meet of our Social Group, at Fonsecas, 12 Stanley Street, downstairs bar(ex delicatessen). Very comfy surroundings! We are a friendly, popular(average number of attendees:25)well-established(3 and a half years!) group. You can have full meals from the fine dining restaurant upstairs(but served where we are in the bar)till 8.45; or cold nibbles.Also, lovely desserts. NO OBLIGATION to eat: you can just have an alcohol/soft/tea/coffee drink!Please arrive by 9.30. We also have a Creative Writing Group and Book Group, separate from the Social Group(they are listed here separately). Look forward to meeting you:)

19.00-23.00 - Fonsecas, downstairs bar, 12 Stanley Street - location map

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Wed 16 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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Fri 18 September to Sun 20 September - AND Festival 2015

This autumn Abandon Normal Devices makes a call to your wild side, inviting you to Grizedale Forest in the heart of the Lake District. The Festival will create a site for exploration and uncover the secret architecture of the forest through a programme of artworks, events, trails and film happenings.
 
Since 1977 Grizedale Forest's unique environment has been an inspiration for leading international artists, who have created artistic responses to the site. Through collaboration with Forestry Commission England's Forest Art Works programme, in September it will become a temporary haven for artists, designers, scientists and filmmakers, who will explore the woodlands, nature's processes - and some of cinema's most extreme visions.
 
An exhilarating and illuminating retreat, AND Festival calls forth adrenalin junkies, foragers, film fans and those who want to appreciate the natural world through a forensic frame.

0.00 - Grizedale Forest - location map

Website: http://www.andfestival.org.uk

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Thu 24 September - The Darkest Hour

Tony Schumacher is a Liverpool writer who has written for the Guardian and the Huffington Post. He has been a stand-up comedian, actor, taxi driver, bin-man, bouncer, bar man. police officer and once sold underwear in the Caribbean. He is a regular on both BBC radio and London's LBC radio and has appeared on BBC's The Politics Show. He will talk about his crackling, highly imaginative thriller set in German-occupied London at the close of World War II, a hardened, dispirited British detective jeopardizes his own life to save someone else and achieve the impossible - some kind of redemption

7 pm - Enterprise South Liverpool Academy Horrocks - location map

Telephone: 01514277750
Email: bill@billcooke.co.uk

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Sat 26 September - MERSEYSIDE LGBT BOOK GROUP(18+)

Regular meet of our novel-reading LGBT(18+) Book Group. We choose from a wide variety of genres, lgbt content or not: eg thrillers, Gothic, literary fiction,lgbt fiction etc etc.Then we choose a novel from WITHIN that genre. The event is FREE, but the for the price of a hot or soft drink; Neros also sells cakes and sandwiches. There is no commitment beyond coming once(as taster). We also have a segment where we , generally, discuss books we have been recently read and might recommend to others. This is a three year established group; we are very friendly; and average attendance is 6-9.You will find us upstairs(20 stairs; no lift), turn sharp right at top of stairs and you shall see us with books and kindles.:). We also have a Social Group(to be advertised here shortly) and a Creative Writing Group(already advertised here, on 30.8.15)

12.00-14.00 - Caffe Nero, Bold St, Central station end - location map

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Tue 29 September - 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 30 September - Lancashire Womens Book Group

We are a group of lesbian women who meet on the last Wednesday of each month in Lancashire, the venue varies. You can get further information about the group and the books we read by visiting our web site.

6.45pm - please email Gloria@lancashirewomensbookgroup for further information
Website: www.lancashirewomensbookgroup.co.uk

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