So, farewell then, summer. You had your moments. But, really, with a line-up like this, we’re willing on the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Of open mics and greasy poles. Of Chome Hoofs and Ox Jams… Let’s grab our cardigans and set foot into September and beyond. We were going to separate events out into categories. But then we thought – no. Mix it up. Dive in and try something new for a change. Won’t kill you. And anyway, what do you think we are? A listings site? Herewith, yes, yes, yes, it’s the Seven Streets Autumn Almanac…
Tis Pity She’s A Whore/Anthology
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones
It would’ve gone down in history whether or not it was documented – but that the Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street US Tour was captured in all its louche excess is something to be treasured, witnessed at an almost 40 years’ remove (and it’s not been screened for over 30 of those years). Upgraded to HD and 5.1 audio glory, this is one night with Mick and co that you’ll remember – even if, for the lads themselves, most of the tour went by in a bit of a haze.
FACT, 21 September
Wood Street, Liverpool
Bold Street Festival
God save Bold Street. Continually in flux and out of sorts, its still the city’s most eclectic retail artery, and, if you take in the Ropewalks, home to some of our best after-hours and creative venues too. This weekend’s Bold Street Festival squeezes the best of the street into a day-long celebration of its unique otherness. And we’ll be there for the ‘world’s smallest nightclub’ attempt near Colquitt Street, its Bombed Out Church concerts and its Samba procession. All human life? It’s here…
Bold Street Festival, 10am-6pm, Sunday 26 September
Circus Eighth Birthday
Happy Birthday, Everyman Bistro
A cornerstone of the city’s dining scene for four decades, the Everyman Bistro is celebrating its 40th birthday on September 26 – from 11am to September 27th at 2am. Expect music spanning all forty years, and Everyman regulars old and new popping up throughout the day. Can we expect lots of 70’s bistro supper favourites to accompany the celebrations? Let’s hope so. We love a vol-au-vent.
Everyman Bistro, 26 September
5-9 Hope Street, Liverpool
Armstrong and Miller
Their TV show can be uneven, but distilled into a two hour set we reckon Armstrong and Miller will offer a night of laughs richer, more inventive and all inclusive than any Frankie Boyle show could ever hope to achieve (and we’re not even going to mention that Brick Up piece of exploitative crap. Oh, we just did…) Great to see The Empire snagging the BAFTA winning duo – let’s hope there’s more where this comes from.
Armstrong and Miller, 26 September
Liverpool Empire, Lime Street
The Pudding Club
On the last Tuesday of each month – the 28 September 2010 being the next – there’s only one place to be in town. The Leaf Pudding Club. It does exactly what it says on the ‘Microwave this side down’ tin. A five course meal comprising only of dessert. And, lest you need it pointing out, there will be no microwaved puds here. Ring 0151 707 7747 to book. Tickets £8.
Leaf Pudding Club, 28 September
Parliament Street, Liverpool
The basement bar at Heebie Jeebies has no doubt played host to many strange gyrating shapes. Now, every Tuesday and Wednesday, ladies, you can pole dance your way to fitness. All ages, all shapes and sizes. No mankinis and go easy on the acrylic nails. You want to get a firm grip on that pole, girls. Six week beginners classes will have you curved by Christmas.
80-82 Seel Street
Inside Pages, Bido Lito launch
There’s still time to enrol for this autumn’s Run Liverpool event through Sefton Park (twice, of course – and a nice chunk of Ullet Road thrown in for good measure), so we only have one question. Baby, were you born to run? If so, get your Asics on and get training. Liverpool’s gradients are not for the unprepared.
Run Liverpool, 10 am, 3 October
Come Strut Your Stuff
Got a slim volume of stanzas you want to road test? Head to the always-interesting Egg Cafe. Their open nights celebrate homegrown creativity in all its forms. Come Strut Your Stuff attracts a warm and responsive audience: so if you’ve a poem, reading or acoustic number you’d like to air, you’ll be guaranteed an encouraging reaction from this always well-attended event.
If you want to perform, get to the Egg just after 7pm – for show-start time of 8pm.
Come Strut Your Stuff, 4 Oct, 1st Nov, 6th Dec
Egg Cafe, Newington
Beth Nielson Chapman
Liverpool Irish Festival
A celebration of the ties that continue to inform much of the city’s music, the Liverpool Irish Festival offers a month long ceilidh culminating in the great Christy Moore at the Philharmonic Hall (29 October), although the night before (Dara O’Brien) might have more laughs. But it’s not just the big names – a cavalcade of high kickin’ acts will be brewing up a storm in Flanagan’s Apple, The View Two Gallery and various venues across the city too.
Liverpool Irish Festival, 15 -31 October
Various Venues, Liverpool
Chapter and Verse
The Bluecoat’s excellent annual literature festival is back. Throughout its 11 days, it promises readings, workshops and performances in and around the arts centre from the likes of Tariq Ali, Linda Grant and the wonderful Brian Patten (pic). We’ll have more on this, closer to the event.
Chapter and Verse, 13-17 October
The Bluecoat, School Lane
Taking place across the city on 9 October, Oxjam offes 45 bands (Hot Club, Dirt Blonde, Escobar, Sound of Guns, Man Get Out…) in various venues including Mello Mello, Bumper, Magnet and Bar Hannah. Oxfam’s list of good causes doesn’t get any shorter (and they’re particularly needed right now for the victims of the Pakistan floods) so go, support local music and Oxfam’s work – and if you want to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxjam Liverpool, 9 October
Draw The Line
Want to get creative, but don’t want to spend every Tuesday night for 40 weeks in a Childwall comprehensive on an evening class? Art socials such as Draw the line mix creativity with a laid-back, sociable vibe – and DJs providing a suitably Tony Hart soundtrack. And they even throw in free materials. Obviously, if you’re going to be cutting out, make sure there’s an adult present.
Draw The Line, 7 October
Djangos Riff, Wood street
Glass, Metal and Fire
Liverpool Music Week
By some distance, Chrome Hoof are producing some of the most intelligent, uncategorisable new music out there. Let’s try cosmic spacey prog disco? No, let’s not. A loose collective of players, Chrome Hoof have added traditional instruments to their electronic spine, creating an orchestra of universal funkiness that demands attention. And this free gig is the place to do it.
The Masque, 10 November