Chilly Gonzales at The Capstone Theatre, Wednesday 5th December
GIG His last show at the Capstone was a complete revelation, and Gonzales returns this week to showcase even more of his insane talent. The Feist collaborator (and great composer in his own right), turns classical and jazz piano on its head with crazy skills, keeping just the right side of ‘complete and utter show off’. An eccentric wonder. Facebook event
ARK01 at Drop The Dumbells, Friday 7th December
GIG Billed as ‘An Exposition of Liverpool Electronica’, promoters Deep Hedonia have put together a strong, and completely packed, bill of boundary-pushing dance music. Held in one of the city’s best DIY spaces, it’s set to be a night of bleeps, beats, and bloody interesting tunes. Local chap Acrobat has put together a mixtape, above, of all the artists for you to check out beforehand. 7pm – 3am. Facebook event
INPRINT Liverpool at The Shipping Forecast, Sunday 9th December
EVENT This excellent-sounding print fair, being held upstairs at Percy Gulliver’s Print Shop, is set to be a one-stop shop for all your coolest Christmas presents. There’ll be screenprints, posters and goodies from top designers and illustrators, as well as work from local students. Well worth a look. 12pm – 5pm, free entry.
The Florrie’s Tea Dance, Thursday 6th December
EVENT If noisy electronica isn’t really your thing, the gloriously restored Florrie hosts a pre-Christmas tea dance this Thursday. It sounds like a pretty fun way to spend an afternoon: there’ll be live music to accompany a range of dances, from waltzes to the foxtrot, and you can scoff cakes, tea and coffees while you rest your knackered feet. 2pm – 4pm, £5. To book call The Florrie on 0151 728 2323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THING Those clever Germans think of everything. Behold: a knitted egg cosy that makes it look like a criminal. We’ll be disappointed if we don’t wake up to one of these on Christmas Day. More information
TV SHOW No, not the kind of special request you’d ask for in a massage parlour in Birkenhead. Rather, a spiky and hilarious comedy import from the US (who are really showing us up in the TV stakes lately: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Mad Men) about a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago. It’s way more acerbic than Friends ever was, though, and the joke rate is heart-stoppingly high. First season is available on DVD before the new one hits E4 in the spring. More information
MAGAZINE We’re always spending far too much money on magazines (those copies of Chat and Take A Break really do add up), but the one that’s really worth it is Bloomberg Businessweek. Beautifully designed, with great infographics and illustrations, don’t be put off by its dry title: it’s got more in common with the likes of Wired than the Financial Times. www.businessweek.com