Out & About.
IT'S the first Stanley Street Market tomorrow from 9am to 3pm. The street will be closed to traffic with a variety of stalls offering farmer's produce, cheeses, artisan breads, coffee roasters and the eagerly anticipated Cheesecake Booth. There'll also be pavement cafes and on-street entertainment so get yourself down there.
? THE Navy Bar is celebrating Easter in style with a spectacular club transformation on Sunday night and appearances from Jaxx and Baby J. The DJ for the night is John Hooper. The Masquerade always pushes the boat out at Easter too with eggcellent (sorry) cabaret from Aunty Marlene and Miss Crystal from 6pm on Sunday.
? TONY Burns is holding a Gay Gentlemen's Evening on the 25th at the Hope Street Hotel. Tony has recognised that there is no vehicle for gay business owners to network and support each other and he intends for it to be a monthly event. Places are strictly limited and there is a cost of pounds 40 per head. If you're interested and want to find out more you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
? MR and Mr are holding a product launch at The Lisbon on April 26. The company provides quality products and services for the gay community. The free event that includes champagne is limited to just 25 people and you need to email email@example.com to book your place.
? LIVERPOOL'S very own Homotopia announced a very impressive expansion of its international work this week with three major projects happening in Finland, Sweden and Russia. The hugely successful Tom of Finland Retrospective is to open in Stockholm in the summer. The exhibition was one of the highlights of Turku European Capital of Culture 2011 and attracted an audience of 90,000. Homotopia has also secured funding to begin work on a personal archive of Tom of Finland that will be based in Turku Finland.
Most importantly Homotopia, in association with the Finnish Consulate, will also be developing a new human rights led project in St. Petersburg. Art As Social Change will chronicle the emergence of gay rights movements in the UK and Europe through photographs, testimonies and film.
This is significant because St. Petersburg has seen a crack down on gay rights recently with a law banning "gay propaganda". It's great to see a Liverpool organisation standing up against institutionalised homophobia in this way.