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ARTS DIARY: KEY EVENTS; THE ARTS EDITOR'S PICK OF THE DAY.

Byline: PHILIP KEY

REGULAR: Dubliners FRINGE: Liverpool's ownSpike Theatre Company comes up with another original piece,The Man Who Cracked. Set around American TV's ratings wars and the Red scare of the 1950s,it is a comic paranoid view of life inspired by movies like Quiz Show,The Truman Show and the short stories of Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov. Today,Unity Theatre,8.00pm.Tickets pounds 8/ pounds 6. 0151 7094988.JAZZ: The 3 Bs are Kenny Ball,Acker Bilk and Chris Barber, the three big British jazz names from the Trad boom of the 1950s and 1960s when they actually got into the charts. All three are still blowing and in this extraordinary concert they appear together playing Top Ten hits like Stranger on the Shore,Midnight in Moscow and Petite Fleur. Those were the days! Tonight, 7.30pm, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. Tickets pounds 19 (boxes pounds 20). 0151 709 3789.

EXHIBITION: Birkenheadartist Norman Thelwell died earlier this month, sadly making his exhibition Thelwell Country a memorial. His cartoons first appeared in Punch in the early 1950s and he provided 60 covers for the magazine and an amazing 1,500 illustrations. He also illustrated books but is best known for his Thelwell ponies which spawned a number of books. Today,Williamson Art Gallery,Birkenhead, 10 am -5pm.Free.

Exhibition runs until April 18. 0151 652 4177. NOW BOOKING AS REGULAR as clockwork,The Dubliners undertake a Liverpool gig.This year, they are part of the Grand National celebrations! April 2, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool,8pm. Tickets pounds 15. 0151 709 3789.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2004
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