STUDENT BLOG: Top 5 Places for Students on Bold Street

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image1 (1)Beti Thomas
Second year English student

If you study at one of Liverpool’s many universities, you’ve  most likely heard of Bold Street. Situated in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, the street offers a variety of shops. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite, or thinking of buying some affordable clothing, Bold Street has you covered. I personally love what Bold Street has to offer students, so I’ve decided to share my five favourite places.

Liv Organic

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Liv Organic is a supermarket/café which sells mostly organic foods. The supermarket concentrates solely on vegan and vegetarian needs, which I thought was particularly important to note as I know many students meet these dietary requirements. I also know how some students have wanted to adopt a vegan lifestyle but felt that vegan foods were hard to access or too expensive. Liv Organic is a great new asset for the city, a perfect place if you decide to move on from garlic bread for tea every night and decide to venture into using herbs and spices.

Resurrection

Resurrection is a vintage shop, which also houses a coffee shop/ café, a barber shopbold 4 and a tattoo parlour. The shop has an urban vibe to it and is particularly beneficial for students as they offer 10% student discount, and often have sales on (as seen in the picture). So, if you’re in need of some new clothes but you’re on a student budget, I’d highly recommend Resurrection.

Dia + Noche

Dia + Noche (Day + Night) is a new bar/ restaurant on Bold Street. The prices are bold 5reasonable, and the food is great. It’s my personal favourite restaurant on bold street (and there is a lot). The food meets specific dietary requirements with a variety of foods for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free students. Seen in the picture is the halloumi burger with siracha sauce and bacon and egg pancakes. As well as this, the foods on offer are perfect for anyone who was out socialising the night before and, like me, thinks a good meal is the cure.

Cow

Cow is a vintage store similar to Resurrection, but I thought it was worth mentioning as they both have something different to offer. I like the fact that Resurrection has mini stores within the shop, but I much prefer the clothes at Cow. The company sells old designers suchbold 6 as Ralph Lauren and often upcycle and re-invent old pieces of clothing for more of a modern twist. I like the overall atmosphere of the shop and it also serves as a good place to take pictures. They also have stores in Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield, therefore they’re a growing company worth visiting.

News from Nowhere

Last but certainly not least we have News from Nowhere. The book store works in association with LJMU (English Literature and similar degrees) as they sell books necessary to your course. News from Nowhere also advertise a student loyalty card (valid from September to October). Collect a £1 stamp every time you purchase items over £10, which you can use as money off on your next purchase. Also, they advertise that they will order books in for you within 3 days of asking, therefore it could be beneficial for your course to give the place a visit. My personal favourite part of the book shop is their obvious pride in diversity and their attempt to raise awareness to controversial topics such as inequality. The store is definitely worth a visit to get some inspiration for your degree.

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Therefore, if you’ve never been to Bold Street I’d highly recommend it. I think the street gives a refreshing approach to student needs as well as having a little something for everyone.

 

 

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City Socials: Spring/Summer

City Socials are about getting together with other students to find out more about Liverpool and what exclusive offers are available to you as an LJMU student to help you make the most of your time in this incredible city.

We will meet before each event at the Liverpool SU John Foster Social Zone. If you would like to go to any of the events, contact studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or follow us on social media to keep updated @LJMUStudentOpps.

There are some great events coming up over the next few months; all FREE and all about having the best experience in Liverpool. Check them out below and don’t forget to use #SOCitySocial if you come along!

 

Week 27 – 1:30pm – TUESDAY 27th MARCH
ART: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus Tour at Tate Liverpool

Week 28 – 6:30pm – FRIDAY 6TH APRIL
THEATRE: Ruby Wax: Frazzled A Guide to Mindfulness A Forum For Discussion at the Playhouse Theatre

Week 29 – 6:30pm – THURSDAY 12TH APRIL
CULTURE: Twilight Thursday at Liverpool Cathedral

Week 30 – 7pm – MONDAY 16TH APRIL
THEATRE: Liver Birds Flying Home at the Royal Court Theatre

Week 31 – UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We will have more info about a replacement City Social over the next week.
FILM: The Mercy at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Week 32 – 6:30pm – TUESDAY 1ST MAY
THEATRE: Othello at the Everyman Theatre

Week 33 – TIME TBC – WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY
FITNESS: Lifestyles Gym Sessions

Week 34 – 6:30pm – MONDAY 14TH MAY
FILM: Darkest Hour at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Week 35 – TIME TBC – WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY
ART: Tate Liverpool Trip

Week 36 – 1:30pm – TUESDAY 29TH MAY
EVENT: Photography Culture Crawl

Week 37 – 6:30pm – TUESDAY 5TH JUNE
FILM: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Liverpool Philharmonic

STUDENT BLOG: ‘Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Front Line’

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A political comedy about creating political comedy

EmmaSmithEmma Smith, PhD in Deep Ocean Ecosystems 

Part stand-up, part play, Mark Thomas’ latest show combines storytelling and political satire with an inside view on life in the Jenin Refugee Camp, West Bank. The Jenin Refugee Camp, founded in 1953 for displaced Palestinians, is currently home to 14,000 residents and the Jenin Freedom Theatre: the main setting for this true, comedy tale. 

The Theatres aim to “develop a vibrant and creative artistic community that empowers children and young adults to express themselves freely and equally though art” is as poignant as the assassination of its founder, Juliano Mer-Kamis, outside the theatre in 2011.  The seriousness and political pressure that constantly simmers and boils in Jenin and all along the West Bank may cause comedy to seem out of place here, however it is this very juxtaposition that allows Mark and his comedy colleagues to tell the tale of the stand-up stars of the Jenin Freedom Theatre. 

A solo comedian of 33 years, Mark for the first time in his career shares the stage with Alaa and Faisal, two Freedom Theatre students who take part in Marks ambitious comedy workshops.  Their journey into comedy is told alongside their fellow students using a variety of hats and scarves, and clowning. 

Hilarious, smart, and moving, the show builds upon Mark’s long standing work of bringing serious political issues to the screen and stage.  In creating a platform by which we can laugh at oppressive government regimes, we are able to at least temporarily alleviate some of the power they hold.  This show goes that one-step further in allowing young Palestinians to take that power for themselves, to laugh at fear and to resist its pressure. 

The question of whether laughter disperses fear or simply masks it is left unanswered and for you to ponder for yourself, but the point is made that no government likes to be laughed at as laughter can not be controlled.  This gives comedy a unique ability to unite people.  It finds the common joys and fears of people, allowing them to be given space, a space where people can truly connect, and make sweet Maqluba, right through the curfew. 

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You still have two days left to see this play, so make sure you take the advantage to see a truly special and important show for just £5 as an LJMU student.

STUDENT BLOG: Paint Your Wagon

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Student blogger: Francesco

A Wagon Has Arrived in Liverpool.

Francesco Guerritore
First year International Journalism student

The award-winning Everyman Company is back with its first play of this year; the American musical, ‘Paint Your Wagon’.

Directed by Gemma Bodinetz, winner of Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards 2017, the Everyman Rep Company has taken on this famous musical by Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe to create a play that perfectly embodies the spirit and sounds of the old ‘New America’.

‘Paint Your Wagon’ is set in California during the Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. Its essence is captured in the Everyman Theatre, which did a great job in creating an interactive set, with the floor occasionally opening to show graves or mining sites, and even a tub with water when characters had to wash their clothes.

The play begins at the burial site of a miner, his fellow workers praying to God “to put a good word on him”. Actor Patrick Brennan plays Ben Rumson, the leader of the miners, who, with his daughter Jennifer (Emily Hughes) discovers gold dust on the burial site. We follow their journey as they set up camp in hopes that they will find their fortune. Naturally, others follow suit and before they know it ‘Rumson Town’ is formed.

I found the humour in the play to be sarcastic, and even though the story is not very original, as the play progresses, the characters become well rounded and you begin to grow sympathetic towards them.

I was impressed to see such amazing coordination in choreography and music for a company that is planning to perform four different plays in a very short amount of time.

The original music composed for the play was brilliant; a violoncello, a violin, a guitar, a banjo and a piano were housed on the upper floor of the theatre and managed to work in perfect harmony with the songs performed on stage. One particular standout moment was a violin solo in the middle of the play that caught me off-guard with how unexpectedly beautiful it was.

Overall I’d say that ‘Paint Your Wagon’ it is a great debut for the 2018 Everyman Company, and I left the theatre excited to see what they have in store for the remainder of the season.

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You can still see ‘Paint Your Wagon’ until Sat 14th July for just £5 as an LJMU student.  

STUDENT BLOG: Why the Tate Changed My Idea of Art.

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Beti Thomas
Second year English student

Okay, I’ll admit it. If someone had asked me a couple of years ago to visit an art gallery my answer would have been a clear NO, but something about the Tate had always caught my eye. So, when I started university in Liverpool two years ago I decided to give it a go and it was possibly one of the best decisions I made that year (that and downloading Deliveroo). Since then I’ve been keeping my eye out for new exhibitions on the Tate website, once in a while taking time out of Uni life and behaving somewhat like a responsible adult to visit the Tate.

Perhaps I’m the only one, but I’ve always assumed that art galleries consisted of those random paintings that any 3-year-old would be able to do, making us guess for half an hour what it’s actually supposed to convey. Well I found out that the Tate Liverpool is very much different to that. From my experience visiting the Tate, they tend to exhibit art that is unique and extrovert, often making you think about issues you never thought you’d think about. That’s why the Tate changed my idea of art, because you’ll find yourself looking at a painting that you feel connected to and understand, and it can quite often bring out emotions in you that you thought you’d only feel in your first week of freshers.

I think the exhibits at the Tate at the moment are really suitable for modern, urban students, especially the Mary Reid and Patrick Kelly We are Ghosts exhibit because its contemporary nature (and being honest its weirdness) makes it hard to forget, and I think that’s what contributes to making good art.

MARY REID KELLEY AND PATRICK KELLEY: WE ARE GHOSTS

The We are Ghosts exhibit is situated on the ground floor of the Tate Liverpool.  Mary Reid and Patrick Kelley ‘work in collaboration to create video works that combine painting, performance and poetry to tell surreal stories’ and as you cmary 1an see from the photos I took, their work is completely unique. As you may be able to guess by the title of the collection, the work created by Mary and Patrick Kelley has a sense of eeriness to it. The crude and almost uncomfortable vibe that surrounds the videos gives it a sort of urban feel. If I had to compare this exhibit to anything I’d say it’s a combination of Beetlejuice meets Rocky Horror Picture Show. I highly praise the Tate for giving minor artists a platform to express their work and for giving the public a diverse range of art for any sort of taste or genre. I like the fact that the Tate will delve into artists as well-known as Roy Lichtenstein, but also gives up-and-coming artists a chance to be shown next to some of the most recognised paintings in the world. Which leads me on to the next exhibition.

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ROY LICHTENSTEIN IN FOCUS

Obviously, I cannot visit the Tate without mentioning the Roy Lichtenstein In Focus exhibit. Lichtenstein’s work contrasts extremely with the dark, black and white work shown in We are Ghosts. Roy Lichtenstein In Focus delivers ‘over 20 works charting Roy Lichtenstein’s (1923–1997) early interest in landscape to his iconic pop paintings influenced by comic sroy 1trips and advertising imagery’. Roy Lichtenstein is extremely well known for his vibrant pop art theme, which gives off a retro-esque vibe and appeals to a more urban audience. I have to say though that after seeing the We are Ghosts exhibit, it was hard to think about anything else and so if I had to recommend one exhibit, it would be Mary Reid and Patrick Kelley’s wacky yet beautiful artwork.

 

And after all this if you’re still not convinced, the Tate Liverpool is worth a visit, even if you just want to get some Instagram pics.


LJMU students can see both of these exhibitions for FREE (We Are Ghosts ends on 18th March) and whilst you’re there, show your student card in the café and get 10% off!