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Ask an Archaeologist – Paul Duncan McGarrity

When:  Thursday, February 16th 2016, 7.30 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

15283939_1168632886556158_6362493368872952143_nAn archaeologist and comedian (same person, Paul Duncan McGarrity) sits in a room and answers your questions on any subject as honestly as possible. Could be rude, probably crude. Be prepared to talk candidly with the protection of context.

‘Like a very tall, funny, excited child’ (Scotsman).

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Crucifixion’s a Doddle – Julian Doyle

When:  Thursday, March 16th 2016, 7.30 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

15337616_1168644423221671_3847331051881702007_nJulian Doyle is a writer, director, photographer, editor, movie special-effects creator. He is most famous for editing the Monty Python films and for shooting the effects for Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits and Brazil, which he also edited.

His occult movie, Chemical Wedding, has become a cult classic and his acclaimed play, Twilight of the Gods, about the tumultuous relationship between the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the composer Richard Wagner, was described by the magazine Philosophy Now as ‘Masterful’.

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GHost Hosting 17, No Such Thing As Gravity

When:  Friday, January 27th 2016, 6pm
Where: The Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool

16003246_1208210502598396_4630370098395663644_nSkeptics! Chris French is coming to Liverpool to help deliver GHost Hosting 17, part of FACT’s “No Such Thing As Gravity” exhibition.

This is not an MSS event, but we expect many Skeptics to be interested in coming along. It is free to attend, but requires registration:

If you fancy joining us, register yourself and we’ll meet up at the Williamson Tunnels shortly beforehand at 6pm.

Event details:

What makes a ghost? GHost is a visual arts and creative research project which explores the nature of ghosts both metaphorically and practically in its activities. Serving as a supporting platform (or host) GHost aims to enable invited guests to visually and conceptually manifest and interrogate the idea of the ghost. The project takes its title from a work by Marcel Duchamp: “A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST” Marcel Duchamp (1953).

For GHost Hosting 17, No Such Thing As Gravity artist Sarah Sparkes continues this programme of research seminars with an interdisciplinary seminar and performance event exploring the concept of ‘a formula for ghost making’, focused around faith, belief, and religious practice. How do spirits and ghosts contribute to or affect different religions and beliefs? How are practices used to embody, evoke or communicate these notions?

Sparkes will be joined by Professor Chris French, professor of Psychology and founder of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit (APRU) at Goldsmiths, specialising in the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences, cognition and emotion; and by Christian Weaver, a specialist in ethnomusicology and musician, composer and practitioner of ritual drumming. Artist Birgitta Hosea will also present Medium, a site-specific performance in which the artist takes the role of a techno-medium.

You’ll also have a chance to explore the Williamson Tunnels, and discover the other end of the GHost Portal that you might have already seen in FACT.

A new commission for FACT and the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, in association with National Museums Liverpool. The project has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Misrepresenting Reality – Michael Dougan

When:  Thursday, January 19th 2016, 7.30 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

15078718_1147417875344326_4673999974074067383_nIn January, the MSS welcomes Professor Michael Dougan whose criticism of the referendum campaign’s “industrial dishonesty” went viral.

Misrepresenting reality without any supporting evidence – indeed usually directly in the face of the objective evidence. Peddling fantasies and making promises never to be delivered – often contradictory promises directed at different audiences. Attacking any opposition or dissent as biased and incompetent – or as part of some elitist / establishment conspiracy. Undermining the legal and political institutions upon which our democracy is based – all the while claiming to be their only true defenders. How did the Leave campaign get away with all this? And why are we still letting them get away with it?

Michael Dougan is Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool. He specialises in EU Law, particularly EU constitutional and institutional law, legal relations between the EU and its Member States, the law of the Single Market and free movement of persons / EU welfare law. Michael also contributes to wider public and political debates about European law: for example, providing advice to UK government departments, parliamentary committees and EU institutions. Michael is Joint Editor of Common Market Law Review – the world’s leading scientific journal for European legal research. He was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in 2006.

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MSS Presents: David Alnwick – Mind Wizard

14938046_10157684055770425_1708198428_nWhen: Thursday, November 24th 2016, 8.00 PM – 10.30 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

Off the back of last year’s sell out tour, The Cult of Dave, his TV special, Dave Alnwick: Trickster, and a stellar appearance at the recent QED conference, Dave is back with his new hour long show: MIND WIZARD.

Expect misdirection, mind reading and manipulation. Will you be converted?

After each show there will be a Q&A where Dave will highlight some of the techniques used in the show.

“If you saw Dave’s brilliant show at QED, then you’ll know why even skeptics signed up to the Cult of Dave.” – Simon Singh

“They were burning people for this 300 years ago” – Phill Jupitus



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MSS Presents: Socialist Fun-Times, with comedian Chris Coltrane

CC2016_front_FINALv3 without venue and dateWhen: Thursday, September 22nd 2016, 7.30 PM – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

Imagine writing a flyer in June for a political comedy show in August. What’s Britain even like now? Did we really Brexit? Has joy been privatised? Is Theresa May our Prime Minister? Oh god. Oh god no. Say it ain’t so.

Well, if the world seems bleak, don’t despair: Chris Coltrane is back with another hour of hilarious, Tory-smashing stand-up comedy to inspire and delight.  If you like social justice, kindness, libraries and joy, Coltrane has a show for you.

In Socialist Fun-Times, comedian and activist Coltrane (“Josie Long’s favourite comedian on Twitter”) tries to find even a shred of optimism in this distinctly broken country. In a world full of Farage and Trump, Chris has the antidote.

Along the way he champions political correctness, defends refugees, and asks why we can’t have Easter Eggs all year round. You’ll leave happy or hungry. Either way, Coltrane will consider it a victory.

Fans of intelligent nonsense will love Coltrane’s fifth stand-up show. Come and see this comedian who The Guardian once described as “Exactly as good as Monty Python*”!

(Directed by Ed Morrish, the BBC producer behind such hits as Dilemma, and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme.)

* Four years ago The Guardian gave my debut show a three star review. Two years ago they also gave Monty Python Live a three-star review. So basically, what The Guardian is saying is that I’m exactly as good as Monty Python. Shut up, that IS what it means.

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