Sometimes, weekends stretch blankly before you. Your imagination conjures up nothing more exciting than another day cooped up in a pub, packing in a few hours of seriously beavering away at that cirrhosis. Fortunately, help is at hand. June offers some very different forms of entertainment in Manchester’s Gay Village – but they may not be everyone’s cup of Earl Grey.
Over the weekend of June 27-29, people will be descending upon Manchester in preparation for the Manchester Gay Skinhead Weekend and Sparkle. One event, as you might imagine, caters for the tastes of the boots and braces baldy brigade. The other is a celebration of all that is transgender. In fact, the only similarity between the two is that they have both been running for four years.
The Skinhead Weekend kicks off on Friday evening in the basement of Taurus for registration and ticket collection, followed by Alert! at Legends. A very strict dress code is in order here, so no fairy wings please. On Saturday there's the Skins’ Dinner at Taurus, booking essential, followed by another club night at Legends. Sunday sees some roasting action down at The Outpost before a Company bar send-off closes the weekend. Tickets are available from www.oi-skinhead.com for £9.50.
In contrast, Sparkle sets out to be the world’s largest transgender celebration. AXM Bar is the host for their Friday registration session. It starts at 3pm and first-timers can feel free to get advice and support here.
Following this is the opening party at the same venue. On Saturday, Sparkle takes over the nearby MMU for a day of lectures, seminars, beauty and photo sessions.
Meanwhile, over in Sackville Gardens, Sparkle in the Park will take place from 3pm-10pm featuring outrageous acts, a pageant of the Miss Sparkle contestants and a performance from the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. The climax of the event is the Final Encore at newly refurbished Café La Belle on Bloom Street. Hosted by The Magic Theatre from London, it will be one last chance to dress to impress, astonish or appall. Visit www.sparkle.org.uk for full details.
The Lowry, June 21
The acerbic lesbian comedian returns to stand-up after a spell producing the occasional novel, a memoir and appearing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Vanilla, June 23
More laughs, hopefully, at the monthly comedy night hosted by Bethany Black. Apparently, it’s the only lesbian comedy night in the UK.
Men’s Speed Dating
LGF, June 18
Impress as many men as possible in a mere minute or two. Tickets cost £5 and places must be booked in advance by calling 0161 235 8028.
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