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Best Things To Do In MCR: 3-12 Oct

Lee Evans, Swan Lake, Red Bull Trials, a swimming pool full of beer and the end of the world

Published on October 2nd 2014.

Best Things To Do In MCR: 3-12 Oct


Fresh from his sell-out UK tour Of Mic And Men, a starring role in the hit show Law and Order, as well as singing with Ricky Gervais on the Youtube viral Equality Street, Doc Brown is back with his unique take on Life, Love and Lyricism.

Doc Brown | The Lowry | Fri 3 Oct | £20 tickets here


Red Bull City Trial returns for the third year running, where the world’s best trial riders race head to head in the heart of Manchester. Twelve times FIM Trial World Champion, Dougie Lampkin, will face his strongest line up to date at the third edition of the Red Bull City Trial in Manchester on Saturday 4th October 2014. Lampkin will be joined by Spain‘s reigning FIM Trial World Champion Toni Bou and six times FIM Trial World Champion Adam Raga.

Red Bull Trials | Deansgate | Sat 4 Oct | Midday | FREE | More here 


Nottingham four-piece Childhood instantly shot into the British press with debut single Blue Velvet in October 2012, a song described as bright and dreamy as a thousand sunrises. Sounds lovely dunt'it. Now they’re gearing up to the release of their debut album (chop, chop lads) and are quickly becoming one of the most hotly tipped upcoming bands in the UK.

Childhood | Deaf Institute | Sat 4 Oct | 7.30pm | Tickets here


Direct from London's West End, award winning actor Dean Elliott (Buddy -The Musical) and a full cast of performers tell the compelling story of one of the greatest musical duos ever. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, The Simon and Garfunkel Story also features a full live band performing all their hits including Mrs RobinsonCeciliaBridge Over Troubled WaterHomeward Bound and more.

Simon & Garfunkel | Opera Coliseum | Sat 4 Oct | Tickets £17 here

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Tesco Wine Fair will be bringing wine varieties by the hundreds, alongside expert workshops and 'wine walks' to Manchester Central over the weekend on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October. Ranging from bottles for £5 to cases for £150, the range will feature the full-bodied and intense to easy-drinking and refreshing. Fairtrade, organic, boutique, limited edition and big brands. They're all here. Not that you'll remember any of it.

Tesco Wine Fair | Manchester Central | Sat 4 and Sun 5 Oct | Tickets here


Manchester Museum’s next exhibition Siberia: At the Edge of the Worldcombines some unique specimens such as a baby mammoth preserved in the permafrost, with stunning artefacts, rare objects and photographs. This is the first UK show on Siberia, and reveals a surprisingly rich and varied picture of this vast, diverse and little known territory.

Siberia: At the Edge of the World | Manchester Museum | Opens Sat 4 Oct | More here


The story of Prince Siegfried’s love for the Swan Queen Odette, their battle against the evil sorcerer, Rothbart, and a fateful encounter with the manipulative Odile is revealed in English National Ballet’s acclaimed production of Swan Lake. Beloved for its exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, played by the Orchestra of English National Ballet, this Swan Lake is a thrill for the dedicated ballet fan or first-time ballet-goer.

Swan Lake | Palace Theatre | Tues 8 to Sat 11 Oct | Tickets from £7 to £44

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'The devolution genie is well and truly out of the bottle. But what kind of constitutional settlement will satisfy the urges of the North? Should cities have more power and control over all tax raised? And what will become of the Counties and towns if we create Londons of the North?

But are we in danger of rushing headlong into a city-based solution? What about an assembly of the North? A North West solution? An English Parliament? Where is the direction of travel for this?'

English Devolution - More Power To The Cities | Manchester Central Library | Weds 8 Oct | 6pm to 8pm | £7 tickets here


Nothing to do with us this one, although they have pilfered both Man and Con. Indy Man Beer Con is the Independent Manchester Beer Convention, a four day showcase for the best brewers from the UK and beyond, taking to Victoria Baths from Thur 9 to Sun 12 October. Spread across five rooms with more than 80 taps serving the best beer in a big 'ole Grade II-listed swimming pool.

Indy Man Beer Con | Victoria Baths | Thurs 9 to Sun 12 Oct | Times and info here


Lee Evans, who broke the Guinness World Record for a solo act performing to the biggest comedy audience at the Manchester Arena in 2005, will be performing brand new material as part of one of his biggest tours to date.

Lee’s manic energy, uncanny observations, hilarious delivery and side-splitting material have made his live performances a must-see for comedy fans worldwide.

Lee Evans | Phones4u Arena | Thurs 9 to Sun 12 Oct | Tickets £35.45 here


Forty six years to the day of his first professional Football League debut for Manchester City, Tommy Booth is set to front the first of the club’s popular and returning Legends Tour on Thursday 9 October 2014. In a career spanning decades, Tommy played 400 games for the club, scoring 25 goals, carried four cups and was capped four times by England.

MCFC Legends Tour | Etihad Stadium | From Thurs 9 Oct | 12pm | Tickets £70


From Saturday 11 October to Wed 17 December, Cornerhouse will present a specially curated programme of films and events to transport the viewer into the weird and wonderful world of science fiction.

The theme here is a cheery one, the end of the world. This selection of films and events, including War of the Worlds and 2001: A Space Odyssey, explores some of the film and literature of the great science fiction age, from the 1930s to the end of the 1960s, and shows how the fears that drive them remain current.

Science Fiction Season | Cornerhouse | Opens Sat 11 Oct | More here

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This October sees the Women in Comedy Festival return for a second bigger year. Running across Greater Manchester from Saturday 11 to Sunday 26 October, the festival features more than 125 acts in 80 shows across sixteen venues. Confirmed acts include big acts such as: Jo Caulfield, Zoe Lyons, Janey Godley, Luisa Omielan, Felicity Ward, Jo Neary, Barbara Nice, Kate Smurthwaite, Tanyalee Davis, Dana Alexander and Jo Enright.

Women In Comedy | Across Manchester | Saturday 11 to Sunday 26 Oct | More here


Behind the Mask, the biggest collection of BAFTA-winning actor portraiture ever assembled, comes to The Lowry for its first time out of London.

Featuring portraits of over one hundred international stars, Behind The Mask is a photographic census of actors and actresses who have won or been nominated for a BAFTA since 1954.

The exhibition is a collaboration between BAFTA Archive & Heritage and renowned celebrity photographer Andy Gotts MBE, who was sent across the globe to photograph subjects including Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Sidney Poitier and the late Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams.

Behind The Mask | The Lowry | Pier Eight | Until Jan | FREE | More here

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Simon TurnerOctober 6th 2014.

John Lydon at Albert Hall is the hottest ticket this week, I should know, I've been trying to buy one. Tommy Booth for £70 at the Etihad not quite in the same league.

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