BURT IS BACH
While most are collecting beige slacks and shouting at lampposts at the age of 85, the man once described as ‘the greatest songwriter of the twentieth century’ is still touring the globe. Burt Bacharach’s career has spanned more than 60 years, he’s written over 70 top-40 hits in the US, over 50 in the UK, and had his songs recorded by more than 1000 different artists. Bacharach has returned to the UK and brought a full band with him.
Burt Bacharach/Bridgewater Hall/Fri 1 Aug/8pm/Tickets from £43.45
BLACK DOG BALLSTRÖM
Scandinavian cider brand Rekorderlig (the one that punches your teeth with ever sip) are hosting a series of Swedish garden parties on the terrace of Black Dog Ballroom NWS this weekend, ‘transforming the space into a Swedish oasis with interactive experiences inspired by the colours, shadows and aromas of a Scandinavian summer. There’ll be DJs including XFM’s Hattie Pearson and Kitsune’s Davidian, a kaleidoscope photo area, Swedish grub and Rekorderlig cocktails and prizes. Tickets include a cider, samples, canapes and gifts from the eveing.
Rekorderlig Swedish Parties/Black Dog Ballroom/New Wakefield Street/31 July to 3 August/Tickets £10/More here
Although you may think of Sly as a Hollywood superstar with a face like a boulder and the eloquence of a moose, Stallone’s rise to Hollywood stardom is an inspirational one. Sleeping in a bus shelter and so broke he had to sell his dog for $25 (so the legend goes), Stallone cobbled together a script about a downtrodden Philadelphia boxer, but refused an initial $300k offer (equivalent to $1m today) because the studio wouldn’t let him star in it. Rocky went on to win three Oscars, become a six film franchise and rake in more than a billion dollars at the box office, catapulting Stallone to the apex of Hollywood action tree, he went on to star in, write, produce and direct over 90 films. Not bad for a schmuck.
Hear tales from his life and career as he is interviewed on the Arena stage by Hollywood journalist Sandro Monetti.
An Evening With Sylvester Stallone/Phones 4u Arena/Fri 1 Aug/7.30pm/Tickets from £45
BOY, OH BOY
Now and then a film sneaks up on you. No press, no red carpet, no premiere 'nip-slip', no frills. And blows your socks off (No not Shawshank, it's not even that good). Boyhood, it would appear, is about to not only blow your socks off, but stick them to the nose of an X-15 jet and put Superman in the cockpit. With an unprecedented 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 100% on Metacritic, the Telegraph called Richard Linklater's film 'the achievement of a lifetime', while Empire called it 'unmissable'.
Linklater worked with his cast on and off over a staggering 12-year period to produce Boyhood, tracking Mason (Eltar Coltrane) and his family through his formative years, from six-year-old boy to man.
Boyhood/Cornerhouse/Various times/More here
Beginning this August, Pride Fringe is a month long programme of LGBT arts, music and culture across the city, spearheaded by appearances from Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually) at a Q&A on Friday 22 August to discuss new British film, Pride, based on an unlikely relationship between a group of LGBT activists and striking miners in 1984. Award-winning artist Paul Harfleet’s Pansy Project, opening at the Doubletree Hilton on Friday 1 August, is a ‘guerilla gardening’ project in which pansies are planted at the locations of incidents of homophobia, while Chetham’s School of Music will be hosting free performances from Monday 4 August. Full programme of events here.
Pride Fringe/Throughout August/Download the full guide here
CAN YOU DIG IT?
For nine days the UK's biggest urban gardening festival will be greening over the city streets from Manchester Cathedral through Exchange Square, down New Cathedral Street onto the festival hub at St Ann's Square, finishing with a flurry on King Street. There'll be gardening ideas, flower markets, pop-up picnics, show gardens, TV folk, masterclasses, arts, crafts, films, fêtes, music, food, drink, dogs, bees and live sushi slicing. Forming the centre piece of the festival are sixteen show gardens installed across the city’s shopping streets, including a Japanese meditative garden by Tatton Park and Bridgewater Hall's sound garden. Sound.
Dig the City/Sat 2 to Sun 10 August/Throughout city centre/More here
HONOUR is A large-scale outdoor music, digital art and dance event on The Quays, featuring hundreds of choral singers the event will offer audiences an innovative window on the effects of conflict and an opportunity for communal reflection on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
HONOUR/MediaCity Piazza/Sat 2 Aug/9.45pm/More here
The Hallé performs its traditional rousing finale to the summer Promenade Concerts, and what a summer it’s been. In Brazil the England footb… At Wimbledon Andy Murra… At least the cricket team have… and the rugby? Oh for f… Well, at least we have each other. Eh? Scotland is doing what? Bloody nora. There’s only one thing for it, Rule, Britannia!, Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and ferocious Union Jack waving. That’s better.
Last Night of the Hallé Proms/Bridgewater Hall/Sat 2 Aug/7.30pm/Tickets £17 here
In a dark and mysterious undercroft of the city centre old stories are coming alive. Tales might include those of dead artists, sinister magicians, tragic lovers and body-snatchers. Expect the unexpected and also lots of laughs. People who are brave enough to come on the tour should try not to faint - this has happened before.
The Haunted UnderWorld Tour is ead by Confidential editor Jonathan Schofield (not recommended for kiddiewinks under-10, unless they're 'well 'ard')
The Haunted Underworld/St Ann’s Square/Sat 2 August/Meet by the War Memorial 1:30pm/£8.00 tickets here
RIDERS IN THE SKY
A national campaign to get you up off your jacksie and onto a bike, the Sky Ride sees tens of thousands of cyclists take to the streets of Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool amongst other towns and cities for a free traffic-free ride for all of the family. From 10am to 4pm, setting off from either Albert Square in the city centre, the National Cycling Centre at Sportcity or joining anywhere along the way, cyclists can enjoy a hassle-free ride along the 12.5km route or even take a pop at the ‘tricks and tunes’ area at the Etihad Stadium. Massive ramp jump onto an inflatable crash bag anyone? Obviously.
Sky Ride Manchester/Albert Square to National Cycling Centre/Sun 3 August/10am/Sign-up here
AROUND THE WORLD, AROUND THE WOOORLD
Aside from making crisps, Phileas Fogg is Jules Verne's eccentric adventurer who wagers his life's fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in only eighty days. The problem being that this is 1872, one hundred and thirteen years before Ryanair started shafting plebeians. A tale of adventure, a cast of eight will take yoy across the globe, through 108 characters, 33 scenes, six boats, five trains, three fights, a circus and an Indian sacrifice.
Around The World In 80 Days/Royal Exchange Theatre/Until 16 August/Tickets £14.50
GAMING: '79 TO '89
Explore the early years of gaming and the digital revolution at Gallery Oldham (that's Gallery Oldham, not Oldham Gallery, for some reason), when affordable computers enabled a new generaton of oiks to stop doing things outside that involved running, throwing, kicking or standing up at all. You can also play some of those original, historic, and frankly crap video games in the gallery.
Revolution in the Bedroom/Gallery Oldham/Until 1 Nov/More here
Living Ventures 754th venue opens on Deansgate next week, with The Botanist occupying the former Label site. They've thrown £1m at the refurb, with echoes of the design and menus of sister pub, Spinningfield's Oast House, easy to see. There will the usual combination of accessible food, real ales, sharp cocktails and truckloads of bric-a-brac. Live music and a stringent door policy will be key at Deansgate's lastest offering.
The Botanist/Deansgate (former Label bar)/Opens Mon 4 Aug/More here
MEET THE MAKER
Like climbing a mountain, jumping out of a plane, or throwing Luis Suarez in a shark tank for a propa' biting, you'll often find making your own cheesecake at the top of many'er bucket list. Now you can join Lancashire Cheesecake Company at Selfridges in this workshop for kids and adults to design your own cheesecake, make it, and scoff it. The circle of life.
Meet The Dessert Makers/Selfridges Trafford/Tues 5 Aug and Sat 9 Aug/12-5pm/£2.99/More here
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