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Best Things To Do In MCR This Week: 15-21 August

Dead Poet's, Stoners, The Prince Of Thieves, Bakes Offs and Peterloo Remembered

Written by . Published on August 15th 2014.

Best Things To Do In MCR This Week: 15-21 August

Pride Fringe 'Secret Screenings' (except they're not secret because they're listed here)...

Manchester Pride is holding two intimate secret cinema screenings at the Moston Miners Community Arts & Music Centre next week, giving audiences a viewing of a new and highly anticipated feature, Pride, in which UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. The secret screening comes ahead of its general release date in September 2014. With only a limited number of tickets available, these exclusive previews are expected to sell out quickly.

Secret Screenings/The Moston Miners Community Arts & Music Centre/Friday 15 August 7.30pm and Saturday 16 August 2.30pm/Tickets here 

Another 'secret screening'...

Victoria Warehouse is working alongside Secret Cinema to stage a special, one-off, impromptu screening of Dead Poet’s Society to celebrate the life of Robin Williams, with all proceeds from the event going towards mental health charity Mind. Dead Poet’s Society, the BAFTA and Academy Award winning film directed by Peter Weir, tells the story of English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) who inspires his students to follow their dreams through his teaching of poetry.

Dead Poet's Society/Victoria Warehouse/Friday 15 August/7.30pm/More here

Ant and Dec's Takeaway on Tour

Come and see Ant and Dec's Takeaway On Tour, a spectacular live show featuring special guests, amazing prizes and, as always, YOU could be part of the show.

Ant and Dec's Takeaway on Tour/Phones4U Arena/Friday 15 and Saturday 16 August/ Tickets here

Peterloo - Soldiers on the Rampage

To commemorate the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819, celebrated local folk musicians Geoff Higginbottom, Martin Gittins and Bob Ashworth will perform their homage to Peterloo. Come and listen to this amazing collection of songs linked together by prose and quotes recounting the story of the Peterloo Massacre. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and talk to the musicians about the Peterloo Massacre and how it is still relevant today. Suitable for all ages.

Peterloo Soldiers on the Rampage/People’s History Museum/Sunday 17 August/3pm/Tickets here 

Revolution-Theme-@-Peoples-History-Museum1People's History Museum

Meet the Makers

The Meeting the Makers campaign has begun at the Trafford Centre’s Selfridges, giving customers the chance to meet the people behind their favourite foods. Sample the treats of three chocolatiers and learn how to slice like a master in a Yo Sushi master class. Full programme here.

Meet the Makers/Selfridges/Trafford Centre/Throughout August

Bake it. Bring it. Share it!

Break out the food colouring and get colourful for Pride, the Great Village Bake Off is back. Sweet or savoury, pie or cake, there are no limits beyond what you are able to carry. The lovable GBBO contestant Howard Middleton will be on hand to judge the entries and all proceeds go to Manchester Pride. Homo Hero Award nominee for ‘Best LGBT Venue’, The Molly House, will host the competition.

Great Village Bakers/The Molly House/1pm 17 August/Competitor tickets here/Free entry for spectators20

Village Bake Off

The Editor's Tour Double-Header:

The Peterloo Massacre Walk

16 August, 1819 is the moment that defines the British struggle for democracy, the day that coined a phrase and stirred a nation. Manchester Confidential editor and tour guide Jonathon Schofield will be taking in the key locations associated with the mass protest meeting that ended in death and mayhem. 'If you want Peterloo explained with verve, wit and real knowledge then this is the easily the best tour around,' Marple Historical Society, 2013.

The Peterloo Massacre Walk/Meet outside Manchester Art Gallery/Saturday 16 August/Noon/£8 tickets here

The Tour of Uninteresting Objects

This tour reveals odd sculptures, mad details, washed up remnants of things inside and outside buildings. Each tour will tackle a different area of the city centre and uncover massive quantities of uninteresting objects. This is an informative, entertaining and unusual look at what Manchester has got to offer.

The Tour of Uninteresting Objects/Meet outside Manchester Cathedral/Saturday 16 August/3pm/£8 tickets here

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This season of events, live performances and high quality artworks at Imperial War Museum North looks to commemorate the First World War. Bill Fontana’s Vertical Echoes is a unique sound sculpture that uses eight loudspeakers and vibration sensors to project the roar of a Sopwith Camel Biplane and the echoes of a field gun from the trenches that rises and falls as visitors enter. Also featuring will be works by Mark Anstee and Jennifer Vickers.

Reactions 14/Imperial War Museum North/Until 21 September/Full listings here

Karma to Burn

This American instrumental stoner rock band, whose album entitled Almost Heathen is seen as one of the defining pieces of the stoner rock genre, will be playing the Deaf Institute. They'll be supported by UK stonerrockers Desert Storm who boast gigantic riffs, sludge and blues grooves.

Karma to Burn/The Deaf Institute/Tuesday 19 August/7.30pm/Tickets here

The Great British Pimms Picnic

The Oast House is offering the chance to get together and bask in the sunshine (hopefully) in their open air courtyard, sipping on a glass of Pimms. Local nail salon 'Pretty Me Nails' will be showcasing their newest product and a few lucky ladies will get their nails painted in this seasons hottest trend. The evening will conclude with a prize draw.

The Great British Pimms Picnic/The Oast House/Tuesday 19 August/5.30pm/Tickets £10/More here

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Screenfields tops off another season with this classic featuring Kevin Costner, morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman. Join Robin and his merry men as they fight the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham and seek to avenge the death of Locksley’s father. Tickets are purchased on the evening for £3 with both single and double deckchairs available on a first come first serve basis.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves/Spinningfields Lawn/Thursday 21stAugust/Doors open 5.30pm

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