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Lynda Moyo tells you where it’s at for the next 7 days

Written by . Published on April 1st 2008.

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Join the masked one in this incredible new score by Latin music sensations the Gipsy Kings. Fresh from California, this story of good versus evil, action and adventure, romance and thrilling sword fighting, has been the subject of numerous best selling books and major motion pictures. Who can forget Banderas and Zeta-Jones in the 90’s swashbuckler movie?

When: Tues 1 April- Sat 5 April, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Where: Opera House, Quay Street, M3 3HP
Price: £12.50- £28.50
Opera House


Richard Goodall Gallery

March 2008 will see the Richard Goodall Gallery, play host to American artist Kendra Binney, with the UK exclusive showing of a collection of her brand new paintings. Whilst most were bullying Barbie, Binney spent her childhood searching for all things minuscule hiding in the grass. This relationship to the small, obscure and unnoticed has informed her adult creative career. Her paintings reveal a world of dripping landscapes, memories, remorse and unspoken thoughts. Go and view.

When: From Fri 28 Mar, Tues-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 10am-5pm
Where: Richard Goodall Gallery, 59 Thomas Street, M4 1NA
Price: Free


Mr Scruff

Join Mr Scruff as he works his way through all those funk-infused styles.

Expect a marathon set of mixed musical taste in what will be an audio and visual experience. You might even get a trademark nice cup of tea.

When: Sat 5 April, from 10pm
Where: Music Box, 65 Oxford St, M1 6EQ
Price: £10


Lars and the real girl (12A)

Lars is a lonely, loveable introvert who finally discovers romance through the internet. But when he introduces Bianca to his brother and sister-in-law they're aghast - she's an inflatable doll (not that Lars seems to notice). How can they help cure his delusion? May sound like a mid-week Channel Four documentary but luckily this is just a film. And a poignant and funny film at that.

When: Mon 31 March- Wed 2 April
Where: Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH
Price: Matinées (before 5pm): £4.60 full / £3.30 concessions, evenings (from 5pm): £5.70 full / £4 concessions


Manchester Art Gallery

The museum has been shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award. The awards recognise pioneering, innovative museums and galleries which don’t immediately lend themselves to being family-friendly. The shortlisted museums are now being visited by families, unannounced, who will road-test them against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Do your own road-test this week by going to see the first major UK exhibition of Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba- one of the most exciting Asian artists to have emerged in recent years.

When: Sat 23 Feb- Sun 1 Jun, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm
Where: Manchester Art Gallery
Price: Free

The Club

With Brazil's drum & bass star, DJ Marky, playing alongside D-Bridge, Die, Dynamite MC, Blood & Fire and Manchester's Rich Reason.

When: Fri 5 April, 10pm to 4am.
Where: The Club, AKA Paradise Factory, 112 - 116 Princess St, M1 7EN
Price: £8 adv, £10.



With countless awards under their high waisted belts, everchanging band line-ups and over a decade of catchy pop anthems such as Freak like me, Stronger, Red Dress and About you now, it’s no wonder this trio are the most successful all-female act of the 21st century in the UK. The girls will be at the Apollo for the Manchester leg of their Change tour, after which it is rumoured that they will be returning to the studio to work with American producer Timbaland.

When: Tues 01 April and Wed 2 April, 7pm
Where: Manchester Apollo, Ardwick Green, M12
Price: £26


Meet the Spartans (12A)

If you’ve seen the epic movie, 300 then you have to watch this spoof copy. Both far fetched and utterly daft, Meet the Spartans is everything you expect from parody comedies. Nonsense. So far critics have slated it, but as long as you don't go expecting anything of depth, you won't be left disappointed.

When: All week- noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Where: AMC, 253 Deansgate, Unit 2 The Great Northern, Manchester, M3 4EN
Price: Off Peak- Adults: £5 Senior: £3.75 Students: £4 Peak- Adults: £6 Senior: £3.75 Students: £4


Barbara Nice

The Lowry’s favourite Stockport housewife gets the 192 bus to Salford to extol the uplifting benefits of simply being friendly. Phoenix Nights favourite Janice Connolly stars in her hilarious and critically acclaimed new show, 'Hiya and Higher'.

When: Thurs 3 April, 8pm
Where: The Lowry Theatre, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Price: £11-£13


The Northern Restaurant & Bar

The Northern Restaurant & Bar returns to Manchester Central. The show has a strong business slant and relevance to anyone operating hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars in the region. Expect a star chef line up, bookings in the restaurant, leading business seminars and food and drink tastings.

When: Mon 7 April, 10am-5pm
Where: Manchester Central, M2 3GX
Price: Free when you register online in advance or £15 on the door


Circle Club

What: This week the Manchester Circuit Series takes a look at recruitment. Hiring a good team of people is tricky at the best of the times - developing them and holding onto them can be even trickier. So are there fail safe ways to hiring the perfect team and what should employers be looking for in their candidates? Learn some top tricks and tips on finding the right people, motivating your team and developing them into an excellent workforce.
Where: Circle Club, Barton Arcade, Manchester, M3 2BB
When: Tues 8th April - 6.30pm
Price: Free for Circle members, non-members £5 on the door.

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