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

Written by . Published on April 21st 2008.

Confidential Choice


Matthew Williamson:Ten Years In Fashion

This exciting exhibition will present Matthew Williamson's most iconic designs and will deconstruct the process behind his work, illuminating his distinctive use of pattern, print and colour.

When: until Sun 21 September
Where: Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
Price: Free


The Glass Menagerie

BAFTA-award winner, Golden Globe winner, and two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn stars as an overbearing mother. Amanda Wingfield (Brenda Blethyn) was the most popular girl in town with her pick of eligible bachelors – but she chose the wrong one. Now, years later, she is desperate for her two grown-up children to avoid her own mistakes. Dreaming of ways to improve the lot of a son who’s rarely home and a daughter who rarely isn’t, Amanda longs for a gentleman caller who can transform everything, in Tennessee Williams’ lyrical, tender and shattering masterpiece

When: Wed 9 April to Sat 24 May from 7.30pm
Where: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, M2 7DH
Price: Free


Naive Melody at Charlies

One brilliant club gets an equally brilliant guest DJ. Yet Justus Kohncke is also a great producer and remixer (hear how magnificent his rework of Zero 7's 'You're My Flame' is, for example). Here, though, it will be those spinning skills on show as well as that impeccable taste for high quality, modern disco music. Recommended.

When: Friday 25th April, 10pm
Where: Charlies:(formerly Rockinghams) 1 Harter Street, Manchester, M1 6H
Price: TBC
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Sebadoh is an indie rock band formed in Westfield, Massachusetts by Eric Gaffney and Dinosaur Jr bass player Lou Barlow. Along with such bands as Pavement and Guided by Voices, Sebadoh helped pioneer lo-fi music, a style of indie rock characterized by low-fidelity recording techniques, often on four-track machines. The band's early output, such as 1990's Weed Forestin' and 1991's Sebadoh III, was typical of this style, and wavered between Barlow's wry, introspective folk and Gaffney's psychedelic noise-rock experiments.

When: Sat 26 April at 19:30
Where: Manchester Academy 3
Price: £15


21 (12A)

21 follows Ben Campbell, a university student and maths genius, but when he has no money to pay the bills, his maths teacher (Kevin Spacey) introduces him to blackjack and Las Vegas. All goes well until Ben gets greedy. Based on a true story, if you loved Ocean's Eleven, you’ll love 21.

When: Everyday 1.30pm, 4.15pm, 7pm, 9.45pm
Where: AMC, 253 Deansgate, Unit 2 The Great Northern, M3 4EN
Price: Off Peak- Adults: £5 Senior: £3.75 Students: £4 Peak- Adults: £6 Senior: £3.75 Students: £4


Laugh your face...Trof NQ

What: Mc Kev Rook presents Scottish headliner Patrick Rolink in an 'awesome arsenal of satire and wit' - The Notice, musical mayhem from Ray Kane 'Something for everyone' – Chortle, Killian Monson 'Hilarious' - Student Direct and Chris Stokes. Plus DJ Spider, free sweets and prizes.
When: Thursday 24th April from 7.30pm
Where: 8 Thomas St, Northern Quarter, M4 1EU
Price: £3/£2 for members
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Bunny Chow

Like a South African early US indie – or perhaps mumblecore – feature, Bunny Chow springs from a very specific milieu. In this case it’s the burgeoning arts scene in post-apartheid Johannesberg. David, Kagi and Joey are three comedians trying to make it big. First stop on the road trip to fame is a big music festival down south where they hope to make their mark – if David can overcome his stage fright, Joey can reconcile his Muslim faith with his comic calling and Kagi can keep his flies buttoned. Bunny Chow heralds a new generation of South African comedy.

When: See website
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.


Circle Club

An evening of dinner and debate as Ray King (food critic), David Heeley (Hi-Life Diners Club) and Mark Garner aka Gordo (food critic and publisher of Manchester Confidential) discuss fine dining in Manchester. They'll be discussing what makes a successful restaurant and how restaurateurs can create a seamless dining experience. The Circle Club head chef Neil Lorenzo will be dishing up some exquisite supper time treats, this looks set to be an evening of tantalising dishes and tasty tips...

When: Tues 22 April, from 6.30pm
Where: The Circle Club, Barton Arcade
Price: Free for Circle members. Non members £5 on the door. £10 per head for food.

To book your place please email rsvp@thecircuitseries.com


Northern Funk

Northern Funk relaunches this week One Central Street nightclub. On the decks will be DJ’s Fritz Great Lakes and Myk Nolan. Providing suitable support will be the rest of the Funkademia DJ team. Expect to hear a playlist which could feature Marvin Gaye mixed with Duffy mixed with Aretha mixed with Gnarls Barclay mixed with Herbie Hancock mixed with Stettsasonic mixed with Issac Hayes mixed with Amy Winehouse. You get the idea.

When: Friday 25 April, 10.30pm-2.30am
Where: One Central Street
Price: £4

www.northernfunk.netWe're giving away 2 for 1 entry to the relaunch party. To get your voucher, please click here.

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