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Trudie Robinson’s seven day guide: Wuthering Heights, Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip and plenty of photographs

Published on February 14th 2008.

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Wuthering Heights
“Heathcliff, it’s me Cathy…” Ahem, sorry, any excuse to revisit Kate Bush’s debut hit. Of course it’s not just the kooky songstress that has been influenced by Emily Bronte’s classic novel. It continues to inspire a range of readers from fluttery A-level English students, the parents of recently demised Aussie film star Heath (his sister is called Cathy) to a slew of film adaptations. Aptly it’s performed at the Waterside on the night after Valentines Day so drag your mister or missus along for a tale of passion, death, (largely) unfulfilled love and a sexy, brute of a man. What more could you need?
Waterside Arts Centre 1 Waterside Place, Sale, M33. 0161 912 5616
Fri 15 Feb.

Having left the Attic venue of their early years and now setting up camp wherever the mood takes them, the guys behind Sequence are celebrating its fourth birthday. For the anniversary event they’ve popped into the new revamped Paradise Factory – now monikered The Club - occupying two rooms with the likes of Clark from Warp Records and Robert Hood and in the second there’s Redshape and Andy Stott live. Plus Computer Controlled residents Mark 'Turbo' Turner and P45 will put in an appearance. The birthday night will be followed by two more Computer Controlled events at the old Paradise Factory with Sequence and Naive Melody on March 22 and Futuresonic on May 3.
The Club formerly The Paradise Factory 112 - 116 Princess Street, City, M1. 0161 272 7707
Fri 16 Feb.

Richard Herring
Last year Richard Herring hit a landmark birthday when he turned 40. Inspired by his inability to grow up despite the significant anniversary, he wrote a show discussing his love of childish pursuits such as daft t-shirts, talking about his cock and showing off to girls half his age. The star of Fist of Fun and You Can Choose Your Friends performed his show at the Edinburgh Fringe last August and at the Frog and Bucket for the Manchester Comedy Festival in October- his favourite venue in the city apparently. If you missed it back in the autumn, catch it now, he’s a very funny man.
The Frog and Bucket 102 Oldham Street, City. 0161 236 9805
Sun 17 Feb.

Mark Ronson
If you think you’ve never heard any of Ronson’s music you’re probably wrong. Heard Amy Winehouse warbling the Kooks’ ‘Valerie’? Lily Allen taking on the Kaiser Chiefs ‘Oh My God?’ You’ve heard Ronson’s work – getting already famous stars to cover other stars’ work is what he does – you can’t go wrong there really can you? That’s what he thought and his second album Version is full of them. Though quite how he’s going to manage to pull it off live without a piling a whole host of divas (though possibly not the ones still in rehab) in his tour bus who knows? There’s only one way to find out.
Manchester Apollo Stockport Road, Ardwick. M12 08444 777 677
Sat 16 Feb.

George Rodger’s War Photographs
Celebrating the centenary of his birth, the museum looks to local boy Rodger (who was born in Hale) and the moving, disturbing and astonishing images of war he took during his career. Together with Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa and David Seymour, he founded the legendary photographic agency Magnum. This exhibition explores the evolving role of the photographer during the 1930s and showcases work from, amongst other conflicts, the Second World War including the London Blitz and Belsen concentration camp. The pictures are joined by pieces of film, personal items plus interviews with veterans and Rodger’s widow.
Imperial War Museum in The North The Quays, Trafford Wharf, Trafford Park, M17 0161 836 4000
Until April 27.

Hot Chip
Another one of those current popular outfits that you may think you’ve never heard of. But we can guarantee you that at some point, possibly in the earlier hours of the morning, the refrain ‘over and over like a monkey with a miniature symbol’ has wandered inexplicably through your head. There you go then, you have heard them. Formed from their south London roots, the guys that sound like they’re named after a northern English fish restaurant have released three albums of electro pop so far, with their first garnering them little attention, the second nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2006 and the latest, well who knows with the latest- it only came out last week. No doubt you’ll hear it tonight and again and again as it’s reprised in your head at 3am.
Manchester Academy (Manchester University Students Union, Oxford Road, Chorlton on Medlock, M13. 0161 275 2930) Sat 16 Feb.

Hip Hop
Dizzee Rascal
The East-end rapper and one of the most respected acts in hip-hop at this time, Dizzee Rascal first came to prominence with his debut album, the somewhat melancholic Boy In Da Corner, which was nominated for the Mercury Music prize. His latest, and third, album Maths & English is considerably more upbeat and musically takes from a much wider area: he sites his influences as ranging from ‘Korn inspired metal guitar’ in ‘Siren’ his debut single from the album and ‘Bugsy Malone inspired backchat’ from Lily Allen on ‘Wannabe’.
Manchester Academy (Manchester University Students Union, Oxford Road, Chorlton on Medlock, M13. 0161 275 2930) Tue 19 Feb.

Blake’s Shadow: William Blake and his Artistic Legacy
Last week we pointed out the major William Blake exhibition at the Whitworth and if you still haven’t been, here’s another reason to. Alongside the Blake works is artwork that has over the years been inspired by him. Blake had the uncanny knack of appealing to the populace and the academic simultaneously. Consequently the pieces inspired by his work are vast in their range. Spanning two centuries of his influence, the exhibition showcases works from a variety of different areas, in watercolour, prints and painting as well as audiovisual work and illustrated books.
Whitworth Art Gallery University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M15. 0161 275 7450
Until April 20.

There Will Be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson’s fifth film’s reputation precedes it as it was already up for Oscars and Bafta nods before it even reached English cinemas. Based on the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair and set on the frontier edge of turn of the century California, the film stars Daniel Day Lewis (once again sporting a hefty moustache) as Daniel Plainview, the broke owner of a silver mine who transforms himself into an oil tycoon. It promises to be a sweeping epic featuring family, faith, power and of course black gold (that’s oil to those of you that never watched The Beverly Hillbillies).

On general release.

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