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Published on October 11th 2007.

Events coming up

In Conversation with Karen McBride
McBride is one of the city’s foremost music photographers and to mark the opening of her first exhibition she is in conversation with music journo and Goldblade frontman John Robb. Her exhibition, in the Green Room bar area, showcases her unusual eye with both black and white and colour images of bands ranging from the famous - she toured with Scissor Sisters - to those championing the unknown and unsigned.Green Room (54-56 Whitworth Street West, City. 0161 615 0500 www.greenroomarts.org), Fri 12 Oct

The Boy Who Dropped an Egg on The World
Liverpool theatre company Jack’s Hard Rub Theatre present a play that uses mythology and the supernatural to express the horror of war. Written by Julian Bond the play centres on a café in the desert on the eve of the invasion of the US led invasion of Iraq. A sandstorm approaches and as the people are preparing for the worst, a British visitor arrives. Culture clashes are explored with nods to Greek myth and Biblical tales. Zion Arts Centre (Stretford Road, Hulme. 0161 226 1912 www.zionarts.com), Fri 13 Oct

Independence Art Exhibition
Celebrating Nigeria’s 47th year of independence, the Nigerian centre (just by Platt Fields) opens its doors inviting people to view art by African, Caribbean and Asian designers and artists. A joint collaboration by the Open Art Gallery and the Independent Art Exhibition the show features a diverse range of work; there are watercolours and water fountains, oil paintings and metal sculpture and all for sale. Plus you can pop over the road and take a bracing stroll in Platt Fields afterwards.Nigerian Centre (Appleby House, Platt Lane, Rusholme. www.openartgallery.biz), Until Sun 21 Oct.

No Laughing Matter
The charity Act4Africa recently set up a residency at the Comedy Store pulling the comedy going crowds into their fundraising activities. The charity was set up to raise awareness and educate people in an attempt to put a stop to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Africa; working amongst those most at risk in various countries all over the continent. This event is their third and features the likes of Northern Irish comic Martin Bigpig who himself has been involved in the fundraising and Adam Bloom the wonderfully neurotic, seasoned act.The Comedy Store (Arches 3-4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, City. 0161 839 9595 www.thecomedystore.co.uk),Mon 15 Oct

Music Ray Lamontagne
Chances are you either loved or hated it but you certainly couldn’t miss it. Lamontagne’s Trouble was played all over the airwaves in the summer of 2006, joining Amy Winehouse in infusing modern music with a uniquely old, ‘60s feel to it - the ‘Woodstock’ image was added to by the American’s beardy, hippy look. The flower child vibe is evident in his back story too; his mother left his musician father when he was a child and they travelled around to wherever she could find work. But it was listening to a song penned by Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills and Nash fame) that inspired him to take up his father’s profession.Manchester Apollo (Stockport Road, Ardwick. 0870 401 8000 www.livenation.co.uk)Wed 17 Oct

The latest computer generated animal adventure sees a combined effort that’s unlikely to fail to be a hit with the might of Brad Bird the director of The Incredibles and the Pixar studios (the guys that united kids and adults over viewings of Toy Story) behind it. This time round it’s a cutesome rodent that’s sets to spawn another wave of Disney merchandise. Remy the Rat harbours unlikely ambitions to be a chef and winds up in Paris finding himself under the premises of one of the city’s most exclusive restaurants. With the help of Linguini, the garbage boy, he sets himself the challenge of getting a place in the kitchen; not an easy task given that they’re not the most rodent friendly of places. On general release from Friday

The Circle Club
Eco Property Debate: Hippy Rubbish or serious opportunity?
If you feel passionately about the environment, property or just enjoy a good debate, the Circle Club is hosting the Eco Property Debate No. 2. The issue will be thrashed out from every angle; from home buyers and property developers to investors and architects. Whether you have an experience you want to share, good or bad, or just want to find out more about the issues concerning eco property you can join in the debate. The Circle Club are also serving food on the night two courses at £8.50. For details and to book please email rsvp@thecircuitseries.com or visit the website www.thecircuitseries.com
The debate takes place on Tuesday 16 October from 6.30pm at the Circle Club. Entrance is free to Circle Club members and £5 for non-members.

Food and Drink
Manchester Food and Drink Festival
Though already in its second week, the food festivities go on. Its centrepiece is Albert Square where the Taste, Dine and Learn pavilion continues to offer all manner of taster sessions and tips to pick up. There are tasting opportunities from cheese to chocolate, Malaysian to Mediterranean whilst Manchester’s finest restaurants provide the nosh. Plus chef Dave Mooney of Belle Epoque and Duke of Portland in Knutsford and John Slattery, proprietor of Whitefield chocolatier’s Slattery amongst others give demos and an insight into their culinary creations.Albert Square, www.foodanddrinkfestival.com, until 14 Oct

Magic of the Musicals
Short on stature, big on dance - Wayne Sleep, the dolly bird who used to be on the Generation Game - Melanie Stace and actor and singer Robert Meadmore gather together to perform some of the best songs from the biggest stage musicals. Featured will be favourites from The Sound of Music to Joseph, Mamma Mia to Les Miserables and The Lion King to Billy Elliot. The music is provided by the Magic of the Musicals Orchestra, plus there are singers and dancers providing aural and visual support.Bridgewater Hall (Lower Mosley Street, City. 0161 950 0000 www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk), Fri 12 Oct

Chatroom & Citizenship
A double bill of plays from the National Theatre with teenagers at their centre. Directed by Anna Mackmin both plays face, head on, the fears, drama and trauma of the beginnings of our adult life. In Chatroom, a new play by Enda Walsh, six teenagers chat in cyberspace in a tale of manipulation and rebellion. Then Mark Ravenhill’s Citizenship follows a boy exploring his sexual identity; capturing the trepidation and the curiosity of burgeoning sexuality in a candid narrative.The Lowry (Pier 8, Salford Quays. 08707 875780 www.thelowry.com, Until Sat 13 Oct

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