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Trudie Robinson's 7 day guide

Published on October 31st 2007.

Events coming up

Kate Nash
Nash is the latest singer songwriter to be discovered after popping her stuff on her MySpace page. Apparently written whilst nursing a broken foot, her naïve, teen lyrics coupled with simplistic but catchy melodies caught the imagination of the nation. Often criticised as being a Lily Allen clone she’s far more interesting than that; her first album Made of Bricks captured what it means to be a teenager, at points embarrassingly accurately and at just 20 years of age who knows what delights she will come up with in her career.

Academy 1 Oxford Road, Chorlton on Medlock 0161 275 2930 www.manchesteracademy.com
Mon 5 Nov.

Mark Thomas
Thomas brings his rallying cry for us – the masses to rise up and do something about whichever worthy cause he has taken on this time. His current preoccupations feature the Serious Organised Crime Police Act, mass demonstrations, getting BAE Systems back in the dock and how he became a Guinness World Record holder. No doubt he’ll update us on what’s going down and probably rope us into his next demo too. A charismatic performer and funny man with the power to change the law and motivate people.

The Dancehouse Theatre Oxford Road, City 0161 237 9753 www.thedancehouse.co.uk
Tues 6 and Wed 7 Nov.

Miss Bollywood
Though famous in her native India very few in Britain had heard of the Bollywood actress before she appeared in Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, and even if you didn’t watch her in it from the beginning the furore over the certainly idiotic if not racist comments of three of her housemates made sure that Shilpa Shetty’s name passed over everyone’s tea tables. Here she shrugs off the house and returns to what she does best, singing, dancing and acting Bollywood style. But not content with existing on celluloid her offering is a full on live show full of Indian glamour and high emotion.

Opera House Quay Street, City. 0870 163 3402 www.livenation.co.uk
Sat 3 – Tue 6 Nov.

World Music
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Made globally famous by Paul Simon’s collaboration with the South African group on his Graceland album, Ladysmith have been touring the world since. Ladysmith popularised a traditional South African musical style called Isicathamiya that originated in the mines of South Africa when after a six day week the workers, working far away from their homes and families, would spend their precious time off singing. Joseph Shabalala gathered together the group from family and friends after discovering the style he wanted to sing in. These days they are seen as cultural ambassadors for their country showcasing this traditional black South Africa style of music.

Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street, City 0161 950 0000 www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk
Mon 5 Nov.

The Car Man
Presented by Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures in conjunction with Sadler’s Wells and first seen back in 2000, The Car Man reworks Bizet’s Carmen transferring the action from the 19th century Spanish cigarette factory to a garage/diner in the 1960’s. Bourne is well known for his revitalising the dance medium, taking it out of its stuffy tutus and employing exciting costumes and sets, lively scores and contemporary references and in The Car Man he proves particularly fond of his film nods.

The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays. 08707 875780 www.thelowry.com
Tue 6 – Sat 10 Nov.

Slow Time
Set in a young offender’s institute, Slow Time concerns the last tortuous hour before the cells are opened and three of the inmates can all hear but not see each other. It’s approaching the end of Delroy’s first night in the institution, meanwhile seasoned inmate Nabs is counting down the minutes until he can can get his hands on the new boy, whereas Ashley is holding on in there, but only just. Presented by 20 Stories High and Liverpool Culture Company and scored by a puslating Grime soundtrack, Slow Time explores the pressures of what it means to be young.

Contact Theatre Oxford Road, Chorlton on Medlock. 0161 274 0600 www.contact-theatre.org
Thu 1 – Fri 2 Nov.

Musical comedyKit and the Widow
They describe their show as ‘comedy song and harmless badinage,’ but if you prefer your comedy performed by two bantering men accompanied by a tinkling piano then this is for you. The pair echo the songs of Flanders and Swann and Victor Borge and anyone else who issues the funnies whilst tickling the ivories in a comic partnership that has seen them play in all manner of places including all of the Channel Islands (apart from the really little one).

Library Theatre Central Library, St Peter’s Square, City. 0161 236 7110 www.librarytheatre.com
Sun 4 Nov.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush reprise their roles as Queen Elizabeth I and her adviser and manipulator Sir Francis Walsingham in this sequel to Elizabeth. Where the first film concentrated on the young queen and how she came to the throne, The Golden Age sees a queen devoted to her country whilst threats to her throne come from, amongst others, Philip II of Spain so expect a sumptuous Armanda scene. Meanwhile Clive Owen joins the cast as explorer Sir Walter Raleigh and another love interest for the Virgin Queen.

On general release from Friday.

Memento Mori
Memento Mori, the Latin term meaning ‘remember you must die,’ figures much in art – there’s a well-placed skull appearing almost randomly in many great works. Here though the exhibition is more obviously devoted to reminding us of our impending deaths with photographs of cemeteries and their headstones, graves and memorials. Commissioned by Salford Art Gallery, David Dunnico photographed the four municipal cemeteries in Salford to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Weaste’s burial ground, the oldest of the four. In addition there are shots of Paris’ Pere Lachaise cemetery and some from Barcelona, Washington and Kiev. Go on, tap into your inner Goth.

Salford Art Gallery Peel Park, Salford Crescent, Salford. 0161 778 0800 www.salford.gov.uk/salfordmuseum
Until 13 Jan. Artist’s talk on Sat 3 Nov.

Best Bonfire: Boggart Hole Clough
Funfair and refreshments, from 5.30pm, the Dream Engine Heliosphere will begin at 7.15pm and the fireworks display will start at 7.45pm. Using music, lighting and the location, the Heliosphere creates the illusion of flying. Spiralling and spinning and seemingly weightless, two ground crew, harnessed to lines but largely unseen, control the balloon's speed, direction and altitude.

Sunday 4 November

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