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Trudie Robinson’s 7 day guide

Published on November 7th 2007.

Events coming up

Bill Bailey
Given his liking for incorporating a musical element into his stand up set could there be anymore suitable a place for Bailey to play but the Arena? On this short tour Bailey has decided to go super size taking advantage of the draw of his TV appearances with Dylan Moran in Black Books and as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks to pull in those audiences. And why not? He is after all one of the most lovable, oddball comics around.
Manchester Arena Victoria Station, City. 0844 847 8000
Tue 13, Thu 15 & Fri 16 Nov.

Before he died in 2004, shot by a Muslim extremist as he cycled to work in Amsterdam, Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was little known outside the lowlands. Ironically like his ancestor Vincent, it was following his violent demise that world wide interest truly sparked in the man and his work and now American indie film darling Steve Buscemi has remade his 2003 movie Interview. Buscemi stars as a political journalist who following a fall out with his boss is sent, reluctantly, to interview a soap actress (Sienna Miller), the picture develops a dynamic between the unlikely pair.On general release.

A Taste of Honey
There aren’t many pieces of literature that scream Manchester more than Shelagh Delaney’s seminal A Taste of Honey. Just nineteen when she wrote it the over forty years old play confronts a range of social issues and, at the time, taboos with teen pregnancy, race and sexuality covered. No wonder it remains a popular school text studied and performed time after time. Centring on teenager Jo and her apathetic mother Helen, this new production of Delaney’s play returns to its native Salford.
The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays. 08707 875780
Wed 14 – Sat 24 Nov.

Dr Dolittle
You can always rely on the Palace for some large scale cheesy theatre and this autumn’s big show doesn’t disappoint with musical royalty Tommy Steele no less leading the cast of dancers, singers and puppeteers. Told here is the story of the doctor who could talk to the animals, join him on a quest for the Giant Pink Sea Snail meeting the Pushme-Pullyu and the Giant Moon Moth along the way. Plus there are sumptuous sets, special effects and an Oscar winning score. Entertainment for all the family.
Manchester Palace Oxford Street, City 0161 228 6255
Until Sat 17 Nov.

Groove Armada
Marking ten years of Groove Armada (is it really that long?), Andy Cato and Tom Findlay release a double album retrospective. One disc explores their upbeat numbers such as ‘I See You Baby’ and the other the smooth down tempo offerings like their first big hit ‘At the River.’ Plus there’s previously unreleased material and personal favourites. This latest tour will mark the anniversary and revisit classic tracks.
Manchester Apollo Stockport Road, Ardwick. 08444 777 677
Fri 9 Nov.

Halle – The Origin of Fire
Finland’s probably better known for its high suicide rate than its music and before Lordi’s victory there were many long dark Eurovision years of null points. However that wasn’t always the case, Jean Sibelius was and still very much is, fifty years after his death, a major player in classical music circles. At home in their residency, the Halle orchestra with Mark Elder conducting breath life back into the Finn’s symphonies with this overview of his work spanning four concerts. On the opening Saturday night Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo joins the fold.
Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street, City 0161 950 0000
Sat 10, Sun 11, Thu 22 and Sat 24 Nov.

Gabriel Figueroa – One Hundred Years
Considered to be one of Mexico’s greatest cinematographers and artists, this exhibition, lent by the Cineteca Nacional in Mexico, consists of forty black and white stills made during the cinematographic process. All the images have an exquisite composition despite originating as a moving image. The exhibition accompanies Cornerhouse’s Luminous Dreams season celebrating 100 years since Figueroa’s birth and is spilt between the foyer of the art house cinema and the Instituto Cervantes.
Cornerhouse Oxford St, City 0161 200 1500
www.cornerhouse.org), Instituto Cervantes,Campfield Avenue Arcade, Deansgate, City 0161 661 4200 www.cervantes.org.uk
Until 1 Dec.

Last chance to see theatre
The Flags
Following a sell out run in the smaller Studio space at the Exchange last year, this time round Flags moves to the theatre proper. Written by Bridget O’Connor and having done a recent stint at the Dublin festival, the last time the play visited it picked up some awards on its way out. JJ and Howie are life guards on the second worst beach in Ireland when the job of guard for the best beach in Ireland comes up for grabs. The only problem is that neither are actually very good at life saving.
Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, City. 0161 833 9833
Until 10 Nov.

Jello Biafra
A spoken word event from the former Dead Kennedys front man; the night promises to feature material from last year’s In The Grip of Treason album. As anyone who was a Kennedys fan knows, Biafra was never afraid to get involved with the politics and over twenty years later nothing’s changed. After the San Franciscan band’s split, Biafra (real name Eric Boucher) became if anything more political. In The Grip… is his 8th spoken word album, his preferred method of creativity and message spreading these days it seems and has been since 1986.
The Comedy Store (Arches 3-4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, City. 0161 839 9595
Mon 12 Nov.

The Circle Club
Medicine: art or science debate
In the West we usually view medicine as an exact science. It’s developed from evidenced based research and has millions of pounds spent on it each year. But in the past, medicine sat alongside the arts and was often considered a very spiritual thing in many cultures. Over recent years there has been a growing interest in seeking out old and new alternative remedies and non-scientific based forms of healing. But do these techniques really work or are they just mind-over-matter or even placebo? Speakers will include: Graeme Massey Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic Manchester, Matt Kendall (Clinical Hypnotherapist) and a representative from Icon Clinical Research.
The Circle Club 13 Barton Arcade, Barton Square Tuesday 13 November at 6.30pm. To reserve your place or book a table for dinner e-mail rsvp@thecircuitseries.com

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