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Trudie Robinson’s 7 day guide

Published on November 15th 2007.

Events coming up

Sex Pistols
Making their first appearance in Manchester since their legendary gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall back in 1976, this tour sees the most influential yet largely manufactured punk band reform after thirty years. The line up is the original one featuring Johnny Rotten, Glen Matlock, Steve Jones and Paul Cook but minus, of course, their (later) iconic bassist Sid Vicious on account of his post Pistols, heroin fuelled misadventures with Nancy Spungen proving fatal - but hey ho, if you have to lose a band member a bassist is probably the best option. Whether it’s going to be an embarrassing spectacle of shambling middle-aged men or the most inspiring event this year remains to be seen but either way it’s got to be worth a look.
Manchester Arena (Victoria Station, City. 0844 847 8000 www.men-arena.com) Sat 17 Nov.

Brick Lane
Based on Monica Ali’s award winning novel and already having caused consternation amongst the Bangladeshi residents of Brick Lane in London, the film finally goes on general release. The story that has caused so much disquiet is a moving tale telling of Nazneen and her feelings of displacement and depression as she moves as a young wife from East Pakistan (aka Bangladesh) to live in a grim tower block in the East end with a husband she doesn’t know. Her situation worsens post 9/11 when political tensions towards the Muslim community increases; the only relief from her grey days comes when Karim walks into her life, a beautiful young man whom it seems has developed an interest in her.
On general release from Friday.

Merry Christmas Everybody
It’s mid November but since when did that stop us hearing Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody' played over tinny speakers in British Home Stores across the land. Now you can hear their legendary Christmas song live – unbeaten in popularity by any of the other festive jingles since – as they take to the stage for a massive extravaganza of seasonally inspired glam rock. Joining them in the now traditional event – it’s in its fifteenth year - are Mud, no doubt playing Lonely This Christmas as well as glam anthem ‘Tiger Feet,’ and ‘T- Rextasy’ - the tribute band to T-Rex who are excused from reforming for the tour on account of Marc Bolan having rammed his mini into a tree many years ago.
Manchester Opera House (Quay Street, City. 0870 163 3402 www.livenation.co.uk) Sun 18 Nov.

Horrible Histories
As anyone who counts any little boys – and some girls amongst their family members/acquaintances will know, they have an unerring fascination with the most gruesome elements of life. And history just happens to be full of them as Terry Deary and Martin Brown the creators of the Horrible Histories series realised when they wrote and illustrated the books that focus in on the most bloody events in history. There’s Henry VIII and his penchant for rolling heads, King Harold with the arrow embedded in his eye and dead Pharaohs wrapped in bandages with pickled brains. Now joining the books and the audio books is the live show in all its visceral glory. Using actors and special effects they recreate two periods in history, The Awful Egyptians and The Ruthless Romans.
Manchester Palace Theatre (Oxford Street, City 0161 228 6255 www.manchestertheatres.com)
Tue 20 – Sat 24 Nov.

Josh Ritter Academy
There was a time when, bar the moody black wearing Johnny Cash, it was deeply un-cool to be into country music. Tammy Wynette standing by her man and Kenny Rogers with his pleas to Ruby were considered cringe worthy. But these days re-branded as Americana and more navel gazing than dosy doe, country music is a far more meaningful and enjoyable experience. One of the new breed of musicians is the Idaho born Josh Ritter. Previous albums have considered the state of the nation though his latest and fifth album has more whimsical concerns with songs about Joan Of Arc, Calamity Jane and Florence Nightingale who all appear to have congregated in the belly of a whale.
Academy (Oxford Road, Chorlton on Medlock 0161 275 2930 www.manchesteracademy.net) Sun 18 Nov.

At the beginning of the year Beirut born Mika was being hailed as a future big star of 2007. The seers weren’t wrong; you can barely step out of the door without hearing Mika’s cheery psychedelic pop tunes. Born in the Middle East in the eighties, Mika and family fled to Paris at the height of the troubles. Apparently unaffected by the trauma, Mika’s music is almost a polar opposite to what you would imagine to be produced by someone with his background. There’s no doom and gloom here as he continues in the vein of flamboyant pop as practised by the likes of Scissor Sisters and inspired by the Queen of them all - Elton John. Mika’s debut album and the singles pulled from it have camped it up the charts, now for the tour and it by the looks of the videos and album artwork, it should be a blast.
Manchester Apollo (Stockport Road, Ardwick. 08444 777 677 www.livenation.co.uk) Mon 19 & Tue 20 Nov.

Volcano Day at the Museum
As well as gory moments in history one of the other things that kids can’t resist is lava spouting volcanoes. For those kids with volcanic obsessions this specially devoted day at the museum is a must. Open to the whole family you can make your own working volcano or find out what it’s like to be in an eruption (safety hats not required). Elsewhere you can find out about Britain’s volcanic past and see objects from Pompeii that belonged to Roman victims of the famous eruption. Then there’s a workshop at 2pm with Alchemy artist Ilana Halperin on the power of volcanic eruptions and the people that live in their shadow.
Manchester Museum (Oxford Road, City. 0161 275 2634 www.museum.manchester.ac.uk) Sat 17 Nov.

Charity Event
No Laughing Matter
This is the fourth in a series of events held at the Comedy Store in aid of Act4Africa, the charity established to raise awareness and educate people in the continent about AIDS and halt the spread of the epidemic that affects so many across its countries and cultures. Performing the night will be former Manchester student Simon Bligh, New Zealand comic Sully O’Sullivan and Lucy Porter. Porter, a veteran of the stand up circuit proves a wonderful paradox in that her diminutive size and sweet face looks like butter wouldn’t melt, making her acidic comments and filthy mind all the more shocking and funny.
The Comedy Store (Arches 3-4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, City. 0161 839 9595 www.thecomedystore.co.uk) Mon 19 Nov.

Stephen K Amos
Embarking on his debut solo tour of the UK with his new show, Amos has already been a big player at the Edinburgh festival for the past few years and has earned himself a Time Out Award in 2004. More of Me is fresh from being tried out in Edinburgh this year and before that the Melbourne Comedy Festival and is typical of his part confessional yet heart warming style that he has built up over years on the stand up circuit. Funny, frank and acutely observed, catch him in the cosy room at the Lowry before he’s playing the cavernous venues.
The Lowry (Pier 8, Salford Quays. 08707 875780 www.thelowry.com) Sun 18 Nov.

The Circle Club
The Cult of Celebrity
Long gone are the days of true celebrity, these days the term ‘celebrity’ seems to mean anyone who’s ever been on TV. The debate will look at whether the media contributes to and benefits from our obsession with celebrities. Whether it is healthy for us to pour over women’s weeklies full of juicy celebrity gossip? And why do we take so much pleasure watching Z list TV personalities anyway? Will dressing like our favourite pop star really bring glamour and glitz in to our lives? Can Celebrity endorsements add value to brands, and what’s the real value of celebrity anyway?Speakers confirmed for the evening are Professor Geoffrey Beattie (Psychologist and regular contributor to celebrity based shows such as Big Brother), Niki Proctor (Celebrity Liaison, Press & Stylist at Gorgeous Couture) and Scott Kershaw (Celebrity Photographer).
The Circle Club Tues 27 November, 6.30pm.
To reserve your place or book a table email rsvp@thecircuitseries.com

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