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Trudie Robinson’s 7 day guide

Published on November 22nd 2007.

Events coming up

I Am Kloot
Almost twenty years on, people still look back to the Madchester days as a golden era of music in the city. But in harping on about back then often is to ignore right now and the bands that Manchester has produced in the last few years. One such sublime outfit are I Am Kloot. A three piece fronted by Johnny Bramwell and with Peter Jobson on bass and Andy Hargreaves on drums, their poetic yet witty lyrics are set against hauntingly melancholic melodies. The band have released three studio albums so far with another due next year and as their back catalogue grows so does the number of musicians with more and more orchestral influences from cello to French Horn introduced.
Manchester Academy (Manchester University Students Union, Oxford Road, Chortle on Medlock, M13. 0161 275 2930) Sat 24 Nov.

The Darjeeling Limited
The latest film from the acclaimed auteur Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) sees him team up with regular collaborator Owen Wilson who plays one of three brothers who travel across India on the fictional train The Darjeeling Limited. A year has passed after the death of their father and the trip sees the siblings making an attempt to bond. In true Anderson style the film covers epic topics with wit, is stylistically colourful and the fashions are so out they’ve popped round to the back door and come back in again.
On general release from Friday.

Pete Doherty’s in a band? He’s not just some drug addled waster and Kate Moss on/off boyfriend? Who’d have thought it. Anyway assuming he doesn’t take a tumble from the rehab cart this week he’ll be performing with his post Libertines creation, Babyshambles. The group formed after Carl Barat and co (aka The Libertines) couldn’t cope with Doherty’s addictive personality any more and so he left to join his other band on a permanent contract. Rather surprisingly and un-rock ‘n’ roll, they are named after the deeply uncool (no matter how ironic you insist your drinking it with brandy is) ‘70s drink Babysham.
Manchester Arena (Victoria Station, City, M3. 0844 847 8000
Thu 22 Nov.

Snow Queen
It’s not the run up to Christmas without a festive visit to the ballet. If you’re bored of the Nutcracker (if not there’s a production of that in February but more of that later) try The Snow Queen, it’s just as shivery seasonal a production. Realised by Michael Corder and based on Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name, the show features 64 dancers of the English National Ballet with the music supplied by Julian Phillips arrangement of Prokofiev and the design by Mark Bailey. This is Corder’s third work for the National Ballet after the well received Cinderella and Melody on the Move.
Manchester Palace Theatre (Oxford Street, City, M1. 0161 228 6255
Wed 28 Nov – Sun 2 Dec.

Rare as a Green Dog
This night showcases art, music and performance promoting the role of women in electronic art. Supported by Futuresonic and The Arts Council, the event aims to reset the balance proving that there are women producing interesting work in the field of electronic music and art. Organiser Caro Snatch the ‘one-woman electronic avalanche’ and the Sisters of Transistors plus guests will provide the music, then there’s the visual stimulus of Digital Donut and live human art performances from Stavroula Kounadez. If that wasn’t enough you can get involved yourself and contribute to the Rare Dog gallery.
Green Room (54-56 Whitworth Street West, City, M1. 0161 615 0500
Sat 24 Nov.

Long Live Rock and Roll
Any club night that’s described as ‘a bit of a blur’ by its resident DJ (in this case Phil Beckett) has got to be good. The eclectic night settles in nicely at its new home at the Roadhouse, which has to be one of the most rock ‘n’ roll venues in the city. Joining Phil in his musical fugue are regular DJs Cottee and Jeff Hordley – last seen as the nasty, but probably misunderstood, Cain Dingle in Emmerdale. Though any rumours that he left the soap to devote more time to heady club nights in Manchester have been greatly exaggerated.
The Roadhouse (8 Newton Street, City, M1. 0161 237 9789
Fri 23 Nov.

Lunchtime Poetry
Bored of struggling through the tinsel and fairy lights to find Auntie Dora that special hot water bottle cover? If so pop into the Royal Exchange for a bit of culture with Manchester’s resident Scottish poet Jackie Kay for a poetry reading. Joining her will be Amanda Dalton whose adaptation of Kay’s children’s novel Strawgirl is currently showing in the Studio, a performance of which will follow the event. Kay will be reading/performing from Adoption Papers, her first published work in 1991 that explored identity and her experience growing up a black girl in her adopted white family.
Royal Exchange Theatre, (St Ann’s Square, City, M2. 0161 833 9833
Sat 24 Nov.

Knot is typical of the kind of vibrant and unusual dance performance the Irish troupe CoisCeim (named after the Irish word meaning Footsteps) are known for. Most people spend their lives looking for that special someone to tie the knot with then ‘spend the rest of their lives examining the frayed ends.’ The show combines word play, choreography and tap dancing as an act of aggression as couples find themselves handcuffed together in a bondage pas de deux – which is a bit racy for the Lowry so don’t bring the kiddies.
The Lowry (Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50. 08707 875780
Thu 22 and Fri 23 Nov.

Shades of Brown
As people from both ends of the spectrum strive to achieve the perfect cafe latte skin tone, millions are spent each year around the world on tanning and bleaching. In this one woman play Rani Moorthy, directed by Linda Marlowe, transforms into a myriad of characters – from an albino South African to a skin bleaching Indian bride to explore their ‘ironic kinship through the one thing they cannot hide, or hide from – their skin.’
Library Theatre (Central Library, St Peter’s Square, City, M2. 0161 236 7110
Until Sat 24 Nov.

Beautiful House
Beautiful House is the latest from acclaimed & award winning writer Cathy Crabb. Creator of Moving Pictures and Fifteen Minutes with You. Bridgette and Ronnie have just moved in and invited their friendly and welcoming new neighbours - Otis and Paula from the flat below - to share a drink with them on their first night as a bit of light relief from their torturous and suffocating demise, now that they have swapped their much loved home in the country to live out the rest of their days in this little box of a dwelling in a run down estate. A touching comedy.
The King’s Arms (11 Bloom Street, Salford M3. 0161 832 3605) Weds 28 Nov- Sat 1 Dec at 8pm

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