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Manchester Science Festival highlights

Girl geek dinners and the science behind cooking and beer brewing

Published on October 27th 2009.

Manchester Science Festival highlights

The Science Festival is here so you may as well use the opportunity to inch up your IQ level. Knowledge-hunters who would rather jump in the canal than step into a lecture theatre will be pleased to hear that there's all kinds of events on offer, including walking tours, craft sessions, dinner parties, plays, and films. The festival runs until 1 November, so there's no excuse not to be applying for MENSA by this time next week.

Food events

Science + Food = Cooking (MOSI, Wed 28 October, 2.30pm-3.15pm)

Lisa Tse is head chef and CEO of Sweet Mandarin, an award winning Chinese restaurant and cookery school (www.sweetmandarin.com). Behind the wok, Chef Lisa's secret ingredient is science. Join her to explore the science and technique behind the cooking, the history of different foods, and the advantages of different kinds of cooking equipment. This show will focus on demonstrating favourite dishes, such as dim sum, stir fries and fruit origami, that can easily be made at home. And there'll be tasters along the way.

Free but booking required at http://msffood.eventbrite.com

Girl Geek Dinner (Sweet Mandarin, Northern Quarter, Thu 29 October, 7pm- 9pm)

The Girl Geek Dinners are organised all over the world (girlgeekdinners.com/). With an emphasis on fun and informality, they provide a welcoming atmosphere for women to talk about technology. This one promises delicious food, stimulating company, thought provoking conversation and inspirational speakers including Liv Wild from Thoughtworks talking about happiness and innovation.

£5. Booking required. To book and find out more about the rules go to www.manchestergirlgeekdinners.co.uk

Girl Geek Dinner

Film Events

The End of the Line (Manchester Museum , Sun 1 November, 1.30pm-3.30pm)

Imagine an ocean without fish. The End of the Line, directed by Rupert Murray, examines the effects of our love affair with fish as food, and the devastating implications of a future with no fish. There will be marine conservationists on hand after the film to answer questions.

Free. To guarantee a seat please reserve your place on the museum booking and information line. Spaces may also be available on the day. Tel 0161 275 2648. The film is certificate PG.

It's Rocket Science


It Is Rocket Science (Islington Mill, Wed 28 October, 7pm-8.30pm)

Helen Keen loves space rockets. She brings their story to life with a fusion of stand-up comedy and tinfoil in her highly acclaimed solo show which features Space Nazis, Satanists and aeronautical engineers. It Is Rocket Science will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the great brains who put monkeys, ladies, dogs and gentlemen into orbit.

For adults. Free. Booking required. Book online at http://msfrocketscience.eventbrite.com

The Beagle Has Landed! (Manchester Museum, Fri 30 October, 7.30pm- 9pm)

Celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday with comedy as The Missing, Inc. bring to life a wildly inaccurate account of Darwin ’s voyage on HMS Beagle. This is no history lesson: the show is full of audience participation, songs and all-round silliness. In the words of The Missing, Inc: 'You will learn nothing. Guaranteed.'

Audience – adults and teenagers. £3. To guarantee a seat please reserve your place on the museum booking and information line. Spaces may also be available on the day. 0161 275 2648.

Lisa Tse at Sweet Mandarin


Deep Time Cabaret (MOSI, Fri 30 October, 2pm-3.30pm)

Award winning Horse + Bamboo Theatre present Deep Time Cabaret, an exciting new show from one of Europe’s leading visual theatre companies. The show is a humorous and anarchic production that mixes theatre, Eastern European Absurdism, folk songs and dances with film and animation to create a visually evocative story about the wonder of the universe and our place in it. This is a family show, suitable for aged 11+.

Free. Booking essential. Book online at www.manchestersciencefestival.com

Nick Arnold’s presents: The Horrible Science Show (Zion Arts Centre, Sun 1 November, 3pm-4.30pm)

Join best-selling author Nick Arnold for some evil experiments. With woeful water torture experiments, disgusting details and queasy quizzes this is roof-raising family fun with extra squishy bits.

Free. Booking required.

Walking Tours

Costs and booking details vary for the following walking tours. Tours start at various locations in Manchester. See www.manchestersciencefestival.com for more details on individual walks.

After the Cloud (Wed 28 October, 11am-1pm)

Learn how Manchester became an international model of city centre development following the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb. Track what changes have been made in planning and regeneration as you explore buildings old and new.

University Challenges (Tue 27 October 2pm-3pm)

Guides from the University of Manchester ’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine present a tour of the university’s original site. See where Rutherford and Geiger probed the secrets of the atom, Marie Stopes began her trailblazing career, computers learnt to sing, and Manchester uncovered ancient Egypt .

Computer Says “Yes!” (Wed 28 October 11am-12pm, Thu 29 October 11am - 12pm)

Manchester was where the first programmable computer was built in 1948, but the city had a long history of expertise in this new area of science, dating back to William Jevons and Douglas Hartree at Manchester University.

On the Shoulders of Giants (Thu 29 October 1pm-2pm, Sun 1 November 11am-12pm)

Discover how Manchester’s scientists and technologists continue to shape the world we live in. Find out what the giants of the past, Rutherford and Turing, would make of the would-be pioneers of today. Guided walk with short performances by actors.

Craft events

Science slam (Urbis, Fri 30 October, 12pm-3pm)

Join the Urbis Learning Team to enjoy a variety of craft activities reflecting the Festival’s key themes. You can add to the huge body drawing, make a model solar system, or even build your own egg rocket.

£3. Drop-in. For more information contact learninginfo@urbis.org.uk. www.urbis.org.uk/familyfun

The big microbe knit (Saturday 31 October, Touchstones Rochdale , 11am – 4pm).

Learn about some of the friendly and not so friendly microbes in our lives as we knit swine flu, salmonella and the common cold.

Free. Just drop in.

Find out more about these events at www.manchestersciencefestival.com

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Dr WangOctober 27th 2009.

I fancy geeks.

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