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Ten Things To Do This Weekend

Rakhi Sinha and weekend possibilities - Valette, ice, fire, art, food and DOOM

Published on November 4th 2011.

Ten Things To Do This Weekend

Guided tour

Valette's Manchester. If any citizen desires to realise how really beautiful parts of Manchester may appear under certain lights he should inspect the canvases of Adolphe Valette’. This was the view of an art critic in 1912. Adolphe Valette was Manchester’s own French Impressionist painter. Green Badge Guide Philippa Cave will be leading a tour, inspired by Valette’s work, visiting the places he painted, from Albert Square, to Oxford Road and All Saints. The tour also calls in at Manchester Art Gallery to view the paintings. Meet at the Town Hall Steps, Albert Square, 1.55pm. Saturday 5 November 2011 2pm. Fee £6. http://www.revealmanchester.co.uk/


Horrible Histories brings cruel Romans and powerful pharaohs to life in their two stage shows, Ruthless Romans and Awful Egyptians. Using actors and 3D effects, the shows are guaranteed to thrill audiences with their historical figures and events. The plays are on at the Manchester Opera House all this week until Saturday 5 November, see their website for more details and ticket information: http://www.manchesteroperahouse.org.uk.

Family Day Out

On Sunday 6 November, join Norwegian composer and instrumentalist, Terje Isungset and artist Anne Fox-Kelly for a fun-filled afternoon of family-friendly activities at the Royal Northern College of Music. Try your hand at making musical instruments out of ice and help sculpt an ice-o-phone using just sticks and stones. The event takes place between 1.30-4.30pm and is suitable for children aged 7 - 12 years old. http://www.rncm.ac.uk/whats-on-mainmenu-47.html


There’s a whole host of free bonfires and firework shows across Manchester this Saturday. Wrap up warm, get your baked spud and toffee apple and head down to a display at one of these popular spots; Heaton Park, Platt Fields Park or Wythenshawe Park. They all have family funfairs, fireworks and a bonfire. See http://www.visitmanchester.com for more details and exact times.


Head down to the Royal Exchange to catch Good before it finishes this weekend. Written by CP Taylor and set in 1930s Germany, it tells the story of a good man who gets caught up in the Nazi propaganda machine. Good finishes this Saturday 5 November, tickets cost from £9-£25. See http://www.royalexchange.org.uk for more details and to purchase tickets.


Air Pressure at Whitworth Art Gallery explores the relationship between traditional farming life in Japan and the technology and economy of international travel. The exhibition follows one family who live at the foot of Narita International Airport in Tokyo, who have refused to move despite pressure from authorities. Part of the Asia Triennial Manchester 2011, it opens this weekend on 5 November and runs until 12 February 2012. http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/


This Saturday 5 November sees grown men prancing about in a wrestling ring when the WWE Raw World Tour hits town. If you want to see acrobatics, stamina and strength in a family- friendly show, get to the Manchester Evening News Arena. Tickets cost between £15 and £45, see the MEN Arena website for more information: http://www.men-arena.com


Wanting a nice meal out this weekend? Why not try Cicchetti, winner of Newcomer of the Year at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2011. The restaurant, in House of Fraser (Kendals), is part of the successful San Carlo chain. They serve up Italian style tapas in a stylish atmosphere. They have salads, pastas and a selection of antipasti. You can find their menu and more information here: http://www.sancarlocicchetti.co.uk.


The arctic North Pole Bar is back and bigger and better than ever this winter. The marquee in Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens has been transformed into a cosy, contemporary ski chalet with fires and tasty hot cocktails to warm your cockles. There are also burgers and bratwurst sausages if you’ve worked up a hunger whilst out shopping.


DoomDoomHip hop fans shouldn’t miss the illusive, mask-wearing DOOM, who will be performing at the HMV Ritz this Friday 4 November. Having spent years at the forefront of his game, the rapper and producer will be performing tracks from his new album, Born Like This, which has been hailed as one of the best hip hop LPs of recent years. Tickets cost £18.50 and can bought from the HMV Ritz website. http://www.hmvritz.com/.   


Off With Their Heads Presents… Saturday 5 November at Islington Mill. With Bonfire Night-themed debauchery, the mill will be hosting artistic and explosive celebrations for this traditional evening of Catholic versus politics. Electro DJs include Greg Thorpe (Off the Hook/Drunk in Vogue, Fannie Fierce (Bollox), Rod (Bollox) and many more. http://www.islingtonmill.com/

Ten things to do plus one next weekend

The Tour of Uninteresting Objects. 

Jonathan Schofield - the editor of the contemporary, engaging and rewarding organ you're presently reading - will be leading the tour. This concentrates on the often ignored elements that make a city. It reveals odd sculptures, mad details, washed up remnants, bits of things, the quirky residue of activity. This is the second Uninteresting Objects tour and follows a different route from the first. It takes place on Saturday 19 November at 3pm. Meet on Mosley Street outside Manchester Art Gallery at 3pm. Price £6. Book on http://www.jonathanschofieldtours.com/ or just turn up. 

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AnonymousNovember 26th 2011.

I opened this to find something interesting to do today, 26 November, and find most of the events are already done, being from earlier in November; ie, The Tour of Uninteresting Objects. That would have been perfect for today. Get your finger out.

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tblzebraNovember 26th 2011.

It might help if you read the article that was published yesterday, rude anon.

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