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Trudie Robinson’s seven day guide: yoga, kids stuff, Lowry and very very famous comedian

Published on January 3rd 2008.

The Confidential Choice

A-Tishoo! A Christmas Cold
It may be recommended for the under 5s but everyone can identify with the disappointment and general annoyance of getting a cold over Christmas. It’s always the way:you spend most of December rushing to get everything done, whether it be that last highlights’ article before the Christmas break or making the a glittery snowman card for your mum. Then Christmas day arrives and so do the sneezes. So really this piece of children’s theatre is for everyone. A young girl lies in bed with a snotty cold unable to join the rest of her family. So instead she employs her own imagination to distract her from her runny nose. Using puppetry and household objects her imaginings are brought to life. If you haven’t any kids of your own best grab a niece or nephew as your excuse for going.
The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays, M5. 08707 875780

Sat 5 & Sun 6 Jan.

The Kite Runner
Like the film of Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane, the controversy surrounding the making of The Kite Runner preceded the film by several months. Now’s your chance to see what all the fuss was about. Based on the book by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner is an epic tale of family, friendship and betrayal set in Afghanistan. One afternoon in Kabul, two friends, Amir and Hassan compete in a kite fighting competition but following the afternoon’s victory comes an act of betrayal that resonates for many years. Twenty years later, Amir returns from living in America to the Taliban ruled Afghanistan to attempt to right a wrong and receive redemption.
On general release
Cornerhouse Cinema - www.cornerhouse.org

Chris Rock
Given that there are very few events happening, it seems ironic that what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest comedy events this year should occur so soon within those desolate first eight days. Black American comic and actor Rock started out in stand up in the mid eighties but didn’t achieve full recognition until the nineties. Early appearances on Saturday Night Live were often edited down, probably because of the strong political content of his comedy and material concerning race relations. Unsurprisingly his uncompromising style brought controversy when he hosted the Oscars in 2005, one thing’s for sure it’s not going to be a quiet night at the Apollo to ease you into the virgin year.
Manchester Apollo Stockport Road, Ardwick. M12 08444 777 677
Mon 7 & Tue 8 Jan.

Lowry at Lowry
Though it wasn’t the only reason that they built the Lowry arts centre in Salford, one of its purposes was to commemorate and house the works of one of the North’s most memorable artists. Even if you only know his work from a number one hit record in 1978, Lowry’s matchstalk men, cats and dogs are iconic symbols of Salford and it’s all too easy to forget that there is always an exhibition of his work on permanent display at The Lowry. The display changes seasonally as there are far too many Lowry’s to display at anyone time so take time out of the post Christmas malaise and take some in.
The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays, M5. 08707 875780

A Tasty Tale
In an age that worries about childhood obesity surely the easiest way to stop children eating the wrong foods would be to put Hansel and Gretel on the school curriculum. The story that basically stated that if you are tempted by gingerbread and sweets you’ll be eaten by a wicked old witch would surely put the kids off the Christmas choc. Though it’s omitted in schools fear not as you can still scare the kids by taking them to this production of the traditional tale presented by Tangere Arts where Hansel isn’t as brave as he might think, Gretel turns out to have inner strengths, the witch is thwarted (sorry if that gave the game away) and a duck finds out exactly how wise it is.
Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, City, M2. 0161 833 9833
Until Sat 6 Jan

Mind and Body
It’s New Year (have we mentioned that already?) and it’s traditional to have a stab at getting rid of that bloated Christmas feeling with a little bit of exercise even if it only lasts until 23 January. A way of cleansing the body of mince pies whilst simutaneously washing the mind of the season’s consumerist notions is to take up yoga. The word yoga is Sanskrit meaning ‘union’ and its main focus is pulling the mind and the body into line. Through a series of ‘asanas’ or poses, the practice increases calmness of mind, strengthens muscles and refines the mind’s focus. Though the gentler hatha yoga – where novices are probably best starting – is quite slow moving so for the cardio-vascular exercises you’re still going to have to don a bobble hat and run round the park.
Yoga Shala -
Dru Yoga -
Bodywise -
Chorlton classes-

High School Musical On Ice
Most adults are probably non-plussed regarding the High School Musical phenomena, but for those who aren’t aware of the Disney TV film and its many offshoots it’s like kiddie crack, they just can’t get enough of it nor, if my neices are anything to go by, stop singing the songs. Another reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story set in high school with the unlikely division between the warring teens stemming from Troy and Gabriella’s decision to audition for the musical. Since its premiere on the Disney Channel in the States in Jan 2006, franchises have included a sequel film, a stage show and now they’re pulling on the ice skates to skate out the story and the all singing battle.
Manchester Arena Victoria Station, City, M3. 0844 847 8000
Wed 9 – Sun 13 Jan.

Manchester Science and Industry Museum
By now you should have followed our advice and visited Manchester Museum and all the natural history delights it has to offer. Now for the nerdy science section, why not have a nosy about the free permanent collections at the Science and Industry Museum. Nowhere near as dry as the physics lessons at school, many of these displays are largely interactive and science made sexy! Maybe that’s going too far… But it’s a great day out nevertheless.
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry Liverpool Road, Castlefield, M3. 0161 832 2244

Take in a Comedy Club
As we’ve mentioned if you’ve already taken in all the pantos this city has to offer, there’s not a lot going on this week. Apart from on the comedy scene that is. Other than Chris Rock at the Apollo this is the week when many of the comedy clubs get back to normal after the Christmas/New Year breaks/festivities. There’s many to choose from with The Comedy Store and The Frog and Bucket both back with regular top class weekend shows. Also returning this week are two gems of small comedy clubs XSMalarkey in Fallowfield and Mirth on Monday in Chorlton. XSMalarkey is one of the best clubs in the country and promoter and comedian Toby Hadoke has a great line up in a cosy, studenty environment. Over at Mirth there’s always plenty of regular Chorlton punters up for a laugh and host Des Sharples doesn’t disappoint.

The Comedy Store Arches 3-4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, City, M1. 0161 839 9595
The Frog and Bucket 102 Oldham Street, City, M4. 0161 236 9805
www.frogandbucket.comMirth on Monday Iguana Bar, 115-117 Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21. 0161 881 9338
XSMalarkey Bar XS, 343 Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, M14. 0161 257 2403

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