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Things To Do This Weekend 12/13 May

David McCourt serves up this weekend’s entertainment options

Written by . Published on May 10th 2012.

Things To Do This Weekend 12/13 May


The superb Jerry Seinfeld comes to Manchester on Saturday 12 May for a dose of live stand up at the MEN Arena.

Unbelievably, there are still tickets left to see the American colossus of comedy whose sitcom, Seinfeld, commanded 70 million viewers, and makes him more than $100million a year in DVD sales alone.

Tickets cost £40 - £47.50. Doors open at 8pm.

For more information, click here.


Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest is being screened on Saturday 12 May at the Northern Quarter’s newest creative space, 2022NQ.

Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows the Queens, New York, collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest'.

From forging a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, to their much publicised breakup in 1998, Rapaport explores what's next for, what many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap.

Entry is free on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 6pm.

For more information, click here.


Sarah Frankcom’s production of Miss Julie closes at the Royal Exchange Theatre this weekend so if you’d like to catch the critically acclaimed show, then you’d better hurry.

Maxine Peake, known for her television appearances in Silk, the BAFTA nominated Hancock & Joan, and Shameless, is reunited with director Sarah Frankcom to play the role of Miss Julie. Frankcom’s recent successes at the exchange include the award-winning Punk Rock and A View From The Bridge.

Tickets costs £9 - £33. Friday 11 May 7:30pm, Saturday 12 May 4pm and 8pm.

For more information, click here.

Maxine Peake as Miss Julie at the Royal Exchange Theatre, ManchesterMaxine Peake as Miss Julie at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester


Join Graeme Park for the first in a series of four live club/broadcast events taking ravers and listeners on a journey through the history of house music together on Friday 11 May.

Basement is Manchester’s newest underground venue. A converted Ancoats factory, fitted with the sound of Blacka Acoustics, it provides an industrial backdrop, echoing the feel of Downtown New York, and is perfectly suited for a raw party atmosphere.

Tickets costs £10. Doors open 10.30pm.

For more information, click here.


Those Black Dog Ballroom folk have opened a new bar called Black Dog NWS (New Wakefield Street), so why not check it out over the weekend.

This sister branch of the Northern Quarter favourite has transformed the old Pure Space bar into a New York style speakeasy diner, complete with roof terrace and basement club.

The venue, which is stylishly designed by Manchester based agency Start Judge Gill, is spread over three floors.

For more information, click here.


How does a boned trotter, over mash, with sausages, and seasonal veg sound?

Our own Jonathan Schofield found the sausages full of character, the mash a creamy joy, and the whole thing perfectly delivered. John Farrer has transformed Teacup from a Northern Quarter tea and cake shop, to an eatery with top quality coming out of the kitchen.

Check it out this weekend, or to find more about those teacups trotters, click here.


The Manchester Rock Gem ‘n’ Bead show takes place on Saturday 12 May at Event City.

With approximately 30 exhibitors at the event, it’s the perfect opportunity to see a large range of natural mineral goods, beads, jewellery making products and gifts.

You'll be able to view, examine, purchase, talk and ask range of specialist and local exhibitors for advice.

If you're a fan of anything mineral, silver & goldsmithing, bead threading and jewellery it's the place to be.

Entry costs £4 adults, £2 seniors, and £1 Children (8-16yrs). Last entry 4pm.

For more information, click here.

Manchester's Graeme Park, DJManchester's Graeme Park, DJ


Britain’s biggest vintage fair heads back to Manchester on Saturday 12 May at The HMV Ritz.

With over 60 years of stock, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair will be at the ballroom for one day only featuring; handpicked traders and designer-makers from all over the UK, new-season staples, pastel to print to 1920s clobber, menswear, homewares, nick-nacks and accessories galore, offers, sale rails and discounts, the mother of all vintage tea-parties and retro refreshments, and vintage DJs and entertainment.

Opening times 11am – 5pm.

For more information, click here.


Out2Dance Manchester are bringing Same Gender Tango to Manchester this weekend at Manto Bar, Canal Street.

Taught by Lora Hudson, an award-winning Tango teacher, the event offers drop-in classes followed by a practice.

Classes are 1pm -2pm for beginners, 2:15pm – 3:15pm for improvers, and 3:15pm – 5pm for practice and social dancing.

Drop in price is £8.

For more information click here.

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Andrea Ahimie-CarthyMay 10th 2012.

There is also...

The Longford Park Centenary weekend commences and you can now see the full programme of events at http://lp100.org.uk.

The Longford Park Centenary Weekend will be a family friendly event that attempts to offer something to everyone in the community.

As well as music, dance and theatre there will be lots of sports and recreational activities to enjoy for the whole family.

It is also worth mentioning that an exhibition at the Longfords Suite will explore the rich history of Longford Park (lp100longfordparkcentenary.org.uk/…/…) and that over 40 stall holders and 13 Caterers are so far confirmed for the centenary weekend.

Please let your friends and neighbours know about this hopefully very enjoyable community event.

For more information please visit: http://lp100.org.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/192728314163844/
Twitter: @longfordpark100

Jonathan Schofield - editorMay 10th 2012.

Andrea, how are you? I might be along to that park event as it is not far away.

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