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Things To Do This Weekend: 21/22 April

Ragnhildur Finnsdottir sweeps up the end of the week: food, drink, film and more

Published on April 19th 2012.

Things To Do This Weekend: 21/22 April


Head on over to Chinatown for supper on Saturday. The menu at Red N Hot offers Szechuan cuisine, from frogs' legs to pigs tripe and just about everything in between. Try the Thousand Year Egg with chilli peppers for starters, and one of their signature dishes of meat or fish lavishly topped with chilli and Sichuan pepper for mains. It best be something light and chilled for dessert after the fiery dinner, like pears coated in ice cream.

Red N Hot is located on 56 Faulkner Street, M1 4FH. Click here for the website.  


Have a cocktail at the Blackdog Ballroom in the Northern Quarter on Saturday. The fresh and fruity White Rum Punch with passion fruit, pineapple, apple juice, cranberry juice and, of course, rum will paint your mood sunny, even though the weather won‘t. 

Blackdog Ballroom is on the corner of Tib Street and Church Street, M4 1PW. Click here for the website. 



Go Dumb! on Friday night at the Kraak Gallery in the Northern Quarter. The night’s host is Dr. Syntax and the line up includes Tom Caruana, Pete Cannon, Andy Peek, Will T and Watch Deez. Don't miss out on this night. You can view the promotional video for it below.

Tickets are £4. Click here for the Facebook event.

Kraak Gallery is located at 11 Stevenson Square (Behind Hula Bar), Northern Quarter, M1 1DB


Salmon Fishing in The Yemen is a new British comedy in the cinema starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Schott Thomas. It follows a repressed British civil servant who ends up involved in the incredible scheme of introducing salmon to The Yemen to fulfil a sheik‘s fishing dreams.

Check out the trailer below:


New Kids on The Block and Backstreet Boys bring their world tour to the Manchester Arena on Tuesday 24 April. This is a must see for all the 90s fans out there. So stretch the weekend out into next week, put on your best ripped jeans and leather jacket and head for the arena on Tuesday night.

Tickets are £40-£50.

Click here for tickets and information.



Check out Bronagh's Big Weekend at the Lowry on Friday night. It’s a one-woman comedy show about a mad weekend in a mad family that's a mix of Four Weddings and a Funeral with Irish dancing and restraining orders. Helen O‘Brien is a BBC New Comedy Award Winner and a Funny Woman Finalist.

Tickets are £12. Click here for tickets and information.


The Whitworth Art Gallery will be open after hours on Saturday night from 7.30pm-10.30pm. It will be an evening of interesting and unique performances that intertwine with the exhibitions and gallery spaces.

Entry is free. Click here for information.   



Catch a tour of Manchester's architecture scene with Jonathan Schofield on Saturday. It mixes and matches styles and buildings with a crazy and haphazard panache and looks at architecture from 1850 to 1914. Rendezvous point is outside Manchester Visitor Information Centre on Portland Street, the tour starts at 1pm.

Tickets are £7. Click here for information.


Check out the production of Miss Julie at the Exchange Theatre on Friday night. Set in Sweden in 1894, the Count’s daughter feels trapped and alone but when she meets the footman Jean a passion ignites that soon spirals out of control. Make sure not to miss this popular play which portrays the class system and human sexuality.

Tickets are £6.75-£33. Click here for tickets and information.


Take the whole family out to Albert Square where St George’s Festival takes place. The festival is on from 20-22 April and is free for all. There will be live performances, fun fair, dancing, a market and more at the square over the weekend. As part of the festival, St George’s Parade will take place on Sunday at 11.30am.

Click here for more information. 

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