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Things To Do This Weekend: 21/22 January

Choon Young Tan serves up your weekend

Written by . Published on January 19th 2012.

Things To Do This Weekend: 21/22 January


Omid Djalili is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed British-Iranian actor, writer and producer, as well as a stand-up comedian who, after three and a half years, is back on the road with his new show, Tour of Duty. You can see him doing what he does best – mainly undermining and mocking ethnic stereotypes – at the Palace Theatre this Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are £24.50. Click here to buy tickets.


You’ve probably heard of the musical film Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, but now Caba-Rade are now doing their hilariously crude take on it – Burly-esque.  Caba-Rade are a new adult comedy and cabaret group based in Greater Manchester and Burly-esque is their very first show taking place on Friday at The Willows Variety Centre in Salford. Tickets are only £10 and the show, which contains adult themes and humour, strong language and is strictly for over 18s only, begins at 8pm. Call 07598 908 893 for tickets. Visit www.cabarade.co.uk

Burly-Esque CabaradeBurly-Esque Cabarade

Live Music

Described as NME as  ‘sublimely synthy’ and ‘an absolute necessity (8/10)’ Norwegian electro-troupe Casiokids will be bringing their old analogue, trashy keyboards and pop melodies to Manchester’s Deaf Institute this Friday, 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Tickets cost £7. Click here to get yours. Watch the video for Fot i Hose by Casiokids below.


With Chinese New Year nearly upon us, head down to the Chinese Arts Centre in the Northern Quarter to discover the world of contemporary Chinese art. Their current main installation is the Wishing Tree, which will run until Saturday 28 January. Created by Manchester-based artists Olivia Glasser and Lu Di, the large-scale sculpture is inspired by the traditional Chinese wishing tree. Visitors can make their own wish by writing on a piece of paper to stick on the tree and make their own Chinese lantern to add to it. Situated on Thomas Street, the centre is open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm and entry is free. For more information, visit their website here.

Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, Near The Tin Hau Temple In Hong KongLam Tsuen Wishing Trees, Near The Tin Hau Temple In Hong Kong


Discover Manchester’s hidden and haunted, underground history by going on a Great Northern Tunnel or Haunted Underworld Tour this Sunday. You can explore the World War II bomb shelters, the tow path along the underground canal and the ancient chambers below Deansgate. It is advised that you dress appropriately for a cold, wet and dark atmosphere and bring a torch. The tours are led by qualified guides, start every half hour between 5pm-8.30pm and last approximately 75-80 minutes, with prices at just £9.99 per person. They are suitable for adults and children over 10 (Tunnel Tour) and 12 (Haunted Underworld).  To buy tickets click here.

Eat and Drink

Bakerie Bar is the new upmarket wine and bread bar in the Northern Quarter that opened last year. As well as cocktails and bellinis they also have an eclectic selection of over 70 different wines, real ales and continental lagers. They also, obviously, sell delicious, freshly baked bread and food, a perfect companion for their drinks. Read our review here.


For the best in house music, Venus is the place to be. This Saturday the club is hosting its first Venus Classics event of 2012 with resident DJs Mark Tillotson, John Steward and Dave Ellis blasting out the likes of Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Gadjo and Doc Da Dunk from 11pm right through to 6am. Members get in free before 1am. It’s £5 for students with an NUS card, £5 for non-members before midnight and £10 after. Visit www.venusmanchester.co.uk for more info.

Venus, ManchesterVenus, Manchester


Steven Spielberg’s latest film, War Horse, has been critically acclaimed for its beautiful and dramatic cinematography and heart-warming yet sad story, which is based on the original children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo and the highly successful play of the same name. Although it is recommended you at least read the book first, the film is also a must-see – especially if you enjoy twisting storylines, war films and above all, tear-jerkers. Click here for showtimes at Manchester’s AMC cinema this weekend. You can view the trailer below.

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