Food: Guerilla Eats Street Food Market, New Bailey Street: 23 February
The gourmet Guerilla gang are ushering out their street food traders to throw a foodie’s party this Saturday. There will be music and of course a bar to help cajole the party vibe, plus the event will be indoors this time to stave off those lingering winter chills. The location is 60 New Bailey Street, Salford M3 5FS – opposite Salford Central Station. It's easy to find, take Bridge Street from Deansgate and walk over the bridge and past the Mark Addy.
Vendors making an appearance will include Fire and Salt BBQ Co, Margo and Rita, Chaat Cart, Dirty Dogs and Pancake Corner. Guerilla Eats is also working with local breweries to bring a selection of local ale and craft beer to the event as well as a range of 'fueled up' cocktails. The event takes place 6pm-11pm. More information available here.
Music: Hoya Hoya, The Roadhouse: 23 February
One of Manchester’s most forward-thinking club nights is five years old. Having learnt to run pretty sharpish in its early years Hoya has been the front runner in Manchester’s underground music scene for a while now. Special guests from the past year have included Four Tet, Falty DL, Mary Anne Hobbs and most recently local lad done good xxxy.
For Hoya Hoya’s fifth anniversary bash residents Illum Sphere, Jonny Dub, Éclair Fifi and Jon K will all be lending a hand to blow out the candles alongside at least one secret guest to be announced on the night. Hoya ahoy! All aboard the birthday barge. Doors open at 11pm with tickets priced at £7 and available from here.
Art: Raquib Shaw, Manchester Art Gallery: 22 February-26 May
Manchester Art Gallery presents the largest solo exhibition to date by Raqib Shaw. The exhibition features 28 recent (and many previously unseen) works by the artist including large scale paintings, sculptures and works on paper, drawn together from private collections around the world.
Shaw is an Indian-born British artist whose gloriously opulent paintings and sculptures evoke old masters such as Holbein and Bosch, the lavish world of Persian miniatures and Kashmiri and Japanese textiles. Beneath their exquisite jewel-like surface, you’ll find a collection of dark and violent images inspired by ancient myths and religious tales from both East and Western traditions. Entry is free with more information available here.
Theatre: To Kill A Mockingbird, Royal Exchange Theatre. 22 February-20 March
‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’ So said Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s enduring Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of compassion and tolerance during the height of the Civil Rights movement.
Returning to the amazing seven-sided Royal Exchange setting Nigel Cooke plays the idealistic lawyer along with a talented supporting ensemble of emerging talent from local drama schools. Ticket prices vary greatly so please check availability and book online here.
Art: Overspill – By Daniel Cheetham, Bench Self Made Gallery: 22 February-10 March
Photographer Daniel Cheetham’s first solo exhibition takes place at Bench’s new gallery space at 59 Chrurch Street in the Northern Quarter, underneath it’s store. ‘Overspill’ is a photographic documentation of the overspill estates of Greater Manchester – planned housing areas to rehome people from dilapidated inner city areas.
For this show Daniel visited the Langley Estate in Middleton as well as Darnhill, Gamesley, Hattersley, Haughton Green and Whitefield 60 years after their construction and observed the current landscapes via his viewfinder. For further information on the gallery see here.
Food: Kukoos, Oxford Road
More street food, it seems 2013 is fast becoming a year where fast, ready-to-eat food is becoming a viable option for those who don’t fancy the golden arches or a game of guess the mystery meat. Along with the Guerilla Eats food fair a number bars and cafes have begun touting their own street food fayre.
The latest gang member is Kukoos, a new street food take away from revered Indian and Pakistani curry house, Zouk. Located on Oxford Road opposite the old BBC studios Kukoos is a lively Lebanese/Moroccan/Indian take-out with a menu of dosas, kebab-wraps, biyrianis, salads and pressed juices with an interior that breaks the design mould too. Have a look at Ruth Allan’s full review here.
Music: Underachievers with Pat Nevin vs Colin Murray, Roadhouse: 22 February
Pat Nevin vs Colin Murray isn’t the name of a new precocious indie band – it actually is former Scotland international Pat Nevin taking on Radio 1 DJ turned football pundit Colin Murray in a back to back DJ set. Former Chelsea and Everton winger Nevin is no stranger to indie-pop connoisseurs having once asked to be substituted part-way through a game to go to a Cocteau Twins gig.
After a bout of fighting talk fellow pundit Murray thought he could show Nevin a thing or two about the ways of the indie disco. Underachievers decided it could only be settled one way and invited the pair down to showboat behind the deck. Not only that, two new bands Flowers and Martha are also on the bill and all for the usual £3 before 10pm/anytime with a flyer, £4 after and £5 after midnight. Doors are 9pm till 3am and more information on the event can be found here.
Music: Limbo, Joshua Brooks: 23 February
Come 4am early Sunday morning, the last reverberations will fade out and the Limbo faithful will be asked to leave Joshua Brooks one last time. Alas, Limbo - the house and techno pioneering club night – is no more. At least at its current venue anyhow. After two and a half years it’s time for a change although it’s not clear as yet what the future holds.
What we do know is that the last night in its current form will be seen out by Buckley, H2, 5eighty6 and The Burton Brothers, welcoming the house and techno rapture before Limbo goes into - erm, limbo. Doors are 11pm-4am with tickets priced at £9 and available from here.
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