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Things To Do This Weekend: 3-4 March

Ragnhildur Finnsdottir on where to wine, dine and dance over the weekend

Published on March 1st 2012.

Things To Do This Weekend: 3-4 March


Head over to the Northern Quarter for a cracking fish meal at the Sole Restaurant on Turner Street. You could start off with a mackerel a la plancha before a main course of smoked Pollock paella with pimento sauce (be careful pronouncing those Ps) and end with a Tahitian vanilla and orange rice pudding with plums for pudding. The restaurant also has a downstairs bar with soulful music. 

Click here for restaurant details. 


Go for drinks at The Alchemist in Spinningfields. They have a large selection of drinks and cocktails and the bartenders will show off their skills whilst preparing the drinks and flambéing a fruit or two. A white Cosmo with a frozen orchid sounds like the drink to have for the start of spring.

Click here for more information. 

The Alchemist


The Australian Pink Floyd Show is on at O2 Apollo Manchester on Sunday, 4 March. They've been called 'The best tribute band in the world' by the Sunday Times and have sold over three million concert tickets in 35 countries. This is truly a concert for all Pink Floyd fans.

Tickets cost £33.50. Click here for the show's website and click here for tickets.  


The ever popular event Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal at Band on the Wall in the Northern Quarter is on Saturday night. It's a melting pot of music with jazz, soul, hip-hop, dubstep and more. Dance all your worries away.  

Tickets cost £11 in advance and £12 at the door. Click here for more information. 


Go and see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A group of retired Brits relocate to an Indian hotel thinking they're in for a life of leisure only to find that reality doesn't quite match the adverts. The movie's cast includes Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. Click here for tickets. View the trailer below.


Celebration Day at the Manchester Histories Festival on Saturday features over 80 exhibitors, talks, cookery demonstrations, walks, tours, games and workshops for free. The events take place at the Town Hall and Friend's Meeting House, as well as on other city locations throughout the day.

Click here for more information on the festival.

International Women’s Day 2012 also takes place on Sunday from 11am – 6pm at Manchester Town Hall. A host of free activities will be on offer  relating to the themes, Recognise, Represent, and Resolve. There will be workshops and talks from women in the music industry including Liz Kershaw, BBC Radio 6 and Jo Good BBC 6 Music. School children from Whalley Range High School and the Manchester Coperative Academy will also be showcasing their work on their timeline project of women’s history which includes famous women as well as personal stories from women in their families. For more information on International Women's Day please click here.

Bbc 6 Music's Jo GoodBBC 6 Music's Jo Good


Confidential editor Jonathan Schofield, will run a series of guided tours for Manchester Histories Festival on Celebration Day this Saturday. His tours include The Peterloo Massacre Tour, Friedrich Engels in Manchester and A Tour Of Uninteresting Objects. It's a great way to get to know the city and its history, filled with interesting facts and some good laughs. Click here for more tour information on the festival. 


Head over to the Lowry on Friday 2 March for some culture and see the world famous Italian opera Madama Butterfly. Written by Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly tells the story of a young woman whose innocent love is rewarded with acts of betrayal.

Tickets cost £16-£55. Click here for more information.

Madama Butterfly


King Gong night at The Comedy Store on Deansgate this Sunday is the Comedy Store's monthly showcase for new acts. It gives amateur comedians the chance to test their material on the Comedy Store audience who then chose a winner. Who will be crowned King Gong?

Tickets cost £7.50. Click here for tickets. 


Round up the kids on Sunday morning for The Lowry's family ballroom workshop. It's taught by Darren Hulme, ballroom teacher and choreographer, and the class is suitable for everyone aged 8 years and over.

Tickets cost £5 for children and £10 for adults,plus afternoon cream tea is included in the ticket price. Click here for further information.

Dance Workshop

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AnonymousMarch 1st 2012.

Maybe read this interview with one of the key DJ's in Manchester music history who seems to have been written out of the story...louderthanwar.com/…/…

TimmachineMarch 2nd 2012.

This Madame Butterfly is great but the performer who has been playing Pinkerton could not project his voice above the orchestra. There's a new Pinkerton in subsequent performances, so should now be firing on all diaphragms.

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