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Things To Do This Weekend: 15-17 March

Alex Pike recommends Lucky Voice, the Vintage Home Show and Habesha

Written by . Published on March 14th 2013.

Things To Do This Weekend: 15-17 March

Club: Lucky Voice, The Printworks, 15 March

Indulge your inner Beyonce and start your weekend with a song at Lucky Voice karaoke bar. Belt out your favourite guilty pleasures with a Lucky Voice virgin and get an hour free every Friday night. Call 0161 385 8080 and quote 'first time'.

Lucky Voice Pod

Event: Vintage Home show, Victoria Baths, 17 March, 11-4 pm

Explore kitsch home ware at Victoria Baths, and rummage among retro textiles, art and ceramics. You could also take this opportunity to explore the baths themselves with guided tours on offer. The cost is £3 on the door, or £5 trade price before 10.30am. For more information click here.

Victoria Baths

Exhibition: Escape, 2022 NQ, Northern Quarter, 15 March- 23 March, 12-5pm

Leave the busy shopping streets behind and head to 2022NQ for the Escape exhibition. This week long exhibition explores how to escape normal existence and look at things from another angle. Twelve artists will be exhibiting their work based on the theme of escape and perspective, as well as an escape walk at the exhibits end on 24 March at 2pm from 2022NQ.


Food: Habesha, 29-31 Sackville St

Habesha is one of Manchester’s very few African restaurants and the only Ethiopian inspired offering in the city. Confidential writer Jo Milligan sampled their delights this week and recommends the Doro Wat (£5.90), a chicken leg and thigh marinated in a spicy sauce with a bonus boiled egg lurking in the depths, and Kitfo (£6.50), a minced beef dish which were also accompanied by rolled pancakes. Click here to read the full review.


Doro Wat And Kitfo


Theatre: The Beginning, The Lowry, Salford Quays, 15 March, 8pm

Michael Pinchbeck presents this final performance of his trilogy inspired by Shakespearean stage directions. The Beginning is a take on how everyone begins in performance, romance and their careers. He is joined by live artist and musician Ollie Smith and Trace Theatre member Nicki Hobday. Students from the University of Salford will also be performing in Debut, which looks at the beginning from the perspective of performance with all the nervous energy included. Tickets cost £9 and are available here

The Beginning The Lowry

Gig: Bill Ryder Jones, The Castle Hotel , Oldham Street, 17 March, 8pm

Join former member of The Coral, Bill Ryder Jones at an intimate evening at The Castle. After perfecting his composition skills through phenomenal work with the Liverpool Philharmonic on his album If... Ryder Jones has returned to his singer/songwriter roots with the imminent release of his debut solo album A Bad Wind Blows Through My Heart. Tickets are available from here or Piccadilly Records.

Bill Ryder Jones

Cinema: Stoker, Cornerhouse, Oxford Road 17,18 March, Daily

A must for Oldboy fans is Park Chan-wook’s first foray into English language, a suspense-filled psychological thriller exploring one of his favourite subjects, the family. After the death of her father, India Stoker(Mia Wasikowska), is left alone with her emotionally unbalanced mother (Nicole Kidman). The unfamiliar uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) turns up and ingratiates his way into the family circle turning his attention on his young niece. Tickets are available here.

Stoker Cornerhouse

Shopping: Shoe Carnival, Selfridges,Trafford Centre, 16 March

Get a new pair of shoes with a difference. Selfridges are having a shoe carnival and will customise ant brand new pairs of Converse. You can also have a go at making your own shoe bag to glam up those old pumps.

Selfridges Shoe Carnival

Club Night: Black Bee Soul Club, Kraak Gallery, Stevenson Square, 15 March, 10.30pm

Head down to Manchester’s hidden venue Kraak Gallery for ‘Northern Soul with a Sting’. Black Bee Club brings you Pete Eccles and Louie Thompson showcasing the best of soul for old and young fans alike, with a night of Northern Soul classics to keep you dancing all night. Entry £5. 

Black Bee Soul Club

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Lorraine ByrneMarch 14th 2013.

Eh hello, what about the Paddy's Day parade on Sunday????

ChristinepawsonMarch 14th 2013.

Seems the advertiser need educating,appalling lack of coverage ,quite agree

Ann MorrisseyMarch 15th 2013.

Yes Lorraine my thoughts entirely, I know where I will be.... Firstly watching the parade then maybe a glass of Guinness or two!!!!

Jonathan SchofieldMarch 15th 2013.

Folks, interesting point. We should have mentioned it but for some of the regular events we need press releases to jog the memory of the younger writers we encourage to write for us.

We agree the St Patrick's Day parade is fine - it starts at the Irish World Heritage Centre on Irish Town Way at 11.30am on Sunday 17 March and arrives about 1pm in Albert Square.

However the market in Albert Square leaves a lot to be desired.

Is that really the best of Ireland? Does it really represent Ireland well?

Manc GuyMarch 15th 2013.

No it doesn’t JS. It’s sparce, tacky and overall bobbins. I’m surprised that it’s not taking place at the new heritage centre in Cheetham Hill to try and encourage people to go and see that folly up there. EDITORIAL COMMENT: The last part of this rant has been deleted on grounds of bad taste.

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Manc GuyMarch 15th 2013.

Eh? What's wrong with fireworks?

Lorraine ByrneMarch 15th 2013.

Yes totally agree that the market is dreadful. I didn't even know it was open and I walk past it every day. However, as a very proud paddy living in Manchester for the last 20+ years, it would be nice to see the promotion of the Parade, and the various other Irish events on this weekend. There is nothing on your "things to do" for Saturday or Sunday.

Jen StanMarch 17th 2013.

'We should have mentioned it but for some of the regular events we need press releases to jog the memory of the younger writers we encourage to write this for us'.

I hadn't realised St Patrick's Day was a celebration solely for the middle aged?? Maybe if it included overpriced greasy american junk food the hipsters from the Northern Quarter might be interested and include it in these listings.

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