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Things To Do This Weekend: 7/8 January

Lynda Moyo sweeps up the end of the week for you

Written by . Published on January 6th 2012.

Things To Do This Weekend: 7/8 January


Bean & Brush Family Art Cafe in Sale is open seven days a week serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and more in a child friendly environment. Sit back and enjoy seasonal selections of food whilst the kids are kept entertained with the best in arts and crafts, from painting pots to T-shirt designing, clay modelling and painting. Opening hours are Saturday 8.30am-7pm and Sunday 9.30am-6pm. Click here


Join The Working Verse Collective (Kieren King, Benny-Jo Zahl and Dave Viney) as they take poetry out of its comfort zone, slap it with a kipper, then cook it tea and ask for its forgiveness. Amateur Thematics takes place at the Lowry Theatre at 8pm on Saturday 7 January. Tickets are just £5/£3 concessions. You're in for a right giggle plus proceeds of this show will go to Francis House Children’s Hospice. Click here.


Dreams Of A Life stars Zawe Ashton, leading actress from Manchester-based TV series Fresh Meat. Quite the opposite of her role in Fresh Meat, in this docu-drama Ashton plays Joyce Vincent who died in her bedsit in 2003. The work of British filmmaker Carol Morley, it's both haunting and powerful. See Dreams Of A Life at the Cornerhouse on Saturday at 2pm before it goes. Click here for tickets. 

Zawe Ashton Stars In Dreams Of A LifeZawe Ashton Stars In Dreams Of A Life


Get over the January blues with loads of laughs courtesy of The Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks. Saturday night sees Roger Monkhouse, Jeff Innocent, Geoff Norcott, Justin Moorhouse and John Lynn take to the stage from 9.30pm. £20/£10 concessions. Click here.

Live Music

Catch the Kamikaze Quintet live at Matt And Phreds this Saturday. The Manchester-based group play a mixture of jazz standards from the likes of Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Freddy Hubbard, Wes Montgomery and many more. Entry is £5. Click here for tickets. Check them out in the video below.


An exciting new addition to the Manchester food scene, Sole is a fish focused restaurant in the Northern Quarter. The chef is a serious talent with interesting ideas about food. Try it now before the crowds gather. The restaurant is on Turner Street, down from the Buddhist Centre and over the road from one of the entrances to the beige '70s Church Street multi-storey car park. Call Sole on 0161 839 5600.


Sole In The Northern QuarterSole In The Northern Quarter


Pop in for a pint at the Davenport Arms, or the Thief’s Neck as it's known to friends. The pub has recently received a special award from the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) in recognition of their longstanding support and success of real ale and the great British Pub.

Yvonne Hallworth is the fourth generation of her family to steer the wheel of the long-established Davenport Arms – and the 5th generation is already helping at the helm. She said: “My family and our brewer Robinsons have been making decisions together and working hand-in-hand for many years now and I have to say my late father was always very proud of the way he kept and served his beer and that was passed on to me.” Click here.


The Funkademia lot are back this Saturday in their usual spot, but this week with Jamie Scahill and Dave Redsoul. Expect a full house dancing the night away to the best in soul, funk, electric disco and hip-hop with a touch of R&B and some big house classics. Entry costs £5/£6. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Click here.

Funkademia, ManchesterFunkademia, Manchester


The Adventures of Able Seaman Wally Tobin at Imperial War Museum North is open on Saturday from 1pm – 4pm. Exploring the Holocaust Memorial Day theme of ‘Speak Up: Speak Out’ this event includes a special storytelling session revealing the adventures of Able Seaman Wally Tobin and looks at how people from different cultures and countries work together in times of hardship and war. These sessions also include creative activities and is suitable for children of all ages. Free. Click here.

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