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Top Things To Do This Weekend 14/01/2012

Paul Berentzen picks some ideas

Published on January 14th 2012.

Top Things To Do This Weekend 14/01/2012


Mirth in the Mill starts on Saturday at the People’s History Museum. The exhibition brings together a number of cartoons from Sam Fitton, whose weekly cartoons in the union newspaper Cotton Factory Times offered a wry commentary on the everyday lives and struggles of those who worked in the mills. Click here


A hit at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Artist is a throwback to the old days of silent movies that received rave reviews. With an uplifting rags-to-riches story that is full of charisma, The Artist is a must-see for anyone looking for a film that’s a little different this weekend. Showing at Cornerhouse. For times click here.


For a free, family-friendly day out, try the Shadow Lab at The Whitworth Art Gallery. Use light as your creative tool in this exhibition that uses light and shadow to inspire you in a range of activities. Shadow Lab closes on Sunday so make the most of it while you still can. Click here.



It’s pantomime, but not as you know it. Pantos On Strike is an innuendo-laden, grown-up take on the traditional panto, showing this weekend at the Opera House. Paddy McGuiness and Jonny Wilkes team up to bring you a crude but fun-filled show that has all the classic pantomime staples, but with a massive difference. Tickets range from £19.50 to £36.50 for this over-18s only show that is not for the easily offended. Click here for tickets, and here for a review.


Kevin Precious explores the overused term ‘not appropriate’ in his show at the Lowry Theatre. In his latest performance he draws on his previous life as a teacher for inspiration. Tickets cost £12 Saturday’s show, which starts at 8pm. Click here

Live Music

Head to the Hard Rock Café tonight to see a selection of hits from the last few decades performed by Luma. A four-piece band from the North-West, Luma play a range of material from classic artists such as The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, more modern acts like The Killers and Oasis, and everything in between. Entrance is free. Click here.


The Alchemist in Spinningfields offers a weekend breakfast between 10am and 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. From the simple but classic egg and bacon bap (£3.95) to the extravagant American breakfast of waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage and maple syrup (£8.75) you can enjoy a late breakfast in a restaurant that’s a hit with the Confidential team. Click here.


How about some fine whiskies this weekend? With 292 to choose from, the Britons’ Protection on Great Bridgewater St has you covered. Among their more recent additions are the Dalmore Tweed Dram and the Laphroaig Triple Wood, a triple matured whisky that’s rich in flavour. Click here. 


4Q Magazine is kicking off a series of club nights showcasing a number of DJs, both established and up-and-coming, with a free party at Joshua Brooks on Princess St. This Saturday the line-up includes Ben Pearce, Ronny Gill and Quixano. Open from 10pm until 4am. Click here


For a fun family day out, why not head to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in the Trafford Centre? With a 4D cinema, rides, model building and much more you can enjoy a day of colour and creativity that will entertain the young and old alike. Tickets cost £16.20, but for a limited time kids go free with this voucher. Alternatively you can save money by booking online. Under 3s don’t need a ticket. Click here.

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