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Easter in the City Centre

Published on April 5th 2007.

The Confidential Choice

City garden to loll in.
Try the lovely St John’s Gardens off St John Street which in turn is just off Deansgate. Sit amongst the flower beds, join the city dwellers slowly walzing their Tai Chi. Take your £70 egg from John Lewis – see below - to roll around. Or even chew on the fact that this was an old churchyard and 22,000 dead lie beneath you helping the blossoms bloom – ‘in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life’ and so on.

Guilty Pleasures: Fri 6 April, One Central Street, City. Advanced tickets £6. Seedy, saucy decadence for free upon entry. Blacke Cherrie Sound System with BlackeCherrie (Live): Wed 11 April, Mint Lounge, 8:30pm-2am. Entry £8. For a more relaxed and soulful night, all round.

Frog and Bucket: Fri 6- Sat 7 April with some of the following: Pierre Hollins, Mike Wilkinson, Tom Wrigglesworth, Barry Dodds and John Warburton. And the last Sunday of every month it’s an all female line up.

Get into the Easter spirit by buying the most ridiculously expensive Easter egg. You can get the 3kg, 50cm high,100cm circumference egg from John Lewis in the Trafford Centre. It is a mere £70.

Featuring Walls: Whitworth Art Gallery, 21-24 April, 1.15pm-2pm: tour celebrating three centuries of wallpaper decoration. Easter DIYers, inspire yourself.

Small Gallery
Green Modernism: Cube, Thu 12 April- Sun 27 May. The future of sustainable living with British artist David Spero. Very worthy but give it a try.

The Producers: The Palace Theatre until May. Take it easy on the brain with Mel Brooks’ musical starring the loveable Peter Kay as the world’s worst director.

Pineapple Folk: The Phoenix, Sat 7 April, 7.30pm–11pm, £6 admission. A plethora aural treats including The Former Bullies - Neil Youngesque folk or full on rock, they never disappoint, plus USA residents Priestbird.

Guided walks
Visitor Information Centre: Sat 7 April, 3pm.Out in the Past trail looking at Manchester’s Gay and Lesbian Heritage. Manchester Central (G-mex): Sun 8 April, 11am: meet for a tour inside and out of the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, formerly the Free Trade Hall.

Doctor Who up-close: Museum of Science and Industry, 31 Mar– 5 Nov. The largest Dr Who exhibition in the UK. Visitors will be able to get Up-Close to the props, costumes and monsters from the hit BBC programme. But for peace and quiet try The Corridor Gallery at Urbis until Mon 16 April. Urbis invited the community of people – aka the Moshers - who hang out in Cathedral Gardens to document a day in their life. The results are similar to some of the aliens in the Dr Who exhibition.

CUBE (Portland Street, City. 0161 237 5525 www.cube.org.uk)
Frog and Bucket (Oldham Street, City. 0161 236 9805 www.frogandbucket.com)
Mint Lounge (Oldham Street, City. 0161 831 7002 www.mintlounge.co.uk)
Museum of Science and Industry (Liverpool Road, City. 0161 832 2244 www.msim.org.uk)
Palace Theatre (Oxford Steet, City. 0161 228 6255)
Pineapple Folk(myspace.com/pineapplefolkmusic)
Urbis (Cathedral Gardens, City. 0161 605 8200. www.urbis.co.uk
Visitors Information Centre (Lloyd Street, St Peter’s Square. City. 0161 234 3157 www.destinationmanchester.com)
Whitworth Art Gallery (Oxford Road, University. 0161 275 7459 www.whitworth.man.ac.uk)

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