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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Julie McCarthy, Creative Producer at 42nd Street, Manchester (image by Paul Husband)

The team at 42nd Street talk mental wellbeing, The Horsfall and Ancoats

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on The team at 42nd Street talk mental wellbeing, The Horsfall and Ancoats

I once set up a creative writing class at a youth centre. I went armed with Berol handwriting pens and my own teenage experience. Only two lads turned up. They laughed, teasing me and each other.

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Red Lanterns, Chinese New Year, Manchester

Crouching Tiger(beer), Hidden Dragon: Chinese New Year in Manchester

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on Crouching Tiger(beer), Hidden Dragon: Chinese New Year in Manchester

I am starting to think that my greed for gyoza and Tsingtao beer displeases the gods.

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201 ship of fools the birds of paradise

Life is a cabaret. Or is it? Cabaret Voltaire, Hope Mill Theatre Café, Manchester

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on Life is a cabaret. Or is it? Cabaret Voltaire, Hope Mill Theatre Café, Manchester

Cabaret Voltaire 101 is a new group celebrating Dadaism more than 100 years after its inception.

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What’s on in February: Comedy in Manchester

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on What’s on in February: Comedy in Manchester

It is thought that the priest St Valentine was martyred during Roman times due to his marrying Christian couples (to each other, that is). However, it’s little known that it was actually because his stand-up was so bad. Get down to these comedy love-ins this February.

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Wine bottles by Chris Payne

Chef Tony’s Wine Club: Reds for Winter

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on Chef Tony’s Wine Club: Reds for Winter

In January’s edition of Chef Tony’s Wine Club, our resident chef, gastronome and purveyor of fine wines casts his expert eye over two delectable red wine selections. Perfect for winding down during these gloomy January evenings.

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Marvel Universe

Review: Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble, Manchester Arena

January 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble, Manchester Arena

On a chilly January evening, Northern Soul finds itself in a packed Manchester Arena pondering the notion of ‘astonishment fatigue’.

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Emma Beattie (Judy), Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) NT Curious Incident Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lowry, Salford

January 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lowry, Salford

Over the past few years, The Lowry has become the spiritual home of this fiendishly clever and entertaining adaptation by Stockport-born writer Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Strawberry Studios

Strawberry: the Stockport studio where The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Strawberry: the Stockport studio where The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded

In 1971, when the reincarnated Egyptian pharaoh Ramases was ready to record an album, he knew exactly where to go: Strawberry Studios, No. 3 Waterloo Road, Stockport.

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Eliza Collins & Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) NT Curious Incident Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Manchester and the North have always had a close relationship with the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Interior, Cottonopolis, Manchester

Review: Namas-Tea, Cottonopolis, Manchester

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Namas-Tea, Cottonopolis, Manchester

I have an issue with chopsticks. I just don’t get them. Over the years, my friends have attempted to teach me but, like figuring out a Rubik’s Cube, I find them impossible.

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