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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Maxine Peake as Nico for the Nico Project

Review: The Nico Project, Stoller Hall, Manchester International Festival

July 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Nico Project, Stoller Hall, Manchester International Festival

Forever immortalised in the nonchalant Velvet Underground line-up or gracing Chelsea Girl, Nico’s near mythical status as a muse, beauty and heroin addict is well known.

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Rosa's Thai Liverpool

Food Review: Rosa’s Thai, Albert Dock, Liverpool

July 14, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Rosa’s Thai, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Rosa’s is a strange beast.

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Review: Alice Roberts, Digging into Britain’s Past

July 14, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Alice Roberts, Digging into Britain’s Past

She’s been on our television screens for nearly 20 years and yet Professor Alice Roberts still exudes the passion of a debutant when talking about anthropology, archaeology, anatomy and history.

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David Lynch at Home, MIF 2019

Review: David Lynch artist talk and Twin Peaks: Series 3 Episode 8, Manchester International Festival, HOME

July 12, 2019 Comments Off on Review: David Lynch artist talk and Twin Peaks: Series 3 Episode 8, Manchester International Festival, HOME

The David Lynch at HOME season has an inescapable problem – an elephant man in the room, if you will.

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Review: A Drunk Pandemic, Manchester International Festival, Victoria Station

July 12, 2019 Comments Off on Review: A Drunk Pandemic, Manchester International Festival, Victoria Station

Even by the wild and woolly standards of Manchester International Festival, the Manchester cholera epidemic of the 1830s might be considered an unlikely inspiration for a project, let alone one for the first major UK project from a Tokyo-based art collective.

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Meeting Point: Making a difference at Kelham Island Museum

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Meeting Point: Making a difference at Kelham Island Museum

Something different is coming to Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield. Among the stories of steel, the immense power of the River Don Engine and the makers in Little Mesters lane, a new creative response to the city’s industrial collection is finding its voice.

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Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

As a proud emblem of Manchester’s industrial past, the bee has always been a familiar symbol.

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Comptoir Libanais

Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

Comptoir Libanais is to Lebanese food what Pizza Express is to Pizza.

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Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

Review: Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

With the pervasive smell of brick dust hanging in the air and the stage curtained off with projections mapping Kublai Khan’s kingdom, we embark on a tale of empire.

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Music Review: Janelle Monáe, Manchester International Festival 2019

July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Janelle Monáe, Manchester International Festival 2019

“I have total trouser envy!” said my friend Erin, aged 11 and three-quarters.

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