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Monthly Archives: March 2022

Sweet Meeting. Credit: Brendan Buesnel-2018-image00001_o

Exhibition Review: altered by Tony Heaton, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

March 31, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: altered by Tony Heaton, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

It depends on how you look at things: what you see, what you notice, what you take heed of.

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The Marriage of Figaro, RNCM. Image by Robin Clewley

Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

March 30, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

I’m always amazed by the success of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Mini-mural Artist: Julie Colclough

Mini-Mural Art Trail: Chester Designed by Nature, Destination Chester

March 24, 2022 Comments Off on Mini-Mural Art Trail: Chester Designed by Nature, Destination Chester

As part of the Chester Designed By Nature campaign launched by Destination Chester, ten BT cabinets have been transformed into colourful murals within the city centre.

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Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

Film Review: Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

March 24, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

The anglicised title of Explota explota, a generous-spirited jukebox musical about Francoist Spain and dancing, is an irresistible invitation to declare, almost without shame, that the ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival at Manchester’s HOME opens with a bang. Or should that be a ‘pop’?

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Unexhausted Time by Emily Berry

Poetry Review: Unexhausted Time by Emily Berry

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Unexhausted Time by Emily Berry

While reading Emily Berry’s new poetry collection Unexhausted Time, I am reminded of those moments when a less than lucid mind sparks fresh perspectives on intrusive thoughts. The dark and pungent soil of experience is raked over in this book.

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Scouts outside their tent at Middlewood Scout Camp. Cunliffe Family Collection Victor Cunliffe

Memories of Middlewood Scout Camp: celebrating 73 years of scouting in Salford

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Memories of Middlewood Scout Camp: celebrating 73 years of scouting in Salford

Salford’s magnificent RHS Bridgewater Gardens, which opened in May 2021, are built on what was once the estate of the third Duke of Bridgewater and are bordered by the canal that bears his name.

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Rigoletto, Opera North

Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

We are living in strange times. For the first time in more than 40 years of opera-going, I was about to hear a national anthem.

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Dream Girl - Laura Lippman

Book Review: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

It is hardly unusual these days to find that the protagonist of a widely admired paperback is a writer.

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(L to R) Sam Walsh, Arthur Ballard, Jim Weston, Peter Mousdale, John Baum, Maurice Cockrill. Taken in Colomendy, Wales. (Thanks to Colin Simpson.)

Exhibition: The Likeness of Things, Baum-Cockrill-Henri–Walsh, Prescot Museum & Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley

March 22, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition: The Likeness of Things, Baum-Cockrill-Henri–Walsh, Prescot Museum & Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley

A new exhibition at Knowsley’s Kirkby Galley aims to celebrate the work of four major artists who lived and worked in Liverpool from the 1960s and whose legacy lives on today.

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John Creighton

Exhibition: North Yorkshire Open Studios, North Yorkshire

March 22, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition: North Yorkshire Open Studios, North Yorkshire

A total of 108 artists, stretching from the Yorkshire coast to the dales, will throw open their studio doors this summer.

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