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90 Degree Citizen at Manchester Museum

October 22, 2013 Comments Off on 90 Degree Citizen at Manchester Museum

Beginning in the foyer and spreading towards the café at Manchester Museum is an exhibition of some significance.

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Goldfrapp: Performer as Curator

October 22, 2013 Comments Off on Goldfrapp: Performer as Curator

Goldfrapp are one of those bands where substance meets style to an often mesmerising effect.

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A Highland Romance

October 17, 2013 Comments Off on A Highland Romance

The first thing that strikes you about this intriguing exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery is the darkness of Gallery 6, its Farrow & Ball-painted dark purple walls contrasting with the brightness of the preceding permanent exhibition rooms.

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That Dame Upstairs, photo by Chris Payne

That Dame Upstairs

October 17, 2013 Comments Off on That Dame Upstairs

I’m so very glad I had my camera on me last Thursday. In town anyway, and with an hour to kill, I spotted a “life drawing drop-in and photography session” at Cornerhouse

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Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

Manchester has a rich, diverse musical heritage – and every right to be fiercely proud of it. But you wouldn’t envy the man who tries to tell the entire story.

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Ode to Noir

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ode to Noir

Now we’ve seen the back of that unexpectedly decent summer, it’s time for the nights to start drawing in and the heating to go back on. Autumn, as Keats once pointed out, is a season of mists.

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Athelstan’s Dream An exhibition of photographs by Robert George Common, Northern Quarter, Manchester Until 26th September

Athelstan’s Dream

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Athelstan’s Dream

To Common, that bohemian watering hole and eatery in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – the Left Bank of the North – and an exhibition of photography by 27-year-old Robert George, currently on display in the Kestrel Suite.

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Naked Ambition at The Calder

September 5, 2013 Comments Off on Naked Ambition at The Calder

So there I am at the press opening of The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield’s new contemporary art space, sipping tea and chatting idly with The Guardian’s Martin Wainwright. As casually as you like, a naked young man wanders over and perches yards away from us on an old jet engine.

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Brian Clarke: Born Oldham 1953

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on Brian Clarke: Born Oldham 1953

There can’t be many people who know that the world’s foremost stained glass artist is from Oldham.

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The Pride of Liverpool

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on The Pride of Liverpool

Northern Soul visited Liverpool’s Gay Pride earlier this month. Paul Jamieson was there to record it.

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