What’s On in Manchester: 24 October – 30 October

By Samantha Cordon

This week’s guide is championing the amateur, including events that you can get involved in or go along and support those brave enough to have a go. 

We’ve also given you a buffet of culture, food and music if you fancy letting other people do the hard work and entertain you.

Beat the frog: The Frog and Bucket Comedy Club, 24 Oct, doors open at 7.00pm. Tickets £5.00

This amateur stand up night is a brutal baptism by fire.  The audience decides who stays and who goes,  so if you are not brave enough to be thrown to the wolves, order a pitcher, pull up a stool and enjoy ten acts of raw comedy talent and scathingly sharp wit from the MC.

Wilco: Manchester Academy, 25 Oct, 7.30pm. Tickets £28.00.

Double Grammy award winners Wilco will be playing Academy 1.  They will be playing tracks from their new album, ‘The Whole Love’ ,as well as a mix of their older music, a style of alternative rock.

Quiz and comedy: The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, 25 Oct, 8.00pm. £1.00 per team member

Their fortnightly quiz will be hosted by Manchester born comedian Des Sharples.  As quiz master, Des supplies the prize which Kings Arm’s regulars will know is always on the unusual side and this night is more about the comedy than the questions. 

Juicy Hip Hop Night: Joshua Brooks, Charles Street. 26 Oct, 11.00pm, £3.00 entry fee

JB are holding their weekly hip hop night ‘Juicy’.  They describe the event as a house party atmosphere and the DJ’s have played with headliners such as the Wu Tang Clan and Kelis and are also Warehouse Project residents.  Cheap beer at £1.50 a pint is worth mentioning too as well as the dress code – NO smart shoes, NO smart shirts!

BUG Tour: Zion Arts Centre, Hulme, 26 Oct, two screenings, 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm,

Adam Buxton, of Radio 6 Adam and Joe fame is bringing his BUG tour to Manchester exposing the public to strange, interesting and brilliant music videos.  He also adds his own collection of songs and videos that he has made,  in between the assortment of music clips and shows them all on a large projector screen.

Bowling for Soup: Manchester Academy, 27 Oct, 7.00pm. Tickets £18.50

If you are new to their music, they hail from Texas, USA and describe their music as punk pop and rock / comedy.  Curious? Come and see for yourself.

Audioboo:  Cornerhouse, Oxford Road,  27 Oct, two hour workshop starts at 18.00. £4.00 / £3.00 concession.

The internet is the fastest way to share your creative moments with the masses, so Cornerhouse are hosting a digital skills workshop, Audioboo.  Broadcasting journalist Kate Arkless Gray, editor of Audioboo will be advising attendees on how to create captivating material and how to share it online.

Embryo: Kings Arms , Bloom Street, Salford, 28 Oct, 8.00pm. £5.00 on the door

Experience the Kings Arm’s show case night for Studio Salford, their in- house theatre company.  If you come along you can expect to see pieces of theatre, music, film and comedy.

Paddy McGuiness: M.E. N Arena, 29 Oct, 8.00pm. Tickets £25.00

PaddyMcGuiness, Take Me Out and Phoenix Nights star, is bringing his brand new stand up show, ‘Paddy McGuiness- Saturday Night Live to the MEN Arena.  This is no frills northern humor at its best.

The Spice Club: Spinningfields nr. Deansgate, 29 Oct, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

To take part in the five course Indian feast supper club you need to pay £10 deposit to secure a place via the Spinningfields website, a further £20.00 donation is recommended at the restaurant.  You will be guaranteed authentic home cooked Indian food.  Bring your own wine or beer.

Buy Art Fair: Quay House, Spinningfields, 28 -30 Oct. Register your place on the Spinningfields website for free entry

Register your place on the Spinningfields website for free entry

The Buy Art Fair is coming back to Manchester on Friday 28 October and will stay until Sunday 30 October.   More than 50 galleries will be showing their work, which will include sculpture, drawings, limited edition prints by Banksy and Damien Hirst, as well as paintings. 

There will be a program of talks to accompany the fair, one of which discusses collecting art on a budget, a definite sign of our times.  ‘Collecting on a Budget’ runs from 16:00 until 17:00 on 29October.  Talks are free with your entry to the fair and they will take place in Quay House in the Manchester Contemporary .  

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