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The Confidential Choice

Trudie Robinson’s seven day guide: a new club, parklife, Russell Brand and Kanye West

Published on November 29th 2007.

The Confidential Choice

Lesley Garrett
She may have an annoying habit of making a strange warbling noise when excited on reality TV, but the other noises that Garrett makes are far more melodious. After winning the Kathleen Ferrier prize back in 1979 her career was launched spending several years as principal soprano at the English National Opera and finding time to record eleven solo albums. These days she’s a CBE and no stranger to the small screen so no doubt this will be a sell out. For this performance she will be joined by Icelandic tenor Cortes.
Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street, City, M2. 0161 950 0000
Thu 29 Nov.

Moho launches
John Locke’s epic undertaking Moho takes off in the Northern Quarter this week. A vast space just off Tib Street, between Sachas Hotel and Afflecks, this club is aiming to give the city’s nightlife a big kick up the jacksy. On the opening night, Saturday, the featured act is El Diablos. Future talent will include Tramp, Development, Sweet Sensation and Club Brenda.
Moho Tib Street, Northern Quarter, City. M4.
Opens Sat 1 Dec.

Tom’s Midnight Garden
When Philippa Pearce died last year, included within the canon of work she left behind, was one of the best loved children’s books of all time. Published in 1950 Tom’s Midnight Garden is an enchanting tale. The eponymous boy is sent away to his aunt and uncle’s rambling house whilst his brother recovers from measles. Thoroughly bored one night he begins counting the chimes of the grandfather clock and notices it strikes 13 so he heads downstairs to investigate. First performed here in 2002 it’s a perfect magical tale for the Library Theatre Company to revive for Christmas.Library Theatre Central Library, St Peter’s Square, City, M3. 0161 236 7110 www.librarytheatre.com
Sat 1 Dec – 12 Jan.

Kaiser Chiefs
My, what a seven days it is for big music stars at the Arena this week. The Kaiser Chiefs kick off the first of three major gigs, followed by Kanye West on Sunday (see below) and Rhianna puts up her umbrella there too towards the end of the week.
Named after a South African football team the Kaiser Chiefs are in fact Leeds United supporters. The band released the album Employmentin 2005 creating a sound that echoed the trend for punk and new wave inspired music: then they predicted a riot and stormed up the charts. The rest is history.
Manchester Arena Victoria Station, City, M3. 0844 847 8000
Fri 30 Nov and Sat 1 Dec.

Kanye West
The Oklahoma-born producer and rapper West is the son of a former Black Panther activist and photojournalist. After cutting his teeth on producing artists from Jay-Z to Janet Jackson, he released his debut album The College Drop Out in 2004. He’s been making waves in the music world since with his first two albums receiving many awards including six Grammys. Known for his outspoken personality (especially at the MTV awards last year) it’s perhaps surprising that his motif is a teddy bear, ah bless. Presumably not one called Mohammed.
Manchester Arena Victoria Station, City, M3. 0844 847 8000
Sun 2 Dec.

Russell Brand
The Essex man with the Scisssorhands hair and rock star jeans is the flavour of the year. But he hasn’t forgotten, nor neglected his stand up roots and despite touring last year, he returns this December for further shows. The only nod to his current showbiz status are the venues, which are a touch bigger. This show, called Doing Life will no doubt contain his self effacing humour, all wrapped up in that unique, very florid, verbosity. Given the tabloids gleeful reporting of his former addictions, some may mistake him for an air-headed bimbo but seeing a show soon dispels that misconception.
Manchester Apollo Stockport Road, Ardwick, M12. 08444 777 677
Sat 1 Dec.

A showcase of work by eight (unsurprisingly) young artists and designers participating in the Design Initiative's Setting Up Scheme for 2007-08. A selection of recent work and projects from the fields of contemporary art to fashion and developed by the octet are on display. You also get the chance to meet the artists and designers at informal exhibition walk-through events. In addition there is a talk from one of the artists, Rebecca McKnight, on Sat 8 Dec. So here’s your chance to catch them early before they win the Turner prize for something unfathomable or design the latest MP3 player/miniature beer fridge combo.
Cube, 113-115 Portland Street, City, M1. 0161 237 5525.

The Assassination of Jesse James
Andrew Dominik’s film sees Mr Angelina Jolie - Brad Pitt - as Jesse, the fabled Confederate outlaw, in the last years of his life. It also features Casey Affleck (Ben’s little bro) as Robert Ford, 'the coward’, who was transfixed by the figure, simultaneously coveting his notoriety and admiring it. The cinematography echoes the style of Terrence Malik, known for his rich naturalistic style as seen in Badlands and Days of Heaven. This promises to be a sumptuous feast of a film topped by some fine performances.On general release from Friday.

Sean Lock
These days, what with his appearances on the likes of Eight out of Ten Cats and TV Heaven Telly Hell, Sean Lock is a household name. But there was a time when Lock fans were a cult club of people who gathered in secret places to worship his masterpiece of down-played, darkly lit humour in the sit-com 15 Storeys High. Expect something similar to his TV persona, deadpan yet prone to flights of whimsy.
The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays, M5. 08707 875780
Wed 5, Thu 6 and Sun 9.

Clootie Tree
Platt Fields park is one of Manchester’s best public spaces, used for all manner of innovative and exciting events. This is a lot to do with the Friends of Platt Fields. The Christmas events are no less exciting. This time you get games, crafts, music, food and, of course, the obligatory visit from Father Christmas. Chorlton based artists Lisa Watson and Clare Law, meanwhile, will help all comers make a ‘clootie tree’. Clooties are mementoes that express a wish or a dream for the next year and can be made from all manner of items from tinsel to ferns to buttons, you name it.
Platt Fields, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, M14. 0161 224 2902.
Sat 1 December

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