What's On Northwest 24 Sep-1 Oct: Ottolenghi

Zap by Simon Jay Catling | 24 Sep 2015

1. MUSIC | Trof & The Skinny Present: Menace Beach, Weirds, False Advertising + more
The Deaf Institute, Manchester. Fri 25 Sep, 6.30pm, £3 here 

This Friday marks our super special gig with Trof! Featuring some of our favourite new bands from the region, deliriously fun Leeds-based grunge group Menace Beach (pictured) are heading up a bill that also includes hypnotic psych-rockers Weirds, smart DIY outfit False Advertising and thrilling Manchester fuzz-poppers Fruit Bomb – all for just £3 thanks to our ticketing partners, DICE. We've been catching up with our lineup online all week ahead of the show – read more here!
2. MUSIC | Liverpool Psych Fest
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool. Fri 25-Sat 26 Sep, times vary, from £30 (£60 weekend) here

Liverpool Psych Fest presents yet another mind-melting two days of psychedelic music from across the genres. The legendary slowcore psych of veterans Spiritualized, the thudding industrial techno of Factory Floor and the protopunk-tinged motorik of Hookworms are among the names atop the bill, but as ever there's plenty to explore elsewhere – not least a showcase from Chicago label Sacred Bones, which you can read more on here.
3. THEATRE | Flow Festival
Various, Salford. Fri 25-Sun 27 Sep, times and prices vary here 

After a hugely successful first year, Flow Salford returns across multiple venues, including The Lowry, The King's Arms, First Chop Brewing Arm and the Salford Arts Theatre, to again provide a stage for the city's emerging theatrical and comedy talent. Highlights include dark comedy duo Nathan Birkinshaw (pictured) and Matthew Pearce – aka Matt and Nath. Ransack, meanwhile, will be at First Chop to present Enveloped in Velvet, which explores the modern struggle between how we’re conditioned to feel and how we actually feel.
The Kazimier, Liverpool. Sun 27 Sep, 8pm, £18.50 here 

Legendary New York no wavers ESG might not have reached wider acclaim in the way that Blondie or Talking Heads did, but the 1979-formed group have influenced many over their 35 year career. Hugely sampled, 90s hip-hop staples like Wu-Tang Clan and Beastie Boys are among many to use the group's funk-filled beats – you have only to look at tonight's support, The Skinny favourites Golden Teacher, to see their ongoing influence. You're not too late to catch a few of September's other remaining gig highlights.
5. ART | Domestic II
Matthias Court, Salford. Thu 24-Sat 26 Sep, times and prices vary here 

Domestic II sees Manchester’s roaming promoter Word of Warning renew its relationship with social housing association The Guinness Partnership to transform a Salford tower block – mid-renovation – into a venue for theatre, storytelling and performance. Writers including Louise Wallwein and Cheryl Martin share intimate tales amid the stripped-out apartment building over three nights, while a group art exhibition attempts to peel back the layers to expose our social foundations.
ADVERTISEMENT | Autumn at the Instituto Cervantes!

As autumn arrives there are a number of different ways in which you can warm up and have fun at the Instituto Cervantes! Our new dance courses, from Flamenco to Salsa and Tango, will have you shaking out the seasonal blues.

For those interested in literature, don't miss the special events we have prepared together with Manchester Literature Festival, with three exciting writers – Basque author Kirmen Uribe, Jesus Carrasco from Seville and Catalan-based Care Santos – appearing as part of the full festival programme.
Finally, don’t forget our new Spanish courses – whether you're preparing for your holidays next year or simply want to improve your skills. 

6. ART | Art Battle
AWOL Studios, Manchester. Sat 26 Sep, 7pm, £10 here 

Returning for its fifth instalment, Art Battle offers street artists a chance to get involved for the first time after finally finding a venue willing to allow the use of spray cans. The rules remain the same: ten artists have 30 minutes to create a finished piece in front of an audience, with some of the participants announced to 'compete' including US tattooist Loren Fetterman, Manchester-based illustrator David Gee and artist Carlotta Allum. 
7. CLUBS | Meine Nacht: Drei
Static Gallery, Liverpool. Sat 26 Sep, 9pm, £10 here 

Coming  down from Glasgow for the latest Meine Nacht is the quietly exciting new prospect on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Denis Sulta. Gaining a strong level support, with Jackmaster, Skream, Dark Sky and Optimo are all fans of the house producer, while Boiler Room and Fabric have also come calling — Sulta providing a mix online for the latter earlier this year. Meanwhile, you can read more about Dixon Avenue Basement Jams here
8. CLUBS | Lord of the Tings
South, Manchester. Wed 30 Sep, 11pm, £7 here 

The ever reliable Lord of the Tings get ready to welcome another fresh intake of students with Rinse FM legend Sir Spyro going up against Local Action MC Jammz in a dirty double header. Spyro has been on Rinse FM for the best part of ten years, his weekly Grime Show still a go to for everything new from the grime scene. Expect some of the best in rap, dancehall, garage and UK funk alongside him courtesy of the 'Tings residents. 
9. FOOD AND DRINK | Ottolenghi + Scully
Royal Exchange, Manchester. Mon 28 Sep, 7.30pm, £10 (£8) here 

Two of the UK's most creative chefs, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully, come to Manchester to celebrate the release of NOPI, the book behind their ground-breaking London restaurant of the same name, which mixes Yotam's Middle Eastern flavours with Ramael's Asian culinary heritage. Alongside the book, expect chat about a shared passion for travel, family and great food, as well as demonstrations of some of their delicious recipes.
10. MUSIC | Oneirogen + Moon Zero
The Kazimier, Liverpool. Tue 29 Sep, 7pm, £5 here 

Two artists from respected jazz and avant-garde label Denovali Records come to Liverpool tonight. Oneirogen – the moniker of Mario Diaz de Leon – is fresh from a residency at The Stone in New York, and his cinematic synthesised sprawl is coupled by Moon Zero’s maximalist drone. We’re also excited for Dawn Ray’d, featuring members of the much missed Liverpool screamos We Came Out Like Tigers — read an interview with their old band here.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Menace Beach – Super Transporterreum

Competitions & Reader Offers

Win tickets to Akram Kahn's Kaash! Win two tickets to a performance of Akram Kahn's Kaash at The Lowry, Salford, on either 6 or 7 Oct. Closes 27 Sep. 

Win tickets to the Pleasance Sessions: Win a pair of three-day tickets to the Pleasance Sessions in Edinburgh, featuring Blanck Mass, RM Hubbert and more between 9-11 Oct. Closes Wed 30 Sep.

Spot the Difference:  Win a copy of The Well by Catherine Chanter courtesy of our pals at Canongate. Closes 1 Oct.

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