What's On Northwest 3-10 Mar: Wonder Women
Time to honour our sisters with International Women's Day and its tie-in Manchester feminist festival Wonder Women (which boasts a GREAT programme this year), while Manchester Film Festival comes to town and Saul Williams stops by Liverpool.
Each week The Skinny team hand pick a selection of the best events from the Northwest cultural calendar to provide you with this here top ten guide to the most exciting goings on for the week ahead. From gigs, plays, and exhibitions, to spoken word, pop-up foodie events, and one-off film screenings, we give you the insider's guide to things to do in Liverpool, Manchester and beyond every Thursday morning.
Various venues, Manchester. Thu 3-Sun 13 Mar, times vary
As International Women's Day rolls around, so too does Manchester's feminist festival, Wonder Women, celebrating the brilliance and bad-assery of women past and present. Highlights include Brighter Sound showcase Here Come the Grrrls at Band on the Wall; an evening of talks, workshops and performance titled Written in the Margins at Manchester Jewish Museum; an exhibition at Soup Kitchen, and an immersive Girl Gang screening of Mean Girls at Hope Mill that'll be nothing short of totally fetch. All of that and, let's face it, too much more for us to cram into this tiny little synopsis.
Photo: People's History Museum
The HiFi Club, Leeds. Fri 4 Mar, 10pm
Having worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr Scruff and Breach, Ninja Tune's Andreya Triana has become one of the world's most in-demand vocalists for all the right people – most notably, as a leading contributor to Bonobo's signature sound. Now two albums into her own burgeoning solo career, the self-taught South East London singer takes to the road in support of her most recent, Giants.
Photo: Georgina Martin
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Fri 4 Mar-Sun 24 Apr, times vary
'Outsider art' is a term first introduced in the early 70s as a way of labelling art created outside of the bounds of 'official' culture, making way for a raw, impulsive and unfettered quality. Featuring the work of Outsider artists (or artists influenced by this area of study) from across the globe, Inside Out – a new exhibition at Castlefield Gallery – shows how a compulsive engagement with the artistic process itself can help inner experiences emerge.
Image: Andrea Joyce Heimer, Boys Catching Falling Fruit in the Orchard, 2015
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool. Fri 4 Mar, 10pm
Once found making music in a remote cabin in his Canadian homeland, DJ and producer Eddie C (known bureaucratically as Eddie Currelly) is now a regular of Berlin's irrepressible clubbing circuit. No doubt the city's abundance of record shops has also been no bad thing for either his loop digging or his reputation as one of the hottest DJs on the slo-mo/edits/disco scene, so stop by 24 Kitchen Street to enjoy his superlative deep grooves – and check him out in our March clubbing guide.
Manchester Film Festival
Various venues, Manchester. Thu 3-Sun 6 Mar, times vary
The 2016 edition of Manchester Film Festival features a timely focus on women in film, along with days dedicated to sports and music. For the latter, you can catch the world premiere of Lunar Orbit, a doc about ambient house duo The Orb, which will also see a guest appearance from the band's Alex Paterson, while elsewhere there's also animated shorts, student films, experimental films and more. You might also spot Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl fame (weknowright?), who'll be fielding questions after a screening of the film he stars in, The Paper Store (pictured). Read more about the line-up here.
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24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool. Sat 5 Mar, 7.30pm
Saul Williams' alt hip-hop may have come a long way since his open mic poetry slams of the 90s, but still stays faithful to the poeticism that remains at its beating heart. The acclaimed poet, musician, actor, MC and all-round firebrand is back with his first record in four years, a multi-platform project called MartyrLoserKing that also assumes life as a graphic novel and film, and thanks to this he'll finally be heading our way with his debut headline Liverpool show. Read our interview with Saul here.
The Lowry, Salford. Tue 8 Mar, 8pm
You might recognise American comedian Rob Delaney from Channel 4's Catastrophe (which he also co-writes with on-screen missus, Sharon Horgan), a hilariously blunt and filthy account of adulthood, relationships and London life – themes that filter through to Delaney's Twitter feed, where he's become known as one of the funniest blokes on social media. He'll be bringing his critically acclaimed Meat tour to Manchester, where he'll give you a whole evening of that biting, relatable wit.
Albert Dock Rum Festival
Albert Dock, Liverpool. Fri 4-Sat 5 Mar, times vary
It'll be a weekend of rum, Caribbean food and live music at Albert Dock, as its Rum Festival returns to celebrate the beloved booze of the seas. The area's bars and restaurants will be getting on board with the usual mixed bag of deals and special cocktails, but you'll find the main action at the apt setting of The Smugglers Cove, with rum tastings hosted by Chairman's Reserve, steel drum bands, jerk chicken and the like.
Academy 2, Manchester. Sat 5 Mar, 7.30pm
Låpsley – the middle name of Southport's Holly Fletcher – has gone from one-to-watch to a heavy hitter of the UK's electronic scene in what feels like a matter of moments. And, putting us all to shame: she's still not even 20. Her debut album, Long Way Home, is out this week, bringing her to Manchester Academy to prove she's come a long way since that sold-out Now Wave gig under the First Chop arches just last April. Read more about her new album.
Photo: Kat Gollock
Tate Liverpool. Mon 7-Thu 31 Mar, times vary
Healthify your art rate (ho ho ho) with Tate Liverpool's Art Gym, a three-week programme of free drop-in activities inspired by the traditional gym setup – but without the instructor screaming, "Go FASTER, you worthless piece of scum! COME OOON!" in your spin class. Instead, this gym promises a creative workout of classes, workshops and lectures for all ages, along with various art stations for you to try your hand at everything from traditional crafts to digital art production.
Image: Roger Sinek