Best Things to do in Manchester This Week: 19th – 25th May 2020

Including the RHS Flower Show, 3-minute Portraits, a huge kiki, a Disney Quiz and more...

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Until Saturday 23rd May
It’s no Tatton Park Flower Show but the RHS Chelsea one is still pretty good, but as you’re probably already guessing – the actual one has been cancelled this year (like everything else) and is set to be replaced by an online virtual one instead (like everything else). Quite how much different this will be from just typing in “pretty flowers” into Google Images I don’t know – but then again – I know VERY little about flowers in the first place.

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XS Malarkey Online
Tuesday 19th May
Another week and another blast of comedy from the XS Malarkey team – which you all should get involved in if you’re looking for a proper good larff. This week will see the following people take to the ‘stage’ — JON GLASER, SARAH KEYWORTH, SEAN PATTON, CATHERINE BOHART, AHIR SHAH — all compered by the legendary MC Toby Hadoke.

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House of Noir Presents Kiki in our House
Wednesday 20th May
Part of MIF’s new ‘Festival in My House’ commission, this Wednesday sees rising stars of vogue and ballroom culture, House of Noir, host a proper big KIKI in their gaff; a super-relaxed, youth-led, politically-driven voguing ball-from-home with the theme ‘All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go’. It’ll feature dazzling live appearances by some of the city’s leading QTIPOC performers (queer, transgender and intersex people of colour), so strike a pose and join ’em on the virtual dancefloor for a glorious celebration of life, music, diversity and community.

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National Theatre LIVE: A Streetcar Named Desire
Thursday 21st May
Everything I know about ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ comes from that Simpsons episode where Marge hates Homer and so decides to act in the musical version alongside Ned Flanders. She’s called Stella and Ned is a bloke called Stanley who’s a bit of a dick and slaps her around a bit. She then snaps and then Chief Wiggum does a bit of singing and that’s all I can remember. Well, the National Theatre will be streaming their version live from Thursday – and this one stars the ever-wonderful Gillian Anderson.

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MIF Rewind | Party Skills for the End of the World
Friday 22nd May
All the way back in 2017 Manchester International Festival hosted ‘Part Skills for the End of the World’ – a pioneering cult performance by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari. Well, now they’ve decided to try and squeeze their genre-defying epic show into the tiny digital portal that connects all of our isolated worlds during lockdown. “You’re invited to raise a glass to celebrate the things we’re still able to share when we are so close and yet so far away – so hang out, make some friends, learn some new skills – and dance like nobody’s watching…”

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Revellers toast with beer during the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich September 28, 2012. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital for the 179th Oktoberfest, which runs until October 7, 2012. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY – Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

Bank Holiday Weekend
It’s another Bank Holiday this weekend, but we’ve gone bac to the traditional Monday one instead of that obscure Friday one a few weeks back. Therefore, you should expect all manner of nothing-ness going on – with most people heading to the park or chilling in their gardens – should the weather hold up. I’m sure that United We Stream have something up their sleeves, but as usual – I don’t know what it is yet because it’s only a Monday and they only seem to let us know what’s happening on a Wednesday. Personally, I’ll be in my hot tub with a bottle of Bucky. Have a good one.

 

The Big Fat Disney Quiz
Saturday 23rd May
Think you know loads about Disney? What is Aladdin’s dad called? How many t-shirts did the wardrobe have in her drawers in Beauty & the Beast? Why didn’t anyone bother watching Treasure Island? Well, if you know even one of these questions – you’re in with a chance of winning this Disney themed Quiz on Saturday – and you can win yourself some great prizes. It’s only a fiver to enter too.

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3 Minute Portraits ONLINE from Manchester Print Fair
Saturday 23rd May
With the Manchester Print Fair cancelled (like everything else) they’re still offering a bit of online side-action in the form of these brilliant 3-minute portraits by some of the city’s best artists. All you need to do is book online, send ’em in a photo of you and sit back and relax while your portrait is made for you in the comfort of your own home. The tickets will go to supporting the artists. I’m not sure what they’ll do with your portraits though? Post them? Or maybe you can pick them up once this is all over.

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