It’s Easter this weekend and as a result this has been a difficult roundup to sort out. You see I’ve already done an Easter weekend article so I’ve been looking for things to do from Monday to Thursday – and as usual there isn’t much out there. If you run a bar or restaurant or club in Manchester and are reading this – do more stuff from Monday to Thursday please. Not just for me, but for every other bored person out there who are reduced to watching ITV2.
Bare Bones @ Black Dog Ballroom NQ
Monday 17th April @ 8pm
If you are an aspiring musician or a poet or someone who can tell jokes or someone who likes to make a fool of themselves then an Open Mic night is probably something you know enough about. With this in mind, Black Dog Ballroom in the NQ run a weekly 'Bare Bones Acoustic Monday' featuring all your favourites - there's Gary Sandittle who likes to sing Damien Rice songs - ideally beside a campfire, and Todd Bespickle, who knows all the cords to 'Half the World Away' on his home-made Andrex tissue box guitar. Get down and check them out and more from 8pm til 11pm. Oh and it's free!
Black Dog Ballroom Nq, Basement Affleck’s Palace, Corner Tib Street / Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW
This weekend is obviously Easter. So if you have managed to drag yourself away from that Kinder Egg and have decided to read this for things to do - then you're shit out of luck. However Ben Brown has been very good this week and released an Easter round-up of all the best things to do over the weekend which you can find here. Go on - get involved.
Ultimate R’n’B Quiz @ Walrus
Thursday 20th April, 8.30pm
I know absolutely nothing about R'n'B except that it stands for Rhythm and Breaks. That's about it. But if you know the difference between Ashanti and Aaliyah and can distinguish between Tupac and Craig David then you are in for a treat come Thursday. Not even Milli Vanilli could cheat at the quiz held at Walrus - starting at 8.30pm - all you need is £2 per person and you can show off your knowledge.
Walrus, 78-88 High St, Manchester M4 1ES
Monday Movie Club @ Oddest
Monday 17th April
If you live in Chorlton, or like to take the 85 through it then you can check out the Monday Movie Club over at Odder for a chance to watch 'Life of Brian' - that legendary Monty Python movie that loads of people seem to enjoy. If you've not seen it then it's about a bloke called Brian who is born at the same time as Jesus, and is unsuspectedly revered as the new Messiah by a load of people. If you like Monty Python then you'll love it. If you have a sense of humour - you may struggle. It's free though and you will get some free popcorn on top.
Oddest, 414-416 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0SD
Rum & Bass Vs Motherfunkers Fundraiser @ Antwerp Mansion
Wednesday 19th April, 11pm – 3am
I'm not a religious man. Not at all in fact. In fact I take many opportunities to ridicule and sneer at religion but I can't ignore something that is a truly good cause. Which is why I've added this fundraiser to the list this week - it’s to raise some bunce for the Church of Ascension in Salford; and although that may be against my views - I know that they do a lot of good for Salford and the people in the community. So that's nice. And the night should be brilliant too with a shed-load of Drum and Bass, Funk, Grime and Soul for you to flick your fingers at while jumping on the spot.
Tickets start at £4
Antwerp Mansion, Rusholme Grove, Manchester, M14 5AG
Led Zeppelin Masters @ Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 18th April, 7.30pm
Bridgewater Hall. Led Zeppelin tunes. Not usually things that go hand-in-hand. In fact - all the usual stuffy fuddy-duddies that typically go to the Bridgewater Hall will be in for a shock on Tuesday when these boys turn up and start strumming on their guitars and rocking the roof off. I'm a big Zeppelin fan, as many people are, and if you are - then you should already have your tickets for these geezers. Sure, they're not the real thing but unless you want to remortgage you house or sell a kidney for a time machine for the real thing - then this is your best option.
Tickets start at £35.10
The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS