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The Weekend Edit; 24.1.13

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The Weekend Edit; 24.1.13

Events, exhibitions, openings and tips... The Weekend Edit is our weekly what's on guide for the creative epicurean...

Art, theatre, comedy, film and bucket loads of fine ale – if you’re looking to see 2013′s first month off with a cultural bang, then turn on, tune in and drop out with our weekly what’s on guide for the creative pleasure seeker…

Too Much Vino; An Exhibition by Billy

Until July

Too Much Vino; An Exhibition by Billy

An exhibition which documents the life of Billy – an English artist who creates anything from digital illustrations to large outdoor wall murals – Too Much Vino recalls memories of her early days on a river in South Africa, episodes of her parents and their friends getting drunk and rowdy, through to the current time where Billy (who now enjoys a tipple or two herself) resides in Berlin. In a nutshell, it aims to show how a love of colour, wine and happiness can unite and be united, and you can enjoy the exhibition – wine, or whatever your drink of choice, in hand at Manchester’s Northern Quarter’s Common bar.

Too Much Vino; An Exhibition by Billy, Common, 39-41 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HW; Running until July 2013. Exhibition launch takes place this evening from 6:00pm

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Photo, Jason Fernie

Until 16 February

Gruesome Playground Injuries

An honest insight into modern America, Gruesome Playground Injuries – showing at small-scale theatre, The Gate – is the story of Kayleen and Doug who meet aged 8 and go on to form a somewhat twisted relationship. Over the course of the next thirty years following their initial encounter, their love story develops as their sometimes harmful, sometimes hilarious actions force them apart before drawing them back together again. An intriguing and passionate love story from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph.

Gruesome Playground Injuries, 11 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3HQ; Running until 16th February. Ticket prices vary

The London Comedy Film Festival

Until 27 January

The London Comedy Film Festival

Commencing proceedings this morning with with a session of Laughter Yoga at the BFI Southbank, LOCO London is your access to a weekend filled with film, performance and laughter. Taking place at a host of London venues including BFI Southbank, Ritzy Cinema and Hackney Picturehouse; enjoy UK premieres, special screenings and slapstick comedy as the varied programme seeks to show how ambitious and original comedy film-making can be. Who said January had to be dull and uninspiring?

The London Comedy Film Festival, various locations. Ticket prices and timings vary

Jewish East End Extravaganza

25 – 27 January

Jewish East End Extravaganza

A series of workshops, theatre performances and taster tours (culminating with an exhibition at Rich Mix) explores the proposition: what was working life like in Jewish East London? As part of the extravaganza, children from 6 different London primary schools have been delving into the history of Jewish life, the Jewish Community Centre and Danny Braverman present the witty Wot? No Fish!! and puppetry and object animation are used to demonstrate an individual’s search for his cultural identity. Combined with film and textile making, this should make for an interesting weekend…

Jewish East End Extravaganza, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road,
London, E1 6LA Running 25th to 27th January. Tickets required for some events. Hours vary

National Winter Ales Festival 2013

Until 26 January

National Winter Ales Festival 2013

Well news of this event has had us salivating in anticipation. With some 300 beers, bottled real ale, ciders and perries, there’s sure to be something here to tickle the taste buds of even the most adventurous drinkers amongst you. Taking place in Manchester and featuring both UK and international ‘juice’; prices start at 90p for a half and with the strongest ale being a whopping 10’5%, the National Winter Ales Festival 2013 is where you want to try and spend at least some of your time this weekend…

National Winter Ales Festival 2013, Sheridan Suite, 371 Oldham Rd Manchester M40 8EA; Running until 26th January. Open 12:00pm to 10:30pm. Tickets from £3.00

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