Words by Ian Pennington

After a weekend that flew by for some more than others, the good ship HMS Bag Thing Weekly Events Preview is back again to secure our anchor in the ground and plant a few seeds of opportunity in your next seven days. It’s another mammoth haul (or should that be elephant?), so read on.

Albert Hall has the start of the week worked out for you – Monday 23rd sees former quadrant of the Portico Quartet Nick Mulvey return to the city, while Portlandian rockers Sleater-Kinney follow in their footsteps on Tuesday 24th.

That’s not to say you should throw all your Easter eggs in the Albert Hall basket before they’ve hatched. “Leave them on the supermarket shelf,” says Alasdair Roberts. “Taste a Scotch folkie egg at Band on the Wall on Monday instead.”

Fans of Sleater-Kinney may well be drawn to the Ruby Lounge on Wednesday 25th for consecutive girl punk throwbacks, SoKo is the latter.

Or step back and admire words over reverb at the Castle Hotel the same evening. Chris Killen is the headlining wordsmith at Bad Language’s regular spoken word night.

Last week the news broke about the Roadhouse’s intention to close its doors at the end of May. The show must go on while those doors are still open though, and on Thursday 26th they’ll be wide and welcoming for fans of local acoustic songwriting. Gideon Conn tops a bill that includes Ivan Campo and Janileigh Cohen.

Time for some uptempo jazz in the form of Nubiyan Twist at Band on the Wall.

There are also two gallery after-hours shows to bring to your attention that night. Manchester Art Gallery’s Thursday Lates presents Pankhurst in the Gallery, a night of fancy dress themed around the fashion activism and female empowerment of the Suffragette movement. Down the road, recently re-opened Whitworth Art Gallery presents Sex and the Stereotype, headed up by Bernard and Edith.

Indie rock crooners Dutch Uncles have your Friday 27th evening all sewn up at The Ritz.

Onto Saturday 28th, The Ladies’ Room weekender will be taking over much of Stevenson Square with talks, panels, discussions, live art and performances celebrating the radical history of the area as part of Wonder Women festival.

1,500 people are reportedly attending, judging by social media RSVPs, but if you’re not one of them, then roll up to Deaf Institute with your 3D specs (they’re provided for you if you don’t own any) for Patterns’ audio-visual jive.

Elsewhere on the live front, you can select between jangly lo-fi indie types Lovely Eggs at Soup Kitchen or Stockport’s most vocal export since Timmy Mallett, the indie pop group Blossoms.

Night owls keep reading, because there are club nights to choose from on Saturday. Daniel Avery is let loose on the Soup Kitchen soundsystem, while the ever-reliable noise splicers Hoya:Hoya return to Roadhouse for their monthly rotation.

After all that gluttonous musical binging, you might be feeling a bit of belly ache, so subside the sensation with a few belly laughs on Sunday 29th at Antwerp Mansion’s comedy evening. Barbara Nice tops the bill and it’s free entry.

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