Words by Ian Pennington
We continue this week amidst death threats being handed out to those posting Game of Thrones spoilers on the net. After this weekly Manchester gig listings spoiler we might need to keep a low profile. Don’t get angry – enjoy a few pointers of what we can look forward to.
Monday 15th is a slow-ish start to the week. A steady journey through your evening could be the screening of The White Bus at Jam Street Café, a 1967 short film based on Salford author Shelagh Delaney’s short story and featuring an early-days appearance by Anthony Hopkins.
This week sees the beginning of the first Burrow residency at Islington Mill, which sees Fat Out Till You Pass Out curating a week of musical, artistic and visual delights. It launches on Tuesday 16th with a headline show for 12-string picker James Blackshaw.
Also on Tuesday, hip-shaking groove-layers Boxed In take on the Gorilla stage.
Burrow continues on Wednesday 17th with wacky electronics warping wildcard Dan Deacon, while elsewhere there’s an album launch slot for Mathew Gray and the Awful Truth at Lloyd’s in Chorlton. Their debut LP, Songs of Love and Lust is reviewed by Now Then, here.
On the album launch front, both Werkha and Frameworks have new records to flaunt, coinciding at Deaf Institute with So Flute’s first foray outside of their regular Roadhouse monthly since the old venue pulled the plug.
There’s more local electronica on Friday 19th. From the Kites of San Quentin are surfacing from hibernation, promising new material to an audience at the Eagle Inn.
If you’re not heading to London on Saturday 20th then instead march down Oldham Street – or at least between Gullivers and the Castle Hotel, the joint hosts of Fragments festival, curated by Turnitout Manchester and Super Smash Hit Records.
Wonder Inn, the Shudehill-based arts venue, hosts a film event by Community Arts North West and Filmonik on Sunday 21st. First Person is a week-long intensive ‘creative boot camp’ that seeks to frame peoples’ lives in short films, connecting with Refugee Week. Find out what that means at the project’s culminating event from 2pm on the day.
Finally, night owls who’re keeping the weekend alive into the evening might fancy shaking a leg during The Go! Team’s show at Sound Control.