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Another exhibition is on in Levenshulme! From today until Sunday 18th March, you can view watercolour paintings of scenes from several places in Ireland by Mike Lyons. The exhibition is on at the Isis cafe and is launched at 7pm this evening. Admission is free.
From 9pm, there is another Irish karaoke night at the Union, so if you had a go last week and fancy belting out some more tunes, get down there! It’s free to get in and it’s bound to be great fun.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
|Potiche. Starring Catherine Deneuve|
After an action packed few days, it’s time to indulge in some sport! Don’t worry – it’s not strenuous, but you will need to concentrate and it requires very good hand-eye co-ordination. Yes, it’s the Manchester Irish Festival Darts Competition for single players tonight, starting at 8:00 p.m. Come down, have a pint and register on the night if you fancy firing some arrows. Or you could just watch.
Further up the road, in the city centre – on Albert Square, to be exact – it’s the Irish Market! Starting today, it lasts until Sunday and is open from 9am until 6pm. Now the evenings are lighter, this will doubtless attract a few people who have just finished work. There’s an ale bar and a leprechaun’s house. Worth a visit just for those two things, I reckon!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tonight, Levenshulme gets the red carpet treatment. The Union Inn and Bar M19 will resemble a cross between Leicester Square and Broadcasting House with everything that’s going on: a live radio show, a session of Irish music and the UK premiere of “Beautiful People”, a documentary about the musicians behind New York’s longest-running Irish music session.
The fun starts at 6:30 pm ,at the Union, when the doors open to a live outside broadcast from 7:00 until 9:00, with ALL FM’s Joe Casserley and the Full Irish team. Joe and his fellow broadcasters will be very familiar to anyone who listens to their regular show on ALL FM, which is always packed with beautiful Irish music – and in this case, the music is live!
The music doesn’t stop when the mic is taken off air, either. Following the radio show, there is a special Irish music session with Grace Kelly and friends. Bring along your instruments and have a jam.
Next door, also at 7:00, the VIP screening of Beautiful People (directed by Elzbieta Szoka, who is coming to this Levenshulme screening, all the way from New York) is taking place. Sponsored by Guinness, places at this event - which features a warm-up gig - are strictly limited, but perhaps a pair of lucky Levenshulme residents will have won free tickets by emailing the Festival Press Office, as advertised in the brochure! If you don’t get to see it at its UK premiere, don’t worry – Martin and Annette from the Full Irish will, next door, be interviewing some of the people involved. You can also purchase the film on the website.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Fancy a trip to the pictures to see an Oscar-winning film but don’t want the hassle of travelling to Parrs Wood, the Cornerhouse or the Printworks?
Come down to St Mary’s Parish Centre tonight and see a classic Irish film. The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, will be screened tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Don’t worry if you haven’t had your tea, because Irish stew and soda bread is on the menu. Much better than popcorn, I’m sure you’ll agree – and it’s included in the admission price, which is a wallet-friendly £2.50.
More details on the Manchester Irish Festival website.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Levenshulme is a place that has a lot of arts, crafts and other assorted creativity going on. As part of the Irish Festival, the Irish Community Care Over 50s’ Group is holding a craft group at St. Mary’s Parish Centre today at noon (free admission). You don’t have to be nimble-fingered with a knitting needle – if you just fancy a chat, have a stroll down there and enjoy the friendly surroundings.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Can you handle yet another night of clubbing before the start of the new week? Why not! M19 is putting on DJ Tom Dee again from 8pm tonight, whilst next door at the Union, starting at 4pm, there is an Irish sing-along and karaoke session with DJ Ronnie. What a great way to enjoy these lovely, long evenings.
If you’re up and about earlier than that and are looking for something to lift your spirits, how about a church service at St. Peter’s? Today’s service at 11am does not feature Holy Communion and, in the typical Levenshulme fashion that we know and love, is open to all who wish to enjoy some Irish Christian inspiration and hymns.
Have a look at the Manchester Irish Festival website for full details, including Festival events throughout Manchester and its neighbouring areas.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
It’s the second day of this year’s Manchester Irish Festival and if you missed the clubbing at M19 last night (or if you loved it so much, you want to do it again!), don’t worry – it’s on again tonight from 8pm with Palace DJ Tom Dee. It goes on until 2am and, like last night, entry is FREE before 11:30.
Next door at the Union, there is some traditional Irish music with Mixi Toal and friends. It starts at 9pm and entry is free. Before the gig, why not check out the pictures in the I Love MCR MAYO Photography Exhibition? The photos will be up throughout the festival.
The highlight of the Levenshulme events in the Festival programme tonight, though, has to be the Bob Dylan and Clancy Brothers Tribute Night, which starts at 7:30 pm in Bar M19. Whilst people are dancing on the ground floor, you can enjoy - for a mere fiver! - a packed bill of excellent musicians in the sumptuous surroundings of the upstairs function suite, headlined by the soulful Graham Robins.
Full details – as well as what’s going on elsewhere in the city - can be found on the Manchester Irish Festival website.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Crikey, it seems like only the other day when I posted about the forthcoming Manchester Irish Festival and now, here we are. It’s the start of a new month and the Guinness will be in full flow for the celebrations from now until the 18th!
For us Levyites, the opening night can be celebrated at the M19 Bar with DJ Tom Dee, from 8pm until 2am. Arrive before 11:30 pm and get in free.
If the jollity has taken you over to the extent that you want to indulge in more active participation, why not pop next door? The Union Inn has an Irish karaoke night on, with DJ Ronnie. I’m sure there will be plenty of whiskey in the jar. Again, it’s free to get in.
Before you lose the ability to focus – and then attempt to stand up on stage and do your best Phil Lynott, Bono or Sinead O’Connor impression – you may be interested in the lovely photo exhibition that is also situated in the Union. The “I Love MCR MAYO” Photography Exhibition features work by Richenda Barrett as well as the Manchester Irish Festival Collective’s highlights of the Manchester Irish Festival that have been captured on film for the past seventeen years. The exhibition runs during the whole festival, so there’s plenty of time to catch it – although you’ll be having so much fun at the various events lined up in the next couple of weeks, St Patrick’s Day will be upon us before we know it.
Keep checking Love Levenshulme for highlights of the festival, particularly the events held in our neighbourhood. If you attend an event, why not write a few lines about it? Drop us an email!