WELCOME TO THE WEEK AHEAD; WHAT NOT TO MISS OVER THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS.
? The Met, Bury / themet.org.uk / 0161 761 2216 / Today and Tomorrow, 7.30pm / PS11 Clubbing / Arcadia Sounds 1st Birthday The Arcadia Sounds crew are pulling out all the stops for their first birthday celebrations, enlisting the services of house titan Casey Spillman, joined by residents Eastfield Swing, Hardy and Cooke.
Underdog / 0161 236 4899 / Today, 10pm-4am / PS5/PS7/PS9 Clubbing / Zutekh's excellent 'All Night Long' series continues with a headline set from Teneil Throssell, aka HAAI, the Australian former psych-rocker turned rapidly ascending DJ and producer. Put on your best dancing shoes for this one.
? Soup Kitchen / soupkitchenmcr.co. uk / 0161 236 5100 / Today, 11pm-4am / PS12 Exhibition / Emma Smith: 5Hz & Euphonia An artist whose work uses places, histories and happenings as raw materials, Cambridge-based Emma Smith brings two of her wonderful pieces to HOME this weekend. Euphonia is an ambitious sound installation based on the musicality of social interactions, while 5Hz explores psychological and neurological responses to the human voice.
? HOME / homemcr.org / 0161 200 1500 / Preview today, 6pm-9pm; Tomorrow to Sunday, May 19 / Free Tomorrow Music / Sundara Karma With their fondness for quoting Greek philosophers and esoteric literature, Reading four-piece Sundara Karma have cemented their position as the brainiest, artiest band in the current Brit indie firmament. Prepare for more intellectual engagement - and, of course, soaring indie-rock anthems - as the band showcase tracks from their excellent new LP, Ulfilas' Alphabet.
? O2 Victoria Warehouse / victoriawarehouse.com / 0161 660 7000 / Tomorrow, 7pm / PS18 Music / Boyz II Men Now in their forties and therefore by no stretch of the imagination 'boyz', the massively successful American R&B trio return for an evening of emotional ballads, acapella harmonies and smooth romantic overtures.
? O2 Apollo / academymusicgroup.com/o2apollomanchester / 0844 477 7677 / Tomorrow, 7pm / PS35 Comedy / Group Therapy Part comedian, part singer, part clown - the charming Elf Lyons headlines this month's instalment of Group Therapy; support comes from Harriet Dyer, the brains behind the CityLife award-winning comedy night Barking Tales.
? Gorilla / thisisgorilla.com / 0161 826 2998 / Tomorrow, 7pm / PS12 Comedy / Best of Buzz Comedy Sale Waterside prepares for another epic invasion of top-notch comedy talent. This month's guests include the pun-tastic Darren Walsh, deadpan stand-up Simon Lomas, cheeky Bristolian Jeremy Flynn and confessional comic Jay Handley.
? Waterside Arts Centre, Sale / watersidearts.org / 0161 912 5616 / Tomorrow, 8pm / PS13 Clubbing / Lost Control 6th Birthday The brainchild of top Manc DJ Black Eyes, Lost Control has become the first port of call for revellers of an acid house-loving persuasion. For tonight's sixth birthday shindig, they'll be joined by Jus-Ed, the American house stalwart and founder of the venerable Underground Quality record label.
? The White Hotel, Salford / thewhitehotel.club / Tomorrow, 11pm-7am / PS12.10 Literature / Peter Barlow's Cigarette Showcasing the finest new and established poetry talents, the awesomely-named Peter Barlow's Cigarette returns with a bumper line-up featuring Gilbert Adair, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Patricia Farrell and Colin Herd.
? Waterstones Deansgate / waterstones.com / 0161 837 3000 / Tomorrow, 4pm / Free SUNDAY 7 Music / James Blake The Mercury-nominated electronic soul wunderkind from Deptford returns to live action in possession of new material, Assume Form, another stunning album of moody, glitchily layered loops, jazzy piano chords and mournful vocals. ? O2 Victoria Warehouse / victoriawarehouse.com / 0161 660 7000 / Sunday, 7pm / PS26.50 Comedy / Seann Walsh After showcasing his dance skills on the last series of Strictly - and getting a little too close with his dance partner - shaggy-haired comic Seann Walsh gets back to the day job. Don't be surprised to hear a few cheeky references to his recent tabloid controversies. ? The Lowry / thelowry.com / 0843 208 6000 / Sunday, 8pm / PS18.50 MONDAY Music / Kiefer Sutherland Canadian acting royalty Kiefer Sutherland - star of 24, Lost Boys and Flatliners - is the latest Hollywood star to launch a music career. If you've ever wondered what Agent Jack Bauer would look like wearing a Stetson and singing country music, then here's your answer.
? Gorilla / thisisgorilla.com / 0161 826 2998 / Monday, 7pm / PS30 Comedy / Comedy? Yes!
This excellent new night offers the chance to see established comics road-testing fresh, untried material before they head off on tour.
Tonight's double-bill features nostalgia obsessed stand-up Daniel Nicholas, alongside musical comedy oddball Edy Hurst. ? Gullivers / gulliversnq.info / 0161 819 2970 / Monday, 7.30pm / PS5 Theatre / Abigail's Party Watched by some 16 million viewers when screened as a BBC Play for Today back in 1977, Mike Leigh's dark comedy - in which a cocktail party among middle-class neighbours goes terribly awry - still packs a punch over 40 years later. Directed by Sarah Esdaile, this latest touring revival features screen and stage favourite Jodie Prenger, alongside Corrie's Vicky Binns and Midsomer Murders star Daniel Casey.
? Opera House / atgtickets.com / 0844 871 3018 / Monday to Saturday, April 13 / PS13-PS41.25 Theatre / Hair the Musical Unleash your inner hippie child as the smash hit musical Hair - telling the story of a group of politically active hippies in 1960s New York - comes to Manchester as part of its 50th anniversary tour. The cast includes Dancing on Ice winner Jake Quickenden, Hollyoaks' Daisy Wood-Davis and X Factor finalist Marcus Collins.
? Palace Theatre / atgtickets.com / 0844 871 3018 / Monday to Saturday, April 13 / PS13-PS48 TUESDAY Theatre / Kingdom Founded in 2006, Barcelona-based company Senor Serrano have earned rave reviews for their playful, boundary-pushing shows which fuse classical and experimental theatre styles. Their latest production - featuring as part of HOME's ?Viva! Festival - is a typically inventive affair, using video cameras, projection and live music to explore the mechanics of western capitalism.
? HOME / homemcr.org / 0161 200 1500 / Tuesday to Saturday, April 13 / PS15 WEDNESDAY Music / Beirut After a four year hiatus, American outfit Beirut - led by singersongwriter Zach Condon - return with a new record, Gallipolo, showcasing their tried-and-tested formula of upbeat melodies, joyful trumpet arrangements and lyrics inspired by travel.
? Albert Hall / alberthallmanchester.com / 0161 817 3490 / Wednesday, 7pm / PS25 Literature / Candice Carty-Williams The woman behind one of 2019's most buzzed about debut novels, Queenie - described as a cross between Bridget Jones and Americanah - is dropping into Waterstones Deansgate for a special Q&A session.
? Waterstones Deansgate / waterstones.com / 0161 837 3000 / Wednesday, 6.30pm / PS3 THURSDAY Exhibition / Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege A collaboration between Manchester Museum and the Partition Museum in Amritsar, India, this exhaustive new exhibition will reflect on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, in which British troops opened fire on peaceful Indian protestors. Using archival and audio-visual material, the show will revisit that fateful day, exploring its causes and aftermath.
? Manchester Museum / museum. manchester.ac.uk / 0161 275 2648 / Thursday to Wednesday, October 2 / Free