Monday, 22 November 2010

velvet, corduroy and more: the city is alive!

Dear friends

There is so much happening at the moment please forgive this extra email but I wanted to share some exciting events with you.
The Velvet and Corduroy Club is a salon for wonderful ideas and interesting debate. It opened for the first time last month and fascinating thoughts flowed with the sherry on an intriguing derive of the mind. Thank you so much to everyone who generously shared their wisdom and experiences, it felt like a really special space and I am excited by its potential. Entry is free and open to all and I urge you, if you can, to join us this Thursday, 25th November 6.00-8.30pm at Manchester Modernist Society (MMS) HQ, Chapel Street, Salford (it’s very near Salford Central Station and The Kings Arms).

MMS are also currently hosting Latitude, an exhibition of artists maps. The LRM have always loved creative cartography and this is well worth a visit, as is Cube Open 2010 where Blind Spots by Urban Col(laboratory) is being screened. This is a rather marvelous and insightful film looking at (and dancing in) Piccadilly Gardens. We are delighted at another chance to view the work that was created as part of Get Lost and urge you to go and have a look. I’ve not been to the rest of the show yet so don’t know what other delights there maybe.

Cube is also hosting a wine tasting by our friend dale on Friday 26th, tickets are £7.50 or £10 for two (everything else in this bulletin is FREE) We are not, and never will, be taking advertising or sponsorship but we do like to support our friends so tickets must be bought in advance from a branch of Oddbins – Cooper St in town or various other places.

On Wednesday 24th there is a screening of a documentary looking at the Okasional CafĂ© in its various manifestations, 6.30pm at Earth, Turner Street. I’m not sure who is organising this but perhaps it will provide inspiration on creative resistance to the class war that seems to be brewing. The Mule is a good source of local information on the theme.

The Urbis Research Forum are celebrating Engels birthday a day late but in fine style with a discussion examining how the city is reflected in Engel’s work and how his Mancunian insights continue to be relevant in the 21st century. Its on Monday 29th, 6pm at the Renolds building, Altrincham Street. They are also presenting a series of interactive walks imagining Oxford Road exploring the architectural, literary and audio imaginary of one of Manchester’s busiest streets.

Finally a reminder The LRM are curating an Ancoats Amble in conjunction with MERCi as part of their Future Manchester festival. The guided walk will focus on regeneration, accidental nature, urban wildlife and play – please bring any favourite street games. More details and a full programme here We are meeting 2pm sharp outside the Crown and Kettle, Oldham Road (top of Oldham Street) this Sunday, 28th November.

News on Decembers first Sunday will be with you soon,as well as information on some very exciting january shenanigans. In the meantime please keep warm. I’m all aglow with pride at knowing so many lovely loiterers creating a city full of interesting things

Much love and golden apples
Morag x

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