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Club­bing / High Hoops 3rd Birth­day Three years on from their de­but at the now-de­funct Road­house, house and disco ses­sion High Hoops has grown into one of the most pop­u­lar, feel-good par­ties in town. Pulling out all the stops for their third birth­day, tonight’s head­lin­ers in­clude DJ heavy­weights Palms Trax and An­tal.

Hid­den / hid­den.club / Satur­day, May 19, 11pm-4am / £13/£15/£17.50/£20 Vis­ual arts / Chan­tal Joffe Re­garded as one of the most dis­tinc­tive and un­com­pro­mis­ing fig­u­ra­tive artists work­ing to­day, Chan­tal Joffe presents her lat­est show – a se­ries of works ex­plor­ing tran­si­tions into ado­les­cence and adult­hood – in The Lowry’s gallery space.

The Lowry / th­elowry.com / 0843 208 6000 / Starts Satur­day, May 19, runs until Septem­ber 2 / Free MON­DAY The­atre / #BeMoreMar­tyn The life of Mar­tyn Hett – one of the vic­tims of last year’s Manch­ester Arena bombing – is re­mem­bered with this pow­er­ful piece of verbatim the­atre from the Hope The­atre Com­pany. Pre­pare to laugh, to cry, and – most im­por­tantly – be more like Mar­tyn once you leave the the­atre.

Hope Mill The­atre / hopemillthe­atre.co.uk / 0161 275 9141 / Mon­day, May 21 to Satur­day, May 26 / £15 TUES­DAY The­atre / Fat Blokes With so much me­dia commentary fo­cussed on women and body im­age, this an­ar­chic new show shifts the spot­light over to the blokes – par­tic­u­larly those of the more ro­tund va­ri­ety. Writ­ten and per­formed by the con­tro­ver­sial artist Scot­tee – re­turn­ing to HOME af­ter an ap­pear­ance at last year’s Or­bit Fes­ti­val – Fat Blokes is a provoca­tive dance show about, says its cre­ator, “flab, dou­ble chins and get­ting your kit off in pub­lic”. Well worth at­tend­ing for in­trigue value alone.

HOME / homemcr.org / 0161 200 1500 / Tues­day, May 22 to Thurs­day, May 24 / £12.50 The­atre / Brighton Rock You’ve read the book, seen the film, now ex­pe­ri­ence Gra­ham Greene’s fa­mous meditation on gang­sters, jus­tice and moral­ity on the the­atre stage. As­sem­bled by a stel­lar cre­ative team of play­wright Bry­ony Lav­ery and di­rec­tor Es­ther Richard­son, the ac­claimed pro­duc­tion will run over five nights as part of The Lowry’s Week 53 Fes­ti­val.

The Lowry / th­elowry.com / 0843 208 6000 / Tues­day, May 22 to Satur­day, May 26 / £20 Lit­er­a­ture / An Evening of Po­etry in Ge­or­gian and English A stel­lar line-up of home­grown and Ge­or­gian po­ets has been as­sem­bled for this spe­cial event as part of Manch­ester Writ­ing School In­ter­na­tional Week. Ac­claimed Ge­or­gian writ­ers Diana An­phimi­adi and Salome Benidze will read their work along­side Bri­tish po­ets Jean Sprack­land and He­len Mort, be­fore dis­cussing the art of trans­la­tion with Natalia Bukia-Peters.

In­ter­na­tional An­thony Burgess Foun­da­tion / an­tho­ny­burgess.org / 0161 235 0776 / Tues­day, May 22, 7pm / Free WED­NES­DAY Com­edy / Ivo Gra­ham Eton ed­u­cated Ivo Gra­ham isn’t shy about his posh back­ground: charm­ing, crafty and self-aware, he turns his youth­ful in­dis­cre­tions into sto­ries of pure com­edy gold. Catch him at this in­ti­mate Bread Shed show be­fore he (in­evitably) starts head­lin­ing mas­sive the­atres.

The Bread Shed / bread-shed. co.uk / 0161 273 1471 / Wed­nes­day, May 23, 7.30pm / £12 The­atre / Toast One of the most-an­tic­i­pated shows at The Lowry’s Week 53 Fes­ti­val, food writer Nigel Slater’s ac­claimed me­moir Toast will be mak­ing its stage de­but in a unique ex­per­i­men­tal per­for­mance. A word of ad­vice, don’t at­tend this show on a full stom­ach: au­di­ence mem­bers will be given jam tarts and bread-and-but­ter pud­ding in a se­ries of “eat­ing in­ter­ven­tions”, while the smells of boiled ham and cabbage will be wafted around the the­atre in a nod to Slater’s child­hood meals.

The Lowry / th­elowry.com / 0843 208 6000 / Wed­nes­day, May 23 to Satur­day, June 2 / £20 Film / Doc’n Roll Film Fes­ti­val The UK’s big­gest mu­sic doc­u­men­tary fes­ti­val ar­rives in Manch­ester, pre­sent­ing an eclec­tic pro­gramme of films span­ning lo­cal mu­sic heroes (a Badly Drawn Boy doc­u­men­tary, 26 May), a study of Manch­ester dance cul­ture (Manch­ester Keeps On Danc­ing, 26 May), and a cel­e­bra­tion of jazz icon Ella Fitzger­ald (Pure Love, 28 May).

HOME / homemcr.org / 0161 200 1500 / Thurs­day, May 24 to Mon­day, May 28 / More info at homemcr.org/event/docn-roll­film-fest/ THURS­DAY Mu­sic / Joan Baez The queen of the protest song, Ms Joan Baez, calls into one Manch­ester for one last time – af­ter 50 years and 30 al­bums, the 77-year-old folk legend will be retiring from play­ing live af­ter this cur­rent world tour comes to an end.

Bridge­wa­ter Hall / bridge­wa­ter­hall.co.uk / 0161 907 9000 / Thurs­day, May 24, 7.30pm / £42 Mu­sic / Bryan Adams He’s not the hippest guy on the planet, but you can’t deny that Cana­dian legend Bryan Adams boasts a for­mi­da­ble back cat­a­logue of hits.

Manch­ester Arena / manch­ester-arena.com / 0844 847 8000 / Thurs­day, May 24, 6.30pm / £37.50-£45

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