The Tapestry swap Manchester for Morecambe on February 1 when they launch the new series of Stages Live gigs at The Hothouse in the resort later that night. The popular four piece band have acquired a strong and loyal live following, leading them to sell out venues including their home city’s Night and Day Café, a career launchpad for bands including Elbow and Oasis.
They describe their music as ‘dirty garage pop’ and are influenced by bands including the Pixies, The Clash, Pavement and The Cure.
They appear here at the start of the spring Stages Live season which aims to bring the best of the UK’s breakthrough acts to Morecambe as well as providing an opportunity for young people to perform at gigs on their doorstep.
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Xinowa Sej is a three-piano ensemble and currently one of the most exciting projects on the international piano scene. The three artists - from Japan, Hungary and Italy - will be performing at Lancaster University’s Great Hall next Thursday.
The evening includes a range of musical genres, from Latin American and tango arrangements by Astor Piazzolla to film scores from Hollywood classics - a mix guaranteed to entertain.
Box office: 01524 594151 or www.liveatlica.org.
A chance to sample everything from Chinese calligraphy and contemporary dance to storytelling, live music and drama comes to Lancaster next week with the city’s February First Friday.
Every first Friday of the month, Lancaster Arts Partners aim to offer a range of mainly free events encouraging residents and visitors alike try something new on the arts scene. February’s mix of events kicks off at 10am next Friday when The Dukes gallery opens the doors on its new exhibition – Hangmen.
This exhibition, free and open to view until 10pm, examines the chilling facts and personal stories behind the works of England’s last Chief Executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, and others like him.
The exhibition coincides with the theatre’s current production of Pierrepoint- The Hangman’s Tale which has its opening that night.
Meanwhile Green Close Studios at Melling will be hosting a calligraphy and ink workshop from 1.30-4.30pm.
Direct from its Christmas season in the West End, the critically-acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom comes to Manchester Opera House from Tuesday to Saturday. Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s uplifting tale is brought to life in a stage adaptation by David Wood, with Olivier Award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies in the title role.
Set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, it follows sad William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse. It’s now a worldwide literary favourite and BAFTA award-winning TV film (starring John Thaw).
Box office: 0844 871 3018 or www.atgtickets.