Friday Arts Diary

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An Evening with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Bridgewater Hall, 8 May

Twelve-time Grammy award winner Emmylou Harris returns to Manchester with an evening of music from her first official album-length collaboration with Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon - an album full of "fond memories and deep connections, but something that is very much a document of where the ever-evolving Harris and Crowell happen to be right now, as musicians and as friends".


Brighton Festival, various locations across Brighton and Hove, continues until 26 May

Children’s author Michael Rosen is the guest artistic director for this year’s Brighton Festival. A wide range of debates, workshops, plays and will be taking place across the city, including a live performance from Sinead O’Connor and a discussion session with We Need To Talk About Kevin author Lionel Shriver.


Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist, Royal Collection Trust, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, opens 4 May

Leonardo has long been recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, but he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. On Leonardo’s death in 1519 the drawings remained a mass of undigested material among his private papers and their significance was effectively lost to the world for almost 400 years. This exhibition is the largest ever of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body, and is accompanied by an award-winning app which allows includes interviews with experts and interactive 3D models.  


Was, Is, Will: Digging Above The Surface, Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, 5 May

The historic Hyde Park Picturehouse is celebrating its 100th year as a cinema with this special free event- an exploration of the Hyde Park Picture House and the surrounding area with urban archaeologist James Dixon to help create an alternative map of the area documenting associated experiences, relationships, incidental activity and speculative futures.


The Pajama Game, Chichester Festival Theatre, continues until 8 June

This new production of the much-loved Broadway tale of romance amidst a battle for fair pay has been extremely well received by critics and furthers CFT's reputation as the home of great musicals. The hit-drenched, golden age score includes "Hey There (You With The Stars In Your Eyes)", "Hernando’s Hideaway" and "Steam Heat".

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Manchester
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