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May 17, 2013


FILM One City One Book Film Festival Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast Friday, May 24 to Thursday, May 30 As if the wealth of talks, readings and other activities taking place for this year's One City One Book event weren't enough to keep you occupied, chosen author Lucy Caldwell has also curated a selection of her own personal film picks to accompany what's taking place this year.

They range from the sober and dramatic to the outright hilarious, and include Oscar-nominated documentary My Architect, which Lucy credits as an inspiration for her latest novel All the Beggars Riding, and Coen brothers classic Barton Fink.

For details, visit ROCK OUT TO THIS LEGENDARY MUSICAL It's the smash hit musical which has wowed the world and now We Will Rock You will be touching down for its latest date at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast next month.

The hilarious futuristic comedy is written and directed by Ben Elton, with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor as music supervisors, while Arlene Phillips oversees the musical staging and choreography.

The show runs from June 12-15 at the Odyssey Arena, ( and Out There has teamed up with promoters MCD to offer lucky readers the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to the show on June 12. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: Q: Which comedian has written We Will Rock You? Email your answers to: mmccreary@belfasttelegraph. by no later than Friday, May 31.

Please include your full name and a contact telephone number. Usual Independent News & Media rules apply COMEDY Wonder Frog Black Box, Belfast Wednesday, May 22, 8.30pm If you thought improv comedy had its day in the Nineties with Whose Line is it Anyway?, think again, as this Belfast-based troupe are currently setting the local scene alight.

Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog make up comic scenes on the spot -- but they're adamant that whatever it is they do, it ain't standup or sketch comedy.

For details, visit EXHIBITIONS The Art of Craft Market Place Theatre, Armagh Until Saturday, May 25 This exhibition, featuring 27 of Ireland's and England's leading craft designers/makers, is intended to both challenge and inform the public perception of craft/applied art and design and hopes to go some way to answering the old 'Is it art?' or 'Is it craft?' question.

The 27 artists chosen are exhibiting ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, furniture and other media.

For details, visit THEATRE Can't Forget About You Lyric Theatre, Belfast Tuesday, May 23 to Saturday, June 16 Actor Conleth Hill steps off the stage to direct the world premiere of David Ireland's comedy, which pairs 25-year-old east Belfast man Stevie with 49-year-old Glaswegian widow Martha.

Although their relationship is based on physical attraction, they find themselves falling in love -- which is a problem for Stevie's conservative Christian mother and his ultra-unionist, Ulster- Scotsspeaking sister.

For details, visit FAMILY Lord Mayor's Party Belfast City Hall Tomorrow, 2-5pm Who'd be a mayor these days? If you're not cutting the ribbon somewhere and scoffing traybakes, you're front and centre at events like these, to celebrate your year in office.

And as parties go, this should be a belter, with a special free concert taking place in the grounds of the City Hall, including X Factor stars Matt Cardle and Misha B, as well as plenty of local talent.

For details and ticket availability, visit events Blues On The Bay Various venues, Warrenpoint Wednesday, May 22 to Monday, May 27 For the 15th consecutive year, the picturesque town of Warrenpoint will become the centre of the blues universe, with fans and musicians of the genre gathering from around the world for six days of blistering Bank Holiday music.

This year's line-up boasts some big guns from the world of blues, including headline performances from American legend Carvin Jones, Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom (May 24) and ace guitarist from Horslips, Johnny Fean with his band (May 25), while another top attraction is The Tall Ships Blues Cruise, featuring Irish blues sensation, Grainne Duffy (above, May 22).

Other fringe events include music workshops, Jazz picnic and food festival (Bluesberry) in the park, blues busking competitions, tall ships and over 90 free blues gigs in restaurants and bars throughout the Co Down town ... not forgetting large portions of blues, of course. For details, visit

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