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What’s On This Week: 21st - 28th October 2013

There's a definite Hallowe'en flavour to this week's event listing, but still a lot of variety - from drawing monsters to doing the monster mash, I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy this week!  Tuesday 22nd October

Belfast

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers: Ulster Hall, 7pm

Although it sold out ages ago, it's still worth a mention. I saw Chic in The Mandela Hall last year and it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. The king of disco funk, Nile Rodgers has more chart-topping production credits to his name than most of us have had hot dinners, and he's guaranteed to treat the audience to a comprehensive set list of them. If you're at the Ulster Hall on Tuesday - enjoy!  

Cheaper Than Therapy: Black Box, 8.30pm - 11.30pm

Described as 'comedy from the therapist's couch', this show brings some of the best comedians in the country to Belfast. Following a successful run at the Edinburgh fringe festival, the show sees the stand-ups work through their psychological issues with regular hosts Alan Irwin and Christian Talbot and "exchange their neuroses for laughter". Visit the Black Box website for tickets, priced £5 each.

Thursday 24 October

NI-wide

The Big MONSTER draw

As part of The Campaign for Drawing's The Big DrawArt Take Part have been inviting entries all month for this scary competition! Entries close on Thursday, so there is still time to send them your monster pictures. There are six age categories, with each winner taking home a £75 Smyths Toy Shop gift voucher. You can use the Facebook app to upload your drawing, or post it in. Full information available from the Art Take Part Facebook page.

Derry ~ Londonderry

City of Derry International Choral Festival:  Thurs 24 - Sun Oct 27 inclusive

The only event of its kind in the UK, the festival will welcome 20 school choirs from Northern Ireland, and 30 national choirs from across the UK over the course of the weekend. Competitions, workshops and concerts. For venues and a full programme, visit the festival website. 

Belfast

Jason Clarke & Guests:  The Empire, 8.30pm

29 year old Belfast singer songwriter Jason Clarke had his first major success last year with his single Gotta Go which was a huge online hit, with over 30,000 views in the first month of release. His latest song Loving You has been similarly popular notching up over 2,000 hits within two days of release in June this year. He has supported Paolo Nuttini on tour and his sound has been compared to Mr Nuttini as well as The Script. Tickets are £7 and available from The Empire's website.

Friday 25 October

Lisburn

Murder In The Rectory

The Lisburn Historic Quarter Group's annual Murder Mystery Night. (disclaimer: I am the secretary and press officer for this group) There's been a grisly murder in the heart of Lisburn – but whodunnit? Wannabe Poirots and Miss Marples are invited to test their skills of deduction in the former Georgian rectory which now houses the R-Space Gallery. The Armagh Players will provide the story and the clues, NI Gourmet Chef will bring the food and there will be wine, raffle prizes and something special for whoever spots the killer. Tickets are £12 and available from the Island Arts Centre box office by calling 9259 9509. The event is now sold out!

Belfast

Smoking Tongue EP Launch - 

This popular Lisburn four-piece are bringing their hordes of loyal fans and their brand new EP, Gak Tooth Grin, to Voodoo in Belfast. Describing their music as "guitar driven, riff soaked aggression", I can personally attest that Smoking Tongue are an exciting band to see live and sound just as great recorded. Any Lisburnites hoping to go should hop over to their Facebook event page as quickly as possible, because they are offering bus travel to and from Lisburn plus a ticket to the gig for a tenner – not surprisingly, these are selling quickly. Ticket prices are £5.

Saturday 26th October

Bangor

The Big Draw at Project 24:  12pm - 4pm

Another Big Draw event this week - art collective Project 24 are inviting you to get creative. The theme is 'Drawing Tomorrow' so they want lots of pictures showing what you think the future will be like. This all-ages event is a chance to be imaginative, experiment with different materials and produce pictures showing what you think we'll be eating, where we'll be living and how the world will look. See Project 24 for more details.

Larne

Hallowe'en at Carnfunnock Country Park:  2pm - 6pm

The woodlands of Carnfunnock Country Park will be transformed into a spooky Hallowe'en wonderland on Saturday. This family event features a dragon hunt through the maze, with creepy creatures at every turn, as well as pumpkin carving, magic shows, stalls, arts and crafts and a fancy dress competition. Free admission, but car parking charges apply. For more details, check larne.gov.uk 

Belfast

Sunglasses After Dark;  The Menagerie, 9pm- late

The regular rock n' roll club is inviting you into the "chamber of chills" this pre-Hallowe'en night, with an amazing soundtrack. Astro's Hombres, greaser kings The Sabrejets and a spooktastic set from the DJ booth will warm you up and you can also expect "Also expect 50’S b movie horror visuals and films projected on to the walls, trashy décor and spook-tackular surprises, drinks promos, special cocktails and more". More details on the Facebook event page.

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