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17 superb things to do in Leeds this week

Written by
Rob Martin

As you might expect, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in theatre land, but there's still plenty of non-yuletide fun to be had this week. Ready?


Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant, Henry Moore Institute, daily from 11am, free
As part of the left wing movement which was the Artists International Association, Annan and Tennant strove towards making art an everyday part of the lives of ordinary people. This exhibition chronicles their efforts.

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences, Temple Newsam, until Sun Dec 7, £4.50
Our newest national treasure seems able to turn his amazing hands to any art form, including tapestry, as these wonderful takes on contemporary society and class go to prove.  

Eyes Cast, Leeds Art Gallery, until Sun Jan 18, free
A new short film commissioned by and shot within the gallery, focussing on particular works, created by artist Elín Jakobsdóttir.

See our list of the best galleries in Leeds here.


Dirty Dancing, Leeds Grand, now until Sat Dec 6, £15-£75
Your last chance to see the stage version of the enduringly popular film musical - it ends this week. Don't go trying to lift someone over your head in the aisles.

White Christmas, West Yorkshire Playhouse, until Sat Jan 17, £12-£33
Dreaming of a White Christmas? Of course you are! The stage version of the Hollywood musical is as Christmassy as anything, and the title song will send you out of the theatre desperate to throw a snowball or two.

Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas, West Yorkshire Playhouse, until Sat Jan 3, £10-£12
A delightful festive show for the little ones which won't break the bank. Ideal if you can't stick the idea of taking the kids to a panto.

James and the Giant Peach, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Fri Dec 5 - Sat Jan 24, £9-£18
More festive fun for the little ones, this time with a bit of bite as you'd expect from Roald Dahl.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Carriageworks Theatre, Fri Dec 5 - Sat Jan 10, £9.50-£18
Traditional panto with your big chance to shout 'he's behind you' and 'oh yes he did' for all you're worth.

Have you seen our choice of the best theatres in Leeds? Take a look here.

Music & Nightlife

The Who, First Direct Arena, Tue Dec 2, from £67.75
Classic British rock doesn't get more authentic than this, with the still tremendous band belting out all the hits, plus strong support from Maximo Park too.

Intergalactic Mobile Disco
, Fab Café, Wed Dec 3, free
The space-themed club night follows the evening's Riddle Me This quiz so you can celebrate or drown your sorrows. 

Move On Up, the Hi Fi Club, Wed Dec 3, £4
The North's longest running soul night featuring tunes from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Etta James, amongst others.

Basement Jaxx, O2 Academy, Thu Dec 4, £25
Seeing them in concert makes all the difference, so if you think you've partied with Basement Jaxx in your now home, give them a try live.

Danger Zone, Fab Café, Fri Dec 5, free before 10pm
Back to back classics which will keep you going all night, unless the £2.50 doubles get you first.

2ManyDJs, O2Academy, Fri Dec 5, £20
The brothers are joined by those cuddly boys, 2 Bears, all ready to force your best dancing out of you.

For more Music & Nightlife, go here.


Black Sea
Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald directs Jude Law in a tale of underwater greed, when the search for sunken gold turns men against each other. From Fri Dec 5.

Penguins of Madagascar
Animated frolics in the new 3D Dreamworks tale in which four penguins from you-know-where have to save the world. The cast includes John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch and, bizarrely, Werner Herzog! From Fri Dec 5.

St Vincent
Bill Murray is in it. Do you need to know more? He's a grumpy old man who has to cope with new perky neighbour Melissa McArthy and her son, a boy who needs a strong male guardian. Where on earth is he going to find one? From Fri Dec 5.

Check out film listings throughout the city here.

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