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Ready for the week? Good - here are 10 things to make it go with a swing.

Written by
Rob Martin

Drama, opera, two new films plus the best cocktails in the city - it's our top things to do this week in Leeds. Ready? Here we go...

Play, Pie, Pint - Pola Bears
, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tue Jan 27 - Sat Jan 31, £12.50
What a great idea. A new play by a renowned female writer, a pie and pint of your choice included in the price, pre-show. Playwright Amy Rosenthal's warm and witty new play explores the relationship between a young couple, as they confront the realities of a grown up world.

Amon Amarth
, Stylus, Wed Jan 28, £16.50
Fancy your metal loud and Swedish and steeped in Norse mythology? Look no further than Amon Amarth who might well appear in a longship. You'll spend all day Thursday asking people to repeat themselves...

A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Wed Jan 28 - Sun Apr 19, free
Nine stunning sculptures spanning a period from 1912-41, the Taisho and early Showa periods. All but one are carved from wood, and on Sat Jan 31 there's a one day seminar which looks at how modern sculpture in Japan looked to the West for its inspiration.

FunkSoulNation, The HiFi Club, Wed Jan 28, £4
Get up! Get on up… to funk, soul and hip hop on Friday nights. The playlist flips from jiggy-kneed retro classics to contemporary beat, featuring the likes of Jay-Z, Def Jam and Diplo alongside Stevie Wonder, James Brown and De La Soul.

Fruity, Leeds University Union, Fri Jan 30, £5
Oozing with more cheese than a fondue party, Leeds Uni union’s notorious bubblegum pop disco is famous for throwback tunes, chart stompers, random dress-up themes and shameful morning-after memories of body-popping and snorkel-dancing to S Club 7.

Opera North, Leeds Grand, Sat Jan 31 - Thu Feb 26, £15-£52.50
Opera North presents its moving and stylish new production of 'La Traviata', Verdi’s tragic tale of ill-fated love and family tensions. Sensational performances by South Korean artists, soprano Hye-Youn Lee (Violetta) and tenor Ji-Min Park (Alfredo), coupled with director Alessandro Talevi’s flair for staging, makes for an exciting spectacle.

Leeds has some great cocktail bars so whether your partial to a pina colada or massive on mojitos, there's a place for you. Take a look at our choice of the best cocktail bars in the city to get the weekend started with a bang. 

Inherent Vice
A new film from Paul Thomas Anderson is always something to get excited about, with his track record including such tremendous works as 'Magnolia' and 'There Will Be Blood'. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson star in a story from the novel by Thomas Pynchon. How many stars did Time Out give it?

Kingsman - The Secret Service
Ultra stylish violence not unlike Matthew Vaughn's previous 'Kick Ass', this time in a James Bond pastiche starring the suave Colin Firth.


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