Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch.Chasing Ice part of Climate Week (4-10 March), Manchester Film Co-op invites you to a screening of the brand new environmental documentary, Chasing Ice by photographer James Balog. In 2005 Balog decided to prove the effects of climate change by undertaking; The Extreme ice Survey. He set up revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to produce a record of the change in the glaciers. It was a challenge for him in terms of his own survival and it took years to produce this film. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear
at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to
deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

See it; Tuesday, 5th March.
Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at 8pm.
Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.
Venue MERCI, Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7HR.

Celebrate….International Womens Day 2013 at the Working Class Movement Library Saturday 9 March at 2pm. International Women’s Day was first celebrated on 19 March 1911 following a resolution proposed by two German Socialists, Luise Zietz and Clara Zetkin, at the Socialist Women’s conference in Copenhagen the previous year. At a time when many other women’s organisations want to define IWD as a women-only lifestyle event stripped of its real politics, the WCML places the day at the centre of socialist and historical reality. Our event will have speakers, Livi Michael and Ruth Evers discussing what it means to be an outsider in society. Livi is a novelist who will discuss her latest book Malkin Child, a fictionalised account of the story of the Pendle Witches. Ruth is a volunteer with the Oldham Unity Destitution Project and will talk about her own experience as a refugee and the lives of the asylum seekers and refugees whom she works. Please note the event is open to women and men.For further details see
Further info on Livi see

Stop the English Defence League….who are coming to Manchester on Saturday 2 March. Join all the people who don’t think that they should be allowed to take over our city. Gather at Piccadilly Gardens at 11am on 2 March. Further details see

Support….. Manchester Refugee Support Network. This is a network of Refugee Community Organisations who supports refugee led organisations and provides specialist advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees. Like many similar small charities, it is currently struggling to continue to offer these services on a shoe string. To raise money they have organised a Ceildh on Friday 1st March at Chorlton Irish Club 7.30 – 11pm. Tickets £5 or £7, available from

Learn about…..A history of social movements; the Bolton Perspective…the tutor is activist and historian Mark Krantz. Starts 17 April 10.30-12.30pm at Bolton Central Library. Further details contact or ring their regional office on 0151-243 5340

Take part….as an actor in a play by Bertolt Brecht, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich also known as The Private Life of the Master Race. The play is a compilation of short mini-plays/ sketches which build in tension to paint an intense human picture of life under an increasingly brutal totalitarian regime. It is ideal for those who want a challenge in acting without taking on too much of a commitment in rehearsal time or line learning.Audition: Monday 25th Feb at the Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BQ . 7.30pm 3 nights performance at the Lantern Theatre, (performance dates Tue, Wed & Thu May 7th, 8th & 9th)
Experienced actors and newcomers welcome. 0771 684 8894 or for more details.

Don’t Forget……There’s a follow-up organising meeting by Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public, as agreed on at their recent conference , taking place on Thursday 28 Feb, 7pm, room G1 at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St., Manchester city centre. Please do your best to attend. Room booked as GMATUC / Keep Our NHS Public.

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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