What’s on in Manchester: 16 January – 22 January

By Lauren Maughan

Your guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this week.

Monday 16 January

Funbox’s Dirty Sister– Trof, Fallowfield, Free, 8pm-Midnight

Funbox’s Dirty Sisiter is an open mic night that showcases up and coming comedians to an eager audience in Fallowfield. From the new to the experienced to the young and old, this night offers a chance for anyone to come up to the mic and entertain the harsh critics. With the audience hoping for some good gags and a lot of laughs along the way.

Happy hour is 7pm-9pm so get down there for some discount deals as well as comedy. Visit

Tuesday 17 January

Joy Division Exhibition– Manchester Photographic Gallery, Northern Quarter, Tickets £5

If you’re a fan of the Manchester music scene and photography this could be the event for you.

Kevin Cummins will be displaying a collection of his iconic photographs of Joy Division at this gallery in the Northern Quarter.

With total access to the band for three years, Kevin’s photographs have become synonymous with the group.

What you can expect to see is images from their first gig in May 1977 to front man Ian Curtis’ untimely death in May 1980.

This exhibition began on January 6 and continues until February 26.

Located on 3B Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, the event is restricted to 100 people. Visit for more information.

Wednesday 18 January

Hot Fat – The Lass O’Gowrie, Tickets are £8.00, 8.30pm-10.30pm,

The re-workings of Jack Rosenthal’s scripts continue at The Lass O’Gowrie this week. This time it is not Coronation Street but Hot Fat.

This comic drama shows a witty tale of drama, friendships and deals made and broken in a men’s sauna.

The tapes have been wiped from the BBC so this is a rare opportunity to enjoy some TV drama.

This performance is in support of Myeloma UK.

Tickets are available online or on the door, if not sold out. Visit

Thursday 19 January

National Winter Ales Festival, Sheridan Suite, Oldham Street, £2 or free all day for CAMRA members, 12pm-10pm.

CAMRA is hosting an event for all you real ale lovers.

A selection of 300+ British and Foreign beers, Real Ale in a bottle, Ciders and Perries will be available for attendees to try.

Food will also be available all day until around 9pm.

There will also be a CAMRA membership stand, CAMRA shop, Tombola, Engraving and a Books and Poster shop. You can pay on the door. Visit for more information.

Friday 20 January

Pitch Party at the Lowry re:play 2012, Free, 6.30pm

The Lowry’s answer to Britain’s Got Talent, Pitch Party is a competition where a panel of industry experts take pitches from all kinds of hopefuls from spoken word artists to puppeteers.

This is all in aid to find a new idea for the stage and the winning idea will receive £1,000 to bring the project to life.

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Contact 0843 208 6000 for tickets or visit for more information.

Saturday 21 January

The Travelling Band presents “Shut the far cupboard”, Odd Bar, Thomas Street, Free, 8pm-Late

This Manchester band presents a night of music and mischief. There will also be other Manchester bands playing on the night plus of course The Travelling Band DJ’s joining in too. Visit

Sunday 22 January

Sarah Millican and Friends, The Frog and Bucket, £7, 7pm.

Join popular comic and Live at the Apollo star Sarah Millican and others as she tries out new material on the Frog and Bucket stage for her new BBC show.

A night of fun and laughs to end your week! Visit for information and tickets.

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