What’s on in Manchester: 28 November – 4 December

By Francine Ponticelli

Monday 28 November

Denote Ad Hoc Dance – The Lowry

Tonight The Lowry Theatre presents the work inspired by a series of drawings by musician David Birchall.

This dance group has combined and shaped his original work to create this individual interpretation.

Tickets cost £5 and are available online at, alternatively you can book over the phone on 0844 815 4873

So, hurry before they sell out!

The Deep Blue Sea + Director Q&A – Cornerhouse

This is a rare opportunity for cinema goers to watch a new release and to talk to the director about the film.

British filmmaker Terence Davies, chaired by Cornerhouse Film Programme Manager Rachel Hayward, will take a variety of questions from the audience, who should leave all the more enlightened.

Available for one night only, the event begins at 6.10pm and prices range between £10.50 (film and Q&A) and £8.50 (member concessions).

The film will be screened in cinema one and tickets are available to purchase from the link below.

Tuesday 29 November

Nadav Kander: Selected Portraits, 1999-2011 – The Lowry

This exhibition has fascinated many that have visited since it began in October.

Award winning and internationally renowned photographer Nadav Kander features his work, which has never been exhibited before, including images of Eric Cantona and Cheryl Cole.

This exhibition is free and ends Sunday 29 January 2012.

For the Observer’s review on Kander’s work, see link

Moustache – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Have yourself a cheap night with some pop, rock and party ‘anthems’. So, slap on a moustache and let your hair down for this early-week mash up. 

The entrance fee is £2 with advance booking and £4 for regular.

This event is based every Tuesday from 10pm – 3am


Wednesday 30 November

futureMANCHESTER – Manchester City (various locations)

The futureMANCHESTER, the city’s festival of all things sustainable and environmentally friendly, returns for a second year with a jam-packed schedule of events, talks and workshops.

This festival runs up until Friday 2 December 2011 and a majority of the events free of charge.

For more information call Manchester City Council on 0161 273 1736, or visit

The Best in Stand-Up – Comedy Store

Manchester’s very own Comedy Store is providing mid-week entertainment with a variety of comedians raring to make you roar.

The show begins at 8pm, which gives you ample time to buy a few pints to steady the nerves.

Tickets cost for £14 and £7 (concession) and are available from

Thursday 1st December (the start of the 25 day countdown!)

Piccadilly Gardens Loves Manchester – Piccadilly Gardens

Today marks the start of Piccadilly Garden’s traditional family funfair. There you will find a seasonal bar, reindeers and a variety of live music to bring in the Christmas festivities.

The funfair comes to an end on Saturday 24 December 2011, so you have the whole of the month to enjoy this city-based attraction.

Children’s Society Service – Manchester Cathedral

This carol service is performed each year and is in aid of the Children’s Society.

The service starts at 7.30pm and for further information call Manchester Cathedral on 0161 833 2220, or see link

Friday 2nd December

Living Worlds – The Manchester Museum

Living Worlds explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see an array of stuffed animals, including a Sperm Whale skeleton, a Polar Bear and a Tiger.

The exhibit is free and for more information call The Manchester Museum on 0161 2752 6343

Christmas in New York – Manch235ter, Manchester

Manch235ter venue is offering out a Christmas party package with a state-side feel. Price are set at £49 for weekend events (Thursday – Saturday).

The night starts at 7pm with a free glass of bubbly on arrival. A three course meal is included in the price of the ticket and a live Rat Pack and Swing Show is to carry you into the night.

This offer is available from now until Friday 25 December.

To book tickets contact 0161 828 0300 or email at [email protected]

Alternatively, to peruse the website visit

Saturday 3rd December

Billy’s War – Imperial War Museum, Manchester

This edition of Billy’s War sees Billy the rag doll tell the story of his evacuation from Salford to the countryside during the Second World War and how he celebrated the Christmas period on a ration.

The session includes dressing up, object handling and visual materials to help younger visitors look at wartime themes in this family-friendly session.

This event is geared towards children between the ages of 7-11 years. Small children are also welcome.

Billy’s War features on every Saturday until Saturday 31 December 2011. The event is free and for more information call 0161 836 4000, or visit

Night Cafe – Nexus Art Cafe, Northern Quarter

This kooky eatery offers insomniacs and party-goers alike a place to relax on Saturday night, right through to the early hours of Sunday morning. In the past, films were available to watch and there are plenty of board games and books to keep you entertained.

The cafe is open from 2am to 6am and the last orders for food and drink is at 5am. Entrance is free and for more information call 0161 236 0100 

Sunday 4th December

Air Pressure: Aircraft noise and perceptions of the environment – The Whitworth Art Gallery

Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery is exhibiting an installation that tells the story of a lone farmer living at the end of a runway at Narita International Airport in Japan.

The installation uses sound recordings, on-site and archive film, to represent the sonic experience of living and working on the farm.

This exhibit runs up until Sunday 12 Feb 2012 and entrance is free.

Mosque Tour – Didsbury Mosque

Tours of the Didsbury Mosque are available, where everybody has the chance to experience what happens inside a Mosque.

Throughout the tour there will be opportunities to discuss a variety of Islamic topics each week, as well as question and answer sessions.

These tours last between the hours of 4pm-6pm and admission is free.

They are available up until Saturday 1 December 2012, so there’s plenty of time for you to head there.

For a map of the area, see link

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