Monday 26th September to Sunday 2nd October
Saucers: An Exhibition by Aliyah Hussain at North Tea Power
Not content with simply creating an establishment that is a wonderful place to wile away the hours with a good book and some of the finest teas and coffees available in Manchester, the folk at North Tea Power like to host exhibitions too. Saucers is the third in a series curated by Robert Bailey, and features screen-printed works that are based on imaginary designs for flying machines and satellites.
Drive at the Cornerhouse
Having received a ton of buzz during festival season, Nicolas Winding Refn’s heist movie Drive has recently been released to some great reviews. The plot may seem familiar, but it’s the execution that matters, and a fine supporting cast backs up another strong performance from Ryan Gosling. One of the must see films of 2011.
Monday 26th September to Saturday 1st October
Didsbury Arts Festival at various venues
Year in and year out, this city is blessed with any number of ambitious festivals, put together by people who clearly love their work. Having kicked off on Saturday, there’s still another six days to enjoy this cultural takeover of Didsbury, with bands to watch, film screenings to attend, poetry readings, open mic nights, and any number of workshops, exhibitions, and book launches.
Wednesday 28th September to Saturday 1st October
Yves Saint Laurent: Designer In Focus at the Gallery of Costume
For all you fashion types, there’s something of a treat at the Gallery of Costume, which is currently exhibiting a collection of 14 of Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic outfits. One of the most influential figures in the history of the industry, this is a rare opportunity to see some of his best work up close and in person.
Wednesday 28th September
Male Bonding at the Ruby Lounge
Despite not knowing too much about them, we opted to catch Male Bonding at this year’s Primavera. They turned out to be one of the highlights of the festival. The band already have two great albums under their belt, and they sound even better live. Support comes from The History of Apple Pie and Weird Era.
Thursday 29th September to Saturday 1st October
All The Way Home at the Lowry
A family drama of the kitchen sink variety, All The Way Home tells the story of one evening in Salford, as warring siblings are brought together by impending loss. Examining the meaning of family, and the extent to which disparate individuals can ever truly be united by something as simple and as complicated as shared blood, All The Way Home has all the makings of a theatrical tour de force. Here’s hoping it delivers.
Friday 30th September
Film Noir Movie Night at the Whitworth Art Gallery
What better prelude to a night on the town than Fritz Lang’s M? Well okay, “just about anything” is probably the answer. Still, it’s an absolute classic, and if you don’t mind spending your evening in the company of a serial killer and the city that is frantically pursuing him, you’ll be in for a treat.