Chorlton Book Festival
The Chorlton Book Festival has been running at Chorlton Library – and a handful of other venues – since last Friday, and boasts a packed programme of free and inexpensive events. There’s a couple of standout free shows running this week, both on at the Library: On Monday you can catch an immersive theatre experience aimed at youngsters, featuring many of your childhood’s favourite villains, and on Wednesday you can catch a talk with novelist Laura Wilkinson. See our full preview for more details.
Fri 17 Nov – Sat 25 Nov, Chorlton Library, Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PN. Times vary, www.chorltonbookfestival.co.uk
Sci-Fi Shorts at The University of Manchester
Another festival is also happening this week: The Kinofilm Manchester Short Film Festival, with many screenings happening all over the city, covering every available style and genre. One of the free screenings you can catch is this one at the Manchester University’s John Casken Theatre, where they will be showing nine different science-fiction and fantasy shorts from all over the world. This screening showcases the breadth and imagination of the genre, including both a British film about a woman lost in space, and a Spanish film about a talking Virgin Mary statue.
Tue 21 Nov, John Casken Theatre, 2nd Floor, Martin Harris Building, University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street, Manchester, M15 6FH. 6pm – 7.30pm, www.eventbrite.co.uk
Gert Robijns at The Whitworth (pictured)
For the latest instalment of The Whitworth’s Wednesday Talks series, they’ve invited along the Flemish sculptor and installation artist Gert Robijns to talk about his work. Gert’s work is big and ambitious – one of his sculptures is a 1:1 recreation of his grandparents house placed right next to the real building – and he’ll be talking through his ideas process, and how he actually gets these huge projects off the ground, in what should prove to be a fascinating afternoon discussion.
Wed 22 Nov, Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER. 12.30pm – 2.30pm, www.eventbrite.co.uk
Last Chance to See Aficionado Recordings Exhibition at Electrik
Electrik bar in Chorlton has had record sleeve designs from jazz-donk label Aficionado Recordings on display since the start of this month, but that exhibition comes to a close this Thursday. This is your last chance to catch the stylish, minimalist designs of Aficionado artist Sarah Salkeld. Check out our full preview for more information.
Until Thu 23 Nov, Electrik, 559 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 0AE. Tel: 0161 881 3315, 12pm – 12.30am, www.facebook.com
Hidden Treasures preview at The Portico Library
From one exhibition closing, to another one opening: The Portico Library’s latest exhibition opens this weekend, and you can catch a free advance preview this Thursday evening. It’s called Hidden Treasures, and on display will be a selection of unique and strange pieces from the library’s collections, with documents, prints and illustrations going back hundreds of years. This preview is also the launch of the library’s Adopt-a-Book appeal, where you will have the opportunity to help fund the vital restoration work the library performs on its burgeoning archive.
Thu 23 Nov, Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HY. Tel: 0161 236 6785, 6pm – 8pm, www.theportico.org.uk
Published on: Sun 19 Nov 2017