Have you given up fun for lent? No? Good, because sweet manufacturers loss is the streets of Manchester’s gain. Instead of sitting in and pushing the limits of your pancreas, you could be checking out these:

What Happened in the Year of the Dragon Q&A at Cornerhouse
With a UK premiere aptly scheduled to coincide with Chinese New Year, this short animated film takes an uncompromising look at post-1949 China, drawing parallels with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, whilst drawing from a rich heritage in Chinese art. The screening is followed up by a Q&A featuring Sun Xun, the artist behind the film, and Ying Tan from Manchester’s Centre for Contemporary Chinese Arts.
Mon 23 Feb, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH, 5pm, www.cornerhouse.org

Creativity Counts at Royal Exchange Theatre
We know better than most just how jam-packed Manchester’s venues are with creative events. This talk covers the importance of cultural events, as well as what can be done to improve access to the artsand takes place in the city’s most stunningly imposing theatre. This is part of Get Creative – a BBC-led year-long initiative to promote and celebrate the arts.
Tue 25 Feb, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, M2 7DH, 4pm – 5pm, www.royalexchange.co.uk

Quizimodo at Odd Bar
Pub quizzes are so ubiquitous, it would usually be foolish to include them in a weekly roundup. But this longstanding titan of trivia is really something quite special: With multimedia rounds, funny pictures and lashings of offbeat humour. A midweek workout for your flabby mind.
Wed 25 Feb, Odd Bar, 30-32 Thomas Street, M4 1ER, www.oddbar.co.uk

Callaghan (pictured) at the DOCKyard
Briton-via-Nashville Callaghan headlines the DOCKyard’s regular Rock the Dock night, hosted by Radio 2’s Janice Long and 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins. She’s made her name Stateside with her strain of upbeat Country, and is gracing the docklands on a UK tour promoting her forthcoming album, which you can listen to here. She’s accompanied by Manc singer-songwriter Little Sparrow
Thu 26 Feb, The DOCKyard, Blue Tower, Media City UK, The Quays, Salford M50 2EQ, 6.30pm – 8pm, www.facebook.com

Experimental Film on Chapeltown Street
This is film artist collective Film Material Soup’s fourteenth site-specific screening, this time featuring the work of Mary Stark. Experiments with sound and vision mix with explorations of Manchester’s defunct industrial heritage
Thu 26 Feb, Third floor Studio & Project Space, Chapeltown Street, M1 2WH, 7.30pm, www.facebook.com

Mon 23 Feb - Thu 26 Feb
Jon Whiteley
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Mon 23 Feb 2015