The freshers are coming, so take this weekend to enjoy the best that the city has to offer before the students snap up all the free things to do. That said, if you’re actually a fresher yourself, put down that welcome pack and opt for one of these as a great way to explore the city on the cheap.

Double Indemnity at Cornerhouse
Cornerhouse is launching a new exhibition, Double Indemnity, celebrating Billy Wilder’s noir classic of the same name. Exploring the issues of desire, possession and complicity that run throughout the film, the exhibition features work from a selection of high-profile artists, and if you have some spare pennies it would be well worth splashing out on the accompanying film season My Noir, which is launched by a 24-hour noir-athon. There’s also a gallery tour and talk through the exhibition from curator Michael Connor and artists Bunny Rogers, Filip Olszewski, Laurel Nakadate, Anicka Yi and Ming Wong (whose work, After Chinatown, is pictured) at midday on the launch day, which is also free but requires booking.
Sat 14 Sep 2013 – Sun 5 Jan 2014, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH, Mon Closed, Tue – Sat 12pm – 8pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm, FREE,

Heaton Hall Open Days
Heaton Hall is opening its doors to the public this weekend, giving people a chance to enjoy a more intimate experience of the spectacular Georgian building. Unlocking the doors that are usually out of bounds to visitors, there will be tours detailing elements of the design and architecture, as well as stories of the fabulously wealthy residents that lived there. The tours are free and last around 30 minutes, but do need to be booked.
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Sep, Heaton Hall, Heaton Park, M25 2SW, Tel: 0161 773 1085, 11.15am – 3pm, FREE

Resident Exhibition launch and After Work Social at 2022NQ
This regular night is always a popular one, but this Friday’s installment of After Work Social also coincides with the launch of the new Resident exhibition from Example Magazine. Resident explores the world of hardworking resident MCs and DJs, who all too often miss out on a bit of the glory despite their talents – and without whom we would not have such a great nightlife. The magazine has asked photographers to submit images from Manchester club nights to capture these faces and moments so that a bit of attention can be placed back on those that deserve it. There will be DJs spinning the decks for the launch, as well as After Work Social tunes and ping pong.
Fri 13 Sep (Resident exhibition continues until Wed 25 Sep), 2022NQ, 20 Dale Street, M1 1EZ, 6pm – 10pm, FREE,

Fri 13 Sep - Sun 15 Sep
Jess Hardiman
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Thu 12 Sep 2013