HOME’s First Birthday
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since HOME opened its doors, but here we are celebrating the arts hub’s first birthday. There’s plenty going on over the weekend with screenings, live music and DJs, all of which can be found detailed in our full preview. Of particular interest is What Would Billie Do, a project from musician Najia Baji that stitches together real life love stories she’s accumulated over the past few months and turns the patchwork into unique compositions.
Fri 20 – Sun 22 May, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN. Tel: 0161 200 1500, times & prices vary, www.homemcr.org

Under The Sea Party at RedbankCo
This is a weird little event taking place on Saturday: Professional caterers Holy Crab present their Under the Sea Party at archway bar RedbankCo in the Green Quarter. Early on, they’ll be serving up a range of seafood snacks for your delectation and later you’ll be treated to Business Fish Disco (pictured). Business Fish Disco are a pair of pop-heavy DJs who, as you can see, dress like fish. If that doesn’t reel you in, I’m not sure what will
Sat 21 May, RedbankCo, 22 Redbank Parade, Manchester, M4 4HF. 4pm – late, www.facebook.com

Last Chance to See Ben Rivers at The Whitworth
Video artist Ben Rivers has had his documentary-cum-installation The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers at The Whitworth since February, and it draws to a close this weekend. Centred around a pseudodocumentary shot by Rivers, the installation also features old repurposed film sets. Check out our full preview.
Until Sun 22 May, The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER. Tel: 0161 275 7450, 10am -5pm, www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk

Fat Roland Podcast Recording at Gullivers
One of the key minds behind spoken word behemoth Bad Language, writer/performer Fat Roland is launching his brand new thing: A live podcast. Hey Fat Roland promises games, wittering and comic prose, and could be the start of something genuinely special. It’s also a great opportunity to check out one of the titans of the local live literature scene.
Sun 22 May, Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW. 4pm, www.facebook.com

Euro Tunnel Installation at PHM
Next month, we’ll all be taking part in one of the most important political decisions of this young century: The referendum on EU membership. With aggressive campaigns from both sides of the debate, this one could come down to the wire as voters struggle to grasp the issues at stake. This immersive art project at the People’s History Museum aims to shed light on some of the arguments for and against membership of the Union all  presented in the form of a tunnel. This is an excellent one to check out whether you’re looking to get clued up for the referendum, or just looking for a potted history of postwar Europe.
Until Tue 28 Jun, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER. Tel: 0161 838 9190, 10am – 5pm, www.phm.org.uk

Fri 20 May - Sun 22 May
Jon Whiteley
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Thu 19 May 2016