It’s all gone a bit stormy and mental here in the UK, making us all pretty tempted to stay indoors with nothing but our low spirits for company. However, this weekend we have a whole host of artsy, cultured free things to do, which are guaranteed to be much more exciting and inspiring than the times when it rained at primary school and everyone was bustled into the hall to sing songs.

A Slice of Heavenly launch at Kosmonaut
Weekends at Kosmonaut are fast becoming a freebie haven, and this week is no exception. One of the highlights is the launch of a unique new exhibition (pictured) showcasing a collaborative project from The Weeping Bakers (Joseph Draper and Edward Wakefield), whose artwork is a result of exchanging collages by post. As to be expected, the final pieces of A Slice of Heavenly are wacky and wonderful – expect wrestlers in spandex, alien creatures and an ape with a bulging eye. The launch night takes place this Friday, with tunes provided by Pasta Paul, and you can stick around for the free club night afterwards or head back to Kosmonaut on Saturday when Club Clique’s Ian will be spinning the decks – also free, of course, meaning your hunger for cheap weekend activities could be single-handedly sated by this Northern Quarter bar.
Exhibition launch Fri 7 Feb, Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, M1 2FF, 5pm – 8pm, FREE,

The Ascension of Pan at The Old Parsonage
New meets old with Mark Fenzel’s new exhibition, The Ascension of Pan, which takes classic mythological themes and blends them with modern stylings. All of Fenzel’s pieces are based on original photographs, which are then manipulated through colour, layers and styles to create a brand new take on the image. With playful kitsch pieces sat alongside more sombre, sad and serene equivalents, the narrative that is built up is one entirely magical. Well worth skipping down to Didsbury for on a soggy afternoon.
Sat 8 – Sun 23 Feb, The Old Parsonage, Stenner Lane, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RQ, 10am – 5pm, FREE,

Pam Van-Damned’s World Warpaint
This exhibition has been almost a decade in the making, as it brings together seven years’ worth of Pam Van-Damned’s work photographing and documenting various bands, influential people and drag queens. After recognising an unintentional recurring theme of makeup in her work, Pam Van-Damned uses World Warpaint as a glimpse into the intriguing world of how we express ourselves through makeup, exploring the fun, obsessive and sometimes insane effects on self-expression through subjects such as Debby Harry, Lene Lovich, KISS, Honey Mahogany and individuals from Manchester’s LGBT community.
Thu 6 Feb – Sat 19 April, Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA, Mon – Sat,

Fri 7 Feb - Sun 9 Feb
Jess Hardiman
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Thu 6 Feb 2014