All Star Jam | Matt and Phred's | Mon 25 Oct | 9pm - 12am

Making it feel like it’s the weekend again already, the All Star Jam will have you moving to the very best Funk, Soul, and Disco from across the decades.

Kick off the week in style at this Manchester stalwart. With the usual tempting happy hour from 6pm-8pm, serving two cocktails for a tenner including Mai Tai’s, White Russians and Daiquiris or free pizza with every two drinks, this is the perfect post-work spot to wind down and then wind back up.

64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 273 5495
Apricity | The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre | Thurs 28 Oct | 7pm -9pm

Head down to Chorlton’s indie theatre, The Edge, for a private viewing of the art exhibition ‘Apricity’. Formed as a response to the difficult pandemic winter of 2020/21, the exhibition will show a series of pictures with no real intentions in mind other than to escape from the seemingly relentless bad news.

The work is an ode to the simple pleasure of creating and mark making, be it with a brush or a pencil, charcoal or pastels. Artist, Gary Steer, has created a series of incredible pictures that are deliberately not so political in nature and, instead, more light-hearted and romantic. Steer has commented that “the body of work in most basic terms points toward me looking for light and colour in dismal times”.

Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy M21 9JG, Tel: 0161 282 9776
Queer Family Tea Cabaret | Victoria Baths | Thurs 28 Oct | 5pm-10:30pm

Venture to the stunning Victoria Baths for a mid-week night of music, spoken word, drag, dance, comedy and much more. The sober event for the queer community and their supporters will begin at 5pm where you can have a tour of the building, followed by a Queer Family Tea homemade meal in the cafe and a cabaret at 7.30pm in the old swimming pool.

As a community group, Queer Family Tea appreciate donations however they are not expected.

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE, Tel: 0161 224 2020
DÌA DE MUERTOS | Ducie Street Warehouse | Sat 30 Oct | 5pm-1am
This Halloween, join the folks at Ducie Street Warehouse in celebrating Día de Muertos in true Mexican style.
Live mariachi and brass bands, DJs and a fittingly carnival atmosphere, you’ll be transported from our rainy city to an evening of fun, festivities and feel-good grooving. With music from Pablo Blanquito, La Presidenta, Szajna and many more, your weekend plans just got a little more lively.
Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 503 9460
Poetry London | Manchester Metropolitan University | Thu 28 Oct | 7pm-8pm

As part of its ‘Beyond London’ series of outreach events, Poetry London will be launching its 100th issue in the UK’s major poetry libraries, with Manchester Metropolitan University playing a key host in the festivities.

There will be a special display of archival editions of Poetry London and the poets they’ve featured at Manchester Met, along with readings from poet & Bloomsbury editor Kayo Chingonyi, and Poetry London’s competition judge, Malika Booker.

Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
And We Rise; Together. Performance and Protest Poetry | Manchester Central Library | Thu 28 Oct | 1:30pm-5pm

Two poetry events in one week – you’re spoilt for choice!

This one is a Young Identity curated event of poetry and readings from material gathered from workshops with community groups based in Moss Side. Expect great poetry performances and spoken word, alongside an interactive element where the audience can join in and create their own protest poetry.

Following the poetry comes ‘I Predict a Riot’—a two-part documentary film screening in partnership with Northwest Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University. Throughout the afternoon there will also be a book display, archive handling and dedicated space for conversation and idea sharing.

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
Mon 25 Oct - Sun 31 Oct
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sat 23 Oct 2021