Wonder Women is a feminist festival, created about and by women, and hosted in venues around Manchester. It’s a big deal this year, taking in everything from films and debates to gigs and workshops, so we asked event programme, Stevie Mackenzie Smith, for her top three picks. For full listings click here.

Cult film screening: Girlfriends (1978) at HOME
Claudia Weill’s 1978 cult film Girlfriends was the inspiration for recent portraits (Lena Dunham’s Girls, Greta Gerwig’s Frances Ha) of twentysomethings navigating female friendship and co-depency in New York City. This is a rare screening of Weill’s neglected gem about Susan, a struggling photographer who is forced to fend for herself when her roommate Anne decides to get married. The screening also features an introduction and post-screening discussion led by Jemma Desai, the founder of I am Dora, a great curatorial initiative exploring how women relate to one another through the medium of film.
Sun 6 Mar, HOME 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN. Tel: 0161 200 1500, 4.20pm, prices vary www.homemcr.org

Workshop: Badass Women On The Walls at People’s History Museum
Why have some of the worst behaved Northern women in history been forgotten? This workshop at People’s History Museum challenges the way we remember the badass women who made change happen (sometimes creating discomfort in the process), with Digital Women’s Archive North, Dr Jenna Ashton and some of the best female artists working in the North today. People’s History Museum will exhibit the art created in Manchester city centre throughout March to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Sun 6 Mar, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER. Tel: 0161 838 9190, 1-3pm, FREE, www.badasswomenphm.eventbrite.co.uk

Live music & debate: Written In The Margins chaired by Stuart Maconie at Manchester Jewish Museum
Manchester Jewish Museum hosts this evening of live music, performance, discussion and a zine workshop. Discussing the phenomenon gender as genre and the impact of written media on female representation, Stuart Maconie chairs a panel of journalists and musicians including Vanessa Reed (CEO PRS Foundation), Laura Snapes (Pitchfork, NME, The Guardian) Chris Long (BBC Manchester Introducing) and Roxanne Du Bastion (independent singer and songwriter). Poet Clare Pollard performs her version of Ovid’s ‘Heroines’ and Serafina Steer debuts an original piece of music inspired by Pollard’s poems.
Thu 10 Mar, Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW. Tel: 0161 834 9879, 6.30-9.30pm, £3, www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com

Thu 3 Mar - Sun 13 Mar
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Sun 6 Mar 2016