Something for The Weekender: Five to see at The Manchester Weekender

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 October 2012
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Songs of the Caged Bird is accompanied by a civil rights walking tour and late gallery openings at the People's History Museum
Dozens of cultural events are taking place across Manchester for The Manchester Weekender this weekend. Here are five to look and listen out for...

Songs of the Caged Bird, People's History Museum, Friday

Doreen Edwards, a singer described as “Manchester’s finest jazz diva”, performs a piece written by the composer-pianist George King, commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival and accompanied by musicians from the esteemed Royal Northern College of Music.

Listeners can choose a couple of ways to embellish their evening. The “long view” is a guided walk with local historian Ed Glinert, starting at Victoria Station and ending at the People’s History Museum via Manchester’s civil rights past.

Anyone wishing to join after the walk can still enjoy a Cajun-style meal at the Museum. And for those feeling the pinch or pressed for time, the concert starts at 7.30pm. The venue’s galleries will also be open late.

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Sam Avery© Andy Hollingworth
Joke Boat, Salford Quays, Saturday

Not literally a joke boat – the vessel itself is sturdy enough to transport you on an excursion around the historic quays, led by Sam Avery.

The comedian will be looking at the buildings, facts and fiction and passers-by in a series of 45-minute tours.

The meeting point is The Lowry’s foyer. Hecklers under ten are said to be particularly encouraged.

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Explore The Northern Quarter© Michael Trainor
The Flaneurs' Guide to the Northern Quarter, Sunday

Manchester’s creative quarter has as many hidden stories as it does corners.

Four sensory walking tours try to unravel some of them: Tribes of the NQ is an anthropological sojourn, NQ Canvas explores art and architecture, NQ for Sale barters its way through 240 years of wheeler-dealing, and NQ Soundscape is enticingly touted as “an immersive tour for the ears”.

A theatre director, communications whizz and artist are behind it, and they want participants to add their own experiences to the Northern Quarter Stories website, fuelled by sherry and cake.

Visit to find out more.

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Bumford and Kashiwag
Bumford and Kashiwagi: In the Mix, The Manchester Museum; After Hours at The Whitworth, , Saturday

No DJ worth their fingertips would embrace using Funori seaweed as a stylus.

Fortunately, Naomi Kashiwagi is an artist, and she’s unafraid to “re-approriate” her records with material from the Whitworth’s immense collections – rubber shavings, non-slip rubber and Japanese tissue papers among them.

In fact, materials from the Manchester Museum, the Whitworth and the John Rylands Library will be used in her experimental collaboration at The Manchester Museum, assisted by Huw Bunford, of Super Furry Animals, under the watch of a T-Rex.

Later, at the Whitworth, they’re joined by improv musicians and life drawing artists for an evening inspired by the host building.

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Susan Stockwell, Highland Dress (2010)© Susan Stockwell
The First Cut, Manchester Art Gallery, throughout weekend

Manchester Art Gallery’s new exhibition looks good on paper and in a gallery.

Fantastical works by 31 international artists include giant sculpture inspired by faraway galaxies, spiralling from walls and through forests of paper trees.

Books, vintage staple boxes, flocks of birds and butterflies cut from maps feature.

Guns and grenades made out of currency, as well as eerie silhouettes, comment on socio-political and economic issues.

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