Blog: Event radar 11 November.

Susie Stubbs

This week, Frank Sidebottom returns to Salford, Public Enemy is captured on camera at The Art Corner, Elvis Costello and friends donate secret artworks, the Whitworth warms up for Annie Mac, and Amazonian adventurers are let loose in Manchester Museum.

Whitworth… In The Mix. A shout out goes to the hardest-working performance artist in Manchester: a certain Naomi Kashiwagi, she who DJs with gramophones and is Jarvis Cocker’s new bezzie mate. Kashiwagi has also got a rather special late-night event up her sleeve this week. On Saturday, she hosts Whitworth… In The Mix. ‘For one night only,’ says Kashiwagi, ‘the Whitworth Art Gallery will be mixed, scratched and looped by DJs Krysko & G-KUT.’ What this means is that the duo will DJ and VJ with ‘art, music, time, space and architecture’, creating a visual and aural landscape that animates both the inside and the outside of this venerable gallery. And if that’s not enough, the event acts as a warm-up for the Warehouse Project’s Annie Mac session – expect guest DJs to drop by. Oh yes, and it’s free. Small wonder, then, that Kashiwagi’s last In The Mix at the Whitworth was rammed. The Whitworth Art Gallery, Saturday 13 November. Free.

Art on the corner. Manchester’s self-styled ‘newest art gallery’ opens another exhibition next week – a presentation of urban photography and illustration by the London-based artist Delphine Ettinger, also known as ASHES57. The gallery is The Art Corner, which, since it opened in Fallowfield in March, has concentrated on street and urban art. This new exhibition by ASHES57 is no exception: in it, photographs depict leading characters from the dub step scene (Skream, Digital Mystikz, Loefah), as well as mainstream hip hop artists such as Public Enemy. The Art Corner, Landcross Road, Fallowfield, 18 November-12 December. Free.

Secret Santa. It is with regret that we hear NOISELAB, the art space squatting inside a former shoe shop on Market Street, is about to close. It hands over the lease on 30 November. But before then, NOISE, the charity aimed at supporting young creatives across the UK, is hosting a secret art sale to raise funds to continue its sterling work. The concept is a familiar one. Two hundred artists (including Wayne Hemingway, Elvis Costello, Mr Scruff, Pete Fowler and Carol Ann Duffy) have each created a postcard-sized artwork. The postcards are then auctioned and, with no clue as to their author until after purchase, buyers take a gamble as to what they’re shelling out for. With all postcards priced £45, though, you may well bag a bargain. The artworks are on display in the window of NOISELAB now; the sale itself starts at Midday on Saturday 20 November. NOISELAB, Market Street, Saturday 20 November, 12pm-6pm.

Gone but not forgotten. Fans of the late Chris Sievey, AKA Frank Sidebottom, are in for a treat next week as an exhibition of Frank-inspired artwork opens at the Chapman Gallery. Although Sievey died in June, his fans are doing their best to keep the man who made papier-mâché his own in the headlines. Shortly after his death, an online campaign raised £20,000 to pay for Sievey’s funeral, while a committee has been set up to fundraise for a permanent statue of Frank Sidebottom in Timperley. Earlier this month Selfridges felt the full force of Frank’s fans when it created a Sidebottom-esque window display without proper permission. After an outcry on Twitter, the retailer offered a hefty licence fee to assuage both fans and Sievey’s family. The art exhibition in Salford, then, is a visual demonstration of just how much Chris Sievey meant to his followers. It features artwork of pretty much every shape and hue, from homages in papier-mâché to doodles, animation and, er, scarecrows. Put it this way: you’re unlikely to see anything quite like it anywhere else – and that’s something we suspect Frank Sidebottom would heartily approve of. The Chapman Gallery, University of Salford, 17 November-18 December. Free.

One for the kids. Like creepy crawlies? Equipped with a sense of adventure? Wondering what on earth to do with restless offspring on a wet n’ wild November weekend? Manchester Museum may have the answer to your prayers. This Saturday it hosts a Rainforest Adventure, a chance for children to get up close and personal with a couple of bona fide Amazonian explorers, as well as a canoe-load of frogs, insects and bugs. The Manchester Museum, Saturday 13 November, 11am-4pm. Many events free; some £1.50.

Words: Susie Stubbs. Images (top to bottom): Rick Harrison (photo) featuring David Wright’s scarecrow at Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival; DJs Krysko and G-KUT; one of the secret NOISE postcards.

Culture Guides

Classical Music

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Food and Drink

Start 2023 as you mean to go on, with the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Cinema

Black and white classics and a Tarantino-scripted pop-thriller are amongst our Valentine’s themed picks for February.

Exhibitions

The world of art and exhibitions never quite stops, so we have lots of new shows to look forward to at the start of 2023.

The Spongebob Musical at the Manchester Opera House

Families

New year, new start, and what better way to welcome in 2023 than by planning and experiencing all sorts of exciting family events in Manchester and the North?

Gwendoline Riley. Photo by Adrian Lourie

Literature

From local writing to international talent, we have heaps of online launches and in real life readings not to mention some extra special festival events coming our way in live literature land.

Music

More brilliant gigs appear on the horizon as we inch further into 2023.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

Queer Contact Festival, stunning physical theatre and intimate in-the-round performance top our eclectic list of drama, comedy and dance this month.

Tours and Activities

New years are for new experiences, and we have a whole lot of ideas to inspire you as 2023 gets underway.

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Activity Until 3 February 2023, from £30.00

Baumka Conscious Clubbing at Victoria Warehouse

Activity Until 8 February 2023, from £170.00

Drawing course with Nina Hunter

Music Until 16 February 2023, from £9.50

Donna Candy at SOUP

vegan super club
Activity Until 17 February 2023, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Exhibitions Until 18 February 2023, FREE

The Confessional at HOME

PUSH Festival 2023 at HOME
Festivals Until 18 February 2023,

PUSH Festival 2023 at HOME

The Singing Mermaid at Waterside
Families Until 19 February 2023, from £14.00

The Singing Mermaid at Waterside CANCELLED

Activity Until 23 February 2023, from £59.99

Write Like A Grrrl: Ignite

Activity Until 25 February 2023, from £13

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Tour

Fairy Tales at Z-Arts
Families Until 26 February 2023, from £3.00

Fairy Tales at Z-arts