The Manchester Weekender: Sunday

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The Manchester Weekender 2012 image by Creative Tourist

Find out what’s on when, and build your own itinerary with our full Weekender listings. Key: #FF = family friendly. Events marked with a star are free.

*SOLD OUT* All in a Flash at Madlab, 10am-4pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £20/£10. Len Grant is one of this city’s most loved photographers; here he leads a one-off masterclass that makes the most of the narrow streets, street art and boutiques of the Northern Quarter; they form the backdrop to a day-long photography workshop that culminates in a flashmob exhibition on the streets that so inspired you. Bring your own camera. Supported by Hemisphere DMC.

THE-RAILWAY-CHILDRENPop-up cinema: The Railway Children at MOSI (The 1830 Warehouse), 10.30am-12.45pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £5 adv/£6 door (U, age 7+). Seen it? Possibly, but not in the world’s first railway warehouse, you haven’t. This screening features the first Railway Children film, made in 1970. Bring a tissue. Bring a box. Presented by the Family Friendly Film Club. #FF

1910 cycle ride at Victoria Station, 10.30am, Sunday 14 October 2012, £5. Take a tour of the city via two wheels as guides Emma Fox and Kate Dibble uncover the remnants of the early 20th century: the ‘war to end all wars’, Manchester Ship Canal, the largely unknown Trafford Park Village, and Manchester United’s move to Old Trafford. Meet at Victoria Station (wall map). Organised by Manchester Guided Tours. Bring your own bike and lock; expect to cycle on road and occasionally narrow/muddy track. Suitable for adults and accompanied teens. #FF

*SOLD OUT* Umbrella Doodles at The Royal Exchange Theatre, 11.15am-1pm & 1.30pm-3.13pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £3 (kids aged 7-11). In this wonderful walking tour led by Sarah Marsh, kids customise their own see-through umbrellas with the landscape they meet as they walk around the city centre. As they walk, children will draw outlines on the inside of their umbrellas, finishing them off by adding colour back at the gallery. Beautiful – and really rather practical too. Meet at the Box Office, Royal Exchange Theatre. Also running on Saturday at The Quays (see Saturday listings). An event created by the People’s History Museum. #FF

Temperance in Manchester Tour at People’s History Museum, 11.30am-1pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £7/£6 (pay the guide on the day). The temperance movement began in the North West; the museum’s Demon Drink? exhibition tells that teetotal tale. Take a walk through Manchester and discover its hidden temperance history, led by a Green Badge Guide. Walk begins and ends at the People’s History Museum.

Complete history of drinking in the northern quarter, directors in window*SOLD OUT* The Flaneurs’ Guide to the Northern Quarter, Midday – 1.30pm & 3pm – 4.30pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £6 (inc.sherry & cake). Northern Quarter Stories presents four simultaneous, sensory walking tours led by contemporary flaneurs that uncover little known facets of Manchester’s creative quarter. Choose from: ‘Tribes of the NQ’ (an anthropological tour); ‘NQ Canvas’ (layers of art and architecture); ‘NQ Soundscape’ (an immersive tour for the ears); ‘NQ for Sale’ (240 years of wheeling and dealing). This sociable, communal experience is a one-off, involves cake and sherry, and is a chance for participants to become flaneurs themselves and add their experience to  Devised and curated by the Northern Quarter Stories team: theatre director Mark Babych, communications expert Lesa Dryburgh and artist Michael Trainor.

Pop-up cinema: North by Northwest at MOSI (The 1830 Warehouse), 1pm-3.30pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £7 adv/£8 door (PG). This 1959 Hitchcock classic is a tale of mistaken identity. A hapless ad-man (Cary Grant) is pursued across the US by secret agents. On the run, he boards the Chicago-bound Twentieth Century Limited for some of the classiest train sequences in celluloid – presented here in the world’s first railway warehouse. #FF

*Another Common Affair at Common, 1pm-8pm (bands from 6pm), Sunday 14 October 2012, drop in, free. Join us for Another Common Affair, a day-long celebration of the finest DIY and self-published artwork that Manchester has to offer – this favourite Northern Quarter bar promises a room “teeming with talent, spilling over with prints, ‘zines, comics and more”.

Manchester Poetry at the Royal Exchange, 1pm-2.30pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £7/£6. Like poetry? Check. Like history? Check. How about a walking tour that combines the two? Take a stroll through the streets of Manchester and discover the buildings and landmarks you normally walk on by – with your guide telling their story in poetry. Organised by Manchester Guided Tours.

*Comic Creations at the Whitworth, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, free. Love comics and want to learn how draw cartoons? Join artists and learn illustration techniques, make your own comics and create floor art characters. #FF

*A Rake’s Progress: Kei Miller at the Whitworth, 2pm-3pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, free (booking advised). Jamaican-born Kei Miller performs newly commissioned work responding to the current Hockney to Hogarth exhibition at the Whitworth. Kei’s first collection of short fiction, The Fear of Stones, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize. Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

Emperor’s New Clothes at Z-arts, 2pm-2.30pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £6/£4 children (kids aged 4+). An adventurous take on a children’s classic, with Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of one very vain (and foolish) Emperor brought to life via beautiful puppetry, shadow work and a mysterious new invention. Plus, keep an eye out for the elephant in the room. Unlike the adult version, kids are allowed to talk about it. #FF Note that you can buy a £6 combined ticket for this performance and the Trunktastic workshop at Z-arts on Saturday; see Saturday event listings for details.

*8×8 Anthology Launch at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 2pm-3pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, free but booking advised. 8×8 is the fourth annual MMU Cheshire/Stockport College illustrated anthology – come and celebrate the creativity of some of the region’s most talented students, with readings and animations of new work. Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

*Children of Temperance at People’s History Museum, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, drop in, free. The temperance movement began in the North West; the museum’s Demon Drink? exhibition tells that teetotal tale. In this illustrated talk, discover how the temperance movement led to all sorts of teachings, songs, games and even the formation of junior temperance organisations.

*One Question, with Alabaster de Plume at Manchester Craft & Design Centre,2.30pm-3pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, drop in, free. Theatrical poet, singer and composer, Alabaster dePlume descends upon this former fish market to join the artisans, shoppers and mildly hungover for a short Sunday afternoon performance of crisp and candid verse, touching and quirky song, and no answers whatsoever.. Programmed by Hey! Manchester.

pandeiro-wal of sound dance class manchester at Band on the wall*SOLD OUT* Wall of Sounds Presents… Taster Sessions at Band on the Wall, 1pm-4pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, free but please book. Try your hand at some very different music and dance classes in an afternoon of free taster sessions: 50 minutes to get a handle on the Harmonica (1pm), the Pandiero (2pm), and the Tap Rhythm Project (shoes provided, 3pm). Complete beginners welcome. Organised by Wall of Sounds: a Band on the Wall / Brighter Sound Partnership. #FF

*Bunford & Kashiwagi: In the Mix at John Rylands Library, 3pm-4pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, free. A gig in library. Whatever next. An experimental music/sound/art collaboration between musician Huw Bunford (he of the Super Furry Animals) and artist Naomi Kashiwagi (she of the gramophone records), that draws on everyday sounds recorded from Manchester Museum, The Whitworth and John Rylands Library. #FF

*Tales of Bad Language at The Castle Hotel, 3pm-6pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, drop in, free. Two of Manchester’s most popular literary nights join forces to create a unique day of storytelling and stories from the bar. Organised by Bad Language and Tales of Whatever.

*SOLD OUT* Red Deer Club Secret Sessions at the Northern Quarter, 3.30pm-4.00pm, 4.30pm-5.00pm and 5.30pm-6.00pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £2.50 per show. Red Deer Club brings you three intimate music gigs in three secret locations. Limited to just 20 places for each performance, meet at Manchester Craft and Design Centre; expect one-off special performances from hand-picked artists in some very special spaces.

Pop-up cinema: Days of Heaven at MOSI (The 1830 Warehouse), 4pm-6pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £7 adv/£8 door (PG). Terence Malik’s 1978 classic that tells the story of Bill and Abby, two poor lovers who flee to Texas. Bill encourages Abby to marry a rich, dying farmer in order to claim his fortune, but things go awry and their short-lived paradise is destroyed by jealousy, fire and a plague of locusts. Vermeer, Wyeth and Hopper are just three of the artists who inspired this stunning film – presented in the world’s first railway warehouse.

*Split Screen at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 4pm-5pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, free but booking advised. An entertaining anthology of poems which take their influences from popular culture – specifically films and television. Red Squirrel Press has gathered together a stellar cast of 70 poets; today’s readers include Jo Bell, Julie Boden, Kevin Cadwallender, Sally Evans, Andy Jackson, Charlie Jordan, Andrew Philip, Carolyn P Richardson and Angela Topping. Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

*SOLD OUT* Pat Barker – Frontline Fiction at IWM North, 6pm-7.15pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £8/£6. To coincide with IWM North’s new exhibition, Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict, acclaimed author Pat Barker discusses her latest novel, Toby’s Room with IWM North Historian, Matthew Brosnan. Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

Will Self*SOLD OUT* ‘Close Up’ featuring Will Self at the Royal Exchange Theatre, 7.30pm-9.15pm, Sunday 14 October 2012, £12/£8. To close the Weekender, join us for a very special event with Will Self and Dave Haslam. Marking the publication of his latest, Booker long-listed novel, Umbrella, writer and journalist Will Self talks to DJ, historian and cultural commentator, Dave Haslam. Will Self is the author of almost a dozen idiosyncratic, satirical, and much celebrated novels, and, is also of course, one of Britain’s most insightful and articulate journalist-broadcasters.

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North by North West, showing as part of Manchester Weekender

All our event information was correct at time of publishing, but please do check direct with venues before setting out (for free events) or book in advance (for paid events). We expect most paid-for events to sell out in advance. Image: The Railway Children; the Directors of Northern Quarter Stories; pandeiro; Will Self; North by North West.

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