1 December 2014

Polly Checkland Harding
Black and white still from Dr Strangelove.

Introducing our Advent Calendar – here’s the first post in a cultural countdown to Christmas. First up: books and dawgs.

Cornerhouse holds is annual art book sale today, and it’s an especially good one. Why? Because the good folk there are clearing out old film posters before the move to HOME next year. It’s a good bet for Christmas gifts for those literary and film-keen friends, relatives and lovers in your life. Today, 11am-5pm, Meeting Room 1, Cornerhouse.

Do more. Stick around for an evening screening of Dr Strangelove (6.30pm) and, if you’re feeling peckish, bob along to Gorilla later for a menu that features soups, salads, burgers and hot dogs – as well as totally moreish sourdough on the side.

Culture Guides

Cinema

It’s all about Halloween this month as screens fill up with iconic monsters, brand new scary movies and all sorts of esoteric terrors.

Exhibitions

Welcome the autumnal season with all of the art goodness that it brings – there are so many brand new exhibitions to see!

Families

As we say bye to the summer holidays and begin to welcome in the cooler months, Manchester’s events and activities continue to bring joy and fun to families.

Kamila Shamsie. Photo Alex von Tunzelman

Literature

There are plenty of online readings and live launches as Manchester and the North welcomes some great writers with book festival season getting underway, and there are loads of new spoken word nights and open mics to check out…

Music

Autumn’s a fine old time for gigs in Manchester and the North. From otherworldly folk to life-affirming soul, here are our top picks for October onwards.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

Punchy new writing, anarchic Shakespeare and a chilling vampire love story feature in this month’s eclectic pick of live theatre.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Food and Drink

Explore the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North as we head into autumn.

Tours and Activities

Every season change is an excuse to try something new, and when it comes to tours and activities, autumn delivers!