Exhibition – David Shrigley: How are you feeling? - Until Sunday 6 January
This weekend is your last chance to see the weird and wonderful musings of acclaimed artist David Shrigley. From the farcical super-sized backpack to the maze-like walls etched with Shrigley’s deadpan take on the world, this exhibition is the perfect remedy for post-holiday back-to-work syndrome. Go and have a laugh before it’s too late. Click here for more information.
Family - St Ann's and Manchester Cathedral Epiphany Procession - Sunday 6 January
You may have already had several personal New Year epiphanies, but none as traditional as the Christian feast on Sunday 6 January. In celebration, Manchester will be hosting the annual Epiphany procession from St Ann’s Church to Manchester Cathedral before entering the Cathedral ‘from the east’, as the wise men did, crowning the procession with a service of worship, remembrance and thanksgiving. Proceedings will start at 4pm outside St Ann's Church and everyone is very welcome to mark the end of the festive season.
Music – Picturehouse Music Film Festival Day 3 - Friday 4 January
Like documentaries? Like music? Stop by the third day of the Picturehouse Music Film Festival this Friday. There, you can catch classic music documentary must-sees such as The Making Of West Side Story – following composer Leonard Bernstein through one week as he records the first-ever complete album of his musical theatre masterpiece, and Standing In The Shadow Of Motown – a documentary about the largely uncredited Funk Brothers. Film show times are every two hours from 1pm–9pm and entry is free. Click here for the full listing.
Relax – Will To Be Or Wanabee – Friday 4 January, 7.30pm-9pm
Linda Lee wants you to take a good, long, hard look at yourself this New Year. As a teacher practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation for 30 years, she works to help people find their own personal identity and self belief. This is a talk that will explore how to bring out the 'original' in you. Linda will share a depth of wisdom gained from her practical experience of using the power of meditation in her life. Advance booking required. Inner Space Manchester, B K Meditation Centre, 14 Byrom Street, Spinningfields Manchester MP3 4PP (Opposite Opera House). Click here for more information. Entry is free.
Drink – Rum Cocktail Master Class, Harvey Nichols – Saturday 5 January
Start as you mean to go on this Saturday morning with a lesson in how to make rum-based cocktails. Think mojito and daiquiri. As part of their on-going Cocktail Master Classes, Harvey Nichols will guide you through the cocktail bar alchemy, classic cocktail combinations and bartender’s top tips, before being let loose behind the bar to practice and perfect those useful tricks of the trade. Classes are £35 per person including a Buck’s Fizz brunch in the Second Floor Brasserie at 10am before the class begins. To book or for more information, please click here.
Food - Chorlton Green Brasserie
There were problems in several areas of the cooking but for starters and pies, this new player on the Beech Road scene, takes some beating. Try the potted crab custard or the warm terrine for some delicious, robust, textured and well balanced food. The atmosphere is very pleasant in there as well and although its top of the range for price the Valencisco Reserva Rioja is a dream of powerhouse red wine. To read our review click here.
Exercise – The Yoga Rooms/Yoga In The City – Monday 7 January
New Year, new you and all that. This weekend might be a good time to go out and buy yourself a yoga mat as The Yoga Rooms – the Chorlton based Yoga and Pilates classes – has announced a new city centre location. Ashtanga Yoga classes (£8.50/£6.50 concessions) begin on Monday 7 January (5.45pm-7.15pm) at Smarter Rehab Studios, 1st floor, 38 King Street West, M3 2WZ. Start the New Year the bendy way. Click here to book.
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