Manchester

Manchester weekend guide: there’s a polar bear!

Another weekend of food, music, art, craft, and poetry

Manchester After Hours sees museums and galleries stay open late

Rave in a library

This year’s Manchester After Hours event includes electronic music in Chetham’s Library, an audio-visual installation by Islington Mill’s Engine House Collective at The Museum of Science and Industry, and storytelling from Bad Language at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. TfGM have put on a special Metroshuttle route to whizz you between venues for free. 18 May; 5-11pm; from free; city-wide

Shirley Baker’s street photography exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

On the street

Shirley Baker is believed to be the only woman practising street photography in the post-war era. Her exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery – Women and Children; and Loitering Men – documents the poverty and resilience of working class communities between 1961 and 1981 on the streets of Manchester and Salford. 19 May-28 Aug; 10am-5pm; free; Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2

Unnatural Borders exhibition at Salford Quays Manchester sees endangered animals

Polar opposites

The Unnatural Borders exhibition at MediaCityUK, a Quays Culture commission by Sober Industries, will see four illuminated sculptures of endangered animals tower over the waterside. They hope the exhibition will make people question our responsibility to these beautiful creatures, and our misunderstanding of natural and man-made borders. 20-29 May; free; illuminated 9-11pm daily; MediaCityUK Waterside, M50

Shindigger Sessions at Antwerp Mansion in Manchester this weekend

House party!

ShinDigger started out selling home brew at university house parties, so it seems fitting that their next event is held at Antwerp Mansion, where guests dance on sofas and roam the hallways of the Victorian mansion. There’ll be food in the courtyard from 3pm, plus a pop-up gin bar from Three Rivers, and Reform Radio DJs playing until 3am. 20 May; 3pm-3am; £7; Antwerp Mansion, Rusholme Grove, M14

Verbose is a free spoken word open mic event in Fallowfield Manchester

Words to the 'burbs

Verbose is a monthly spoken-word night taking place at Fallow Café, showcasing the brightest talent in poetry and prose from across the city and beyond. Monday’s event features Martine McDonagh, Stephen May and Sarah Tierney, as well as the usual open-mic spot for anyone wanting to showcase their own work. 22 May; doors 7.30pm; free; Fallow Café, 2A Landcross Road, Fallowfield, M14

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