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Manchester Weekend Guide: Check out your talented neighbours

In which we bow down to the talent of the North West


Aah, push it

This year’s Push festival is made up of wonderful screenings, exhibitions, and theatre from the North West’s freshest talent. Check out the free launch event tomorrow night (which will feature the preview of Jez Dolan’s Anders Als Die Andern as well as live music), and also the collection of short plays, titled The Manchester Project, this and next Saturday. 12–27 Jan; various times and prices; HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15

New chuckles

Oh January, such a barrel of laughs, hahaha… ha… ha. If you’re in need of a large dose of the giggles, try Gorilla, as they host comedy club Group Therapy’s annual Magnificent Seven showcase. The show will feature six stand-ups, plus Jess Fostekew as compere, who are some of the brightest, shiniest, funniest acts on the rise this year. 13 Jan; 7pm–10pm; £7; Gorilla, 54–56 Whitworth Street, M1

Kebab art

Yes, the food served at Electrik is something of a work of art, but this ever-changing bar is pretty good at sourcing great art for the walls too. Tonight will be your last chance to see the current exhibition by Adam Menzies, whose vibrant, surrealist work has also made its way onto the menus. 11 Jan; free; Electrik, 559 Wilbraham Road, M21

Live in soul

If you want to see a DJ who is just bloody good at what they do – not overthinking it but equally not robotically zoned-out – step on over to watch Andrea Ahimie-Carthy (Trout) at Eastern Bloc Records tomorrow. Her mixture of soul, funk, disco and hip-hop will get even the laziest of toes tapping. 12 Jan; 6pm–11pm; free; Eastern Bloc Records, 5A Stevenson Square, M1

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