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Editors: David O’Coy & Kerry Thomas dave@fusedmagazine.com kerry@fusedmagazine.com Sales: Annelise Francis annelise@fusedmagazine.com Writers: Kevin Angel, Laura Booth, Craig Bush, Katherine Button, Annelise Francis, Sarah-Jane Lynch, Kimberley Owen, Adam Smith Front Cover: Marcus Oakley Content Image: Martin Pickard

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ART

Inbindable Volume

VIVID, 140 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham 29 July - 21 August vivid.org.uk Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry’s latest work, Inbindable Volume, is an ambitious, multi-screen journey through Birmingham’s iconic Central Library that explores the journey between conception and materialization. The concrete physicality of the Brutalist architecture is rendered against the unseen imagined spaces alluded to within the books held in the space. An omnipresent narrator, who describes the lifespan of a building from conception to abandonment, drives the rhythm and texture of the film as the interior of the library unfolds in an assemblage of tracking shots. Having worked together since 2004, Kihlberg and Henry’s work is embedded in society’s habit of viewing the world through secondhand information. Their aim to capture uncertainties of the present and generate an unstable perception of time is most evident within Inbindable Volume, as the work conspires to generate multiple perspectives in time and space, creating a state of flux between continual movement, and a sense of security engendered by the narrator’s formal and reassuring tone.

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Inbindable Volume will launch VIVID’s 2010/11 artists commissioning programme and will tour to Italy’s Citric Gallery in March 2011. LB


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British Glass Biennale

Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 27 August – 11 September www.biennale.org.uk The British Glass Biennale, showing every two years in conjunction with the International Festival of Glass (IFG), acts as a twinkling stage for the work of the most prestigious artists in contemporary British glasswork. The artists exhibited have brought together the traditional craft of manipulating glass into form and shape, with up-to-the-minute technology to produce what will be the most spectacular display of glass art made by British based artists over the last two years. The Biennale has two parts. The first displays the work of the most magnificent rising stars on the British glass scene. A distinguished panel, chaired by Reino Liefkes (V&A), have selected the top 62 foremost talented individuals to showcase work at the exhibition. Expect innovation and outstanding beauty in the varying transparent, translucent, and opaque forms that catch the light and trick the eye. The second section, new to this year’s Biennale, is the introduction of the ‘invited section’. Here visitors can view and marvel at the world-class works of 19 invited artists, all well established in British glass, whom together represent the dazzling pinnacle of British glass working. KB 06


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Walking as One – Birmingham Centenary Square, Birmingham 1 August – 30 September 2010 rhubarb-rhubarb.net

A snippet of time in the life of Birmingham is to be displayed in one expansive photo that will stretch along Centenary Square’s facing wall by the New Library of Birmingham. The man capturing this moment is photographer Adam Magyar, whose panoramic pieces have been displayed in cities around the world. The single photo, featuring an invited list of over 300 of Birmingham’s patrons, has been produced in association with Birmingham’s Rhubarb-Rhubarb as part of the Cultural Olympiad Open Weekend (24-25 July). Magyar asked the selected Brummies to walk for the camera so he could reproduce their brief moments, travelling through the city, on a single lengthy canvas. See if you can spot a familiar face through the photographed city ramblers in this impressive piece of work. CB

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ARCHIVING PLACE & TIME: CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND SINCE THE BELFAST AGREEMENT Wolverhampton Art Gallery Until 4 Dec

In 1998 the Good Friday Agreement was made official and since then Northern Ireland has enjoyed at least some peace after so many years of unrest. The Wolverhampton Art Gallery has worked in association with Millennium Court Arts Centre, Craigavon and Manchester University to gather a collection of work from artists who have been impacted by the changes as a result of the agreement. This collection of work gathers together drawing, photos and installations that show both sides of the coin; the struggle that lead up to the agreement and the hopes of the potential future that the artists dream for in Northern Ireland. CB

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BEHIND THE MASK

The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square, Walsall, WS2 8LG 01922 654400 thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk Until 12 September When discussing portraiture, people continually refer to seeing into the soul of the person captured, but what if the focus is less on individuals and more on contemporary issues around identity, history, culture and representation? Behind the Mask, one of a series of portraiture exhibitions at The New Art Gallery Walsall this Summer, brings together the work of 10 diverse artists that employ a wide-range of media, from performance to painting.    In her latest photographical series, Cindy Sherman represents the lengths women of wealth and status will go to respond to the media pressure to remain young and beautiful, whilst Glenn Brown’s etchings layer works by Lucien Freud, to challenge the perceptions of well-known imagery. Faye Claridge (work pictured) consistently engages with portraiture within her work. This series see Morris men, women and children photographed in their full traditional regalia with elaborate costumes and props, sometimes with their faces covered or blacked-up. This exhibition also includes the work Self-Portrait as my Uncle Bryan Gregory by Gillian Wearing. The work is drawn from the Album series in which the artist has represented herself as different members of her family including her mother, father, sister and brother as well as herself. Behind the Mask’s artists distort and disguise to create compelling works of art that challenge traditional stereotypes, and break down the presumptions society has of topics and portraiture itself.

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SIX SUMMER SATURDAYS Various locations across Birmingham City Centre sixsummersaturdays.com Saturday’s in August

Every Saturday in August Birmingham Hippodrome will take over the city as the streets are animated with the best in outdoor entertainment, with physical theatre and circus bringing stories directly to you. Scheduled shows will take place on the piazza in front of the theatre and at other locations, including Arcadian Centre, High Street and Cathedral Gardens. Six Summer Saturdays kicked off on 24 July, as part of the celebrations for the Cultural Olympiad Open Weekend 2010, with Come On, Vogue - a day of showing off as the audience was challenged to find their inner diva and perform on the catwalk. Birmingham’s streets will come alive with raving grannies on souped-up shopping trolleys, giant kangaroos bouncing around the city, bird nest-headed twitchers, classic puppetry, contemporary mime and international acrobats. A highlight of the entertainment will most certainly be the amazing Acrojou Circus Theatre (1.30pm & 4pm, 7 August at Cathedral Square). The UK’s leading German wheel duo will defy gravity and conventions with The Wheel House taking you on a cylindrical journey into their surreal world. See the website for a full timetable and description of the acts and where you can catch them. LB

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Formula 1 Karting

Unit 6, Avery Dell Industrial estate, Lifford Lane, Kings Norton f1k.co.uk Opens 2 August The summer months are upon us so it’s time to kick yourself into gear and see what delights Birmingham has to offer. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a demon behind the wheel then now is your chance to prove it by getting your friends together and putting the pedal to the metal at the newly opened Formula 1 Karting in Kings Norton. Whether you want to push yourself with the team endurance races or just go at it in the good old-fashioned grand prix style, Formula 1 Karting’s 600-metre track will be the perfect ground to gloat as you speed into first place. The circuit promises top of the range 200 cc gas powered karts, as well as a host of flashy goodies including a computerised score board, lap timing and even a winners’ podium-complete with champagne and trophies. CB 016


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August 1 Hott Date Beach Party The Flapper Grab your towel as Birmingham’s scuzziest beach bums storm the sand castle. Expect wave after wave of sonic mutilation with Copter, Poppy & the Jezebels and Waler. So you can get higher than the tide as you listen to tunes that are more infectious than crabs. August 5 Violet Violet The Actress and Bishop The vivacious pair of violent femmes tear into Birmingham as part of their last ever tour. These riotous girls reference a spectrum of Indie Rock running from Huggy Bear to Pavement - all of it drenched in an aura of twisted sexuality. It’s time to bow down to the louder sex. August 6 Good Night Lenin Single Launch The Hare and Hounds Birmingham’s own champions of transcendent folk conjure up an evening of lunar folk in celebration of the release of their debut single ‘Crooked in the Creek’. Their joyous pagan pop promises to transport your conscience from east bloc romances through yearning Americana in a ritual of cleansing pathos.

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August 14 Radio Black Forest Festival The Wagon and Horses Radio Black Forest is rapidly building up a reputation as the Midland’s most active disseminators of acerbic static. Their second festival looks set to receive an even better reception than the first, as they serve up a veritable gateau of experimental noise dialing into a set of stations, ranging from electro-acoustic, psychedelic, drone and folk in a celebration of the crassest frequencies. August 21 & 22 Morton Stanley Festival Redditch If the lineup of this two-day, free festival is anything to go by, then the Midland’s most backward borough boasts one of the Country’s most forward thinking councils. Only in Redditch would it be considered sensible to soundtrack a summer fete with the most challenging in underground rock. With headliners such as Tubelord, Venice Ahoy and Hot Club De Paris, performing alongside local legends such as Sunset Cinema Club and Hero Machine, you can expect a raucous party with upturned maypoles, burning Morris dancers and Tombolas spinning out of control.


August 26 Eels (pictured) The O2 Academy Back in Birmingham as part of their first world tour since 2007, Eels will be showcasing music from new album Tomorrow Morning, their second record of 2010, and concluding part of a plaintive pop trilogy which takes the listener into a parallel universe of beards, toy instruments, quantum physics and shock therapy all orchestrated in dizzying schizophrenic symphonies. AS

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Capsule present: Tunng mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 13 August, 7.30pm macarts.co.uk

Tunng, the electro-folk band from East London, form the focus of mac’s August musical calendar headlining the outdoor Arena space and supported by local band, Health and Efficiency. The eclectic folksters will be performing songs from their album, released earlier this year, ‘… And Then We Saw Land’. A more folktronic vibe than previous records, it offers listeners a wholesome folk sound, completed with a touch of drums and a bit of acoustic action - that is all rounded off with a synthy twist. Content with their own unique way of performing the phrase ‘band line-up’ only applies to Tunng in the loosest sense with the feel of a small musical cooperative rather than a formal band set-up. Tunng’s most recent, perplexingly catchy, folksical offering comes courtesy of a new lyricist and new lead vocalist, presenting a renewed vigour in the energetic drum sections and acoustic solos, that creates a sound that is both new and old, well-mannered and weird - all at the same time. Also catch Tunng at Leicester’s Summer Sundae on Saturday 14th August and Bestival on Saturday 10th September. KB 020


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Shambala Festival

Secret location in Northamptonshire August Bank Holiday: Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 August shambalafestival.org Shambala is the original small-capacity independent festival. Beginning in the West Country back in 1999, with 150 people in a field, one portaloo and a farmer’s trailor as the stage (complete with sound system hijacked from a students union), it has come a long way since and its tenth anniversary show, last year - with the sun shining, hot tubs bubbling, after-dark antics and wild woodland escapades - was a sell out. 2010’s Shambala Festival will retain it’s genuine, non-commercial, diverse feel providing a fun-packed, creative weekend with everything from Geisha hostesses and Rio style carnivals to 1930’s tea dances and Ukulele lessons. Over 100 artists will perform this year but as usual it is all hush hush; keeping to the festival’s secretive nature, the line-up and location are kept under wraps until your tickets are purchased. Festival-goers can rest assured that the carefully curated line-up is a hit every year and just proves that you don’t need the involvement of huge corporate names to bring in a killer list of acts.

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HURTS

hmvInstitute, Digbeth High Street, Birmingham 7 October £9 Fresh from a coveted headlining slot on the recent NME Radar Tour, and with their debut album to be released in September, Hurts are the biggest and most exciting pop group you don’t know about. The Mancunian duo - Adam Anderson and Theo Hutch - were previously part of little known ‘Daggers’, although after a disastrous support slot for Solange Knowles, they soon disbanded. After much hounding, by pretty much every label in existence, they signed to Sony and released debut single Better than Love - a delightfully mushy piece of morbid pop, that recalls the sounds of Ultravox, and transports you back to the 80s kicking and screaming. Substance is also matched with style as the boys dress in fitted suits with immaculately combed hair, that’s waxed to the extreme, yet makes them seem so much cooler for it. The duo spent the four-years previous to the band working in low-end jobs around the North, however the release of the band’s album ‘Happiness’ is set to see them propelled to godlike pop stardom. For too long now the British music scene has been full of acts that are too accessible - Hurts looks set to bring band worship back to the charts. KA 023


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LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS www.flickr.com/thedarkestcorner

There’s a new craze sweeping the nation. Urbexing or Urban Exploration is actually illegal but these ‘explorers’ are producing some of the most beautiful and poignant photography throughout their travels in these derelict environments. Here, one explorer speaks about his growing obsession with Urbex. “Imagine the look of horror on my mum’s face as she flicked through my French exchange photographs expecting to see two rolls of film worth of smiling English kids, eating croissants, only to find pictures of rusting cars, collapsing bullet ridden houses, old bicycles and mysterious objects hanging from rusty old nails. She clearly thought I was disturbed, with a morbid fascination of destruction and decay. She wasn’t wrong. I was fortunate enough to be able to explore the macabre memorial village of Oradour-sur-Glane in the South of France and be inspired by the beauty of such dereliction. My family didn’t quite get it. This wasn’t my first foray into such a place. As a child I frequented an old T.B. hospital near our village, and also some old buildings attached to an abandoned railway. The difference about my trip to France is that I had a camera to document such finds. Having grown up in near Northwich, Cheshire, I was always discouraged from venturing too close to the Soda Ash Tubs at I.C.I. on ‘Wallerscote Island’. I was rightly told that the chemicals produced there were corrosive and the river nearby was polluted with harmful toxins. I stayed away, but the curiosity never did. As I’ve gotten older the urge to explore these monolithic triumphs has 025


only been magnified. One evening, armed with my camera, I decided to scale a secret bridge and after a few fence hops and a climb through an open window etc. I was in! I now knew how Christopher Columbus felt when he landed on the shores of that unexplored country. I could hardly operate my camera as I felt nervous, scared, excited and curious all at the same time.

with dogs, trap doors, underground tunnels, burst water pipes...I loved it!

I spent the next three hours covertly exploring and taking photos of what looked liked a set from a Sci-fi movie. At one point a security guard passed underneath me while I hid in a 90ft structure. I felt like an MI5 agent. I didn’t leave though, I was having far too much of a good time. I had found something that I truly loved doing.

I think ‘Urban Exploration’ taps into the very fabric that makes us human. It has everything for anyone with a real sense of adventure. It also holds a more sophisticated aspect, which has forced me to look at the history of the places I’ve been to - and to respect them. As I’ve ventured through these places I’ve never damaged or taken anything.

After uploading my photos on Facebook a few people asked me how long I’d been into Urbexing. I didn’t even know what Urbexing was. They asked if I’d ever been to the ‘Deva’ aka ‘The Countess of Chester Hospital’ aka ‘Lunatic Asylum Building’.

I feel a great desire to preserve the magic of these buildings before they are demolished or polished up for new business ventures. I no longer need to spend thousands of pounds to go abroad so I can take photos of beautiful uncharted landscapes, mountains, forests and jungles.

Erected in 1829, it was basically a prison for those suffering with mental health problems. I had never been there or even heard of it. It took me two weeks to find an accomplice, there was no way I was doing this one alone. Holes in the floor, collapsing roofs, smashed windows, drug addicts, asbestos, dead pigeons, used medical supplies, dark corridors, security

I can do it all here. I find beauty in the most unlikely places, new worlds hidden by age…I am an explorer and, as someone once said, “There can be no true beauty without decay”. ” Alex Lowe

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I know now that I can never stop these expeditions, which have so far taken me to Scotland, Inverkip, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, and Denbigh, to name but a few, and it was only a year ago that I rediscovered the Soda Ash factory.

To find out more about Urbex in the West Midlands visit; meetup.com/MidlandsUrbex/ sickbritain.co.uk/


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RICKY GERVAIS - SCIENCE NIA Academy 10-11 August

So he’s back - the one-man comedy machine that is Ricky Gervais. With two dates at the NIA Academy entitled ‘Science’ you need to act fast if you want to grab some of the last minute tickets to witness this laugh-aminute extravaganza. Fresh from a whirlwind of a year, Ricky has not only hosted the Golden Globes, got a new show on Channel 4 – The Ricky Gervais Show - but his award winning book ‘Flanimals’ is set to be made into a Hollywood movie! ‘Science’ is live comedy at its best with Ricky said to be revisiting his old formulas in this hectic stand-up show. Brace yourself for an extreme, nutty scientist laboratory type set, and obviously a few hundred offensive jokes to boot. Tickets are £30 plus BF – call 0844 338 8000 or visit ticketfactory.com. KO 028


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independent Markets The picture of the quaint village market, where all the country folk come together to sell their wares, is a far cry from urban inner-city life, but as more markets spring up across the busiest parts of the West Midlands a small taste of the countryside starts to appear. Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, good quality local produce, reared and grown organically, is a great alternative to the supermarket. Here is a handpicked selection of the finest farmers markets across the region. 24 Carrots Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter 24carrots.org.uk Third Saturday of the month The aptly named ’24 carrots’, based on the car park in front of the Big Peg, is one of the coolest markets around - it even runs a live broadcast from the market through their website. Created by volunteers, the market is a self-funded social enterprise. Any surplus funds made are set aside to benefit the local community. The market’s impact is hugely positive. Local farmers, schools and neighbouring allotments all get involved, keen to support healthy eating initiatives. The market has also become a unique meeting place for local residents and visitors to the area.    030


Moseley Farmers Market Alcester Road, Moseley moseleyfarmersmarket.org.uk Fourth Saturday of the month In the heart of this bohemian suburb, one of the most popular farmers markets, and winner of the Best UK Urban Farmers Market, takes over the green. With more than 50 stallholders, regularly supplying a wide range of goods, this is one of the largest markets in the region. There is plenty of fresh produce - the usual meat and fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables - but some surprises too. Along with hot food, bread and cakes, you can buy a wide variety of non-food items like art and gifts. University of Birmingham Farmers Market University of Birmingham bham.ac.uk Last Wednesday of the Month The public and students are welcome to take a stroll around the 20 stalls that offer a variety of reasonably priced produce. All products are environmentally friendly, and sourced locally - giving a helping hand to local businesses. The stalls offer everything from organic goods to seasonal fare, homemade chutney to fresh vegetables and walnuts to wine. The next market is scheduled for 29th September when the students have returned. Wolverhampton Farmers Market Dudley Street wolverhampton.gov.uk First Friday of the month This market offers so much more than just standard produce. There

are a wide range of fine food stalls run by local producers, growers and farmers and many high quality goods to choose from; fair trade products, organic meats, fresh home grown vegetables, newly laid eggs, fine wines, cheeses and more. But Wolverhampton Market really comes into it’s own, when you look beyond the food to a range of craft and nonfood stalls. Whether you’re looking for unusual one-off items, artwork, Fair Trade clothing, handcrafted gifts, or even a carefully crafted planter or tub to brighten up the garden - you won’t be disappointed. Stirchley Community Market Outside Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, Pershore Road Fourth Tuesday of the Month (August and September only),4-8pm This new venture marks an exciting new partnership between Birmingham City Council’s Town Centre Partnerships, local arts group Stirchley Happenings, South Birmingham Food Co-op and local cookery school and community bakery Loaf. Established by members of the local community it will feature stalls selling wholefoods, bread, hot Bangladeshi food, wood-fired pizza, artisan preserves, afro-Caribbean produce, cupcakes, local fruit and vegetables, and local arts and crafts. The market will give the local community, as well as commuters on their way home from work, an opportunity to find out what Stirchley has to offer, meet some excellent food producers and craft makers from within Birmingham. SJL / Image by Katie Parry 031


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They may have been trading for just 12 months but the team at Smile have been building up a steady reputation since graduating from Visual Communication at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design. The multi-disciplinary, branding and design agency work on projects spanning all areas of graphic design, from their studio at The Bond, and have already gathered a host of impressive clients. “We started SMILE because we enjoy working together and we’re good at what we do. Our work philosophy is based on the first project that we embarked on, which set out to create a moment’s change in an otherwise routine day. It was at this point that we decided; whatever we do, it has to make someone smile.” Setting up in their third year at university Nath, Sue and Matt were keen to go into business together, and in true entrepreneurial spirit, signed the lease on their studio before they had even left university.

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Students from Birmin gham’s five universities make up a significant part of the city’s po pulation, but once they graduate where do they go? We meet a group of enterprising designers, who stu died and set up business here in Birmingham, along with a tenaci ous graduate who knew exactly what kind of job she was aiming for...

“We think that Birmingham has a vibrant future and we want to be at the forefront of the development” comments Nath, about their decision to use the city as their base. Their course had offered them a great place to gain contacts while studying under talented tutors. “There are a lot of opportunities in Birmingham - grab every one that you can!” Graduate tips... Favourite places to eat? We all love the food hall at Selfridges Favourite place to go for a drink? St. Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter has some great bars, that we’ve had many drinks in! Favourite Birmingham attraction? There are a couple of really good go-karting tracks in Birmingham Favourite place to shop? Bullring


This is not to say that Lorna fell into the perfect job as soon as she graduated. “It’s important not to be too particular about the first job you do after graduating...I spent a few months doing freelance copywriting for any company I could find, to tide me over before getting a job at a PR and marketing consultancy. This gave me great hands-on experience and training in all areas of the industry.”

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Marketing and PR Officer Some industry sectors have taken a hit as the UK has struggled to battle the economy crisis but, as thousands of graduates start the job-search, Lorna Hirst highlights the importance of hands-on experience. After studying English Literature and Language at the University of Birmingham, Lorna stayed in the city to look for opportunities in Birmingham’s large, and evergrowing, arts sector. “Although you don’t need an English degree to work in marketing, the skills I developed on my course have certainly helped - particularly writing, editing and proofreading, and understanding how to use language in the most effective ways to communicate to different groups of people.”

Lorna joined Sampad, a development agency for South Asian Arts based at mac in Cannon Hill Park, in January this year. 2010 marks the agency’s twenty year anniversary in supporting, promoting the appreciation and practice of diverse South Asian artforms, and is an excellent time for Lorna to get stuck in to the position. To mark this milestone, Sampad are involved with a rich array of projects this year to celebrate their history. “There is always so much going on at Sampad that we need to shout about it” comments Lorna on a busy seven-months in to her role. Favourite places to eat? Sabai Sabai, Moseley or The Vaults in the Jewellery Quarter Favourite place to go for a drink? The Victoria or Island Bar Favourite Birmingham attraction? The Electric Cinema Favourite place to shop? Bullring 033


SUMMER TOP 3s Along with our readers’ suggestions, we’ve collated our few of our fave things to do and places to visit this summer. You can get involved in future issues by joining our new Facebook group; Fused Mag & Area Culture Guide Official Readers’ Poll. AF Beer gardens There’s nothing better on a hot summer’s day than chilling out with your mates or family for a few hours, in a lovely pub beer garden. Here’s our top 3 for the West Midlands; 1. The Lord Clifden, Hockley (pictured) With plenty of seating space, art, a BBQ, outdoor bar, TV, ping-pong and even a postboxthe Clifden’s beer garden has everything you could possibly need! Their food is amazing too and they are open til the early hours most nights, with resident DJs, and a quiz on Thursdays. 034

2. The Garden House, Edgbaston The Garden House is always busy and it’s easy to see why. With it’s lush green lawns, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the gardens of a stately manorhouse. 3. The Plough, Harborne In their own words, their beer garden is an ideal spot for lazy Sundays. Spacious and stylish. Photo: AF


Country pubs Why not venture a bit further afield to find charming country pubs, full of character and quite often with a great restaurant too! 1. The Saxon Mill, Warwick This interior decor of this old mill is beautiful - open plan and stylish with open kitchens, stone fired ovens and log burning fires. The main restaurant is lofty and impressive- it’s a real treat and the food is amazing. The bar area is equally stylish, but friendly and relaxed too. The pub has been consistently busy whenever I’ve visited so I recommend you book in advance. 2. The Malt Shovel, Barston The food here is spectacular and it has a lovely garden too. Their arward winning restaurant is housed in a converted barn and the decor has a summery, shabby chic feel. 3. The Boathouse, Sutton Coldfield This is the perfect place to end up after a long Sunday stroll around Sutton Park. It’s cosy and inviting, and the food, of course, is brilliant. You can also get a lovely view of the lake if you pick the right table. I can highly recommend their Christmas dinner. 035


Woodland Walks If you can’t get away to the country then why not take advantage of the region’s beautiful parkland. 1. Warley Woods (pictured) This grade ll listed space has been a public park in Smethwick since 1906, but it’s history goes back over 500 years. The park was originally created as a private pleasure ground for Samuel Galton Junior. 100 acres in size, Warley Woods is comprised of a meadow, large woodlands and also has a public golf course. 2. Sutton Park Covering an area of 2,400 acres, Sutton Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europealthough it feels like the heart of the countryside in parts with rambling woodland, hills and meadows. Perfect for a long dog walk, cycle or picnic, there are plenty of good quality pubs and restaurants on the outskirts so you can treat yourself after a hard day’s walking. 3. Lickey Hills The Lickey Hills used to be a Royal hunting reserve before being opened to the public in 1888. Now the hills are a popular country park area, offering panoramic views over much of the surrounding countryside. 036

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Picnic Spots Celebrate the sun and take your lunch to the park. It’s a great way to while away the afternoon and the urban locations mean you don’t have to drive eitherbottoms up! 1. St Paul’s Square (pictured) This charming Georgian square is pretty much in the centre of Birmingham and is a little haven of peace and quiet in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There are plenty of bars and shops nearby so you can purchase food and drink if you didn’t have time to prepare a picnic, there’s even a Tesco just up the road if you need more French bread and Brie! I’m unsure of the legalities regarding BBQs but I did happen to see a group of students having one, undisturbed by the Police, just a couple of weeks ago. 2. Moseley Park This “secret” park is not always open to the general public, however you can purchase a key if you are a Moseley resident. It’s surprisingly big insideplenty of room for games or just lounging around with friends, on a blanket. Beautiful. BBQs seem to be allowed.

3. Kingsbury Water Park (Reader’s suggestion) Jayde Irene Ashford says “I think Kingsbury Water park is a great place... when I lived in Birmingham I always went with my family (inc. dogs, bikes, picnic etc) regularly. There’s great facilities there too, for young families and adults alike”. Photo: Roland Turner 037


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‘GIVE IT SOME...SOURZ’ 13 - 14 August Bullring

Sourz is on tour this summer to help you update your look and get glam this season.  Heading to  Bullring Shopping Centre on Friday 13th  and Saturday 14th August, they’ll be giving the people of  Birmingham  a taste of summer, with the hottest fashion and beauty looks.   Top stylists and professional make up artists will be on hand to give girls and boys the low-down on the freshest colours and looks this season.  Entrants to the stand must be over 18 to take part, and visitors can look forward to sipping on the latest Sourz cocktails in the stylish summer lounge.     The ‘Give It some...Sourz’ tour perfectly links the latest summer brights trend to each individual Sourz flavour: Apple Green, Cherry Red, Tropical Blue, Blackcurrant Purple and Pineapple Yellow.     Sourz will be running competitions at the stand, offering trendsetters everything from beauty goodies to a VIP trip to London and an all inclusive holiday to Ibiza.  Plus, look out for the Sourz team in Birmingham’s bars on both Friday and Saturday night for fun, cocktails and the chance to win more prizes.   Thanks to Sourz we have an exclusive prize for Area readers - the chance to win £100 worth of Bullring vouchers.  To win, all you have to do is answer the following question:   What flavour is the red Sourz liqueur? A. Strawberry B. Cherry C. Watermelon   Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number and date of birth to competitions@fusedmagazine.com. Deadline for entries is: 20/08/10. 039


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uberbrum.blogspot.com Our favourite style-spotter hits the streets to see what the good people of Birmingham are wearing this summer... “I like how the style changes with the weather and these are this summer’s first übers. Suddenly the sun came out and everything sprang to life - including the clothes. Colour and flowers were all around and the outfits became lighter and more delicate. I like being able to see that transition.” 040


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MUSIC Jazz in the Bar The Old Joint Stock 1pm

MUSIC Weekly Reggae Session The Bulls Head Free, 8pm

MUSIC Xavier Rudd O2 Academy 7pm

MUSIC Pete Murphy The Slade Rooms £18, 7.30pm

THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC Acoustic Bites The Public 1pm MUSIC Music in the Gardens: Mike Burney Quartet Botanical Gardens 2pm MUSIC The Sunflower Sessions Sunflower Lounge 6pm COMEDY The Retort Cabaret Show Kitchen Garden Café 7pm

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MUSIC Not Advised, They Sink Ships O2 Academy 3 7pm MUSIC Straxx The Bulls Head Free, 8pm COMEDY The Laughing Sole Comedy Club The British Oak 8.30pm THEATRE Beauty and the Beast Botanical Gardens 6.30pm THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm ART CRAFTY BEER The Victoria 7:30pm, Free

ART Making Faces - Family Art Workshop Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 11am SPOKEN WORD THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS: WITH LYNSEY HANLEY Ikon Gallery 6.30pm, Free


Wednesday 4 August

Thursday 5 August

MUSIC Army Of Freshmen, Allbright O2 Academy 3 7pm

MUSIC Family Force 5, L’amour La Morgue (ft. Ian Watkins from Lost Prophets), Tek-One The Slade Rooms £8, 7pm

MUSIC National Youth Orchestra Summer Prom Symphony Hall 7.30pm MUSIC Raghu Dixit Hare & Hounds 7.30pm THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MUSIC Octane OK, GO X, Aces High, Fans Of Faye O2 Academy 3 6.30pm MUSIC Rachel Harrington with Rod Clements Hare & Hounds 7.30pm MUSIC Brides, Departures Sound Bar 8pm MUSIC Silver Apples, Pram Hare & Hounds 8pm MUSIC Violet Violet, Decadence in

Friday 6 August Berlin The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm

MUSIC Bad Religion O2 Academy 6.30pm

COMEDY Caimh McDonnell, Ian Moore, Windsor Glee Club 7.30pm

MUSIC The Sharabangs The Slade Rooms £5, 7.30pm

CLUB MOSCHINO HOE AND VERSACE HOTTIE The Victoria 8pm, £2 THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm ART Picture Perfect Family Art Workshop Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 11am

MUSIC The Monicas Sunflower Lounge 7.30pm MUSIC Mivvi, The Vinyl The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm MUSIC SILENT FILTER PRESENTs: Broken Witt Rebels, Greenwood Park, BlackJak, UndueFree Island bar 8pm Entry COMEDY Caimh McDonnell, Ian Moore, Windsor, Ron 047


Saturday 7 August Vaudry Glee Club COMEDY Comedy @ The Public The Public 8pm

MUSIC Hot Monocles, Chapter The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm

COMEDY Caimh COMEDY Smug Roberts, McDonnell, Ian Moore, John Scott, Anthony King Windsor, Ron Vaudry and Rudi Glee Club Lickwood Highlight COMEDY 8.30pm Smug Roberts, John Scott, CLUB Anthony King Balkanic and Rudi Eruption Highlight The Cross 8.30pm 8pm CLUB CHICKS DIG JERKS The Victoria 9pm, Free Entry

CLUB LETS DANCE! 80s party The Victoria 9pm, Free Entry

THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm

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ART Saturday Art Club The Public, 10am

Sunday 8 August ART Family Saturdays Workshop Ikon Gallery Free, 2pm

MUSIC Jazz in the Bar The Old Joint Stock 1pm MUsic Music in the Gardens: Birmingham Concert Band Botanical Gardens 2pm

ART Seventies Saturday: Inspired by This Could Happen To You: Ikon in MUSIC the 1970s Ikon, Brindleyplace China Crisis O2 Academy 3 2-5pm, Free 7pm

THEATRE Pride and Prejudice Botanical Gardens 7.45pm


Monday 9 August

Tuesday 10 August

Wednesday 11 August

MUSIC CHAOS ACOUSTIC CLUB The Victoria 8:30pm, Free

MUSIC Sam Holmes Mac Free, 7.30pm

COMEDY Ricky Gervais: The NIA 7.30pm

COMEDY Ricky Gervais: Science The NIA 7.30pm

THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Theatre The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm EVENT Burlesque Workshop The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm

SPOKEN WORD SKEPTICS IN THE PUB The Victoria 7:30pm, Free

ART Crazy Comics - Heroes of Art! The Public 10am DANCE Tea Dancing The Public 1.30pm SPOKEN WORD The Persistence of Delusion The Victoria 7.30pn SPOKEN WORD THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS: WITH PETE ASHTON Ikon Gallery 6.30-7.30pm, Free 049


Thursday 12 August MUSIC The Cedar House Band, Black Dollar Bills O2 Academy 3 6pm MUSIC LOST ON CAMPUS, THE LION AND THE WOLF, CHANGING PLACES, I’VE GOT PRETTY DREAMS, ELIZA LITTLE Island Bar 7:30pm, £5 COMEDY Doc Brown, James Cook, Steve Hughes Glee Club 7.30pm ART Frame It Family Art Workshop Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 11am THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

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Friday 13 August SPOKEN WORD Made in England mac 7.30pm

MUSIC Tunng, Health & Efficiency mac 7.30pm MUSIC The Black Acid Band, The Graham Parsnip Liquidiser Torture Think Tank (Revival) Sunflower Lounge 8.30pm MUSIC Bumblecat, Dirty Fox, Redjack, Heathen Zoo The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm MUSIC Laura Jansen, Jamie Clayton Glee Club COMEDY Doc Brown, James Cook, Steve Hughes, Mark Walker Glee Club 7.15pm COMEDY Mike Milligan, Alex Board

man, Raymond Mearns and Curtis Walker Highlight, 8.30pm CLUB M4TP – Music For The People The Victoria 8pm, Free THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm EVENT Burlesque Xtreme 7 The Public 7.30pm


Saturday 14 August MUSIC The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain Town Hall 7pm MUSIC SOUND OF CONFUSION The Victoria 8:30pm, £4 MUSIC Pan & The Poets The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm MUSIC King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys Hare & Hounds 8pm COMEDY Doc Brown, James Cook, Steve Hughes, Mark Walker Glee Club COMEDY Mike Milligan, Alex Boardman, Raymond

Mearns and Curtis Walker Highlight 8.30pm CLUB Loco Hockley Bar & Kitchen 8pm CLUB WHAT IS HOUSE MUSIC? The Victoria 9pm, Free Entry CLUB ATTA GIRL + CENTRAL CITY ROLLERGIRLS Island bar 8:30pm, £1 THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 15 August

Monday 16 August

MUSIC Jazz in the Bar The Old Joint Stock 1pm

THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC Music in the Gardens: The Apex Jazz and Swing Botanical Gardens 2pm MUSIC The Music Room with Ramblin’ Pony, Strumpit, Bernadette O’Grady Hare & Hounds 7.30pm

ART Saturday Art Club The Public 10am

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Tuesday 17 August

Wednesday 18 August

Thursday 19 August

Friday 20 August

MUSIC Kristy Gallacher mac Free, 7.30pm

THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MUSIC Rotunda, Left for The Actress & Bishop 2pm

MUSIC RFX Sunflower Lounge 6pm

THEATRE The Importance of Being Earnest Botanical Gardens 7.45pm

MUSIC Shay Kahala, Whatever Tomorrow Brings, The Highly Charged Super Cocks O2 Academy 3 6.30pm

ART Digital Landscapes Creative Family Photography Workshop Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 11am SPOKEN WORD Curatorial talk: Burne-Jones, Birmingham and ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Free, 1pm EVENT Burlesque Workshop The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm

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SPOKEN WORD THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS: WITH IAN EMES Ikon Gallery 6.30-7.30pm, Free

MUSIC THE HARDCORE JOLLIES – A night of funk bands and DJs The Victoria 8pm, £5 COMEDY Anthony J Brown, Martin Bigpig Mor, Mitch Benn, Steve Hall Glee Club 7.30pm

MUSIC Endless Nameless Hare & Hounds 8pm MUSIC The Subterraneans The Jam House 11pm COMEDY Anthony J Brown, Martin Bigpig Mor, Mitch Benn, Matt Kirshen Glee Club 7.15pm COMEDY Bob Mills, Cole Parker and Tony Hendriks Highlight 8.30pm CLUB WHAT IS HOUSE MUSIC? The Victoria 8pm, Free Entry


Saturday 21 August THEATRE The Sound Of Music Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC The Jackdaws The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm COMEDY Anthony J Brown, Martin Bigpig Mor, Mitch Benn, Matt Kirshen Glee Club 7.15pm

Sunday 22 August Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MUSIC Jazz in the Bar The Old Joint Stock 1pm MUSIC Music in the Gardens: Konitoma Botanical Gardens 2pm

COMEDY Bob Mills, Cole Parker and Tony Hendriks Highlight 8.30pm CLUB HASSELBAINK SAYS RELAX - I ‘HEART’ 80s The Victoria 9pm, Free before 11pm CLUB Soulfusion Hockley Bar & Kitchen 8pm THEATRE The Sound Of Music

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Tuesday 24 August

Wednesday 25 August

MUSIC Mellow Peaches mac Free, 7.30pm

MUSIC Jazz in the Bar - Trio:21 The Old Joint Stock Free, 7.30pm

THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm ART Evening Gallery Tour A tour of This Could Happen To You: Ikon in the 1970s Ikon, Brindleyplace 6-7.30pm, Free

MUSIC YEASAYER The Slade Rooms 7pm, ÂŁ12 MUSIC Ugly Duckling, Fistful of Dynamite Hare & Hounds 7.30pm THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm THEATRE Fame The Musical Alexandra Theatre 7pm

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SPOKEN WORD THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS: SIMON CHAPMAN

Thursday 26 August Ikon Gallery 6.30-7.30pm, Free

MUSIC Beyond Dreams of Grandeur, he Cried Shotgun, Never Fall Down, Abercion O2 Academy 3 6.30pm MUSIC Eels O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC Wrapped in Plastic The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm MUSIC Del Camino The Jam House 10pm MUSIC Nosaj Thing Hare & Hounds 9pm COMEDY Del Strain, Andy Askins, Rich Wilson, Ian Cognito Glee Club 7.30pm


Friday 27 August THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC Ovation Music Management Showcase - Signify EP Launch The Slade Rooms £5, 7.30pm

THEATRE Fame The Musical Alexandra Theatre 7pm

MUSIC Karma Suite, The Cedar House Band Island bar 8pm, £4

ART Afternoon Tea Ikon Gallery Free, 2.30pm ART Afternoon Tea Events Room, Ikon 2.30-4.30pm, Free

MUSIC CAITLIN ROSE Glee Club COMEDY Del Strain, Andy Askins, Andy Robinson, Ian Cognito Glee Club 7.30pm

Saturday 28 August Technicolour Dreamcoat Birmingham Hippodrome 5pm & 8pm THEATRE Fame The Musical Alexandra Theatre 7pm CLUB HASSELBAINK SAYS RELAX The Victoria 8pm, £2 after 11pm

COMEDY Del Strain, Andy Askins, Andy Robinson, Ian Cognito Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Rhodri Rhys, Zoe Lyons, Roger D and Mark Walker Highlight 8.30pm CLUB Underground Hockley Bar & Kitchen 8pm CLUB COLDRICE – Motown, Funk & Soul Jekyll & Hyde 9pm, Free Entry

COMEDY Rhodri Rhys, Zoe Lyons, Roger D and Mark Walker Highlight 8.30pm

Club Jocko Homo Two floors of eclectic disco and party The Victoria 9pm, Free Entry

THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing

THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing

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Sunday 29 August

Monday 30 August

Tuesday 31 August

Technicolour Dreamcoat Birmingham Hippodrome 2pm. 5pm, 8pm

MUSIC Last of the Summer Grind Eddie’s Rock Club 1pm

THEATRE Fame The Musical Alexandra Theatre 2pm & 7pm

MUSIC Jazz in the Bar The Old Joint Stock 1pm

MUSIC Music in the Gardens: The Old Comrades Jazz Band Botanical Gardens 2pm

THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC Music in the Gardens: Out of the Blue Big Band Botanical Gardens 2pm THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Birmingham Hippodrome 2pm, 5pm CLUB LIVE FOREVER – Brit-pop to rock ‘n’ roll Island bar 9pm, Free Entry

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ART Making Faces - Family Art Workshop Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 11am


WEDNESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER MUSIC THE DEPRECIATION GUILD, JODIE & THE JET PLANE Hare & Hounds 7.30pm MUSIC FRANK FAIRFIELD Kitchen Garden Cafe 7.30pm, £8 THEATRE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Birmingham Rep 7.30pm (Continues until Saturday 18 September) THEATRE JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT Birmingham Hippodrome 2pm & 7.30pm (Continues until Sunday 12 September)

7.45pm (Continues until Saturday 11 September)

THURSDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

FRIDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

MUSIC TRADITIONAL SONG SESSIONS Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm

MUSIC FOURQUARTER, PANACEA DREAM The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm

MUSIC FURTHEST FROM ITHACA The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm COMEDY Michael Legge, Andy White, Steve Williams, Hal Cruttenden Glee Club

MUSIC URBAN INTRO The Jam House 11pm COMEDY Michael Legge, Andy White, Steve Williams, Hal Cruttenden Glee Club COMEDY JOHNNY CANDON Highlight 8.30pm

THEATRE MY ROMANTIC HISTORY Birmingham Rep 057


SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

SUNDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

MONDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

TUESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

MUSIC DOUBLE A 02 Academy 3 6pm, £5

MUSIC MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: ROTARY CLUB COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Botanical Gardens 2pm

MUSIC KATH BLOOM PLUS THIS FRONTIER NEEDS HEROES Kitchen Garden Cafe 7.30pm

MUSIC HEIGHTS O2 Academy 3 7pm

MUSIC ACES HIGH, SICIUM Actress & BIshop 8.30pm COMEDY JOHNNY CANDON Highlight 8.30pm COMEDY RICH WILSON AND JOHNNY CANDON Highlight 8.30pm ART FAMILY SATURDAYS Ikon Eastside 2pm, Free

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MUSIC BRASS BAND GALA Symphony Hall 2.30pm MUSIC BLACK MOUNTAIN Hare & Hounds 7.30pm COMEDY SHOWTIME COMEDY THE MIDLANDS BIGGEST STAND UP COMEDY SHOW Wulfrun Hall 6.30pm, £22.50/£20

THEATRE BUSTING OUT Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm


WEDNESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

MUSIC HATE THE FAITH, THE ODESSA MASSACRE, HUNGER FOR THURST, SPLINTERTONE, MUSIC YOUR TRUTH BE MODIFIED TOY VALIANT ORCHESTRA: PLASTIC PLANET O2 Academy 3 6.30pm Town Hall 8pm MUSIC JONSI SPOKEN WORD O2 Academy THESE ARE A 7pm FEW OF MY FAVOURITE MUSIC THINGS: WITH THE BARLIGHTS HOWARD The Actress & SKEMPTON Bishop Ikon Gallery 6.30-7.30pm, Free 8.30pm MUSIC EXSIMPLE MINDS O2 Academy 7pm

MUSIC THE SUBS The Jamhouse 10pm COMEDY Quincy Mick, Ferry Miles, Jupp Guest Glee Club

FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER MUSIC BARENAKED LADIES O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC GORILLAZ The NIA 7.30pm MUSIC CHANTEL MCGREGOR BAND The Slade Rooms 7.30pm, £8

COMEDY BRIAN HIGGINS, NICK DOODY, GORDON SOUTHERN & IAN MOORE Highlight 8.30pm COMEDY Quincy Mick, Ferry Miles, Jupp Guest, Brendan Dempsey Glee Club

MUSIC BBC BIG BAND MEETS THE NOTEBENDERS Town Hall 8pm, Free MUSIC THE UPPERS, ON SCREEN HEROES, THE JELLYBEAN REBELLION The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm MUSIC DETROIT SOUL The Jam House 11pm 059


SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER MUSIC HOWARD SKEMPTON: SEPTEMBER SONGS Ikon Gallery 12pm MUSIC ROCK & METAL ALL DAY CHARITY EVENT The Old Wharf 3pm, Free MUSIC DETROIT SOUL The Jam House 11pm

CLAYTON, GORDON SOUTHERN & IAN MOORE Highlight 8.30pm COMEDY Quincy Mick, Ferry Miles, Jupp Guest, Brendan Dempsey Glee Club

MUSIC HOWARD SKEMPTON: SEPTEMBER SONGS Ikon Gallery 12pm MUSIC MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: CITY OF LICHFIELD CONCERT BAND Botanical Gardens 2pm

EVENT V.I.P MUSIC FAIR MUSIC RIZWAN MUAZWulfrun Hall ZAM QAWWALI 10am, £2 The Drum 7pm MUSIC EVENT MOTHERLESS BIRMINGHAM MUSIC The Actress & ZINE FESTIVAL WOLF PARADE Bishop The Victoria 12-6pm, Free Entry Glee Club 8.30pm 7.30pm EVENT THEATRE A DOLL’S HOUSE Cat and Mouse MUSIC Crescent Theatre with Mog and JANE TAYLOR Kitchen Garden 7.30pm Maisy - StoCafe rytelling, 8.30pm, £8 THEATRE crafts and Adv/£10 Door/£6 COMPANY games Conc. Crescent Theatre Centre for the 7.45pm Child, Birmingham CLUB (Continues until 18 Central Library ATTA girl – BIRSeptember) 12-4pm, Free MINGHAM ZINE FESTIVAL PARTY COMEDY Island Bar BRIAN HIGGINS, £1, 8.30pm SIMON

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EVENT Cat and Mouse with Mog and Maisy - Storytelling, crafts and games Centre for the Child, Birmingham Central Library 12-4pm, Free


THURSDAY WEDNESDAY MONDAY TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 14 SEPTEMBER 15 SEPTEMBER 16 SEPTEMBER MUSIC WILLY MASON Glee Club THEATRE THE COUNTRY GIRL Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm (Continues until 18 September)

SPOKEN WORD BIRMINGHAM AND PARLIAMENT Library Theatre 1pm, Free

MUSIC TALLULAH FIX, ONE TON BULLET, THE FADING LIGHTS, THE COSMICS, LITTLE MAC MUSIC DENNIS SEATON O2 Academy 3 6.30pm The Jam House 9.30pm, Free MUSIC SPOKEN WORD FRAMING HANLEY BIRMINGHAM STORYTELLING O2 Academy 7pm CAFE Kitchen Garden MUSIC Cafe FRISKY AND 7.30pm MANNISH THE COLLEGE YEARS The Slade Rooms 7pm, £10 MUSIC TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB O2 Academy 7pm

MUSIC DIRTY SCORE The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm MUSIC THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA Hare & Hounds 7.30pm COMEDY STEVIE STARR Highlight, 7pm 061


FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER COMEDY Alistair Barrie, Jarred Christmas, Kerry Godliman, Addy Borgh Glee Club

MUSIC THE MANHATTAN PROJECT Sunflower Lounge 6.30pm

MUSIC JOANNA NEWSOM THEATRE Symphony Hall COLIN FRY: FREE 7.30pm SPIRIT SHOW Alexandra Theatre MUSIC 7.30pm VERTIGO The Jam House 11pm CLUB SILENT FILTER: COMEDY BANDS NIGHT Sound Bar ROB COLLINS, 8pm PAUL MCCAFFREY, SPOKEN WORD DAVE WILLIAMS & CURATORIAL GALLERY TALK: WAYNE DEAKIN THE VALENTINE Highlight RESCUING 8.30pm SYLVIA FROM PROTEUS COMEDY Birmingham MuAlistair seum & Art Gallery Barrie, Kerry 1pm, Free Godliman, Addy Borgh, Tom Craine Glee Club

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THEATRE ENCHANTED BURLESQUE - SIRENS & SCOUNDRELS The Old Rep

SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER Theatre 7pm THEATRE COLIN FRY FREE SPIRIT SHOW Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm

MUSIC ELGAR: THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS Town Hall 5.30pm MUSIC STRANGLE KOJAK O2 Academy 6pm

CLUB ONLY AFTER DARK CLUB NITE Sound Bar MUSIC 8pm PAGE 44, THE SHOWER SCENE O2 Academy 3 6.30pm MUSIC VERTIGO The Jam House 11pm MUSIC FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS Wulfrun Hall 7pm, £20 MUSIC RED LIGHT ROOM The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm COMEDY ROB COLLINS, PAUL MCCAFFREY, DAVE WIL


MONDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 20 SEPTEMBER 21 SEPTEMBER LIAMS & WAYNE DEAKIN Highlight 8.30pm COMEDY Alistair Barrie, Kerry Godliman, Addy Borgh, Tom Craine Glee Club CLUB UNITED UNDERGROUND 2 The Custard Factory 10pm EVENT MAKING POETRY WORKSHOPS: IDEAS IN THINGS Birmingham Central Library 1.30pm

MUSIC MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: AD CONCERT BAND Botanical Gardens 2pm

MUSIC GONG, NIK TURNER’S SPACE RITUAL HMV Institute 7pm

MUSIC KILLING MACHINE: THE PATHWAYS TO DESTRUCTION TOUR O2 Academy 7pm

MUSIC DINOSAUR PILE-UP, THIS LOVE AFFAIR Hare & Hounds 7.30pm

MUSIC BREED 77 & MALEFICE O2 Academy 3 7pm

COMEDY RUSSELL PETERS The NIA 8pm COMEDY Gina Yashere Glee Club SPOKEN WORD CURATORIAL TALK: FASHION & FANTASY Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1pm, Free

MUSIC MUSIC ROOM: SON OF WAGLE, CHRIS RICKETTS & MARK WILLSHIRE, CRAYON Hare & Hounds 7.30pm BURLESQUE High Tease by The Ministry of Burlesque Glee Club

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WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 23 SEPTEMBER

FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

MUSIC PETE MOLINARI Glee Club 7.30pm

MUSIC MGMT O2 Academy 7pm

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1pm, Free

MUSIC TOMMY REILLY Rainbow (& Warehouse) 7.30pm

MUSIC BRING ME THE HORIZON, CANCER BATS, TEK-ONE O2 Academy 7pm

SPOKEN WORD TALES AND ALES The Old Joint Stock 8pm

THEATRE ENRON Birmingham Rep 7pm (Continues until 25 September) DANCE POINTES OF VIEW Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC GIRLYMAN Hare & Hounds 7.20pm MUSIC TINY TIN LADY Glee Club 7.30pm MUSIC RUBY TURNER The Jam House 8pm COMEDY Parrot, Elis James, Paul Tonkinson, Ian Coppinger Glee Club

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SPOKEN WORD CURATORIAL GALLERY TALK: THE FINDING OF THE SAVIOUR IN THE TEMPLE

DANCE POINTES OF VIEW Birmingham Hippodrome 2pm & 7.30pm

MUSIC CAPTAIN HORIZON Sunflower Lounge 6.30pm MUSIC ELLIOT MINOR O2 Academy 6.30pm MUSIC LITTLE DRAGON HMV Institure 7pm MUSIC HAYSEED DIXIE The Slade Rooms 7pm, £15 COMEDY THE ARMSTRONG AND MILLER SHOW Civic Hall 7pm, £20/£18 COMEDY Parrot, Elis James, Paul Tonkinson, Ian Coppinger Glee Club COMEDY JIMMY CARR Symphony Hall 8pm


SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER CLUB SYNDICATE CLUB NIGHT Sound Bar 8pm DANCE POINTES OF VIEW Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC SOLID SOUL The Jam House 11pm MUSIC THE LAST SUPPER, STEVE IGNORANT O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC FYFE DANGERFIELD, THE BOY WHO TRAPPED THE SUN HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC HENRY’S CHILDREN Hare & Hounds 8pm MUSIC NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN HMV Institute 8pm THEATRE WHOSE SHOES Birmingham Rep 11.30am, 1.30pm DANCE POINTES OF VIEW

SUNDAY 26 SEPTEMBER Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm, 7.30pm

MUSIC MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: NEW WASHBOARD COMEDY SYNCOPATORS HARDEEP SINGH Botanical Gardens KOHLI: THE 2pm NEARLY NAKED CHEF MUSIC Wulfrun Hall PAUL HEATON 7pm, £14/£12 Glee Club 7pm COMEDY Parrot, Elis MUSIC James, Paul PATSY Tonkinson, Ian MATHESON Coppinger ACCOMPANIED Glee Club BY CLIVE GREGSON COMEDY Kitchen Garden REAL DEAL Cafe COMEDY JAM 7.30pm, £8 Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm COMEDY SHAZIA MIRZA The Public 7.30pm, £10/£12 COMEDY MARK NELSON HARVEY OLIVER & JUNIOR SIMPSON Highlight 8.30pm

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WEDNESDAY MONDAY TUESDAY THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 28 SEPTEMBER 29 SEPTEMBER 30 SEPTEMBER MUSIC ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL O2 Academy 3 7pm MUSIC NME RADAR TOUR O2 Academy 7pm

MUSIC BURY TOMORROW, BURN O2 Academy 3 7pm MUSIC OCEANSIZE O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC DETACHMENTS Hare & Hounds 7.30pm MUSIC JIM MORAY BAND Town Hall 8pm MUSIC THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS The Jam House 9.30pm, Free DANCE ROMEO AND JULIET Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm (Continues until 2 October)

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MUSIC JOSEPHINE FOSTERA ND THE VICTOR HERRERO BAND, SWALLOWS Hare & Hounds 8pm COMEDY MICKY FLANAGAN: THE OUT OUT TOUR Glee Club 7.30pm THEATRE THE BRIDGE The Old Joint Stock 2.30pm & 8pm SPOKEN WORD AN EVENING WITH RICKY HATTON PLUS SPECIAL GUEST FRANK BRUNO Civic Hall 7pm, £25/£100 (V.I.P Ticket)

MUSIC MAYDAY PARADE, THE MAINE O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC DEL CAMINO The Jam House 10pm COMEDY Lloyd L angford, Sean Percival, Adam Bloom Glee Club SPOKEN WORD CURATORIAL GALLERY TALK: MAY MORNING ON MAGDELAN TOWER Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1pm, Free SPOKEN WORD ALEXEI SAYLE: AUTHOR TALK Solihull Arts Complex 7.30pm


Venue Directory MUSIC VENUES Actress & Bishop 36, Ludgate Hill, B3 1EH 0121 236 7426 BULLS HEAD 23, St. Marys Row, Moseley, B13 8HW bullsheadmoseley.co.uk Civic/Wulfrun Hall, North Street, WV1 1RQ. 0870 320 7000 wolvescivic.co.uk The Flapper Kingston Row, B1 2NU. 0121 236 2421 Hare & Hounds 106 High Street, B14 7JZ. 0121 444 2081 hareandhoundskingsheath. co.uk Island bar 14-26 Suffolk Street, B1 1LT. 0121 632 5296 bar-island.co.uk Jekyll & hyde 28, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ O2 Academy, 08444 772 000 o2academybirmingham. co.uk Sunflower Lounge 76, Smallbrook Queens way, Birmingham, B5 The Rainbow 160 High Street Deritend, B12 0LD.

THE SLADE ROOMS Broad Street Wolverhampton Town Hall Victoria Square, B3 3DQ 0121 780 3333 www.thsh.co.uk The Victoria 48 John Bright Street,, B1 1BN. 0121 633 9439 thevictoriabirmingham. co.uk YARDBIRD Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HJ ART VENUES BM&G Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH, bmag.org.uk CUSTARD FACTORY Gibb Street, B9 4AA custardfactory.co.uk EASTSIDE PROJECTS 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR 0121 771 1778 eastsideprojects.org Ikon Gallery Oozells Square, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708 ikon-gallery.co.uk INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SPACE Maple Road, B30 2AA 0121 331 5763 internationalprojectspace. org MAC

Cannon Hill Park macarts.co.uk The Public New Street, West Bromwich B70 7PG 0121 533 7161 thepublic.com Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, WV1 1DU 01902 552055 wolverhamptonart.org.uk COMEDY VENUES The Glee Club The Arcadian, B5 4TD. 0871 472 0400 glee.co.uk HIGHLIGHT 259-262 Broad Street, B1 2HF THEATRE VENUES Alexandra Theatre Station St, Birmingham 0844 847 2302 alexandratheatre.org.uk BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome. com The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre 4 Temple Row West B2 5NY, 0121 200 1892 oldjointstocktheatre.co.uk


Area 11 August 2010  

This is the August edition of the Cuture Guide for the West Midlands Area.

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