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Editors: David O’Coy & Kerry Thomas dave@fusedmagazine.com kerry@fusedmagazine.com Writers: Phil Corrigan, Erica Crompton, Lee Hall, Sarah Parsons, Jonathan Price, Danann Swanton Front Cover: Paper Doll Content Image: D I Hunter

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RICK DAVIES Black Country Stories

The Public New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG Open: Wed-Sat, 10am to 5pm; Sun, 11am to 3pm www.thepublic.com Until 20th May, 2012 Viewing the landscape from up high in a cherry picker photographer Rick Davies was commissioned by West Bromwich’s Multistory to capture the local scenery as part of their ‘Black Country Stories’ programme. The series of panoramic images invite the viewer to step in and explore the detail of the landscape in ways we might not have looked before. Davies’ shots display a different view of everyday locations and objects; a view we might never see in our everyday lives. “The reason that I document the urban landscape is because it has such a major effect not only on the material conditions of life but also on the way we think and feel”, comments Rick. “Taking these panoramic shots of the Black Country, has given me the opportunity to show the changes that have taken place.” Black Country Stories is a multi-commission programme, that invites outstanding artists to document and record life in the Black Country. Commissions from internationally renowned documentary photographers, film makers, and authors help to tell amazing stories that celebrate everyday life in the area. Image: ‘Bescot Market’ by Rick Davies 05


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Ikon Gallery 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS www.ikon-gallery.co.uk 15 February – 22 April, 2012 In his first museum show since his retrospective at Tate Britain in 2002, Hamish Fulton displays his new and exciting vinyl collection that explores his fascination for walking and art, often referring to himself as the ‘walking artist’. Having walked from Ducansby to Land’s End in 1979 (some 1000 miles) in 47 days, Fulton decided that his art would only come from the experience of individual walks and since that time he stayed true to this belief stating ‘If I do not walk, I cannot make a work of art.’ Following this guise, each piece in his new exhibit features a strong sense of place, rich in ritualistic connotations that correspond to the act of walking and the meditative thought it can inspire. Fulton’s work explores non-art related issues that have engulfed the artist throughout his career. Previously his work has explored the inability of the Australian Aborigines and North American Indians to attain freedom, while his new body of work focuses on the plight of the Tibetan people to attain independence. The elegant and thought provoking nature of his work and new exhibition exudes a lifetimes experience of taking the world in one step at a time and turning the spiritual into the physical. LH Image: Hamish Fulton, 31 Walks, 1971 – 2010. Courtesy the artist. 08


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THE INDISCIPLINE OF PAINTING Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre www.warwickartscentre.co.uk Until 10th March, 2012

Mead Gallery hosts an international group exhibition on painting and abstraction, featuring works from 49 artists specially selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis. Examining how the abstract form has remained under critical enquiry since the 1960s the exhibition reflects on how the history and legacy of abstraction has spawned ongoing dialogues within contemporary art and continues to inspire working artists today. The exhibition features a series of works produced over the last five decades, including pieces from Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Jacob Kassay and various other British, American and European artists. Sturgis’ selection aims to explore the recurring influence of abstraction on contemporary art and challenge the common assumption that the medium has of late become stagnant. JP 010


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THERE IS A PLACE… The New Art Gallery Walsall   Gallery Square, Walsall, WS2 8LG www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk Until 14th April, 2012

An array of local, national and international talent comes together to combine their disciplines for a special exhibition taking place at the New Art Gallery Walsall until April. There is a place… explores people’s psychic connectivity to the landscapes that shaped their formative years. Through paintings, drawings and prints the artists transform mundane urban and suburban areas of their past and capture in painstaking detail, the spirit of teenage revelry that lingers in the atmospheric images, invoking in the viewer memories that are at once familiar and unnerving. Whilst these unclaimed crevices of our hometowns may look bleak and uninviting to the uninitiated, to the artists who captured their raw persona and scores of others, they represent places of safety, companionship and solace, when needed, to survive the high emotions of adolescence. Included in the exhibiting artists are Coventry born, Turner nominated George Shaw and Graham Chorlton, Senior Lecturer at Coventry University. Through acute attention to detail Shaw explores lifeless areas within half a mile of his Tile Cross home, transforming them from indifferent to intriguing with the flick of his brush. Chorlton uses his paintings to explore the connection between what we see and what we know. His urban scenes explore the physical prowess of the built environment combined with the imprecise nature of our memories of places and spaces. Completing the bill are Laura Oldfield Ford (pictured), Barry Thompson, Christaine Baumgartner and Paul Winstanley, whom through the use various mediums challenge the perceptions of landscapes and time to evoke a spectrum of emotions for visitors to this truly enchanting exhibition. LH Image: Laura Oldfield Ford, Leytonstone 1995 1999 2012, Pen on paper, 2010/11 (c) The Artist. Courtesy Hales Gallery, London

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MADE IN THE JEWELLERY QUARTER Artfull Expression, 23-24 Warstone Lane, Birmingham, B18 6JQ http://madeinthejewelleryquarter.wordpress.com/ 3-28 February, 2012

With stylish bars and restaurants popping up to cater for the new residents who’ve moved in to the equally stylish living quarters there is plenty to see in the Jewellery Quarter. If you’re inquisitive mind wonders as to what happens inside the buildings and beautiful architecture you’ll find throughout the famous quarter then Made in the Jewellery Quarter is giving you the chance to find out. Four well established manufacturing and design companies have come together to showcase their work and talents. “The goal of ‘Made in the Jewellery Quarter’ is to let the people know what is made on their doorstep” says Artfull Expression owner David-Louis Hendley. “Plus it gives them the opportunity to buy a piece of craftsmanship and a contemporary product from artisans, designers and most importantly locally based businesses.” Contemporary jewellery, couture cufflinks, designer home-wares and gifts will all be displayed giving you a chance to get up-close and personal to the items as well as supporting the local jewellery industry. 014


HIDDEN CITY thehiddencity.net

Birmingham has long been famed for its Balti Triangle, Floozy in the Jacuzzi and for producing some of the most influential musicians of the last generation. But now a new website looks to celebrate the personal stories of individuals that have been almost lost, forgotten or flown under the mainstream radar, yet are key in making the city such a diverse and unique place. 016


Powered by 470 Media, Hidden City utilises audio slideshows, podcasts and an interactive map to delve into the untold history that underpins the fabric of Birmingham culture. Users of the site can explore the various areas of Birmingham through the real-life stories of its inhabitants and gives them the chance to upload their own. Stories such as ‘Something for the Weekend Sir?’ which explores the 55 year reign of Di Matteo’s – an Italian barbers on Stratford Road (pictured) that has become a crux for the community and sanctuary for those seeking solace and escape from big city life; if only for a short time. The website also highlights stories of unsung heroes that make Birmingham better for some of its most vulnerable inhabitants. ‘Justice Not Crisis’ is a pressure group based in Edgbaston that gives a voice to the homeless community who are often overlooked or, even worse, simply ignored. The story focuses on a house that was occupied by squatters as a desperate last resort to remain safe and is indicative of a housing shortage that is gripping not just Birmingham but, the nation as whole. Hidden City is a key to the forgotten past and unnoticed present of Birmingham city culture. LH Image: Ellie Gibbons


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Close your eyes and think ‘romance’; what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Paris in the spring? The Eiffel Tower? Visualising yourself sailing down the Seine with the love of your life by your side whilst being serenaded by a string quartet? But when you open your eyes, you could not be further from la belle Paris. Instead of the Seine, you see canals; replacing the Eiffel tower, we have the BT Tower and let’s be honest, romance is all cliché with flowers and chocolates anyway, right? Well sceptics, think again; Birmingham has become THE city of adventure and was recently listed in the top 20 places to visit by the New York Times. We have discovered the perfect, un-clichéd way for you and your loved one, or a group of your favourite friends, to have a little bit of romantic indulgence in this ohso-popular city on Valentine’s Day.

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Electric Cinema The Electric Cinema 47-49 Station Street, B5 4DY 0121 643 7879 www.theelectric.co.uk Sofa: £12.80 (min. 2 people, no concessions.); Standard: £7; Concession: £4.80 Snuggle up to your loved one in the UK’s oldest cinema; book one of the Electric’s comfy sofa seats, then spoil yourself by choosing something decadent from their menu. Text your order of food or even champagne at any point during the film and a waiter will bring your preferences right to your seat. Whatever your taste in films, Birmingham’s Electric will be an unforgettable experience. Julian Smith Solihull Central Library and Arts Complex Library Square, Touchwood, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG 0121 704 6813 www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk 14 February £16.50, discounts available Nothing says romance like classical, pop and smooth jazz. Let this Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and Britain’s Got Talent star woo you and your partner with the dulcet tones of his saxophone. Stomp Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB, 0844 338 5000 www.birminghamhippodrome.com 14-18 February Matinee and evening performances

available. £14.50- £30.00 (concessions available) If fast, loud and energetic dance is the way you would like to say ‘I love you’, Stomp is the performance for you. Using a variety of percussion instruments (including a kitchen sink), this comedy theatre and dance show will fill you with rhythm… always useful on Valentine’s Day. Ceramics: Open Studio mac Cannon Hill Park. B12 9QH 0121 446 3232 www.macarts.co.uk 14 February, 10.00-16.00 (including one hour for lunch) £18.00 (£12.00) 18+ Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to re-enact that infamous pottery scene in Ghost? Well now is your chance with artist tutor Sue Dyer at the Midlands Art Centre (mac). Spend a fun and relaxing day developing your artistic temperament with ceramics and make your own handmade Valentine’s Day present. “The good, the bad and you’re lovely” The Public New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG, 0121 533 7161 www.thepublic.com 14 February, 18.30 and/or 21.00 £8.00 (for two films) or £6 for Gigli and £4 for When Harry Met Sally (if purchased separately). 15+ Whether you are a romantic pessimist or a love-sick puppy, Nicko and Joe’s Bad Film Club’s double bill of ‘good bad movie’ Gigli and When Harry Met


Sally will entertain you. Feed your guilty pleasures while heckling and jeering those cringeworthy lines in both films. Cookery school at Simpsons 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston B15 3DU, 0121 454 3434 www.simpsonsrestaurant.co.uk All day every Saturday, 09.45 start. £125.00 per person Fuel your love over champagne, wine tasting, a three course meal and a cookery demonstration with hands on experience at one of Birmingham’s Michelin starred restaurant. This will be a luxurious treat neither of you will forget. Solace Spa 60 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1TN 0121 455 7380 www.solacespa.co.uk Relax with your friends or your special other half; from facials and manicures to full body hot stones massages, you will leave Solace Spa feeling pampered and indulged. Vouchers are also available to make this a truly special gift. Salsa, Kizomba, Zumba and Cha cha cha classes 07961514074 www.uksalsafeet.com £6.00 pay-as-you-go (£4.00 for first lesson.) 18+ We may not like to admit it but every girl dreams that one day, she will be able to dance like Baby in Dirty Dancing. Well now is your chance; UKsalsafeet run a number of Salsa, 020

Kizomba, Zumba and Cha cha cha classes in various venues in Wolverhampton which will allow you to get close and personal with your partner. Whether you are looking for love (Ryan from UKsalsafeet says it is the “best way to meet new partners”) or have already found the one, grab your dancing shoes, call or check the website to see which class takes your fancy and start learning those Dirty Dancing moves. Happy romancing and you can still add a little bit of Paris to your Valentine’s Day by simply learning the language of love. Repeat after me… J’adore…. Va va voom….. DS.

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SLIGO Soaking up the lush greenness of the fields as the road cuts through farmland from Knock Airport we pass stone clad walls, cattle, lochs and plenty of hills in the distance on our way to Sligo. While the trees are naked of leaves and the grey sky broods under the weight of threatening rain the ‘wild, wet, west of Ireland’, as our guide describes it, rolls before us striking a stunning backdrop. We are on our way to the adopted home of WB Yeats to witness what it was he loved so much that gave him inspiration to write some of his most memorable poetry. Images of a small and sleepy Irish town are soon banished thanks to contemporary art spaces, stylish restaurants and, of course, the warm Irish welcome in every bar and pub we enter. Mix in a touch of breathtaking scenery and a surf-able coastline nearby and Sligo offers a perfect base for a weekend escape. Lunch at The Oarsman Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon www.theoarsman.com From the outside it looks like we might be crammed onto a tiny table but the deceptive frontage of this Carrick-on-Shannon gastro pub actually turns in to a sizeable venue. The smell of Seafood Chowder is the first thing to hit the senses and it seems pointless looking at the menu from here-on-in; i’ve already decided. With a stella reputation and a host of accolades (including membership to Good Food Ireland and part of the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland) it is a perfect cosy place for a cold winter feed up.

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Check out contemporary art at The Model themodel.ie/ With a recent addition of artist studios and a healthy rotation of residencies Director and curator Seamus Kealy brings contemporary visual and conceptual art from across the globe to Sligo. Regular music and film events make the space one of Ireland’s leading art venues. Hear about the Myths and Legends of Ireland with Michael Quirke Wine Street Woodcarver Michael Quirke carves his way through the legends of Sligo from his father’s old Butcher Shop. Telling the tales of mythical kings and warriors he brings the stories to life with the medium of carving and will even carve an animal of your choice as a memento. Spoil yourself at Voya Seaweed Baths Strandhill, Sligo voyaseaweedbaths.com Several times a week the owners of Voya can be found along the Sligo Coastline picking fresh seaweed for the baths. The organic seaweed skincare experience is simple; just lie in a warm bath of the slimy stuff and let it do its work. With detoxifying properties (we were told good for hangovers also) and the ability to deeply moisturise the skin it helps relax the muscles and your mind while leaving your skin soft as a baby’s.

Where to stay www.theglasshouse.ie The Glasshouse is a perfect central location to the bars, restaurants and shops of Sligo. Its contemporary style and shiplike shape is a contrast to the stone buildings making it stand out from its Garavouge River location. The interiors, rooms and dining areas are brightly decorated in citrus tones while illustrations are placed around walls and corridors complete the look. The facts Leading low cost airline bmibaby flies direct from Birmingham Airport to Ireland West Knock up to four times a week. Fares start from just £14.99 one way including taxes.  bmibaby offers customers many benefits including allocated seating, online check in and the opportunity to join bmi Diamond Club - the UK’s most generous frequent flyer programme.  bmibaby has recently launched bmibaby holidays giving customers the chance to secure an ATOL protected holiday package including flights, accommodation and transfers for as little as £100pp deposit.  bmibaby’s Fly, FlyPlus and FamilyFly bundles provide customers with a wide range of added extras, benefits and savings for one set price.  For lowest fares and to book a flight, visit www.bmibaby.com   and for any information on visiting Ireland please visit www.discoverireland. com. 025


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DUBLIN Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is awash with culture, history and cool hang-outs for the discerning traveller. It’s perfect for bookish types and boozers alike. Grab yourself a Guinness and a few local guides for a great city trip that has all the ingredients of a thoroughly cosmopolitan break. Some of the world’s finest paintings hang within the National Gallery of Ireland by artists like Carravaggio, Fragonard and Picasso. The imposing Trinity College houses the famed Book of Kells, as well giving props to the world’s literary greats such as Wilde and Keats. And the River Liffey offers contemporary architecture including the harp-like Samuel Beckett Bridge and the innovative National Conference Centre (with a wonky glass cylinder facade). 026


Those interested in learning about Irish history would do well to check out the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, which houses a huge collection of gold artefacts, some from more than 4,000 years ago. Historical Walking Tours of Dublin, organised by history graduates from the city’s two universities, offers a more interactive and entertaining journey through Dublin’s past, from its founding by Viking settlers, through the struggles towards independence, right up to Ireland’s current economic woes. An alternative version of Ireland’s history can be explored at the National Leprechaun Museum, where enthusiastic guides will wax lyrical about the country’s fascinating, and often disturbing, mythology and folklore. Temple Bar is Dublin’s cultural quarter, although as our tour guide pointed out, most of the culture consumed here is of the liquid variety. But the area is also a Mecca for lovers of live music, with virtually every pub and bar offering performances each night, from the formal to the informal, from traditional Irish folk to cover versions of modern day chart hits. Our advice would be to take a walk around to find a venue that suits your own musical tastes. But be prepared for a hefty bar bill, with the price of a pint of Guinness often exceeding 5 Euros. 027


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Dublin Writers Museum 18 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 www.writersmuseum.com Trace the Irish literary tradition here – one of the most illustrious in the world – and follow four Noble Prize winners plus others of international note. The works of Swift and Sheridan, Shaw and Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett are just a small selection of the books, letters, portraits and personal items on display in this gorgeous Georgian building. Guinness Storehouse St James’s Gate, Dublin 8 www.guinness-storehouse.com Combine a little culture with a free pint at the Guinness Storehouse, with a healthy dose of legendary advertising thrown in the mix for good measure. Located in the heart of the St James’s Guinness brewery, home to the Guinness Company since 1759, the storehouse is the number one tourist attraction in Ireland (and yes to reiterate, you get a free pint at the end!) 028

The Mongolian barbecue 7 Anglesea Street, Temple bar, Dublin 2. Book in advance on 353 1670 4154 or by emailing bookings@mongolianbbq.ie Famed for it’s unique Mongolian grill – a large heated table with even larger skewers – come here for a kooky culinary experience. You’ll gain confidence in your cooking skills as each dish is created by you from a selection of vegetables, meats, sauces and spices. Then you simply take your mix to the grill for a fry – tastes great every time no matter how useless a chef you are! Eat with a glass of wine or locally brewed Templebrau beer. We stayed at The Gibson Hotel, The Point, North Wall, Dublin 1 tel +353 681 5000 or visit www. thegibsonhotel.ie. For more information about the places mentioned log on to VisitDublin. com. EC & PC


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22 Waterfront Walk  Birmingham, B1 1SN 0121 665 6568 www.kinnaree.co.uk Sitting by the window whilst dining at Kinnaree you’re rewarded with a pretty view as the lights twinkle on to the canal outside of the Mailbox. It’s a perfect people watching place as the bridge links the mailbox across the canal and on to Waterfront Walk while you wait for your food to arrive. Indoors there is plenty to see too; Kinnaree statues (a young woman whose lower body is a swan that enables her to fly between the human and the mystical worlds), wall features and images adorn most of the walls and fairy lights and foliage warm up the interior. The look is completed with a large dragon boat running down the centre of the restaurant. It might all appear a little haphazard in terms of interior design but you certainly couldn’t accuse it of being stark. Kinnaree is one of several Thai restaurants that seem to be doing well in the city evidenced not least by a busy clientele early on a Friday evening. The food is authentic, tasty and, if you choose the Jungle Curry, on the right side of spicy, and the staff are attentive. The menu is extensive with popular coconut-based curries (the Penang King Prawn is dellicious), a fine list of starters including Crab Cakes, marinated Chicken breast wrapped in Pandan leaves and served with sesame sauce and a wide selection of vegetarian dishes. If you are finding it really hard to choose then there is a choice of five set menus. For two or more it’s a great way to try new dishes and share. The mixed starter includes Fish Cakes, Chicken Satay, Chicken on Toast, Toong Thong parcels and Spring rolls. The Tom Yum Goong soup is light enough to prepare you for the main course that includes a mix of three curries and stir fry dishes. Served with Thai Jasmine rice the meal leaves absolutely no room for dessert; but then Thai cuisine is rarely likely to win too many awards for desserts. If you are passing by for lunch the restaurant offers a selection of their popular main dishes for just £4.95 each. Now who doesn’t need that as a February treat?

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SANDFORD JR www.sandfordjr.com

In a time where the pressure of appearance is even reaching our youngest generation Katherine Nygard, founder of Sandford Jr, has taken some load off by injecting some quirky yet naïve style into an all too serious children’s fashion industry. Unlike many Nygard had an unexpected beginning to the business, she explains “I completed a BA in Management, Design and Communication a few years back but had no direct links to fashion as such. Like most other girls I enjoy nice clothes and like it when garments are aesthetically pleasing.” But in the summer of 2010, by using her initiative and teaming up with Birmingham-based illustrators Ben Javens, Leanne Jones and Lucy McLauchlan she launched her wonderfully whimsical line. Through each illustrator having their individual style, Sandford Jr has offered a varied take on children’s clothes that other companies just do not offer. The wide choice means that anyone can find an item that will make them envy their children’s style, never mind the latest It-girl. From talking to Nygard, it is impossible not to see how passionate she is about her artists. 032

“I’ve always liked the way Ben uses block colours to create naïve yet very interesting, quirky retro designs. I love the uplifting feel to his work; he’s a perfect choice for children’s clothing. Leanne’s beautiful soft line drawings are so delicate and I think the strangely captivating innocence in her artwork appeals to both young and old. Her designs never fail to wow me. The excitement of consistently finding interesting details in Lucy’s work makes it hugely captivating to look at. Her ‘Humpty’ design for Sandford Jr. is a perfect example of this.” With the label already taking an organic and environmentally friendly approach to clothing; Nygard hopes to expand these ideas by not only bringing more artists to the company but to develop the label to gifts. She wants to increase the range to include printed lunch boxes, children’s mugs and there’s even talk of wallpaper, so we are all very excited to see what 2012 has install. With prices starting at £19.99, but as an extra treat Sandford Jr are also offering a lovely 10% discount. Paypal users can just type in APPLE at the checkout on www.sandfordjr. com. SP


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LOMOGRAPHY POP UP BIRMINGHAM Level 2, Selfridges & Co The Bullring, Upper Mall East Birmingham, B5 4BP 0800 123400 Mon-Wed 10am to 8pm, Thur 10pm to 9pm, Fri 10am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 8pm, Sun 11am to 5.30pm www. lomography.com

Lomography is coming to Birmingham on the 23rd January and sticking around for four whole months of analogue fun in their newly adopted home at Selfridges. To celebrate the opening of the all new Pop Up Store Area Culture Guide has teamed up with lomo to offer readers the chance to take part in two photography workshops free of charge. WORKSHOPS Workshops are open to all (although under-16s should be accompanied by an adult) and cost £20 per person which includes the loan of a camera, full tutorial in the use and techniques of the camera, a roll of film and the opportunity to go out shooting in a creative group around Birmingham. Workshops meet at 1.30pm at the Lomography Pop up Store in Selfridges and will last 1½ – 2 hours max. Places must be booked and pre-paid to ensure a place. To book a workshop please phone the Lomography pop up store. Workshops at Lomography pop Up Store Selfridges, Birmingham will run every Saturday in February and March: 04, 11, 18, 25 February and 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 March. COMPETITION Lomography is offering Area readers the chance to get a place on one of two of their workshops in April for free on the 07 April and 21 April, meeting at 1.30pm. For a chance to win a place in one of these workshops please email competitionsuk@lomography.com with the subject ‘Birmingham workshop’ in the subject box and please remember to add which workshop date you would prefer. Lomography will choose the first fifteen entries for each workshop date and let you know by return email. Check out our sister publication www.fusedmagazine.com for a chance to win a different lomo camera each month over the next four months. 043


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BARKING MAD FOR CRUFTS 2012 NEC, Birmingham Tickets: £10 (plus booking fees) available from: www.theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 0338 8-11 March, 2012

We’ve teamed up with the NEC, Birmingham to offer you the chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to Crufts 2012, the biggest and best dog event in the world. First held in 1891, Crufts predates the modern Olympics by five years. Instead of ‘faster, higher, stronger’, judges will be looking for ‘fitter, healthier, happier’, with just one dog to be crowned with the ultimate title of Crufts Best in Show champion. The 2011 show witnessed a triumph for experience, with a 9½ year old Flatcoated Retriever called Jet getting his paws on the prestigious trophy and becoming the oldest ever winner of Crufts. One of the most popular areas of Crufts throughout the duration of the show is the Discover Dogs area, where visitors can come and meet around 190 different breeds of dog and find out which breed would suit them and their lifestyle. There is also a dedicated section for breed rescue volunteers, who work to ensure that unwanted and abandoned dogs find a good home. Visitors can also learn about the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, which has over 7,500 members who put the health and happiness of their puppies, and ensure all necessary health checks are carried out on dogs used for breeding. As well as a whole host of other canine competition, including agility, obedience, flyball and heelwork to music, the event highlights the diverse role that dogs play in society through a variety of displays and events. Crufts also offers an unparalleled opportunity for some serious retail therapy, with hundreds of trade stands offering a huge range of products for dogs and dog lovers alike. For your chance to win a pair of tickets to Crufts 2012 answer this simple question what breed of dog is the famous little Boo? Please include your answer along with your name, address, telephone number and date of birth to competitions@fusedmagazine.com. Deadline for entry is: 24/02/12. 045


Wednesday 1 February Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am, 1.30pm Spoken Word Winter Guided Tour Aston Hall 11.00am Spoken Word Origins of Middle Earth Walk Sarehole Mill 11.00am Dance Tea Dance The Public 1.30pm Theatre Calendar Girls 2012 Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm, 7.30pm MUSic Resistant Regime The Yardbird 7.00pm 046

Thursday 2 February Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am, 1.30pm

Music Canterbury The Slade Room 7.00pm Music Very Cherry music Acoustic FREE Open Mic Night @ Vertu Spoken Word Cherry Red Cafe Vertu Winter Guided Bar 8.00pm Tour at Soho 7.00pm House Club Film Soho House Happy Cycling Juniper Film 11.00am FREE Club Jekyll & Hyde Spoken Word The Bulls Head 7.00pm 8.00pm Lunchtime Gallery Talk Spoken Word The Barber Institute Club ICandy Speak Up with 1.15pm The Fox Bar Mikill Pane 7.00pm Hare & Hounds Theatre 8.00pm Calendar Music Girls 2012 Surface Club Birmingham Festival Full Moon Hippodrome The Flapper HMV Institute 2.00pm, 7.30pm 7.00pm 10.00pm Music Comedy Club Grey Goes Kevin Big Wednesday Down, BareSnobs Nightclub foot Runners, McCarthy, Gordon 10.00pm The Formula Southern, Tom O2 Academy 3 WrigglesClub 6.30pm worth, Ian Voltage Coppinger Nightingale Club Music Glee Club 10.00pm Biohazard 7.30pm HMV Institute 7.00pm Comedy Richard Herring Glee Club 7.30pm


Friday 3 February Music Traditional Music Session Kitchen Garden Cafe 8.00pm Spoken Word Word Up The Drum 8.00pm Club Diversion Nightingale Club 9.00pm Club Manhattan Loft The Vic 9.00pm Club Go with the Flo PST 10.00pm

Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am, 1.30pm music Barber Lunchtime Concerts The Barber Institute 1.10pm Event Gin’ll Fix It Gin Appreciation £4 cocktails Jekyll & Hyde 5-8pm Music Kaiser Chiefs O2 Academy 2 6.30pm Music The Arcadian Kicks, New Killer Shoes, Idle Playthings O2 Academy 3 6.30pm Comedy Sarah Millican :

Thoroughly Modern Millican Civic Hall 6.45pm Comedy Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Jo Enright The Slade Rooms 6.45pm music Misfits, Juice Head The Ballroom Birmingham 7.00pm music Abberline Sunflower Lounge 7.00pm music Live Music Friday Urban Coffee Company 7.00pm music Jupiter Ate, Velvet Riot, Shades Rainbow 7.00pm

Theatre Calendar Girls 2012 Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm Theatre Imaginary Friends mac 7.30pm Comedy Kevin McCarthy, Gordon Southern, Tom Wrigglesworth, Ian Coppinger Glee Club 7.30pm Music The Musgraves, The Picture, Jezabellezza The Actress & Bishop 7.30pm Club Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 8.00pm

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Saturday 4 February Comedy Kill For A Seat mac 8.00pm music Only The Good The Flapper 8.00pm Comedy The Public Comedy Showcase The Public 8.00pm Club Discographic FREE Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Club Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8.00pm Comedy Nick Wilty, Tony Hendriks, Tanyalee Davis, Jim Smallman Highlight 8.30pm

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Comedy Mickey Hutton, Michael Legge, Dave Longley, Toju Jongleurs 8.30pm Club Sugarfoot Stomp Valentines Special Hare & Hounds 8.30pm Club A Love From Outer Space Hare & Hounds 9.00pm Club Deja Vudu Vudu 10.00pm Club Reggaebaby Lounge The Drum 10.00pm Club Ritual The Core Club 10.00pm

Club Movement 4 PST 10.00pm Club Rag & Bone Snobs Nightclub 10.30pm

Workshop Writing Our Lives: Creative Journalling mac 10.00am Workshop The Big Family Portrait DayFREE Ikon Gallery 12.00pm Theatre Calendar Girls 2012 Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm, 7.30pm Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm, 6.30pm Theatre Imaginary Friends mac 2.30pm Music Laura Veirs @ mac mac 3.30pm


Comedy Sarah Millican Civic Hall 7.00pm music XOVA, Dinky, Sicum, Framed & The Offbeat The End 7.00pm Music Puressence The Slade Rooms 7.00pm music Open to Fire, Escape Avenue O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Club The Fox Saturday Night Party The Fox Bar 7.00pm music The Haggis Horns, The Atlantic Players The Yardbird 7.00pm

Spoken Word Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music Town Hall 7.30pm Music Snow Patrol LG Arena 7.30pm Theatre Imaginary Friends mac 7.30pm Comedy Kevin McCarthy, Gordon Southern, Tom Wrigglesworth, Ian Coppinger Glee Club 7.30pm Music Mauna Loa, Killer Yogi, Jura The Actress & Bishop 7.30pm

Music Live Box: D’Bi Young The Drum 7.30pm music Circus Town The Flapper 7.45pm Club JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Club Dr Jekyll’s PotionFREE The Jekyll and Hyde 8.00pm music Nightvision, The Innocent Kill, Hekz Scruffy Murphys 8.00pm Comedy Nick Wilty, Tony Hendriks, Tanyalee Davis, Jim Smallman Highlight 8.30pm

Comedy Mickey Hutton, Michael Legge, Dave Longley, Toju Jongleurs 8.30pm Club Coco @ Chi Chi Bar 9.00pm CLUB Hotel Miami Nuvo Bar 9.00pm CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm music Ariya Astrobeat Orchestra Hare & Hounds 9.00pm Club Face: Maya Jane Coles Rainbow 9.00pm

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Club Sumo Free Party Hare & Hounds 9.00pm

Sunday 5 February Music Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm

Club The Annual Inna Big Tune Style The Drum 10.00pm

Music The Songs and Music of Bagpuss mac 2.30pm

Club Subculture Vudu 10.00pm

Theatre Imaginary Friends mac 2.30pm, 7.30pm

Club Panic! HMV Institute 10.00pm Club Loaded Snobs Nightclub 10.00pm CLUB Anthem Core Club 10.00pm

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Music Howler, Man Made HMV Institute 7.00pm Music ExistImmortal, ShakeWellBefore The Actress & Bishop 7.00pm music Mezzotonic, Lottie Phazey, Cherry StreetFREE Adam And Eve 7.00pm

Monday 6 February Club Chill Out The Fox Bar 7.00pm Music Surface Festival The Flapper 7.00pm Music Levi French Trio Kitchen Garden Cafe 8.00pm

Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am, 1.30pm Music Clap Your Hands Say Yeah O2 Academy 2 7.00pm Music Alesana, We Came As Romans HMV Institute 7.00pm Music Rams’ Pocket Radio O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Event Quiz Akabusi General Knowledge Quiz £1 entry pp Rose Villa Tavern 8pm


Tuesday 7 February Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am, 1.30pm Workshop Stand Up Comedy Workshop Island Bar 7.00pm Music Exit Ten, The Trews, Raven Vandelle HMV Institute 7.00pm Comedy The Laughing Sole Comedy Club The British Oak 7.00pm Dance Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm Event Retro Quiz Night Jekyll & Hyde

8.30pm Club 90’s Night Subway City 10.00pm

Wednesday 8 February

Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am, 1.30pm Spoken Word Winter Guided Tour Aston Hall 11.00am

Comedy Andrew O’Neill: Alternative The Old Joint Stock 8.00pm Comedy Laughing Cows Kitchen Garden Cafe 8.00pm

Spoken Word Lunchtime Lecture The Barber Institute 1.10pm Dance Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm, 7.30pm Digital Central Birmingham Social Media SurgeryFREE The Studio 5.30pm Comedy Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I Feel Good mac, 8.00pm

Film Juniper Film Club Jekyll & Hyde 8.00pm Club DJ QBert & Reeps One Hare & Hounds 8.00pm Music Open Mic Night @ Vertu Vertu 8.00pm Club Full Moon HMV Institute 10.00pm

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Friday 10 February Club Theatre Theatre Birmingham Big Wednesday George’s George’s Hippodrome Snobs Nightclub Marvellous Marvellous 7.30pm 10.00pm Medicine 2012 Medicine 2012 The Old Rep The Old Rep Music Club Theatre Jordan Reyne, Theatre Voltage 10.00am, 1.30pm 10.00am, 1.30pm Jack Harris Nightingale Hare & Hounds Club Event Music 7.30pm 10.00pm Gin’ll Fix It Wrapped in Gin Plastic Comedy O2 Academy 3 Mike Bubbins, Appreciation £4 cocktails 6.30pm Andy RobinJekyll & Hyde son, Paul F 5-8pm Music Taylor Awolnation Glee Club Music HMV Institute 7.30pm Only Route 7.00pm Out, Tech Comedy Horse Music Andrew Sunflower Lounge Very Cherry O’Neill: 7.00pm Acoustic FREE Alternative Cherry Red Cafe The Old Joint Theatre Bar Stock Matthew 7.00pm 8.00pm Bourne’s Nutcracker! club Club Birmingham Happy Cycling Diversion Hippodrome FREE Nightingale Club 7.30pm The Bulls Head 9.00pm 7.00pm Comedy Club Mike Bubbins, Club Manhattan Andy RobinICandy Loft son, Mark The Fox Bar The Victoria Nelson 7.00pm 9.00pm Glee Club Dance 7.30pm Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! 052 Thursday 9 February


Saturday 11 February Club Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm Music Dirtyscore The Flapper 7.45pm Club Freestyle The Bulls Head 8.00pm Club Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Club Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8.00pm Comedy David Ward, Jason Cook, Stuart Black, Kai Humphries Highlight 8.30pm

Music The Emissaries The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm Club Icon The Vaults 9.00pm CLub Lucha Libre Bodega 9.00pm Club Infusion Nightingale Club 9.00pm Club Ritual The Core Club 10.00pm Club Love Hertz Rainbow 10.00pm

Club Click Snobs Nightclub Comedy Sam Avery, Joe 10.30pm Bor, Tanyalee Davis, Junior Simpson Jongleurs, 8.30pm

Theatre George’s Marvellous Medicine 2012 The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm, 6.30pm Dance Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm, 7.30pm Music NME Awards Show: Justice O2 Academy 2 7.00pm Music Kid Gloves, Plastic Glasses O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Club The Fox Saturday Night Party The Fox Bar 7.00pm Dance Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! Birmingham

Hippodrome 7.30pm Comedy Mike Bubbins, Andy Robinson, Mark Nelson Glee Club 7.30pm Club JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Club Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8.00pm Music Secondhand Story, Scholars, Call Atlantis The Flapper 8.00pm Comedy David Ward, Jason Cook, Stuart Black, Kai Humphries Highlight 8.30pm 053


Sunday 12 February Comedy Sam Avery, Joe Bor, Tanyalee Davis, Junior Simpson Jongleurs 8.30pm Club Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm Club Commix The Bulls Head 9.00pm Club Subculture Vudu 10.00pm Club Loaded Snobs Nightclub 10.00pm Club Anthem The Core Club 10.00pm Club Swaggerlicious Nightingale Club 11.00pm 054

Music Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm Spoken Word Celebrating 200 years of Charles Dickens Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2.00pm Music Errors, Remember Remember, Victories At Sea Rainbow 7.00pm Music The Twilight Sad Hare & Hounds 7.00pm Club Chill Out The Fox Bar 7.00pm Music The War on Drugs, Cloud Control, We Were Evergreen

Monday 13 February HMV Institute 7.00pm Music Surface Festival The Flapper 7.00pm Comedy Comedy Face/ Off Town Hall 8.00pm

Spoken Word Ignite Gala with Joolz Denby Hare & Hounds 7.30pm Event Quiz Akabusi General Knowledge Quiz ÂŁ1 entry pp Rose Villa Tavern 8pm Club Weekly Reggae Session FREE The Bulls Head 9.00pm Club Happy Mondays Nightingale Club 10.00pm Club Monday Session Eden Bar 10.00pm


Tuesday 14 February Spoken Word Barber Book Club The Barber Institute 3.30pm Club Club 13-18 The Drum 6.00pm Music Ivyrise, Franko O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Event Soul Food Project Valentines Dinner Hare & Hounds 7.00pm Dance Stomp Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm Music Michael Kiwanuka, The Staves Glee Club 7.30pm Event Retro Quiz Night

Wednesday 15 February Jekyll & Hyde 8.30pm Club 14th Affair - Valentines Special The Ballroom Birmingham 10.00pm Club 90’s Night Subway City 10.00pm

Spoken Word Winter Guided Tour Aston Hall 11.00am

Film Juniper Film Club Jekyll & Hyde 8.00pm

Dance Tea Dance The Public 1.30pm

Comedy BSMH Comedy Festival mac 8.30pm

Dance Stomp Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm, 7.30pm Music Brand New O2 Academy 2 6.00pm Music Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls HMV Institute 6.30pm

Club Full Moon HMV Institute 10.00pm Club Big Wednesday Snobs Nightclub 10.00pm Club Voltage Nightingale Club 10.00pm

Music Decade The Flapper 7.00pm Music Open Mic Night @ Vertu Vertu 8.00pm 055


Thursday 16 February Spoken Word Lunchtime Gallery Talk The Barber Institute 1.15pm Music The Big Pink HMV Institute 6.30pm Music GZA, Duke01, Johnny Crump, HLI, Eat Good MCs, Ricta Birmingham Ballroom 6.30pm

Comedy Richard Herring: What Is Love Anyway? Wulfrun Hall 7.00pm Club Happy Cycling FREE The Bulls Head 7.00pm Club ICandy The Fox Bar 7.00pm

Music Surface Music Festival Scarlet Creek The Flapper O2 Academy 3 7.00pm 6.30pm Dance Music Stomp Kerrang! Tour Birmingham HipO2 Academy 2 podrome 7.00pm 7.30pm Music We Have Band HMV Institute 7.00pm Music Very Cherry Acoustic FREE Cherry Red, 7pm 056

Comedy Tommy Campbell, Des Bishop, Steve Shanyaski, Dominic Frisby Glee Club 7.30pm

Club Diversion Nightingale Club 9.00pm Club Manhattan Loft The Victoria 9.00pm Club Go with the Flo PST 10.00pm

Friday 17 February Dance Stomp Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm, 7.30pm Event Gin’ll Fix It Gin Appreciation Group - £4 cocktails Jekyll & Hyde 5-8pm Music Shinedown HMV Institute 6.00pm Music Steve Cradock, Soldier HMV Institute 6.00pm Music Skint & Demoralised, Ask Alfie Vudu 7.00pm Music Not By Design The End 7.00pm


Saturday 18 February Comedy Still On The Roadshow: Sean Collins, Mike Gunn Glee Club 7.30pm Comedy Tommy Campbell, Des Bishop, Steve Shanyaski, Dominic Frisby Glee Club 7.30pm Club Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm Music Seventh Horizon, No ID, Stranger In Death, Scruffy Somethings The Flapper 7.45pm Club Freestyle The Bulls Head 8.00pm

Club Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Club Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8.00pm Comedy Ben Norris, Brian Higgins, Angie McEvoy, Josh Widdicombe Highlight 8.30pm Comedy Rory O’Hanlon, James Dowdeswell, Toju Jongleurs 8.30pm Club XXL The Core Club 9.00pm Club Icon The Vaults 9.00pm

Club Infusion Nightingale Club 9.00pm

Dance Stomp Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm, 7.30pm

Club Julio Bashmore, Coat Of Arms & Futureboogie DJs Hare & Hounds 9.00pm

Music Claustrophobique, Lucid Uprising O2 Academy 3 6.30pm

Club Deja Vudu Vudu 10.00pm Club Document One, Mutated Forms Rainbow 10.00pm Club Rag & Bone Snobs Nightclub 10.30pm

Music Emma Scott Presents Rebel City Radio The Slade Rooms 7.00pm Music NME Awards Tour 2012 O2 Academy 2 7.00pm Music Outfit Rainbow 7.00pm Music The Gazelles The End 7.00pm

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Club The Fox Saturday Night Party The Fox Bar 7.00pm Music Forests, Sunrise Over Europe The Flapper 7.00pm Comedy Tommy Campbell, Des Bishop, Steve Shanyaski, Dominic Frisby Glee Club 7.30pm Club JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Club Dr Jekyll’s PotionFREE The Jekyll and Hyde 8.00pm Music The Atlantic Players The Victoria, 8pm 058

Comedy Ben Norris, Brian Higgins, Angie McEvoy, Jackie Fabulous Highlight 8.30pm Comedy Rory O’Hanlon, James Dowdeswell, Toju Jongleurs 8.30pm

Club Introducing Play Mr Scruff-Live Hare & Hounds 9.00pm

Music Weatherbird, The Turn, Fern Fox Palmer The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm

Club Panic! HMV Institute 10.00pm

Club LCoco @ Chi Chi Bar 9.00pm Club Hotel Miami Nuvo Bar 9.00pm Club Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm

Music Midlands Goth Festival The Other Room 10.00pm Club Subculture Vudu 10.00pm

Club Loaded Snobs Nightclub 10.00pm Club Anthem The Core Club 10.00pm

Sunday 19 February Music Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm Music The Skrillex Cell - Grey Daze Tour O2 Academy 2 7.00pm Music Lights O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Club Secret Sunday Burlesque and Cabaret Club The End 7.00pm Club Chill Out The Fox Bar 7.00pm Music Surface Festival The Flapper 7.00pm Music Fink, Rachel Sermanni Glee Club 7.30pm


Monday 20 February Music Music Pulled Apart Mike By Horses, McGoldrick, Computers John McCusker and HMV Institute 7.00pm John Doyle mac Music 8.00pm Kylesa, Circle Takes The Square, Ken Mode HMV Institute 7.00pm Event Quiz Akabusi General Knowledge Quiz £1 entry pp Rose Villa Tavern 8pm Music Dog is Dead O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Music Secondhand Story, Scholars, Call Atlantis The Flapper 8.00pm Club Weekly Reggae Session

The Bulls Head 9.00pm Club Happy Mondays Nightingale Club 10.00pm Club Flavour Rainbow 10.00pm

Tuesday 21 February Music Acoda, Fights and Fires, The Orchard & Lay Siege The Flapper 7.00pm Music Pete Williams Glee Club 7.30pm Comedy The Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club The Cross 8.30pm Film Juniper Film Club Jekyll & Hyde 8.30pm Club 90’s Night Subway City 10.00pm

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Wednesday 22 February Spoken Word Winter Guided Tour Aston Hall 11.00am Music Call Atlantis, Brains For Breakfast O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Music The MOBO Tour 2012 HMV Institute 7.00pm Dance Birmingham Royal Ballet - Hobson’s Choice Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm Comedy Laffacino Comedy Cabaret Kitchen Garden Cafe 8.00pm Music Open Mic Night @ Vertu Vertu, 8.00pm 060

Thursday 23 February Dance Birmingham Royal Ballet - Hobson’s Choice Birmingham Club Big Wednesday Hippodrome 2.00pm, 7.30pm Snobs Nightclub 10.00pm Music Folk For Free: Club Micky Greaney Voltage Symphony Hall Nightingale Club 5.30pm 10.00pm Club Full Moon HMV Institute 10.00pm

Music Last Masquerade, Nowhere But Hear O2 Academy 3 6.30pm Music Nicole Scherzinger O2 Academy 2 7.00pm Music Labrinth HMV Institute 7.00pm Music Jezabels HMV Institute 7.00pm Music Very Cherry

Acoustic Cherry Red Cafe Bar 7.00pm Club Happy Cycling The Bulls Head 7.00pm Music VeXXen The End 7.00pm Club ICandy The Fox Bar 7.00pm Music Surface Festival The Flapper 7.00pm Comedy Simon Clayton, Michael Fabbri, Nick Helm , Kockov Glee Club 7.30pm Music Charlene Soraia Glee Club 8.00pm


Friday 24 February Music Joyce Sims Hare & Hounds 8.00pm Club Diversion Nightingale Club 9.00pm Club Manhattan Loft The Victoria 9.00pm

Event Gin’ll Fix It - Gin Appreciation Group- £4 cocktails Jekyll & Hyde 5-8pm Music Decapitated, Aorted, Cyanide Serenity HMV Institute 6.30pm Music The ClockTower Sunflower Lounge 7.00pm Dance Birmingham Royal Ballet Hobson’s Choice Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm Comedy Simon Clayton, Michael Fabbri, Nick Helm Glee Club 7.30pm

Club Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm COMEDY Patrick Monahan Warwick Arts Centre Comedy Billy Connolly Symphony Hall 8.00pm Club Freestyle The Bulls Head 8.00pm Club Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Club Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8.00pm Comedy Kevin McCarthy, Phil Butler, Mick Ferry, Keith Farnan

Highlight 8.30pm Comedy Angie McEvoy, Prince Abdi, Andre King, Christian Reilly Jongleurs 8.30pm Club Infusion Nightingale Club 9.00pm CLub Lucha Libre Bodega 9.00pm Club Deja Vudu Vudu 10.00pm Club Ritual The Core Club 10.00pm Club Click Snobs Nightclub 10.30pm

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Saturday 25 February Dance Birmingham Royal Ballet Hobson’s Choice Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm, 7.30pm Music Rizzle Kicks HMV Institute 6.30pm

Sunday 26 February Comedy Simon Clayton, Michael Fabbri, Nick Helm , Kockov Glee Club 7.30pm

Farnan Highlight 8.30pm

Comedy Angie McEvoy, Prince Abdi, Andre King, Christian Music Pressure Kids Reilly Jongleurs The Flapper 8.30pm 7.45pm

Comedy Billy Music Connolly Naked Remedy, Symphony Hall Vaults of Ea8.00pm gles, Tyburn Drop Club O2 Academy 3 JuQebox 6.30pm Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm Music Little Dragon Club O2 Academy 2 Dr Jekyll’s 7.00pm Potion The Jekyll and Music Hyde Buffalo 8.00pm Riders The End Club 7.00pm Club a-Go-Go The Victoria Club 8.00pm The Fox Saturday Comedy Night Party Kevin McThe Fox Bar Carthy, Phil 7.00pm Butler, Mick Ferry, Keith 062

Club Hotel Miami Nuvo Bar 9.00pm Club Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm Club Subculture Vudu 10.00pm Club Loaded Snobs Nightclub 10.00pm Club Swaggerlicious Nightingale Club 11.00pm

Music Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm Spoken Word Leonardo da Vinci: A ‘Second Nature in the World’ Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2.00pm Music The Whip, The Good Natured Rainbow 7.00pm Music Grouplove O2 Academy 3 7.00pm Club Chill Out The Fox Bar 7.00pm Music Surface Festival The Flapper 7.00pm Music The Leisure Society


Monday 27 February Glee Club 7.30pm Music Stefan Cush & The Feral Family Hare & Hounds 8.00pm

Music Norma Jean O2 Academy 2 7.00pm Music Theory Of A Deadman HMV Institute 7.00pm

Music Eyes Set To Kill, Shadows Chasing Ghosts HMV Institute 7.00pm Event Quiz Akabusi General Knowledge Quiz £1 entry Rose Villa Tavern 8pm Club Weekly Reggae Session The Bulls Head 9.00pm Club Happy Mondays Nightingale Club 10.00pm

Tuesday 28 February Music Ben Howard, Daughter HMV Institute 7.00pm

Wednesday 29 February Spoken Word Winter Guided Tour Aston Hall 11.00am

Music The Static Jacks O2 Academy 3 7.00pm

Music SBTRKT HMV Institute 6.30pm

Theatre Circus of Horrors: The Ventriloquist New Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm

Dance Birmingham Royal Ballet - Spring Passions Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

Comedy Mick Foley Glee Club 7.30pm

Comedy Dave Spikey Glee Club 7.30pm

EVENT Retro Quiz Night Jekyll & Hyde 8.30pm

Music Beth Jeans Houghton Hare & Hounds 7.30pm

Club 90’s Night Subway City 10.00pm

FILM Juniper Film Club Jekyll & Hyde 8.00pm

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AN ALTERNATIVE VALENTINE If you find Valentine’s Day a commercialised excuse for lazy people to say ‘I love You’ once a year then this guide will be right up your street. If you’re single or in a couple that can’t think of anything worse than paying 100% more for a meal on Valentine’s, then here are a few ideas on how you can spend that “special” day without seeing red. 064


Bag yourself a Hott Date 14 February The Sunflower Lounge 8pm-11pm Tickets: £3 www.theticketsellers.co.uk If you are single and ready to mingle, then this is the event for you. Hosted at The Sunflower Lounge, promoters Chicks Dig Jerks promise to liven up what could otherwise be a dull Valentine’s Tuesday evening. Make yourself lovesick at Cadbury World www.cadburyworld.co.uk Tickets £14.75 (online) This is the perfect way to binge eat your way through Valentine’s Day. Tours run between 9am – 5pm on the 14th so grab your bestest buddy, friend, or amigo and indulge yourself in gallons of chocolate. If no-one else is going to buy you a box you may as well treat yourself. Have a sleepover at Alton Towers www.altontowers.com Scare yourself silly at Alton Towers during the day then grab a bunch of your girlie friends and stay over in the luxury ‘Sleepover Room’ at the theme park’s hotel. With separate rooms for partying and sleeping, this would room would be a barrel of laughs the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

It’s time to get sexy 14 February The Musician Venue & Bar, Clyde Street, Leicester, LE1 2DE Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door www.themusicianpub.co.uk Girls grab your sexy starlet outfits, boys grab your shirt and braces – it’s time to get flirty at the Valentine’s Kiss Me Burlesque at the Musician in Leicester. Talulah Blue brings Missy Malone (pictured) to the stage, with her saucy burlesque act, you’ll certainly be left hot under the collar. Comedy comes in the shape of Mama Jenufa and there is also a live band, burlesque stall, kissing booth and a performance from Talulah of course. Drown out the love poems 14 February Michael Kiwanuka and The Staves The Glee Club, Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham www.glee.co.uk If music is your thing then make tracks and grab tickets to Michael Kiwanuka and The Staves at The Glee Club. Yes, Michael’s dulcet tones are often dreamy and romantic but hey, at least you get away from all the couples gazing into each other’s eyes in restaurants. KO

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Venue Directory MUSIC VENUES Actress & Bishop 36, Ludgate Hill, B3 1EH 0121 236 7426 BIRMINGHAM BALLROOM 52-54 Dale End, B4 7LS birmingham-ballroom. com BULLS HEAD 23, St. Marys Row, Moseley, B13 8HW bullsheadmoseley.co.uk Civic/Wulfrun North Street, WV1 1RQ. 0870 320 7000 wolvescivic.co.uk THE LORD CLIFDEN 34 Great Hampton Street, B18 6AA 0121 523 7515 thelordclifden.com

Island bar 14-26 Suffolk Street, B1 1LT. 0121 632 5296 bar-island.co.uk The Jam House 3 - 5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, West Midlands B3 1QU 0121 200 3030 thejamhouse.com Jekyll & hyde 28, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE 17 York Road, Kings Heath. 0121 443 4725 kitchengardencafe.co.uk

The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, B1 1BN. 0121 633 9439 thevictoriabirmingham. co.uk

O2 Academy 08444 772 000 o2academybirmingham. co.uk

VUDU CLUB Smallbrook Queensway Birmingham B5 4HX 0121 643 0859 www.vuduclub.com

SUNFLOWER LOUNGE

Hare & Hounds 106 High Street, B14 7JZ. 0121 444 2081 hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

The Rainbow 160 High Street Deritend, B12 0LD

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THE SLADE ROOMS Broad Street Wolverhampton SNOBS 29 Paradise Circus Queensway, B1 2BJ 0121 643 5551 snobsnightclub.co.uk

The Flapper Kingston Row, B1 2NU. 0121 236 2421

HMV Institute 78 Digbeth High St, Digbeth hmvinstitute.com

ROSE VILLA TAVERN 172 Warstone Lane Birmingham, B18 6JW 0121 236 7910 therosevillatavern.co.uk

76, Smallbrook Queens way, Birmingham, B5

THE RED LION 95 Warstone Lane, B18 6NG 0121 233 9144

YARDBIRD Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HJ ART VENUES BARBER INSTITUTE University of Birminham Edgbaston, B15 2TS 0121 414 7333 www.barber.org.uk


THEATRE VENUES BM&G Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH, bmag.org.uk CUSTARD FACTORY Gibb Street, B9 4AA custardfactory.co.uk The Drum 144 Potters Lane, Aston, B6 4UU, 0121 333 2444 the-drum.org.uk EASTSIDE PROJECTS 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR, 0121 771 1778 eastsideprojects.org IKON EASTSIDE Fazeley Street, Digbeth ikon-gallery.co.uk kon Gallery Oozells Square, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708 ikon-gallery.co.uk MAC Cannon Hill Park macarts.co.uk VIVID 140 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR 0121 766 7876 vivid.org.uk

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 JONGLEURS Oceana, Hurst Street, B5 www.jongleurs.com OTHER VENUES THE ELECTRIC CINEMA 47 Station St Birmingham, B5 4DY 0121 643 7879 www.theelectric.co.uk

Alexandra Theatre Station St, Birmingham 0844 847 2302 alexandratheatre.org.uk BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome. com CRESCENT THEATRE Sheepcote Street Birmingham 0121 643 5858 crescent-theatre.co.uk The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre 4 Temple Row West B2 5NY, 0121 200 1892 oldjointstocktheatre. co.uk THE OLD REP Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY 0121 605 5116 oldreptheatre.org.uk

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA 067


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