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MIKE NELSON: M6

Eastside Projects 86 Heath Mill Lane Birmingham, B9 4AR eastsideprojects.org | @eprjcts Until 9 March With a two foot wide path around the outside of a huge six inch high concrete dais dominating the main gallery space of the Heath Mill Lane building, it’s easy to be intimidated by M6, the Mike Nelson commission, at first experience. But both fragility and strength are represented by the myriad of assorted tyres – some still whole but with treads wholly worn, others torn and shredded right down to expose braiding and individual fibres. The description of ‘discarded, utilitarian objects…collected as if they were trophies of an ignored parallel world – a dark, abject monument’ perhaps offers a brief insight into Nelson’s approach to art – previous works have included William Burroughs-inspired pieces, an attempt at recreating Babylon in Shoreditch and a claustrophobic construction of rooms entitled The Coral Reef. With M6, the two-time Turner Prize nominee and Britain’s representative at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 presents obvious connections between the work and Birmingham’s love affair with motors, the city’s history of automotive industry and the conspicuous concrete raised road that splices North from South and makes up part of the ‘backbone of Britain’ motorway network. That the tyres were reportedly sourced from a gigantic storage area (is there a lost property office for general highway detritus?) close to the M6, brings more colour to the otherwise stark black and white work on display. It’s an artwork to consume and digest in person for sure, along with Rachel Lowe’s mesmerising and discomfort-inducing Revolving Woman, running in another space at Eastside Projects, one of Birmingham’s foremost artist-run exhibition spaces. Go see. LB 04


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TIMUR NOVIKOV

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS ikon-gallery.co.uk | @ikongallery 13 February - 21 April February sees the UK’s most comprehensive collection to date of the definitive works of one of Russia’s most evocative contemporary artist, Timur Novikov. Cocurated by his step-daughter the exhibition maps not only Novikov’s progressive career and artistic vision from the 1980s right through to his final works in the Noughties, but also tracing him and his contemporaries’ political and artistic ideologies, alongside visible representations of his decline in health. Novikov’s seemingly simplistic use of bright patterned fabrics with appliquéd motifs and beading hide a multitude of deeper messages, reflective of the political state in Soviet Russia, and of the ideals of the New Russian Classicism movement, of which he was a prominent figure in defining in the late Twentieth Century. A key theme in Novikov’s work is the image of the horizon, often presenting itself clearly through the joining of two starkly different fabrics. This image, present throughout Novikov’s work, fits in clearly with his ideologies, indicative of not only the new horizon upon which Russia was looking, but boldly symbolic of the joining of cultures; the popularity of modernity with classical ideology. CW 06


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Richard Billingham, Untitled. Copyright the artist, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London


BLACK COUNTRY LEGENDS The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG Wed to Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm www.thepublic.com @_the_public 13 February - 6 May

Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Black Country, The Public is bringing together a series of exhibitions to highlight the region’s unique and quirky characters. The exhibition includes the remarkable and startling images by Dudley born Turner Prize nominee, Richard Billingham whose photographs from the series Ray’s A Laugh include the brutally honest everyday portrayal of his alcoholic father Ray and heavily tattooed mother Liz taken in the nineties (pictured). A short film and artwork by Barney Snow concentrates on the mysterious AJW whose sketches of 1940s Hollywood star Mario Lanza have appeared on beer mats, postcards and scraps of paper, and left across the Black Country in pubs, shops, libraries and public buildings baffling locals for years. A Most Peculiar Place by Brendan Jackson takes the form of a huge map revealing the things that are odd and just plain strange about the region, while ‘Characters’ is a selection of images of some of the more interesting Black Country people which have been submitted by members of the public.

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CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE:

Artistic Responses to Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP theherbert.org | @The_Herbert Until 7 July Exploring how artists grapple with both the brutality of war and the desire for peace Caught in the Crossfire takes the viewer on a challenging journey from the home front to the frontline and back again, as seen through the eyes of artists, soldiers and people affected by conflict. Taken from the Herbert’s own collection, and focusing on recently acquired pieces as part of the Collecting Cultures scheme made in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the exhibition includes historical works by John Piper, Eric Kennington and Muirhead Bone alongside contemporary works by kennardphillipps and Banksy and works from a private collection featuring Peter Howson, Matthew Picton and Cornelia Parker. Leading visitors to explore and debate some of fundamental issues of conflict the exhibition is also accompanied by a series of additional events, talks and screenings. 010


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NEW ART WEST MIDLANDS

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 15 February - 19 May Grand Union, Birmingham: 15 February - 16 March The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham: 8 March - 19 May tpwm.squarespace.com | @tpwestmidlands On the final stroke of completing a Visual Art degree, those initial steps into the arena of artistry can present somewhat of a blank canvas! And it is this area of creative concern that has lead to the creation of New Arts West Midlands, a competitive exhibition which will feature the innovative and engaging work of regional BA, MA and PhD Art graduates from 2010-2012. Led by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Grand Union, the exhibition, which is to be staged across three sites, will provide a pivotal pathway for more than 20 recent Visual Arts graduates from the West Midlands five University Art schools. Aspiring applicants, stemming from Birmingham City University, Coventry and Staffordshire University, and the Universities of Wolverhampton and Worcester, were offered high quality professional development opportunities and a chance to showcase their new talents in a selection process carried out by three nationally renowned artists and curators. KP

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JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE 2012 mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH 0121 446 3232 macarts.co.uk | @mac_birmingham Until 2 March

Established in 1994, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has always promoted excellence in contemporary drawing practice. Eighteen years on, it is the largest and longest running open exhibition for drawing in the UK, and for two months Birmingham’s mac will be housing the work of the 2012 winners. With exquisite pieces produced by established artists and newcomers alike, visitors will be treated to 77 works selected from over 3000 entries by an independent panel of judges. Comprised of Stephen Coppel, Curator of the Modern Collection, Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum; Kate Macfarlane, Co-Director of Drawing Room, London; and Lisa Milroy, Artist and Head of Graduate Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, this year’s panel chose the short-listed artists for their diversity, excellence, and representation of the vast range of current drawing practice in the UK. Enjoying the ever-increasing popularity of the competition and present financial landscape of the arts, this year Jerwood Visual Arts and Drawing Projects UK announced an increase in the total prize fund, from £11,000 to £17,000, and with competition fiercer than ever, it was a true testament to the talent of the four artists who were awarded their prize money on 11 September 2012. First and Second Prize were granted to Karolina Giuisec (pictured) and Bada Song, and Katie Aggett and Min Kim were the recipients of the two Student Prizes. Jane Dixon was also given special mention in the ‘Highly Commended’ category. So for a fleeting period, young and old alike are invited to experience the crème de la crème of UK contemporary drawing in the Midlands’ stunning and most visited arts centre. SD 015


LOVE STIRCHLEY MORE

stirchleyprospects.wordpress.com 14 February and Saturday 16 February (evenings only) The South Birmingham suburb of Stirchley has been quietly undergoing something of a cultural revolution over the past few years, thanks to a group of creative and proactive residents with a passion for presenting films in locations like pubs and Balti restaurants, a successful healthy living social enterprise offering courses and produce, a monthly food and craft market as well as live performances and community workshops in and around the locale. Love Stirchley More, billed as ‘an alternative Valentine’s experience celebrating Stirchley’, has ambitions to take things up a notch or two in the area during three days in February, promising a ‘love boat show’ from Area fave Barbara Nice, free love tattoos from Skinny’s Ink, pop-up food experiences from Loaf, a love seat which doubles up as a roaming art installation and gloriously, a carnival procession from Bournville train station (breathe in the chocolate aroma from Kraftbury’s as you exit) down to Stirchley High Street - all based around Tina Turner’s eighties hit What’s Love Got To Do With It. The festival, organised by CIC Place Prospectors, maps out how genuine community action from the ground up, blended with fun, curiosity and a real sense of purpose can help to bring retailers, residents and creative tourists together regardless of the built environment around them. And anyway, it’s 2013 for God’s sake. Time to throw off the shackles of capitalism, steer clear of the mass produced Valentine’s rubbish in Clintons and go help support local businesses and grass roots artists whilst doing something a little different with your loved one or date this 14th February. And if he or she doesn’t like it then they’re obviously not adventurous enough, and probably not the one for you anyway. Go Team Stirchley! LB 016


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GIGS COMING UP The Joy Formidable 1 February Wulfrun Hall wolvescivic.co.uk | @WolvesCivic We are proud to present your new favourite jangly female-fronted indie band. They’ve been around for a few years but this could be the one for them. They have toured with Editors, Temper Trap and Passion Pit and yes, they’re good. We also have it on good authority that they get really loud.   Esben and the Witch / Ex Easter Island Head 7 February Hare & Hounds hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk | @hareandhounds Gothic rockers Esben and the Witch will be headlining This is Tmrw’s night at the Hare & Hounds

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as the first leg of their 2013 UK tour. Support comes from Liverpudlian experimental ensemble Ex Easter Island Head. Expect weirdness, intensity and then awesomeness from both. Definitely an evening for the sophisticates among you. This is Tmrw DJs follow.   Shmoo / Vigilance Committee 13 February The Rainbow & Cellar Door therainbowvenues.co.uk | @rainbowvenues Mancunian Moog fanboys Shmoo are the inheritors of all things New Order and Orbital. If you like synths and vocoders (and frankly, who doesn’t?) this is your kind of gig. This is the last night of the band’s first headline tour. Support comes from Manchester/Birmingham indie/


electro act Vigilance Committee, not the New York outfit of the same name.   Delphic 15 February O2 Academy 2 o2academybirmingham.co.uk | @o2academybham They’ve got a new album out called ‘Collections’, and dammit, it’s a good’un. If you’re into pop-infused guitar electro, the O2 is the place to be.   Nerina Pallot (pictured) 17 February The Glee Club glee.co.uk/birmingham | @TheGleeClub The singer is bringing her Lonely Valentine Club solo tour to Birmingham’s Glee Club. The platinum-selling star has been in the business for over a decade, so you can expect a perfectly honed performance. In the confines of The Glee you can expect an intimate showcase. Prepare to be impressed.   Deftones, LetLive, Three Trapped Tigers 19 February O2 Academy Birmingham o2academybirmingham.co.uk | @o2academybham It’s vintage season in Brum and with Deftones we’re tapping a cask which dates back to 1988. The year before that was 1987, which was a year in

which all four digits were different. There hasn’t been another one until 2013. A coincidence, or a sign? You’ll never find out if you stay at home.   Hoopla Blue, Kastella 23 February Hare & Hounds hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk | @hareandhounds Do you like indie? You do? So if I said there was a band that had been described as Radiohead covering Joy Division, with Morrissey on vocals, would you be interested? That band is Birmingham’s own, Hoopla Blue. Playing alongside them are the indescribable Kastella. Seriously, they’ve got guitars and vocals, after that I can’t really help you.   Maps & Atlases, Mount Fuji 28 February Hare & Hounds hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk | @hareandhounds So, you like Mumford and Sons? I have something for you. Chicago-based four-piece Maps & Atlases have been described as math-rock, but we all know that’s just a cover. Look: flutes, beards, whimsy! Album Beware & Be Grateful is out soon, so get yourself in the mood and get on your dancing shoes. RW   019


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VILLAGERS

Institute, Digbeth High Street, Birmingham hmvinstitute.com | @hmvinstitute 14 February To successfully merge the brooding, soulful and often dark lyrics of Dublin singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien (pictured) with soft lush orchestral arrangements and forays into electronica, pop, country and other disparate musical styles is a challenge in itself for sure. Villagers, on their difficult second album, deliver with grace, producing a kind of Nick Drake meets Tunng at a Wild Beasts gig collision of sound in the process. The band of alt-folkers from Dun Laoghaire – signed to quality UK indie label Domino – have proven their longevity and taste for the eclectic with recent release {Awayland}, following up on 2010 debut Becoming A Jackal, which was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize, became a staple of BBC 6 Music’s playlist that year and delivered an Ivor Novello in 2011 for the title track. O’Brien is open about being influenced by Bjork, Aphex Twin and Radiohead amongst other crossgenre artists, going some way to explain the bleeps, glitches and samples scattered over the folk-pop of the five-piece’s first two albums. And by opening tours for Neil Young, Tindersticks, Tracy Chapman, Grizzly Bear and Elbow, as well as having a tidy list of festival appearances (sets at Ireland’s Oxegen and Electric Picnic in 2009 helped to propel the band to fame) under their collective belts, Villagers have honed their live show in to a powerful experience that moves heart and soul. What could be nicer for a music fan on Valentine’s Day, huh? LB 021


THE BRONX

The Slade Rooms, Broad St, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HP www.wolvescivic.co.uk | @Wolvescivic 15 February The Bronx exploded onto the scene a decade ago with a sound reminiscent of L.A. punk’s heyday, heavy percussion and artillery-fire guitars alongside anguished lyrics about society’s dysfunction and the perils of street life. Ten years on, the band’s sound has evolved tremendously, thanks to an act of defiance in 2006. Being asked to do an acoustic performance did not sit well with the punk rockers, and they stormed the stage donning sombreros and performing a mariachi version of their hit Dirty Leaves. What was intended to be an angry ‘two fingers up’ had an unforeseen result however, and alter ego El Bronx took on a life of its own, offering a fresh and infectious take on the genre and winning them fans worldwide. Now older, and with an additional musicality and sophistication that can be accredited to their mariachi experiments, the punk band still seethes with their trademark rage. Listen out for new single, Youth Wasted; a fearless look back on mistakes made by vocalist Caugthtran, and the songs Under the Rabbit, and The Unholy Land which offer an amusing glimpse into the band’s adventures on tour, including fur coats, gangs, and alcohol smuggling. With a future as uncertain as their tempestuous past, this latest record was made on the band’s own terms, and they have no intention of relinquishing their independence. As guitarist Ford said, “We don’t have to rent a studio for a zillion dollars or pay some mega-producer to help us, because we’ve become selfreliant. It’s been a long road and we’re proud of it.” SD 023


WOLF ALICE

The Sunflower Lounge, 76 Smallbrook Queensway, B5 4EG birminghampromoters.com 23 February As the feted Sounds of 2013 tour the UK’s mid-sized corporate venues, it’s refreshing to know that other artists and bands tipped by national music media as ‘ones to watch’ still have to play the smaller, intimate and, lets be honest here, more enjoyable gigs, in 100-capacity bars and pubs whilst the publicity machine warms up. It therefore falls to North London’s indie-rock adventurers Wolf Alice, who have enjoyed support and airplay from BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), plaudits from NME and The Guardian, and a recent tour with Birmingham’s own superhyped outfit Peace, to keep it real (and cosy) with a February show at one of the city’s smaller-but-perfectly-formed music spots. The four-piece band, fronted by the captivating Ellie Rowsell, throw out messy, gritty and raw rock with bluesy overtones that sounds a little reminiscent of early Kings of Leon in ambition, only these guys have way more edge and presence. Wolf Alice’s releases are to date limited to two singles in Leaving You and Fluffy, the latter out on 11 February through Chess Club records. So, it remains to be seen whether the band have the minerals, and the material, to break on through to the other side this year. One thing is for sure, if they do, you’ll be glad you saw them when you did and where you did. LB 024


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CHINESE NEW YEAR

Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Southside 12-30pm-5.30pm enjoysouthside.co.uk | @EnjoySouthside 10 February To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake Birmingham’s Chinatown in Southside will kick off the New Year in style with traditional dragon dances, acrobats, Martial Arts demonstrations and singing and dancing. Each year in Birmingham the celebrations get bigger and better with increased visitors attending the annual event which is traditionally held within Chinatown’s Arcadian Centre. With Traditional craft stalls lining Hurst Street from 11.30am and more entertainment added visitors will get the chance to browse throughout the day and visit some of the many eateries for a sample of tasty dim sum or delicious noodles. Over at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 12pm the foyer will be packed with family friendly activities including Chinese magic illusions taking place in a 1930’s style Shanghai Tea Salon. They’ll be food demonstrations and a chopstick challenge along with the chance to create a snake in a craft workshop. And if you’d like the chance to have your picture taken with the Chinese Lion then you can do that too. The celebrations will conclude with a spectacular firework finale.

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COMEDY

COMEDY BOOKING NOW Mark Thomas - Bravo Figaro! Warwick Arts Centre 6 Feb (& 5 March at Glee Club, B-ham) Bravo Figaro is the true tale of a self-employed builder’s love of opera, degenerative illness and how to put opera on in a bungalow in Bournemouth. Phil Cool mac 8 Feb Icon of 80s and 90s television comedy, Phil Cool, is on tour with a new show and to once again reveal the most flexible face in stand-up with some choice character impressions. Harry Hill: Sausage Time Warwick Arts Centre 13 & 14 Feb (& 26 & 27 Feb at New Alexandra Theatre) The big-collared funny guy is back with a showband, Stouffer the Cat and a giant sausage. We’re sure it’ll all make sense - to someone. Jimmy Carr - Gagging Order 2013 Warwick Arts Centre 15 Feb Not one for the easily offended expect the same razor sharp wit, fast puns and usual filth from the only tax dodger we admit to liking. 030

Shazia Mirza The Public 15 Feb Award winning comedian and Guardian columnist is back for some home truths and good fun. Chris Addison: The Time is Now Again (pictured) Warwick Arts Centre 17 Feb Addison is taking time out of his many TV appearances to share his running commentary on life’s trials and tribulations. Simon Day: Comedy and Error mac 23 Feb Best known for his characters in The Fast Show and Bellamy’s People, Simon Day’s night of witty stand up and quick repartee is combined with readings from his autobiography Comedy and Error, which tells the whole story from his troubled youth to his miraculous rescue from self destructive addiction. Zoe Lyons: Pop-Up Comic Warwick Arts Centre 24 Feb She won’t change the world but she will ask the important questions such as Dog Prams: why?


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THEATRE

SHAKESPEARE’S THE WINTER’S TALE

RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB Until 23rd February While The Winter’s Tale is often dubbed one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays in comparison to the giants of Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, it is one of the most widely acted plays in modern theatre: to this end, fans of the Bard may be thinking ‘why would I want to see the play all over again?’ This is indeed something that initially cropped into director Lucy Bailey’s head when approached to direct this winter’s showing of the play at the RSC; however, as soon as she read Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy versus romance, affluence versus penuriousness, she identified links to modern society that no director has ever pinpointed in their interpretations before, and directing the play became a no-brainer. Bailey takes Shakespeare’s 15th-century tale of two parallel cities, the prosperous Sicilia and the destitute Bohemia, and transports it to an 1860s setting, a large Ivory tower centripetal to the stage indicative of the detached Pre-Raphaelite ‘Brotherhood of love’, ignorant to the woes of the Industrial Revolution present in the world below. This unique take on the tragi-comedy sees not only a whole new take on the Sicilia-Bohemia opposition, but is something that rings true in today’s economic climate, the Ivory tower indicative of the affluence that is so starkly opposed to and detached from those hit hardest by the recession. Bailey transports the play further into modernity by injecting a whole new lease of life through her young casting, shedding a unique new light on the interpretation of the play. King Leontes and his wife, Hermoine, are not cast in the traditional roles of aged monarchs, but have been assigned to an a-typically younger cast, making the theme of the destructive nature of jealousy to the structure of relationships even more resonant with a contemporary audience: Leontes and Hermoine are portrayed as a young couple, who’s attempts to start a family are torn apart by the savage perils of jealousy and suspected infidelity. Alongside a very strong moral message, The Winter’s Tale offers so much more, with elements of the supernatural and fairytale, combined with the humour of the rustics in Bohemia, offering light comic relief and fascination for an audience to wholly lose themselves in. CW 034


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HIGH STREET RENAISSANCE A bored looking teenager says something, he’s not really looking at me so doesn’t see my earphones are in. All I see is his lips moving and a hole in his nose where a piercing usually goes. Realising my rudeness in one smooth movement I tug on the wires and the buds pop out of my ears which I catch in one hand. No I haven’t practised that, shut up. “Sorry, what?” my apology breaks his reverie and he snaps back into his own head. “Would you be interested in this DVD we’re offering today for only five pounds?” he say on reflex. The DVD is terrible Rom-Com Failure to Launch starring the equine Sarah Jessica Parker and annoyingly likeable Matthew McConaughey, it is the exact opposite of a film I would willingly watch. I’m fairly certain on hell’s television there is a channel that plays that film on loop. Still feeling bad about having my headphones in I bite down my disgust with a “No, thank you” but also try and pack as much human inflection and actual connection into those three words. “Sorry” I want to say: “I recognise 040

you ARE a real person and deserve all my attention, look how much we are connecting now.” It comes out weird, like a crazy person: “No thanKYOOO.” He notices my Ramones T-shirt and nods towards it. “My uncle saw them live in New York once,” he rings through my purchase. “Really, wow, did he say they were any good?” I ask. “Nah, they were sh*t apparently Dee Dee kept nodding out” he smiles and runs his hand through his hair that I notice is dirty with a colour that had been washed out and not reapplied. I know that early 2012 HMV were talking about making their employees remove piercings and cover any tattoos, but I don’t know If they ever bothered. Actual interaction is not something you expect in a chain store, especially one as ubiquitous as HMV but I realised as he gave me my change that in that moment of real unscripted non-corporate conversation the difference between chain stores and local specialist shops opened up in front of me and like a mysterious chasm in an Indiana Jones movie. A few more minutes of talking to that guy I would have listened to any


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recommendation he would have had, including that steaming pile of Hollywood Rom-com. Twenty minutes and I probably wouldn’t have bought films from anywhere else. This was a revelation for me because by the time I was a music fan, rather than just a fan of music the record shop was all but dead. They existed still but tended to be dark holes with angry eccentric owners that smelt of patchouli oil and play old Gong records slightly too loud over the PA. *cough* Swordfish *cough* My generation never had that connection, our music was bought from Woolworths, HMV, or copied on tape by a friend from a CD borrowed from the library. So the public reaction to HMV closing, be it the wailing and gnashing of teeth or the deafening smug schadenfreude is a little confusing to me. But my formative years was late eighties / early nineties where the recession swept away the local speciality shops and left only the big chains, empty units, and temporary pop up entrepreneurs selling Pogs knock offs in the gaps. I remember buying my first single from Woolworths, its not a fond memory, or a particularly unpleasant one. What I hope, is for town and city centre bosses to take advantage of these gaps in the High Street and offer reasonable rent so smaller specialist shops can take the place of these behemoths. Not just look for different behemoths to take their place. It’s ironic that the last Woolworths in town was taken over by the shop that essentially killed it, Poundland. In an age of efficient, sent to your door, internet shopping, I think we’re ready for something different from our physical shopping trips and I can only guess the thing that is missing is human interaction; a community of shared interest and appreciation. Let’s have a High Street renaissance. No more cookie cutter towns disappointing and predictable like a badly shuffled card hand, lets have high streets that are fun to discover and explore. No more bored teenagers, stuffed into a uniform and given scripts to memorise, lets have engaged teenagers dressing how they damn well please actually caring what they recommend in environments where shopping isn’t just efficient, quick and easy but relaxing, interesting and fun. DS 041


COMPETITIONS

WIN A £50 RUBBERSOLE.CO.UK VOUCHER We’ve teamed up with popular footwear site Rubbersole.co.uk to celebrate Valentine’s day and offer five lucky readers a voucher worth £50 to spend on the site! Rubbersole.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading footwear sites and the number one destination for footwear lovers. The site has a huge range of big brands including Love From Australia, Camper, Vans and Converse. There are shoes and accessories for men, women and children with styles to suit every taste and budget. Whether you need some stylish pumps, new trainers or shoes for a hot date – you are bound to find something you love. Rubbersole.co.uk offers free delivery and returns making shopping from the comfort of your home even easier. Go on, treat yourself! To be in with a chance of winning just tell us: In Roman mythology what is the name of the god often linked to Valentine’s day? HOW TO ENTER Email your answer along with your name, address and date of birth to competitions@fusedmagazine.com putting Rubbersole in the Subject Box. Deadline for entry is: 22.02.13. 042


WIN TICKETS TO DISNEY ON ICE It’s 2013 and it’s time to party, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with the LG Arena to give you the chance to see your favourite Disney characters live on ice. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party arrives in Birmingham next month and we’re giving away two family tickets (for four people each) to go along to the opening night on Wednesday 20 February. The show will see Mickey and Minnie celebrate a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe, whilst visiting a host of their friends. You’ll get to see over 50 Disney characters as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; and a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, to name a few. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this simple question: What is Mr. Disney’s first name? HOW TO ENTER Email your answer along with your name, address and date of birth to competitions@fusedmagazine.com putting Disney in the Subject Box. Deadline for entry is: 11.02.13. 043


february EVENT LISTINGS

Friday 1 February THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm MUSIC Friday Lunchtime Concert St. Martin in the Bull Ring 12.30pm MUSIC Music for Lunch Recital Birmingham Cathedral 1.00pm MUSIC Asaf Sirkis Trio Symphony Hall 5.00pm THEATRE The Rocky Horror Show New Alexandra Theatre 5.30pm & 8.30pm MUSIC High on Fire O2 Academy 2 6.00pm

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MUSIC Two Door Cinema Club O2 Academy 2 6.30pm COMEDY Adam Bloom, Michael Fabbri, Stuart Mitchell Glee Club 7.00pm COMEDY Jimmy Carr Civic Hall, Wolves 7pm MUSIC Live Music Friday Urban Coffee Company 7.00pm MUSIC The Culture, Russian Gun Dogs, Gable-Korps Rainbow 7.00pm THEATRE Darker Shores Hall Green Little Theatre 7.30pm

DANCE Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm THEATRE Private Lives Crescent Theatre 7.30pm THEATRE The Cardinals AE Harris Factory Building 7.30pm MUSIC Soul Live Rainbow 7.30pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm MUSIC Double Brass Birmingham Conservatoire 7.30pm

Mike Walker Quintet The Bartons Arms 7.45pm THEATRE Twelfth Night The Blue Orange Theatre 7.45pm MUSIC Guy Jones The Flapper 7.45pm COMEDY #Hashtagfunny The Public 8.00pm CLUB Lucha Libre Bodega Bar 8.00pm MUSIC Malarki Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm MUSIC Open Mic Night Suki 10c 8.00pm

COMEDY Mandy Knight, MUSIC Ian Dixon & The Mike Gunn,


Saturday 2 February Carl Donnelly, John Newton Highlight 8.30pm MUSIC Luke Round, Xova, Mr George The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm COMEDY Windsor, Diane Spencer, Rob Collins, Christian Reilly Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm CLUB Soul Train Remembrance 70’s Fancy Dress Party Hare & Hounds 9.00pm CLUB Open Decks Night Suki 10c 10.00pm

EVENT Kids Run Free Kings Heath Park 9.00am WORKSHOP Silver Earring Class The Quarterworkshop, 10am THEATRE Mavis Sparkle Library Theatre 11.30am & 2pm ART Family Saturdays Ikon Gallery, 1pm THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre, 2.30pm DANCE Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm THEATRE Private Lives Crescent Theatre 2.30pm

THEATRE The Cardinals AE Harris Factory Building 2.30pm

Midnight Bonfires mac, 7.00pm

CLUB Toolbox Digital Hard THEATRE House Awards The Rocky Horror Show 2013 Subway City New Alexandra 7.00pm Theatre 5.30pm MUSIC 1975 Institute 6.00pm MUSIC Two Door Cinema Club O2 Academy 2 7.00pm MUSIC DRAG, Into Valhalla, One Night Stand, We Built a Skyscraper The End 7.00pm COMEDY Adam Bloom, Michael Fabbri, Stuart Mitchell Glee Club 7.00pm

MUSIC Since Monroe, Fans of Faye Sunflower Lounge 7.00pm MUSIC Paloma Faith Civic Hall, Wolves 7pm THEATRE Darker Shores Hall Green Little Theatre 7.30pm DANCE Anton and Erin Go To Hollywood Symphony Hall 7.30pm DANCE Les Ballets Trockadero

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Sunday 3 February de Monte Carlo Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm THEATRE Private Lives Crescent Theatre 7.30pm

COMEDY Mandy Knight, Mike Gunn, Carl Donnelly, John Newton Highlight, 8.30pm THEATRE The Rocky Horror Show New Alexandra Theatre, 8.30pm

Potion FREE The Jekyll and Hyde 9.00pm CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm

CLUB Brum Town THEATRE Suki 10c The Cardinals 9.00pm AE Harris Factory MUSIC CLUB Building, 7.30pm Uproar - Bring The The Noise Jungledon THEATRE Twelfth Night Institute, 9.00pm Hare & Hounds The Blue Orange 9.00pm COMEDY Theatre, 7.45pm Windsor, DiCLUB ane Spencer, Brothel VII MUSIC The Sinners Reaside, Hope Rob Collins, Christian Service With D Street Reilly Ramirez The Jongleurs Comedy Rainbow Flapper,7.45pm Club, 9.00pm 10.00pm CLUB CLUB JuQebox Face: Rose Villa Tavern Apollonia 8.00pm Rainbow, 9.00pm MUSIC THE BE GOOD TANYAS Warwick Arts Centre 8pm 046

CLUB Discovery Hare & Hounds 9.00pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s

MUSIC Sunday Chill Out Session Duelling Pianos 1.00pm THEATRE Rhythm and Romance The Old Joint Stock 2.30pm MUSIC In the House of the Devil - University Chamber Orchestra Bramall Music Building 3.00pm CLUB Club Bebop Hare & Hounds 4.30pm MUSIC A Sunday Session Acoustic Evening The Flapper 6.00pm MUSIC CBSO: Handel’s Messiah Symphony Hall 7.00pm


Monday 4 February

Tuesday 5 February

CLUB Chillax The Fox Bar 7.00pm MUSIC Sunday Social: Marc Carroll The Yardbird 7.00pm

THEATRE Of Mice and Men The Old Joint Stock, 2.00pm

ART Tuesday Talks The Barber Institute 1.15pm

COMEDY Alun Cochrane Warwick Arts Centre 7.45pm

THEATRE The Mousetrap New Alexandra Theatre, 7.30pm

MUSIC We Are The Ocean O2 Academy 2 7.00pm

THEATRE Darker Shores Hall Green Little Theatre, 7.30pm FILM Filum Night The Spotted Dog 7.30pm THEATRE Crescent Unplugged Crescent Theatre 8.30pm MUSIC Jam Jah Reggae Session The Bulls Head 9.00pm

THEATRE Of Mice and Men The Old Joint Stock 2.00pm WORKSHOP Stand Up Comedy Course for Beginners The Victoria 7.00pm MUSIC Folks, Cat Chinn, The Vancortlandt Rangers Hare & Hounds 7.00pm MUSIC Request Duelling Pianos 7.00pm ART Pat Kav Life Drawing Patrick Kavannagh Bar 7.00pm

EVENT Birmingham Café Scientifique The Jekyll and Hyde 7.00pm MUSIC The Faceless The Slade Rooms, Wolves 7pm THEATRE The Mousetrap New Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm THEATRE Darker Shores Hall Green Little Theatre 7.30pm DANCE Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm MUSIC Jazz Composers’ 047


Wednesday 6 February Ensemble: EVENT Tribute to Conservation Mary Lou Wil- Tour of the liams Staffordshire Hoard Birmingham Birmingham Conservatoire Museum & Art 7.30pm Gallery, 12.30pm THEATRE Twelfth Night EVENT Lunchtime The Blue Orange Lecture Theatre The Barber Institute 7.45pm 1.00pm MUSIC DANCE Impact Tea Dance The Bulls Head The Public,1.00pm 8.00pm THEATRE COMEDY Of Mice and The Laughing Men Sole Comedy The Old Joint Club Stock, 2.00pm The British Oak 8.30pm THEATRE The MUSIC Jazz Tuesdays Mousetrap New Alexandra The Spotted Dog Theatre 8.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm MUSIC All Time Low O2 Academy 2 6.00pm MUSIC CBSO: A Boy was Born

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Thursday 7 February Symphony Hall 7.30pm COMEDY Imran Yusuf Glee Club 7.30pm THEATRE Darker Shores Hall Green Little Theatre, 7.30pm DANCE Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm THEATRE Twelfth Night The Blue Orange Theatre 7.45pm MUSIC Lightfire, Defy All Reason The Flapper 7.45pm MUSIC Gabbidon The Jam House 9.00pm

EVENT Winter Walks Ragley Hall 11.00am MUSIC Organ Concert West Bromwich Town Hall 1.00pm MUSIC Thursday Live Organ Recital St. Paul’s Church 1.15pm DANCE Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm THEATRE Of Mice and Men The Old Joint Stock 2.00pm MUSIC Jazzlines: Hans Koller’s Chasing the Unicorn FREE Bramall Music Building, 5.00pm


Friday 8 February MUSIC Sleeping Witch MUSIC Darkness is Beauty Friday Hare & Hounds Blinding Lunchtime Birmingham 8.00pm Concert O2 Academy 3 Hippodrome St. Martin in the 6.30pm MUSIC 7.30pm Open Mic Night Bull Ring MUSIC MUSIC The Prince of 12.30pm A Celebration TransatlanWales of Benjamin tic Sessions MUSIC 8.00pm Britten’s Cen- Symphony Hall Music for tenary Lunch Recital 7.30pm MUSIC Birmingham Birmingham Lounge Act Conservatoire MUSIC Open Mic Night Cathedral 7.00pm Acoustic Subside Bar 1.00pm Lounge 8.00pm COMEDY Island Bar THEATRE Andrew Of Mice and 7.30pm CLUB O’Neill, Gavin Men Tropicalia Webster, Sara MUSIC The Old Joint The Bulls Head Pascoe The Formula, Stock 8.00pm Glee Club Redshift 2.00pm 7.00pm The Flapper MUSIC 7.30pm Traditional MUSIC THEATRE Song Session Toby Boalch The THEATRE Sextet Kitchen Garden Mousetrap Twelfth Night Cafe Symphony Hall New Alexandra The Blue Orange 5.00pm 8.00pm Theatre Theatre 7.30pm MUSIC 7.45pm CLUB Modestep Manhattan THEATRE MUSIC Loft O2 Academy 2 Darker Thurston The Victoria 6.00pm Shores Moore & Mi9.00pm Hall Green Little chael ChapEVENT Theatre man Poetry and MUSIC 7.30pm Glee Club Les & the Licks Pints 7.45pm The Spotted Dog The Jam House DANCE 6.00pm 10.00pm Matthew MUSIC Bourne’s Esben and the

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MUSIC Handels’ Radamisto Town Hall, 7.00pm COMEDY Andrew O’Neill, Gavin Webster, Sara Pascoe, Fredrik Andersson Glee Club 7.00pm MUSIC Evil Alien, Bipolar Bears Hare & Hounds 7.00pm MUSIC Patrick Wolf Wulfrun Hall 7pm THEATRE The Mousetrap New Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm THEATRE Darker Shores Hall Green Little Theatre 7.30pm 050

DANCE Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm MUSIC Plan B LG Arena 7.30pm COMEDY Phil Cool mac, 7.30pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm MUSIC Mrs England, Looca, Tom Walker Trio Sunflower Lounge 7.30pm

The Stacks The Flapper 7.45pm

Will-E Robo Jongleurs Comedy Club, 9.00pm

THEATRE Of Mice and Men The Old Joint Stock 8.00pm

MUSIC Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Needle Factory The End 9.30pm

CLUB Lucha Libre Bodega Bar 8.00pm CLUB Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm MUSIC Open Mic Night Suki 10c 8.00pm

COMEDY Christian Reilly, Steve Williams, Mat Reed, Rhodri Rhys THEATRE Highlight Twelfth Night 8.30pm The Blue Orange Theatre COMEDY Jason Patter7.45pm son, Patrick Rolink, AllyMUSIC Maximum Zero, son Smith,

CLUB Billy D Suki 10c 10.00pm CLUB MJ Cole Rainbow 10.00pm


Saturday 9 February WORKSHOP Silver Ring Class The Quarterworkshop 10.00am MUSIC Musical Picnic: Dominic Harlan Symphony Hall 10.30am ART Demonstration by Paul Hipkiss RBSA Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 11.00am & 2pm THEATRE Of Mice and Men The Old Joint Stock 2.00pm THEATRE The Mousetrap New Alexandra Theatre 2.30pm DANCE Matthew Bourne’s

Sleeping Beauty Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm

MUSIC Rita Ora O2 Academy 2 7.00pm

New Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm THEATRE COMEDY Darker Andrew THEATRE Shores Twelfth Night O’Neill, Gavin Hall Green Little Webster, Sara Theatre The Blue Orange Pascoe, Theatre 7.30pm Fredrik 3.00pm Andersson MUSIC Glee Club MUSIC Boogie Nights 7.00pm The Big Night In Concert Out Symphony Hall MUSIC Duelling Pianos 7.30pm The Whiskey 6.00pm Syndicate, My DANCE Great MUSIC Matthew Affliction Frightened Bourne’s O2 Academy 3 Rabbit Sleeping 7.00pm Institute, 6.30pm Beauty Birmingham MUSIC MUSIC Hippodrome The Grades, Ryan Leslie 7.30pm Black MirInstitute, 6.30pm rors, Regale FILM Sunflower Lounge Banff MounMUSIC 7.00pm General Fitain Film asco, The An- Festival MUSIC tics, Soldier World Tour Elkie Brooks - Crescent Institute Live In Con6.30pm Theatre, 7.30pm cert Town Hall MUSIC THEATRE 7.30pm Brad, New Twelfth Night Killer Shoes The Blue THEATRE O2 Academy 2 Orange Theatre The Mouse7.00pm 7.45pm trap 051


Sunday 10 February MUSIC Dolls Eye Weaver, Purple Stereo The Flapper 7.45pm THEATRE Of Mice and Men The Old Joint Stock 8.00pm DANCE Ruby Maihem Burlesque The Public 8.00pm MUSIC David Parkin mac 8.00pm CLUB JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm COMEDY Christian Reilly, Steve Williams, Mat Reed, Rhodri Rhys Highlight 8.30pm 052

MUSIC Insolito, Almost Easy The End 8.30pm

MUSIC Mia & The Blackhawks O’Neill’s, Moseley 10.00pm

COMEDY Jason Patterson, Patrick Rolink, Allyson Smith, Will-E Robo Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm

CLUB Official Medicine Bar Reunion 78 Bar 10.00pm

CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 9.00pm CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm CLUB Face: Lower East Rainbow 9.00pm MUSIC Mama Matrix, Damba Hare & Hounds 9.00pm

EVENT Chinese New Year Family Day The Barber Institute 12.00pm EVENT Birmingham Chinese Festival The Arcadian 12.30pm MUSIC Sunday Chill Out Session Duelling Pianos 1.00pm EVENT Kaffee und Kuchen, German Meet Up Urban Coffee Company 2.00pm MUSIC CBSO: Peter & The Wolf Symphony Hall 3.00pm CLUB Club Bebop Hare & Hounds 4.30pm


Monday 11 February MUSIC A Sunday Session Acoustic Evening The Flapper 6.00pm

MUSIC Final Year Recitalists Bramall Music Building 12.30pm

Tuesday 12 February

ART Tuesday Talks The Barber Institute 1.15pm SPOKEN WORD Telling Tales MUSIC Birmingham MUSIC Chamber Museum & Art Asking Music FestiGallery Alexandria val 2013 - The 6.00pm Young Britten O2 Academy 2 Birmingham Con- Open 7.00pm servatoire Platform MUSIC 2.30pm Ikon Gallery Feed The Rhino 6.00pm O2 Academy 3 EVENT Central 7.00pm MUSIC Birmingham Cash Social Media MUSIC O2 Academy 3 Sunday Social: Surgery 7.00pm Liz Lawrence The Studio & Barnsey 5.30pm THEATRE The Yardbird I Was A Rat! MUSIC 7.00pm The Old Rep Escaping Theatre Vendetta, MUSIC 7.00pm GO-X Ethan Johns, Marika The End MUSIC Hackman 7.00pm Everything Glee Club Everything MUSIC 7.30pm Institute Jam Jah 7.00pm Reggae Session WORKSHOP The Bulls Head Stand Up Com9.00pm edy Course for Beginners The Victoria 7.00pm

MUSIC Killer Mike Rainbow 7.00pm MUSIC Request Duelling Pianos 7.00pm SPOKEN WORD Philosophy Discussion Ort Cafe 7.00pm ART Pat Kav Life Drawing Patrick Kavannagh Bar 7.00pm SPOKEN WORD Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro Solihull Arts Complex 7.30pm COMEDY Jewellery Quarter Comedy Rose Villa Tavern 7.30pm MUSIC Nurvrax Jam: 053


Wednesday 13 February The John MUSIC Morris Trio Chamber Music Festival The Yardbird 2013 - Philip 8.00pm Higham Birmingham MUSIC Jazz Tuesdays Conservatoire The Spotted Dog 1.00pm 8.30pm SPOKEN WORD Lunchtime MUSIC Lecture Ian Parker The Barber Institute The Jam House 1.00pm 9.00pm MUSIC Young Romantics: Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins Town Hall 2.30pm

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MUSIC Awolnation, Itch Institute 6.00pm MUSIC School of Rock & Pop Showcase O2 Academy 3 7.00pm MUSIC Darwin Deez O2 Academy 2 7.00pm

MUSIC Shmoo 2013 Tour Rainbow 7.00pm COMEDY Laughing Cows Kitchen Garden Cafe 8.00pm COMEDY Harry Hill: Sausage Time Warwick Arts Centre 8pm (and the 14th Feb) MUSIC Gospel Central The Jam House 9.00pm

Thursday 14 February EVENT Winter Walks Ragley Hall, 11am MUSIC Chamber Music Festival 2013 Birmingham Conservatoire, 1pm SPOKEN WORD Understanding Art Part 1 The Barber Institute 2.00pm MUSIC CBSO: The Year 1913 Symphony Hall 2.15pm MUSIC Kerrang! Tour 2013 O2 Academy 2 6.30pm MUSIC Your Demise O2 Academy 2 6.30pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 7.00pm


Friday 15 February MUSIC Villagers Institute 7.00pm COMEDY Ian Moore, Tom Stade, Kevin McCarthy, Angela Barnes Glee Club 7.00pm MUSIC Gallops, Constant Waves The Flapper 7.30pm

MUSIC Open Mic Night The Prince of Wales, 8.00pm

MUSIC Friday Lunchtime Concert St. Martin in the Bull Ring, 12.30pm

Comedy The Short and Long of It mac, 8.00pm

MUSIC Music for Lunch Recital Birmingham Cathedral, 1.00pm

CLUB Tropicalia The Bulls Head 8.00pm

MUSIC The View From The Other Side: J-Dilla A European MUSIC Remembrance Chamber Music Festival Hare & Hounds 2013 8.30pm Liederabend Birmingham MUSIC The Trevor Conservatoire Burton Band 7.30pm The Junction, COMEDY Moseley Comedy Club 9.00pm Night Red Lion, 7.30pm CLUB Manhattan MUSIC Loft Acoustic The Victoria Lounge 9.00pm Island Bar, 7.30pm

MUSIC Chamber Music Festival 2013 Birmingham Conservatoire, 1pm MUSIC Andy Derrick Quartet Symphony Hall 5.00pm MUSIC Parlour Flames O2 Academy 3 6pm MUSIC Delphic O2 Academy 2 6.00pm MUSIC Swim Deep Institute 7.00pm

COMEDY Ian Moore, Tom Stade, Kevin McCarthy, Angela Barnes Glee Club, 7pm FILM Film Night Urban Coffee Company, 7pm MUSIC Death at Sea, Caves, Thieves Rainbow, 7pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm MUSIC Chamber Music Festival 2013 - Strings and Brass Birmingham Conservatoire 7.30pm THEATRE Flying Home mac 7.30pm 055


MUSIC Encounters Bramall Music Building 7.30pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm MUSIC Little Liam, Jack The Biscuit, The Skirr, Samuel Rogers Sunflower Lounge 7.30pm COMEDY Shazia Mirza: Cuckooland! The Public 8.00pm MUSIC Dutch Uncles, Coves, Victories At Sea Hare & Hounds 8.00pm CLUB Lucha Libre Bodega Bar 8.00pm 056

MUSIC The Styles The End, 8.00pm CLUB Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm

Saturday 16 February

WORKSHOP Bowl Raising The Quarterworkshop 10.00am

MUSIC A Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza: Performance Birmingham Cathedral, 4.30pm

WORKSHOP A Gilbert and Sullivan MUSIC Extravaganza: Open Mic Night Workshop Suki 10c, 8.00pm Birmingham Cathedral COMEDY 10.30am Pierre Hollins, Geoff SPOKEN WORD Norcott, REP 100 Bricks Stuart and Mortar Goldsmith, The Old Rep Scott Agnew Theatre Highlight, 8.30pm 12.30pm COMEDY Phil Butler, Adam Crow, Kate Lucas, Keith Farnan Jongleurs Comedy Club, 9.00pm CLUB Hot Club de Swing - The Alternative Valentines Ball Hare & Hounds 9.00pm

MUSIC Mid-day Mantra: Salim Sabri Symphony Hall 1.00pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm Flying Home mac 2.30pm

MUSIC The Big Night Out Duelling Pianos 6.00pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre, 7pm MUSIC Pigbag, Cantaloop Hare & Hounds 7.00pm MUSIC NME Awards Tour 2013 O2 Academy 2 7.00pm COMEDY Ian Moore, Tom Stade, Kevin McCarthy, Angela Barnes Glee Club 7.00pm


Sunday 17 February MUSIC Encounters Bramall Music Building, 7.00pm MUSIC Jamie Croft & Straina Sunflower Lounge 7.00pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm MUSIC Mick Hipkiss Tribute Concert Town Hall 7.30pm THEATRE Flying Home mac, 7.30pm MUSIC Before The Story Ends The Flapper 7.45pm CLUB JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm

COMEDY Pierre Hollins, Geoff Norcott, Stuart Goldsmith, Scott Agnew Highlight 8.30pm

CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm

MUSIC The Rails, Slave to the Beast The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm

CLUB Atjazz Records Party Suki 10c 10.00pm

COMEDY Phil Butler, Adam Crow, Kate Lucas, Keith Farnan Jongleurs Comedy Club, 9.00pm CLUB Paul Van Dyk Institute 9.00pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 9.00pm

CLUB Face Rainbow 9.00pm

WORKSHOP Ring & Bangle Class The Quarterworkshop 10.30am DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 1.00pm FILM Cinematic Grand Tour The Barber Institute 1.00pm MUSIC Sunday Chill Out Session Duelling Pianos 1.00pm Tall Stories Mr Benn mac1.30pm & 4pm MUSIC Encounters Bramall Music Building 2.00pm THEATRE Flying Home mac, 2.30pm

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EVENT Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Town Hall, 3pm CLUB Club Bebop Hare & Hounds 4.30pm

CLUB Chillax The Fox Bar 7.00pm

SPOKEN WORD Tell Me On A Sunday Ikon Gallery 5.00pm MUSIC A Sunday Session Acoustic Evening The Flapper 6.00pm MUSIC Nerina Pallot - Lonely Valentine Club Tour 2013 Glee Club 7.00pm MUSIC LostAlone O2 Academy 3 7.00pm

COMEDY Axel Comedy Special Jongleurs Comedy Club 7.00pm

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MUSIC Patrick Duff, Gerard Starkie & Chris Tye The Yardbird 7.00pm

THEATRE Flying Home mac 7.30pm

Monday 18 February

Tuesday 19 February

SPOKEN WORD Hidden Histories The Old Rep Theatre 11.00am & 2pm

THEATRE Theatre of the Unemployed The Blue Orange Theatre 10.00am & 2pm

MUSIC Final Year Recitalists Bramall Music Building 12.30pm MUSIC Stop Drop Rock Tour 2013 The End 7.00pm

THEATRE The Circus of Horrors Comedy New Alexandra Chris Addison: Theatre The Time is 7.30pm Now Again Warwick Arts FILM Filum Night Centre The Spotted Dog 7.30pm 7.30pm Comedy MUSIC Micky Jam Jah Flanagan Reggae Warwick Arts Session Centre The Bulls Head 8.00pm 9.00pm

WORKSHOP Life Drawing Day The Barber Institute 12.00pm SPOKEN WORD Tuesday Talks The Barber Institute 1.15pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 2.00pm & 7pm MUSIC Jake Bugg Institute 7.00pm


MUSIC Funeral for a Friend Asylum, 7.00pm MUSIC Deftones O2 Academy 2 7.00pm MUSIC Don Broco O2 Academy 3 7.00pm WORKSHOP Stand Up Comedy Course for Beginners The Victoria 7.00pm MUSIC Request Duelling Pianos 7.00pm ART Pat Kav Life Drawing Patrick Kavannagh Bar, 7.00pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

Wednesday 20 February

EVENT Bike Lounge Hare & Hounds 7.30pm

SPOKEN WORD Lunchtime Lecture The Barber Institute 1.00pm

MUSIC Sophie Evans Glee Club 8.00pm

DANCE Tea Dance The Public 1.00pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 7.00pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

SPOKEN WORD Storytelling Cafe Kitchen Garden Cafe 7.30pm MUSIC James Summerfield, Owen Tromans, Co-pilgrim Hare & Hounds 7.30pm THEATRE The Glass Menagerie The Old Joint Stock 7.45pm

MUSIC Mark Eitzel Glee Club 7.30pm MUSIC Chamber Ensembles and Saxophone Ensemble Bramall Music Building 7.30pm

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Thursday 21 February THEATRE Theatre of the Unemployed The Blue Orange Theatre 10.00am & 2pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 2.00pm & 7pm WORKSHOP Understanding Art Part 1 Ikon Gallery, 2pm

MUSIC Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour 2013 O2 Academy 2 7.00pm COMEDY John Fothergill, Gordon Southern, Reverend O’Badiah Steppenwolf III, Simon Clayton Glee Club 7.00pm MUSIC Fidlar O2 Academy 3 7.00pm

MUSIC Dave J Giles, Tom Law, Eddplant & THEATRE Little Red....... Bribry You Know Who Rainbow 7.00pm The Public 2.30pm DANCE Birmingham THEATRE Royal Ballet: The Glass Aladdin Menagerie Birmingham The Old Joint Hippodrome Stock 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm

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MUSIC The Borgias, Redwire The Flapper 7.30pm MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Island Bar 7.30pm MUSIC Making Tracks: Yiddish Twist Orchestra mac 8.00pm CLUB Tropicalia The Bulls Head 8.00pm

Friday 22 February THEATRE Pied Piper My Big Little Sister mac 11.30am & 2.30pm MUSIC Friday Lunchtime Concert St. Martin in the Bull Ring 12.30pm MUSIC Music for Lunch Recital Birmingham Cathedral 1.00pm MUSIC John Law Trio Symphony Hall 5.00pm MUSIC Red Priest Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band Birmingham Conservatoire 6.00pm MUSIC Pure Love Institute 6.00pm


DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Hippodrome 6.30pm MUSIC Blue Nation, By Devices O2 Academy 3 6.30pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 7.00pm MUSIC The Chapman Family, The Grafham Water Sailing Club Rainbow 7.00pm MUSIC Kaiser Chiefs Civic Hall 7pm COMEDY John Fothergill, Gordon Southern, Reverend O’Badiah Step

penwolf III, Si mon Clayton Glee Club 7.00pm COMEDY Jerry Sadowitz Wulfrun Hall 7pm COMEDY Andrew Lawrence Glee Club 7.30pm MUSIC Yamato Drummers New Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm MUSIC The Carpet Cutouts, I am Lono The Flapper 7.45pm CLUB Lucha Libre

Bodega Bar 8.00pm CLUB Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm MUSIC Open Mic Night Suki 10c 8.00pm COMEDY JoJo Smith, Daliso Chaponda, Rich Wilson, Stuart Mitchell Highlight 8.30pm MUSIC Weatherbird, My Own Agenda, A Pig Called Eggs The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm COMEDY The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm

MUSIC Giles Smith, Adam Shelton, Mark E Hare & Hounds 9.00pm MUSIC Kanyini Suki 10c 10.00pm CLUB House Of God 20th Birthday Subway City 10.00pm CLUB Seedy Sonics Rainbow 11.00pm

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Saturday 23 February WORKSHOP Bowl Raising The Quarterworkshop 10.00am Pied Piper My Big Little Sister mac 11.30am & 2.30pm

MUSIC Andy Burrows Institute 6.00pm MUSIC The Big Night Out Duelling Pianos 6.00pm Cody Simpson New Alexandra Theatre 7.00pm MUSIC Diamond Lil, Twisted Species O2 Academy 3 7.00pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 7.00pm

MUSIC The Courteeners O2 Academy 2 7.00pm

MUSIC Wolf Alice, Wide Eyed, Hoopla Blue Sunflower Lounge 7.00pm CLUB Keep it Royale DANCE Alldayer Birmingham Hare & Hounds Royal Ballet: Aladdin 12.30pm Birmingham THEATRE Hippodrome I Was A Rat! 7.30pm The Old Rep Theatre MUSIC Rumours of 2.00pm Fleetwood Mac DANCE Birmingham Town Hall Royal Ballet: 7.30pm Aladdin Birmingham Talking Heads Hippodrome Crescent Theatre COMEDY 2.30pm 7.45pm John Fother- gill, Gordon MUSIC MUSIC The Lumineers, Southern, Awesome Reverend Langhorne Proportion O’Badiah Step The Flapper penwolf III, Si- 7.45pm MUSIC mon Clayton Slim Glee Club Institute, 6.00pm MUSIC 7.00pm Hoopla Blue,

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Kastella Hare & Hounds 8.00pm COMEDY Simon Day Comedy and Error mac 8.00pm CLUB JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm COMEDY JoJo Smith, Daliso Chaponda, Rich Wilson, Stuart Mitchell Highlight 8.30pm COMEDY The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm CLUB The Valentines Fancy Dress Ball Gibb Street


Sunday 24 February Warehouse 9.00pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde, 9.00pm CLUB Vertigo The Victoria, 9pm CLUB Face: Jesse Perez Rainbow 9.00pm SPOKEN WORD From Home to Hospital: Healthcare in 18th and 19th Century Birmingham Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 9.30pm CLUB Ec-lectricity: Jaguar Skills Institute 10.30pm

SPOKEN WORD Hidden Histories The Old Rep Theatre 11.00am MUSIC Sunday Chill Out Session Duelling Pianos 1.00pm MUSIC Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra - Romantic Symphony Birmingham Conservatoire 3.00pm CLUB Club Bebop Hare & Hounds 4.30pm CLUB The Sunday Xpress Adam And Eve 4.30pm MUSIC Vive La France! Durufle, Debussy, Poulenc Town Hall, 5pm

MUSIC A Sunday Session Acoustic Evening The Flapper 6.00pm MUSIC Exit Calm, Deceptions Pocket O2 Academy 3 7.00pm MUSIC Sam Gray, Jack the Lad Hare & Hounds 7.00pm The Robin Guthrie Trio, Mark Gardener Glee Club 7.00pm

MUSIC Finish Him, Ending & Orgins, Moody Bomber The Flapper 7.30pm MUSIC I Am Kloot Warwick Arts Centre 7.30pm Comedy Zoe Lyons: Pop-Up Comic Warwick Arts Centre 7.45pm

CLUB Chillax The Fox Bar 7.00pm MUSIC Deap Vally & Drenge Rainbow 7.00pm 063


Monday 25 February MUSIC Final Year Recitalists Bramall Music Building 12.30pm MUSIC Angel Haze Institute 7.00pm THEATRE Mojo Hall Green Little Theatre 7.30pm MUSIC Mazes, Heavy Waves, Furrow Hare & Hounds 8.00pm MUSIC Jam Jah Reggae Session The Bulls Head 9.00pm

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Tuesday 26 February THEATRE Theatre of the Unemployed The Blue Orange Theatre 10.00am & 2pm THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 10.30am & 2pm SPOKEN WORD Tuesday Talks The Barber Institute 1.15pm SPOKEN WORD Birmingham’s Gay History The Barber Institute 6.30pm MUSIC Jazz Jury Birmingham Conservatoire 6.30pm MUSIC Of Monsters and Men Institute 7.00pm

MUSIC Walk The Moon Institute, 7.00pm MUSIC Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, Charlotte Carpenter Hare & Hounds 7.00pm MUSIC Exit Ten O2 Academy 3 7.00pm SPOKEN WORD Book Club Meeting Ort Cafe, 7.00pm MUSIC Godsized, Eye For An Eye The End, 7.00pm MUSIC Stooshe Institute 7.00pm MUSIC Request Duelling Pianos 7.00pm

ART Pat Kav Life Drawing Patrick Kavannagh Bar 7.00pm THEATRE The Full Monty Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm THEATRE Mojo Hall Green Little Theatre 7.30pm MUSIC Girls Aloud LG Arena 7.30pm MUSIC The Jacksons The NIA 7.30pm COMEDY Harry Hill: Sausage Time New Alexandra Theatre 8.00pm


Wednesday 27 February THEATRE I Was A Rat! The Old Rep Theatre 10.30am ART Picturesque Prints Workshop Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 11.00am

Thursday 28 February MUSIC THEATRE Lindi Ortega, I Was A Rat! Tara, Zervas & The Old Rep Pepper Theatre Hare & Hounds 10.30am & 2pm 7.00pm ART MUSIC Picturesque Double D Prints WorkTour 2013 shop O2 Academy 2 Royal Birmingham 7.00pm Society of Artists 11.00am SPOKEN WORD SPOKEN WORD Hidden EVENT Histories Lunchtime Winter Walks The Old Rep Lecture Ragley Hall The Barber Institute Theatre 11.00am 7.00pm 1.00pm THEATRE EVENT THEATRE The Full Tales and The Full Monty Ales Session Monty Birmingham The Lamp Tavern Hippodrome Birmingham Hip7.00pm podrome 2.00pm & 7.30pm 2.00pm & 7.30pm THEATRE MUSIC Mojo EVENT Folk For Free: Hall Green Little Birmingham Katherine Entrepreneur Theatre Priddy Meet-Up 7.30pm Symphony Hall Urban Coffee 5.30pm COMEDY Company Harry Hill: SPOKEN WORD 6.00pm Sausage Time Book Club New Alexandra COMEDY Urban Coffee Henning Wehn Theatre Company Glee Club 8.00pm 6.00pm 6.45pm

MUSIC VeXXen, Post Descartes O2 Academy 3 6.30pm MUSIC Maps & Atlases, Mount Fuji Hare & Hounds 7.00pm MUSIC Cosmo Jarvis The End, 7.00pm COMEDY Andy Askins, Ron Vaudry, Sean Percival Glee Club, 7.00pm THEATRE Mojo Hall Green Little Theatre 7.30pm MUSIC Example LG Arena 7.30pm THEATRE Ding Foundation - Hanging by a Thread mac 7.30pm

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Venue Directory MUSIC VENUES Actress & Bishop 36, Ludgate Hill, B3 1EH 0121 236 7426 BOTANICAL GARDENS 12A Westbourne Road Edgbaston, B15 3TR 0121 454 1860 birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Bramall Music Building University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT BULLS HEAD 23, St. Marys Row, Moseley, B13 8HW bullsheadmoseley.co.uk

Institute 78 Digbeth High St, Digbeth hmvinstitute.com The Jam House 3 - 5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, B3 1QU 0121 200 3030 thejamhouse.com

The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, B1 1BN. 0121 633 9439 thevictoriabirmingham. co.uk YARDBIRD Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HJ ART VENUES

Jekyll & hyde 28, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE 17 York Road, Kings Heath. 0121 443 4725 O2 Academy 08444 772 000 o2academybirmingham. co.uk

Barber Institute Univeristy of Birmingham Edgbaston, B15 2TS 0121 414 7333 barber.org.uk BM&G Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH bmag.org.uk CUSTARD FACTORY Gibb Street, B9 4AA custardfactory.co.uk

Civic/Wulfrun Hall North Street, WV1 1RQ. 0870 320 7000 wolvescivic.co.uk

The Rainbow 160 High Street Deritend, B12 0LD

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

Suki10c 21 Bordesley Street Digbeth, B5 5PJ

The Fox Bar 17 Lower Essex Street, B5 6SN, 0121 622 3213

SUNFLOWER LOUNGE 76, Smallbrook Queens way, Birmingham, B5

EASTSIDE PROJECTS 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR, 0121 771 1778 eastsideprojects.org

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

Town Hall Victoria Square, B3 3DQ 0121 780 3333 www.thsh.co.uk

Grand Union Fazeley Street Birmingham B5 5RS grand-union.org.uk

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The Drum 144 Potters Lane, Aston, B6 4UU, 0121 333 2444 the-drum.org.uk


THE HERBERT Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP 024 7683 2386 theherbert.org

The Glee Club The Arcadian, B5 4TD. 0871 472 0400 glee.co.uk

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome. com

HIGHLIGHT 259-262 Broad Street, B1 2HF

CRESCENT THEATRE Sheepcote Street, B16 8AE, 0121 643 5858

The Lighthouse The Chubb Building Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT 01902 716 055 light-house.co.uk

JONGLEURS 240 Broad Street Broad Street B1 2HG jongleurs.com

The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre 4 Temple Row West B2 5NY, 0121 200 1892 oldjointstocktheatre.co.uk

MAC Cannon Hill Park macarts.co.uk

AE HARRIS 110 Northwood Street Birmingham, B3 1SZ aeharrisvenue.co.uk

Ikon Gallery Oozells Square, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708 ikon-gallery.co.uk

The Public New Street, West Bromwich B70 7PG 0121 533 7161 thepublic.com WARWICK ARTS CENTRE University of Warwick Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL 024 7652 4524 warwickartscentre.co.uk Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, WV1 1DU 01902 552055 wolverhamptonart.org.uk

COMEDY VENUES

THEATRE VENUES

BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 118 Great Hampton Street Birmingham B18 6AD, 0121 212 2643 blueorangetheatre.co.uk HALL GREEN LITTLE THEATRE Pemberley Road, Acocks Green, B27 7RY hglt.co.uk

NEW Alexandra Theatre Station St, Birmingham 0844 847 2302 alexandratheatre.org.uk

THE OLD REP Station Street Birmingham, B5 4DY 0121 605 5116 oldreptheatre.org.uk RSC

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB rsc.org.uk OTHER BODEGA 12 Bennett’s Hill, B2 5 0121 448 4267 bodegabirmingham.co.uk ORT CAFE Moseley Road ortcafe.co.uk 067



Area Culture Guide - February 2013