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BEAT STREULI - NEW STREET Ikon Gallery Until 3 February

Ikon presents a new exhibition in collaboration with EACC Castellón, exhibiting the work of Swiss artist Beat Streuli. By exhibiting at Ikon in group shows and off-site projects since 2001, Streuli has developed an on-going relationship with the gallery.

The works feature Europeans, Indians, Arabs, Spaniards and AfroAmericans carrying out ordinary activities, such as crossing the road, talking to friends or chatting on their mobile phones. Streuli travelled across the world to capture imagery for his photographic collection. By travelling to Brussels, New York, Cape Town, São Paulo, Sydney and Guangzhou, the exhibition forms a global portrait. As these images will be exhibited in Birmingham, a city with a widely multi-cultural demographic, this reflection of a world full of diversity is particularly relevant. Since the 1990s, Streuli has been consolidating his perspective on his surroundings, and today aims to encapsulate our streets and current environment. Streuli finds more artistic value in scenes that are candidly shot, reflecting a more natural setting. Closeups also reveal his preference for intimate shots. With this in mind, the works will certainly be highly engaging and reflective through the rendering of something real; images that depict authentic gestures and everyday events. By representing different cultures as equals, profound questions about humanity are provoked. To accompany the exhibition, Streuli has produced a limited edition print which will be available at Ikon. There is also a catalogue for further information about Streuli which includes text by the artist himself and articles by the cultural theorist Sadie Plant. VM 04

Beat Streuli. Photograph from series St. Petersburg 2010. Courtesy the artist.

The space will house a variety of media displays – photography, video, and digital projections – in the pursuit of creating a modern portrait of urban life. Streuli aspires to reflect reality and informality, as well as to uphold his reputation as an international artist through the inclusion of subjects from all across the world. Through the representation of a range of locations, cultures and races, Streuli captures the essence of diversity, as well as his personal lack of prejudice.




40 ARTISTS / 30 FRAMES / 3 MONTHS Main hub - Yorks Cafe, Newhall Street Various venues throughout Birmingham | @FRAME_brum Getting art out of the galleries and in to the wider public sphere is a challenge that curator Elly Clarke has taken on for the next 3 months. Small, unique edition artworks by 40 local and international artists that cross over artforms and continents, have been installed into a variety of businesses. Shops, cafes, bars and restaurants across the city have been used to showcase works as a means of bringing art to new audiences, new audiences to art and new contexts in which art can be shown. Launched in November the frames will remain in place for three months, with work changing when sold. A website has been set up to act as the mirror to show what is on display in the city. All work is also for sale with a maximum price of ÂŁ750 and the pieces can be purchased with an interest free loan via the Own Art scheme. Yorks Bakery Cafe will act as the central hub during the three month exhibition, where you can find out more about the project, or purchase tickets for tours led by Birmingham artists, curators and business owners as well as by members of the FRAME team. (Image Credit: Liz Rosenfeld & NowMomentNow, Liebe, 1926/2011, 2011, Collage, 50cmx43cm. Showing at Pub Du Vin). 06

The Kiss, 1993 Sian Hislop. Oil & Acrylic on Canvas



Contemporary Art for Download The World Wide Web has been something of equaliser in developed nations. It has brought down tyrants and broken bureaucrats. It has humbled the mighty and empowered the masses. But it hasn’t all been good. While it is supporting the amateur, it is also – slowly – undermining the professional. Established artists are finding it harder to bring in the bacon. Likewise, those who are starting out are finding it tougher to give up their day jobs. After all, if you can get something for free would you pay for it? 08

Taking up the challenge is Lamb White, the web equivalent of a small gallery. In an approach inspired by the rise of e-books and apps they’ve made numbered prints available for download. Upon purchase customers are sent a certificate of authenticity. Its first outing is named “4:3” – in honour of the commission shape: four units wide by three units tall. Each of the artists involved has developed their own relationship with the web. Ron Haselden has done a long series of works as emailed postcards. Naren Wilks is a filmmaker who looks at new ways of reimagining traditional cinema. Sally Payen’s work was inspired by civil disorder, such as the 2011 riots. Darryl Georgiou’s images are inspired by television news footage. Artist Siân Hislop (pictured) believes that it is the next logical step: “The advent of digital media has transformed the way we see and think about art, making it accessible to so many more people. We increasingly experience the world through digital media, from social networking sites to on-line shopping to YouTube. We are evolving as creatures through this new digital world; it makes sense that art will evolve with us.” However, she is not fully converted yet: “Viewing an image of a piece of art on a computer is not the same as viewing it in the flesh. I don’t think you get quite the same sense of intimacy or emotion that you get from spending time viewing the actual work.” Curator Caitlin Griffiths admits that the concept might require some trial-and-error: “It’s very much an experiment at this stage. We might have to do six or seven different approaches before we get one where people think they’re getting value.” For the time being it’s up to collectors to see what they make of the medium and for now 4:3 offers the best of both worlds; with digital and print editions for sale at RW 09

HO HO HO! It’s Christmaaaaaas!

It didn’t take us long to get in the festive spirit when we found out what the region has to offer us during this wonderful time of year. There’s Christmas markets, carol concerts, pantos and workshops aplenty to keep your holiday cheer up during December.



Illustration by Nicola Palmer


1 December Christmas Art Bus Ikon Gallery: 12pm-6pm Free Christmas tour of Birmingham galleries r Afridiziak Gifts and Occasions Winter Fair The Drum: 12.00pm, £3 Christmas Carol Singing The Public: 12.30pm, Free Carols at Soho House Soho House: 7.00pm, £9 Get in the mood for the festive season with warming winter refreshments, Christmas carols and a chance to see Soho in all its splendour decked out for the Christmas holidays. Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 11.00am – 4.00pm, £3 The ticket price includes a small gift and you are welcome to take photographs (also on the 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 Dec).


2 December Christmas Open Day Highbury Hall 10.30am, Free or £3 with tour 4 December Tuesday Talks Carol Service Birmingham Cathedral r 1.00pm, Free

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and Carols Central Square, Brindleyplace 5.30pm, Free


5 December Voluntary Services Overseas Carol Concert Birmingham Cathedral 8.00pm, £8 6 December Christmas Delights Soho House 1.30pm, £6 See Soho House decorated for Christmas, take a tour of the House and learn how 18th century England would have celebrated the Christmas holiday. Birmingham Children’s Hospital Carol Concert Birmingham Cathedral 7.30pm, £10 Solihull Christmas Craft Markets & Farmers Market Solihull Town Centre 6,13, 20 December Grab one-of-a-kind gifts from many craft and artisan stalls or indulge in the taste of Christmas, with the many fine foods and drinks on offer from the region’s top producers. Fine & local food Fayre - 15 December. 7 December Joyeux Noël with the Curlew Ensemble Birmingham Cathedral 1.00pm, £3

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital Carol Concert Birmingham Cathedral 8.00pm, £10 r 8 December r Vintage Fair Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton 10am-4pm, £1 (50p) 50+ stalls selling the finest vintage clothing, accessories, handmade crafts, gifts plus much more. The licensed bar will be open alongside a pop-up tearoom. Christmas Celebrations Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 10.30am-4.00pm, Free Costumed guided tours, carol singing by Enchant choir and festive refreshments in the tearoom. Buy those last minute presents in the gift shop, or choose from the extensive selection of designer jewellery.


Christmas at Winterbourne Winterbourne House & Garden 10.30am, £5 (£3.50) Enjoy Christmas fun, Edwardian style. The house will be decked out in all its seasonal glory with boughs of holly and a traditional tree. Upstairs there will be festive themed craft activities for children and Magic Lantern shows. Christmas treats will be available in the tearoom and traditional carols will be sung. To round off this day of family fun, there will also be a magical grotto where you can meet Father Christmas. 012

Brindleyplace Big Christmas Party Central Square, Brindley Place 11.00am-3.00pm, Free The annual Santas on the Run event raises money for Acorns Children’s Hospice. Join hundreds of people running, skipping, walking and jogging the route dressed as Santa in support of local life limited children. The celebrations will continue into the afternoon with the Brindleyplace Big Christmas Party. Christmas Carol Singing The Public 12.30pm, Free Marketplace – Craft Fair mac, Cannon Hill Park 11am-5pm, Free entry The contemporary craft fair will feature a range of high quality work from exciting designer makers across ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and visual art. With more than 50 exhibitor stands each day, this is an exclusive opportunity to buy and commission the very best in unique crafts, direct from the maker (plus 9, 15 & 16 Dec).


CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Bramall Festival of Music, University of Birmingham 7.30pm, £25/£15 (£20/£12), Students £7.50 Candlelit Christmas concert performed by the Ex Cathedra Consort.

Making Merry The Herbert, Coventry 10.00am – 4.00pm, Free The Christmas shopper’s haven offers unique handmade gifts, decorations and food in a relaxed seasonal atmosphere. Enjoy music from the region’s best choirs and acoustic musicians. Check out the vintage grotto in the atmospheric medieval Undercroft or browse the selection of craft and food stalls to find that perfect present with a personal touch. Workshops available. 9 December Candle & Wreath Making Moseley Bog, 12.30pm Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra presents Fairy Tale Christmas Birmingham Conservatoire 5.00pm, £10-12 Comedians and Carols Birmingham Cathedral 7.00pm, £8.50 A Christmas Comedy Show with singalong carols, featuring Paul Kerensa, Barbara Nice (AKA Janice Connolly; Phoenix Nights), Jo Enright (Trollied, Lap Rats, I’m Alan Partridge) and Gareth Richards (Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show). Christmas with the Salvation Army Symphony Hall, 7.30pm, £8-12 014

10 December Swingle Singers: Yule Songs Town Hall 7.30pm, £16.50-18.50 11 December Queen Elizabeth Hospital Carol Concert Birmingham Cathedral, 7.00pm, £5 Midlands Hospitals’ Choir A Christmas Celebration Symphony Hall, 7.30pm The National Trust Back to Backs Hurst Street, Birmingham 6.30pm-8.30pm, £12/£6. Booking essential 0121 622 2442. Visitors can enjoy an atmospheric evening of Carols sung by a local choir within the candlelit courtyard of the Back to Backs at its Carols in the Courtyard evenings. Visitors will be treated to mulled wine and mince pie. 13 December Christmas Classical Concert The Public, 7.00pm, £3.50 That’ll be the Day Christmas Show Town Hall, 7.30pm, £23.50 Small Ensemble Series: An Early Music Christmas Birmingham Conservatoire 8.00pm, £5.50 (£3)

14 December Moseley Christmas Arts Market Birmingham Cathedral, 9am 5pm Moseley Arts Market will be back in Birmingham Cathedral grounds for a Christmas market. Make sure you visit for your Christmas shopping and meet talented local designers and makers. Christmas Comedy Showcase The Public, 6.00pm, £14 Sean Percival, Al Rudge, Masai Graham, Jarred Christmas, Compere: James Cook Colmore BID Christmas Themed Flatpack Film event Birmingham Cathedral 6.30pm, £5. Book tickets via or by cash on the door. Flatpack presents a Christmas film night within the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham Cathedral. The evening’s programme starts with short films with a festive theme, including Edison’s 1910 adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and end with a main feature - Buster Keaton’s 1928 feature, The Cameraman. Kinver Late Night Christmas Shopping Kinver High Street, Staffordshire Until 9pm

Head to the picturesque village for a touch of independent shopping and pick up some last minute gifts and locally produced items. 15 December Notorious Choir Around Southside: The Arcadian, Hippodrome Piazza and Hurst Street From 8pm, Free Southside will be filled with the sound of music with singing from Birmingham’s Notorious Choir, and visitors can pose with friends and family in the festive Christmas cut-out boards. Santa will also be welcoming visitors to the district by handing out some Christmas gifts (and the 16, 22). Live Nativity Queen Square & Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, 11am – 3pm A live nativity will be performed in Queen Square with real camels and donkeys. Meanwhile Sid and Scrat (Ice Age) will be around keep the kids entertained in Dudley Street and brass bands will serenade shoppers. Victorian Merry Christmas Blakesely Hall, 12.00pm, £8 (£6) Blakesley’s annual Christmas celebration goes Victorian. Meet costumed characters, hear the choir and hand bell ringers.



Christmas Carol Singing The Public, 12.30pm, Free Carols in the City Birmingham Cathedral 4.30pm, Free 16 December Carols by Candlelight Symphony Hall 2.30pm, £12.50-£36 City of Birmingham Choir: Christmas Treats Town Hall 2.30pm, £5-£25 Christmas with the Town Hall Gospel Choir The Drum: 7.00pm, £12.50 (£8.50) 18 December Christmas Dinner and Carol Singing Highbury Hall: 7.00pm Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by Candlelight r St. Paul’s Church: 7.30pm, £9.50-£30 (and the 19, 21, 22 Dec) 21 December CBSO: Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh Symphony Hall 7.30pm, £12.50-£40 (and the 22, 23 Dec)


Black Voices’ Christmas Special Town Hall: 7.30pm 22 December Christmas Carol Singing The Public: 12.30pm, Free Jingle Bell Christmas Symphony Hall 2.30pm, £12.50-£36 23 December mac Food Market Cannon Hill Park 10.30am – 3.30pm, Free entry Indulge yourself with tasty treats and specialist goods at a special festive edition of mac’s monthly food market. Come along and fill your shopping bags with delicious produce, just in time for Christmas. Cathedral Singers St. Chad’s Cathedral: 5.00pm A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Town Hall: 7.30pm, £16.50 27 December Last Night of the Christmas Proms Symphony Hall 7.30pm, £12.50-£36


GIGS COMING UP THE RAVEONETTES, HOLY ESQUE 2 December HMV Institute, Digbeth @hmvinstitute Can shoegaze be anthemic? Or is it always? If these are the questions you like to ponder, watch as Danish Indie band Raveonettes get dark and edgy at HMV Institute. Support comes from Glaswegian four piece Holy Esque. Good if you like Glasvegas, Sonic Youth, any film with Michael Cera, and being alone, together. SCROOBIUS PIP 7 December HMV Institute, Digbeth @hmvinstitute Better known for being the beardy one that goes with brother-in-arms Dan le Sac, Pip is now one of the 018

leading figures of the UK spoken word scene. Head to the HMV Institute Library (who knew they had one of those?) for some angry truth delivered with machine-like speed and precision. MUMFORD & SONS, DAWES 7 December LG Arena @thelgarena Fresh from impressing themselves upon the US, Mumford and his offspring are back in the homeland to promote their chart-topping second studio album ‘Babel’. The band are well-known for their bouncing live shows. If you go down to the LG today you can expect banjos, tweed waistcoats and handlebar moustaches. Support comes from the shambling, romanticised Americana four-piece

Dawes (pictured) who’ll be bringing a hint of California sunshine to the cold streets of Birmingham. CERYS BY CANDLELIGHT 9 December Glee Club, Hurst Street @TheGleeClub She of Catatonia (pictured over) fame goes all Radio 2 with a night of poetry, music and chat. You will know some of the songs, and for all the others there’s a handy sheet with the words. There will be candles, there will be sing-alongs, there will be ‘winter warmers’, you’ll have to cross your fingers for mulled wine (pictured). THE BLACK KEYS, THE MACCABEES 9 December The NIA @thenia I’m going to start a rumour right here that Quentin Tarantino is scoring his next film entirely with Black Keys songs. Get behind me here, if we can get enough momentum it might become a self-fulfilling prophecy. They are on tour for their seventh studio album in just over ten years; ‘El Camino’. By anyone’s standards, that’s a good effort. THE HIVES, THE MINUTES 11 December O2 Academy 2, Horsefair www.o2academybirmingham. @o2academybham While they can’t claim to be your new favourite band any more, The Hives are hitting as hard as ever, and are dressed just as sharply. 019


songwriter has slowly built up a massive following in the last couple of years. Now she’s bringing them to Birmingham. The twenty five year old has been experimenting with layering vocal samples, and you can expect the resulting live show to be pretty stunning.

The Swedish rockers are back in the UK to promote Lex Hives. Support comes from Irish threepiece The Minutes – a band that are all distortion and razor edges. MADNESS 13 December LG Arena @thelgarena It’ll be interesting to know how this one goes down. Madness are still a massive live band, as they proved during the Olympics opening ceremony. That said, the LG arena is a cavernous venue, and it will take a lot to keep the atmosphere right. I’ve got a good feeling about this particular gig though. Ellie Goulding 16 December O2 Academy 2 www.o2academybirmingham. @o2academybham The much vaunted singer 020

TIM BURGESS 16 December Glee Club, Hurst Street @TheGleeClub Back from writing and recording his latest album in Nashville, Tennessee, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is ready to get things cracking. His backing band even includes Charlatans guitarist Mark Collins. Expect his usual quality guitar pop, but with a US edge. Check out the feature in last month’s Area Culture Guide for more info. STEREOPHONICS, GAZ COOMBES 19 December O2 Academy 2 www.o2academybirmingham. @o2academybham The Welsh Rod Steward wannabes are back. New single ‘In A Moment’ has got a darker vibe than some of their previous material, and it seems to be working. They’ve also brought friends in the shape of Supergrass front-man Gaz Coombes. Expect to hear a lot of his new material. RW



BARBARA NICE’S COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS The Old Joint Stock Theatre, 4 Temple Row, B2 5NY 18-22 December £10/£12

With extensive touring experience and a stack of TV and radio appearances behind her - notably in Peter Kay’s comedy vehicles Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere - Barbara Nice has become a familiar face on the UK’s independent comedy circuit, not to mention securing a top spot as one of Birmingham’s most popular comperes and hostesses. Nice has perfected her brand of interactive comedy over the years, performing as much with the audience at gigs as to them, in the role of an opinionated suburban housewife and mother of five from Stockport: the upbeat agony aunt who has a heart-warming answer to most of life’s problems. Janice Connolly, who plays Nice, is the co-founder and artistic director of creative organisation Women and Theatre and has a wealth of acting, writing and directing at her disposal – no doubt one of the reasons she’s able to consistently produce brilliant new material each year. Amidst the madness of the festive season, spending an evening in her cheery and slightly madcap company is a proposition that will surely appeal to even the most antisocial Scrooges amongst us, particularly in the cosy surroundings of the Old Joint Stock’s theatre. We’re talking the old-fashioned staples of a good night out - singing, dancing, sharing and perhaps a spot of crowd-surfing (yes, really!). What’s so fantastic about Nice’s performances is that no one show is the same, but all shows definitely result in one thing – a lifeaffirming live experience. You can also catch Barbara at mac, Cannon Hill Park on the 7th December with her ‘Christmas Cracker’. Tickets are £5. LB 025

WINTER SPORTS MIDLANDS STYLE I love that this country loses its collective mind when it snows. We act all surprised that the country has ground to a skidding stop, but we all are hiding the truth – we bloody love it.


First of all we get to moan, and if we’re feeling fruity, even tut. Secondly, to not go into work appeals to the wide anti-authoritarian streak inside the British, it’s from our race memory of constant invasion and foreign rule. And thirdly; we’re programmed from school to worship the snow gods as granters of the most magical gift a child can receive; the snow day, a day where maths lessons are turned into advanced snowman studies, weak squash transformed into hot chocolate, and a dull bus ride home becomes sledging – an activity so dangerous I’m surprised it’s not sponsored by Red Bull. Potentially the most exhilarating thing you do all year if you don’t count the time you pushed those first year kids into a phone box and held the door shut while a friend threw fireworks in from the bottom.

Birmingham has many urban parks and most kids have their own secret spot, but bothering random kids about their ‘secret spot’ can get in into a lot of trouble so its probably best to stick to this handy guide. Hill Top Park in Northfield Not the steepest incline but one of the longest hills which is good for beginners or cowards. The climb back up is a massive trek. Warning – It is Northfield, which is like a cross between the Jeremy Kyle show and Lord of the Flies. Also the day after the sled runs have streaks of different shades of brown where the snow has melted enough to get to the myriad of dog poop left in the park. Behind the Oak Tree pub in Rednal I used to be the bar supervisor when the pub was known as the Poachers Pocket. One evening while enjoying an after work pint or three with my best mate and my brother we noticed it had absolutely thumped it down with snow. We giddily got up and decided to go sledging. Without a sledge we cut down one of the big vinyl display banners and climbed to the top of the steep incline behind the pub. After a fortifying swig from a hip flask we huddled together and launched ourselves down the hill. Warning – there is no grass at the bottom of the hill, just a path you miss completely as you fly off the wall and a road which you land on messily. The Beacon in The Lickey Hills Anyone from south Birmingham will tell you the beacon is, hands feet and face first down, the BEST sledging spot. Beacon hill is behind the golf course and has a mini castle type structure at the top, it can be seen from all of south Birmingham and affords stunning views of the city. It would be the perfect romantic place to take a girl or boy or whatever if, at night time, it didn’t turn into a notorious dogging spot with a car park full of men selling drugs to each other. The hill from the top to the golf course on the bottom is nearly a sheer drop that only the young, stupid, or drunk would ever survive. Near the bottom it evens out to the perfect angle. Everybody goes there, I’ve seen snow boarders, inflatable boats, and even humble bin liners being used. Warning – the bumps on the side of the Selfridges building make highly effective but very dangerous sledges. I couldn’t stop, hit a tree and spent the next couple of hours pretending not to have concussion. Sledging, its free, fun at any age, and if you end up in hospital, can turn the one snow day off work into a week or so if you do it right. See you on the slopes. DS 027


GASTRONOMIC GIFTS Options for fine dining in Midlands this Christmas are endless. But what about regional foodie treats for underneath the Christmas tree? Here are some alternative edible gift ideas with a distinctively Birmingham and Black Country twist. There’s not a tired old jar of chutney or jumbo tin of Quality Street in sight… Cadbury’s Selection Box: Not exactly groundbreaking, but Cadbury’s is Birmingham’s biggest and proudest food manufacturer. Putting grumblings about Kraft to one side - ‘tis Christmas after all – who doesn’t feel a swell of nostalgia and joy upon sight of a finger of Fudge or a Wildlife Bar? With nearly 200 years of chocolatey heritage, each selection pack is a scrumptious Brummie time capsule. You can even build your own customized selection box online. 028

Balti Kit: The Balti is arguably Birmingham’s greatest contribution to UK culinary culture. Whilst taking your mates for a curry would be a generous gesture, why not give them the gift of curry throughout the year? Head down the Soho Road or to your local Asian supermarket and stock up on bags of East End Spices. These local spice legends have been adding colour and flavour to Birmingham tables for 35 years. Scribble down some favourite curry recipes and parcel it all up in an authentic balti pan. The Black Country Hamper: Ideal for Tiptonians in London exile, this little box of treats is the true taste of the Black Country. Pork Scratchings from Midland Snacks, Herbal Tablets from Teddy Grays, a slab of Bread Pudding from the Pork Joint in Cradley Heath and a hunk of finest Black Pudding, all washed down with a bottle of Bathams Bitter. The more adventurous can also add some of Trailhead’s spicy beef jerky, a trendy newcomer but Black Country through and through! | Brew a Beer in Day: Sadlers Ales offer this unique real ale experience at their CAMRA award winning tap house, The Windsor Castle in Lye. The beer packed day includes breakfast, lunch and, err, lots of beer. Guests get to mash, boil and pitch their own signature brew with help on hand from Sadler’s expert brewers before indulging in a beer sampling session. If the £99 price tag is a bit too steep, check out the more affordable Brewery Tour that comes in at just £15 and includes a beer infused Ploughmans. Regional Cheese Selection: Nothing says: “I love you” quite like the gift of stinky cheese. Pop into Anderson and Hill in the Great Western Arcade to stock up on fine local cheeses. Fair enough, there aren’t cows grazing on Pigeon Park, but this excellent gourmet delicatessen prides itself of stocking the best cheese from neighboring counties (the ones with more grass). The staff know their stuff and will happily help you to build a dream cheeseboard for that someone special… Cocktail Masterclass: Buy a man a martini and he’ll feel like Bond for an evening, teach him how to make a martini and he’ll feel like a very drunk Bond all year round. The Jekyll and Hyde’s exclusive and intimate Gin Parlour makes an excellent destination for a two-hour masterclass (£25 per person) with the bar’s expert bartenders. They talk guest through the history of cocktail culture before teaching them how to make classic cocktails that they can recreate at home. 2013 looks set to be a good year for house parties! JE 029


LAC ARTISTÉ RESTAURANT ASTBURY HALL Chelmarsh, Bridgnorth, 01746 767394

A Georgian stately home, the Shropshire countryside and a luxury golf course aren’t natural bedfellows with heavy metal music but then the owner of Astbury Hall is no obvious (dark) lord of the manor. Set in 350 acres of luscious scenery Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing has transformed the home and surrounding land in to an impressive destination suitable for golfers of all skill levels and those who just want to dine; which is exactly what we did. Launched in October Lac Artisté restaurant is a perfect addition. Set on the ground floor of the hall sumptuous contemporary soft furnishings compliment traditional decor inkeeping with the home but touches of the rockstar lifestyle remind guests who is behind the venue. Judas Priest gold and platinum discs are hung throughout the dining area alongside abstract portraits of musicians like BB King, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan which gives us an excuse to take our pre-dinner drinks and have a look around. Even the bar tables and mirrors are etched to look like vinyl; there are hints of the lifestyle of a musician everywhere if you look closely enough. The restaurant holds 60 covers over 3 rooms which can be split down for large parties and private diners offering a myriad of options for guests and large parties. Our seat was in the window close to the bar, it is just a shame it was so dark outside that we couldn’t see the lovely grounds and the lake but it is atmospheric and homely, we love it. The a La Carte evening menu offers good hearty locally sourced food with a touch of Mediterranean inspiration thanks to Head chef Amadou Sam Faal. The portions are surprisingly generous and very reasonable priced. It is unpretentious, and that includes the wine list (the most expensive bottle we noticed was £40), which is refreshing in the surroundings. 030

For our starters we try Chicken liver parfait served with onion marmalade with wholemeal croute (£5.50) and Hummus with olives and confit tomatoes in balsamic oil with warm Pitta bread (£5.00). Both are presented beautifully and taste delicious. The portions are perfectly sized and go down very well. There are around five to six mains to choose from including veggie options, with the addition of prime cut Steaks and fish/seafood dishes. We go for Shropshire grilled Lamb Rump, served with a Minted Jus (£14) and the Trio of Fish (£17) which is Seabass, Salmon, and scallops. We make the mistake of ordering two sides each (Sauteed Spinach x 2, Sauteed Potatoes and Mediterranean Vegetables) where one each would of been plenty enough. Each dish comes with a healthy serving of green leaf which would be suitable on its own. Both dishes are plentiful, cooked perfectly and most importantly delicious and full of flavour. Of course there is no room for dessert but we just manage to share one and we were so glad that we did. Our choice is the Baileys & Lavender Creme Brulee with Shortbread (£6). The texture is velvety creamy and it tastes scrumptious so much so I need the recipe. It will certainly go up there with one of the nicest desserts i’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The a la carte Lac Artisté restaurant is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. A more relaxed lunch menu is available throughout the week, and Astbury Hall also has a fantastic Sunday Dinner option too; we’ll be trying it all. A Christmas Day menu is available for £65 per person. 031



WINTER COCKTAILS AT LE TRUC 21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham, B5 4ST 0121 622 7050 | @LeTrucCafe

We’re loving new French Bar & Restaurant in Southside that goes by the name of Le Truc. This art infused eclectic oasis of calm has a winning combination of hearty French food and artisan cocktails. We’ve invited bartender Aman Johl to share one of his concoctions from their winter cocktail menu. Aman had this to say about a one of Le Truc’s new seasonal cocktails; “Our twist on a classic winter warmer, the Hot Toddy Calvados, balances the spice of our home made ginger and clove syrup with smooth honey and a cloudy apple juice. We’ve based our drink on the gentle warmth of Calvados, a French apple brandy, but if you’re making them at home any of the darker spirits will wash away those winter blues!” To make this drink at home, take your favourite mug and begin by adding fresh ginger and a couple of cloves. Crush them gently, and add a generous measure of honey and the juice of half a lemon. Stir these with a generous measure of the spirit of your choice, and top with hot water. We have added apple juice to bring out the flavours of the Calvados in ours, but feel free to experiment. Hot Toddy Calvados - what you’ll need 50ml Calvados 20ml Honey, Clove, and Ginger Syrup 20ml Lemon Juice Top with hot water, add a dash of apple juice Go and see the team at Le Truc, they’ll be happy to make some of their award winning cocktails, including Amans’ Cana Flip It? A recent winner at the Flor De Cana competition held in Birmingham; a creamy delight which blends lime curd, crushed Extra Strong mints and secret blend of five spices to create a delicate yet complex drinking experience. YUM! 033


The resolution to ring your mum more often is relatively easy, whereas the promise to never, ever again touch another slice of chocolate cake, ever, is nigh impossible to keep. This is why the concept of New Year resolutions is a paradox in itself. Filled with the bloat of that last mince pie, the guilt of family frictions over the festive season and the suffocating dreariness of another three months of long, dark nights, New Year’s resolutions are like the five endless post-Christmas days eating turkey curry: arduous, disappointing and inevitably leading to ennui. It is undoubtedly the impracticable stereotypes of New Year’s resolutions that lead to unavoidable failure. The going cold turkey (pun intended) on your twenty a day habit. The self-denial of even a sip of alcohol to brighten up the dreariest January evening. Instead, choose resolutions which will both alleviate those post-Christmas blues and create a feel-good factor that will last the entire year round. With this is in mind we’ve created a scheme of five resolutions which will benefit your mind, body and soul, and come January 1st, will actually be achievable. Good for the body Tired of the annual failure of the Dukan, low GI or Raw Food diets by January 18th? Then don those trainers and sign yourself up for the Bupa Great Birmingham Run 2013. Resolutions are always easier to keep when you have a target to aim for, and being sponsored to raise money for charity will definitely give you that little 034

extra push to succeed. As the Great Birmingham Run is a half-marathon, and isn’t until October, it means you can train slowly, build stamina and hopefully retain that fitness until the 2013 festive season rolls around again. For more information see the website: Good for the brain Are you a frustrated aspiring author? Have you ever harboured dreams of being the next J.K Rowling or Ian McEwan? Then pull your turkeyfuddled brain out of its festive daze and sign up to the Starting a Novel… And Finishing It creative writing course held at Light House, in Wolverhampton. The eight week course will give you the ability to discover your hidden writing talent, covering everything from developing an original idea, to plotting your novel and creating an effective denouement. As well as this, it will give you all the information and advice necessary to get your novel published. See the Light House website for more details: Good for the bank balance Are you both feeling the festive strain on your savings and unashamedly addicted to programme’s like Dragons’ Den? Take the plunge and combine the two by joining Birmingham’s Diverse Entrepreneur Network. A peer to peer mentoring club for business owners, of

any size or sector, the Diverse Entrepreneur Network offers support for businesses who want to both build their business and overcome its challenges. Comprising of monthly group mentoring sessions, interactive business training and public networking events, amongst others, joining DEN is the perfect way to facilitate your business success. diverse-entrepreneur-network/ Good for the soul Arguably, as resolutions are made to become a more fulfilled and wellrounded person, it is surprising that this is an area often overlooked when compiling New Year’s resolutions. Looking after your body’s physical and mental needs is laudable, but what about your emotional needs? For 2013, make a resolution that gives something back to the community that you live in, and help those who aren’t as wealthy, healthy or lucky as you are. A great example is volunteering at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital; whether it’ll be reading to the children, keeping them company when their families’ have popped out for twenty minutes or showing people around, you know it’ll be doing your soul some good. For more information visit: www. volunteers. AW 035


Stuck for ideas for what to buy your nearest and dearest? Well, look no further and read this guide on the best places to go to find that special gift for Christmas. Mr. Bird’s Emporium Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA @Mrbirdsemporium The cool kids behind Urban Village and Sutton Vintage & Arts Fair have joined forces to present a new concept in Vintage and Independent retail – Mr. Bird’s Emporium! If you want something different for your quirkiest and vintage loving buddies then you’ll find it here. With 13 permanent traders within one open plan shop space, your sure to find that special something. 036

RedCandy Not strictly a store, but a website owned by a Birmingham based whizz-kid, which will have fans of the colour red dancing in excitement. This website has the quirkiest gifts for the home – our personal favourites are the invisible book shelf and the do-it-yourself cubic clock. Perfect for gifts for him and her. FFrenchy’s The Custard Factory, Gibb Street If antique furniture and one-off vintage furnishings float your boat, then this is a little treasure trove for more spectacular gifts. Cocktail cabinets, cute crockery, collectables and great dinner party fodder can be found – perfect for gifts for mum and your vintage fashionista friends. Nostalgia & Comics 14-16 Smallbrook Queensway  Birmingham,B5 4EN If your buddies are more into geek chic, then the comics and memorabilia in this store will bring a smile to their faces. Nostalgia & Comics is one of the UK’s original comic shops, opening in 1977, which makes it the second oldest in the UK. It has comics and graphic novels aplenty, covering all genres as well as little pieces of associate memorabilia that will definitely boggle your mind for hours as you choose the perfect gift.

Cyber Candy 80 Bull Street  Birmingham B4 6AB 0845 838 0958 The greatest place to find presents for your sweet toothed friends. This year we’re hoping we get plenty of Oreo Kit Kat Chunky’s and massive Star Wars Pez dispensers from Cyber Candy. There are so many sweets and chocolate in here from all over the world that you could quite possibly pass out from the choice and sugar in the air. You really won’t leave this place without a bag full of goodies. Raquel Rouge 1 Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4EA 01926 886357 Ladies, looking for a marvellous way to treat yourself? Raquel Rogue offers a ‘boudoir session in a box’ which includes a voucher for hair, makeup, photo shoot, basic retouching and two 5x7 prints in a 220 x 220 x 100mm shiny black box laced with red ribbon. The girls at the studio will make-up even the shyest girlie at ease and the images are reminiscent of vintage Hollywood glamour shots of the bygone era. KO



DESIGN SPACE FESTIVE POP-UP Great Western Arcade, Birmingham Open until Christmas

Festive pop-up shop Number 22 will showcase the first jewellery and giftware collections of 12 up-and-coming designer makers from the Design Space. Specialising in handmade, beautifully-finished, limited-edition pieces the shop is part of a unique scheme managed by Birmingham City Council that provides business support and workshop space to emerging jewellers. Pieces available to buy range from glimmering gemstones cushioned in gold and silver to colourful, quirky pieces made from unorthodox materials like Amanda Trimmer’s ‘Secret Superhero’ collection pictured above. The shop is staffed by the designers themselves, who are on hand to share insight into the jewels, discuss bespoke commissions and help ensure the gift buying experience is as enjoyable as possible, even providing a luxury giftwrapping service.  038

FASHION&SHOPPING Christmas Tree Decoration, £45

Bobbi Brown Powder Pearls Trio, Selfridges

Ciate Mini Bar £38, Selfridges

Bath Crystals £6, The Body Shop

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. £35, Selfridges

Tatty Devin Head Band, £81

Stag Ring, £40 Goldsmiths New Look, £19.99


River Island £38

Ecru, £38

Vivienne Westwood Watch, Goldsmiths £275

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters, £35.00

Tommy Hillfiger Watch, £155 Goldsmiths Ping Pong LTD ED DVD box set, £59.99

Tatty Devin Cufflinks, £24


FASHION&SHOPPING Shit London, £9.99

Minotaur print by Jane Anderson, £15

Jon Burgerman LUSH bath bomb Gift Set, £25

Friendly Foxes $40,


Heidi Kenney plush toys, $24.95

Woodprint, 60e

Jon Burgerman Crockery Gift Set, £40

LTD ed Laser Cut Wooden Brooch, £15

Jeremyville T-shirt, $55

Customised bikes by Mango from £269





Win a £250 voucher Our favorite High Street furniture retailer, dwell, is opening a new store at the Bullring in Birmingham this December. The new store will become the 24th for the eclectic retailer who already has stores in Solihull and Fort Dunlop. Dwell is the ultimate stylish high street home store offering an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories for all areas of the home, from sofas and dining tables to statement lighting and glamorous bedrooms.  This prize will give you the opportunity to spruce up your home with something new from their gorgeous collections. *How to enter on Page 41. 044



WIN A UNISEX CAMBRIDGE RAINCOAT The new men’s collection from The Cambridge Raincoat Company provides the perfect combination of style and substance in equal measure. Designed as the perfect wet weather solution for cyclists, a Cambridge Raincoat has all the practical properties needed, whilst being easy to wear and looking great. The men’s raincoats also look equally fabulous on ladies, making them a brilliant unisex option. A true investment piece that will never go out of fashion. Win this Tomato Red Cambridge Raincoat, complete with ink blue polka dot lining, worth £220.00. *Please include your size when you enter.

WIN A Rachael Taylor IPOD & IPHONE CASE Internationally acclaimed surface pattern designer and textile artist Rachael Taylor’s distinctive collections are sold worldwide. Her work decorates the world and you can find her products in areas such as stationery through to homewares. Rachael creates ‘patterns to make you happy’ and her zest for life and colour comes through in her designs and brand. Rachael is known for her strong signature look. Her designs are full of energy, fun, contemporary, quirky & fresh and this season you’ll find her new designs on covers for iPads and iPhones and we have one of each to giveaway. The ‘Retro Field’ Keka™ case is fashion & style for your iPad and iPhone! Akin to a hardback book cover eco-friendly inks are used for printing and the case is made to resist tears and stains as well as water. The Keka for the iPad also doubles as a stand! 045



WIN Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates WIN tickets for a family of 4

Brian Conley has become somewhat of a regular at the Birmingham Hippodrome and he is returning once again as the lead role of Robinson Crusoe in his sixth pantomime at the theatre. Brian is joined by television and stage actress Lesley Joseph and Kathryn Rooney who will all be on hand to make sure you have a memorable evening in this dazzling show. Tickets are priced £14-£37.50 www.; or call 0844 338 5000



Superdry Watches 1 male & 1 female to Giveaway Superdry have just launched there brand-new watch collection. The collection offers vintage-inspired raw leather pieces and robust steel bracelet watches, through to clean and delicate preppy styles and soft silicone colour-pop sporty pieces. This diverse collection of timepieces creates the perfect balance between distressed leathers and functional design, with equally appealing prices from £59.99 to £109.99.

WIN a jelly Bellu bean machine and a kilo of tasty beans Jelly Belly® jelly beans are in a league of their own - the coolest, most delicious jelly beans imaginable. Full of true-to-life flavour and developed for the sophisticated palate (ahem), the beans are packed with an intensely juicy taste, from their brightly coloured shells right through to their centres. Blissful indulgence comes via 90 authentic flavours including Green Tea, Chilli Mango, Piňa Colada or Juicy Pear and the Jelly Belly bean machine is an essential accessory to dispense them. We’re giving one away plus a kilo of delicious, luscious Jelly Belly jelly beans.


BROADWAY T2 WIRELESS TV STREAMER TO IPHONE/IPAD/ PC 1 to giveaway Ideal for frequent travelers, this small box sits between your TV source and internet router and lets users access live TV from anywhere in the world. Just use your Mac, iPhone, iPad, PC or Android devices and download a browser link to scan literally any channel. You need never miss an episode of your favourite programme again no matter where in the World you travel to. Available now at £149.99 from

WI DRIVE 1 to giveaway Wirelessly share your world with family and friends with this great pocket-sized portable storage device that offers file sharing for Apple iPad, iPHone and iPod touch, Android devices, Kindle Fire and loads more. This savvy, slim device allows you to wirelessly stream and share music, documents, movies and photos with up to 3 different users at the same time via a web browser. Available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB with a price tag of £89.99 (64GB) at

HOW TO ENTER To enter any of the competitions tell us: What date is Boxing Day? Send your answer via email to along with your name, address, telephone number and date of birth. Please put the name of the competition in the subject box. Only one email per competition. Deadline for entry to all competitions is the 17th December.



WIN THE UNIVERSE 1 DVD BOX SET to giveaway Featuring stunning footage from NASA and packed with state-of the- art CGI graphics, THE UNIVERSE takes viewers on a visually arresting journey across the galaxy to bring the beauty and mysteries of the cosmos a little closer to home. Containing all 76 original episodes over 6 seasons of this epic series, as well as a beautifully written, full colour book “Our Universe: The Solar System�, it makes this an essential user-friendly guide to the mysteries of our planet and its place in the universe.

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SPORTING GREATS 1 DVD BOX SET to giveaway From historic greats such as Ali, Bradman and Ruth to modern day icons such as Federer and Bolt, this incredible series identifies the men and women that stand out from history as being truly special, sporting legends. This 9 DVD set, featuring in-depth profiles on 24 legends in sport, and boasting exclusive interviews with the legends themselves this fabulous box set is a must have for any sports fan!


ICE ROAD TRUCKERS 1 DVD BOX SET to giveaway Catch-up with the drivers on the most hair-raising roads on the planet. This blockbusting 26 disc set contains every episode from Seasons 1 to 4 of Ice Road Truckers, as well as action from Season 5. Also included are Seasons 1 & 2 of the hit spin-off series IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS.



Powermonkey Discovery 5 to giveaway Featuring a state-of-the-art 3500mAh lithium polymer battery, the sleek Powermonkey Discovery offers users real power on the move. Housed in a stylish full aluminium case with 6 high bright pin point LED lights, from one charge the device will recharge an iPhone twice, standard mobile phones 3-4 times, or give iPods / MP3 players up to an additional 120 hours playtime. It is also compatible with e-readers, Sat Navs, handheld games consoles, portable GPS systems and more. The powermonkey discovery retails at £45.00 and is available from www.

T.REX - The Slider 40th Anniversary Box Set Bolan’s work sounds as vibrant now as it did when he was rewriting the pop rulebook during the early 70s and this boxset includes the original album remastered by Tony Visconti, single B-sides, outtakes and previously unreleased material. There’s also a DVD featuring interviews and performances, a hardback coffee-table book, sheet music as well as a facsimile of an original Bolan fan club letter, membership card, rosette and concert ticket. The release will be a worldwide numbered limited edition of 2000 copies.

WIN a copy of: Katie Melua - Secret Symphony and The Best of Eva Cassidy. We have 5 of each of these new albums to giveaway.



WIN TOY STORY MANIA! FOR PS3 1 to giveaway The game joins all of the classic Toy Story characters as Woody, Buzz and others stage their own zany, fun-filled carnival. Toy Story Mania! allows players to participate in familiar, and all-new carnival-inspired shooting galleries, and win prizes in mini-games.

WIN Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure FOR WII 1 to giveaway This interactive journey, from the globally successful Disney Princess franchise, gives players the chance to find a spell that has been cast over the beloved Princess worlds and use their magic wand to help Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Tiana restore peace and bring “happily ever after” back to each kingdom.



SKYFALL To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic British secret agent, James Bond, and the latest movie installment Skyfall, Cartamundi have released a Special Edition range of Playing Cards and Poker Sets including the SKYFALL Compact 150 Chip Poker Set (RRP £34.99). The 007™ Playing Cards and Poker Sets are available from all good toy retailers. www.


i4 universal charger 3 to giveaway To ease the lives of people who own more than two mobile devices IDAPT has created the i4, a multiple charger capable of saving its users vital time and space. Instead of wrestling with a never-ending array of cords the IDAPT i4 allows us to juice up to four gadgets simultaneously and eliminates wire clutter around the home. This nifty charging solution that can charge up to 4 mobile devices simultaneously and is compatible with over 4,000 mobile electronic devices including the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Nintendo DS, PSP, GPS systems, digital cameras, and Bluetooth products.

WIN A FESTIVE FILM NIGHT IN WITH GALLO FILM CLUB Gallo Family Vineyards, makers of the nation’s much loved wine, has created the Gallo Film Club. Movie fans can join the online club at and access all the tools to enjoy a slice of the big screen with friends and recreate their favourite blockbuster at home for the ultimate filmthemed night-in.  We have a festive Gallo Film Club pack which includes a case of Gallo White Grenache, DVDs and popcorn. HOW TO ENTER To enter any of the competitions tell us: What date is Boxing Day? Send your answer via email to along with your name, address, telephone number and date of birth. Please put the name of the competition in the subject box. Only one email per competition. Deadline for entry to all competitions is the 17th December. 051



WIN TICKETS TO CLOTHES SHOW LIVE Win the ultimate fashion and beauty experience with Clothes Show Live 2012, the UK’s biggest fashion and beauty event! Clothes Show Live is giving FIVE lucky AREA readers the chance to win tickets to the show taking place from 7 – 11 December at NEC Birmingham. The event features non-stop catwalks shows, hundreds of high-street, vintage and designer brands to shop from, hair and beauty demonstrations, industry talks by leading experts and appearances by some of the UK’s favourite celebrities – including Brit designer Henry Holland, stylist to the stars Grace Woodward and Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model judge Charlie Speed. Fronted by British model Daisy Lowe the event is set to be the biggest, most fashionable and interactive to date. The prize includes a seat in the spectacular Suzuki Fashion Theatre featuring over 40 handpicked models and dancers and some of the best of British fashion. QUESTION Just tell us what are the names of Daisy Lowe’s equally famous parents? Send your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to: Please put CLOTHES SHOW in the Subject Box. Winners will be notified on the 1st December. 053



Saturday 1 December EVENT BBC Good Food Show Winter The NEC, 9am

THEATRE The Emperor’s New Clothes mac 2.30pm & 7.30pm

EVENT Silver Cufflinks Making Class The Quarterworkshop 10.30am

THEATRE Colder Than Here Crescent Theatre 2.45pm

ART Family Saturdays Ikon Gallery 1.00pm THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm

CLUB The Fox Saturday Night Party The Fox Bar 7.00pm MUSIC Martyr De Mona, Mad Hatter The End 7.00pm

DANCE BRB Cinderella Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MUSIC Neds Atomic Dustbin, Cud, Frank & Walters, DJ Steve Lamacq Civic Hall 7pm

THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MUSIC She Screams Murder, Lightfire


O2 Academy 3 7.00pm

Hyde 8.00pm

COMEDY Neil Delamere, Kelly Kingham, Roger Monkhouse, Andy Robinson Glee Club 7.30pm

CLUB JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm

MUSIC A Winters Night With Goodnight Lenin Birmingham Cathedral 7.30pm

CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9.00pm

music Beast at 30 Bramall Music Building 7.30pm MUSIC Scott Matthews Town Hall 8.00pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and

CLUB Retrobates Vertu 8.00pm

COMEDY Sean Meo, Sean Percival, Trevor Crook, Johnny Candon Highlight 9.00pm CLUB Cream 20th Anniversary Tour Rainbow 9.00pm CLUB Flashback:

Sunday 2 December The Annual Reunion 2012 HMV Institute 9.00pm MUSIC Gateau Funk Le Truc Cafe 9.00pm MUSIC Matthew Dear Hare & Hounds 9.00pm COMEDY Kane Brown, John Ryan, Kojo Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm CLUB Face: 2.31 Rainbow, 9pm CLUB SumoSoundSystem’s End Of Year Party Hare & Hounds 9.00pm CLUB Paul Oakenfield Gatecrasher 10.00pm

EVENT BBC Good Food Show Winter The NEC 9.30am MUSIC Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12.00pm DANCE BRB Cinderella Birmingham Hippodrome 1.00pm MUSIC Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm MUSIC Folk @ Ort Ort Cafe 2.00pm EVENT J.W. Waterhouse and the Tempestuous Loveliness of Terror Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2.00pm

MUSIC Beast at 30 Bramall Music Building 2.00pm

Craddock Adam And Eve 7.00pm MUSIC All The Young O2 Academy 3 7.00pm

MUSIC The Sunflower Sessions Sunflower Lounge CLUB 6.00pm Club Bebop Hare & Hounds MUSIC 8.00pm Miss May I O2 Academy 2 7.00pm MUSIC The Raveonettes, Holy Esque HMV Institute 7.00pm MUSIC Jack Martello The Yardbird 7.00pm MUSIC Chill Out The Fox Bar 7.00pm MUSIC Bella Diem, Aarron Armstrong-

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Monday 3 December THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm MUSIC Candlelit Concert St. Martin in the Bull Ring 6.30pm MUSIC Ben Folds Five O2 Academy 2 7.00pm MUSIC Motown Monday The Lord Clifden 7.00pm MUSIC Martha Wainwright HMV Institute 7.00pm MUSIC That Sunday Feeling O2 Academy 3 7.00pm SPOKEN WORD Mark Thomas: 056

Tuesday 4 December Bravo Figaro mac 7.30pm MUSIC Willy Mason Glee Club 7.30pm MUSIC Jam Jah Mondays The Bulls Head 9.00pm


THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm SPOKEN WORD Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro mac 6.00pm MUSIC Twenty Twenty, Futureproof & The Promise HMV Institute 6.00pm EVENT Producers Forum Yuletide Social mac, 6.00pm MUSIC Open Acoustic Session CafĂŠ Blend 6.30pm COMEDY The Laughing Sole Comedy Club The British Oak 7.00pm

THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 7.00pm MUSIC Electric Six 10th Anniversary Tour O2 Academy 2 7.00pm MUSIC Yardbird Acoustic Session The Yardbird 7.00pm MUSIC Our Days Wasted Adam And Eve 7.00pm ART Drink and Doodle - Pat Kav Life Drawing! Patrick Kavannagh Bar 7.00pm DANCE BRB Cinderella Birmingham

Wednesday 5 December Hippodrome 7.30pm MUSIC Swampmeat Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm MUSIC Acoustic Club The Bulls Head 8.00pm CLUB 90’s Night Rainbow 10.00pm

THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10am & 1.30pm

Thursday 6 December MUSIC The View O2 Academy 2 7.00pm

COMEDY Josie Long Romance & EVENT Conservation Adventure The Slade Rooms Tour of the 7pm Staffordshire Hoard SPOKEN WORD Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro 12.30pm mac 7.30pm DANCE Tea Dance EVENT The Public, Nitro Circus 1.00pm Live The NIA DANCE 8.00pm BRB Cinderella MUSIC Birmingham The Likely Hippodrome 2.00pm & 7.30PM Lads Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm THEATRE The Wind In MUSIC The Willows Hope and Crescent Theatre Social 2.30pm Hare & Hounds 8.00pm COMEDY The Laughing Sole Comedy Club The Public, 7pm

THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 10.15am & 2.30pm EVENT Ed Doolan’s Christmas Show Symphony Hall 11.00am MUSIC Andy Isherwood Ensemble Bramall Music Building 5.00pm MUSIC Her Dark Embrace O2 Academy 3 6.30pm MUSIC Band of Skulls, Folks HMV Institute 7.00pm 057

Friday 7 December COMEDY Carl Donnelly, Jim Tavare, Dan Nightingale: Early Show Glee Club 7.00pm & 8.15pm COMEDY Jack Dee Civic Hall 7pm

MUSIC University Music Society Big Band Bramall Music Building 7.30pm MUSIC Soul Cafe Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm MUSIC Moselele Prince of Wales 8.00pm

EVENT Clothes Show Live 2012 The NEC 9.00am THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm

MUSIC Scroobius Pip HMV Institute 6.30pm MUSIC The Glitter Band HMV Institute 6.30pm EVENT Murder Mystery Evening Highbury Hall 7.00pm

THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 10.15am & 2.30pm COMEDY MUSIC Carl DonnelMax ly, Jim Tavare, MUSIC MUSIC Tomlinson Lunchtime Gui- Paul Thorne: Red Fang, El Early Show The Yardbird tar Concert Caco Glee Club 8.00pm Birmingham MuHMV Institute seum & Art Gallery 7pm & 8.15pm 7.00pm CLUB 1.00pm Manhattan COMEDY MUSIC Loft Rhod Gilbert EVENT Anaal Nathra- The Victoria Civic Hall Origins of kh, MorgueOr- 9.00pm Middle-Earth, 7pm gy, No Reality a Winter Walk The Flapper COMEDY COMEDY Sarehole Mill 7.00pm Geoff NorUpfront Com1.00pm cott, Tony edy: Felicity DANCE Hendriks, Jeff MUSIC Ethnic BRB Innocent The Drum Waka Flocka Cinderella Jongleurs Comedy Flame 7.00pm Birmingham Club HMV Institute Hippodrome 9.00pm MUSIC 6.30pm 7.30pm Snooty Bobs, MUSIC Stealing Sheep Hare & Hounds 7.00pm


Saturday 8 December Alex Aitken, Lauren Pryke Sunflower Lounge 7.00pm

EVENT Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of The Worlds The NIA 8.00pm

MUSIC Illflower, Infractor, Malandra, One Life Left COMEDY O2 Academy 3 Kill For A 7.00pm Seat mac DANCE 8.00pm BRB Cinderella MUSIC Birmingham Lucha Libre Hippodrome Bodega Bar 7.30pm 8.00pm CLUB Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde, 7.30pm MUSIC Mumford & Sons LG Arena 7.30pm MUSIC Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Bramall Music Building 7.30pm

COMEDY Barbara Nice - Christmas Cracker mac 8.30pm COMEDY Sean Percival, Tanyalee Davis, Stuart Goldsmith, David Longley Highlight 9.00pm COMEDY Geoff Norcott, Tony

Hendriks, Jeff Innocent Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm


EVENT Clothes Show Live 2012 The NEC 9.00am WORKSHOP Silver Earrings Making Class The Quarterworkshop 10.00am WORKSHOP Beautiful Bangles Adult Workshop Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 1pm THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm DANCE BRB Cinderella Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm THEATRE The Wind In 059

r The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm MUSIC Sebastien Tellier HMV Institute 6.30pm CLUB The Fox Saturday Night Party The Fox Bar 7.00pm

CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde, 8.00pm CLUB JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm

MUSIC Gateau Funk Le Truc Cafe 9.00pm EVENT The Hardcore Awards 2012 O2 Academy 2 9.00pm

MUSIC 6ix Foot Fall, As Night Dies, Under Blackened Skies, Black Tooth Grin The Flapper 7.45pm

COMEDY Geoff Norcott, Tony Hendriks, Jeff Innocent Jongleurs Comedy Club MUSIC Craig Charles 9.00pm Hare & Hounds CLUB 9.00pm Face: wAFF Rainbow CLUB 9.00pm Vertigo The Victoria CLUB 9.00pm Ec Lectricity: Rusko & CLUB Madeon High Fidelity HMV Institute Hare & Hounds 10.00pm 9.00pm

EVENT Ruby Maihem Burlesque Christmas Special The Public 8.00pm

COMEDY Sean Percival, Tanyalee Davis, Stuart Goldsmith, David Longley Highlight, 9pm

MUSIC The 1975 HMV Institute 7.00pm


COMEDY Carl Donnelly, Jim Tavare, Paul Thorne Glee Club, 8.15pm

Sunday 9 December EVENT Clothes Show Live 2012 The NEC 9.00am MUSIC Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12.00pm DANCE BRB Cinderella Birmingham Hippodrome 1.00pm MUSIC Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm MUSIC Folk @ Ort Ort Cafe 2.00pm EVENT Tolkien’s Birmingham Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 3.00pm MUSIC Orbital, Nathan Fake

Monday 10 December O2 Academy 2 7.00pm CLUB Chill Out The Fox Bar 7.00pm MUSIC Rich Robinson HMV Institute 7.00pm MUSIC Emerging Icons Live O2 Academy 3 7.00pm MUSIC Cerys by Candlelight Glee Club 7.30pm CLUB Club Bebop Hare & Hounds 8.00pm MUSIC The Black Keys, The Maccabees The NIA 8.00pm

EVENT Clothes Show Live 2012 The NEC 9.00am THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 10.15am & 2.30pm MUSIC Admiral Fallow HMV Institute 7.00pm MUSIC Motown Monday The Lord Clifden 7.00pm MUSIC Bethan and the Morgans, Luke Round Adam And Eve 7.00pm

Tuesday 11 December MUSIC Christmas with the Rat Pack New Alexandra Theatre 7.30pm

EVENT Clothes Show Live 2012 The NEC 9.00am

FILM Filum Night The Spotted Dog 7.30pm

THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10am & 1.30pm

MUSIC Jam Jah Mondays The Bulls Head 9.00pm

Theatre The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 10.15am & 2.30pm



MUSIC Thin Lizzy, The Treatment & FM HMV Institute 7.00pm MUSIC The Hives O2 Academy 2 7.00pm MUSIC The Rasmus, The Dirty Youth O2 Academy 2 7.00pm



Wednesday 12 December

THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep MUSIC Acoustic Club 10am & 1.30pm The Bulls Head THEATRE 8.00pm The Wind In MUSIC The Famous The Willows COMEDY Class Crescent Theatre Dave Johns, The End Junior Simp10.15am & 2.30pm 7.00pm son, Karen Bayley, The MUSIC Noise Next MUSIC Christmas Luke Concan- Door with the Rat non, One Sixth Highlight Pack Of Tommy 9pm New Alexandra O2 Academy 3 Theatre 7.00pm CLUB 2.30pm & 7.30pm 90’s Night ART Rainbow COMEDY Drink and 10.00pm Simon B Doodle - Pat Cotter, Kav Life DrawCharlie Baker ing! Glee Club Patrick Kavannagh 7.00pm & 8.15pm Bar 7.00pm MUSIC Charlie LankMUSIC ester and The Christmas Mojo Killers with the Rat O2 Academy 3 Pack 7.00pm New Alexandra Theatre MUSIC 7.30pm The Other Tribe MUSIC Hare & Hounds Swampmeat 7pm MUSIC Yardbird Acoustic Session The Yardbird 7.00pm


Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm

MUSIC Simon Friend’s Seismic Survey Hare & Hounds 7.30pm CLUB Tantrums DJs Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm MUSIC Nurvrax Jam: The John Morris Trio The Yardbird 8.00pm


Thursday 13 December THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm

Friday 14 December MUSIC Madness LG Arena 7.30pm MUSIC Soul Cafe Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm

THEATRE The Wind In The Willows MUSIC Crescent Theatre 10.15am & 2.30pm Festive Lucha Bodega Bar 8.00pm MUSIC Our Dystopia, Jester MUSIC Jazz Juice O2 Academy 3 Presents Will 6.30pm Rumney The Yardbird MUSIC 8.00pm The Damned O2 Academy 2 CLUB 7.00pm Manhattan Loft COMEDY The Victoria Simon B Cot9.00pm ter, Charlie Baker COMEDY Glee Club 7.00pm & 8.15pm John Ryan, Gordon Southern, music Rudi LickVery Cherry Acoustic Open wood Jongleurs Comedy Mic Night Club Cherry Red Cafe 9.00pm Bar 7.00pm

THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm COMEDY Simon B Cotter, Charlie Baker Lunchtime Show Glee Club 12.30pm COMEDY The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm MUSIC Ali Campbell O2 Academy 2 6.00pm MUSIC Kitten Pyramid, Idle Playthings, Exile84, Zim Zim O2 Academy 3 6.30pm COMEDY Simon B Cotter, Charlie Baker Glee Club

7pm & 8.15pm CLUB Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm MUSIC Midnight Bonfires The Flapper 7.45pm MUSIC Jackmaster Hare & Hounds 8.00pm COMEDY Trevor Crook, Karen Bayley, Mick Ferry, The Noise Next Door Highlight 9.00pm COMEDY John Ryan, Gordon Southern, Rudi Lickwood Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm


Saturday 15 December MUSIC Dappy O2 Academy 2 6.00pm MUSIC Speech Debelle HMV Institute 6.30pm COMEDY Simon B Cotter, Charlie Baker, Geoff Norcott Glee Club 7.00pm MUSIC Alttia, Sister Shotgun O2 Academy 3 7.00pm MUSIC The Lines Civic Hall 7pm

r THEATRE Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 7.15pm

MUSIC Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12.00pm

THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 7.30pm

THEATRE Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 1.00pm & 5.15pm

CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8.00pm

MUSIC Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm

CLUB JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm

MUSIC Folk @ Ort Ort Cafe 2.00pm

COMEDY Trevor Crook, Karen Bayley, Mick Ferry, The Noise Next Door Highlight, 9.00pm

MUSIC Ellie Goulding O2 Academy 2 7.00pm

MUSIC Castrovalva, Exit International Sunflower Lounge MUSIC Gateau Funk 7.00pm Le Truc Cafe 9.00pm 064

COMEDY John Ryan, Gordon Southern, Rudi Lickwood Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm

Sunday 16 December

MUSIC Chris Tye Kitchen Garden Cafe, 7.00pm

MUSIC Insolito, Conduit O2 Academy 3 7.00pm COMEDY Marcus Brigstocke Wulfrun Hall 7pm MUSIC The Bootleg Beatles The NIA 7.30pm MUSIC Tim Burgess Glee Club 7.30pm CLUB Club Bebop Hare & Hounds 8.00pm


Monday 17 December

Tuesday 18 December

THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm

THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm

Session The Yardbird 7.00pm MUSIC Natives O2 Academy 3 7.00pm

THEATRE The Wind In The Willows ART Crescent Theatre Drink and 10.15am & 2.30pm Doodle - Pat Kav Life Drawing! THEATRE Patrick Kavannagh Robinson Crusoe and Bar MUSIC the Caribbean 7.00pm Lunchtime Pirates Organ Birmingham Concert THEATRE Hippodrome Dolly Symphony Hall 2.30pm & 7.15pm Parton’s 9 To 1.00pm 5: The Musical New Alexandra MUSIC MUSIC Open Acoustic Theatre Motown Session Monday 7.30pm Café Blend The Lord Clifden 6.30pm MUSIC 7.00pm Acoustic Club COMEDY The Bulls Head THEATRE Mark Olver, Dolly 8.00pm Parton’s 9 To Sean Collins, 5: The Musical Gavin COMEDY Webster New Alexandra Barbara Glee Club Nice’s Theatre 7.00pm & 8.15pm Countdown to 7.30pm Christmas MUSIC The Old Joint Yardbird Stock Acoustic 8.00pm THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 10.15am & 2.30pm


Wednesday 19 December THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm

r Glee Club 7.00pm & 8.15pm MUSIC Stereophonics, Gaz Coombes O2 Academy 2 7.00pm

THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre MUSIC 10.15am & 2.30pm Molotov Jukebox Hare & Hounds DANCE Tea Dance 7.30pm The Public COMEDY 1.00pm Barbara Nice’s THEATRE Countdown to Robinson Christmas Crusoe and the Caribbean The Old Joint Pirates Stock Birmingham 8.00pm Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.15pm COMEDY Geoff Boyz, Steve Gribbin, THEATRE Karen Bayley, Dolly David Longley Parton’s 9 To 5: The Musical Highlight 9.00pm New Alexandra Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm COMEDY Mark Olver, Sean Collins, Gavin Webster 066

Thursday 20 December THEATRE James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 10.00am & 1.30pm

COMEDY Mark Olver, Sean Collins, The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue Glee Club 7pm & 8.15pm

THEATRE The Wind In MUSIC The Willows Very Cherry Crescent Theatre 10.15am & 2.30pm Acoustic Open Mic Night THEATRE Cherry Red Cafe Robinson Bar Crusoe and the Caribbean 7.00pm Pirates MUSIC Birmingham Jools Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.15pm Holland & His Rhythm & Blues MUSIC Folk for Free: Orchestra Symphony Hall Charlotte 7.30pm Carpenter Symphony Hall THEATRE 5.30pm Dolly Parton’s 9 MUSIC To 5: The Breakfast Musical at Charlies, The Regulars, New Alexandra Theatre Pretentious 7.30pm Class O2 Academy 3 MUSIC 6.30pm The Toy Hearts

Friday 21 December Hare & Hounds 7.30pm

Stock 8.00pm

MUSIC The Destroyers Christmas Party Prince of Wales 7.30pm

MUSIC Troumaca Hare & Hounds 8.00pm

MUSIC Soul Cafe Sunflower Lounge 8.00pm MUSIC Moselele Prince of Wales 8.00pm MUSIC Festive Lucha Bodega Bar 8.00pm MUSIC Jazz Juice Presents Tom Ford The Yardbird 8.00pm COMEDY Barbara Nice’s Countdown to Christmas The Old Joint

COMEDY Mostly Comedy Ort Cafe 8.30pm CLUB Manhattan Loft The Victoria 9.00pm COMEDY Kane Brown, Alex Boardman, Junior Simpson Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm


COMEDY Mark Olver, Sean Collins, The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue Lunchtime Show Glee Club 12.30pm MUSIC Call Atlantis, Johnny Get The Gun, Lottie Phazey O2 Academy 3 7.00pm FILM Film Night Urban Coffee Company 7.00pm THEATRE The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 7.30pm CLUB Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm

The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue Glee Club 7.30pm & 8.15pm MUSIC Wrapped In Plastic The Flapper 7.45pm comedy Barbara Nice’s Countdown to Christmas The Old Joint Stock 8.30pm comedy Geoff Boyz, George Egg, Karen Bayley Highlight 9.00pm comedy Kane Brown, Alex Boardman, Junior Simpson Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm

COMEDY Mark Olver, Sean Collins, 067

Saturday 22 December workshop Silver Earrings Making Class The Quarterworkshop 10.00am theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 1.30pm & 3.30pm

theatre The Wind In The WillowS Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm theatre Dick Whittington The Public 2.30pm

comedy Mark Olver, Sean Collins, The Raymond theatre & Mr Timpkins Robinson Revue Crusoe and the Caribbean Glee Club Pirates 7.00pm Birmingham music Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.15pm KillTimers, Elevenmilesbetween, theatre Sounds Like James & the Space Giant Peach The End The Old Rep 7.00pm Theatre 2.30pm & 6.30pm music Cold Fields, theatre Broken Witt Dolly Rebels Parton’s 9 To 5: The Musical O2 Academy 3 7.00pm New Alexandra Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm 068

music Peace Rainbow 7.00pm music The Crooked Empire, The One Twos The Flapper 7.30pm club Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8.00pm club JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm comedy Barbara Nice’s Countdown to Christmas The Old Joint Stock 8.00pm club Club a Go-Go 60’s Club Night Hare & Hounds 9.00pm

comedy Geoff Boyz, George Egg, Karen Bayley Highlight 9.00pm music Gateau Funk Le Truc Cafe 9.00pm comedy Kane Brown, Alex Boardman, Junior Simpson Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm


Sunday 23 December theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 11.00am & 1.30pm music Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12.00pm theatre Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 1.00pm & 5.15pm music Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm music Folk @ Ort FREE Ort Cafe 2.00pm music Jazzifunk Christmas Hare & Hounds 3.00pm

Monday 24 December comedy Mark Olver, Sean Collins Glee Club 6.45pm

theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 11.00am & 1.30pm

music Tipitina theatre Metro Bar And Grill Robinson Crusoe and 7.00pm the Caribbean Pirates club Birmingham Club Bebop Hippodrome Hare & Hounds 1.00pm & 5.15pm 8.00pm


theatre James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm

Tuesday 25 December

r Merry Christmas Everyone



theatre Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5: The Musical New Alexandra Theatre 2.30pm theatre The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm


Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 December December theatre Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.15pm theatre The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm comedy Real Deal Comedy Jam Jongleurs Comedy Club 7.00pm music Nurvrax Jam: The John Morris Trio The Yardbird 8.00pm club Gatecrasher Birmingham Boxing Day Special Gatecrasher 9.00pm

theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 11.00am & 1.30pm

Urban Coffee Company 6.00pm

music Very Cherry Acoustic Open theatre Mic Night Robinson Cherry Red Cafe Crusoe and Bar the Caribbean 7.00pm Pirates Birmingham comedy Hippodrome Foghorn Im2.30pm & 7.15pm prov: Christmas Cracker theatre Competition James & the The Old Joint Giant Peach Stock The Old Rep 8.00pm Theatre 2.30pm club Manhattan theatre Loft Dolly The Victoria Parton’s 9 To 9.00pm 5: The Musical New Alexandra music Theatre Del Camino 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Jam House 9.00pm theatre The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm Spoken Word Book Club


Friday 28 December


theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 11am & 1.30pm theatre Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.15pm theatre James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm theatre Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5: The Musical New Alexandra Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm theatre The Wind In The Willows Suitable Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 29 December comedy Sean Collins, Rob Deering, Andy Robinson Glee Club 7.00pm

theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 11.00am & 1.30pm

club Remedy The Jekyll and Hyde 7.30pm

theatre Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 2.30pm & 7.15pm

music Young Peculiar, Loveless Luck The Flapper 7.45pm music Jazz @ Ort FREE Ort Cafe 8.00pm club Hytal Bosrah, Maasai Warrior, Kilowatt Systems Rainbow 10.00pm

theatre James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm theatre Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5: The Musical New Alexandra Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm theatre The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm & 7.30pm

comedy Sean Collins, JoJo Smith, Sean Percival Glee Club 7.00pm music Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8.00pm

Brian Higgins Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm music High Fidelity Hare & Hounds 9.00pm


club JuQebox Rose Villa Tavern 8.00pm music Hustle! VII: Shatter Effect Hare & Hounds 8.00pm music Jam Hott The Bulls Head 9.00pm music Gateau Funk Le Truc Cafe 9.00pm comedy Rhodri Rhys, Wayne Deakin, 071

Sunday 30 December

Monday 31 December

theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 11.00am & 1.30pm

theatre The Four Seasons by Candlelight Symphony Hall 2.30pm

theatre The Gruffalo’s Child Town Hall 11.00am & 1.30pm

music Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12.00pm

music Ramonas Adam And Eve 7.00pm

theatre Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 1.00pm & 5.15pm

comedy Desi Central Comedy Show Glee Club 7.00pm

theatre Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates Birmingham Hippodrome 1.00pm & 5.15pm

music Sunday Jazz The Old Joint Stock 1.00pm music Folk @ Ort FREE Ort Cafe 2.00pm theatre The Wind In The Willows Crescent Theatre 2.30pm 072

music Club Bebop Hare & Hounds 8.00pm

theatre James & the Giant Peach The Old Rep Theatre 2.30pm theatre Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5: The Musical New Alexandra Theatre 2.30pm music NYE with The Subterraneans The Jam House 6.00pm

comedy Jim Tavare, Sean Collins, Andy Robinson Glee Club 7.00pm event NYE: Roaring 20’s Burlesque Soirée Annexe 7.00pm music Tipitina Malmaison 7.00pm music Steve Ajao Prince of Wales 7.30pm club Zombie Club New Years Eve Special The End 8.00pm EVENT New Years Eve Party Kitchen Garden Cafe 8.00pm

comedy Comedy Live on New Years Eve Highlight 8.30pm club Raveology & Jungle Gathering Gibb Street Warehouse 9.00pm club New Years Eve 2012/13: The Countdown Q Club 9.00pm club Propaganda’s New Year’s Eve Party Animal O2 Academy 2 9.00pm club Gatecrasher New Years Eve Special Gatecrasher 9.00pm comedy Mandy Knight, Sean Percival,

Rogue 5, Daliso Chaponda Jongleurs Comedy Club 9.00pm club New Years Eve @ Hare & Hounds Hare & Hounds 9.00pm club New Years Eve Blast Off & Cheeky Monkey Clubnight Civic Hall 9pm

club Subculture: NYE 2012 The Ballroom Birmingham 9.30pm club Vertual Soul NYE Party Vertu 10.00pm



club New Years Eve @ Bulls Head The Bulls Head 9.00pm club Ec Lectricity New Years Eve HMV Institute 9.00pm club New Year’s Eve Gala Symphony Hall 9.30pm 073

Venue Directory MUSIC VENUES Actress & Bishop 36, Ludgate Hill, B3 1EH 0121 236 7426

0121 444 2081

BIRMINGHAM BALLROOM 52-54 Dale End, B4 7LS 0121 448 0797

HMV Institute 78 Digbeth High St, Digbeth

BOTANICAL GARDENS 12A Westbourne Road Edgbaston, B15 3TR 0121 454 1860 BULLS HEAD 23, St. Marys Row, Moseley, B13 8HW Civic/Wulfrun Hall North Street, WV1 1RQ. 0870 320 7000 The Flapper Kingston Row, B1 2NU. 0121 236 2421 The Fox Bar 17 Lower Essex Street, B5 6SN, 0121 622 3213 Hare & Hounds 106 High Street, B14 7JZ.


The Jam House 3 - 5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, West Midlands B3 1QU 0121 200 3030

Town Hall Victoria Square, B3 3DQ 0121 780 3333 The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, B1 1BN. 0121 633 9439 thevictoriabirmingham. 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. SUNFLOWER LOUNGE 76, Smallbrook Queens way, Birmingham, B5 The Rainbow 160 High Street Deritend, B12 0LD

Birmingham Printmakers 90 Floodgate Street, B5 5SR, 0121 766 8545 birminghamprintmakers. org/ BM&G Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH, CUSTARD FACTORY Gibb Street, B9 4AA The Drum 144 Potters Lane, Aston, B6 4UU, 0121 333 2444



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

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

BODEGA 12 Bennett’s Hill, B2 5 0121 448 4267

Ikon Gallery Oozells Square, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708

HIGHLIGHT 259-262 Broad Street, B1 2HF

CAFE BLEND Unit 4, Orion Building 90 Navigation Street, B5 4AA 0121 633 3460

THEATRE VENUES The Lighthouse The Chubb Building Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT 01902 716 055 MAC Cannon Hill Park The Public New Street, West Bromwich B70 7PG 0121 533 7161 Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, WV1 1DU 01902 552055

Alexandra Theatre Station St, Birmingham 0844 847 2302 BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome. com

FAZELEY STUDIOS 191 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE, 0121 224 8484 ORT CAFE Moseley Road PARAGON HOTEL 145 Alcester Street, B12 0PJ 0121 627 0627

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

ROWHEATH PAVILION Heath Road, Bournville B30 1HH The Old Joint Stock 0121 458 1711 Pub and Theatre 4 Temple Row West B2 5NY, 0121 200 1892 Birmingham Rep Centenary Square, 0121 236 4455


Area Culture Guide December 2012  

This is the Area Culture Guide for December 2012 featuring art, music, comedy, listings, a xmas what's on and lots more

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