Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands: March 2007
March. Huh. Where do the months go?
Standard disclaimers: I can’t ensure that these events will go ahead, that they’ll be good, or that I will be going to them. Please do not contact me to ask for your event to be included. That’s not the way it works.
Monday the 26th of February to Saturday the 3rd – “Acorn Antiques: The Musical” @ The Hippodrome, Birmingham – “I’d better go and find that king-size thermos. Looking at animals can be thirsty work.”
Thursday the 1st of March – “The Black Country Laughter Show” @ Library Theatre, Bloxwich – Featuring Lizzie Wiggins and Giggetty. Mentioned with apologies for the lack of anything in the way of a useful link.
Friday the 2nd of March – Los Campesinos!/Sky Larkin/Johnny Foreigner/KateGoes @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – A nicely varied selection of indie-pop, here. Boo sucks to and/or down with exclamation marks in band names, but if we can force ourselves past the distaste then your Welsh headliners have had many good notices from Bizzen and the supporting cast seem pretty interesting all-round too.
Friday the 2nd of March – Boxing (Shakespeare Promotions) @ Coventry Sport Centre, Coventry – Headlined by Stourbridge’s Robert Norton in a tilt for the vacant English cruiserweight belt against Tommy Eastwood.
Monday the 5th – The Twang @ The Little Civic, Wolverhampton – Unsurprisingly sold out, with them being famous now. In some ways they’re the perfect band to get support from the NME, since the inevitable backlash-to-come is practically built in (c’mon, are you telling me you can’t see Johnny NME-scribe and Jilly NME-Reader liking them now while they’re on their way up but then turning against “That bunch of chavs” once they’re fully established? You’re a lot less cynical than me if you can’t). I think they’re ace, whichever way up. They’re also at The Academy 2 on Thursday the 22nd, but that’s sold out as well.
Tuesday the 6th – Trans Am @ The Medicine Bar, Digbeth, Birmingham – Synth pop, post-rock, krautrock, if you can name it then Trans Am have had a stab at it at some point. Excellent local squiggly instrumental nutbars The Arm are on the bill, too.
Thursday the 8th to Sunday the 11th – Crufts @ The NEC, Birmingham – Just imagine if you went to this by car and got parking space K-9. How fulsomely would you laugh? ‘Very fulsomely’ would be my guess.
Friday the 9th – “The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Of Matches” (Impetuous Kinship) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – The Arena has a good programme this month, it appears. This one is Marcia Carr’s adaptation of Gaetan Soucy’s novel. Sounds like it’ll be heavy-going but very interesting.
Sunday the 11th of March – ‘Parkology’ @ Edgbaston reservoir, Edgbaston, Birmingham – “Come and find out how science could help parks in the future. Have ago at designing your own park.” Educational stuff for the liccle yoot dem. Sounds fun.
Monday the 12th – An Evening With The Birmingham Poet Laureate: Spoz @ Hall Green Library, Hall Green, Birmingham – I didn’t realise that the post was only held for a year. I thought it was still Dreadlockalien.
Wednesday the 14th & Thursday the 15th – Ricky Gervais’ “Fame” @ the NIA, Birmingham – Sold out, obviously. I mean, be serious.
Thursday the 15th – Celtic Frost / Kreator @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Pioneers in the field of graaaghmetal and 80s German thrash veterans. A perfect opportunity to wear that denim jacket with the arms ripped off that you’ve been saving for a special occasion.
Thursday the 15th to Monday the 18th – New Art Birmingham Market @ Curzon Street Station, Digbeth, Birmingham – The building is gorgeous from the outside, and apparently there’s a petrified cat in there. Wow! Plus, on these days, there’s an art market courtesy of New Art Birmingham. Party, bonus.
Thursday the 15th to Saturday the 31st – ‘The Little Mermaid’ @ The MAC, Edgbaston, Birmingham – Awww. I bet this will be so sweet. It’s in the Cinema part of the MAC, apparently, but seems to be a play nonetheless.
Friday the 16th – ‘Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames” Launch Party @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Erm… I’ve no solid idea whether this is meant to be wholesome or pervy or what, but it more-or-less seems to be the former. There’s a launch party at The Barfly, anyway, with Dragster and The Mobsters playing, and apparently a demonstration of the sport. In The Barfly. Yes.
Saturday the 17th – Angrrr Management’s “Wired” (MMA) @ The Glades Leisure Centre, Kidderminster – Topped by Marc Goddard’s comeback match against the always entertaining Tipton Tony Bentley, and the much-anticipated rematch between Danny Batten and Kyotaro Nakao. The card also features Ross Mason, Matt Ewin etc, and there’s always a good atmosphere at these Angrrr Management ones.
Saturday the 17th – Ringside Promotions’ Corporate Boxing Dinner @ The ICC, Birmingham – More fighting, fighting, fighting the world on the 17th. Elcock vs Lord knows who for the vacant WBF middleweight belt, a three course meal, musical entertainment, and bingo! Lord oh mercy. Whether the ‘corporate’ means it’s only open to companies buying large quantities of tickets is something I do not know. (Edit: I don’t think Elcock is fighting on this one anymore, but apparently some current version of The Temptations are performing as part of the festivities…)
Saturday the 17th – The Destroyers @ Rooti Frooti in The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – Yes, yes. You know by now.
Sunday the 18th – Mothertrucker @ The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham – With what looks like an unusually varied supporting line-up. I approve of that.
Wednesday the 21st – “You Don’t Need To Know That…” (Gonzo Moose) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – A ‘collision of comedy, drama, slapstick and puppetry’ inspired by Kafka’s “The Trial.”
Friday the 23rd – “Mutton” (Mutton Productions) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – An onstage sketch show centred on ladies of a certain age. Hot flushes or power surges?
Saturday the 24th – Lemar @ The NIA, Birmingham – More or less the only person of lasting worth to have come from any of these Pop Idol type programmes. As such he should be treasured.
Saturday the 24th – Boxing (Coventry Sporting Club) @ The Leofric Hotel, Coventry – Yet another decision match for a vacant title, this time Baz Carey against Billy Smith for the Midlands Area lightweight.
Sarurday the 24th – The Destoyers @ The Epic Skate Park, Moseley, Birmingham – I’m assuming this will be an indoor sort of thing. I hope so, anyway, at this time of year.
Tuesday the 27th – Keiran Hebden & Steve Reid @ The Medicine Bar in The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – One of your geezers from Four Tet alongside your man there who played drums on “Dancing In The Street” (the proper one) as well as having hit things for James Brown, Chaka Khan, Sun Ra and squillions of others. Intriguing. This gig features an opening set from Calvados Beam Trio, too, and they always bring the super-duper.
Tuesday the 27th – Just Jack @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Like a posher version of The Streets. I should probably find a more enticing tagline than that.
Wednesday the 28th – Dolly Parton @ The NEC Arena, Birmingham – I’m not completely convinced she does know all that much about working nine-till-five these days. I doubt she’s had the practice. Maybe you should go and ask her.
Thursday the 29th – David Benson’s “To Be Frank” @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Good ol’ Davey-Boy Benson’s show about Frankie Howerd. Shut yer face.
Saturday the 31st – Thea Gilmore @ The Little Civic, Wolverhampton – Gutsy and gritty folk-rock singer-songwriter. I can’t help but feel that Ani DiFranco is a cheap comparison, but I can’t think of a better one.
~ Russ L, remembering to tilde/sign-off for the first time in a while.