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Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands: December 2007

Posted in Combat Sports, Food, LOTTSADITWM, Modern Living, Music, Stage, Well, it passes the time by Russ L on 28 November, 2007

This one seems to have turned out as another “even more music-dominated than usual” one, which is a shame as I don’t think that’s when it’s at its most useful. Ah well. As a fellow Yam once wisely noted, IT’S CHRIIIISTMAAAS!

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.

Wednesday the 28th of November till Sunday the 2nd of December – The BBC Good Food Show @ The NEC, Marston Green, Birmingham – I wonder if they’ll make me one o’ them fancy quail’s egg sammidges.

Saturday the 1st – The Destroyers @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – In aid of Jibbering Records’ seventh birthday.

Monday the 3rd – Eliza Carthy @ The MAC, Edgbaston, Birmingham – Daughter of thingybob and whatserface, but very good in her own right.

Tuesday the 4th – The Human League @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – I’ve just (while trying to write this) found out that The Human League don’t have an official website, and that this is ‘official band policy’. Now why would that be?

Tuesday the 4th until Tuesday the 8th of January – Salvador Dali exhibition @ Halcyon Gallery, the ICC, Birmingham – Oh wow. Just… wow. You can buy some, too, if you have a few grand flying around spare.

Wednesday the 5th – Lucero @ The Bar Academy, Birmingham – Y’ain’t from round here, boy.

Wednesday the 5th – ‘Birmingham Storytelling Circle’ @ Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham – “For people who simply want to tell and listen to stories.” I still think that’s a really nice idea.

Thursday the 6th – UK Subs / Discharge @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Proper punk, albeit at The Barfly.

Thursday the 6th – “My Friend MEG, The Mindreader” (Prof. Paul Furlong, Aston Uni) @ Thinktank, Millenium Point, Digbeth, Birmingham – Magnetoencephalography, Google tells me. A talk about the future of Neuroscience at Thinktank (spit). It’s apparently free, so at least this is one bit of education that the bandits now in charge of Birmingham’s Science Museum won’t be tearing out of the hands of the general public. Yes, I’m bitter. And I’m not being flippant, bloody ‘Thinktank’ makes me hugely and extremely angry. I digress…

Friday the 7th till Friday the 21st – Hungarian Christmas Market @ Queen Square & Market Square, Wolverhampton – You might say that this strikes you as a poor cousin of the German Christmas Market in Brum, but that’s only ‘cos you’re too mainstream ‘n’ such. There are 1000 free portions of goulash being given away on opening day, along with some stooging around from some of the typical class of local radio sorts that usually stooge around at this sort of thing. Enticing.

Friday the 7th – Jeff Wayne’s “War Of The Worlds” @ The NEC Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – Uuuulllaaa. This features, and I quote, “a 3 tonne, 30 foot high Martian Fighting Machine firing Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes”.

Fruday the 7th and Saturday the 8th – “The Persian Revolution” (Anglo-Iranian Theatre Company) @ The Rep Door, Birmingham – The tale of The Iranian Constitutional revolution. Said to be dark and sinister but also surprisingly funny in parts.

Friday the 7th to Monday the 30th – “Santa Claus: The Musical” @ The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – A little girl strives to save Christmas from the threat of the evil Ice Queen. I hope she succeeds.

Saturday the 8th – IKF Amateur Kickboxing Championships (K-Star/AKA England) @ The Royal Suite, Perry Bar, Birmingham – I thought it was amateur full contact, but the bottom of the poster says it’s open to all styles and mentions Muay Thai, K1, San-Shou etc. I’ve no idea what the rules are, then. Apparently there’ll be some MMA bouts on the card too.

Sarurday the 8th – Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames vs London Rollergirls (Roller Derby) @ Cocks Moor Woods Leisure Centre, Kings Heath, Birmingham – I’m still not sure I understand what’s going on here. I hope Birmingham beats London, though.

Sunday the 9th to Sunday the 16th – “Holly Ghastly And The Thirteen Days Of Christmas” (Screamin’ Voice Youth Theatre) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Yet another one trying to spoil Christmas. I dunno, eh? What is it with these thespians? Once more, may her plans be foiled.

Sunday the 9th – Canal Boat Light Parade @ all down the canal from NIA to The Mailbox, Birmingham – Pretty lit up boats! Some of them threw out sweeties to the onlookers last year. It got busy, though. Make sure you get a good spot.

Sunday the 9th – “Magical Narnia Christmas” @ Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath – (I can’t find a more specific link than that, sorry, but there’s more nice xmas stuff at the other end of it). Go through the wardrobe into all sorts of Christmas-y larks. I’m told the Narnia books are thinly veiled Christian mythology (I didn’t pick that up when I was little, but then again I was – y’know – little. I have recently bought them for a re-read, actually, but it might be a while before I get round to them. I have a big ‘unread’ pile at the moment), so that may or may not please those who tediously refuse to accept the modern-day duality of the thing. It’s free but I think you have to pay to see Santa, so bear that in mind.

Monday the 10th – Rihanna @ The NEC Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – Umbrella… ella… ella… a… a… honk… honk… HONK…

Monday the 10th – MIA @ The Rojac Building, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – Another disclaimer: I’ve linked her website, but I accept absolutely no responsibility for any seizures or epileptic fits caused by anyone being saft enough to click on it.

Monday the 10th – Carina Round @ The Bar Academy, Birmingham – Oh, I don’t know, I just don’t know. There was once a time when I wouldn’t have hesitated at all. She’s at The Little Civic in Wolves on the eleventh, too.

Monday the 10th – Rolo Tomassi @ The Little Civic, Wolverhampton – I like the one where they go “Squiddleybob squiddleybob DADADADADADA GRAAAGH diddlediddlediddleydiddle…”

Monday the 10th – The Damned @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Hoary old punk veterans and their ‘first ever theatrical performance’ of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Travelling Horror Picture Show’. I don’t have the first idea what that might mean, but it sounds good.

Monday the 10th – Boxing (Pat Cowdell) @ The Holiday Inn, Birmingham – Look, it’s not just me who doesn’t like dinner shows.

Tuesday the 11th – The Young Gods @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Pending a lawsuit from The Young Knives for using one of their official band-name words, obviously. What, you think I’m joking?

Tuesday the 11th – Gogol Bordello @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Sold out. Those with genuine gypsy-punk skills may no doubt be able to gain access nonetheless.

Wednesday the 12th – ‘Christmas Ghost Stories” (7 Inch Cinema) @ Highbury Hall, Moseley, Birmingham – At Joseph Chamberlain’s erstwhile country retreat (within Birmingham nowadays, of course), this features obscure scary films such as are 7 Inch Cinema’s forte, music courtesy of Nic Bullen and various DJs, an installation by Scott Johnston, and a bar with a fire.

Thursday the 13th till Sunday the 16th – Jasper Carrott’s “Rock With Laughter” @ The NEC Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – Featuring Jamelia and all sorts of other singists and comedists. It’s all for chari-dee.

Thursday the 13th – Apocalyptica @ Academy 2, Birmingham – Another one of those bands who seemed like an obscure curio about half a decade ago and then (next thing I know) they’re apparently all well-known and such. They play Metallica covers on cellos. The fact that this is sold out illustrates quite a few things that don’t make sense about This Modern Age.

Thursday the 13th – Frank Sidebottom’s Xmas Show @ The Little Civic, Wolverhampton – He’s uncannily convincing when he dresses up as Santa. Had me fooled, anyway.

Thursday the 13th and Saturday the 15th – Elgar’s Enigma @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – Continuing the Elgar anniversary, alongside Grieg’s Piano Concerto and some of (presumably only some of) The Nutcracker Suite.

Thursday the 13th – The Capsule Christmas Party @ The Medicine Bar, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – With Qui, Moss, Beestung Lips, punch (if it’s mixed by the same person it was a couple of years ago it’ll be potent. Shame I didn’t get any, really…), and (not certain about this, but I’m willing to bet) some cake.

Saturday the 15th – High On Fire @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Beer und heavy metal, ja. Pelican are playing too but don’t let that put you off.

Sunday the 16th – The Pogues @ The Academy, Birmingham – I got far more excited than was seemly when I thought Braggy was supporting them, but fate did its cruel work yet again.

Sunday the 16th – Chrome Hoof @ The Bar Academy, Birmingham – Bassoons, Bacofoil, and what I believe I described as Krautrock-Disco-Metal.

Monday the 17th – The Wildhearts @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – I probably should’ve got Throughsilver to do a guest LOTTSADITWM spot for this. Ah well.

Tuesday the 18th – Bad Manners / Splodgenessabounds @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Two pints of lager and a lip up fatty, please.

Tuesday the 18th and Wednesday the 19th, then Friday the 21st and Saturday the 27th – ‘Christmas Music By Candlelight’ (Ex-Cathedra) @ St Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – Lit only by the singers’ candles, which sounds really lovely. You are, however, “invited to bring your own mulled wine and mince pies for the interval”.

Wednesday the 19th until Sunday the 27th of January – Aladdin @ The Hippodrome, Birmingham – Pantomime! Featuring Captain Jack! Or John Barrowman, as some people bizarrely seem to know him.

Thursday the 20th – John Cooper Clark / The Courtesy Group @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – The latest Curate’s Egg night. I have elsewhere expressed my misgivings, as amazing as TCG may be.

Sunday the 23rd – GBH / Drongos For Europe @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Proper punk, albeit at The Barfly (part 2).

Sunday the 23rd – ‘Scrooge’ alldayer @ The Rainbow, Digbeth, Birmingham – Not a version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ but a myoosickle event courtesy of those Robot Professor lads. For a £4 door tax there are seventeen acts (on two stages) according to the flyer, including the thoroughly bosting likes of Mothertrucker, Blakfish, PCM, and Grandscope. You can’t fault that for value.

Tuesday the 25th – Christmas @ Everywhere – Incidentally, a Merry Christmas to all of you at home.


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  2. Nailz said, on 29 November, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    “punch (if it’s mixed by the same person it was a couple of years ago it’ll be potent. Shame I didn’t get any, really)”

    WASN’T ME!

    Hi. Can I come to see Rihanna with you?

    You have some lol-esque descriptions up on this here thing.


  3. Created in Birmingham » LOTTSADITWM:D said, on 29 November, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    […] L’s Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands in December, otherwise known as Christmas, is up and well worth a look. He’s found some really cool stuff […]

  4. Russ L said, on 29 November, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Dear Nizailz,

    “WASN’T ME!”

    You told me it was you at the time. Were you lying again? You’re always picking on me.

    “Hi. Can I come to see Rihanna with you?”

    How serious are you being? I was leaning towards going to see MIA that night, but if you genuinely want to then this can be arranged. I’ll email you in case you don’t re-read this. It’ll be from my work email so don’t go getting confused.

    “You have some lol-esque descriptions up on this here thing. “

    LolLOTTSADITWM. I like that idea. You could photoshop images of various local (lolcal) event venues with pidgin-English captions.

    Your Humble servant,

    ~ Russ L.

  5. Nailz said, on 29 November, 2007 at 2:41 pm


    Yes it was me. I blame peer pressure for that particular incident though.

    Sucks Rihanna is on the day I come back from ATP. Boohoo etc.

  6. Picture Queen said, on 29 November, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    merry chirstmas to you foo

  7. Russ L said, on 29 November, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    [Mr T.]I ain’t no foo.[/Mr T.]

  8. Ben said, on 29 November, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    A Hungarian Christmas Market, you say? Goulash? Almost sounds worth going back to Wolverhampton for… As it is, we’ll be in Birmingham tomorrow night, so my guess is a couple of Bratwurst and some Gluhwein will get consumed in Victoria Square…

  9. […] exactly whats happening in Birmingham this December? Of course you do. Russ L has produced a great guide to everything December. If you can’t find something that tickles your fancy there then, frankly, your a bit rubbish. […]


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