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Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands: January 2008

Posted in Combat Sports, LOTTSADITWM, Modern Living, Music, Stage, Well, it passes the time by Russ L on 1 January, 2008

That’s it, festive season over, back to work with the lot of you. This is a fairly short LOTTSADITWM and for that I apologize, but it’s January. There’s rarely a fat lot happening in January.

Standard disclaimers: I can’t ensure that these events will go ahead, that they’ll be as they’re described here, that they’ll be good, or that I will be going to them. This is just a list of things I found that looked like they might be interesting, so please do not contact me to ask for your event to be included. That’s not the way it works.

Saturday the 5th – Barbie ™ (London Symphony Orchestra) @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – Erm… yes. Featuring films of the unrealistic-expectation-creator herself while the orchestra play bits of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker and so forth. It’ll no doubt also feature “Sold Separately”, as composed by one W. Smithers.

Friday the 11th – The Destroyers @ Symphony Hall foyer, The ICC, Birmingham – Free as part of that ‘Rush Hour Blues’ lark in the ICC/Symphony Hall foyer, at… is it 5:30pm? This would make a great start to your 2008 gigging campaign.

Saturday the 12th – Carina Round @ Woom, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – I’m really excited about this. Carina will be playing a set in the Woom art gallery, and the fifteen sheets ticket price includes a free bar and an exclusive print by the artist Buron. Tickets, unsurprisingly, are rarer than rocking horse mandibles.

Tuesday the 15th – Storytelling Café @ West Brom Library, West Bromwich – “For so long storytelling as (sic) been seen as something for children.” Also at The Kitchen Garden Café in Kings Heath the following night.

Wednesday the 16th – Desecration @ Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham – * Emits low pitched growl *

Thursday the 17th – Blurt @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – The latest Curate’s Egg night. No doubt it’ll also feature The Courtesy Group in one form or another.

Saturday the 19th – The Berridge Singers @ St Johns, Wolverhampton – The local chamber singers doing some Durufle and some Dvorak in that most gorgeous of churches (N.B. – 11am. Don’t turn up for this in the evening).

Sunday the 20th – Traditional Song Session @ The Station, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Apparently a monthly thing, this is your chance to “sing and listen to traditional songs in a friendly and informal environment.” I don’t know how broad a spectrum is covered by this particular definition of traditional song.

Sunday the 20th – ‘Revealing The Town Hall’ @ The Town Hall, Birmingham – An architectural talk about the history of The Town Hall, from one Anthony Peers.

Monday the 21st – Dälek @ Taylor Johns’ House, Coventry – Dälek are like conscious hip-hop meeting the end of the world. No, I mean the actual apocalypse. There’s fire everywhere, there’s smoke, there’s a man reading a scroll… ahem, sorry. This gig may or may not also be my test to see if gigging in Coventry can actually be done. I don’t really believe it can.

Thursday the 24th – Meg Baird/Shady Bard/Sharon Von Etten – The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Apparently the selling point is that Meg Baird used to be in a band called Espers. Means absolutely nothing to me. I’m looking forward to seeing Shady Bard again, though.

January the 25th – Boxing (Pugilist Promotions) @ The Holiday Inn, Birmingham – Super-duper last-minute stop-press business (I’ve just this minute seen it on BBN). A dinner show, albeit a little bit cheaper than usual.

Saturday the 26th – Seasick Steve @ The Academy, Birmingham – I like the cut of his jib.

Monday the 28th – Henry Rollins’ “Provoked” spoken word show @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – You know the old joke “My dog’s got no nose/how does it smell/awful”? I’ve always wanted to think of a joke along the lines of “Henry Rollins has no neck/how does he do something or other/smart-arse reply”. If you see what I mean. I just can’t tease it out, though. Still, I like ol’ Hank.

Tuesday the 29th – Baroness/Kylesa @ The Medicine Bar, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – I saw Baroness as part of the 2006 GDFAF. They were so loud I could see sounds and hear colours by the end of their set. This is a good thing.


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  1. Anonymous said, on 2 January, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands: January 2008

    That’s it, festive season over, back to work with the lot of you. This is a fairly short LOTTSADITWM and for that I apologize, but it’s January. There’s rarely a fat lot happening in January.


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