Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands: November 2008
Once again giving lie to the myth that there’s no culture round these here parts, that world-conquering franchise LOTTSADITWM is back with a whole pile of things on which you can spend that money you thought you were keeping for Christmas presents.
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. 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 1st – Shellac / Om / Wooden Shjips / Pissed Jeans / Lightning Bolt @ Space 2, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – A fair little ol’ line-up to start the month with. Punters are encouraged to dress up Halloween stylee, apparently.
Saturday the 1st – Goldblade @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Soul ‘n’ rollers fronted by professional endearing gobshite John Robb.
Sunday the 2nd – Kickboxing (IFA/Kash Gill) @ Space 2, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – As ever with the ol’ kickboxing, I have bugger all in the way of info. I’m not sure if it’s FC style or what. Nasty Nasser Mohammed is fighting, though.
Tuesday the 4th – Sigur Rós @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – Floaty wibbly floatiness. Already sold out, though.
Tuesday the 4th – Zero (Theatre Absolute) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – A translator in a dystopic concentration camp yearns to tell the world of the horrors he sees. Just seen that it’s sold out.
Tuesday the 4th – Acid Mothers Temple @ Taylor John’s House, Coventry – Japanese psych/rock collective who were great fun in Brum in August.
Wednesday the 5th – “Darwin’s Worms” (Bent Architect) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – To celebrate Darwin’s impending 200 year birthday, this play celebrates Darwin’s love of worms and includes ‘a crack team of scientists’ recreating some of his more unusual experiments.
Thursday the 6th till Saturday the 8th – Flip Animation Festival @ The Light House, Wolverhampton – All sorts of animated goodness, including screenings of the recreated lost Dr Who episodes from the 60s and a festival-ending party courtesy of Colour.
Thursday the 6th – “Rock The Bells” @ The Academy, Birmingham – Not the Christmas Carols that one might expect, no. This is in fact a hip-hop extravaganza, featuring (amongst others) Nas, Mos Def and The Pharcyde.
Thursday the 6th – Paul Heaton @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – ‘Im what was in The Beautiful South.
Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th – ‘Gigbeth’ @ various venues in Digbeth, Birmingham – I may have expressed a faintly negative opinion regarding whatever the hell the entire thing is meant to actually be, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some cool gigs a-happening as part of it. There’s Kano, there’s Einstellung, there’s Anathema, there’s Guillemots, there’s Rich Batsford, there’s The Sugar Hill Gang, and perhaps best of all there’s a free thing outside Millennium Point with Musical Youth and The Destroyers. EDIT: Apparently the free bit with The Destroyers is now going to be at South Birmingham College, and (according to B:INS) P’Ashton‘s long-awaited thingamygoop set will be taking place somewhere amongst this whole palava.
Friday the 7th – Mercury Rev @ The Academy, Birmingham – There’s a goddess on the highway and a goddess on the floor and a goddess on the ceiling and a goddess at the door, there’s a goddess on the M6 and a goddess feeling poor and a goddess drinking lager and a goddess eating corn.
Friday the 7th – The Temptations @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – Get Ready, My Girl.
Friday the 7th – Basement Jaxx DJ set @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Obviously I’d be happier seeing them live again, but Basement Jaxx are definitely one of the best bands of recent years.
Saturday the 8th until Saturday the 15th – ‘Murder in Play’ (Oldbury Repertory Players) @ Oldbury Rep Theatre, Langley – A fella playing a fella playing a play in a play is murdered while playing a play and… no, it’s no use, I’ll probably need to go and see it to be able to follow.
Saturday the 8th – The “Eastpak Antidote Tour” @ The Academy, Birmingham Backpack (or ‘pak’, if you will) manufacturers in Cynical Brand-Building shocker. Still, it includes the wonderful Flogging Molly and the they-have-their-moments-I-suppose Skindred.
Saturday the 8th – Drop Beats not Bombs @ The Rainbow & The Rainbow Warehouse, Digbeth, Birmingham – Beats and breaks and allsorts more in aid of CND. There’s also a bit of a tie-in with Gigbeth.
Saturday the 8th – Rose Royce @ The Robin 2, Bilston – Love don’t car wash here anymore.
Sunday the 9th – Boxing (First Team) @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – Headlined by Steve Saville vs Baz Carey for the Midlands light-welterweight title, and also featuring the return of Dean Harrison.
Monday the 10th till Saturday the 15th – ‘Enjoy’ (Peter Hall Company) @ The Rep, Birmingham – An Alan Bennett play, starring The Second Doctor. You can’t lose really.
Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th – “Oh What A Lovely War” (Blackeyed Theatre) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Who wouldn’t be a soldier, eh?
Tuesday the 11th – Rancid @ The Academy, Birmingham – Rancid. Bootboys. Rancid. Bootboys.
Thursday the 13th – “The Legend Of Salt And Sauce” @ The Light House, Wolverhampton – A do dedicated to the memory of Salt and Sauce: “Wolverhampton’s two circus elephants who lived in a yard in Gorsebrook Road from 1920 until the Second World War.”
Friday the 14th until Sunday the 23rd – Darts a’plenty @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – There’s a celebrity darts thingy on the 14th, then the Grand Slam tournament from the 15th through to the 23rd. As I’ve said before, I don’t follow darts but it is a sport of which I approve.
Friday the 14th – Boxing (Warrior Promotions) @ The Holiday Inn, Birmingham – One o’them dinner shows, I assume. Bah.
Saturday the 15th – Kanye West @ The LG Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – Apparently the ‘LG Arena’ is what those crazy kids are calling the NEC Arena nowadays.
Sunday the 16th – Murcoff/Oren Marshall @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Two composers of New Music doing their thang.
Wednesday the 19th – Opeth @ The Academy, Birmingham – Swedish progressive death metal (a description that will either entice or horrify, with very little middle ground).
Wednesday the 19th – Michael Weston King @ The Little Civic, Wolverhampton – Once you get past the cognitive dissonance of a Midlander pretending to be an American, his alt.country songs seem very good indeed.
Thursday the 20th – Clinic @ The Medicine Bar, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – Scouse surgeon-impersonators present a ‘contemporary psychedelic happening’, in collaboration with animator Clemens Habicht and under the watchful eye of Capsule.
Thursday the 20th – Herbie Hancock @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – Funking hell.
Saturday the 22nd – Leonard Cohen @ The LG Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – This month’s entry that I really shouldn’t need to explain.
Saturday the 22nd – Supreme Cat Show @ The NEC, Marston Green, Birmingham – Not just any cat show, you know. This is the Supreme one.
Sunday the 23rd – Reindeer & Lantern Parade @ through the city centre, Birmingham – From New Street to Brindley Place, Santa will a-lead his reindeer.
Sunday the 23rd – Racebannon / Trencher @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Racebannon are a band lots of people seem to love but I haven’t got around to listening to yet. Trencher play grind with synths whilst not taking themselves too seriously, and I approve of them.
Wednesday the 26th – Git Some @ The Medicine Bar, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – Noisy messy splattery rawk‘n’roll ala Black Flag/Jesus Lizard etc, courtesy of the good folks them at It’s Just Noise.
Thursday the 27th – “The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (Abridged) (The Reduced Shakespeare Company) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – The Bible, condensed and reduced. Can, they ask, lightning bolts be far behind? (In actual fact they’re ahead and playing on the 1st. See above).
Friday the 28th – Guy Masterson’s “American Poodle” @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Two monologues looking at the ‘special relationship’ from both sides of the Atlantic.
Sunday the 30th – AMMA @ The Holte Suite, Aston Villa Football Club, Aston, Birmingham – I know I always say this, but the AMMA cards really are very good. Current version of the fightcard here.
Sunday the 30th – Cryptopsy @ The Asylum, Hockley, Birmingham – Ultra-technical Canadian death metallers.
Sunday the 30th – 7 Inch Cinema’s “Housewives’ Choice” @ The Hare And Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Shorts courtesy of the British Film Institute Archive, chronicling the British housewife from the 20s to the 50s.