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Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands: October 2009

Posted in Books, Combat Sports, LOTTSADITWM, Music, Stage, Well, it passes the time by Russ L on 30 September, 2009

It’d really make a lot more sense if October was the eight month rather than the tenth, wouldn’t it? Oh well.

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. (EDIT: This paragraph is not some obscure joke. It actually means what it says. By all means add me to your mailing list or whatever-have-you, but sending me a message that specifically asks for your function to be posted on here will not lead to it being posted on here).

Thursday the 1st – An Evening With Joan Baez @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – The evening they drove ol’ Dixie down.

Friday the 2nd till Sunday the 11th – Birmingham Comedy Festival @ various venues in Brum – Part of the grand Birmingham tradition of grouping together a bunch of events that would most likely have happened anyway and calling it a festival. There are still, no doubt, many chuckles and guffaws to be had – checky here for the line-up.

Friday the 2nd – Zu @ The Rainbow, Digbeth, Birmingham – I-talian jazzy metally… I dunno, just bloody lunacy. They were ace at Supersonic.

Saturday the 3rd – Boxing (Warrior Promotions) @ The Holiday Inn, Birmingham – Presumably a dinner show (boo hiss etc). The latest chapter in the ongoing Birmingham vs Black Country derby takes place here, with Eddie McIntosh vs Quinton “Greatest Name Ever” Hillocks.

Sunday the 4th – Kickboxing and MMA (Eclipse) @ Oceana, Wolverhampton – FC kickboxing and amateur MMA, I believe.

Sunday the 4th – Frank Carson @ The Town Hall, Birmingham – It’s the way he tells ‘em.

Monday the 4th – Boxing (Pat Cowdell) @ The Holiday Inn, Birmingham – Another dinner show (boo hiss etc).

Tuesday the 6th till Thursday the 29th – The Birmingham Book Festival @ various venues in Birmingham – This one actually isn’t as per the description of the comedy festival as above. The line-up can be seen here; there are plenty of highlights, including a discussion with the Tindall Street Press Booker Prize nominees on the 8th, talks about David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest” (timely. More soon) and Will Self on the 17th, a thing about J.B. Priestley’s “English Journey” (with his son and, erm, Stuart Maconie. Isn’t he the fella from all of those Channel Four “I Love The Whatsit”/”Top One Hundred Whatsitcalled” programmes?) on the 23rd, and Karen Armstrong speaking about her new “The Case For God” on the 29th.

Wednesday the 7th till Sunday the 11th – Horse Of The Year Show @ The LG Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – Neigh, neigh and thrice neigh.

Thursday the 8th – Lethal Bizzle @ The Academy 2, Birmingham – Bring some beef you lose some teef POW POW.

Friday the 9th – Boxing (First Team Promotions) @ The Venue, Dudley – I still have no idea where “The Venue” is.

Sunday the 11th – An Afternoon With Pam Ayres @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – The afternoon they drove ol’ SouthofEngland down.

Sunday the 11th – The Destroyers / The Old Dance School / The Toy Hearts @ The Town Hall, Birmingham – Three of the finest local fun-folk/trad sorts, playing as part of The Town Hall’s 175th anniversary. The Destroyers are obviously the best band ever and you mustn’t say otherwise.

Monday the 12th – Echo & The Bunnymen @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – The band that actually could cut the mustard.

Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th – “The Idiot Colony” (Red Cape Theatre) @ The Rep Door, Birmingham – A group of women are offered some respite from their confinement in a brutal asylum when they get to talk to each other in the hair salon. Based on true accounts.

Friday the 16th – “Revenger’s Tragedy” (Jadis Shadows theatre company) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – With murder and incest and scandal in general. Also on at The Old Rep in Brum the following night and Hall Green Little Theatre (new to me) on the 23rd and 24th.

Saturday the 17th – Dizzee Rascal @ The Academy, Birmingham – There really is very little that’s more fun than saying “bonkers” in a deep voice. Try it right now and you’ll see what I mean.

Tuesday the 20th till Saturday the 31st – “The Grapes Of Wrath” (English Touring Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre) @ The Rep Theatre, Birmingham – Waitin’ on the ghost of Tom Joad.

Wednesday the 21st – Therapy? @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – I’m still no closer to figuring it out: how many question marks does one use if asking a question in which the last word is the band name Therapy??

Wednesday the 21st – The Tennessee Three @ The Jam House, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – Not actually backing Johnny Cash here, for obvious reasons. Luther probably won’t be playing the boogie woogie here either, for similarly obvious reasons.

Friday the 23rd – Morrissey @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – I don’t think he’s miserable at all, I reckon it’s all just a show.

Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th – Spandau Ballet @ The LG Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – No, they are playing there. It’s (wait for it, wait for it) TRUE.

Sunday the 25th – Editors @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – I still think “Snowfield” was a better name for them, but there you go.

Monday the 26th – The Proclaimers @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – I don’t think they’re Scottish at all, I reckon it’s all just a show.

Tuesday the 27th – ZZ Top @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – Ah come on now. You’re looking at me as though this needs explaining.

Tuesday the 27th – Billy Talent @ The Academy, Birmingham – Good quality Canadian melodic punk/emo types, and I just now see that apparently they were originally called “Pezz”. Do you remember those “Pez” sweeties, with their own little dispenser-type-things? They were ace. I recall having one with Goofy’s head on. So, anyway, Billy Talent.

Wednesday the 28th till Saturday the 31st – “Dreams Of Violence” (Out Of Joint/Soho Theatre) @ The Rep Door, Birmingham – Political activism (I can’t help but think of the “blowing up a panda” joke from ‘The Young Ones’ every time I hear that phrase) comes easier than a messy homelife for the main character of this play.

Thursday the 29th – Efterklang @ The Asylum, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – A Danish band who make music that sounds more beautiful live than you can imagine, and I’m assuming you’re someone with a fantastic imagination. Go to this.

Thursday the 29th – Marc Almond @ The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – Probably the best pop star named after a nut since Johnny Cashew. Or Slipknut.

Friday the 30th and Saturday the 31st – “The Houdini Exposure” (Little Earthquake theatre) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Know what I mean, ‘Arry. A dramatised version of his mission to expose séance Daniel Home as a fraud.


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  2. Chris said, on 30 September, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    The bookfest website seems to be down so I can’t check this, but I understood it was a lady reading/discussing Will Self’s work rather than Will himSelf.

  3. Russ L said, on 1 October, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Certainly is (hence “talks about…”).

    It’s annoying that this clashes with the DFW talk, but oh well.

  4. Ben said, on 3 October, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Re: Efterklang – you lucky buggers. Why aren’t they playing Oxford? Because they were stuck in the back room of a pub last time, perhaps? (Even if the Bullingdon is a good venue.) So is the Asylum new? Not heard of it before.

    Re: Will Self – shame he’s not there in person. I’ve been a little underwhelmed by the two novels I’ve read, but his collection of journalism ‘Junk Mail’ is brilliant and in person he’s a fantastically entertaining speaker. He came to Nottingham University when I was studying there – spent half the time reading excerpts from his books (including ‘The Rock of Crack as Big as the Ritz’) and the other half fielding questions, answering one about what makes him happy with ‘The odd whimsical thought of Tony Blair with his dick in a bacon slicer’.

  5. Russ L said, on 4 October, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Capsule always seem to get Efterklang for a Brum gig whenever they come over, and I for one am very happy about the fact. Definitely one of the best bands of recent years, in my view.

    The Asylum is new-ish – I think it opened towards the end of last year (could be wrong though). I’ve not been yet. The big gimmick, apparently, is that all the staff are dressed in nurse’s uniforms. I’m expecting no small degree of tackiness.

    Russ L’s Will Self book rankings: I quite liked “The Book Of Dave” but with some reservations, I definitely liked “How The Dead Live” and the short story collections “The Quantity Theory Of Insanity” and “Tough, Tough Toys For Tough, Tough Boys”, and I also absolutely adore “Feeding Frenzy”. I’ve read no others.

    I’m going to the DFW talk, though. “Infinite Jest” really was something beyond something else.

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  7. Helga said, on 12 October, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Yes, I think the Efterklang gig will be great – I discovered them last year at Supersonic – and I was massively surprised by the melodic, euphoric and giddy madness of this jolly bunch of Danes in fancy dress! Get your tickets now – you know you want to… there’s some videos and link on if you want a sample of the delights to come…

  8. msub87 said, on 27 October, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Looks like I’ve missed out for this month. Any suggestions for things to do in the midlands in November or around Christmas?

    Mostly interested in family stuff since I’ve got 2 little ones. Cheers!

  9. Russ L said, on 27 October, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    My November post will be here in a few days, but for family stuff in the meantime it’s probably worth having a look at this page on the Brum council website. There’s a reindeer parade on the 15th and the pantomime horse grand national on the 22nd, both of which are free and look like great fun.

    EDIT: Ah right, sorry, just saw your link – I’ve no idea what sort of things go on in the East Mids, if that’s what you’re after.


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