Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands – April 2010
April: expect showers.
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.
Friday the 2nd – J.S. Bach’s “St John Passion” (Ex-Cathedra) @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – The do on Good Friday is normally the St Matthew Passion, so here we see a change.
Friday the 2nd – Suffocation @ The Academy 2, Birmingham – Grrrrrrrrmetalz.
Tuesday the 6th – Cerys Matthews @ The Glee Club, Birmingham – I did not have the slightest idea that she was still going/alive. Very tenacious, these Welsh.
Tuesday the 6th – Ultravox @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – It always sounded to me like more of a curse. Y’know, sort of “Oh… Vienna!” when you drop something or stub your toe.
Thursday the 8th – “Speak up” @ The Hare And Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – An evening of spoken word/poetry (with some music as well), involving Polar Bear, Dreadlockalien, Jodi Ann Bickley and others.
Friday the 9th – Eyehategod @ The Asylum, Hockley, Birmingham – Sludgier than the day after a snowstorm.
Saturday the 10th – Plan B @ The Academy 2, Birmingham – He once got knocked out by Micky Smith. I saw it in a fillum.
Saturday the 10th – Waterson:Carthy @ The Red Lion, Kings Heath, Birmingham – The mafia of modern English folk, as this fella at work describes them. More Martin Carthy-related fun can be had on the 17th, when Brass Monkey play at the Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolves.
Sunday the 11th – “Unknown Pleasures” @ The Glee Club, Birmingham – The start of a spoken word tour in which Howard Marks will interview Peter Hook about Joy Division, New Order, The Hacienda, cotton mills etc.
Tuesday the 13th – Whitney Houston @ The LG Arena, Marston Green, Birmingham – She may always love you but she does want to dance with somebody.
Wednesday the 14th – Humcrush @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – A mix, apparently, of “oriental theatre music, electronica, rock and free jazz”. Some people consider ‘oriental’ to be a slur, y’know, just saying.
Thursday the 15th – Ricky Tomlinson’s Laughter Show @ The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – That “workshop” anecdote in his autobiography tickled me very much. Apparently he’s in character as Jim Royal for this.
Friday the 16th – Dropkick Murphys @ The Academy, Birmingham – Too-ra-loo-ra-OI-OI-OI.
Friday the 16th – “You’re A Sister” @ The Victoria, Birmingham – Benefit for Oxfam’s Sisters On The Planet, with various lady-fronted bands and Atta Girl DJs.
Sunday the 18th – Horace Andy @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – “Skylarking” is probably the most Tory song that I really especially like.
Monday the 19th until Saturday the 15th of May – Birmingham International Dance Festival @ various venues in Birmingham – Possibly including (but probably not limited to) the mashed potato and the hully-gully. There’s a calendar of events here.
Monday the 19th – Rolo Tomassi @ The Flapper, Birmingham – Also: they’re doing another singles club this year, which was pretty cool last time.
Tuesday the 20th till Saturday the 24th – “Oh, What A Lovely War” (Joan Littlewood’s Musical Entertainment) @ The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – Apparently the first production in Britain since the Iraq war started.
Tuesday the 20th – Reef @ The Academy, Birmingham – Another one for the Whodathunk They Were Still Alive files.
Wednesday the 21st till Saturday the 24th – “Under Milk Wood” (Stage 2) @ The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham – Given that it’s St Georgio’s month, there doesn’t half seem to be a lot of Welsh going on.
Thursday the 22nd until Saturday the 8th of May – “Respect” (Birmingham Rep Theatre Co.) @ The Rep Door, Birmingham – Ar ee ess pee ee see tee, find out what it means to me. Lutz Hübner’s play, based on a true story of an honour killing and formerly banned in Choimany.
Thursday the 22nd – “The Habit Of Art” (NT Live) @ The Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry – The gist of this seems to be that Alan Bennett’s “The Habit Of Art” is being performed at The National Theatre in London, but being broadcast live to various cinema screens worldwide (including the one at the Warwick Arts Centre). It’s like both a play and a film, then, although really a film of a play rather than a play. There’s a repeat on the 24th, but obviously that won’t be live.
Friday the 23rd – Boxing (Maloney Promotions) @ The Skydome, Coventry – Featuring Leicester’s fighting binman Rendall Munroe, Olympic medallist Tony Jeffries, Stone Cross’ one-and-only Young Mutley, and a whole bunch of others.
Friday the 23rd – Toyah @ The Asylum, Hockley, Birmingham – It’s a mystery, it’s a mystery. I’m given to understand that she’s still searching for a clue.
Saturday the 24th – St George’s Day celebrations @ various places in Birmingham (well, everywhere else too probably) – A stage with bands and whatnot in Victoria Square, a battle between Saxons and Vikings (oh yes) in Chamberlain Square, and a concert in Symphony Hall (no idea what they’re playing, but it is compered by Carl Chinn). There are, as I say, probably lots of other things going on all over the place too. There’s medieval armour and weaponry in the Cornbow Centre in Halesowen, for example.
Saturday the 24th – Fizzpop’s theremin day @ The Edge, Digbeth, Birmingham – Lessons in how to build your own theremin in the afternoon, and then performances with them in the evening.
Saturday the 24th – Karma To Burn @ The Academy 2, Birmingham – Instrumental hard rockers. Further proof (pfah, as it if it was needed) that “Frankenstein” by The Edgar Winter Group is probably the single largest influence on modern heavy music.
Tuesday the 27th and Thursday the 29th – Shostakovich’s 4th (CBSO) @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – The one from after he was in trouble but before he (cough) ‘apologised’.
Tuesday the 27th – Candi Staton @ The Robin 2, Bilston – Run free, young hearts.
Tuesday the 27th – Three Trapped Tigers @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Poor little flowers. Free the carceral cat crew!
Thursday the 29th – Ian McEwan @ The Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry – A talk with that there acclaimed authorman.
Friday the 30th – Glen Campbell @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – Layin’ some cable, wearin’ some rhinestones.