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Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands – March 2011

Posted in Books, Films, LOTTSADITWM, Modern Living, Music, Stage, Well, it passes the time by Russ L on 28 February, 2011

There’s some of B-Town’s finest annual stuff this month, alongside a whole load more.

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.

Until Saturday the 5th – Eastern Electronic Festival @ various venues in Birmingham – Audio and visual electronics from (or connected with) further East than even Lowestoft.

Tuesday the 1st till Saturday the 19th (but not Sundays or Mondays) – “The Cleansing Of Constance Brown” @ A.E. Harris Building, The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – I saw this a few years ago and it was A-to-the-mazing. Vignettes of power change and elide into one another in a specially built corridor. It is astonishing in the literal sense (you will actually find yourself astonished). Really now – if I did a ‘Recommendation Of The Month’ then this would be it. Also: you might want to buy your tickets in advance.

Tuesday the 1st and Wednesday the 2nd – “The Pool Game” (Geiger Counter Theatre) @ The MAC (theatre), Edgbaston, Birmingham – A game of pool inspired by Kafka’s “The Trial”.

Thursday the 3rd till Saturday the 12th – “Notes To A Future Self” (Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company) @ The MAC (theatre), Edgbaston, Birmingham – The daughter of a free-wandering new ager has to come to terms with both normal life and her impending death. This is also on at The Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton on the 28th.

Thursday the 3rd – “Portrait Of An Actress As…” (Rogueplay Theatre) @ The Station, Sutton Coldfield – Comic sketches about struggling to make it in theatre. “Shamelessly bitchy”, it says. Also at The Old Joint Stock Theatre on the 4th and The Lamp Tavern (I imagine that they mean the one in Digbeth rather than the one in Dudley, although I don’t know) on the 12th.

Saturday the 5th – Fairport Convention @ The Town Hall, Birmingham – All the fun of the Fairport.

Saturday the 5th – “The Sleeping Princess” (Krazy Kat Theatre) @ The Library Theatre, Birmingham – Puppets! Dragon puppets!

Saturday the 5th – Birmingham Poetry Ultras @ The Old Moseley Arms, Balsall Heath, Birmingham – Discussions of Seamus Heaney, for World Book Night. There’s also some WBN business at Brum Central Library, but I can’t find a link outside of this here CIB one.

Sunday the 6th – 7 Inch Cinema’s pre-Flatpack Festival warm-up do @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – With DJs and short fillums and suchlike.

Monday the 7th – Elaine Paige @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – The sound of my childhood. To some extent.

Tuesday the 8th till Saturday the 12th – “Black Watch (National Theatre Of Scotland) @ Warwick Arts Centre (Butterworth Hall), Coventry – Created from interviews with Royal Highlanders who served in Iraq.

Tuesday the 8th and Wednesday the 9th – “Pertencia” (Foursight Theatre) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Portugeezers on stage.

Wednesday the 9th – Science Museum Live @ The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – London Science museum, that is. Birmingham’s own science museum was of course taken over by the scalpers, turned into ‘Think Tank’ and now charges to get in, but let’s leave that (I get too angry). I don’t know what a science museum’s stage show would entail, but – whatever it is – this will be it.

Thursday the 10th till Sunday the 13th – Crufts @ The NEC, Marston Green, Birmingham – Hounds, everyone’s fond of how-unds…

Thursday the 10th – Iron & Wine @ The Town Hall, Birmingham – Beards and whispering.

Friday the 11th till Thurday the 17th – Birmingham St Patrick’s Day celebrations @ across Birmingham (mostly Digbeth) – The parade, this year on the 13th, has always been hailed as the biggest after those of New York and Dublin. Apparently Manchester is gunning for a big one this year, though, and we all know self-aggrandisement outweighs actual size.

Friday the 11th – Thomas Adès “In Seven Days” and Steve Reich’s “Music For 18 Musicians” (London Sinfionetta) @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – On a related note, I recently read Alex Ross’ “The Rest Is Noise” and would very much recommend it.

Saturday the 12th – Alabama 3 @ The Institute (Library room), Digbeth, Birmingham – Woke up this morning but don’t run for the priest.

Saturday the 12th – Odyssey @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – The actual, real Odyssey, far as I can tell. Going back to their roots (yeah).

Monday the 14th and Wednesday the 23rd – Capsule’s tree-related gigs @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – The theme appears to be somewhat arboreal: you’ve got Woods on the 14th and Arbouretum (sic) on the 23rd.

Monday the 14th – “The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Blackeyed Theatre) @ The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Keep your distance, Brecht.

Tuesday the 15th till Saturday the 19th – “George’s Marvellous Medicine” (Birmingham Stage Company) @ The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – Roald Dahl seems to be everywhere just lately. Not that I’m complaining, I think he’s great.

Tuesday the 15th till Saturday the 19th – “And The Horse You Rode In On” (Told By An Idiot) @ The Warwick Arts Centre (Studio), Coventry – A dark comedy with rabbits trying to stop aliens destroying the world and a look at how difficult it is to stop people going too far in support of their beliefs.

Tuesday the 15th – Primal Scream @ The Academy, Birmingham – Playing “Screamadelica” all the way through. They want to be free etc etc etc.

Wednesday the 16th till Saturday the 20th – “And The Rain Falls Down” (Fevered Sleep) @ The MAC (theatre), Edgbaston, Birmingham – This month’s one that I wish I was younger for: 3-4 year olds can splishy-sploshy in the rain.

Wednesday the 16th – Ben E. King @ The Jam House, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – The real Ben E. King (I thought it was a tribute at first), how about that. Gary U.S. Bonds will be there too.

Thursday the 17th – The Dubliners @ The Town Hall, Birmingham – Seeing The Dubliners on Padraig’s day would surely be the greatest thing. It’s already sold out, though.

Friday the 18th – Chali 2na @ The Institute (Library room), Digbeth, Birmingham – The rapper who used to be in Jurassic 5. You know, those park-keepers.

Sunday the 20th – Mary Wilson / The Chi-Lites @ The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – Soul survivors.

Saturday the 19th till Saturday the 26th – “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” (Crescent Theatre Company) @ The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham – Well, you need a bit of balance after Crufts. Heh.

Saturday the 19th and onwards – the “Birmingham Mahler Cycle” continues @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – There’s the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome doing the 1st Symphony on the 19th, then the London Symphony Orchestra doing the 7th on the 25th and the CBSO doing the 6th on the 29th.

Saturday the 19th – The Stranglers @ The Academy, Birmingham – For the last time, I don’t know what happened to your bleedin’ heroes.

Tuesday the 22nd till Sunday the 27th – Flatpack Film Festival @ various venues in Birmingham – Motion pictures galore! There’s a billion squillions things, including but not limited to stuff for young’ins, a barn as a conduit for God, a man in a cat, a tire going mental, Pram, Mordant Music, The Kinshasha Symphony Orchestra and a crazy amount more.

Tuesday the 22nd till Sunday the 27th – Fierce Festival @ various venues in Birmingham – Once a festival/series with a whole tonne of arts and performance doings, Fierce now (seems to be) a smaller selection. If you go to that page you’ll need to click the “book tickets” links to see actual descriptions of the performances (this wasn’t initially obvious to me).

Tuesday the 22nd – Elbow @ The NIA, Birmingham – The arm-bone is connected the (beat) elbow, the elbow is connected to the (beat) other arm-bone etc. etc. etc.

Tuesday the 22nd – Seefeel @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – A band that many would consider to be amongst the Don Dadda elite of that post-rock sort of stuff that you all liked a few years ago.

Wednesday the 23rd till Saturday the 26th – “Maskerade” (Crescent Theatre Youth Seniors) @ The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham – Terry Pratchett’s “Phantom Of The Opera” themed novel, only done as a play. Obviously.

Saturday the 26th – “Home Of Metal” open day @ The Public, West Bromwich – Incorporating a music photography workshop from the super-duper Steve Gerrard.

Saturday the 26th – Eska @ The Drum, Newtown, Birmingham – Anglo-Zimbabwean jazz-folk. Please don’t ask me to spell her surname.

Sunday the 27th – Manowar @ The Academy, Birmingham – Well, erm… yeah.

Monday the 28th till Saturday the 2nd of April – “Dinnerladies: Second Helpings” (damned if I can tell the company) @ The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton – Obviously the telly series was the top few best things ever. I’ve no idea abut this, but it does star the original Tony.

Monday the 28th – The Adverts @ The Academy 2, Birmingham – After Googling just now, I know for the first time in my life who Gary Gilmore is.

Monday the 28th – Cee Lo Green @ The Academy, Birmingham – Should it be “Cee Lo” or “Cee-Lo”? I’m damned if I-kno.

Thursday the 31st – Chas And Dave @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Their last ever tour ever, apparently.


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  2. steve pottinger said, on 6 May, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Russ,

    I wondered if our Gala Night at the Hare and Hounds on June 19th would be of any interest to you? It features award-winning author Joolz Denby and New Model Army front-man Justin Sullivan. I would send you the press release, but I think that’s pushing things a bit!

    Let me know if you want any info. Love the blog by the way… Good to see so much good stuff coming out of Brum.



  3. Russ L said, on 6 May, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I’d noticed that do in the H&H lisings and thought it sounded interesting. If I get around to doing a “lots…” post for June it’ll definitely be in there, although that is a big ‘if’.


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