End-Of-Year-Count 2013: Talks, films, music that doesn’t fit into ‘pop’ or ‘opera’, exhibitions and attractions, sport, animals, barbeque, miscellany
Hey, there’s been more stuff too.
On 19/1/13 I went to the only boxing card that I’ve been to in years, namely the “Prizefighter” welterweight tournament at Wolverhampton Civic Hall; on 6/3/13 I went to a programme of Steve Reich musics at Birmingham Symphony Hall, preceded by a talk from the fella himself; The Flatpack Film Festival took place in 2013, and I saw “Songs And Dances Of Death” on 22/3/13 (the Mussorgsky song-cycle sung in an unused shopfront in the Great Western Arcade, combined with animations from Parker & Alexeiff) as well as the two “Pick’n’Mix” collections of shorts at The Old Library in The Custard Factory on 29/3/213 and 30/3/13; there was a visit to Blakeley Hall and Aston Hall on 7/4/13 (they were having a free weekend); two (count ‘em) visual art exhibitions that I really really enjoyed on 13/4/13, with “Metropole” at BMAG and Stan’s Café’s “Of All The People In All The World” (The Rice Show! An old favourite) at Two Snow Hill; the Lightwoods Park Mayday Festival, including “Sandwell’s Strongest Man” (much more fun to watch than I expected) on 6/5/13; the “Crossroads Of Sabbath” Black Sabbath guided tour around Aston/Newtown/Perry Bar, as part of the Free Walking Festival on 2/6/13; the Natural History Museum in That Kensington on 14/6/13, with particular reference to the temporary Butterfly exhibition; the Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter (AMAZING), The Pen Museum in the Jewellery Quarter (alright) and some exhibitions at Ikon Gallery (I forget precisely what) on 15/6/13; the talk from Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records and film-showings of various Alan Lomax archive material at Vivid Projects on 26/6/13; I had a barbeque that went (implausibly) well on 29/6/13, and everyone seemed quite happy with it, although I think there was definitely more that I could have done (next time!); the Shugborough Country Show on 28/7/13, including jousting and some fantastic animal demonstrations; a dog show at Warley Woods on 8/9/13 (you absolutely must go and see a small/haphazardly organised dog show if you get chance. There is nothing funnier); a visit to Plantasia near Nuneaton on 21/9/13; The Birmingham Literature Festival (nee The Birmingham Book Festival), of which I saw a talk from Will Self at Birmingham Library Studio Space on 7/10/13 and a talk from Catherine O’Flynn at Ikon Gallery on 11/10/13; a screening of “Nosferatu” with live organ accompaniment at Brum Town Hall on 31/10/13; Shugborough Christmas Fair on (…date? Early December, anyway), which wasn’t anywhere near as good as the Summer do; and…
… All the prosaic stuff that happens all the time.
There may have been more fun things too, if I forgot to write them down at the time. Dunno. Can’t remember.
Nobody read that. I am certain.