Shopping/Arts/Food: Stirchley Community Market at Stirchley Baths
The perfect place to do your big shop and feed your faces with a raft of gloriously tasty street food vendors complementing the usual array of stalls selling quality wares, not to mention a photography workshop and pop up massage. Pick of the nosh is the ever reliable Pietanic with a Jam vs Custard doughnut for pudding.
Tue 4 Sep 4pm at Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane, Birmingham B30 2JT stirchleycommunitymarket.co.uk/
Gig: The Nickajack Men at Subside
The Scots indie folk and roll, of the wonderfully moinkored Nickajack Men, brings a decidedly less metal edge than usual to Surprise You’re Dead’s consistently excellent freebie live music events at Subside. Support comes from atmospheric southern popsters Peace in Protest
Thu 6 Sep 7pm at Subside, 57 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DA www.facebook.com
Gig/Arts: Kaleidoscope #7 at The Night Owl
Number seven of the blistering mash up of arts and music that is Kaleidoscope, already established as an absolutely crucial event for keeping fingers on the cultural pulse of Birmingham. Keep it to yourselves (shhh) but surely they could be charging big quids for this. Live noise this time around comes from the sophisticated brash jazz and hip hop of Delta Autumn, the psyched out head fuckery of Kinds of Light and synth poppers Sofa King. Artists exhibiting (and selling) include Molly Cleaver, Afrokiin Creations and Lottie Canto with the usual roster of vinyl junkies keeping the beats rolling until the early hours.
Thu 6 Sep 8pm at The Night Owl, 17-18 Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG www.facebook.com
Arts: Eastern Bloc Songs at Centrala
Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Prague Spring, Centrala presents a wonderful new exhibition, Wayne Burrows’ Eastern Bloc Songs: Party, Pop and Politics, the history and development of popular music from former Eastern Bloc Communist states during 1963 – 1988. Featuring sleeve art, TV clips, photographs and posters, it’s a uniquely inventive foray into the cultural peculiarities of communism and state sponsored entertainment. A private viewing takes place as part of Digbeth First Friday with the exhibition itself continuing until 20th October.
Fri 7 Sep 11am to 6pm at Centrala, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT www.facebook.com
Shopping/Arts/Food: Harborne Night Market at The Green Man
The night market returns to Harborne, this time spreading its wings to the more spacious surroundings of The Green Man. More space means more stalls, street food and positive energy, with a hefty line up including Disorder Boutique, Thrift Vintage Interiors and the excellent Off the Scale vintage bus. Plenty of food and drink options too with our favourites Pietanic and The Gin Craze the pick of the bunch.
Fri 7 Sep 4pm – 11pm at The Green Man, 2 High St, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9NE www.facebook.com
Gig: Beastdome at The Bramall
The Beastdome is a 30+ channel sound system semi-permanently installed in the Bramall Building’s Dome Rehearsal Room, enjoy a programme of recent electroacoustic works by current BEAST postgraduate composers Kevin Buckland, Charlie Lockwood, Tony James Morton, James Opstad & Olli Smith.
Fri 7 Sep 5pm to 6.15pm at The Bramall, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT www.facebook.com
Gig: The Brummies at The Dark Horse
Sonic Gun bring The Brummies, who are actually from Birmingham, Alabama, to what is surely their spiritual home for a session at The Dark Horse. These guys produce great swirls of psych tinged pop with a delightfully winsome laid back vibe, like arms reaching out for a warm and gooey musical hug, well, we are all Brummies after all, join the love.
Fri 7 Sep 9pm at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP www.facebook.com
Arts: Digbeth First Friday
Birmingham’s cultural juggernaut makes its monthly rumble through Digbeth’s coolest spaces with its usual immense breadth of imagination, invention and sharp smarts. Don’t miss Eastern Bloc Songs (discussed above) and be sure to dip into Genderqueer artist Alex Billingham’s exhibition Ashes to Ashes at Stryx, the launch of Blackhole Club at Vivid Projects and Lucy Lopez’s Ways of Learning opening at Grand Union.
Fri 7 Sep at various venues digbethfirstfriday.com
Published on: Tue 3 Jul 2018