Film: Brindleyplace Film Festival
Settle down on a huge cushion (provided in limited quantities) and enjoy a week of free big screen outdoor cinema in a little island of calm amidst the bustling Brindley Place. Nine films, with something for everyone, including the Marvel masterpiece Black Panther, everyone’s favourite nanny Mary Poppins and the singalong freak show The Greatest Showman.
Tue 17 Jul to Sun 22 Jul at Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2JF www.brindleyplace.com
Film: Victoria and Abdul at Journey Film Club
Whilst the film may take enormous liberties with history and draw some dubious conclusions about the darker history of our Empire, the central performance from Judi Dench as Queen Victoria is impeccable. There’s no denying it’s a sumptuously staged period spectacle and you’re not paying anyway so bask in Dench’s brilliance and enjoy one of the best performances of her career.
Tue 17 Jul 7pm at Birmingham LGBT, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk
Gig: Martin Trotman at The Jam House
The Jazzlines strand in the city is an absolute guarantee of high quality grooves and sophisticated style. Conservatoire graduate and exquisite pianist Martin Trotman brings along his highly accomplished band and ridiculously deft fingers for a performance that will recall the great Oscar Peterson mixed with a more contemporary urban fusion.
Tue 17 Jul 8.30pm at The Jam House, 3-5 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1QU www.thejamhouse.com
Comedy: Simon Munnery & Andrew Bird at Patrick Kavanagh
Munnery returns to what must be the best value comedy club in Birmingham for another blast of sharp, well observed and oft surreal jokes, a splendid double bill is completed by the affably hilarious Andrew Bird.
Wed 18 Jul at Patrick Kavanagh, 142 Trafalgar Rd, Birmingham B13 8BX weebly.com
Comedy: Adele Cliff at 1000 Trades
Previewing her forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe show, Sheep, is Adele Cliff, whose breathless energy, razer sharp silliness and fine tuned gift of the gag has seen the award winning comic garner a well of praise from critics and peers.
Wed 18 Jul 8pm at 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HE www.facebook.com
Gig/Art: SIKSA at Centrala
The stunning 100 Years So What exhibition, reflecting on the centenary of women’s voting rights being afforded in several countries including Poland and the UK, continues with an appearance from Polish punk performance artists, SIKSA. Challenging, uncompromising and at times downright frightening, the duo, featuring Alex and Bury, are unforgettable and possessed of a raging fuck you attitude. It’s Perfo-punk, infantile, anti-social and effective. Read more about the 100 Years of So What exhibition here.
Thu 19 Jul 7pm at Centrala, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT www.facebook.com
Gig: 360 at The Dark Horse
Skanking boots at the ready, Birmingham’s finest “Skafunkapunkreggaerockers” 360 will be toasting up the sound levels at The Dark Horse this weekend in a blaze of punked up rocksteady noise. Unabashed party monsters, 360 can get the most recalcitrant of toes tapping.
Fri 20 Jul 9pm at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP www.facebook.com
Published on: Fri 15 Jun 2018