Central City Roller Girls
So you’ve just finished watching the kick ass feminist roller derby movie ‘Whip It’ and you’re ready for a piece of the action. Luckily for you Birmingham based Central City Roller Girls have newbie sessions completely free of charge every Monday. They’ll even provide all your equipment, though bringing your own mouth guard is recommended. If falling over is a particularly favourite hobby of yours then get yourself along. Girls and boys welcome.
Mon 11 Jul, 7pm at Moseley School Health & Fitness Centre, College Road. www.centralcityrollergirls.co.uk
Toadally free improvised comedy with Free Form Frogs
Free Form Frogs, members of Box of Frogs Workshop, present their inimitable brand of improvised comedy from audience suggestions. Improv games, unrehearsed and entirely live. Absolutely free, with the guarantee of your money back if you don’t laugh!
Mon 11 Jul, at Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, B18 6AD www.blueorangetheatre.co.uk
Face the Music at The Barber Institute
The Barber Institute holds lunchtime tours and talks every Tuesday to introduce visitors to their exhibitions, displays and collections. Each talk is 30 minutes long and no booking is required, and of course they are free of charge, a great way to soak up some culture, in a wonderful environment. This week’s talk and tour is entitled ‘Face the Music’.
Tue 12 Jul, 1.15pm at The Barber Institute, Edgbaston, B15 2TS www.barber.org.uk
Gregory Peck’s Jazz, Funk & Soul Open Mic Night at The Night Owl
The Night Owl is always a cool venue to spend time in. Throw in some free live funk music and, if you’re that way inclined, bring along your own instruments to plug in and make some tuneful noise.
Wed 13 Jul, 9pm at The Night Owl, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth www.facebook.com
Chris Tye at the mac
The Birmingham based singer songwriter brings his beautiful brand of harmonic pop music to the MAC Summer Sessions season this Friday. The gifted guitarist uses a range of styles from folk to jazz. His distinctive vocal style expresses an emotional vocabulary extraordinary in range reflected in his lyrical virtuosity, be it agony or ecstasy. Chris will be performing on the Terrace Gallery and his performance will be followed by a chilled out set from DJ Gravebongaz.
Fri 15 Jul, 6pm – 7.30pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/summer-sessions-2016
Justin Robertson at the Lord Clifden’s Great Outdoors Summer Sessions
Re-launching the summer sessions at the Lord Clifden’s legendary free Saturday nights in ultimate Balearic style, Justin Robertson brings his box of treats and bags of style to the decks. All aboard!
Sat 16 Jul, 3pm – late, Free before 10pm at the Lord Clifden, 34 Great Hampton Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6AA. See our full preview: here
Victor & the Bully + The Jacks at Cogs Bar
The only steam punk themed bar in Birmingham hosts the world’s only two man big band Victor & the Bully. Armed only with a ukulele and a guitar and exploring genres as diverse as metal and indie, the London artists are great fun. Local boys The Jacks provide supporting noise.
Sat 16 Jul, 9pm at Cogs Bar, 61 Newhall Street, B3 3RB www.facebook.com
Come vinyl with me at Kitchen Garden Cafe
It’s late Sunday afternoon, what better way to relax than by listening to some quality vinyl, but even better than that, bring along your own vinyl and make everyone else listen to it. No restrictions and you get ten minutes to spin those scratched old Herb Alpert albums you love so much, or not! Fletcher’s is a cool bar and describes itself as the stay out late sister of Kitchen Garden Café; we couldn’t put it any better.
Sun 17 Jul, 5pm at Fletchers, 7A York Road, Kings Heath, B14 7SA www.fletchersbarandeatery.co.uk
Sunday Social at The British Oak
Every Sunday throughout summer, The finest DJs from Birmingham and beyond will play chill-out, reggae, hip hop, disco and funk in the beautiful beer garden at the British Oak, child-friendly until 8pm with a huge ale selection and proper high-quality Sunday dinners.
Sun 17 Jul, British Oak, 1364 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2XS. Tel: 0121 458 1758 www.facebook.com
Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival
Runs Thu 15 Jul – Sun 24 Jul with loads of free performances and gigs. See our full feature here
Published on: Mon 11 Jul 2016