Moseley Arts Market at Colmore Row
The wonderful Moseley Arts Market ups sticks and decamps to the grounds of St Philips Cathedral for some quality inner city shopping. A lovely spot to browse quality products ranging from photography, jewellery, textiles, pottery, paper, glass and a whole lot more. Everything available is of course produced by the vendor selling it, no tat here.
Fri 8 Sep 9am at Colmore Row, Birmingham www.facebook.com
Shifting Birmingham: 900 Years Drawn & Erased at The Works Gallery
Birmingham is an evolving city; the pace of change is quite breathtaking at times and not always popular, Nita Newman’s 900 Years Drawn & Erased is an exhibition based on the soon to be demolished historic Wholesale Market. Almost a thousand years of history is traced through time lapse maps in relation to this iconic city venue. Georgia Chapman has produced hand drawn portraits of current market traders and the photography of Dan Burwood that inspired them is also displayed. There is an artist talk at 6pm and the exhibition runs until 22nd September.
Fri 8 Sep 5pm at The Works Gallery, Third Floor, Jubilee Works, 130 Pershore Street, Birmingham B5 6ND www.facebook.com
Birmingham Heritage Weekend
We’re good to you guys; we’ve planned your free weekend at the innovative and enlightening Birmingham Heritage event, a cultural celebration of everything that’s great about our city, and there’s a lot. Spend two days basking in Brummie glory, drag along friends and family, discover why we’re one of the most invigorating and important cities in the world. Jump to the weekend guide here.
Sat 9 Sep to Sun 10 Sep at various venues
Middle Earth Festival at Sarehole Mill
The supposed inspiration for the Hobbiton Mill in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is the perfect setting for a Middle Earth festival celebrating all things from the great author’s hairy fantasy universe. Fancy dress is actively encouraged so be prepared to bump into all manner of Orcs, Dwarves, Hobbits, Elves, Wizards and maybe a dragon or two. The excellent Two Towers Brewery is in attendance, we can’t promise Barliman’s Best but if you see Electric Ale on tap then fill your tankards. With reenactments, trails, crafts and plenty of activities for halflings, not to mention the breathtaking mill, there’s something for everyone.
Sat 9 Sep 11am at Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Rd, Birmingham B13 0BD www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Flatpack Floating Cinema Shorts
As part of Birmingham Heritage week Flatpack have arranged a series of short films curated by Media Archive for Central England showing films of Ladywood from the 1950s–1980s aboard the lovely Ikon Gallery barge moored at Brewmaster Bridge. No need to book just climb aboard the floating cinema and take a step back in time.
Sat 9 Sep to Sun 10 Sep 12pm to 4pm both days at Brewmaster Bridge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2JB Free ikon-gallery.org
The UAB Selectors at The Lord Clifden
Every Saturday in The Clifden’s funkily salubrious lounge a rotating roster of UAB Selector DJ’s get busy with the beats and soundtrack your evening. Mixing a raft of styles through soul, Motown, funk, ska and reggae with infectious positive energy the atmosphere generated in The Clifden is second to none. Free before 10pm.
Sat 9 Sep 8pm at The Lord Clifden, Great Hampton St, Birmingham B19 3DL thelordclifden.com
Starman (dir: John Carpenter, 1984, cert PG) at Stirchley Park
Carpenter surprised many when he traduced expectations and moved away from horror and action to the sweet sci-fi romance of Starman. The inter species love affair is gently and wryly told as Jeff Bridges’ alien negotiates a traditional fish out of water tale with plenty of timely cultural critique along the way. Oh and impregnates earthling Jenny (Karen Allen). A prescient screening considering this year is the 40th anniversary of the golden record that was launched into space aboard the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 to communicate with aliens, Starman intercepts this bringing him to Earth. On the big screen in the environs of beautiful Stirchley Park for none of your English pounds, all thanks to Flatpack. Cheers guys.
Sat 9 Sep 7.45pm at Stirchley Park, Ribblesdale Road Birmingham, B30 2YQ Free flatpackfestival.org.uk
The Cremator (dir: Juraj Herz, 1969, cert 15) at Gunmakers Arms
Dust off your senses and get ready to surf The Czech New wave; Czechoslovak Film Nights are back, after a brief hiatus, with one of the finest examples of that most eclectic and artistically fruitful of genres. The Cremator is by turns obsessive, surreal and frightening whilst being always lightly dusted with a peculiarly Czech sense of humour. It possesses a dark otherworldliness that at times feels like we’re not watching humans at all, but shadowy approximations of them as the Nazi ideas hulking at the borders of pre war Czechoslovakia seep into the narrative distilled through the prism of the creaking Communist state under which the film was made. Is it any wonder Karel Kopfrkingl’s mania unfolds. Stark, unique and unsettling The Cremator is exquisitely realised cinema.
Sat 9 Sep 8pm at The Gunmakers Arms, Bath Street, Birmingham B4 6HG Free www.facebook.com
Published on: Sun 6 Aug 2017