Rocksteady Brass at The Dark Horse
The Heels bring their full brass sound to the upstairs room for a Friday night of Rocksteady fabulousness in Moseley. So dust off the pork pie hat and get yourself heeled and soled for there will be dancing, possibly even moonstomping. DJs will keep the good vibes ticking over into the early hours playing a mixture of ska, soul and rockabilly.
Fri 10 Nov at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP. 9pm

Desert Island Discs at 1000 Trades
Daytime disc spinning and a laidback social fit for all the family, this brainchild of music lovers Chris Bridge and Steve Bignell is a take on the popular radio show with a distinctly Birmingham slant. Guests are invited to come and play 8 of their favourite tracks over 45 minutes from any genre. The only pre-requisite is that the tracks mean something to them personally and the event is open to non DJ’s, as well as featuring tunes spun by some of Birmingham’s fantastic DJ talent. With a record fair going on upstairs, Pietanic on hand with food, and a licensed bar, expect an interesting and relaxing Saturday afternoon. (MS)
Sat 11 Nov at 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick Street, B1 3HE. 12pm – 8pm

Kilim Family Workshop with ESQ at Centrala
Join the funkiest craft workshop this week as Eastern States of Queer invite all the family to bring along old clothes, spare fabric or anything that gives a cosy feel and create your own krazy Balkan Kilim. For those not in the boho-know, a Kilim is a decorative piece of fabric hung on the wall to keep in the heat, just what every family needs with winter coming. Whilst creating your new piece of art ESQ will discuss their work and the places they feel safe and secure.
Sat 11 Nov at Centrala, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT. 11am.

Don Letts at The One Trick Pony Club
Cultural icon and elder statesman of the British music scene, there isn’t much Lett’s hasn’t seen or been involved with, riding the first wave of punk as filmmaker, manager, DJ and musician to being responsible for bringing reggae to a generation of disaffected youth. Lett’s can be found these days on BBC Radio 6 each week presenting the eclectic gold mine that is The Culture Clash show. Join Letts as part of the Reggae Take Over tour and sample that rampant eclecticism for yourselves as the main man himself lights up The One Trick Pony.
Sat 11 Nov, The One Trick Pony Club, 93 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8DD. 8pm

Street Food Market, Kings Heath Village Square
The street food market is a wonderful monthly event occupying the village square that serves up a host of delightful street food stalls; live music, entertainment and activities for the kids. Our picks of the street food? We’ll be munching away on Disco Fries and a funky hot dog from Dog Dam Good, swilled down with a Mexican Bandit from Trailer Made Cocktails.
Sat 11 Nov, The Village Square, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7RA. 11am

Kisieland (dir: Karol Radziszewski, 2012, cert n/a) + Q&A
Fascinating short documentary in which the director Karol Radziszewski recalls his meeting with Ryszard Kisiel, the gay activist behind the first Eastern European queer zine Filo. The film explores the persecution by the Polish secret service of homosexuals during the eighties when the authorities collected incriminating photos of their targets to use for blackmail. The screening, which is produced in association with CineQ, Shout Festival and Behind the Curtain, will be followed by a director Q&A.
Sat 11 Nov, at Centrala, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, Digbeth B5 5RS.6pm Free

Pigeonhole at The 1000 Trades
Renown club night from the nineties Pigeonhole blasts back into the city at the slick Jewellery Quarter bar 1000 Trades. Still curated by DJ Jon Harris and with a rigid and respectful vinyl only policy, the eclectic and funky outsider club night still packs a killer punch.
Sat 11 Nov, 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HE. 8pm

Fri 10 Nov - Sun 12 Nov
Giles Logan
Published on:
Wed 1 Nov 2017