What The Eye Doesn’t Know: Karina Marusińska at Centrala
Exhibition for the intellectually curious and those repelled by the dystopian age of fake news. Presented in two parts part one, ‘Good Visibility’, was carried out in West Bromwich with local community members invited to design stained glass windows through which they would like to view the world change. In part two, ‘Viewpoint’, the artist tackles the Trumpian world of post-truth. Challenging and inventive presentation, the exhibition continues until 6th October. Karin will be giving a talk on Sat 23rd at Centrala.
Fri 22 Sep 6pm (private viewing) Sat 23 Sep 2pm (artist talk) at Centrala, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, Digbeth B5 5RS www.facebook.com
Art Rave at BMAG
Incredible event at the museum that promises to mash your senses with blistering techno beats, retro gaming and some sharp as a needle noodling with devices such as the Atari ST and Amiga. We’re especially looking forward to the Nintendo DS covers of classic game theme tunes from Circuit Bird, The Ceephax Acid Crew and the intricate VJing of Leon Trimble. Part of Birmingham Weekender read our full preview here.
Fri 22 Sep 6pm at BMAG, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH www.facebook.com
Don Letts at Victoria Square
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. Have a dabble in that rampant eclecticism as the main man himself lights up Victoria Square with some juicy beats as part of Birmingham Weekender. Read our Weekender preview here.
Fri 22 Sep 7.30pm at Victoria Square, Birmingham www.birminghamweekender.com
Drag Queen Story Time at The Library of Birmingham
This inspirational event aims to capture the imaginations of the younger generation while teaching them tolerance and acceptance along with the beauty and grace of self expression. Expect to see Yshee Black, the rising star of Birmingham’s drag scene and Ginny Lemon, who kids and their parents may recognise from her recent appearance on Xfactor, delivering stories while defying gender stereotypes in a true fairytale spirit of making dreams come true. Read our full preview here. (words RJS)
Sat 23 Sep 12.30pm at The Library of Birmingham’s Story Steps at Birmingham Library, Centenary Square, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2ND. www.birminghamweekender.com
Drink and Draw at The Edwardian Tea Rooms
A behemoth family-friendly Drink & Draw is back to scribble and scrawl its declarations of funky creativity and social high jinks all over your heart. This very special day-to-night event for self-confessed doodle-addicts, casual cartoonists and quick/slow-draw aficionados, aims to offer a perfect social space to let both your creativity and the good-times flow. Kids sessions from 3pm then perhaps dabble with a little alcoholic inspiration while you free-flow express yourself all over the page for the adult evening session. Bring your posh pens and creative spirit, but paper and pens are also provided.
Sat 23 Sep Family session 3pm - 5pm, adults 5pm - 10pm at the Edwardian Tea Rooms, BMAG, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Heducation Presents DJ Cheeba at The Dark Horse
The Heducation crew have laid on a real doozy of an event tonight, not only will your heads be filled with the usual high end beats, breaks and bleeps, but the legendary cut and paste mash up maestro VJ Cheeba will be thrashing your senses within an inch of their lives. Expect an audio-visual torrent of sound and image to be jackhammered into your skulls from an incredibly exciting performer. Flair, imagination and a cutesy nod and wink to our nostalgia reflex.
Sat 23 Sep 10pm at The Dark Horse, at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP Free www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
Modern Warrior Dance Street Takeover for Birmingham Weekender
The very talented, cutting edge and culturally on-point Rosie Kay Dance company (see previous feature here) stages a full on Modern Warrior ninja-meets-parkour style street style dance-off for Birmingham Weekender and invites the public to prepare for battle too. Free dance moves workshops happen at 1pm and 3pm, performances at 2pm and 4pm, both at New Street station. More details and registration here.
Kings Heath Community Vegan Market
The healthy living exponents Vegan Vybes return for a second bout of awareness raising and tasty cruelty free nosh. A relaxed friendly atmosphere with a real community feel and of course most importantly delicious food. Raw sprouted hummus veggie burger with nettle pesto followed by sponge and ice cream sounds great to us. Nom nom.
Sun 24 Sep 11am at Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Rd, Birmingham B14 7DB www.facebook.com
Taste & Liquor at Sarehole Mill
The stunning Sarehole Mill is the setting for the latest Taste and Liquor event. Expect a raft of the tastiest gourmet street food, cocktails, craft beer and a large vintage market to go rummaging for bargains. The Mill itself will be providing fresh bread and there are activities to keep the kids entertained.
Sun 24 Sep 12pm at Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Birmingham, B13 0BD www.facebook.com
Craig Charles at Victoria Square
Britain's favourite slacker brings his cheesy grin, cheeky attitude and sublime taste in music to Victoria Square as part of the excellent Birmingham Weekender event, read our full preview of that here. Craig, hey we're on first name terms he loves Brum, has created an unmissable weekly music event with his Funk and Soul Show on BBC Radio 6, required listening it guarantees an eclectic blast of classic and contemporary. If you've caught him live at Mostly or The Hare and Hounds you know what to expect, if not you're in for a treat. Bet you didn't know Craig recorded two John Peel sessions back in the early eighties? Legend. Read our Weekender preview here.
Sun 24 Sep 4pm at Victoria Square, Birmingham www.birminghamweekender.com
Sunday Xpress at Centrala
The good fellows of Sunday Xpress have been on their holidays for a little while, so if you've been worrying about how to spend your Sabbath then worry no more as they are back and just as lively as ever. Live music from the thrash maestros Stinky Wizzleteat, who may or may not feature George Liquor, and some deliciously spiky attitude from The Day Ends. Added to this are the usual inventive visuals, open mic and, in conjunction with Birmingham Poetry Festival, some finely honed wordery. A joyously noisy mix of local artistic endeavour, so step away from the Sunday dinner and get yourselves down to Centrala.
Sun 24 Sep 5pm at Centrala, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, Digbeth B5 5RS www.facebook.com
Open Studio Arts - Moseley & Kings Heath
An indie art lovers dream, if you have a penchant for beautiful things, like to support local makers, want to get the kids into crafts or relish poking your nose around the brilliant Open Gardens (and who doesn't enjoy a cake walk?), this one's for you. See our full preview here
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