Patsy Fuller & The Revelators at the Dark Horse
The beautifully soulful voice of Patsy Fuller could fill a room ten times the size of the Dark Horse so this is going to be some show. With the awesome Revelators in tow band leader Patsy glides through a raft of styles from jazz and blues through to hip hop and rare groove. A delightfully beguiling mix of styles and sophistication, your ears will love you after this.
Fri 19 May 10am at the Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
Music Video Klub at Centrala
Have a film, music video, video art, basically anything that can be transported on a USB stick or DVD you want to exhibit to a live audience? Then get yourselves down to the Music Video Klub at Centrala. An eclectic monthly event that can surprise, dazzle and shock with the array of work on offer. Of course you can also just turn up and enjoy the event if you have nothing to share.
Fri 19 May 8pm at Centrala, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT www.facebook.com
Family Discovery Day at The REP
The Rep busts open its backstage doors for a peek behind the scenes to celebrate an upcoming bumper crop of shows. With pop-up performances from local performers, a preview of the hip hop dancing talent from Breakin' Convention, penalty shoot-out, journey backstage, face-painting, a scar bar, crafts, workshops, competitions and prizes as well as special ticket offers and fully accessible tours, there really will be something for everyone.
Sat 20 May at the REP, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP, 0121 236 4455 11.30am - 4.30pm www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Real Junk Food Project Vegan Takeover at the Gunmakers Arms
The RJFP is a fabulous concept that Saves perfectly fit food that would otherwise go to waste from markets, wholesalers & even artisan producers. Read more about its work here. In addition to some incredible food the Two Towers Brewery will be laying on a wide selection of vegan beers for curious punters to sample.
Sat 20 May 6pm at the Gunmakers Arms, 93 Bath St, Birmingham B4 6HG www.facebook.com
B-Side Festival ft. Break Mission 5 Year Anniversary Party at Hawker Yard
B-Side Hip Hop Festival returns for another massive extravaganza with free stuff spilling out of The Hippodrome including lots for free (see details here). As part of the festival, the Hip Hop community group Break Mission who have been working for five years with charities to actively help the homeless through its work, celebrate half a decade of organising 'Donate to Participate' events, join them at Hawker Yard for a night of raging beats from Psykho Mantus, Unpronounceable and The Deviant.
Sat 20 May 8pm at Hawker Yard, 62-70 Pershore St, Birmingham B5 4RU www.facebook.com
Rave Against Racism at 1000 Trades
We all know the the best way to tackle the ugly face of racism, and for that matter the whole gamut of acrid political noise poisoning our world just lately, is to wear our positivity and openness with pride. So buckle in, power up the glow sticks and rave the night away at The Jewelry Quarter's coolest new bar. Jock Lee and Jonnie Greaves will be spinning the grooves.
Sat 20 May 8pm at 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HE www.facebook.com
Farmers Market at The British Oak, Stirchley
Like Saturday shopping should be. From hot sauce to home-baked pies, locally made chocolates to a gorgeous travelling book shop How Brave is the Wren with their beautifully-crafted illustrated stories and picture books. There'll also be a live band, The Bandidos, to further jolly along the experience - and of course one of the best beer garden's in the city complete with a party-sized bouncy castle.
Sat 20 May 12pm - 5pm at The British Oak Stirchley, 1364 Pershore Rd, Birmingham, B30 2XS, 12pm – 6pm. www.britishoakstirchley.co.uk
Kings Heath Vegan Market + Kitchen Garden Arts Market
A massive great meat-free, animal-friendly fun fest for Sunday. See our full preview here.
Sunday Classics Re-Launch at the Spotted Dog
Sunday Classics have been brightening our Sunday afternoon's for two years (and a bit) with an always imaginatively curated lineup of diverse classical sounds. Highlight for the relaunch is talented violinist Ning-ning Li who will also be showcasing her artwork. It all kicks off in the wonderful Spotted Dog garden with fizz and food before moving inside, a perfect way to end your weekend.
Sun 21 May 4.30pm at the Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick St, Birmingham B12 0NH www.facebook.com
I Want! I Want! at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has opened up its doors to a hugely ambitious new exhibition this spring. In stark contrast to the museum’s permanent collection, ‘I Want! I Want!’ delivers an explosion of modern creative expression to titillate and assault all the senses, whether that be vibrant visual imagery or an angered Plan B swearing at you through a small television. See our full preview here.