Birmingham news and blogs Monday 28 May 2018
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Pees and Queues 

27 May

URINETOWN Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 27 th May, 2018   It’s no secret that Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s Urinetown is my favourite musical of all time.

Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years 

26 May

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the luxury Amsterdam fashion house Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal Rotterdam, in collaboration with the designers and the Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, have organized a huge retrospective exhibition.

Pros and Cons 

25 May

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD The REP, Birmingham, Thursday 24 th May, 2018   This production comes to Birmingham from Nottingham Playhouse, working with Ramps On The Moon – casting deaf and disabled actors and tailoring the performance for hearing ...

Canvas Opinions 

22 May

ART Birmingham Hippodrome, Monday 21 st May, 2018   When Serge splashes out 200 grand on a white painting, it becomes a bone of contention and causes a rift between him and his two best friends, Marc and Yvan.

Bank Holiday Opening Times 

21 May

This Bank Holiday weekend we are open as follows: Saturday 26 May: Open, 10.30am-5.15pm Sunday 27 May: Open, 1.00 - 5.00pm Monday 28 May: CLOSED Tuesday 29 May: Open, 10.30am - 5.15pm Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend everyone...

Antiques for Everyone 

21 May

We are delighted that Antiques for Everyone have given us FREE tickets for their Fair.

Review: Avengers Infinity War 

18 May

Does Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype? Film Critic Todd Waugh Ambridge unpicks a blockbuster supposedly ten-years in the making.

Sex and Violins 

16 May

THE STRING QUARTET’S GUIDE TO SEX AND ANXIETY The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 15 th May, 2018   This new piece from director-creator Calixto Bieito is an exploration of mental illness and sexuality, taking its text from a range of writers, most ...

Last of the Summer Vin 

13 May

HEROES Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 13 th May, 2018   Tom Stoppard’s translation of Gerald Sibleyras’s Le Vent des Peupliers fits into a niche of comedy we’re familiar with in the UK.

Interview: Sean Gunn 

11 May

Gaming editor Roshni Patel interviews Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin and Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy The post Interview: Sean Gunn appeared first on Redbrick .

Repeat Offender 

9 May

FLEABAG Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 9 th May, 2018   It’s a real treat to be able to see Maddie Rice reprise the hit one-woman show, three years since I first enjoyed it in Birmingham.

Interview: Michael Rooker 

9 May

At this Spring's MCM Comic Con Birmingham, Gaming Editor Roshni Patel interviewed Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy The post Interview: Michael Rooker appeared first on Redbrick .

Bank Holiday Opening Hours 

4 May

Our opening hours over the next few days: Saturday 5 May: Closed Sunday 6 May: Ground floor open 1-5pm Monday 7 May: Closed Tuesday 8 May: Ground floor open 10.30am-5pm Wednesday 9 May: Ground floor open 10.30am-5pm Thursday 10 May: All floors open as ...

Take This 

2 May

THE BAND Birmingham Hippodrome, Tuesday 1 st May, 2018   Regular readers will know of my aversion to jukebox musicals and so it is with some trepidation that I approach this production.

Candidates Results 2018 

30 Apr

Our Candidates exhibition has closed and the AGM has taken place.

Girls Just Wanna Kill Pigs 

27 Apr

LORD OF THE FLIES The Old Rep, Birmingham, Thursday 26 th April, 2018   It can be difficult, when your class of students is entirely female, to find suitable material for performance.


26 Apr

The favourite Medium Time Teller gets an ultra upgrade with a new foundation from Italian industry pioneer Mazzucchelli, the world’s leading artisan maker of premium luxury acetate.


23 Apr

Cultural and creative agency Eleven Eleven have announced the launch of its first campaign, Command ‘F’ collaborating with 11 cultural leaders within music, fashion, art and design to create a limited edition range of T-shirt’s on sale for only...

Labour in Vain 

18 Apr

THIS HOUSE The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 17 th April, 2018   This hit production from the National Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre/Headlong comes to this town and reminds this reviewer of its brilliance.

Closing Down Sail 

17 Apr

THE LAST SHIP New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Monday 16 th April, 2018   I am conscious throughout the performance that just three feet away from me, seated across the aisle, is the show’s lyricist and composer, namely Sting himself.

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The for-Wards project 

27 May

40 Wards 10 Districts 10 Composers 40 Community Groups 10 public performances...

Father John Misty + Edwyn Collins + Hookworms + The Orielles at The Piece Hall, Halifax, UK – 26th May 2018 

26 May

Headliner Father John Misty knows how to make a cool entrance.

Redbrick Meets: WSTR 

26 May

Ahead of their slot on the Avalanche Stage at this year's Download Festival, Naomi Penn talks to WSTR frontman Sammy Clifford about the band's exciting new plans The post Redbrick Meets: WSTR appeared first on Redbrick .

10 Non-Headliners You Need To See At Download Festival 2018 

26 May

Guns N' Roses and Avenged Sevenfold may be leading the lineup, but Redbrick's Naomi Penn guides you through the acts further down the bill that you simply cannot miss at this year's Download The post 10 Non-Headliners You Need To See At Download ...

MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Reviews, Fri May 25-Thu May 31 

25 May

  NEW RELEASES Solo: A Star Wars Story (12A) Make of this what you will, but I saw midday public… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Reviews, Fri May 25-Thu May 31 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Redbrick’s Guide to Parklife Festival 2018 

25 May

With two weeks until Parklife Festival, Music Editor Issy Campbell gives you some top tips to make the most of the weekend The post Redbrick’s Guide to Parklife Festival 2018 appeared first on Redbrick .

Miles Kane at Kasbah, Coventry, UK – 25th May 2018 

25 May

As a patriotic Brummie I don’t tend to venture too deeply into the unchartered town centre of ‘Cov’ as it’s affectionally called by the locals, because well, they pretty much don’t like us! The lure of a certain Mr Miles Kane however was ...

Parquet Courts – Wide Awake 

24 May

Here's one for the file marked 'Great singles by a band I've never had any interest in before and quite possibly won't again'.

Beatles anniversaries to be celebrated in Kings Heath 

23 May

Tribute act to recreate the glory years of Beatlemania.

Live Review: U.S. Girls 

23 May

Letty Gardner watches U.

Preview: Carnival Magnifico 2018 

23 May

Carnival Magnifico is returning to Birmingham for the next chapter in their succession of summer fiestas, one which has every right to be as enchanting as any of its predecessors The post Preview: Carnival Magnifico 2018 appeared first on Redbrick .

Redbrick Meets: Skinny Living 

22 May

Kylie McCormick sits down with Skinny Living to discover what it is that makes the band so crucially evocative The post Redbrick Meets: Skinny Living appeared first on Redbrick .

Hot Hot Heat – Bandages 

21 May


Birmingham Jazz presents… 

21 May

Another top-quality promotion in store.

James + Lanterns on the Lake at Victoria Theatre, Halifax, UK – 20th May 2018 

20 May

Halifax, a town famous for Cat’s Eyes (the reflecting studs on the road that keep you safe), chocolate and banking has a rich musical history, but of late the calibre of acts playing here has had a bit of a boom with the Stone Roses, Kasabian and ...

Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino 

20 May

Arctic Monkey's divisive comeback record swaps out anthemic choruses and guitar hooks for conceptual ambition and left-field instrumentation, earning a rave review from Music critic Luke Wheeler The post Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility ...

BRMB Stories: It’s half past one in the morning. How are YOU doing? 

20 May

Don't play 'Misty' on the Late Show.

June at Artrix 

18 May

There’s a mixed bag of music coming to Bromsgrove.

Soft Cell – L’Esqualita 

18 May

No idea why this track popped into my head wandering the beaches of Dawlish this morning but who knows how the human mind - especially mine - works eh? This is especially for anyone out there who thinks that Soft Cell only ever did Tainted Love.

Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi returns to Birmingham Symphony Hall in June 

18 May

Tony Iommi at Home of Metal Exhibition 2011 Following his sell out show in 2016, the legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is returning to Birmingham Town Hall for an amazing evening, talking about his life and career.

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Friday photo – The Gwenda Works 

25 May

Okay, so I haven’t moved on from Legge Lane since my last Friday Photo…but there are just so many beautiful old buildings to discover on this stretch of road.

Activate’s Final Fabulous Summer of Sport 

25 May

Activate’s Final Fabulous Summer of Sport is on its way.

Cycle to Stratford this June 

25 May

Get on the road with our summer cycle from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Paddle with Pride: Two days of activity on the water in July 

25 May

Get active outside with two days on the water this July! Enjoy the summer weather, develop a skill and meet new people with these free sessions at Edgbaston Reservoir as part of Activate’s Final Fabulous Summer of Sport.

Play touchtennis with us this summer 

21 May

As part of Activate’s Final Fabulous Summer of Sport, we are thrilled to partnering with the Tennis Foundation to offer free touchtennis sessions for anyone identifying as L,G,B or T in Cannon Hill Park during June and July 2018.

Day of Dance – one day, four styles to try, all free 

21 May

This June, get your dancing shoes on with our free day of dance at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Friday Photo: The Selly Oak Stump 

18 May

In today’s Friday photo this overgrown flowerbed hides a secret.

Conference: LGBT+ Inclusion in Sport 

18 May

A must attend event for those working in physical activity, sport, health and education Birmingham LGBT are proud to be hosting a conference on Friday 13th July at Villa Park in Birmingham, 9am to 4pm.

Get Cycling with Reservoir Rides in June 

17 May

Free, fun cycling introductory sessions this summer.

Director announcement 

16 May

Pictured here, staff of Martineau Gardens at the entrance of the woodland.


15 May

Birmingham Pride is almost here and the team at Birmingham LGBT have a great line up of FREE events throughout the pride weekend.

4 ways to a Greener Birmingham 

15 May

Date / Time Start date: Sun, 24/06/2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm Family Walk from Kings Norton Park to Northfield Station; Summer bug hunting in Kings Norton Park from 11am-12pm This event is free though donations to support our work are always welcome.

Butterfly Walk 

15 May

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 30/06/2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm The flowers on the hillside should just about be at their best by this time and if the day is sunny we will see many species of butterflies, including Marbled White, Portway hill is one of ...

Bat Walk 

15 May

Date / Time Start date: Thu, 28/06/2018 - 9:30pm - 11:00pm Booking essential, click here to book your place through Eventbrite.

Natural History Adventures with Dippy! 

15 May

Date / Time Start date: Sun, 03/06/2018 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm Dippys visit here is focused all around birds, one of the few groups not to go extinct 65 million years ago and if theres one thing we know about its birds! Some come along to our brilliant ...

Closed 16 and 17 May for resurfacing works 

14 May

Martineau Gardens (including the children’s play area) will be closed on Wed 16 and Thursday 17 May for resurfacing works.

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sunshine after the storm 

25 May

So 25 May has passed.

how tackling the curse of knowledge is key for internal comms 

24 May

I t’s hard to not know what you know – let’s talk internal comms by Rebecca Roberts Yes, let’s state the flipping obvious but it IS really hard to not know what you know and often as marketing and communications professionals, you (should) ...

meghan, george and me – 8 things i learned from planning council comms for the royal wedding 

24 May

Any event soaks up the time of a busy communications lead.

new ideas for what pr and comms should be… can you pour cold water on them? 

22 May

A new definition of what comms, advertising and PR is being road tested through conversation and debate.

“we have to make their life better” – the jurgen klopp doctrine 

21 May

What has football got in common with the beautiful game, communications? More than you’d think when a charismatic, insightful German manager is involved… by Ben Capper I’m a Liverpool FC fan.

when severe weather comms gets you a “hug from the public 

16 May

As comms people it can be easy to forget the importance of our bread and butter communications in the chase for flashy content, funny videos or slick campaigns.

How to: uncover Excel data only revealed by a drop-down menu 

15 May

Sometimes an organisation will publish a spreadsheet where only a part of the full data is shown when you select from a drop-down menu.

seizing the day – how one council used social media to place market its area 

14 May

  Do local councils have a role to play in place marketing? Of course they do.

a collection of writing that questions as well as celebrates nhs comms 

11 May

The new #futurePRoof has been published with a collection of writing to celebrate the 70 years of the NHS.

could the pr in gdpr actually mean something different? 

10 May

  GDPR – it’s your favourite subject, right? But with some creative thinking, and a proactive approach, maybe it could just turn out to be an opportunity… by Viki Harris The thought of GDPR used to make me shudder.

FUTURE PROOF: A collection of writing that asks questions as well as celebrates NHS comms 

9 May

Here are two myths about the NHS and neither are true.

all aboard for another talking comms podcast 

9 May

Episode four of the finest communications podcast in the land is here.

Law and Media Round Up – 7 May 2018 

7 May

The press complaints body, IPSO, has announced a compulsory arbitration scheme to replace the current voluntary scheme which has not yet had any takers.

becoming a local news team for the night 

4 May

  One of the beauties of digital comms, social media and self-publishing is that we are no longer reliant on traditional media to share news.

LIVE TALK: A Facebook Live on GDPR and council websites 

4 May

Well, that was fun.

a week since weatherspoons went dark – has the digital plug been pulled? 

29 Apr

Rumours abound on the reasons why Wetherspoons scrapped their social media accounts.

SMILE EXPERIMENT: Heard the one about #gdprjokes? 

25 Apr

Okay, heard the one about the unsolicted email from someone offering GDPR services? I know.

peak bitching our… public sector comms stop trying to be my friend 

25 Apr

Pretend chuminess from the public sector is starting to grate with one comms person.

Wanted: MA Data Journalism applicants to work with Haymarket Automotive 

23 Apr

image: Haymarket One of the industry partners for the MA in Data Journalism is Haymarket Automotive ( What Car? , PistonHeads and Autocar ) — we’re now inviting applications from people who are particularly interested in studying data journalism...

7 reasons not to come to comms unplugged – and how to overcome them 

22 Apr

Comms Unplugged is truly unique.

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Glamorous Gran and Other Tall Stories, 27 May 2018 

26 May

27 May 2018 - Spoken Word at Symphony Hall FREE Glamorous Gran and Other Tall Stories is a lively collection of original children’s stories inspired by the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and their experience of the world; ordinary people living ...

Dino-Tastic at Selfridges 

25 May

Selfridges Birmingham celebrates the arrival of Dippy the Dinosaur...

Bank Holiday Nature Scavenger Hunt, 28 May 2018 

25 May

28 May 2018 - Community at Sandwell Valley Country Park (suitable for under 18s) Attention Explorers! Try out your investigation skills as we send you on a mission to investigate RSPB Sandwell Valley this Bank Holiday Monday.

Charity Football Match and Fun Day, 26 May 2018 

24 May

26 May 2018 - Community at St Andrews Stadium (suitable for under 18s...

New Show: Clean Cut Kid 

23 May

We’re delighted to announce that Live Nation will be welcoming indie pop four-piece Clean Cut Kid to Hare Hounds on Monday 26th November! Liverpudlian indie pop four-piece Clean Cut Kid formed in 2014.

National Youth Dance Company Workshop , 26 May 2018 

23 May

26 May 2018 - Workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome FREE (suitable for under 18s) Sadler’s Wells searches for thirty new talented young dancers to join the National Youth Dance Company each year and are running a free workshop in Birmingham this ...

Silent Disco at John Lewis 

23 May

Get involved with an exciting silent disco in John Lewis on Monday, 28th May...

Create A Crown Workshop, 29 May 2018 

23 May

29 May 2018 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub (suitable for under 18s) Come along to our Create colourful Crown workshop.

Everything Eyes Masterclass 

22 May

Become an eye make-up master at Smashbox's makeup masterclass...

New Show: Ezra Collective 

22 May

We’re pleased to announce that Leftfoot THSH Jazzlines will be welcoming London five-piece Ezra Collective on Monday 12th November! Synergy in motion, London five-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force.

Pride 2018 At Birmingham LGBT, 26 May 2018 – 27 May 2018 

22 May

26 May 2018 - 27 May 2018 - Community at Birmingham LGBT Centre FREE (suitable for under 18s) A non-alcoholic fun space at Birmingham LGBT Centre during Pride Weekend.

Summer Terrace Party, 27 May 2018 

21 May

27 May 2018 - Rock Pop at One Trick Pony Club Reggae Take Over brings together music lovers from from all walks of life.

Topman Tailored Suiting 

21 May

Make your suit the perfect fit with Topman's Tailored Suiting Event...

MUJI Birmingham Reopens, 25 May 2018 

21 May

25 May 2018 - Community at New St FREE (suitable for under 18s) Japanese lifestyle retailer brand MUJI opens the doors of its Birmingham store after a 5-week refurbishment on Friday 25 May.

Learn To Ski – Go Skiing, 24 May 2018 

21 May

24 May 2018 - Community at The Ackers (suitable for under 18s) Learn to ski with our Go Skiing sessions on a Thursday evening from 6:00pm - 7:30pm for ages 8+..

Improve Your Skiing Morning, 23 May 2018 

21 May

23 May 2018 - Community at The Ackers (suitable for under 18s) If you are of the basic recreational standard (linked turns, able to use the ski lift and control your speed) join us on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am - 1:00pm for our great value ...

Jungle Challenge Taster: Obstacle Course, 29 May 2018 

21 May

29 May 2018 - Community at The Ackers (suitable for under 18s) Have a go sessions are taster sessions that let you try out an activity by booking as individuals with other like minded people.

Tobogganing @ Ackers Adventure, 26 May 2018 – 15 Jul 2018 

21 May

26 May 2018 - 15 Jul 2018 - Community at The Ackers (suitable for under 18s) Come and try tobogganing at Ackers Adventure suitable for ages 3-12.

Volunteer Day, 22 May 2018 

20 May

22 May 2018 - Community at Moseley Bog...

Dementia Awareness Week, 21 May 2018 – 25 May 2018 

20 May

21 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 - Community at Merry Hill Monday 21 May – Choir 1pm, lower mall near H Samuel As a way of helping care for and support people with dementia, music has been shown to often have a dramatic effect.

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Prosecco deal for weekend at Mailbox venue 

23 May

Celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend with Tom’s Kitchen.

This week’s lunches! 

21 May

Morning, all! Here’s this week’s lunch menu for you… Tuesday: Tarka Daal with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday Sourdough pizza w/ courgette, chilli, mint, mozzarella feta (V) OR pea mint soup (Ve) Croissants Thursday Summer veg goats cheese frittata...

Cosford serves up another tasty festival 

17 May

Treat for foodies returns to RAF Museum.

The Breadfast Club 002! 

15 May

On the last Sunday in April we ate sourdough pancakes and roast veg, toast with homemade jams, and headed out for a bike ride with Birmingham Bike Foundry and lots of you lovely lot.

Lunch menu 

14 May

Hi everyone, here is this weeks lunch menu: Tuesday: Tarka Daal with sourdough Wednesday: Sourdough pizza with broccoli, feta, mozzarella and pine nuts // Tomato and coconut stew Thursday: Potato and pea frittata with green salad Friday: Salt beef...

And now – it’s the Peaky Blinders ballet! 

8 May

TV series writer announces plans for new spin-off.

Cuffufle Preserves 

7 May

If you’ve been to our shop, on one of our courses, or to Stirchley Community Market , you’ll have come across Cuffufle Preserves .

National Geographic Traveller Magazine 

7 May

We’ve been highlighted in this fantastic  National Geographic Travel  piece about food in Birmingham by Audrey Gillan.

This week at Loaf (lunches, events & courses) 

7 May

Hello, all! Here is the menu for this week’s lunches for you… Tuesday : Tarka daal with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday : Sourdough pizza with artichokes, olives, mozzarella red onion (v) OR carrot and ginger soup with sourdough (Ve) Croissants ...

Staying Cool takes creativity to new heights 

3 May

Tenth anniversary plans announced for city centre apartments.

Co-operatives Info Night – Stirchley 

30 Apr

Tuesday 8th May – Birmingham Co-operatives Info Night Next Tuesday Loaf will be joining local co-operative businesses, organisations and housing groups at the meeting for Birmingham-based Co-operatives.

This week’s lunches 

30 Apr

Good morning, all! Here’s this week’s lunch menu for you: Tuesday: Tarka daal with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday: Sourdough pizza with broccoli, feta, mozzarella and pine nuts (v) OR tomato and coconut stew with sourdough (Ve) Croissants Thursday: ...

Sponsor for Press Club lunch 

26 Apr

Street food specialists link up with old-established enterprise.

City Mission’s Big Cake Sale launched 

26 Apr

Hold a cake sale and help our city’s most in need.

Almost everything in moderation 

25 Apr

Reporting back from Food & Drink Expo 2018, held recently at the NEC.

Cadbury World celebrates royal birth 

23 Apr

Chocolate rocking horse for the royal baby.


17 Apr

NEXT POP UP AT LOAF! Lap-fai Lee has created a stellar line-up of Thai Curries for the next Pop-up at Loaf.

Feed the Homeless campaign launched 

17 Apr

Woroud Osman writes about a new venture in helping the city’s homeless.

This week’s lunches 

16 Apr

Here is this week’s lunch menu for you! Tuesday: Tarka daal with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday: Potato, rosemary stilton sourdough pizza (V) Pea and watercress soup with sourdough (V) Croissants Thursday: Spring onion, potato, pea and parmesan fritatta...

Loafing Brummie 

13 Apr

This weekend you can try ‘ Loafing Brummie ‘ a new collaboration between Loaf and Birmingham Brewing Company , an independent brewery and taproom based on Stirchley Industrial Estate, a stone’s throw from our bakery.

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