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Half-Decent Proposal 

24 May

THE WEDDING SINGER New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Tuesday 23 rd May, 2017   There is a trend among theatre-makers to turn a mediocre film into a stage musical (eg Legally Blonde ) and this show sits firmly in that genre.


Two Distant Views 

23 May

Artists to share Two Distant Views in Birmingham A joint exhibition at the RBSA (Royal Society of Birmingham Artists) in Birmingham from 12th to the 24th June 2017 will showcase the work of two artists, Jo Ashby and Majella ONeill Collins.


Same Old Tories? 

18 May

POLITICAL-RAVISHMENT, – or – The Old Lady of Threadneedle-Street in danger! Does it really matter what's written in manifestos, and can we believe them? The 2017 Tory Manifesto declares: We do not believe in untrammeled free markets.


Diversity Uncaged 

17 May

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Birmingham Hippodrome, Tuesday 16 th May, 2017   This touring production could not be timelier.


Catching Some Rays 

12 May

ALL IS WELL mac, Birmingham, Friday 12 th May, 2017   Vanessa Oakes’s play centres around four characters who lose their way in a forest.


Fresh: Art Fair 

9 May

Fresh: Art Fair opening soon! Fresh: Art Fair kindly sponsored our 'Open All Media' exhibition earlier in the year.


Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. II 

9 May

Can lightning strike twice for everyone's favourite rag-tag bunch of cosmic defenders? Critic Amelia Bacon certainly thinks so The post Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.


Street Life 

9 May

LA STRADA The REP, Birmingham, Monday 8 th May, 2017   A young girl from a poor family is sold by her mother to an itinerant circus strongman.


The Truth Comes Out 

7 May

THE LARAMIE PROJECT The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 7 th May, 2017   The horrific murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 sent shockwaves across the USA and around the world.


In the people’s interest? West Midlands Combined Authority 

6 May

Andy Street explains what the West Midlands Mayor does Last week we voted for a West Midlands mayor to lead a new government imposed authority against the will of the people living in it, in the name of devolution.


The Best Laid Plans… 

4 May

DIAL M FOR MURDER New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, Wednesday 3 rd May, 2017   I have seen several productions of Frederick Knott’s masterpiece over the years but never in-the-round, so it’s intriguing to see how a story in which doors and ...


Dreamy and Petty 

3 May

DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Tuesday 2 nd May, 2017   This new production of the hit show injects life into the tired jukebox musical genre simply by taking the increasingly common approach of having the cast be their...


A Brief Chat With Brian Smee 

28 Apr

Lazy Daze is the Flatpack award-winning animated short that captures the disjointed perspective of a dog’s lazy slumber.


Old School 

28 Apr

TO SIR, WITH LOVE The REP, Birmingham, Thursday 27 th April, 2017 E.


Public Speaking | FutureRising Careers Inspiration Event 

27 Apr

If you know me well, you may remember where I studied Photography… well it turns out I was hired by FutureRising to give an inspiring talk to 2nd Year Photography Students at BCU.


Review: The Discovery 

26 Apr

What would you do if you discovered there was an afterlife? Film's Emillie Gallagher reviews Netflix's latest original film, 'The Discovery' The post Review: The Discovery appeared first on Redbrick .


Congratulations to all the successful Candidates for 2017! 

25 Apr

Following the Candidates exhibition 2017 and the annual election process held by Members and Associates of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, we are pleased to welcome the following artists to the Society.


Jumprov Jumps Off 

20 Apr

JUMPROV Press Launch The Wellington, Birmingham, Wednesday 19 th April, 2017   Up on the second floor of this majestic old pub, a select and invited assembly are treated to an hour of hilarity, courtesy of Sunny Dhap and his newly-formed, BAME ...


Misty, Frequently Water-Coloured, Memories 

19 Apr

Two weeks on and the eleventh Flatpack already seems like a distant dream, and we’re slowly returning to normality here at Flatpack HQ.


Kinky Roots 

19 Apr

SUNNY AFTERNOON Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 18 th April, 2017   You might think that the Kinks’ lead man Ray Davies had spent his entire life writing this musical; his songs have always had an autobiographical quality and so they support...


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Top tenor for Sutton 

26 May

International singer added to Sutton Park concert bill.


MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Releases, Fri May 26-Thu Jun 1 

25 May

  NEW RELEASES   Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A) After the … Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Releases, Fri May 26-Thu Jun 1 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


Sunday Xpress Bank Holiday Bonus Xtravaganza Thingy…THIS SUNDAY! 

25 May

Attention Brum based peeps, Sunday Xpress is dishing up another slice/slab of the good stuff this Sunday featuring reggae flavoured punksters Dubrokkaz and Balaban and the Bald Illegals.


10 Political Songs to Get You Through the 2017 General Election 

25 May

Amidst the trauma of a sudden and exhausting 2017 General Election season, Anna Pitts finds 10 politically-charged songs to help you cope The post 10 Political Songs to Get You Through the 2017 General Election appeared first on Redbrick .


Happy Birthday dear Affie 

25 May

Stephen Pennell goes to a special party.


Free workshop for West Midlands musicians 

25 May

New series of UK-wide events for musicians and songwriters visits Birmingham.


Decorating Tips For Musicians (How To Learn Like A Painter) 

24 May

I’ve been teaching bass now for almost 25 years.


Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Godhopping 

24 May

If I had £1 for every band I'd raved about but which failed to get anywhere I'd probably have enough to pay the massive onslaught of taxes coming our way whichever of the lame duck political parties gets in.


Essential Albums: Converge – Jane Doe 

24 May

Greg Woodin looks back on this cathartic metallic hardcore masterpiece The post Essential Albums: Converge – Jane Doe appeared first on Redbrick .


CONRAD KEELY: ART, MUSIC AND INSPIRATION 

23 May

Conrad Keely is predominantly known as the front-man of the alternative Austin rock band And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.


DION LUNADON 

23 May

From establishing his music career back home in his native New Zealand as a member of ace garage rockers The D4 to his current role as bassist of Brooklyn-based A Place to Bury Strangers, Dion Lunadon has serious rock & roll credentials.


Single Review: Don Broco – Pretty 

22 May

Naomi Penn listens to a typically tongue-in-cheek, upbeat anthem from Don Broco The post Single Review: Don Broco – Pretty appeared first on Redbrick .


A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Music 

22 May

Want to get into jazz music and don't know where to start? Jack Lawrence has you covered The post A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Music appeared first on Redbrick .


Top 10 covers from Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath 

21 May

It’s Friday 13 th , 1970.


Festival Preview: ValeFest 

21 May

Europe's largest student-run charity festival will be returning to the Vale on Saturday 3rd June and it truly promises to be the best year yet The post Festival Preview: ValeFest appeared first on Redbrick .


Single Review: LCD Soundsystem – Call the Police & American Dream 

21 May

LCD Soundsystem are back, but is their new stuff any good? Thom Dent finds out The post Single Review: LCD Soundsystem – Call the Police & American Dream appeared first on Redbrick .


Redbrick Meets: Coasts 

21 May

Kylie McCormick chats to Coasts frontman Chris Caines about touring and the band's new album The post Redbrick Meets: Coasts appeared first on Redbrick .


2017 60s flashbacks 

21 May

Something's happening here...


Echobelly + Jack Fletcher Band @ 02 Institute, Birmingham – 20 May 2017 

20 May

When Echobelly announced new album 'Anarchy and Alchemy' after a thirteen year hiatus it took me right back down memory lane, staying over at my nan's on a Friday night as a twelve year old and raiding my 28 year old uncles CD, to collection ...


Sheryl Crow + C. Macleod @ Manchester Albert Hall – 20 May 2017 

20 May

Sheryl Crow brought her ‘Be Myself’ tour to Manchester’s Albert Halls and treated everybody in this wonderful venue to a career spanning 2 hour show that had absolutely everything.


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Features »

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26 May

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26 May

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Knowle’s First Ever 5k and 10k Fun Run!

26 May

After rain all week the 34th Knowle Fun Run was run in fine ideal running conditions last Sunday, when runners from all over the country decided whether to run 5k or 10k.


Communities urged to celebrate Year of South Asian Culture 

26 May

Groups invited to stage their own celebrations for Utsav, the Year of South Asian Culture, across Birmingham this summer.


Critics choice 

26 May

Fancy a trip to watch films? Read on.


Top tenor for Sutton 

26 May

International singer added to Sutton Park concert bill.


Digital Cities Birmingham 12th – 18th June 

25 May

Digital Cities is coming to Birmingham June 12 th 2017 for a series of inspiring FREE events and roadshows across the city.


Temporary Administrator Role 

25 May

Quick summary: Our vision is for Birmingham and the Black Country to be a Living Landscape alive with nature and rich in wildlife that is valued, enjoyed and protected by everyone.


Happy Birthday dear Affie 

25 May

Stephen Pennell goes to a special party.


Hawthorns Halt 

25 May

Terry Wills talks about Albion and the end of a season.


Community comes together to transform Rolfe Street 

25 May

Diverse groups adopt railway station.


30DaysWild Big Birmingham Launch! 

24 May

Date / Time Start date: Thu, 01/06/2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm FREE Wild Fun to launch #30DaysWild Come and hunt for mini beasts, build some bird boxes and play games Pick up your #30DaysWild Badge if you've registered here Fun for all ages! Centre of ...


Runners Set to Race Non-Stop Relay

24 May

On Saturday 22nd July, two of Birminghams oldest charities will team up to launch a brand new fundraising event to raise money for their causes.


30DaysWild – FREE Family activities at EcoPark 

24 May

Date / Time Start date: Thu, 01/06/2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Fri, 02/06/2017 - 10:00am Time details: Raft Making.


A lesson they’ll never forget 

24 May

Solihull students win masterclass from rugby legend.


Museum aircraft join Air Show line-up. 

24 May

Flying displays to form centrepiece of RAF Cosford show.


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NUMBERS: Survey: Press Releases are Sunday Best 

25 May

A few weeks ago I blogged about press releases and asked people to educate themselves as to how effective they now are.


our press release survey results: now sunday best 

25 May

There's nothing like a press release to spark a debate.


Overland to Easter Europe: Kotor to Dubrovnik 

24 May

Day 12: Kotor to Dubrovnik It’s raining heavily on arrival in Dubrovnik and it’s freakishly cold.


why your internal communications department needs a service level agreement 

24 May

  Do your stakeholders really understand what your Internal Communications function actually does? If you were to ask, how would they describe your role? by Kim Sklinar Green Service Level Agreements (SLAs) aren’t just for helpdesks.


3 brilliant comms and marketing lessons from the Rocky films 

22 May

There was a recent fun Twitter exchange over the Rocky films between three comms bods.


how to buy digital advertising safely 

22 May

If you haven’t bought online advertising yet in your role it’s probably a matter of time before you do.


Overland to Eastern Europe: Belgrade to Podgorica 

20 May

Day 8: Belgrade to Podgorica Goodbye Belgrade – we head for the train station and get in the long queue to catch our replacement bus service.


Overland to Eastern Europe: New Belgrade 

19 May

Day 7: New Belgrade (Novi Beograd) It’s the bit I really want to see –  the dormitory of Belgrade – built to house the expanding population.


Overland to Eastern Europe: Belgrade 

18 May

Day 6: Belgrade First thing – well, noon – we change apartments.


“If you ask most people” – how to burst a journalist’s filter bubble 

18 May

Bubbles image by radek cerula Here is a fascinating post by Laurence Jantalipinski ( h/t Giuseppe Sollazzo ) which takes assumptions made by a reporter and tests that against actual polling.


Overland to Eastern Europe: Budapest to Belgrade 

17 May

Day 5: Budapest to Belgrade Panic at Kelenfold Station – it is 10.55, the Beograd train says 11.04 but I was told it leaves at 11.37.


your facebook work profile work-around needs to end… urgently 

17 May

Some organisation's Facebook pages are at risk of being left high and dry by a fresh clamp-down on second accounts.


FAKE NAME: Your Facebook work profile work-around needs to ended… urgently 

17 May

It’s astounding the number of people playing fast and loose with their organisation’s Facebook pages.


Overland to Eastern Europe: Budapest 

16 May

Day 3-4: Budapest I’m staying in the catchily-titled 4YOU Citycenter Apartments, actually in the company’s old converted offices on the fourth floor of an inner courtyard.


nine recommended podcasts for comms and pr people to sit in a bath with 

16 May

Podcasts, like chip shops and football teams, can have a devout following.


Overland to Eastern Europe: Zurich to Budapest 

15 May

Day 2: Zurich-Budapest via the Arlberg Pass, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna Back in the UK, ‘Maggie’ May has called a snap election and it seems my best hope is for a coalition of chaos.


Overland to Eastern Europe: Birmingham to Zurich 

14 May

18 April 2017: Birmingham-London-Paris-Zurich (everybody talk about pop muzik) It feels great to have the world in my backpack again and leave all responsibilities behind.


NEW STAND: What a Facebook live broadcast from a newsroom tells us about journalism today 

14 May

What was also encouraging was talk of new uses of technology.


what a facebook live broadcast from a newsroom tells us about journalism today 

14 May

Trinity Mirror title Birmingham Mail ran a Facebook Live from their newsroom as part of a national day to celebrate local newspapers.


Balkans overland trip brings introspection 

12 May

Well, at least I went to the Balkans… Despite  bemoaning the lack of a big tickbox item on my sabbatical  last month, I have actually been planning a small ‘big trip’ since January and last month it happened – a two-week, snow-to-sun, ...


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Events »

Cale Tyson Next Thursday at the H&H 

26 May

Kitchen Garden Events welcome Cale Tyson to the HH next Thursday 1st June.


Moseley’s Famous Street Fair 1st July 

26 May

Moseley’s Famous Street Fair 9:30 to 16:30                                                 Centre of Moseley This is the big one: one of the perennial keynote events of Moseley Festival.


Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda Live Next Thursday at the H&H 

25 May

Leftfoot Moodfix will be teaming up to bring Harvey Sutherland Bermuda live to the HH next Thursday 1st June.


Three great live music nights at the Patrick Kavanagh 

24 May

Live Music at the Patrick Kavanagh Doors 7.30                                                  Patrick Kavanagh, Woodbridge Rd, B13 8BX Five live bands on Friday 30th June  – and more to come on the ...


Concert on the opening night of Moseley Festival 2017 

24 May

Concert with Alexandra Gabriel   7.15 – 9.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)        St Columba Church, Chantry Road, B13 8DJ Tickets: £20 Early Bird, £25 on the door Enter the Sacred Temple of Sound.


I Am Phenomenal, 27 May 2017 

24 May

27 May 2017 - Workshop at mac Back by popular demand, Birmingham's number one motivational event and potential finding experience.


Vice Squad, 27 May 2017 

23 May

27 May 2017 - Rock Pop at The Castle and Falcon Punks alive presents A BANK Hoilday Special WITH VICE SQUAD and...


A perennial favourite : the Moseley Masterteam quiz 

23 May

Moseley Masterteam Quiz on Friday 30th June 2017  7pm for a 7.15 start                            Moseley All Services Club, 91 Church Rd, B13 9EA One of the defining events of Moseley Festival; a perennial favourite.


Shuggie Otis Postponed Until September 

23 May

Just a reminder that tomorrow nights show with Shuggie Otis has been postponed until Thursday 9th September due to circumstance outside of our control.


Exhibition at Ort Gallery 

23 May

We are really pleased that the current exhibition at the Ort Gallery, just down the Moseley Road, also coincides with Moseley Festival.


New Show: OMNI 

22 May

We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing OMNI to the HH on Tuesday 19th September.


Envy Fridays, 26 May 2017 

22 May

26 May 2017 - Club at Levana ENVY FRIDAYS A night for the social elite, boasting elegant cocktails and drinks deals till 12, bringing a nice blend of hiphop house and RnB! Special Guest djs on rotation every week...


New Art Gallery for Moseley 

21 May

We are delighted that the first event of Moseley Festival 2017 will be the opening of a new gallery at Maison Mayci.


Hardeep Singh Kohli, 26 May 2017 

21 May

26 May 2017 - Comedy at mac The Radio 4 favourite, BAFTA winner and regular on BBC’s Question Time, This Week and Daily Politics performs a work in progress, developing his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick ...


Joe Bromehead, David Whitney, Tim Clark, 26 May 2017 

20 May

26 May 2017 - Comedy at Jongleurs Comedy Club...


Food For Thought, 25 May 2017 

20 May

25 May 2017 - Spoken Word at Impact Hub Food For Thought is our take on afternoon tea, an opportunity to feed our bellies and minds every Thursday here at Impact Hub Birmingham.


Open House, 25 May 2017 

20 May

25 May 2017 - Community at Impact Hub FREE To celebrate our upcoming 2nd birthday, we are extending an open invitation to anyone wishing to spend a day at Impact Hub Birmingham.


RSA Engage, 22 May 2017 

20 May

22 May 2017 - Workshop at Impact Hub Join RSA Engage in Birmingham to spark new conversations and discover ideas which have the potential to become a powerful source for social change.


Cirque De Cabaret, 27 May 2017 

19 May

27 May 2017 - Club at The Hub, Essex House We always strive to create a show that will keep you entertained all night , this year our Birmingham team along with our resident drag host Trixie have created a brand new show for your entertainment.


Area Guide Black Country Edition 

19 May

Take a look at the latest Area Guide for the Black Country featuring… -100 Masters project to find new ‘masters’ from across the Black Country -Juneau Projects and their new augmented reality project -Girls Girls Girls – a photography project...


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Lunches this week 

22 May

Morning all! Here is the lunch menu for the week ahead.


Get baking for Brum 

19 May

Birmingham City Mission asks supporters to hold a cake sale in June.


Waste coffee collection launched in Birmingham 

17 May

Aim to save businesses money and cut CO2 emissions.


Bardolino Birmingham 

15 May

Yesterday, I had a very nice little lunch with two of my closest friends at Bardolino’s in Birmingham.


Lunches 

15 May

Hi everyone, here is this weeks lunch menu: Tuesday: Tarka daal with sourdough // Bacon, brie and chutney baguette Wednesday: Salami, onion and mozzarella sourdough pizza // Roast veg, white bean hummus and rocket ciabatta Thursday: Chorizo, potato ...


Gluten Free Veggie Crisps 

10 May

Photo: Word In Veg Ways I find it’s a dangerous game opening a bag of sharing crisps.


Lunches this week! 

8 May

Hello all, here’s the menu for the week ahead: Tuesday – Tarka daal w/ sourdough OR Ham, cheddar, chutney + rocket baguette Wednesday – Goat’s cheese, spinach + caramelised onion sourdough pizza OR Spiced chickpeas, avocado, basil mayo, ...


Lunches 

1 May

Happy May Day! Here are the lunches for the week ahead.


Mountain Berries & Desert Spice 

30 Apr

I absolutely loved Sumayya Usmani’s first book – Summers Under The Tamarind Tree with its introduction to Pakistani food and culture brought to life by stunning imagery, anecdotes, memories and family stories.


Just eat… and drink 

28 Apr

Independent food producers and the convenience store trade came to the NEC this week.


Deadline for food awards is today 

28 Apr

Chance to recognise the region’s leading food and drink establishments.


Shipston hotel named best pub in Warwickshire 

28 Apr

County award sees recognition as part of anniversary celebration.


The Eagle still flies 

27 Apr

Dave Woodhall on the end of an era in Birmingham pub culture.


Spring into summer at Brindleyplace 

26 Apr

New arrivals at city leisure complex.


Lunches 

24 Apr

Hi everyone, here are this weeks lunches for you all: Tuesday: Tarka daal with sourdough // Ham salad sarnies Wednesday: Persian pea and herb frittata with beetroot labneh // Spiced cauliflower, red onion, mushroom and herb sourdough pizza Thursday: ...


Put St George’s Day on the Calendar 

22 Apr

It is one of my bugbears that St George's Day here in England isn't celebrated with the gusto that it should be.


Lord Mayor welcomes Easter donations for Birmingham children 

12 Apr

Council partner donates eggs for disadvantaged children.


Anniversary boost for Dudley social enterprise 

12 Apr

Candidate Source opts for Lunch on the Run.


Cosford serves up another tasty festival 

12 Apr

RAF Museum to host biggest food event yet.


Michelin chef set for mailbox 

11 Apr

City venue to welcome twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochar.


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