Socks and Chocs Comedy Night

When: Monday 17 November, doors at 19:00
Where: Mono Bar, The Arcadian, Hurst Street, B5 4TD
Tickets: £10

Ordinarily we wouldn’t advertise anything taking place outside of Digbeth on Digbeth is Good, as it defeats the whole purpose of the site. However, every once in a while, an exception comes up, and we just can’t say no.

This is one of those exceptions. I’m sure by now that all our readers are aware of our very own Busking Bobby; PC Ian Northcott is based at Digbeth Police Station, and works tirelessly in his spare time to support the city’s homeless. Having forged a strong relationship with SIFA Fireside in Allcock Street, Ian was recently recognised at the Pride of Birmingham awards – and rightly so!

To support Ian’s Socks and Chocs campaign, a charity comedy night has been arranged to take place in November over in neighbouring Southside, featuring:

  • Kane Brown
  • Paul Savage
  • Geoff Norcott
  • Leo Kearse
  • Maureen Younger

ALL the proceeds from this event will be directly used to support the Socks and Chocs campaign; the comedians are performing for free, donating their time to this worthy cause. Please see the flyer below for more information; call 07542 111532 or email to book your tickets.

If you can’t go but would like to support Ian’s sleeping bag campaign, visit the crowdfunding page to make a donation. via email
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Björk: Biophilia Live at The Giant Screen

When: Monday 3 – Thursday 6 November, daily from 19:30
Where: The Giant Screen, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Digbeth
Tickets: from £12 (available online here)

Biophilia Live is a concert film created by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, capturing the human element of Björk’s eighth studio album, Biophilia.

The film includes an opening documentary narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough, and will also feature Björk and her band performing every song from Biophilia, along with some reworked versions of classic songs.

Originally recorded live at London’s Alexandra Palace in September 2013, the performance has already been hailed as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers”. What’s more, The Giant Screen will be the only cinema in the UK to show Biophilia in a giant screen HD format!

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Eastside Projects – Volunteer Open Evening

When: Thursday 30th October, 18:30 – 20:00
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR 

Eastside Projects and Grand Union are looking for volunteers to work alongside staff and exhibiting artists.

Volunteers will have a chance to learn about the production of exhibitions and events at the contemporary art spaces.

By volunteering you’ll get to contribute to the running of both spaces and experience gallery admin, archiving, audience development, exhibition installation, invigilation and more.

For more information, visit Eastside Projects’ website or join the Facebook event. via email
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Dressing Up and Going Out

When: Friday 31st October
Where: A3 Project Space, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA

Dressing Up and Going Out With Miss Pearl & Miss Mac is the brain child of artist Marlene Smith.

Taking just one photo from her family album as a start and talking point, Marlene will engage people in conversations about friendship, fashion and getting your hair done – culminating in a fabulous party at A3 Project Space!

Booking for this event is essential. For more information and to reserve your place, please email via email
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So, Not a Lovely War!

When: Saturday 8th November, performance starts at 19:30
Where: The Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Digbeth
Tickets: from £8 (available online here)

So, Not a Lovely War! is a new production from the Roundabout Theatre Company, featuring a cast of local performers as well as the biggest tin of Cadbury’s chocolate biscuits ration coupons will buy!

With popular songs and music from both wars, the show is set in the wash yard of Deritend’s back-to-backs. It is based on the diaries of Harry Smith who grew up in the area, and his wife Margaret, an auxiliary nurse who helped to rehabilitate shell-shocked men.

The men of Deritend have answered The Call and gone to fight for King and Country in two world wars. Back home in Allcock Street, they leave behind their sweethearts and families.

The production mixes light-hearted and poignant moments, while exploring the development of a support network among the female cast members in the absence of their partners.

For more information about show dates, venues and to book tickets, visit the RTC website. via email
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Sunday Classics at The Spotted Dog

When: every first and third Sunday of the month, from 16:30
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

If you weren’t brought up on classical music, would love to learn more, but feel intimidated by the thought of a classical concert, come to The Spotted Dog this Sunday to hear what it’s all about.

Every first and third Sunday of the month starting this week, a variety of opera singers and musicians (mainly students from Birmingham Conservatoire) will open a new world to you. The event is completely free, but the performers will accept donations.

For more information, see the flyer below.

Completely informal. Stunningly talented performers. Great beer! via email
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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday, 26th October
Sunday Xpress @ The Adam & Eve
Free Entry

Crooked Hooks

Sunday, 26th October
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

Fran the Man

Tuesday, 28th October
Jazz Tuesdays at The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Blue Eyed Hawk

Wednesday, 29th October

Acoustic Wednesdays

Thursday, 30th October
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

Rambling House

Friday, 31st October
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:30 – 13:00
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Friday, 31st October
The Rainbow
Tickets £5 in advance

Salute Something
Million Empire

Friday, 31st October
The Adam & Eve
Free Entry

Halloween Crown Punks Reunion

Friday, 31st October
Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street
Free Entry

Live Music Night and Open Mic

Saturday, 1st November
Connaught Bar
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

The Father Teds

Saturday, 1st November
The Oobleck


Sunday, 2nd November
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Sunday Classics

Sunday, 2nd November
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham

Little Jimmy

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Zombies Infect Digbeth

When: Saturday 1 November, from 18:30
Where: starting at the Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £25 (available online here)

We’ve heard warnings that an incurable infection will sweep across Digbeth next weekend, creating a swarm of dangerous undead…

Zombie Earth, a cross between a traditional chase game and urban orienteering, is coming to the Custard Factory this Halloween. Starting as a survivor, you will be thrown into the centre of a zombie apocalypse with only a map and your wits to support you in getting to the final safe house unscathed.

After a briefing, you’ll make your way around Digbeth, encountering characters and zombies that will give you important information along the way. Use this and you may just survive to tell the tale…

For more information about Zombie Earth, visit their website or click here to buy tickets. via email
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Eastside Projects – October 2014 Exhibitions

When: Tuesday 28 October, 10:30-12:30
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

This half-term, Eastside Projects presents a family workshop suitable for children aged 5-11.

Can you blow it? Can you hit it? Can you pluck it? Can you boing it? Led by musician and artist Sarah Farmer, and inspired by Susan Philipsz’ exhibition, we will turn everyday objects into musical instruments and then collaboratively create our own piece of music in response to the sounds in the gallery.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, and although places are free, booking is essential. Please email to reserve your space.

For more information about events taking place at Eastside Projects, see the October event poster below: via email
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Autumn Market at the Bond

When: Saturday 25 October, 12:00–18:00
Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £1.50 on the door; kids go free

Seasonal Markets return to The Bond Co this weekend, with an autumn market celebrating the best of Birmingham’s food, drink and artists.

There will be real ale offerings, a cocktail bar, live DJs, barge-based traders moored up along the canal, and an indoor market hall of artisan food producers, local artists and designers. In addition, the courtyard will be taken over by street food vendors, including:

  • Becky’s Bhajis
  • Jabberwocky
  • Original Patty Men
  • Low’n’Slow
  • Big Daddies Diner
  • Habanero Cafe
  • Fire and Slice Pizza

This season, the market will also feature two fringe events: a cocktail masterclass delivered by The Shack Revolution, which was recently featured on Channel 4’s First Time Farmers, and an afternoon tea.

Plans for a winter market are already taking shape, but for more information about this season, visit the Facebook event page. via email
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