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Pecha Kucha Birmingham at Rethink Media BCU 

14 Mar

The Pecha Kucha Birmingham  team have announced the next five dates.


Review: London Has Fallen 

14 Mar

Redbrick Film's Dan Pegram-Brown reviews Olympus Has Fallen's new sequel.


Weekly Round-Up: Trailer Reviews 

14 Mar

Redbrick Film critics take a look at the wide variety of trailers released recently.


Get messy, and help revive an ancient British tradition 

14 Mar

In June artist Tereza Buskova will revive a 16th Century English tradition at a Church in Erdington; and she needs your help.


First Monday March 2016 

13 Mar

I drove to Digbeth and parked in the Trinity Street car park, where I ran into one of the newer members of the Forum, David Furmage, and together with his son, we walked over to The Mockingbird.


Citizen and Subject 

13 Mar

Postcard from the turn of the last century Last week, reluctantly the Queen has been dragged into 'Brexit'.


Review: The Witch 

10 Mar

Following a string of disappointing horror movies, could The Witch be the one to break the curse? Alex McDonald finds out.


Review: Hail, Caesar! 

10 Mar

The latest venture of the Coen Brothers, acclaimed directors of No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski and True Grit, tries its hand at turning the inner workings of a 1950s movie studio into a satirical comedy on the time period, film and ...


Top 5: Coen Brothers 

9 Mar

Following the release of the Coen Brothers' latest release - Hail, Caesar! - critic Joe Ryan counts down his five favourite Coen classics.


RE:Present master class series 

8 Mar

The RE:Present programme is a new initiative delivered by Lara Ratnaraja and Creative Shift aimed at developing leadership in emergent and established cultural producers and artists from diverse backgrounds who are currently under-represented in ...


A Passion for Birmingham 

7 Mar

‘A stranger arrives in Birmingham City Centre as the passover festival begins.


Happy 10th birthday Flatpack! 

4 Mar

It’s hard to believe that Flatpack Film Festival is ten.


Review: A Bigger Splash 

3 Mar

Critic Joe Ryan reviews A Bigger Splash, the official selection of the Venice Film Festival.


Review: The Forest 

3 Mar

Redbrick Film's Tom Edgerton argues that horror film The Forest fails to scare.


Weekly Review: Trailer Round-Up 

3 Mar

Redbrick Film takes a look at some of the most talked about trailer releases to hit our screens.


COS SPRING/SUMMER 2016 

3 Mar

COS never fails to inspire each season with their unique take on essential lines of crisp white shirts, functional dresses and fine knitwear.


The Year of Hugh Grant 

2 Mar

A new film, co-starring Meryl Streep, and the BFI Fellowship - Hugh Grant is having an awfully good year.


39 Steps to Heaven 

2 Mar

THE 39 STEPS The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 1 st March, 2016   Having only recently ended its West End run of almost a decade, one of my favourite shows comes to town for a week in this exuberant touring production; I am delighted to have the chance ...


Everything Rhymed 

1 Mar

GILBERT O’SULLIVAN Town Hall, Birmingham, Monday 29 th February, 2016   A couple of years ago I was reawakened to the music of Gilbert O’Sullivan, a figure fondly remembered from childhood viewings of Top of the Pops .


Dido & Aeneas 

1 Mar

Ever been to an opera? I have to admit, I haven’t.


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Arts preview: Birmingham Opera Company’s #DnA 

14 Mar

For their latest visionary production, the fearless experimenters of the Birmingham Opera Company … Read more The post Arts preview: Birmingham Opera Company’s #DnA appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


We’ve been here B4… 

14 Mar

Waking up from a prolonged period of hibernation one of Brum’s great ‘lost’ bands The Bourgeois Four are back, back, BACK with this slow burning gem of a track that lulls you gently into dreamy reverie before ripping off your ears and mincing...


Festival Preview: Lollapalooza Berlin 

14 Mar

Georgie Deaville is Berlin bound for the legendary Lollapalooza festival.


Festival Preview: Y Not Festival 

14 Mar

A reasonably priced festival in Derbyshire has got Nathan Smith thinking Y Not.


Call Me Unique: Better make time… to grab that chance. 

13 Mar

The big break? How and why? Let me count the ways...


Symphonic celebration 

12 Mar

Steve Beauchampe watches the latest performance from the CBSO.


Symphony Hall date for Melua 

12 Mar

Twinned with Georgian choir for UK tour.


Festival Preview: Roskilde 

11 Mar

Making it's (Den)mark on the festival scene, Rebekah Peters introduces you to Roskilde.


Festival Preview: British Summer Time 

11 Mar

Georgie Deaville knows why you should be running to Hyde Park this summer for British Summer Time The post Festival Preview: British Summer Time appeared first on Redbrick .


Live Review: Lady Leshurr 

11 Mar

Paige Tracey talks about Lady Leshurr, Mother's Day and the importance of dental hygiene.


Live Review: Matt Corby 

11 Mar

Matt Corby returned to the Institute with a fierce and flawless performance.


Live review: Sundara Karma, Rainbow Venues – 08/03/16 

11 Mar

Back in 2009, there was an emerging five-piece called Red Light Company.


New opera production in temporary residency at former city music venue 

11 Mar

A new opera production involving around 100 volunteers is expected to take up temporary residency … Read more The post New opera production in temporary residency at former city music venue appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


Details revealed for biggest ever Swingamajig Festival 

11 Mar

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, and boy has Swingamajg got it.


Movie round-up: This week’s new film releases, Mar 11-17 

11 Mar

  NEW RELEASE Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG) The third outing for the fat and furry martial arts master … Read more The post Movie round-up: This week’s new film releases, Mar 11-17 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


Introducing Mama Roux’s – Digbeth’s New Orleans music venue 

10 Mar

Nestled within the Spotlight on Lower Trinity Street Digbeth is a raunchy, bizarre and extravagant… Read more The post Introducing Mama Roux’s – Digbeth’s New Orleans music venue appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


PET SHOP BOYS 

10 Mar

We chat to Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant about the new Pet Shop Boys album, Super, which comes three years after the brilliant success of Electric, their highest-charting album in the ...


Weaves a spell… 

10 Mar

Flip me, yes, this is more like it.


Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered 

10 Mar

Conrad Duncan is unfiltered in his discussion of Kendrick Lamar's latest album, untitled unmastered.


Digbeth venue Alfie Bird’s and The Oobleck announces closure 

9 Mar

Digbeth live music venues Alfie Bird’s and The Oobleck has announced it has closed with immediate … Read more The post Digbeth venue Alfie Bird’s and The Oobleck announces closure appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Features »

Cash boost for local Hospice

14 Mar

A local hospice which cares for terminally ill patients has received a cash boost of over 20,000 from NatWest.


New Exhibition for Local Artists at Moments Cafe 

14 Mar

John Taylor Hospice is set to host its second art exhibition in Birmingham city centre, raising funds to support end of life care.


Introducing the Medieval Midlands with John Hunt 

12 Mar

On Saturday 12 th March 2016  At Hatton Village Hall,  Warwick Rd, Warwick CV35 7LR  10.00am till 4.00pm  FEES: £40.00 (Payable in advance) Inclusive of light lunch morning coffee or tea ALL CHEQUES should be made payable to the ‘Dr J Hunt’.


Friday 11 March 2016 – Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZG now in “Family Life Hotels” logo jet colours 

11 Mar

Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZG is now wearing a " Family Life Hotels " logo jetcolour scheme...


Skills for everyday mindfulness 

11 Mar

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Skills for everyday Mindfulness 

11 Mar

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Bank on call Doctors

11 Mar

BANK NON RESIDENT ON CALL DOCTOR 120 per weeknight 330 per weekend Are you keen to develop your skills in palliative care? Are you enthusiastic about providing holistic, person-centred care in a hospice environment? Do you want to demonstrate your ...


Cities Outlook 2016 

11 Mar

Centre for Cities has published its 2016 report – Cities Outlook 2016.


Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year Award 

11 Mar

Midlands Business Insider is hosting the highly successful Insider Made in the Midlands Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 at the Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.


Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood Volunteer Day 

11 Mar

Date / Time Start date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Sun, 20/03/2016 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 29/03/2016 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 12/04/2016 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Sun, 17/04/2016 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 26/04/2016 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 10/05/2016...


BVSC have published Provisional Information on the 2016 Calls 

11 Mar

BVSC have now published provisional information for both the LIFE Programme for Environment and the Life Programme for Climate Action.


Skills for Everyday Mindfulness. 

11 Mar

Overview of Day Dr.


Friday Photo: Needless Alley 

11 Mar

Today’s Friday photo is Needless Alley a little passage way off New Street.


Chinese Community Centre’s 40th Anniversary

10 Mar

On the 7 th June 2016 The Chinese Community Centre - Birmingham is hosting a celebratory 40 th Anniversary Black Tie Dinner at the Holte Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham.


Get a taste for success at the Chocolate 5k fun run

10 Mar

Birmingham St Marys Hospices tastiest fun run is back.


Wednesday 9 March 2016 – Monarch Airbus A330-243 G-EOMA now flying in Wamos Air colour scheme 

9 Mar

Monarch Airbus A330-243G-EOMA was an afternoon arrival from Manchesterwhere it has been painted into the colours of Spanish airline Wamos Air - it is due to becomeEC-MJS in due course More photos later Birmingham Airport Photo Blog to see more photos...


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Social media »

the best of me and you 

13 Mar

Effective and harmonious team working.


This UK podcast is making money – and employs 4 people 

11 Mar

Andy Nugent In a guest post first published on his blog , Joe Norman talks to the team behind The Anfield Wrap, a UK podcast which manages to employ four people through a subscription-based business model.


Game of Thones : Facebook vs Youtube for video 

10 Mar

Tuesday night niche parts of the internet went a little bonkers when the season 6 trailer of Game of Thrones was released, a week earlier than any fan anticipated.


An open letter to Rupa Huq, MP, regarding official Parliamentary videos 

10 Mar

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what I have learned from being a head of communications for two years 

9 Mar

Leading a team can be tough, lonely and thankless.


Mapping tip: how to convert and filter KML into a list with Open Refine 

9 Mar

Original image by GotCredit/Flickr If you are working with map data that uses the shapes of regions or countries, chances are you’ll need to work with KML .


the route to a perfect storm 

8 Mar

Every so often a story surprises with how it takes off, goes viral or creates a spike in web traffic.


working nine to five? that’s no way to make a living 

7 Mar

With over 4 million workers in the UK now working from home, and a huge spike in the demand for innovative new work space away from the conventional office environments causing a ‘space race', the pattern and location of the working day has changed...


31 

7 Mar

30 Another interesting year.


pr for social good 

7 Mar

PR? Social good? They don't go together, do they? Well, they can.


what are the lessons from communicating during floods? 

7 Mar

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your toes...


surviving and thriving: how managing stress can make you a better, happier communicator 

5 Mar

From time to time it really is necessary to take some time out to concentrate on you.


The Guardian and VR: how psychologists helped create a solitary experience 

4 Mar

Is virtual reality the next step for video journalism? Catalina George looks at The Guardian’s forthcoming VR project about solitary confinement: 6×9 .


handling complaints on social media 

2 Mar

Complaints are nothing new - they have come in many forms over the years, thick and fast.


let’s. get. smarter. 

2 Mar

Effective, slick and joined-up working across the public sector.


Which audio app do I need? 9 tested 

2 Mar

In a guest post for OJB ( first published here ), Gurpreet Mann looks at 9 audio recording apps, with tips from the Google+ group Podcasting Technology Resources .


lessons from leeds – the six traits of an unawards winner 

1 Mar

The city of Leeds is a cradle of learning with an established reputation as one of the leading university cities in the UK.


That data journalism MOOC is now available on a new video training website 

1 Mar

In 2014 I was part of a massive open online course organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) called ‘ Doing Journalism with Data ‘.


remember print deadlines? 

29 Feb

Remember print deadlines? They were those immovable feasts that dictated the best time to send out a press release.


Just add JavaScript: use these 3 tools to get instant interactivity 

29 Feb

Maria Crosas Batista highlights ways to get started with adding interactivity to your journalism.


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Events »

New Show? The Hunna 

14 Mar

We’re pleased to announce that Kililive will be bringing The Hunna to the HH on Tuesday 31st May.


Selfridges goes green for St Patrick’s Day 

14 Mar

Selfridges turns the skyline green to mark St Patrick's Day...


Stallholders at the April Market 

14 Mar

Photo credit Phil Banting Hello!  Our stallholders line up for the April market has been confirmed below.


The Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club, 15 Mar 2016 

13 Mar

15 Mar 2016 - Comedy at Dark Horse We have two acts who normally headline at other comedy clubs at the Cheeky Monkey comedy club on Tuesday 15th March...


Bounce, 14 Mar 2016 

12 Mar

14 Mar 2016 - Club at 6 on Broad Street...


Frankie Ballard | Monday 14th Mar 2016 7:00 pm 

12 Mar

The post Frankie Ballard appeared first on O2 Institute Birmingham .


Oh Wonder | Tuesday 15th Mar 2016 7:00 pm 

12 Mar

The post Oh Wonder appeared first on O2 Institute Birmingham .


Striking Matches + Max Milner & The Community | Wednesday 16th Mar 2016 7:00 pm 

12 Mar

The post Striking Matches + Max Milner & The Community appeared first on O2 Institute Birmingham .


Dead Prez to Play the H&H this Wednesday 

11 Mar

Beats Bars will be bringng Florida-based political rap duo Dead Prez to the HH this coming Wednesday 16th March.


Visit Peak District & Derbyshire 

11 Mar

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, this weekend at Bullring...


Three Mobile 

11 Mar

Three’s new signal kicks Indoor Blackspots’ ass...


Karl Monroe + Lady Grey + Roz Bruce Infusion | Friday 11th Mar 2016 8:00 pm 

11 Mar

This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


Stress Free Living, 14 Mar 2016 – 31 Mar 2016 

10 Mar

14 Mar 2016 - 31 Mar 2016 - Workshop at Kadampa Meditation Centre 12.20-12.40 (£3) 1-1.30pm (£4) Our lunchtime classes run Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and are the perfect way to unwind and create some mental space.


STATEMENT REGARDNG COMEDY AT THE DRUM 

10 Mar

The Drum would like to respond to the confusion that has arisen around Upfront Comedy and our plans for new comedy forms at The Drum.


New Show: Mothers 

10 Mar

We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing  Mothers ( Wichita Records ) to the HH on Monday 23rd May.


Symphony Hall Announces 25th anniversary concert to thank Birmingham 

10 Mar

Free entry for anyone under 25… from our arts desk It’s been home to some of the finest performances in musical history; its stage has been graced by Laura Marling, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Sir Simon Rattle.


The Next 25 

10 Mar

To mark this special moment in the history of Birmingham’s extraordinary concert venue, Symphony Hall is throwing a party that proudly shows off its best features: a world-beating orchestra in the world’s best acoustics.


An evening with Jacqueline Wilson 

10 Mar

Hear Jacqueline Wilson discussing her career and her brand new book, Rent a Bridesmaid.


CYNDI LAUPER plus supprt 

10 Mar

Five years after her last UK appearances and after the phenomenal success of the award winning Broadway hit Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper returns to the UK with her Detour Tour.


The Next 25 

10 Mar

To mark this special moment in the history of Birmingham’s extraordinary concert venue, Symphony Hall is throwing a party that proudly shows off its best features: a world-beating orchestra in the world’s best acoustics.


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Food and drink »

Lunch + HCB 

14 Mar

Tuesday:  T arka Daal with Sourdough or// Bacon, Brie Cranberry on ciabatta Wednesday:  Sausage Bean Casserole with Sourdough or// Red Onion, Mushroom Wild Garlic Sourdough Pizza Thursday: Falafel, houmous Salad on challah or// Roast Turkey, ...


Birmingham’s tastiest fun run is back 

11 Mar

Get a taste for success at the Chocolate 5k charity fun run.


Sooty in Space at Cadbury World this weekend 

11 Mar

Family fun with TV star.


Chocolate Festival @ Fargo Village 

9 Mar

The Midlands’ first ever 2-day chocolate festival is set for 2016! The event runs this Friday from 10am-10pm and Saturday from 10am-8pm.


Lunches! 

7 Mar

Hi everyone, here are this weeks lunches: Tuesday: Tarka Daal with a hunk’a’bread // Goats cheese, walnut, roast beetroot on challah Wednesday:Quinoa chilli with sourdough // Salmon, cream cheese, dill and cucumber ribbons on brioche Thursday: ...


Review: The Star & Garter Leamington Spa 

5 Mar

Photo: c/o The Star Garter Lunch with my Mother is always a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and that is exactly what we did recently at The Star Garter in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.


TV presenter to host food awards 

2 Mar

Best of Birmingham food industry to be honoured.


LUNCH 

29 Feb

Happy Leap Year Day! Lunch this week looks good.


Culinary Captures – February 

27 Feb

A frosty February has seen us swoon over Valentine's Day, toss those pancakes high on Shrove Tuesday and for some, they are still coming to terms with the news that James Martin is leaving the BBC's Saturday Kitchen show.


Mum doesn’t have to wait too long for her course… 

26 Feb

Mum doesn’t have to wait too long for that course you’ll be booking her onto for Mother’s Day, we’ve still got places on lots of brilliant (and usually SOLD OUT!) courses this month… Pork Butchery Charcuterie – Thurs 3rd http://www.


Birmingham food business poised for expansion 

26 Feb

Miss Macaroon marks birthday with millionth macaroon and 100 new jobs plan.


Bottomless Brunch lands at Church St! 

22 Feb

Great news people of Birmingham! We are launching ‘Bottomless Brunches’ at Church St this weekend! Available every Sat Sun you will be able to get a brunch dish and unlimited Bloody Mary’s or Bucks Fizz for £22.50 per person.


Lunches! 

22 Feb

Hi everyone, here is this weeks lunch menu: Tuesday: Tarka Daal with a hunk’a’bread // Prosciutto, brie, red grape and rocket on ciabatta Wednesday: Ham, egg mayo and watercress on ciabatta // Sweet potato and peanut soup with sourdough Thursday...


Borderfields #isBetter Challenge & Pesto Recipe 

20 Feb

I love those April/May days when driving through rural lanes and you see a vista of bright yellow rapeseed crops in the fields all around you, I find it quite mesmerizing to be honest.


Wanna learn how to make #MACARONS? 

19 Feb

Wanna learn how to make #MACARONS?!? We now run a macaron making course in our cookery school with the incredibly talented Lap-Fai Lee.


Earl Grey Hot-X-Buns! 

19 Feb

It’s that time again… Earl Grey Hot Cross Buns!! We’ll be baking them daily from Tuesday 23rd Feb (this Tuesday coming) until Easter Saturday, so be sure to pop in! We’ll also be closed Tuesday 29th March so our Baker’s can enjoy a day ...


Exhibition @ Fargo Village 

19 Feb

Our Fargo Village emporium is currently showcasing an exhibition featuring three artists’ work.


Events at #FV 

19 Feb

Our Fargo Village emporium has continued its success as a fantastic space to hire out for local events.


Chocolate for heroes 

18 Feb

Cadbury World has helped to give charities a much needed boost, by raising £48,267 in 2015.


Birmingham Food Drink and Hospitality Awards announced 

16 Feb

City’s culinary stars to be recognised.


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