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CONTINUES TO 21 APRIL
Little Borracho @ 1000 Trades

Due to a cancellation, another helping of El Borracho for the first three weeks of April, including live Spanish guitar every Wednesday courtesy of Richard Chapman. More details via 1000trades.org.uk

 

EASTER SUNDAY 1 APRIL
I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky 4pm-12am

Indulge yourself in a land of chocolatey soul, disco and godamn silky grooves for a special Easter edition of our monthly Sunday session, with added crunch provided by DJ Stig (Miss Moneypennys) and Rob J (Bam Bam/ Dropout Boogie). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 3 APRIL

Birmingham Amateur Brewers (BAB) 7–9pm

Whether you’re a seasoned brewer or have never set eyes on a grain of malt, this is an informal monthly meet-up for people to share their skills, knowledge – and beer! Free. More details and this month’s agenda via Facebook group

THURSDAY 5 APRIL
1000 Trades Networking Club hosted by Ian Gardner 4.30–6.30pm

Mingle with your neighbours and like-minded business people. All welcome. Free. Register via Eventbrite

SATURDAY 7 APRIL
Sound of Soul Presents: Make It Reggae! 8pm-12am

Liven up your weekend with a head-nodding coach party’s worth of ska, roots, rocksteady and classic reggae, all 100% vinyl played with love from Sound of Soul. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 10 APRIL
HydraHack: Developer MeetUp 7–9pm

HydraHack is a meetup for developers, by developers. Taking place once a quarter, the events are a great place for technical people in Birmingham to share ideas, techniques and learn from each other. For this session they’ll be looking at applications of data science and artificial intelligence, with a series of talks on using machine learning, statistical methods and analytics to solve everyday business problems and improve customer experiences. All welcome. See meetup.com/hydrahack for details and to sign up

SATURDAY 14 APRIL
Our Friends Are Eclectic Present: Desert Island Discs 12–8pm

Third instalment of this do-it-yourself celebration of music. If you’re still waiting by the phone for Sue Lawley this is for you – pick 8 of your all-time greats and have them played in the bar! You can even bring your mates if you fancy a good argument. Free. See Facebook events page for more details and to book a slot for future events

1000 Trades Presents: Pigeonhole with Jon Harris 8pm–12am

Another edition of the Birmingham night revival featuring a whole range of music from different genres – some you will know and love, some you may not know yet but will definitely love! It remains a strictly vinyl affair. The night will start slowly and build up from appreciative and curious head nodding to serious toe tapping and dancing. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 15 APRIL

‘Crafty Sip’ create-your-own social 2.30–5.30pm

Drawing inspiration from the DIY Bar in Portland, Oregon, Crafty Sip sessions are a fun way to spend a few hours ‘crafting’ with friends on a sociable level, allowing you to produce up to two mini creative projects – with two drinks included in the price. You will follow a step-by-step method sheet for making your projects, helping each other out with assistance from organiser Deborette Creative if needs. £35. Includes all materials, tuition as required and two alcoholic or soft drinks. See deborette.com for more details and to book

 

TUESDAY 17 APRIL

Slow Food Birmingham Presents: Slow Beer – The Rock n Roll Philosophy of Brewing 7–9pm

Many will know Rock n Roll Brewhouse, the brewery round the corner from 1000 Trades making beer that not only tastes great but that is produced using natural, sustainable techniques. Here they will be presenting their ‘philosophy of brewing’, which involves not only minimal use of adjuncts but the addition of one crucial ingredient lacking in many of the major breweries in the UK today – time. Plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Samples included! £5. Tickets on the door; all proceeds to Slow Food Birmingham. For more information see slowfoodbirmingham.co.uk

 

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL

Photo Cafe 7–9pm

An informal discussion and meet up that invites speakers and participants to discuss ideas, debate topics around contemporary photography issues and network with others. No prior knowledge needed. Free. More details via facebook.com/PhotoCafeBirmingham

 

THURSDAY 19 APRIL
1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab 7.30–10pm

More poetry, music and film woven together in an (almost) seamless evening of creativity, engaging the musical talents of acoustic 3-piece Rumour, soundscapes from Tom Tebby with someone else, images from ESBÉ, poetry from Phil Thomson and

Vincent Stokes, and a word or two from The Incredible Fake Twins – plus author David Wake. Also featuring the jazz/poetry percussion of Richard Sealy. Packed out last month and definitely packed full of promise. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

Birmingham Entrepreneurs Meet Up 6.30–9.30pm

Monthly opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs at different stages of business. Try out a new business idea in a safe and constructive environment. Free. Register via meetup.com/Birmingham-Entrepreneurs-Meetup-Group

FRIDAY 20 APRIL
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Kristian Borring 7.45pm

Birmingham Jazz returns from the Easter break with a cracker in the form of Danish guitarist and composer Kristian Borring. With the release of his critically acclaimed third album ‘Silent Storm’, Kristian and his group have been turning heads and stunning audiences with their tight-knit playing, strong control and emphatic expression. This is confident, sophisticated work firmly in the jazz tradition and a pleasure to listen to throughout. Besides touring the national club venues they have also had multiple successful appearances at festivals such as London Jazz Festival and Oxford Jazz Festival where they were pick of the week in The Guardian. £12.50/£10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk or on the door

 

SATURDAY 21 APRIL

1000 Trades Presents: The Chris Young Trio Live 6.30–8pm

Some live jazz on a Saturday…just because! Undoubtedly Chris Young is the most significant young player to emerge onto the Birmingham Jazz scene in recent years. His work across original and standard tunes, in many formations, has made him a most sought-after sax player. Featuring some of the young rising stars on the Birmingham jazz scene playing alongside. Free

Spaghetti Funktion vs Pigeonhole Record Store Day Special 8pm–12am

A double header from two of our regular monthly nights to celebrate Record Store Day – bring along a record you’ve bought on the day and we’ll give you a £1 off a pint! Vinyl junkies Jon Harris, James Hollingworth and Tom Owen. Free. See Facebook events page for more detail. One discount per record presented with a valid receipt!

PLUS SIGNATURE BREW TAP TAKEOVER – WITH UP TO 8 BEERS – SIBA BREWERY OF THE YEAR 2018 –

 

MONDAY 23 APRIL – SATURDAY 26 MAY

BA-HA Vegan @ 1000 Trades

Today is the day to open your eyes…and your mouth! Founded in 2017 by Frankie Heekin and Becky Powell, BA-HA will be debuting their exciting menu featuring delicious plates that are healthy, organic and using ingredients locally and ethically sourced. More details to follow

TUESDAY 24 APRIL

Kamikaze Club Open Mic: Ep.8 7.30–10.30pm

The Kamikaze Club return for another Open Mic comedy session. Fresh acts looking for a spot, as well as pros looking to shine up their material will be on hand to keep hilarity at a high. Free. More details via facebook.com/TheKamikazeClub

THURSDAY 26 APRIL

brumPHP MeetUp 6–9pm

On a mission to showcase, discuss and learn anything in the world of PHP Developer life, encompassing anything from Symfony and Laravel, Composer, Personal/Commercial app demos, Toolchains, Dev culture and of course, Birmingham. Free. More details via meetup.com/brumphp

First event Cedar Sessions: Kate Thompson 7.45pm Cedar Sessions extends a warm invitation to come inside from the mainstream and celebrate Birmingham as the home of creativity. Pop your Swifts in the umbrella stand and check your Sheerans by the door – we present to you a ragbag of alternative songwriting, exhibiting the very best new music from Birmingham-based musicians. For the maiden voyage, enter into the rare psyche of Kate Thompson via tempo and time signature twists, gently picked out guitar melodies growing up amidst thrashed out hilarity. Now a solo performer, Kate formed kategoes in 2005 and is settling sporadically into maturity with a twinkle in her eye. Influences include biff rose, Famous Jug Band, The Kinks and the Wombles. Oh and The Velvet Underground. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 27 APRIL
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet 7.45pm

This unusual harp-led quartet appeared for Birmingham Jazz last year and from the first notes it was spectacular and spell binding. Every part plays with total commitment and the result is fresh sounding, intense and utterly compelling. A welcome addition to the scene and a great tribute to Alice Coltrane – long overlooked but increasingly revered. Internationally renowned harpist Alina Bzhezhinska brings this highly anticipated reworking of the project dedicated to Coltrane, one of the most innovative female jazz musicians. £12.50/£10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk or on the door

 

First event 1000 Trades Presents: Meditations 8pm–12am

From ambient to yacht rock – and everything in-between, join Matt Beck (Leftfoot/ This is Tmrw) on a unique musical odyssey through space and time. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

 

SATURDAY 28 APRIL
NOW HAM – A Night of Credible 80s with George Bate 8pm–12am

Bannish Banarama, Kybosh Kylie and Erase Europe ….our monthly night full of proper music from the most underrated decade since the last one. Free. DJ George Bate (NTS Radio/ Coughing Fit). See Facebook events page for more details