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THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER

Launch event Dispace – A New Way to Work 8pm

Calling all freelancers and hotdeskers – come along and find out all about the future of work, with our flexible co-working partners Dispace.  Co-founder Ross Cox hosts an informal networking event for people to find out about how Dispace, in partnership with venues like 1000 Trades, serves your need for a less restricted worklife by providing casual workspace wherever you need it, and a community of likeminded people you can do business with.  We’ll be throwing in some of our fabulous food and drink and providing a relaxed setting for you to get to know one another. More information on Dispace at dispace.co

FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Wobbly Rail Five 7.45pm

The band co-led by Chris Biscoe and Pete Hurt are getting into gear in Birmingham for the launch of their first album. The repertoire of the 5 is mostly by Chris Biscoe and Pete Hurst, with contributions from pianist Liam Noble and choice selections from the Thelonious Monk songbook. First seen at Birmingham Jazz in 2016, they make a very welcome return touring the new tunes. £12.50/£10 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

Sound of Soul Presents: Make It Reggae! 8pm–12am

Give your Friday a kick up the arse with enough low end to make it shake…playing only the most dope ska, roots, rocksteady and classic reggae. All 100% vinyl dropped with love from Sound of Soul. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER
1000 Trades Presents: The Yardbird Sessions 7pm–12am

Birmingham’s much-missed jazz and funk bar lives on….Ollie Lloyd will be brings the funky hybrid sounds of The Yardbird for the fourth in a series of DJ sessions, digging deep into his record collection to create the trademark Yardbird sound of dusty deep funk, latin, dancefloor jazz and instrumental grooves! Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER

Sunday Jazz @1000 Trades: Oster/Fuller/GaleottiQuartet 6–11pm

An international trio, formed during Tommy Fuller’s time in Hamburg during 2017, featuring Sophia Oster on piano, Tommy Fuller on double bass and Mattia Galeotti on drums. Followed by a jazz jam. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 3 – MONDAY 31 DECEMBER
Sexy Chicken x Salt & Earth Serving lunchtimes and evenings Monday–Saturday 

For December Niki Astley delivers a masterclass on fried chicken, all free range and made Japanese-style, covering bases such as Korean red pepper sauce, honeyed soy and lemon curd, as well as a sensational gau bao (Chinese steamed bun). Also being showcased will be a baja battered tofu with peanut salsa, a winter-warming broth and sexy sides like kimchi, pickled mooli and baby gem with miso mayonnaise and brazil nut crumble, amongst others. Get your fix. See 1000trades.org.uk/food for more details and the menu

TUESDAY 4 DECEMBER

Angular Coding Meetup 6.30–8.30pm

Find about the latest news in the Angular ecosystem, share your ideas, help others and get help from the Angular community in and around Birmingham. Free. Register via meetup.com/Angular-Birmingham

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

WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER

Photo Cafe 7–9pm

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

THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER

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

FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Malija 7.45pm

Malija is the current small group led by Mark Lockheart with the amazing Liam Noble on piano and Jasper Hoiby on bass. They formed the group following an invitation to perform at the Rochester Jazz Festival 2014 in New York and from the very first rehearsal they had so much fun and musical empathy. They had all worked together previously on the 2009 album ‘In Deep’ but this time we all decided to share the writing between them and explore a sound world without drums.

It’s really hard to describe the music but Jasper Holby put it brilliantly when he described the music as “weird, simple, complicated, free, tight, floaty, ugly, beautiful and heartfelt, depending on your mood”.  Malija’s debut album ‘The Day I Had Everything’ was released on the Edition record label in late 2015. A second album ‘Instinct’ came out in June 2016 (again on the Edition record label) which was followed by a 22-date UK tour and concerts in Europe. £12.50/£10 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: Matt Cottom 8pm–12am

Formerly behind the bar of the 1000 Trades parish, Matt has graced the decks more times than we care to remember, and will be returning for a one-off special to complement his monthly downtempo excursions for Pitch Control with a more upbeat offering taking in only the best soul, nu-disco and house music to get your Friday night that stomping feeling. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER

Kamikaze Club’s Panel Show: A Quest For Points 4–6pm

Midlands Mirth makers The Kamikaze Club are bringing their panel show, Quest for Points back after a successful debut run during the Birmingham comedy festival, featuring some of the finest local talent. Expect hilarity, mild chaos,  questions, challenges, physical endurance, games, a swear jar and a whole lot more on their Quest … For … Points! Free. More details via facebook.com/TheKamikazeClub

1000 Trades Presents: Pigeonhole with Jon Harris 8pm–1am

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

MONDAY 10 DECEMBER

Code Club Social & Meetup 6–8pm

Code Club meetups are a place where teachers, veteran volunteers, and newcomers alike can meet in a fun, friendly and informal environment to talk about Code Club. New to Code Club? Come along and find out more about what they do. Tim Wilson, their Midlands Coordinator, will be there to answer any questions people might have about getting started. More details and to register via Eventbrite 

TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER

Birmingham Entrepreneurs Meetup 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

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

The headline says it all – 10 Years of Nine Arches Press: A Festive Celebration! We are delighted to host Nine Arches Press as they celebrate their tenth year of publishing with this special festive showcase. We’ll have readings from some of their brightest and boldest poets, including, Deborah Alma aka the Emergency Poet, former Birmingham Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane and creative writing tutor at BCU, Gregory Leadbetter.

We have a set from singer-songwriter Hannah Brown (and are better for this, for those in the know) – plus saxophonist Roger Marshall making a guest appearance. Squeezing in an open mic or two, we’re bound to be squeezing in an enthusiastic audience…and not just because it’s free! See Facebook events page for more details

WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER

Social Circle @1000 Trades 5.30–8pm

Fourth outing for monthly meetup hosted by JQ face Kirsty Smith. Social Circle was born from monthly get-togethers between friends, where they’d gather round with a few drinks and chat about the latest in social media marketing. They wanted to be better for themselves, for their clients, and because they just really love social media. So they have decided to open the circle to other digital marketers, with the goal to take social to the next level and share inspirational, instant, and actionable insights. This month features a quick fire ‘10 lessons’ with a special guest speaker and a special social media Christmas quiz… with prizes! Everyone welcome. Free. More details and to register via Eventbrite. Also see ‘A Schooner with..’ on 1000 Trades blog.

THURSDAY 13 DECEMBER

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Perfect Houseplants 7.45pm

Formed in 1992 by four of the most distinctive jazz musicians and composers in Britain, Perfect Houseplants rapidly achieved a reputation as one of the most innovative and challenging jazz groups to emerge in the 1990s. The group’s unique and colourful compositions and musical interaction have established them as an adventurous but accessible group on the cutting edge of European music, and they land at 1000 Trades as part of their reunion tour. Members of the group have played and recorded with a glittering array of American and European artists including Dave Holland, Django Bates, June Tabor, Kenny Wheeler, Manu Katche, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, Steve Swallow, Prefab Sprout, Radiohead, Mike Gibbs, Colin Towns, Andy Sheppard, Billy Cobham, Robert Wyatt and Jah Wobble. £12.50/£10 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER

1000 Trades Presents: Blue Dot Radio Christmas Special 8pm–1am

Birmingham based Blue Dot Radio have a proud reputation for entertaining listeners with the very finest selection of music, playing a selection of plays an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, neo-soul. jazz funk and reggae, pledging to put the “Jazz Your Razzmatazz and the “P in your Funk”. Headed by Curtis Armstrong and friends, they will be conjuring some well-crafted tunes to ease your way into the weekend. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER

1000 Trades Presents: A Jazzy Christmas Carol Singing and Live Jazz 5pm onwards

Christmas carols (5pm) and some Christmas-themed jazz numbers (6.30pm) courtesy of the Chamberlain Singers to get you in the festive spirit. Wash it down with a tankard of delicious mulled perry and you’ll be set for the season. Free.

1000 Trades Presents: Barefoot in the Head Christmas Special 8pm–2am

Barefoot In the Head started way back in 2000, switching between Miss Moneypenny’s Bar and Bar Room Bar, and has since graced various bars in the second city. The music style is always eclectic, with DJs from Birmingham’s 80s Hip Hop and House scene playing Latin, rare-groove, soul, disco, boogie, house and chilled vibes.

All the DJs produce and have released various records over the years, from Substance (seminal Medicine Bar night), to Wikkaman to Snorkie (who had his track ‘Woman’ playlisted on BBC 6 Music, amongst others). Free. See Facebook events page for more details. Please note: no admittance after midnight.

SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER

First event 1000 Trades Presents: Sunsoul 3–8pm

Barefoot in the Head and Grapevine controller Nick Byng brings the Sunday vibes to 1000 Trades for a chilled out soundtrack to your Sunday roast.  Free. See Facebook events page for more details

‘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. This month the session will be making a cardholder and keyring, right in time for Christmas. £35. Includes all materials, tuition as required and two alcoholic or soft drinks. See deborette.com for more details and to book

WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER

Kamikaze Club Open Mic 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

FRIDAY 21 DECEMBER

1000 Trades Presents: Pitch Control 8pm–1am

A night of deep, deeper and deepest from the world of upfront new electronic music; expect a journey through time and tempo. From lazy downtempo and easy grooves, to the slower pitched-down side of house and low-slung disco – all blended intricately to create a unique, understated funk which is impossible to resist. With DJ Matt Cottom (Pitch Control). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER

1000 Trades Presents: Hot Piroski 8pm–2am

Barcelona-dweller, studio owner and record label boss Robin Twelftree crash lands in Birmingham for a festive night of electronic revelry tinged with sweet disco edits, heart-stopping deep house and hi tech jazz (Mad Mike style).  Free. See Facebook events page for more details. Please note: no admittance after midnight.

SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER

I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky Christmas Special 3–10pm

Round off your party season and prepare for Brexit, or, less ambitiously, Christmas day, with DJ Stig and Matt Cottom playing some funky sh*t.  Free. See Facebook events page for more details. No scrooges.

SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER
NOW HAM – A Night of Credible 80s 8pm–12am

Bannish Banarama, Kybosh Kylie and Erase Europe ….our monthly night dedicated to proper music from the most underrated decade since the last one. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 31 DECEMBER

NEW HAM: A Night of Incredible 80s 7pm–2am

Say goodbye, naff off or screw you to 2018 and think about what you’ve done with a special edition of our credible 80s jolly. For the uninitiated this means the musical ballpark containing Japan/ Talk Talk/ Scritti Politti/ Vissage/ Bauhaus/ Haircut 100/ King/ Depeche Mode/ Orange Juice/ The Chameleons/ China Crisis/ The The/ Aztec Camera/ The Associates/ The Cure/ Tom Tom Club/ Lotus Eaters/ Heaven 17/ New Order/ Prefab Sprout/ Talking Heads/ Altered Images/ The Teardrop Explodes/ Tears for Fears/ Art of Noise/ Simple Minds – amongst many others.

DJs Matt Cottom (1000 Trades/Pitch Control) and Geeburd (NowHam). Free. See Facebook events page for more details. Note: no admission past midnight. Warning: contains flowers.