FRIDAY 3 JANUARY

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 won’t 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! Expect to hear the likes of New Order/ Courtney Barnett/ The White Stripes/ The Shins/ Brian Eno/ Ghostpoet/ Underground/ Resistance/ Awesome Tapes From Africa/ The Horrors/ Crocodiles Young/ Edwyn Collins/ Wire/ Different Drummer/ Cate Le Bon/ Soul Jazz/ Nick Cave/ Boards of Canada/ Todd Terje/ Primal Scream/ Boys Own/ The Charlatans/ Air/ Massive Attack/ The Fall/ Lee Scratch Perry/ King Tubby/ Gregory Isaacs/ Mad Professor/ Andrew Weatherall/ Aphex Twin/ Sun Ra/ PJ Harvey+ many more. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 4 JANUARY

1000 Trades Presents: Down Tempo Disco 8pm–12am

Monthly music jamboree bringing you the sweetest disco edits and soul cut-ups, delivered with verve by the inimitable Simon Tricklebank and Dan Farrell. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 7 JANUARY
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 8 JANUARY

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

THURSDAY 9 JANUARY

Birmingham Freelancers Meetup 6–8pm

This meetup group is for freelancers, aspiring freelancers, side hustlers, or those who work from home in Birmingham and the West Mids. The aim is to get out of the house (or co-working space) and get together for relaxed networking, business insights, and co-working opportunities, meeting every second Thursday of the month. Free. More details and to register via meetup.com/Birmingham-Work-At-Home-Meetup

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Sam Jesson Magpie Trio 7.45pm

Drummer and composer Sam Jesson has been a key figure on the London Jazz scene for some time now, and this tour marks his debut as a bandleader.  United by their love for the tradition of legendary jazz trios from Ahmed Jamal to Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson to Dewey Redman, the trio wind their way through many gems of the jazz canon, sometimes deconstructing and breathing new life, sometimes paying homage to classic arrangements, with a devoted focus on making music that feels honest and joyous. £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: The Yardbird Sessions 8pm–12am

Birmingham’s much-missed jazz and funk bar lives on….Ollie Lloyd brings the funky hybrid sounds of The Yardbird for the latest instalment 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

SATURDAY 11 JANUARY

1000 Trades Presents: Eclectic Sessions 8pm–12am

A night celebrating the diverse nature of dance music. Featuring a mix of musical genres from classic house to chill out, via soul, jazz, hip-hop, funk, post-punk and broken beats. Featuring well known classics and modern unknowns from the likes of Salsoul/ Philadelphia International/ Compost Records/ K7/ Strictly Rhythm/ Acid Jazz/ Tru Thoughts/ Grand Central/ BBE/ Alice Russell/ Jazzanova/ Atjazz/ Quantic/ Kaytranada/ BB&Q/4 Hero/Ben Westbeech/Masters at Work/ Pete Rock/ Rae & Christian/ The Milk/ Donald Byrd/ Smoove & Turrell/ Chic/ The Pendletons/  Cameo/ Cymande/ SOS Band/ Children of Zeus/ Amp Fiddler/ Yazmin Lacey + many more. With DJ Greg. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 13 JANUARY – SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

Trader Kitchen Presents: Island Tours

Our new menu is a chance for our Barbadan chef Andrew to let his roots come to the surface and imagination run free with an all-inclusive package tour of the Carribean and South America, minus the cheap tourist knock offs and tat. We’re talking authentic dishes like braised Oxtail Pepper Pot from Guyana, Salted Cod Fish Cakes with Pickled Mango & Herb Salad from Barbados, Trini Flatbread with Curried Chickpeas and Tamarind Sauce from Trinidad + many more. More details via 1000trades.org.uk/food. Serving all day from Monday to Saturday

We’re also introducing our f*cking amazing POSH hot sandwiches as a permanent fixture, available weekdays 12-3pm – check the website for details.

TUESDAY 14 JANUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY

Photo Cafe 7–9pm

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 and all welcome. Free. More details via facebook.com/PhotoCafeBirmingham

FRIDAY 17 JANUARY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Liran Donin – 1000 Boats 7.45pm

Liran Donin brings his touring band 1000 Boats, playing his debut album, featuring an exciting and fiery band. Israeli born bass player, producer and composer Liran Donin has been involved with high profile and cutting edge artists, bands and projects both nationally and internationally, a highly sought after bass player across a varied musical spectrum.  With his distinctive power house groove and his virtuosic approach to electric and double bass, Liran has been pushing the limits of the bass to unknown territories. He has been recording and touring alongside artists such as Mercury Prize Award nominees Led Bib and Polar Bear, BBC folk award winners The Unthanks, Ethiopian vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke, rock and pop artists such as Chrissie Hynde and US indie band Here We Go Magic to name but few. He has also worked with the late great Tabla maestro Pandit Shardah Sahai and the vocalist Aruna Sairam amongst many others whilst his distinctive bass could also be heard on film, radio and TV. £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: Blue Dot Radio 8pm–12am

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 18 JANUARY

1000 Trades Presents: Jazz in the House 8pm–1am

New regular jazz-infused deep house night at 1000 Trades celebrating all things jazzy-tinged and piano-laden from the 90s and 2000s archives. Expect to hear the likes of Blaze/ Masters at Work/ A Man Called Adam/ 95 North/ Soulboy/ Kevin Yost/ Ulysees/ Jon Cutler/ Mike Delgado/ St Germain/ Musical Expresion/ Kerri Chandler/ Nathen Haines/ Peven Everett/ John Ciafone/ DJ Gregory + many more with DJ Stapes. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Xhosa Cole Quartet 7.45pm

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of finest talent based in the UK. Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps, this band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard bop greats. With a repertoire inspired by the great music of Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown and Gigi Gryce this band lights up the stage with all the charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity reminiscent of this great era. They will feature classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards as well as original works from members of the band. £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY

NEW HAM: 80s meets early 90s 8pm–2am

Special edition of our credible 80s jolly this time straddling the decades with a little dip into early 90s credible pop and deep house music.  Expect to hear Japan/ Scritti Politti/ King/ Depeche Mode/ The The/ The Cure/ Tom Tom Club/ Heaven 17/ New Order/ Tears for Fears/ Art of Noise/ Simple Minds/ Adeva/ The Beloved/ Inspiral Carpets/ Sub Sub/ Masters at Work/ Debbie Gibson/ Orbital/ Romanthony/ Atjazz and plenty more Strictly Rhythm dubs of the DIY soundsystem varietal. With DJs Nige (Disco Sucks), Pete Drive and Rob BRS. Free. See Facebook events page for more details. Note: no admission past midnight.

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY

I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky 4–7pm

Monthly Sunday session with DJ Stig playing the finest soul, jazz and disco. Sunday roasts ‘til 5pm as usual. Free. See Facebook events page for more details.

Sunday Jazz @ 1000 Trades 7–10pm

Sunday Jazz is back! A new monthly helping (last Sunday of every month) of the finest acts from across the Birmingham scene, presented by your host Chris Young. Followed by a jazz jam (all welcome). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 27 JANUARY

Maker Monday 5.30–8.30pm

Ever wanted to create and develop the latest innovative art and technology applications, while collaborating with media experts and researchers at the same time? Maker Monday is that opportunity, designed as a monthly event focused on combining the expertise of individuals in both arts and technology in a collaborative space. There’s even free beer and food! Free. See facebook.com/makermonday for details of this month’s theme and to register

TUESDAY 28 JANUARY

Focus on Frederick Street with Carl Chinn 3–5pm

Join Carl Chinn for a talk which explores the history and significance of Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter as part of local history initiative Townscape Heritage’s programme of events looking at different areas in the vicinity.

The talk will cover highlights such as the Chamberlain Clock, the world-famous pen trade represented by the fantastic Pen Museum, significant companies such as Fattorini and connections to Rip Van Winkle author Washington Irving.  Carl will also explore the lives of local residents such as Kathleen Dayus who experienced kinship, community and hardship whilst living in the area during the early twentieth century. Free. More details and to register via th.jewelleryquarter.net/events

WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER

OK Stop! Improvised Comedy 8pm

OK Stop! bring their unique improv comedy stylings to 1000 Trades. You shout out a title, they improvise a B-Movie – or whatever comes to mind! Think Whose Line Is It Anyway meets Have I Got News For You. Shows are fast-paced, interactive and unpredictable. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Richard Fairhurst Trio 7.45pm

Steinway Artist Richard Fairhurst has been an important figure on the UK jazz scene since the mid 1990’s. His ongoing significance is evident in the recent album of superb duets which he recorded with the late, great John Taylor. This concert features Richard’s exciting new trio with the propulsive bass work of Dave Whitford and brilliant drummer Tim Giles. Their music combines both cerebral and lyrical improvisation full of emotion with high-energy grooves. £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: Pitch Control 8pm–12am

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