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 THURSDAY 4 JANUARY – SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY
Chien Lunatique @1000 Trades

Sacrebleu! January is all about hearty sausages at 1000 Trades, with some mad-and-bad combinations courtesy of the finest Lashford creations turned into exquisite crowd-pleasers via the creative hand of Simon Masding. Prick up your beak to The Spring Ginger, made with spring onion and ground ginger and served with a garnish of fresh sprigs and sundried tomato & red pepper chutney. Curry your flavour to The Balti, a powerful sausage with Balti spice accompanied by tzatziki, onions and poppadum bits. Seven more unique offerings will see you through the month, including GF and veggie/ vegan friendly options.  Complemented by sides including handcut skin-on fries, beetroot slaw and beans with a ‘Chien Lunatique’ twist. Serving all day Monday-Saturday  More details via 1000trades.org.uk

FRIDAY 5 JANUARY
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Daniel Kemshell Quartet (Jim Hall “These Rooms” Tribute) 7.45pm

Returning for an exciting new season we welcome Birmingham Jazz and Daniel Kemshell, one of the current crop of new talent emerging from the Birmingham Conservatoire. He is presenting a new project entitled “These Rooms”. One of Daniel’s favourite musicians was the late Jim Hall, a worldwide guitar star in his day. The project title is taken from Jim Hall’s 1988 studio album that also featured Tom Harrell. The band will play a selection of Jim Hall’s repertoire, reinterpreting the great guitar player’s work and features a trio of other talented emerging jazz musicians from the Conservatoire. £8/£free members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk or on the door

SATURDAY 6 JANUARY

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

Liven up your 2018 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

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY

Live jazz  7.30pm

Settle in upstairs for some Wednesday night jazz courtesy of some of the bright young things at the Birmingham Conservatoire, including the Lewis Sallows Quartet, the Harry Weir Quartet and the Josh Taylor Quartet. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 12 JANUARY
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Pigfoot 7.45pm

Pigfoot takes a fresh look at Armstrong, Jelly Roll, Fats Waller et al. This innovative reimaging of classic early jazz has to be heard to be believed. They specialise in passing classic tunes through their multi-idiomatic mangle while still sounding like affectionate fans of the originals. The tunes of the pioneers of jazz are reworked with a mixture of delicate poignancy and bumpy street-band nonchalance.£12/£10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk or on the door

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY

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

Our regular night returns with a whole range of music from different genres; starting slowly and building up from ethereal and curious head-nodding numbers to tunes for serious toe tapping and dancing! Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 16 JANUARY
The Midlands Enlightenment in association with the RSA 6–8pm

A new monthly event in association with the Royal Society for the Arts, The Midlands Enlightenment is a friendly and informal way to hear from someone who, one way or another, is undertaking pioneering work – helping to secure a new Enlightenment here in the Midlands. All welcome.

Postponed from December because of inclement weather (remember the snow?), we’ll be getting a sneak preview of The Clean Kilo, an affordable, unpackaged supermarket set to open right here in Birmingham – totally local, and totally Zeitgeist. Free. Register via theRSA.org

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY

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 18 JANUARY

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, Find out how to get investment and share hints and tips on starting a new business. Friendly and informal. Free. Register via meetup.com/Birmingham-Entrepreneurs-Meetup-Group

1000 Trades Presents: Andrew Souter + band 7.45pm

Andrew Souter is a singer-songwriter whose voice evokes a range of times and places, from his hometown of Birmingham during the Blitz to the timeless melancholy of a run-down seaside town. His self-titled debut EP showcases his current live show, by turns soulful and heartfelt, combining intricate guitar parts with earworm melodies. He is currently working on his debut album around the UK. Free. More details via andrewsouter.co.uk

FRIDAY 19 JANUARY
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Ben Crosland Quintet (Plays The Ray Davies Songbook) 7.45pm

Featuring the critically acclaimed album The Ray Davies Songbook, a tribute to the Kinks iconic singer/composers. Strong grooves, a natural swing and strong, evocative melodies characterise Ray Davies’ songs which allows them to be beautifully re-interpreted in a more contemporary fashion. From straight-ahead swing through grooves and ballads to reggae, Crosland and the band shine a new light on these classic songs.

Bass player, composer and arranger Ben Crosland has been leading bands for over 25 years. He has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums, released on his independent Jazz Cat label, with the cream of UK jazz musicians including Alan Skidmore, Jim Mullen, Mark Nightingale, Steve Waterman, John Etheridge, Martin Shaw, Steve Lodder and Barnaby Dickinson. £12/£10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk or on the door

SATURDAY 20 JANUARY
NOW HAM – A Night of Credible 80s 8pm–12am

A #tryanuary edition of our monthly cornucopia of proper music from the most underrated decade since the last one, with a special guest appearance by Rob Simpson.

Featuring the likes of 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. Free. See Facebook events page for more details. 

SUNDAY 21 JANUARY

‘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

FRIDAY 26 JANUARY
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Toby Boalch Quartet featuring Brigitte Beraha 7.45pm

In this new project Toby presents settings of classic poetry and songs. He has drawn from a range of works, including William Blake and the poetry of Asian mystic traditions. It’s inspired by vocal artists such as Becca Stevens, Joni Mitchell and Pentangle, while the music reflects Toby’s earlier influences – John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Wayne Shorter.

The band features the absolutely incredible London-based vocalist Brigitte Beraha, whose gorgeous voice and stunning creative output have also been a major inspiration in writing of the material in this project. Forming the rhythmic heart of the band are two of Toby’s long-term collaborators, superb drummer Euan Palmer and outstanding bassist Nick Jurd. £10/£8 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk or on the door

SUNDAY 28 JANUARY

I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky + Jazz//Roast All day

Three hours of funky music with the return of DJ Stig to chill out your Sunday after a hot 1000 Trades roast. Or: the perfect filling for your jazz sandwich (1–3pm live duo downstairs; jazz jam upstairs from 6pm). Free

MONDAY 29 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!

January’s Maker Monday will be a light and sound special workshop, and the opportunity to play with some tech! Hosted by Birmingham-based Parallax Visuals, the event will be a hands-on experience to experiment with some exciting tools that connect light to sound. Free. See facebook.com/makermonday for details and to register

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY

Music Publishing Workshop with John Mostyn 7.30pm

Join one of the UK’s most experienced music professionals (The Beat, Fine Young Cannibals, The Specials, Ocean Colour Scene, Inner City) for a look at publishing – from the basics to how the industry runs today – illustrated with unique Birmingham-related stories. £8. Tickets via Eventbrite