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EXTENDED TO SATURDAY 11 MAY

T.A.P @ 1000 Trades

Another fortnight for Andrew Gabler’s creation inspired by his love of the American diner, Twisted American Pancakes – T.A.P –  features savoury specials served up with BBQ rib, vegan curried cauliflower, ‘fish & chips’, free range pork belly…and more besides. Check the board for specials too. Serving Monday evenings and all day Tuesday-Saturday until 11 May. See 1000trades.org.uk for the full menu and to book.

TUESDAY 30 APRIL

1000 Trades Presents: In Conversation with Dr Hugh Rickards 6–8pm

Another instalment of the regular ‘in conversation with’ evenings, hosted by cultural strategist Helga Henry. The events aim to create a space for considered conversation and insight, interviewing people from the world of business, culture, policy and government. For May she welcomes Dr Hugh Rickards tackling the knottier issues of mental illness caused by brain damage or genetic conditions. Hugh is programme lead for the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry and consultant in neuropsychiatry at Birmingham and Solihull NHS Trust and outgoing chair of the European Society for the Study of Tourette syndrome as well as a director of the British Neuropsychiatry Association. Dr Rickards leads a multi-disciplinary service for people with Huntingdon’s Disease (HD), HD gene-carriers and their families. Free. More details and to register via Eventbrite

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY

Rebel Meetups – Young Entrepreneur Networking in Birmingham 6.30–9pm

Thinking of starting a business? Growing your start-up and looking for peer support? Or maybe you just want to find out where the opportunities are in your city? Organised by Yena, a ‘global community for rebels’ these events bring together young and ambitious individuals below the age of 35 to help them start and grow remarkable businesses. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

THURSDAY 2 MAY
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 3 MAY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Dave Storey Trio 7.45pm

Birmingham Jazz return from the Easter break with this energetic trio playing in the classic jazz tradition with a blend of originality and intrinsic playfulness that is hard to resist. They also play a mixture of jazz standards and after years of regular performances in and around London the band have worked hard on developing their sound and listeners note that their communication in performance shows deep connection. Dave Storey studied Jazz Drum-kit at the Royal Academy of Music with an eclectic mix of influential drummers such as Jim Hart, Martin France, Tim Giles, Mark Sanders & Gene Calderazzo. Since completing his masters he has quickly established himself on the London jazz scene playing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Kansas Smitty’s & The Vortex Jazz Club £10/ £7.50 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: Hot Piroski 8pm–1am

Barcelona-dweller, studio owner and record label boss Robin Twelftree crash lands in Birmingham for a Spring-loaded 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.

SATURDAY 4 MAY

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 5 MAY

1000 Trades Presents: Down Tempo Disco 6pm–12am

Inaugural edition for the Bank Holiday of new regular night (first Friday of the month) bringing you the sweetest disco edits and soul cut-ups, brought to you by the inimitable Simon Tricklebank and Dan Farrell. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 7 MAY

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

TUESDAY 7 MAY and THROUGHOUT MAY and JUNE

Launch event Core Collective Presents: Unlimited Thoughts Galley 4.30–6.30pm

The Core Collective are a group of like-minded artists who come together to share, develop and exhibit their work around the West Midlands. Returning to 1000 Trades they will be showcasing artists Karen Cross with her pop art of Bham architecture, Mandy Clifford’s brilliant abstract colours along with Barry Whitehead ‘the man behind the camera’ plus convenor Paula Gabb’s new collection. Free.

THURSDAY 9 MAY

Get Dressed for Co-working 2–4pm

Calling all remote, homeworking heroes. Home might be where the office is, but all those hours of solitude, as productive as they are, aren’t good for the soul. This is how Dispace can help…their new co-working sessions give you a bit of respite from loneliness and distraction, and some work and collaboration time with people like you. Discounts on food and drink for Dispace members. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

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 MAY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Steve Tromans 7.45pm

Reforming their acclaimed 1990s trio after a hiatus of 20 years, Tromans, Green, and Perrins present an evening of jazz standards reimagined live on stage in the great tradition of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and others. “Re: standards we new” [sic] is a chance to hear these three creative musicians explore the great American songbook in ways you never imagined possible. And swinging like hell. £8/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

SATURDAY 11 MAY

1000 Trades Presents: Mummy Was An Asteroid 8pm–12am

Join your JQ neighbour Luke Brooke for a stroll, a skip and a wiggle down the less-travelled 70s boulevards where Prog meets Glam, paved with fine artists like of Eno/ Roxy Music/ Sparks/ King Crimson/ Phil Manzanera/ 801/ John Cale/ Quiet Sun/ Steve Hillage/ Colosseum/ Kevin Ayers and many more.  Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 13 MAY – SATURDAY 29 JUNE

旅行 Ryokō @ 1000 Trades

Inspired by the bustling food halls of East Asia, Ryokō is the latest menu creation of resident chef Andrew Gabler. A selection of eclectic small plates heads up our pan-Asian menu with flavour credits from Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam. Think chicken wings, duck dumplings, wild rice salad and summer rolls. Sitting alongside the smaller plates are feast-level larger dishes, with a delicious Wild Mushroom Pho, Japanese Burger and Glazed Beef Rib to choose from. As always, order from the hatch for lunch and dinner, and when you’re done toast your dinner with glass of Sake. Matcha Tea available for the weaker of spirit. Kanpai!

TUESDAY 14 MAY

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 MAY

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 16 MAY
1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab 7.45–9.30pm

We have become wonderfully diverse and unconventional in the eighteen months since we opened The Lab – in exactly the way it was supposed to happen – through poetry, music, performance art and experimental film. Here, two of the most engaging acts on the circuit will prove the point – Vince Gould and The Psychotic Male Voice Choir. Their voice will be given added gravitas by the spoken word of artist and poet Rachel Henaghan. Vince Gould is a poet, actor and musical satirist with several Edinburgh Festivals under his belt and a habit of weaving historical precedents into the uncomfortable truths of the world we inhabit. Pure art meets agitprop. Then there’s The Psychotic Male Voice Choir – who hadn’t particularly thought of a strapline, but when pushed, decided on ‘Looped guitar, discussing Politics, Alcohol, Fighting, Art, Ecology, Sex and Death’. The fact that this is not all in the same song comes as a relief, but there is no let up in the wit and wisdom as Simon Jefferies rolls out an absorbing set of songs to keep you on the edge of your seat; insights forged in years of Fire Service until Art took over. Rachel Henaghan is an artist and paramedic based in Birmingham and is currently artist in residence at BOM. Her writing is an integral part of her practice and the inspiration for immersive installations and film narratives which explore her relationship with the city. Tonight is hosted by the inimitable Vincent Stokes. Don’t be surprised if he sneaks in a song or poem of his own – it will simply be more icing on the cake. And there’s Open Mic as usual – your turn to prove what all those rehearsals are about. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 17 – SUNDAY 19 MAY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Kind of Blue – Legends Festival Various times

One of the defining moments in musical history was the studio recording Kind of Blue by the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis 60 years ago.  This masterpiece is regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz record and one of the best albums of all time. Its influence on music has led writers to deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. In 2019 we want to celebrate this anniversary with a weekend festival on this theme, celebrating the musicians on the record. Supported by Arts Council England, this year’s festival will deliver modern interpretations on the 60-year-old classic ‘Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Including a programme of performances and talks, some free to attend, performed by some of the best jazz musicians around today, this is set to be a packed out feast of jazz. More details of the acts and to book via birminghamjazz.co.uk

FRIDAY 17 MAY

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 MAY

1000 Trades Presents: Fixed Wheels of Steel Jazz in the House Special 8pm–12am

Fixed Wheel Brewery head honcho Scott Povey returns to the decks-under-the-discoball, for another round of Fixed Wheels Of Steel with more beer and beat matching! To coincide with the Birmingham Jazz  Legends Festival he’ll be spinning some jazz-influenced house music to sax you up. As always, some rare or new Fixed Wheel beers on the taps to wash it down. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 19 MAY

1000 Trades Presents: Brumbeat 5–10pm

A Don Snorkie evening of obscure edits, remixes and cool tracks, old and new by, or featuring musicians from Birmingham and the West Midlands. From dub reggae to new romantic, latin jazz to 60s psyche, electronica and indie – fine grooves from the centre of the universe. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 20 – WEDNESDAY 22 MAY

Pint of Science @ 1000 Trades 7–9pm

The annual Pint of Science festival brings interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers and run by volunteers. 1000 Trades is hosting three consecutive evening talks covering climate change, conflict and migration and living well across the lifespan. £4. See pintofscience.co.uk/events/birmingham for more details and to book

THURSDAY 23 MAY

Social Circle @1000 Trades 5.30–8pm

Another 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. Everyone welcome. Free. More details and to register via Eventbrite. Also see ‘A Schooner with..’ on 1000 Trades blog.

FRIDAY 24 MAY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Julian Siegel Quartet 7.45pm

With this Quartet, Julian has chosen to work with some of this generation’s most distinctive voices to create a group that is becoming one of the most in-demand quartets on the UK Jazz scene. The band features inspirational pianist Liam Noble, his fluid touch and dazzling imagination perfectly complementing Siegel’s music and playing, and providing a perfect foil for the many directions the music can turn. With the creative spark of dynamic drummer Gene Calderazzo and the deep groove of bassist Oli Hayhurst dove-tailing perfectly with Siegel and Noble this is unquestionably one of the UK’s most exciting and powerful quartets. £12.50/£10 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

SATURDAY 25 MAY

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

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

SUNDAY 27 MAY
I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky Bank Holiday Special 4pm–12am

Back for more? It’s ok, there’s no Monday tomorrow. Have an all-day session to herald the next chapter in style with a special edition of our monthly Sunday session, with DJ Stig and Stapes to see you through the last three day weekend for a while . Sunday roasts ‘til 5pm as usual. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

 

WEDNESDAY 29 MAY

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 31 MAY

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