MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER (EXCEPT WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER)
Trader Kitchen @ 1000 Trades

A chance for our resident chef Andrew Gabler to let off some steam after five months in the kitchen. Trader Kitchen is a four day free reign of creative and unique dishes and mystery menus. Pull up a chair, head to the bar and see Andrew’s culinary imagination transposed to various large and small plates throughout the week. You will not be disappointed. Head to Instagram for daily menu. More details via 1000trades.org.uk/food. Serving all day from Monday evening to Saturday except Weds 2 October (see below)

WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER

Slow Food Presents: Local and Seasonal with Artisan Epicurean

For one night only Slow Food Birmingham brings a four course menu to 1000 Trades by renowned personal chef Suzanne Russell.

Slow Food member Suzanne runs Artisan Epicurean bespoke personal chef services, offering beautifully inspired and unique menus at home with the emphasis on ethically sourced, seasonal & home grown produce. She will be presenting a four course menu which, as well as showing off her skills in using beautiful ingredients, will highlight the crucial relationship between the food we eat, where it comes from and its impact on the world. £28 for four courses. More details and to book via 1000trades.org.uk/food

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER

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 4 OCTOBER
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Alina Bzhezhinska’s HipHarp 7.45pm

A welcome return to Birmingham for this extraordinary musician – on the Harp. For this gig Alina set for herself a mission to bring to life the finest compositions of legendary harpist Dorothy Ashby. Along with some of the UK’s top jazz musicians, she has created a very unique programme that is based on deep and thorough study of Ashby’s innovative albums.

This remarkable female artist worked in many genres of jazz, composing and arranging music for harp and made a valuable contribution into development of contemporary music. The legacy of Dorothy Ashby left behind cannot be overstated, her works deserve respect and recognition. Her influence in modern music is remarkable and her music keeps inspiring many generations of performers and listeners. £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

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

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

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER

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! Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER

Sunday Jazz @ 1000 Trades 7–10pm

Sunday Special one off Sunday Jazz 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 30 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER (EXCEPT WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER)
Dig for Victory @ 1000 Trades

In preparation for old Blighty planting its weathered flag on the international stage this month, we’re putting on the mother of all menus to take back control of your tastebuds. Alright, enough with the laboured metaphors, but this menu really does taste GREAT (Britain). Sorry.

Dig For Victory is the latest creation from chef-in-residence Andrew Gabler, mixing the classics of the Great British menu with a modern, creative touch. Think the classic bangers and mash, with a buttery mash dressed with a thyme and onion jam, or the staple Trader Fish & Chips, deliciously coated in an SCB calypso beer batter and served alongside a coriander and mint pea puree. Forget tea time at grans, this menu is about challenging the perception of oft-maligned British cuisine. See our blog for more information and booking.

TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER

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

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Shiv Singh Trio + AGM 7.45pm

Birmingham Jazz is a volunteer-led organisation that has no external funding and depends entirely for its income on member subscriptions, ticket sales and occasional sponsorship. As well as their AGM this is a chance to find out more about joining and supporting their excellent work as the city’s oldest and best jazz club, as well as enjoying music from some of Birmingham’s finest up and coming young artists. Free. The main purpose is the meeting of members, but non-members can attend if space is available. Contact Birmingham Jazz via birminghamjazz2012@gmail.com to see if any tickets are left.

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER

Kamikaze Club Open Mic: Our Birmingham Comedy Bonanza  7.30–10.30pm

The Kamikaze Club host a special edition of their monthly show to mark Birmingham Comedy Festival, with 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 10 OCTOBER

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 11 OCTOBER

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Sarah Gillespie 7.45pm

Sarah Gillespie is an American/British singer songwriter working with some of the hottest young jazz musicians on the UK scene. Known for mixing blues, folk & jazz with her streetwise poetic lyrics, Gillespie’s new album ‘Wishbones’ was launched at the Southbank’s Purcell Room followed by a sellout show the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. Gillespie played her new music live on BBC Woman’s Hour & has received some outstanding accolades from the UK press. Anglo-American songstress digs into her folk, alt-country roots, with 3 critically acclaimed albums under her belt and a host of 4 and 5 star reviews from the British broadsheet and music press, ‘Roundhouse Bounty’ sees Gillespie join forces with Chaz Jankle, who co-wrote ‘Raging Glory’, plus Mercury nominated composer Kit Downes on hammond organ and piano.  £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: The Yardbird Sessions 7pm–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 12 OCTOBER     

Kamikaze Club @ The Birmingham Comedy Festival 5–10pm

The Kamikaze Club boys host two very special acts as part of the annual Brum hoot-fest, with Mary Flanagan’s well-received show from Edinburgh Everyone Dropped out of my Sketch Troupe followed by Mr Badger and his acclaimed Punching Down, followed by Kamikaze’s very own panel show A Quest for Points Free. More details via facebook.com/TheKamikazeClub

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. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER

1000 Trades Presents: Yaawan From 4pm

Cross world borders from the comfort of the JQ with an eclectic selection of music from across the globe. Free. See Facebook events page for more details.

MONDAY 14 OCTOBER

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

THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER

Pub quiz 7–8.30pm

As part of Birmingham Heritage Week, an illustrated talk on Harper’s Hill, James and Annie Watt’s first family home in Birmingham, with researchers George Demidowicz and John Townley using maps, photos and archive sources to piece together the history of James Watt’s and the area that was to become the Jewellery Quarter. Free. Book via Eventbrite.

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Me & 3 7.45pm

The four sax extravagance returns.  Led by local sax star Joey Walter and joined by her three best friends in jazz.  Expect a unique sound. £8/ £5 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 19 OCTOBER

1000 Trades Presents: Jazz in the House 8pm–12am

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 (1000 Trades). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER

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 21 OCTOBER

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

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

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

SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER

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

Monthly Sunday session with DJ Stig 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

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

WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER

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

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER
1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab 7.45–9.30pm

Featuring the spoken word of artist and poet Rachel Henaghan, sardonic poetry from Edinburgh Festival regular Vince Gould, and 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’. Free. See Facebook events page for more details