MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

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

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

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 4 SEPTEMBER

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

 

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
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 6 SEPTEMBER
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Frank Harrison & Brigitte Beraha 7.45pm

Birmingham Jazz return from their summer prorogation with a stunningly set from this intrepid duo; full of wonderful melodies, sensitive accompaniment, and Beraha’s unique voice. As one might expect, the music performed is often quiet, introspective, and impeccably performed; but beyond that it is music that is totally absorbing. Demanding to be heard, it is impossible to listen to this set without giving it your full attention, piano and voice inhabit a world that invites the listener in, sharing more of its secrets. There has always been a penchant within jazz for quiet chamber-like music, a different kind of swing if you like, and this set must rank along with the very best. £12.50/ £10 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

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

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

Art Night 7–9pm

Looking for the perfect after-work activity, get creative and try something new? Then Art Night is for you. Whether you come alone or together with a group of friends – you can look forward to a great and unforgettable evening. In just a few hours, you’ll create your own artwork, guided by a local artist, with no existing skills necessary and all materials included. £34. Book via artnight.co.uk

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

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.

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

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 13 SEPTEMBER
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Mindaugas Stumbras 7.45pm

Mindaugas Stumbras is a Lithuanian jazz guitarist based in Glasgow. He is a new generation jazz musician who plays both modern jazz, and contemporary music. Mindaugas plays with the finest international jazz musicians all around the Europe and has participated many Scottish ensembles and international jazz festivals.  £12.50/ £10 members/ £3 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 14 SEPTEMBER

Jewellery Quarter Lettering Workshop 3–5pm

An introduction to traditional sign writing in the Jewellery Quarter and beyond with Jim Kerr from Seven 9 Signs. Find out about Jim’s work and sign writing practice, explore the basics of drafting letter forms using tools of the trade and have a go at painting letters. All materials provided. Over 18s only. £3. More details and to book via Eventbrite (search ‘JQ Townscape Heritage’)

1000 Trades Presents: Eclectic Sessions 8pm–12am

Join Greg E and Stapes for an evening of sweet soul, delicious disco and dishy deep house. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

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.

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

A History of Harper’s Hill: James Watt’s First Family Home in Birmingham 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.

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

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 19 SEPTEMBER

When Cliff Came to Brum: Take Me High 7.30–9.30pm

Take Me High was Cliff Richard’s oft-forgotten last film, seeing his character Tim have his hopes for promotion to New York dashed and finding himself instead sent to ‘the provinces’, finding love and adventure – and opening a restaurant called ‘Brumburgers’. Part of Birmingham Heritage Week. Free. Book via Eventbrite.

FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Red Kite 7.45pm

Red Kite is a sextet led by pianist Esben Tjalve joined by the highly skilled musicians and seasoned lights of the UK jazz scene: Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Ross Hughes (bass clarinet and Sax), Hannes Riepler (guitar), Jasper Høiby (bass) and Tim Giles (drums).

The music is a seamless blend of electronic and acoustic sounds set in a jazz format combining the complex with accessibility and the composed with the improvised. The compositions create a musical universe that varies from cinematic meditative soundscapes to groovy noir tunes with reminiscent echoes of Miles Davis “Bitches Brew”. As a result the structure of the music allows for the improvised parts to interact and co-exist with the written material leaving the individual musician space to create their own sound within the band. £12.50/ £10 members/ £3 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 21 SEPTEMBER

First night 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. DJs Stig (I don’t know what it is) and Stapes (1000 Trades). For the opening night we’re joined by DJ Matt James, playing an eclectic dollop of west coast, jazz funk, Acid Jazz as well as proper four to the floor. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Diamonds and Pearls: A Musical Tour through the Jewellery Quarter 3–5pm

A music-themed walking tour of the Jewellery Quarter, led by Jez Collins, founder of the Birmingham Music Archive – with over 20 years of experience as a social and cultural entrepreneur in the creative, and particularly music, industries in Birmingham. Free. Book via Eventbrite

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 23 SEPTEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER

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 27 SEPTEMBER

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Orjan Hulten & Orion 7.45pm

This Swedish band is part of the new movement in European Jazz bringing Nordic rhythms and atmospheres to life. Örjan Hultén, one of Sweden’s foremost saxophonists and improvisers, is a musical explorer always looking for the next challenge. His critically acclaimed quartet Orion was conceived from Örjan’s impulse to create something altogether fresh in 2009. The quartet has recorded four albums and the latest, Minusgrader thisyear, and has received stunning reviews

In his compositions Örjan Hultén moves effortlessly across boundaries and musical genres. Here and there Middle Eastern and Balkan traits can be heard while one can distinguish traces from Wayne Shorter or Joni Mitchell in other parts. Örjan Hultén’s Orion is featuring four of Sweden’s top musicians, each of them a well-known and celebrated musician/bandleader in his own right. This is the first time the quartet is touring the West Midlands. After this gig the Quartet will be touring other venues in the West Midlands, organised by Birmingham Jazz for the new Jazz WM Network. 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

SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

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