Put Your Foot Down

If you haven’t managed to catch any of the International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) then Saturday 15 May is your last chance as the festival comes to an end with the Put Your Foot Down event.

The large-scale hip hop dance in St Martin’s Square, Bullring will see hundreds of people take part. The whole afternoon will see  free performances, demonstrations and classes starting at midday and continuing throughout the afternoon until the mass dance at 6pm.  Acclaimed French hip hop star Salah has choreographed a routine that has been taught to hundreds of people across the region over the last four weeks, and they will all come together to dance in the grand finale.

In the evening the closing performance of the Festival will take place, with Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker performing Cruel at Birmingham Hippodrome.  This outstanding piece sees Colker’s athletic yet graceful dancers perform around an enormous revolving table, throw knives and get entangled in giant revolving mirrors, exploring the different forms that cruelty can take in a relationship.

Calling all would-be Superstars!

The Grand Theatre,
Sunday 16th May

Capitalising on the recent spurt of Andrew Lloyd Webber television shows, focussed on finding stars for forthcoming productions, the West Bromwich Operatic Society have begun their own recruitment process. More akin to the X-Factor, the search is to fill the roles of Jesus and Judas in their upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Auditions will take place on Sunday the 16th May and the successful applicants will be thrust into rehearsals of the show which will feature at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from the 26th to 30th October,  moving on to the Alexander Theatre from the 2nd to 6th November. The play itself, created by Tim Rice and Lloyd Webber, explores the interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus of Nazareth focussing on the seven days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus.

Vicky Price of The Grand Theatre said of the recruitment program:

‘The roles of Jesus and Judas are extremely vocally demanding. We encourage singers of all persuasions to audition including Rock singers, whose strength of voice would be a welcome addition to this exciting production.’

For more details contact the WBOS to register interest

hobbypopMUSEUM at Eastside Projects

86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR, 0121-771-1778
Free Entry
Thursday 12-6.30pm, Friday to Saturday 12-5pm
8 May – 13 June 2010

Eastside Projects present a new solo exhibition by Düsseldorf and London-based artist group hobbypopMUSEUM.
Believing that in artistic collaboration lies something other than compromise, something uniquely valuable, the group’s potent site-specific installations fuse painting with sound, performance and film to provoke ‘romantic optimism and painterly faux-naivety’. Continue reading

Superfreakonomics Live

Superfreakonomics Live
With Stephen J Dubner
7.30pm, £15
Sunday 20 June 2010

When Freakonomics was launched five years ago the book took dry economic theory and applied it to a diverse spectrum of subjects making it hugely entertaining and accessible. The worldwide sensation sold over 4 million copies and sat happily of the bestseller list for almost two years.

Jack Daniel’s Competition

Jack Daniel’s will be making music history in Manchester when Manc legends Mike Joyce (ex-Smiths drummer) and Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) team up with The Whip, I Am Kloot, Jonny Brown (Twisted Wheel), The Answering Machine and Dutch Uncles for an incredible JD Set that promises to deliver an unforgettable reworking of Buzzcocks’ punk classic ‘Spiral Scratch’. Continue reading