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Our top ten picks of things to do in Birmingham this week

Written by
Shalinee Singh

It's an arty week in Birmingham this week, plus there's a sprinkling of opportunities to stuff your face, some top tunes and a popular West End show to top it all off

Feed the Beast, Birmingham Rep, until Sat May 2, £12-£20
Using humour to tackle the business of press and politics, award-winning writer Steve Thompson brings his latest production to the Birmingham Rep.

Artists for Ikon, Ikon, Fri Apr 24 - Sun May 3, Free
Ending their 50th anniversary celebrations in style, Ikon have curated a star studded exhibition which will be followed by an auction at Sotheby's in London. Major players from the contemporary art scene have donated work to the show including Fiona Banner, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, Anthony Gormley, Cornelia Parker, Julian Opie and many more.

Polar Bear, Hare & Hounds, Tue Apr 21, £12
Mega-haired drummer Seb Rochford leads out his double-Mercury-nominated post-jazz quintet.

Festival of Chocolate, Selly Manor, Fri Apr 24, free with admission
Enjoy a decadent day out at the Festival of Chocolate where you can learn how to make delicious treats, take part in craft sessions and watch demonstrations from the experts.

Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol, BM&AG, Sat Apr 25 - Sun Sep 6; £7, £6 concs, £3 under-15s, free under-3s
Curated by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, this exhibition brings together rarely seen works by 19th and 20th-century artistic heavyweights William Morris and Andy Warhol.

Food Market, Mac Birmingham, Sun Apr 26, Free
On the last Sunday of the month, dozens of artisan producers descend on the Mac for this food market hoping to tempt the locals with delicious wares.

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, Mac Birmingham, until Sun Apr 26, Free
Your last chance to catch this exhibition presented by Illustrated Brum, centred on the wonderful world of welcomes, which includes handshakes, waves, welcome mats and invites to enter and connect with others.

Shrek the Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome, Tue Apr 21 - Sun Apr 26, £18.40-£42.50
Straight from the West End, Shrek arrives in Birmingham with Princess Fiona, Donkey and all his other fairytale friends in tow.

Leftfoot and Shadow City presents Bonobo, The Rainbow, Sat Apr 25, £17.50
Leftfoot, the legendary leftfield dance night, celebrates its 15th birthday in the company of psychedelic breaks guru Bonobo.

Avengers: Age of Ultron, released Fri Apr 24, various venues
Now here is a summer blockbuster we can get seriously excited about. Director Joss Whedon has yet to put a foot wrong and says the new film is inspired by ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. What's more it's also one of a number of 2015 movies to tackle artificial intelligence.

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