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Ten brilliant things to do in Birmingham this week

Written by
Jon Cook

There's plenty to do this week in Brum –  from St Patrick's Day parade to a one-man Breaking Bad parody, and the usual pick of first class exhibitions, gigs and films...

Pharaohe Monch, The Oobleck, Thu March 12, £15
This modern hip hop great – one half of '90s underground legends Organized Konfusion and spitter of intricate, eloquent rhymes ­– tours in support of acclaimed 2014 album ‘PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’.

Idlewild, The Institute, Tue March 10, £20
The former fizzed-up indie-punkers showcase a more mature sound nowadays – one softer around the edges and more in thrall to jangle-era REM. But whatever their approach, Roddy Woomble and the boys are always great value live.

St Patrick’s Day Parade, Digbeth, Sun March 15
Drums, bagpipes and a sea of green jesters hats ­– the core elements of the ever-popular Digbeth St Patrick’s Day parade, where this year the theme is Irish contribution to Birmingham’s development.

Soldier Stories: Birmingham and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914 – 1918, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Until Sun July 26
A moving exhibition that tells the stories of the men of Birmingham who served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during World War I. Free to enter.

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Birmingham Rep, Mon March 9 to Sat March 14, £12,50-£35
What ho! Peep Show star Robert Webb stars as hapless toff Bertie Wooster in this acclaimed adaptation of comic author PG Wodehouse’s work. It’s in town for one week only so catch it while you can.

Jongleurs – Best in Live Stand-Up, Jongleurs, Fri March 13 to Sat March 14, £14-£17
The Brum branch of this famous comedy club is the place to go for weekend chuckles. This week’s line-up includes Angie McEvoy, Matt Rudge and comedy improv troupe The Noise Next Door.

The Big Bang Fair, NEC, Wed March 11 to Sat March 14
Kids can enjoy interactive exhibits, workshops and a side order of career advice at this free annual event that celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths. Learn more here

Birmingham Show, Eastside Projects, until Sat April 11
This free exhibition aims to inspire conversations and trace connections between art and the city we live in.

One Man Breaking Bad – The Unauthorised Parody, Town Hall, Wed March 11, £18.50
Actor Miles Allen's whirlwind one-man take on this smash-hit TV drama promises pitch-perfect impressions of Walter White, Jesse, Skylar et al, and crams all five seasons into less time than it would take you to watch two episodes. Perfect for time-starved social butterflies and budding crystal-meth cooks alike!

‘It Follows’
This five-star horror movie wowed our film critic who called it ‘the most unexpected and downright unnerving fright flick in years’. Read the full review.

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