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Ten great things to do in Birmingham this week

Written by
Jon Cook

Psychedelic all-girl rock, a cat video festival, a Holi-themed rave and a solar eclipse - it's just another week in Birmingham...


Art From Elsewhere, BMAG, until May 31, free
Head to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to catch this exhibition of 19 international artists’ work, exploring themes suchg as global change and failed utopias.


Hare & Hounds Pub Quiz, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Wednesday March 18, £1
Roll on over to one of south Brum’s best pubs and live music venues for their weekly Wednesday-night quiz. Entry is £1 per person, with teams of up to six competing for a top prize is £50. Register your team from 8.30pm.


When Britain Clicked, Barber, Thursday March 19, £10
Join this lecture by Brian Stater, looking at The golden age of 1960s British photography, when the likes of David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Jane Brown revolutionized perceptions of fashion and popular culture.


Flatpack Film Festival, various venues, from Thursday March 19
The ninth edition of the alternative film festival starts on Thursday at over 30 different venues across town. Highlights this week include The Internet Cat Video Festival on Saturday and Sunday’s ‘Celluloid City’, which explores the history of cinema in our city.


Digbeth Dining Club, Spotlight, Friday March 20
Head over to Spotlight from 5.30pm on Friday to join the crowds at the award-winning Digbeth Dining Club. From gourmet burgers and slow cooked BBQ, to pancakes, noodles and vegan food, you definitely won’t go hungry.


Warpaint, The Institute, Friday March 20, £16
The all-female LA foursome play The Institute on Friday, promising music from their stunning debut and last year’s self-titled second album.


Jamie XX, The Rainbow Venues, Friday March 20, £17.50
Much more than just the man behind the buttons in Mercury Prize winning band The XX, Jamie XX is a highly regarded producer and DJ in his own right. Catch him play a rare set at Rainbow on Friday.


Solar Eclipse, Friday March 20
Friday will witness the most dramatic solstice to take place in the UK for 15 years, with 90% of the sun’s light set to be blocked by the passing moon. Things should be at their most impressive around 10am - don’t miss out.


Holi-Rave & Indian Feast-ival, Amusement 13, Saturday March 21, £15
Kicking off at 12pm and running deep into the night, head to Amusement 13 on Saturday for a holi-themed day of music and food with, of course, an Indian twist. 


Richard Herring - Lord Of The Dance Settee, Glee Club, Sunday March 22, £15
The Edinburgh festival favourite brings his latest show to Brum on Sunday, with topics including being uncool and ‘bouncing joyously on the sofa’.

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