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Ian Francis
Monday 12th October, 2009 Posted by Ian Francis

 <img src="http://www.times.com/books/01/03/25/specials/green.1.jpg" alt="Henry Green" />

A brief word for Living by Henry Green, a 1929 novel set in a Birmingham foundry. Not sure how it took me so long to hear of this but it's one of the most lovely things I've read in ages. Strange, elliptical style with very few definite/indefinite articles and amazing eye for detail, although maybe not such an ear for dialect (played more west country than brummie in my head). Anyway, worth picking up.

Please find below our most recent listings splurge... Hello, After last month’s onslaught, a far more succinct set of listings this time as we stagger wheezing and spluttering into autumn. Firstly some 7inch gigs...

7 INCH CINEMA & ELECTRIC SHEEP present BELA EMERSON (live) & BIBIO (DJ set) Monday 19th October, 7-11pm At the Roxy Bar and Screen in sarf London

As a sort-of warmup for Flatpack and a sort-of fringe event to the LFF, we are teaming up with Electric Sheep for a night of film and music with two very special guests. Bela Emerson will play the cello along with experimental gems old and new and Bibio is providing a genre-hopping DJ set with cine visuals, with all manner of shorts and animation filling the gaps.

£4 on the door. The Roxy, 128-132 Borough High St, SE1 1LB Nearby tube stops; Borough and London Bridge http://www.7inch.org.uk/event/bibio-bela-emerson http://electricsheepmagazine.com/

TRAVELLING PICTURE SHOW: GALA FINALE Sunday 25 October, 6-7.30pm At the Electric in Birmingham

The family film tour climaxes with a special event including some of the most popular cartoons shown during the summer, the premiere of ‘chain-film’ The Magic Box and pianist Paul Shallcross accompanying two comedy classics: Buster Keaton wrestles with a flatpack house in One Week (1920) and Laurel and Hardy are persistent salesmen in Big Business (1929). This show brought the house down at Green Man a few weeks ago, and to be sure of a place we recommend booking in advance via the Electric...

Tickets: £6 or £3 for under-16s The Electric, 47 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY http://www.7inch.org.uk/event/travelling-picture-show-grand-finale/

THE WOODEN LIGHTBOX Saturday 14 November, 7pm At Vivid in Digbeth

Vancouver-based artist Alex MacKenzie presents a unique expanded cinema performance using his home-made, hand-cranked projector. Earlier in the day Alex will also be running a rayogram workshop where you can print directly onto strips of 16mm film. £2 on the door. Presented in partnership with Vivid. http://www.7inch.org.uk/event/the-wooden-lightbox/

And we’re doing a Sunday afternoon gig as part of Capsule’s humungous 10th birthday celebrations in December; more details soon. http://www.capsule.org.uk/blog/?p=707


12-26 October at BIAD School of Art in Birmingham CLICKITY CLACKITY ANARCHY Crafty art show.

Until 13 October at Bham Museum and Art Gallery THE STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD Take a packed lunch and a folding stool.

Tuesday 13 October, 1.30 pm at Birmingham Borders EOIN COLFER Signing copies of his unnecessary Hitchhikers sequel.

Tues 13 October, 6pm at the Drum in Newtown DEEN TIGHT New film on Muslim hip hop, followed by Q&A.

Tues 13 October, 6.10pm at Bham Library Theatre BURMA VJ The 2007 Burmese uprising, as seen by the monks.

Tues 13 October, 9pm at the Electric in Birmingham VANISHING OF THE BEES Nationwide screening as part of the co-op’s Plan Bee.

Weds 14 October at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath EVERYTHING SWAP This time including music and books as well as clothes.

14 October, 7.15pm at Birmingham Conservatoire PAINT A VULGAR PICTURE Launch of an anthology of short stories inspired by The Smiths, with writers including Catherine O’Flynn. Part of Birmingham Book Festival (6-29 October).

Thurs 15 October, 8pm at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham ALL YOU CAN EAT ZINE! Night of zines, music and performance.

15 October at the Victoria in Birmingham COLOUR feat: WORLD OF FOX LP launch with support from Friends of the Stars.

From 15 October at Ikon Eastside in Digbeth RYOJI IKEDA: DATA.TRON Ultrasonic bombardment. Ikeda is playing at the CBSO centre next month.

Friday 16 October at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath SUGARFOOT STOMP Cowgirl theme, with guests from Attagrrl.

16-18 October at the Drum in Newtown THE WIDOW COLONY Portrait of a group of women in New Delhi who lost their husbands during the anti-Sikh massacre in 1984. Followed by Q&A with director Harpreet Kaur.

From 16 October at selected cinemas PONTYPOOL (dir: Bruce McDonald) Brilliant zombie wordplay from Canada. Probably showing nowhere near Birmingham, but worth hunting down.

From 17 October at the Waterhall in Birmingham CRAFT AND THE SLOW REVOLUTION Exploring the links between craft and the Slow movement.

Weds 21 October at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath ASAKUSA JINTA Tokyo street music.

Sat 24 October in Birmingham OXJAM A day of gigs in six venues around town. £6.

Sunday 25 October at the Glee Club in Birmingham POLAR BEAR Jazz outfit led by drummer Seb Rochford.

Weds 28 October at the Bristol Pear in Selly Oak FILM RATS Zombie-themed filmnight.

Weds 28 October at the Rainbow in Digbeth SAM WOOSTER QUARTET Kicking off a new season of Jazz Club. £4.

Thurs 29 October at the Asylum in Hockley EFTERKLANG Joyous Danish troupe with support by Nancy Elizabeth.

Sat 31 October at Birmingham Town Hall THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Lon Chaney classic with organ accompaniment by Nigel Ogden, the man who does that strange show on radio 2.

Sat 31 October, 8-3 at the Wagon and Horses in Digbeth REEL NEWS BENEFIT Samhain-themed fundraiser for the video activists. Films, food and bands including Resolution 242 and Bo Pilar and the Mountain Valley Boys. £5.

Sat 7 Nov, 11am at Warwick Arts Centre near Coventry FRENCH NEW WAVE Film talk by my old tutor Ginette Vincendeau, including a screening of The 400 Blows.

Sunday 8 November at the Yardbird in Birmingham BRIAN AUGER’S OBLIVION EXPRESS Jazz organ legend brings his B-3 to B3.

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