Birmingham Weekly Arts Roundup, June 6-12

Digbeth is the place to be this week, with three new exhibitions opening at Eastside Projects on Heath Mill Lane.  The first, Gunilla Klingberg’s site-specific Parallelareal Variable (pictured above), seeks to transcend the limits of science and art by exploring the electro-magnetic bands of energy running through the gallery.  Meanwhile, Jim Howieson’s Sports Hall Sessions chronicles his ongoing project of turning gymnasiums into art installations, while Potential of Play sees Tracy Hickinbottom and Alex Edwards draw inspiration from the freedom of a Steiner kindergarten.  There’s a curators’ introduction to the new exhibitions on Thursday (June 6) and a launch on Friday (June 7) before the opening proper on Saturday (June 8).

Also in Digbeth this week, the final iteration of the Second Law of Thermodynamics project opens on Friday (June 7) at Edible Eastside on Fazeley Street.  It’s been running since April, and has seen four artists remaking each other’s work.

Elsewhere, Friday (June 7) sees the opening of Bollywood 100 in Birmingham, a celebration of the centenary of Indian cinema, encompassing a range of dance, music and family events running through the rest of month. In one highlight, the Ikon this weekend (June 8 and 9) hosts short films by the artist Navin Rawanchaikul.

Also this week, Mind’s Eye (pictured right), an atmospheric mixed-media exhibition by Marie Wood, opens on Monday (June 10) at the Old Joint Stock, while down in Coventry, curator Nicola Gauld leads a tour of the Herbert’s war-themed exhibition Caught in the Crossfire on Friday (June 7).

We stay in Coventry for this week’s theatre highlights.  On Thursday (June 6) and Friday (June 7), the Warwick Arts Centre hosts The Price of Everything, Daniel Bye’s virtuoso one-man show examining the concept of value, while on Tuesday (June 11) and Wednesday (June 12), the same venue presents Predator: Finishing Off What I Started When I Was Five, where the audience help the performer to complete his childhood reimaging of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film.

Back in Brum, the Blue Orange Theatre hosts a run of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, beginning on Friday (June 7), while the Mac presents the heart-warming comedy Flying Home – Again on Sunday (June 9) and Monday (June 10).

Flying Home from Tom Davis on Vimeo.



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