PICK OF THE WEEK
Celluloid City Weekend
Mac, Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22
A special programme of talks and screenings from the inestimable Flatpack, examining analogue film in the context of an increasingly digital world. Highlights include a behind-the-scenes exploration of Atom Egoyan’s mighty Steenbeckett exhibition, a talk from the University of Warwick’s Film and Television Department on the changing role of the projectionist, and a screening of Wim Wenders’ Kings Of The Road, alongside all manner of other assorted celluloid curiosities.
ALSO THIS WEEK
Words First Live – Hit The Ode Special
Rep, Thursday November 19
The Words First project – a joint initiative between BBC Radio 1Xtra and London’s Roundhouse – is cultivating a new crop of spoken-word talent across the country, with this special performance a showcase for Birmingham’s finest.
Festival Of The Spoken Nerd: Just For Graphs
Town Hall, Saturday November 21
A disarming, rib-tickling celebration of the beauty of science, courtesy of mathematician Matt Parker, scientist Steve Mould and self-styled geek songstress Helen Arney.
Rep, from Tuesday November 24
The stage-writing debut of the formidable Maxine Peake, celebrating the life of the unsung cycling legend Beryl Burton.
Ort, Tuesday November 24
A free night of miscellaneous low-budget film shorts, with a bring-your-own “open reel” policy – if it’s under 15 minutes long, they’ll show it.
Choreography Of An Argument Round A Table
Warwick Arts Centre, from Wednesday November 25
A riveting performance from experimental ensemble the Dog Kennel Hill Project, examining the mechanics and physicality of debate.
Various venues, until Sunday November 22
The seventh edition of the cross-city multi-disciplinary LGBT festival concludes, with treats including Pam Ann at the New Alexandra Theatre on Thursday.
New Art Gallery Walsall, until Sunday January 10
A magnificent roundup of the career to date of the Goldsmiths alumnus, illustrating nature’s grisly realities through photography, sculpture, film and installation.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Dinh Q Lê
Ikon, from Wednesday January 27
A video installation from the Vietnamese artist exploring the turbulent history of a set of islands off the coast of Peru.
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