PICK OF THE WEEK
Various venues, Friday September 25-Sunday September 27
It’s a glorious time to be in Brum, what with the opening of Grand Central and the renovated New Street, and with Villa Park hosting matches in the Rugby World Cup. To celebrate these heady days, the city centre comes alive this weekend for a huge outdoor festival of arts – Brum’s stellar array of cultural organisations coming together to produce over 100 performances and events across the city centre.
ALSO THIS WEEK
9 Evenings: Redux
Vivid Projects, from Thursday September 24
The resumption of Vivid’s season referencing the pioneering 1966 series 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering – beginning on Thursday with a screening of Robert Rauschenberg’s Open Score, a piece created for the original programme.
New Art Gallery Walsall, from Friday September 25
A roundup of the career to date of the Goldsmiths alumnus, illustrating nature’s grisly realities through photography, sculpture, film and installation.
Library of Birmingham, Friday September 25
In celebration of Aston University’s 50th anniversary, a special day of demonstrations, workshops and lectures exploring the science of light and photonic tech – with Flatpack Film Festival on hand to present an immersive piece from artist Chris Plant and a selection of short films.
I Loved You And I Loved You
Mac, Saturday September 26
An ecstatically-received production centring on the turbulent life of the prolific composer Morfydd Owen, who died in mysterious circumstances aged 26.
Dead Dog In A Suitcase (And Other Love Songs)
Rep, from Tuesday September 29
Kneehigh Theatre present an anarchic update of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, with a fine genre-hopping score from Charles Hazlewood.
Various venues, Friday September 25
The month-long nationwide celebration of cinema concludes – Black Country video enthusiast Viva VHS screens 80s curio The Courier Of Death at the Mockingbird Theatre, while on the same night there’s a showcase from local community-film outfit Reel Access at the Jubilee Centre.
Eastside Projects, until Saturday December 12
An ensemble collection which explores how the exhibiting of an artwork is intrinsic to its interpretation.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Various venues, from Wednesday October 7
The 2015 edition of the internationally-acclaimed live-art festival, and the swansong for outgoing directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison.
The Brum Notes weekly arts roundup is uploaded every Thursday at 9am.