May according to 7 Inch Cimena

Now we’ve got Flatpack out of our hair, there’s finally time to
write those humungous listings emails you’ve been missing
so much. First off, this is what we’re up to this month…

ON: Thursday 12 May, 8-11pm
AT: The Edge, 79 Cheapside, Digbeth B12 0QH
POST-APOCALYPTIC WALK-IN MOVIE

Pick your way through the rubble and armed mercenaries to
The Edge for an evening of dystopian fun. Includes:

– A talk and tasting session with Tom Baker of LOAF
community bakery. Tom will help you get ahead of the
pack with some top tips on city foraging.
– Informative shorts from the atomic age and a classic post-
apocalyptic movie. Showing outdoors, acid rain permitting.
– Plus complimentary moonshine and a tailor-made
soundtrack to the end of the world.

Free entry with a Diesel Island passport – pick one up at any
Diesel shop. And feel free to bring your own supplies.
> http://www.7inch.org.uk/event/post-apocalyptic-walk-in-movie/

This one-off occurrence is part of a series of events and field-trips
going on this summer under the auspices of Diesel Island. Other
Birmingham events include a workshop from illustration collective
Themlot (26 May) and this Saturday (7 May) a guide to creating
your own winged postal service from Project Pigeon.
> http://www.diesel.com/island

Friday 13 May, from 9pm at VIVID in Digbeth
CAKEOLOGY
We’ll be showing some oldskool videos as part of this special
night wallowing in the spirit of Birmingham’s early 90s club scene,
20 years on from the legendary rag market raves (practice your
gurning using the youtube link below). DJs include Gershwin and
Jock Lee, and as the name suggests there will also be cake. £4.
> http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195328033837202
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVQFVOP14y0
> http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/cakeology/10016220

29-30 May at Aston Hall in Aston
YOUNG READERS BOOK BASH
Annual literary jamboree featuring all sorts of readings and
activities, and again we’re hosting a film tent for the duration.
As well as all sorts of short films and cartoons, on Sunday we’ll
have pianist Paul Shallcross joining us to accompany some
slapstick classics including Laurel and Hardy, and on Monday
we’ll be screening French animated feature Eleanor’s Secret.
> http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/youngreaders

POST-FLATPACK

There’s still time to fill out the 2011 Flatpack Customer Survey!
> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XF532VH
Thanks for all the brilliant feedback so far.

Electric Sheep have also posted a really nice writeup on the
‘Birmingham-ness’ of the festival:
> http://tinyurl.com/electricflatpack

…and we’ll continue to round up other updates on the blog:
> http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk/blog/

OTHER PEOPLE’S EVENTS
Please note these are just some things we noticed that are
happening, mainly in Birmingham. Excuse any errors or
omissions. If you’d like us to plug your event next time, write
to info@7inch.org.uk,

Saturday 7 May, 1pm in Cannon Hill Park
FEMME PEDALE
Fifteen-mile excursion for lady cyclists.
> http://femmepedale.blogspot.com/

Saturday 7 May, 8pm at mac in Edgbaston
FOSTER & DECHERY: EPIC
Elaborate performance exploring family histories in a
Brechtian fashion.
> http://www.macarts.co.uk/event/chloe-dechery-and-lucy-foster-epic

Sunday 7 May, 7pm at The Drum in Newtown
MOOZ-LUM
Drama about the experiences of a young Muslim American,
followed by a Q&A with director Qasim Bashir.
> http://the-drum.org.uk/event/mooz-lum

Weds 11 May, 7pm at The Studio, Cannon St in Birmingham
CAN THE ARAB MOVEMENTS SURVIVE WESTERN INTERVENTION?
Part of the Birmingham Salon series.
Guest speaker is architect and writer Karl Sharro.
> http://www.birminghamsalon.org/

11-14 May in Manchester
FUTURE EVERYTHING
Music/art/tech knees-up featuring all sorts including Steve Reich, the
Life in a Day youtube film and a talk called Why Do Geeks Go Camping?
> http://futureeverything.org

Weds 11 May, 7pm at mac in Edgbaston
INSATIABLE MOON
New Zealand drama from two Birmingham-based producers,
who will be doing a Q&A afterwards.
> http://www.macarts.co.uk/event/insatiable-moon–15-

Thurs 12 May, 2pm at mac in Edgbaston
ELISA K
Family abuse drama, one of three movies showing in a season
of Catalan, Basque and Galician cinema. All the screenings are
free and will be attended by the directors. Mac are also screening
LES DIABOLIQUES and TAXI ZUM KLO later in the month.
> http://www.macarts.co.uk/event/elisa-k
> http://galbascat.blogspot.com

Thursday 12 May, 6pm at Bham Central Library
LOOKING THROUGH BIRMINGHAM
Talks by Pete Ashton and John Blewitt to kick off a new
show at the library, part of the Dead Space? project.
> http://www.ec-arts.com/2011/03/dead-space/

Friday 13 May in Digbeth, from 6-8pm
A series of events and openings…

at VIVID: ECSTATIC
Moving image works exploring altered states.
> http://vivid.org.uk/projects.php?work=76
at Eastside Projects: NARRATIVE SHOW
“All meaning comes to us as stories” – El Lissitzky
> http://eastsideprojects.org/future/narrative-show
at Grand Union: [SEARCH ENGINE]
Talk/exhibition looking back on a recent series of residencies.
> http://www.grand-union.org.uk/

Rounded off by CAKEOLOGY – see above.
This is part of MUSEUMS AT NIGHT – search their site
for other latenight activities going on over the weekend:
> http://www.culture24.org.uk/places+to+go/museums+at+night

Friday 13 May, 10pm at the Spotted Dog
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
Showing in the back-yard.
> http://www.spotteddog.co.uk/events/?event_id=48

Saturday 14 May, 7.30pm at Birmingham Town Hall
STAFF BENDA BILILI
Apparently based in the grounds of Kinshasa Zoo, this troupe
of Congolese street musicians have recently been seen in the
film of the same name. They’re quite something live apparently.
> http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/staff-benda-bilili

Sunday 15 May, midday at Millennium Point
RECLAIM THE SPACES
Meeting point for the first in a series of guerilla picnics around Digbeth.
> http://digbeth.org/2011/05/reclaim-the-spaces

Sunday 15 May, 8pm at mac in Edgbaston
MATMOS
Rare chance to see a live set from this San Francisco duo who
make unique sounds from all sorts of things. Accompanied by
J Lesser and supported by John Wiese.
> http://www.capsule.org.uk/event/matmos-with-j-lesser-john-weise

Sunday 15 May, 8pm at the Bulls Head in Moseley
KINO 10
Latest edition in a series of shorts nights, well worth checking out.
£3 on the door.
> http://www.kino10.com

Monday 16 May at HMV Institute in Digbeth
SNOOP DOGG
If the ride is more fly, then you must buy.
> http://venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-institute/listings/featured-gigs/3982

16-19 May at AE Harris in the Jewellery Quarter
TOTAL ANONYMITY
New show by a group from Coventry University, combining
theatre and film noir.
> http://networkedblogs.com/hq31S

Weds 18 May at The Public in West Bromwich
DISTINCTLY BLACK COUNTRY
Launch for a new network, including a talk by Chris Upton.
> http://distinctlyblackcountry.org.uk/launch/

From 18 May outside Snow Hill Station in Birmingham
TAKE TO THE STREETS
Touring exhibition of street photography from Magnum.
> http://taketothestreetsbirmingham.co.uk

Sunday 22 May at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath
EMERALDS
Much-touted fuzzy electronic improv trio.
Support by Iron Fist of the Sun and Mr Underwood.
> http://www.capsule.org.uk/event/emeralds-guests

Tuesday 24 May, 8.15pm at the Library Theatre in Birmingham
CLIENT 9
Documentary on the spectacular fall of former New York
governor Elliot Spitzer.
> http://www.birmingham-film.org

26 May-12 June in Nottingham
NEAT FESTIVAL
New and quite large European theatre festival.
Includes a family weekend at the end of May.
Also look out for Gob Squad and Blast Theory.
> http://www.neatfestival.co.uk/

Friday 27 May, 8pm at TASCOS Social Club in Stirchley
THE TRAVELLING BUGHOUSE present:
SOME LIKE IT HOT
“Water polo? Isn’t that terribly dangerous?”
“I’ll say, I had two ponies drowned under me.”
This film never gets old.
> http://stirchleyhappenings.wordpress.com

Friday 27 May at the Wagon and Horses in Digbeth
THE DESTROYERS
15-piece musical explosion. Their site doesn’t mention this
gig, so it might be happening or it might not.
> http://www.myspace.com/wagonhorses

27-28 May at Eastside Projects in Digbeth
LUX SCREENING AND ONE-TO-ONES
On Friday night Eastside Projects will be showing a new
touring programme from Lux which includes work by Mark
Leckey and Laure Provost as well as a performance by
Heather Phillipson. The following day Lux are running one-
to-one sessions for artists working with the moving image.
> http://www.eastsideprojects.org
> http://www.lux.org.uk/news/what-it-not-new-work-uk-touring-programme

Friday 3 June, 7.30pm at the Library Theatre in Birmingham
CHRONICLE OF A PROTEST
Michael Chanan assembled this documentary from a
series of activist video blogs made over the past six
months, with the aim of exploring today’s protest movement.
This screening is the latest in a series of filmnights put on
by Stuart Russon from Trestle Table, and the director will be
talking afterwards. £4 on the door.
> http://www.chronicleofprotest-thefilm.co.uk

Saturday 4 June, 2pm at the New Art Gallery in Walsall
BRIAN GRIFFIN TALK
Tying in with the current exhibition of his photo series
The Black Country.
> http://www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk

From 9 June in Birmingham
BASS FESTIVAL
A month-long celebration of black music and art.
This year’s theme is Revolution.
> http://punch-records.co.uk/events-and-festivals/bass-festival/

Friday 10 June at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath
SUGARFOOT STOMP
Hawaiian special.
> http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Until 12 June in the Pallasades, Birmingham
A REAL BIRMINGHAM FAMILY
Gillian Wearing is planning to turn a family into bronze
and make them sit outside the new library.
> http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/programme/current

From 15 June at the Barbican Gallery in London
WATCH ME MOVE
Animation exhibition. Definitely looks worth a visit.
http://www.barbican.org.uk/bie/exhibitions/watch-me-move-the-story-of-anima

1-3 July in Moseley Park
MOSTLY JAZZ
Featuring Booker T, Cinematic Orchestra and Matthew Herbert.
> http://mostlyjazz.co.uk

OTHER BITS

ARTS FUNDING FOR DIGITAL CULTURE
A long list of UK organisations and individuals have put
their names to an open letter to Arts Council England,
expressing concern about the lack of digital culture represented
in the recent round of national portfolio funding.
> http://www.coda2coda.net

ANIMATION EXPLOSION
Is a conference taking place at Birmingham City University
on 14th September. They’re currently inviting submissions
from academics and practitioners.
> http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/41010
[via http://www.d-log.info]

BITE DOWN ON THAT GUMSHIELD BOY
Is a Birmingham-flavoured techno podcast put together by
designer/DJ/nicefella Jonny Costello.
> http://soundcloud.com/technopodcast/technopodcastdotcom-034-jonny

MISTYS BIG ADVENTURE
Are inviting pledges to help support the release of
their new LP. They seem to be doing quite well.
> http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mistysbigadventure

TURBULENCE
Is a new film shot in Birmingham. Here’s the trailer:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBLqeg5w2lY
> http://www.turbulencefilm.com

FILE MAGAZINE
Have a new issue out. Loads of it can be viewed
online if you log in.
> http://file-magazine.com

ONEDOTZERO
Are open to submissions. Deadline: 30 May.
> http://www.onedotzero.com/submissions

CHILEAN CYCLISTS
Are clearly crazy. Exhibit A:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIe6hYAdw_I

That’s all for now….

>>> What is 7 Inch Cinema?
A Birmingham-based outfit which produces all manner of
film events and projects, including the Flatpack Festival.

>A piece of PR we couldn’t be bothered to re-write.