If Christmas is about anything it’s about corners. Corners are to be found everywhere – at the points where the edges of cuboid-boxes-containing-presents meet, on sharply-cut festive potatoes and (help us out here) cornery-baubles. Which is lucky, as this film features a corner. Or at least a shop in the vicinity of (i.e. around) a corner. Specifically a street corner. Although, come to think of it, we can’t actually remember seeing the corner in the film, but it must have been there otherwise the title wouldn’t have made sense. Um, perhaps we should start again …
The Shop Around The Corner is a delightful film. Really funny. It made us laugh. And it’s set at Christmas, too. Released in 1940, it features screen greats Jimmy Stewart (did anyone say Vertigo?) and Frank Morgan (did anyone say Wizard of Oz?) alongside Margaret Sullavan, who was not too shabby herself, having been nominated for an Academy Award in 1938. The film is a romantic comedy. It’s good. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1999, which is before we even first started having a tentative waft of thoughts about screening popcorn-fuelled shifting shapes (i.e. films) in Stirchley. But really, don’t just listen to us, the infallible Internet Movie Database gives it a score of 8.1 out of 10, which means a) we’re not lying and b) if you come and watch it you’ll most likely have a super time.
The screening will take place at 5pm on Sunday 6th December at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, B30 2JX. Tickets are £4 adults, £3 concessions, on the door. It’s suitable for families but not a children’s film, as such. We’d love to see you there!
This summer, Ingot Studios launches in Stirchley – a workspace for artists, makers, thinkers and doers.
Established by Stirchley Happenings member Tom Cahill-Jones, nine individual plots are available, suitable for people looking for affordable studio space and wanting to be part of a new creative community. Informed by its open-plan design, an interest in the possibilities of collaboration would also provide a good fit. The price is £65 per month per plot.
Ingot Studios is holding two open days to give people the chance to view the space. Tickets (free) should be booked via the links below.
Day 1: Saturday 6th June, 11:00 – 13:00
Day 2: Wednesday 10th June 19:00 – 20:30
For more information, please visit the Ingot Studios website: http://www.ingotstudios.wordpress.com
Stirchley Happenings’ Travelling Bug House will be back to help you celebrate the new year with this balti n’ blockbuster seasonal combo!
Munch on The Cottage’s finest baltis whilst watching furry fury and chaos unravel in this horror-comedy Christmas classic.
Date: 8:30pm, Friday 2nd January. Venue: Upstairs at The Cottage, Stirchley, 1480 Pershore Rd, B30 2NT. Tickets are priced at £15, and that includes a poppadom, a main course, rice or naan, and tea afterwards. You must pre-book your meal from a set menu beforehand, so make sure to ask the Cottage about the selection. Food will be served at 8:30pm sharp and then the film will begin once everyone has got their grub.
Places for our curry/film nights go really quickly, so it might be worth calling ahead to see if The Cottage have any tickets left before you head down there to pick one up on 0121 459 6867.
We’re excited to be back at Stirchley Community Church for our fifth Christmas film screening on Saturday 13 December – and this year it’s a double whammy.
The first of our festive films is The Holly and The Ivy (1952), a British drama starring Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson. It’s a poignant yet austere story, based in a remote village in Norfolk. The tale centres on a clergyman who has inadvertently neglected his children over the years whilst putting all his energy into the local parish. Suppressed issues begin to surface just as Christmas day approaches…
We thought no other film could contrast better with this stark realism than The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). Whilst there is some thematic overlap (redemption, personal tragedy, family strife) this one is generally much more puppetty (with increased levels of furriness and spontaneous song).
The Holly and The Ivy starts at 4:00pm
The Muppet Christmas Carols starts at 5:45pm
There will be a short break in between for drinks and snacks.
Adults: £4 per film, £7 for both
Concessions (over 60s and under 16s): £3 per film, £5 for both
Tickets are available from the Church café, Stirchley Community Market (Tuesday 4 December) and on the door.
Stirchley Happenings presents a programme of short films at Loaf Cookery School and Bakery, from 8pm on Thursday 12th June.
Tickets cost £10/£8, and will include a selection of filmic food from the Loaf kitchen, so it’ll be a good idea to come with an empty stomach. The shorts will culminate with Charlie Chaplin’s ever-hungry Little Tramp in ‘The Immigrant’, via archive Brummie footage, a singing fish, and a talking ham sandwich, with drinks available at the event courtesy of the ever-brilliant Stirchley Wines.
Tickets are on sale here.
Join us on Sunday 25th May for an afternoon of free live music and sunshine* at the British Oak, Stirchley.
Barnacles are a “male-female vocal duelling sitting prettily on top of delicate ukulele, electric guitar and bass ukulele arrangements that recall Kings of Convenience… a gently bitter sweet, pitch perfect performance that may bring a tear to your eye.”
Chris Tye is appearing ahead of the launch of his new album, The Paper Grenade. “Sweet-edged and soaring between melancholy and ecstasy, Tye sings of love and betrayal, dreams and fears, and is always full of desire to communicate… The Paper Grenade is urban folk music with lyrical intelligence, with heart and soul.”
*we can’t guarantee sunshine, but if it rains we’ll be under-cover on the patio.
Stirchley Happenings is teaming up with Arts Forum Selly Oak to present Under Construction in Ingot Studios, an upcoming studio space in Stirchley, as part of Art SOAK. Taking place at 7pm on Saturday 15th March, the event will see theatrical works-in-progress from around the district being shown for the first time.
Featured on a bill involving use of Tom Cahill-Jones’ Hinterland shed, Grace Barrington, playwright, and Tom Saunders, director, share Five Miles South about growing up and living in Bournville; actor/dramatist Jill Norman & writer/poet Joanna Skelt present a scratch performance on the theme of cities; and The Bone Ensemble perform Chocolate – The Cabaret!
The event will last around 40-50 minutes but remember to bring a jumper, as heating is a bit rudimentary at the moment!
To find the studios, walk into the Travis Perkins yard on Charlotte Road, through the large green gate, and head for the right-hand back corner. Then make your way to the three-story Ingot Building. Stewards will be on hand to guide you. The address is Ingot Studios, 95 Charlotte Road, Stirchley, B30 2BT.
(This event has limited mobility access. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.)