Issue 203
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Instead of saying one viewpoint is valid and another isn't, learn by sharing Perspectives. From a VR pioneer, to an architect working on HS2, to a Grime artist, TEDxBRUM is coming to the Hippodrome for its fifth Birmz outing. World-class speakers and performers who are all about citizen-led change is what to be expecting. Go grow your brain.
WHO? Lisa Bortolotti 
Lisa studied philosophy in Bologna, London and Oxford and she's now Professor of Philosophy at the UoB. She is interested in the strengths and limitations of the human mind, and has written extensively about delusions, inconsistent beliefs, memory distortions, confabulation, and failures of self-knowledge. Light stuff, then. 
WHO? Sunny Sangha
WHY? A co-founder of Sovereign, a political platform designed to give more power to local people (*fist in the air*) Sunny is a community organiser who wants to create a society based on love not fear (*raises second fist*). He works for Migrants Organise, a leading charity for the empowerment of migrants, refugees and their communities.
WHO? Glenn Howells
He's built a rep for designing badass buildings. He's led some of Britain’s most ambitious regeneration projects and has been particularly influential in shaping Brum over the last 20 years. His firm's involved in guiding our Big City Plan plus the major regeneration projects within it, including Paradise and that teeny-tiny HS2 thing.
WHO? Catherine Allen
WHY? A Virtual Reality pioneer (like the Lawnmower Man, and we all know how that ended), Catherine led the creation of two of the BBC's first VR experiences and produced its first VR documentary. She writes for Wired magazine and The Grauniad and she's part of the BAFTA VR advisory team. Pretty hardcore, right?
WHO? Rachel Coldicutt
WHY? She works to make the Internet a fairer place. Which is sort of a big ish right now. She has spent 20 years turning emerging tech into products and services, has worked as the Head of Digital Media at the Royal Opera House, Project Manager at the V&A as well as doing time at Microsoft and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
WHO? Oliver Sanchez 
Paediatric Urologist from Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland he teaches paediatric surgery, urology and child resuscitation. He travels with the Children Action foundation; who have been helping local teams in the care of children in Cameroon growing up with urological conditions. He's good people. 
WHO? Amara Spence 
Where to begin? Birmingham-based artist, playwright and curator she is passionate about sustainability - which is sort of a big deal - particularly for marginalised identities. In 2013, Amahra set up MAIA, a non-profit exploring how artists live, work and contribute in society through artist-led interventions.
Perspectives early bird tickets are sold out but you can still get a spot (£40).


This belated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic has been getting some ecstatic reviews. Sadly, it’s not the masterpiece some of the more excitable critics have been hailing it as – it’s merely very good. Thirty years after the original film, we follow Ryan Gosling’s K, a replicant (android) who hunts down his own kind, in the process stumbling upon a discovery that Jared Leto’s sinister plutocrat very much wants to exploit for himself. At our screening, the director personally asked us not to reveal much more than that, but really, it’s the visuals that are the selling point here. The mood and scale are alternately seductive and breathtaking, even if it has a frustrating habit of picking ideas up then forgetting about them – that said, it does feel strange criticising a film for having too many ideas. See it on the big screen if you can. Times & trailer


Did you watch the first episode of Russia With Simon Reeve (BBC2 Thursdays at 9pm, repeated Sundays at 7pm)? The guy is cooler than the other side of the pillow, even when constantly being pulled over and interrogated by the FSB. Such is the popularity of the travel-journo that tickets for his Birmingham appearance in the Town Hall in a year's time are already selling fast. He'll recount tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. From being chased by pirates, hounded by the Mafia and bombed by Columbian barons, Reeve has travelled through over 120 nations and his Auntie Beeb docs have sold to over 60 countries around the world. The show includes exclusive multi-media footage and a 20 mins Q&A sesh. Tickets   


It's the age old tale, isn't it? You wait seven years to see the love of your life, and she only goes and falls for your employee. Lady Olivia (played by Cara Tointon, pictured) is in mourning for her father and brother, and refuses to entertain ideas of love and marriage. Until she meets the page of her long-suffering admirer, who is actually a woman dressed as a man. A shipwreck, a love triangle, much mistaken identity, and a frankly staggering concentration of marriages later, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night chortles its way to a trickstery conclusion. Also starring Ade Edmonson as Malvolio, director duties come from Christopher Luscombe, who gave us a severe bout of laughter with 2014's Love's Labour's Lost. Catch it from Nov 2 to Feb 24. Tickets from £16, with a few at £5 for 16-25 year olds.
Venue: Cucina Rustica, 24 Ludgate Hill, B3 1DX; website
Choice: Spaghetti allo Scoglio (£15.50); Chooser: Waitress

Many moons ago a restraining order was placed on Monday meaning it had to stay at least two days away from Friday at all times. As such Monday nights are not exactly overwhelming on the ol' atmospherometer, and it was with a certain reticence that we booked in on the first night of the week at Cucina Rustica. Even dining bizarrely early, because we're weird like that, the front of the restaurant was rammed, and the welcome so compelling we immediately knew we were going to leave feeling warm, fluffy and ready to book flights to Florence. Every recommendation involved fish, so the crab linguine (£13.95) and the seafood spaghetti we did duly order. Exactly the right amount al dente, both plates were enthusiastically devoured — but it was the chilli kick which accompanied the king prawns, mussels and squid which caused fork wars. The slow-cooked cherry tomatoes added sweetness and maximum juiciness to the exceedingly generous plateful. Monday: The new Friday. Menu


Leg-end-ary Beavertown Brewery's getting its hands on (count them) twelve whole taps at The Dark Horse, and you're invited. In addition to their core range, think barrel-aged beers and some early results from the team's Tempus Barrel Project. Wednesday, October 25 is your diary-relevant date, for a 6pm start, when some of the brew team'll be making the journey from Tottenham. Also occurring next door — Grape vs Grain at Cheval Blanc: five tasting courses, five Beavertown beers and five paired wines. Tickets are £35.


In elation-inducing news, Funky Lobster is at 1000 Trades throughout October. We want to eat every entry on the menu. But as that's viewed as obscene, will be ordering lobster tails and saffron dauphinoise (pictured, £17) and forcing our +1 to get right into the seabass (£13), which chef Craig Mkandla backs big time. Craig's cooking is influenced by his southern African roots, and time spent in the excellent Spanish fishing village of Nerja. Weekdays from 5pm, Fridays and Saturdays from midday, good-looking, multi-textured, incredibly fresh food is what to expect. Call to book


We've been saying it since the 70s but it turns out concrete jungles may very well be underrated. Birmingham-based artists Andrew Kulman and Sara Kulman respond to the city’s rapid redevelopment and the retreat of its Brutalist landmarks through their new exhibition Brummagem: Lost City Found. Through photographs, prints and artefacts, Andrew creates a narrative that tells the story of Brum’s changing landscape. These are contrasted with Sara’s paper sculptures and animations which offer a personal consideration of the city. Beneath GHI 2 (pictured) is made of paper and a response to the monotonous, grey, weaving columns visible from under Spaghetti Junction. Inspired by the colourful graffiti visible from beneath it, Sara vibrantly recasts the columns, giving fresh perspective on the only part of the city some people ever see. At a wee 9cm in height the delicate structure is also a satirical comment on the concrete giants falling all over the city. But you totes knew that. Until October 27 at Parkside Gallery.
  • Silent disco after hours in a museum anyone? Over half the tickets have now been sold for the November 18 event taking place in BMAG's Edwardian Tea Rooms. It's a crisp tenner
  • Around the Jewellery Quarter opened at RBSA this week. Featuring Wayne Attwood, Ed Isaac and John Shakespeare, it's well worth a gander. Until October 14
  • The best street food in Europe is at Oktoberfest this weekend. Back from its award landed trip to Berlin, Baked in Brick is serving loaded BBQ bratwursts. Tickets
  • As is customary, Digbeth First Friday is tomorrow. Evening openings abound if you fancy punctuating the pub
  • And while you're in that direction, Dig Brew Co are opening their new taproom until midnight on Friday, and in the PM, Saturday and Sunday
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"Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind — and the mind is adaptable." - Daniel Kish at TED 2015
WORDS: Katy Drohan, Andrew Lowry, Tom Cullen
IMAGES: Twelfth Night — marketing image 2017 by Paul Stuart (c) RSC; Parkside Gallery — Julia Nottingham

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