Issue 237
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The single biggest tournament on Earth starts today, folks. That's right! The World Cup of Brum's Best Buildings kicks off over on our Twitter account and by clicking on the individual group's below you'll be teleported by the magic of the interwebs to cast your votes. If you're not on Twitter then reading this has been a total waste of 23 seconds of your life and you'll never get it back. Soz.   










If you’ve already decided to see this, stop reading now. If you haven’t, get Hereditary into your weekend. Toni Collete is phenomenal as a woman labouring under the post-mortem influence of her abusive mother, and terrified of how this cruel legacy is manifesting in her own children. Yes, we’re in a proper horror movie, and like all proper horror movies the real subject is trauma rather than splatter. The storytelling will be too deliberate for some, but it’s nice to have a film consciously working in the tradition of classics like Rosemary’s Baby, with an old-school sense of craftsmanship across the board that could make this an awards contender. Oh, and trust us: this is properly, pants-wettingly terrifying. Times & trailer  


You heard it here first: that Andy Stubbs is getting low, and he's getting slow, in the ever so lovely looking Loki Edgbaston. Get aged Longhorn beef short rib, with a heritage tomato and pickle salad. Then how's about the lamb tacos with some super secret green sauce and toasted pine nuts, pictured? In terms of sides, there are raucous sounding bone marrow Jersey Royals, plus a hispi cabbage and kale vinegar slaw, with veg coming from the totally wunderbar Worcester Produce. The meat is smoked over English Oak and Oxford charcoal if you're asking. We've already turned down three invites to be at this one, which is happening from 6pm on Thursday July 12. Book by emailing or picking up the old blower to Loki.


What's your vision for B-Town? The BAA (or Birmingham Architectural Association if we're being tech-ni-cal) invited creatives from across the country to submit designs addressing this question. And though not the ultimate victor of the competition, Down Stream Green — by architect Lester Martin and the Atkins team — struck all our chords. Submitted with a poem rather than a more traditional explanation, the prose challenged the city to better share space and look at ways of diversifying our ecology, while making New Street look rather pretty and including a robot (far right!). The piece was one of three to receive a professional commendation as part of Birmingham Design Festival last week. Check out the full short list until June 29 at at the Allermuir JQ Design Destination on Frederick Street in the JQ. Open 11.30am until 2.30pm in the week, this has got lunch break written all over it. More


What do The Hooziers, Glynn Purnell and a Tequila Shack all have in common? They'll be at the Foodies Festival, which takes place June 22 to 24 in Cannon Hill Park. Among the 30 stalls and 100 artisanal producers, you'll also spy that Brad Carter of, you guessed it, Carters, and that Rob Palmer of the somewhat harder to guess, Peels, doing demos at the Chefs' Theatre. Stretch cheese, throw cream-pies and listen to Dodgy performing live while you do it. Tix are £18 but get 'em on the old 2-4-1 using this nifty code at checkout: Foodies241. Clever, eh?
Venue: Bottega, Departures Lounge, Birmingham Airport; Website
Choice: Antipasti board (£15.95) Chooser: Waiter

It's officially holiday season! For you, not for us — naturally, we never leave Birmingham. But we are here to make sure your final pre-vacay taste of the city is as well-informed as possible. You've checked-in, made it through security and navigated Duty Free. As you walk into departures, eyes right and directly on to Bottega.
The menu is five-parts drinks to two-parts food, but the key info to master is this: Bottega's Gold Prosecco brut is delicious and available by the glass (£14.95). It's smooth and darn right elegant, with enough spice to stand up to the antipasti you've also ordered. On the subject of which, your cured meats and Italian cheeses come with grilled ciabatta, fig chutney, olive oil and balsamic. Excepting the chutney, which we didn't quite get, this was a glory-making platter, with the picante pancetta and cream-tastic, soft Tallegio cheese being the fork fight contenders — the melt on your tongue pancetta ultimately winning this particular cutlery duel. Go here, post a jealousy-inducing photo on the social, have a lovely bloomin' holiday, and be back soon.
1000 Trades is basically guaranteeing a sunny Saturday in honour of its summer p-tay. There'll be a one-day pop-up by Salt & Earth, wonky wine from Wine Freedom and you can get a mini version of yourself printed in 3D.
Run a bit, and see some things. WalkRunCycle has launched a free 5km jaunt that also takes in the sites of Brum. Join them for their next run on June 30 at 8.30am outside the Council House.
Reggae and Bhangra are happening at the Diaspora Disco, this Friday at Centrala from 10pm and part of the Migrant Festival of art, music and fashion (til Sunday).
Ice is having a moment. Get one of those devilishly handsome looking blocks of the stuff carved for you at The Vanguard Bar with Wild Turkey on June 20. The deets
Tickets for Bill Bailey's show at Birmingham Arena next year go on sale at 10am, today.
But if you've already forgotten that last sentence, tickets for Griff Rhys Jones' show on July 5 at the MAC are available right here, right now.

"I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."

Luis Suarez on his infamous bite at the 2014 World Cup

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PICTURES: Down Stream Green by Lester Martin and Atkins’ Architecture and Landscape, Birmingham

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