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Weird and wonderful objects from deep in Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s stores have surfaced in a quirky Pop Art exhibition. Cultural Curiosities from the Collection are on show at the Lichfield Street gallery until Sunday 11 December, 2016. The gallery is home to a wealth of art, artefacts and archaeology with some of the more unusual objects featuring in this show. Objects have been chosen with a link to Wolverhampton’s famous Pop Art collection to show how some artists like Roy Lichtenstein are inspired by the everyday, throwaway and cheap novelty items.

3 Doors Down has announced a headlining European tour in support of the band's recently released Us And The Night album out now on Spinefarm Records.  The 13 confirmed dates will bring the group in to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, and The United Kingdom.  The run kicks off on October 19 at Berlin's Columbiahalle, and wraps at UK's Hammerstein Apollo on November 6. Pop Evil will be direct support on all dates.

Visitors and Londoners alike are invited to enjoy a top night out and channel their inner diva this winter with an unforgettable night of burlesque brilliance. Leading river sightseeing operator, City Cruises, will launch the exclusive Burlesque Cabaret Cruise on Saturday the 19th November 2016, with additional dates to be announced in the New Year.

Hair and Media Make-up students at Walsall College will be using their skills to create frightening faces at this year’s Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust’s special Halloween Boat Trips. From horrifying vampires to spine-chilling ghosts, Level 2 and 3 students have been perfecting their looks as part of an assessed unit on their course. The students will also be providing makeovers for the college’s Travel and Tourism students, who will be supporting the trust with co-ordinating the event and frightening guests at the attraction.

Looking for a different UK Christmas destination this festive season? Look no further than Penzance! The UK's most south-westerly seaside town has got an array of exciting offerings to enjoy. Christmas in Penzance is a “Celebration of Light” with unique festive celebrations full of entertainment, culture and history, from traditional Christmas lights to artist inspired light installations to torch-lit parades to a midwinter beacon on a hillfort high above the town! 

The Birmingham Film Festival has announced that Steven Knight has agreed to be patron of the festival. The creator of ‘Peaky Blinders’ and writer of such films as ‘Eastern Promises’ starring Viggo Mortensen, ‘Burnt’ starring Bradley Cooper and ‘Allied’ starring Brad Pitt (due out in November), Steven is a well established and highly respected screen writer.

As part of the British Film Institute (BFI) BLACK STAR season, some of the best films starring Black actors is being shown at mac birmingham, showcasing international as well as local talent. Visitors young and older have the opportunity to enjoy comedy, classics, music inspired and issue based screenings alongside events and debates from now to December. 

Starting in 2015, the Stockholm Songwriting Camp has gathered some of the world's top songwriters and producers for a three day writing session in a hotel in Stockholm. Now, the Swedish songwriting initiative is going global, including a ‘Paris Songwriting Camp’ in September and a ‘London Songwriting Camp’ in October. The Songwriting Camps in Stockholm have been well received by writers and producers, resulting in several released songs, including “Awesome” by Nicole Cross and many more on hold and being actively recorded by major acts.  

Birmingham scooped a Gold award in the Champion of Champions category at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals Awards Ceremony, also held in Birmingham.  The event was hosted by TV Gardening Expert Chris Beardshaw. Birmingham, which represented the Heart of England region, was one of only six areas from across the UK chosen to compete in the coveted Champion of Champions category of the awards.

It’s taken 30 years, but former choirboy Aled Jones, who found fame in his early teens when his single Walking in the Air reached No.5 in the charts, finally performed his signature song in the air. To launch his brand new album, One Voice at Christmas (released on 25th November on the Classic FM label), the nation’s favourite chorister treated passengers on FLYBE Flight BE1324 from London City to Cardiff Airport to a totally unique Christmas concert above the clouds where he dueted with his younger self.

Jackie Brown supplements her meager income as a stewardess by smuggling cash into the U.S. for gunrunner Ordell Robbie--until the day an ATF agent and an L.A. cop bust her at the airport. The cops pressure her to help them bring down Ordell, threatening prison if she refuses. With a sympathetic bailbondsman, Jackie arrives at a bold plan to play the opposing forces against each other. Matters are complicated by Ordell's confederates, Louis Gara and Melanie Ralston who have agendas of their own.

Felix Xaba (14), a brilliant young self-taught musician dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, Zweli, (ex famous Bozza Boys). His mother, Lindiwe’s ambitions for Felix exclude jazz, “the devil’s music”, which she bans from her home because of Zweli’s history. Felix’s world is turned upside down when he leaves the comfort of Gugulethu township to take up a scholarship at a prestigious private school. Here three bullyboys led by a handsome jock, Junior Junior, make his life a misery.

Written by Malcolm Stent and Don Maclean, BRUMMEGEM PALS is the story of best mates Jackie Moore and Danny Arrowsmith, seventeen years of age and intent on abandoning their apprenticeships in favour of adventure. With just two performances only at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 October 2016.

All of Parkdean Holidays' and Park Resorts' 73 holiday parks will be open for October half-term, where those looking to mark the occasion can take part in fancy dress competitions, pumpkin carving, face painting and spooky arts and crafts, as well as fun Halloween games from bobbing for apples to scary eyeball relays. 

Birmingham Hippodrome welcomes Fagin’s Twist, an ambitious reimagining of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by innovative hip hop / contemporary dance company Avant Garde Dance, led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun this October. Taking the classic piece of literature as its starting point, Fagin’s Twist presents an evocative story of Fagin's youth, corrupted by greed and worn down by poverty. Tony Adigun adds a twist to this to create a poignant, coming-of-age dance drama which draws parallels between Victorian London and the modern society we inhabit.