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WEEK AHEAD.

Byline: WITH ALISON JONES

Thursday It is 20 years since mono-named singer/songwriter Gabrielle, released her number one debut single Dreams. The artist with the signature swathe of hair across her face celebrates with fans at the Town Hall by performing songs from her new album Now and Always - 20 Years of Dreaming Friday One of two top comedians in town tonight and tomorrow (Russell Howard is at the LG Arena) Sarah Millican will be teaching people what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in at posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear in Home Bird at Symphony Hall Saturday With the stage still warm from Drake's two night residency, it is the turn of Jason Derulo to light up the NIA. It comes on the back of the biggest hit of his career, Talk Dirty, which went straight to number one, and his biggest album to date, Tattoos Sunday If you have been inspired by the nimble needlework of the contestants in the Great British Sewing Bee, nip along for the last day of Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC. Next year it could be you Claudia Winkleman is peering at through her fringe.

Monday Put on your crepe soled shoes and tease your beehive, Dreamboats and Petticoats is on at the Alexandra Theatre.

This celebration of rock n roll has spawned seven nostalgic albums. On until March 29.

Tuesday Take a trip out of town and head for the Artrix at Bromsgrove to see Lloyd Cole, former front man of The Commotions. One of the most articulate songwriters of the postpunk era, he has art-pop hits such as Perfect Skin, Forrest Fire, Brand New Friend and Lost Weekend to his credit.

Wednesday They are the best selling boy band ever (fact ) and they are back! The Backstreet Boys reunit e with Kevin Richardson to present the original line up. The 90s answer to One Direction, fans will be screaming for them at the LG Arena.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 20, 2014
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