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NOW into its sixth year, the BSS Spotlight stage school is back at the Birmingham Hippodrome from tomorrow for a ten-week spring term course offering a mixture of non-pressured acting, dancing and singing elements.

Scores of children - many of whom starred in Cinderella before Christmas - will take on multiple roles in the end-of-term shows in The Patrick Centre on Saturday, March 17.

Six to ten-year-olds practice from 10am-12.30pm every Saturday (pounds 14.99 per week) and 11 to 18-year-olds from 10am-1pm (pounds 19.99 pw).

One hour newcomers' trial available tomorrow to see if your child likes the relaxed training, but you must register at 9.45am at the desk by the Hippodrome lift. Details: Viv Foster - 01922 455000

MUSIC AND MIRTH

ON Monday at 8pm, the Matthew Jones Music Night plays the Old Joint Stock Theatre, Temple Row. Tickets pounds 11.

Every month there will be special guests and music ranging from jazz and musical theatre to classical, ballads and standard favourites.

There's a comedy night at 8pm on Friday, January 19, (tickets pounds 10) and you can hear Caramany - 'grown up music for the soul' - from 8.30pm on Thursday 25 (Tickets pounds 11).

Details: 0121 200 0946 or oldjointstocktheatre@fullers.co.uk

GUITAR ACTION

HOLLYWOOD legend and ace blues guitarist Steven Seagal brings his band Thunderbox to the Robin 2 in Brierley Hill for two sold out shows this Thursday. A new date has been added for Tuesday, March 13 - tickets pounds 26. Tel 01902 401211 or visit www.therobintickets.co.uk

PHOTO MAGIC

'CITY of the Immortals' is a series of images produced using staged photography based on the Jorges Luis Borges story 'The Immortal'. It's on at Solihull Central Library and Arts Complex from Monday till Tuesday, March 6. Suitable for any age range and tickets are free.

WRITE A MOVIE

A NEW film backed with pounds 9,000 worth of official funding is set to start shooting in Brum later this month - and you can still help to write the script!

Some 400 people have already left anonymous messages on The Apology Line, but more are urgently needed.

Simply call the freephone number 0800 970 93 94 to apologise for, or confess to, something you did in the past.

The most tragic, humorous or poignant calls will be stitched together to form a narrative on the nature of guilt and the acknowledgement of regret. More details at: www.theapologyline.co.uk

BIRD WATCH

WOODGATE Valley Country Park Visitor Centre, Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green is the place to be from 11am on Sunday for a free, two-hour winter bird walk. Tel 0121 421 7575 for more details.

TALK TALK

THE Rev Canon Peter Howell-Jones relaunches his weekly series of free lunchtime talks at St Philip's Cathedral from 1.10pm - 1.40pm on Tuesday. Difficult questions and serious hesitations are addressed in the light of a contemporary reading of scripture.

TAKE A DANCE STANCE

CHILDREN'S weekend dance courses begin again at the Midland Arts Centre in Cannon Hill from tomorrow.

Brilliant teacher Shantina Allen returns with Mini Movers (5-7) from 9.15am-10am and Children's Creative Dance (3-5) from 10.05am-10.35am.

Young People's Drama (6-8) and Creative Drama Group (8+) run on Saturdays from 9.15am-10.45am and from 11am-1pm respectively.

Ballet for ages 3-5, 5-7 and 7-9 is held from 4.15pm-4.45pm, 4.45pm-5.30pm and 5.30pm-6.30pm on Wednesdays.

MAC Youth Theatre runs from 7pm-9.30pm on Wednesdays, when there is also a circus club from 5pm-6.30pm for eight to 14-year-olds.

Children can also join various musical courses at times various throughout the week, including violin (Monday, 4.30pm-8pm / Tuesday, 4.30pm-7.30pm), piano (Sunday, 10am-3pm), guitar (Wednesday, 6pm-8pm' Saturday, 9.30am-3pm) and drumming (Sunday, 10am- 11am beginners' 11am-noon intermediates' noon-1pm advanced).

For over-16s, there's everything from flamenco, jazz and tap dancing to drawing, painting, pottery, yoga, stone carving, jewellery, pottery, ceramics and creative embroidery. Book now on 0121 440 3838 or visit www.macarts.co.uk

MAC Cinema reopens on Monday after closing for two weeks for a complete refurbishment. Next week's movies are The US vs John Lennon (12A) and Will Ferrell's Stranger Than Fiction (12A). See filmlist on page 38 for details.
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