On Wednesday July 30th,at the Electric Cinema, Conjurer’s Kitchen and AVM Curiosities are screening one of the most iconic death-themed films ever, Harold and Maude. It is one of the darkest and most unconventional of cinematic romances, exploring the non-traditional aspects of death, love and life. However, this is a viewing with a twist. They will be serving special treats to please the senses. Themed drinks, edibles, as well as ‘smell-ables’, will be specially created to match pivotal scenes of the film and enhance the journey of life and death unfolding on the screen. Guests will be given a selection of themed treats on arrival, also an edible menu, instructions, and details about the specific scenes.
Due to the night being an instant sell out, there will now be a second screening the following day, Thursday July 31st.
8.45pm. For more info and tickets please click here.
Carrie Weekes, a soon-to-be undertaker, and Sharon Hudson, a palliative care nurse specialist, will start the week off by hosting Birmingham’s first public ‘Death Cafe’, on Sunday July 27th at The Victoria Theatre Bar.
A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
“At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. “
1pm to 3pm. Tickets are free, yet seating is limited, and treats by Conjurer’s Kitchen will be available. To book your place please visit the Eventbrite page.
Immediately after Death Cafe, also at The Victoria, a very special ‘Dr.Sketchy’ themed life drawing session.
"Since 2005, Dr. Sketchy's has been the name in alternative drawing. From illegal flashmobs to the Museum of Modern Art, Dr. Sketchy's has brought artists a rule-breaking cocktail of dames, drinking and drawing. Dr. Sketchy's branches draw in over a hundred cities around the globe, from Akron to Zagreb. Whether you're an artstar or a scribbling newbie, Dr. Sketchy's is the perfect place to get your fill of life-drawing.”
And this time the subject is death.
3.30pm doors open - 7.00pm finish. Tickets are £7, available at the door.
The week’s events will be drawn to an end with a bang, by the Electric Cinema’s very own ‘Shock&Gore Festival’. And the chances of more cakes, this time with a more gory theme, are very high.
Do go and join them, because death is inevitable, but what you do before it happens is up to you.