Three Midland media rivals have banded together to keep Birmingham's Jam House in tune with success.
Jimmy Franks, presenter of a new weekly show on BBC WM, and former radio presenters Bobby Hunt and Richard Jones, are the new comperes at the city's top dining and live music venue in St Paul's Square.
The trio first met in 1983 when Jimmy ran his own disco agency in the city. Winner of the national DJ of the year award in 1988 and 1995, he has also presented 'Drivetime' and 'Flying Eye' for BRMB, and 'Our House' for Central TV, and runs his own event management company 'The Big Blanket'.
Bobby Hunt, Midland DJ of the Year in 1984, has been events manager for BRMB for the past 20 years, responsible for outside broadcasts including the Party in the Park and the regional Cinzano model of the year awards.
Richard Jones has been a DJ for 28 years having worked in music and sport for BRMB, presented the 'Drivetime' show for Oxford's Fusion Radio and handled outside broadcasts for ExtraAM.
John Bunce, General Manager of the Jam House, said: "We are delighted to have such a top team of comperes. Their experience and professionalism will reinforce our reputation as Birmingham's top live music and dining venue.
n The RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists) has 400 works in its permanent collection and every two years the Society selects work to exhibit.
This year's display boasts work by Joseph Southall, David Cox, William Wainwright, Bernard Fleetwood Walker, Arthur Shorthouse and Samuel Lines.
Additionally, contemporary artists Eileen Hemp-soll, Paul Bartlett, Paul Hipkiss, Marylane Barfield and Arthur Lockwood will be shown along with many more.
With the recent revival and interest in the work of Joseph Southall it is lucky that the RBSA will be showing some of Southall's work. Inspired by the work of William Morris and Edward Burne Jones (a former president of the RBSA), the "Italian Primitives" were, he once stated, his true inspiration.
He is perhaps best known for his elegant Edwardian figures, one of which sits in prominent position at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Southall became a member of the RBSA in 1902 and established a reputation as one of Birmingham's leading paint-ers by the 1890s.
Alongside Southall there are many little gems including wonderful portraits by Peter Gross and landscapes by David Cox, as well as work by current members Paul Bartlett with his stunning intricate paintings and prints by Paul and his late father Percy Hipkiss.
The RBSA is unique in Birmingham and can only be compared to the Royal Academy for the type of work it does.
From its infancy in 1814, the RBSA Gallery has evolved into Birmingham's only independent artist owned and run gallery, showing exhibitions of contemporary paintings and sculpture, as well as a craft gallery which sells designer-maker jewellery, ceramics and glass.
The gallery is 4 Brook St, St Paul's Square (0121 236 4353) www.rbsa.org.uk. Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 10.30-5.30 Thu 10.30-7.00 Sat 10.30-5.00. Closed Bank Holidays and Sundays.
Etcetera, a new modern bar and restaurant has opened in Harborne High Street. Following a major refurbishment, the bar and restaurant, which seats 60, is the brainchild of Tracy and Gary Perkins, owners of The Forest Hotel in Dor-ridge, who are no strangers to creating good dining experiences. The Forest won many major food accolades within the first year of opening and have been awarded and maintained, 2 AA rosettes each year.
Etcetera offers a modern creative menu, with light dining at lunchtime, going onto a more atmospheric dining environment in the evening, when diners will eat by candlelight - unusu-ally Etcetera will have around 70 candles burning in the evenings.
Head chef, Scott White-house, has been promoted from sous chef at The Forest Hotel, has created a menu to suit many tastes, with British and Continental dishes using fresh ingredients and seasonal specialties
The bar offers over 12 wines and champagnes by the glass. Tracy Perkins, said, "I am really excited by our new venture."
A special Vulture award (could it be called a turkey?) to Nailcote Hall, whose Christmas brochure landed in Kaftan Korner this week. Rick's, the hotel and country club's party and entertainment venue has got its retaliation in first with a full line-up from November to the start of January.
Christmas week features Coventry's own Paul Reason - "considered by many the best in the world," says the brochure - with a Robbie Williams' live spectacular and the Xmas (of course, no Christmas around here) Eve dinner features Wendy Austen and Glen Taylor plus Dickensian character carollers.
Triangle will provide the entertainment for your Boxing Day dinner in the Terrace Suite. New Year's Eve has Tony Carnagie and his live band giving a special tribute to the female divas and male icons of the 20th and 21st cenutry aided by piper David Walkinshaw and magician Chris Priest.
Bookings on 024 7646 6174.
The Drum is this Saturday presenting Living Pretty. Everal A. Walsh plays many characters in this seriously funny new biographical play which takes the audience from Jamaica to England and is peppered with laughter, tears and hope.
The play is set on an inner-city allotment, in which we see Alfred revisit significant periods in his life, from his pre-school days in the bush, through his school days "up a tree". Alfred finally saves enough money to come to 'The Mother Country'...SUPL: