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Gwen DeRu
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Gwen DeRu

By Gwen DeRu

What are you doing this season?

ENJOY THIS WEEKEND and the happenings around the southeast!

HAVE A GOOD TIME!  Laugh a little!!


Here is just a little on football…


NEW BIRMINGHAM CITY KICKOFF CLASSIC – Parker High School took on Jackson-Olin High School, recently, in the new Birmingham City Kickoff Classic. There were several standout players that led the Thundering Herd to victory. Justin Brown, a 6’0” corner back accounted for two interceptions and three tackles for the Herd.  “We played as a team,” said cornerback Justin Brown who intercepted two passes in that Thursday night win. “I thought we did pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement.” Parker won 28-6 over Jackson-Olin. Parker has looked to improvement in practice before traveling to Wenonah High School tomorrow, September 5th.
The INAUGURAL CLASSIC between Tennessee State University and Alabama State University is Saturday in Montgomery at 4 p.m. This is the first of what is to be an annual rivalry game.  A ‘CLASSIC’, just like the Magic City Classic.  Tennessee State and Alabama State have had plenty of interactions over the years.  They both have had a few of the same coaches, students, and other efforts made by the HBCU schools.  Alumni will come from all over to see this ‘Classic’.  Students from Alabama attend both of the schools.  It will be a great ‘Classic.’  (I will tell you about it… later.)
TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY GAMES…just a few – Tuskegee University (TU) plays Alabama A & M University Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Cleve L. Abbott Stadium.  A few more games to attend are:  TU plays Morehouse College, 5 p.m., October 4 in Columbus, Georgia.  TU 90th Homecoming is October 25 against Kentucky State University, 1 p.m. at the Cleve L. Abbott Stadium. And, TU plays Miles College on November 8 at 4 p.m. in Fairfield, Alabama. TU also plays Winston-Salem State University, Lane College, Fort Valley State University and Central State University.
TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING – Tennessee State University will hold a week full of exciting events September 21-27 as community members, alumni and friends of the University come to Nashville to celebrate Homecoming 2014.  This year, alumni, family and community members will take part in Celebrating the Tradition of Excellence.   Events start Monday with the Courtyard Show in Welton Plaza at 11 a.m., followed by the Battle of Residence Halls at 7 p.m. in Floyd Payne Campus Center at Keane Hall Gym.  The All-White Glow Tent Party is Tuesday in Welton Plaza at 7 p.m. The Coronation for Miss TSU and Mr. TSU is Wednesday in Kean Hall.  Then, a non-Greek Yard Show at 9 p.m. in the Averitte Amphitheater.  Thursday, a Homecoming concert in the Gentry Complex starts at 7 p.m. and features August Alsina and Juicy J., hosted by Lil Duval.   The evening concludes with the Alumni White-Out Mixer at the Sheraton Music City Hotel Ballroom.  Friday kicks off with the traditional Charles Campbell Fish Fry at 11 a.m. on the President’s Lawn, followed by Pep Rally at 11:30 in Hale Stadium. The TSU National Pan-Hellenic Step Show begins at 5 p.m. at the Gentry Complex, hosted by actress LisaRaye.  The evening concludes with the “Evening of Honors” Scholarship Reception and Gala beginning at 6 p.m. at the Music City Center.  Saturday, Sept. 27 starts with the Homecoming Parade beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the Showcase of Bands at noon at Hale Stadium. The Homecoming football game between TSU and FAMU kicks off at 6 p.m. at LP Field. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at 615.963.5381.
MILES COLLEGE HOMECOMING – The Miles College Golden Bear Homecoming is October 11.  (Look for more.) A Golden Bears Homecoming Dance is October 10, 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
MAGIC CITY CLASSIC – Of course, if you have been in Birmingham for a few years and did not know…EVERYONE LOVES FOOTBALL…(you know now), everyone loves football whether University of Alabama (UA) and Auburn University (AU) or Alabama A & M University AAMU) or Alabama State University (ASU).  OK! Now, that you know, ASU AND AAMU play on October 25 in Birmingham.  UA and AU play on November 29 in Tuscaloosa.  GO TEAM GO!!
FIRST THURSDAYS AFTER HOURS AT THE BMA – FALL FOR FIRST THURSDAYS at the BMA is this Thursday, 5 – 9 p.m. with Lethal Beauty Exhibition.  This is the last opportunity to see Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.   See what’s new at the BMA, enjoy tapas and cocktails, Drop-in Suminagashi & /Sakura, Blacksmithing demonstrations, The Way of the Bow Talk and film Screening of Quentin Tarnatino’s 2003 film Kill Bill, Vol.1.  See what’s new at the BMA.
MISS VULCAN 1939 – Miss Vulcan 1939 is a lighthearted spoof of Vulcan’s first and only beauty pageant.  It is a musical comedy this Friday and Saturday under the stars at Vulcan Park atop Red Mountain.  It is the 75th commemoration of this original theatrical production.  Take your blankets and chairs.  Call (205) 324-2424 for more.  Tell them Gwen sent you.

PPT SchuesslerGUEST ARTISTS CONCERT AT BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE – The Birmingham-Southern College Department of Music will host guest artists Dr. Richard Schwartz, saxophone, and Dr. Phillip Schuessler ’99, piano, in concert on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.  Schwartz has performed nationally and internationally as a freelance musician and teacher. He is currently on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University.  He’s had featured solos with musical legends such as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, and has performed in orchestras, most notably the Boston Pops and Gulf Coast Symphony. As a classical saxophonist, he has commissioned and/or premiered nearly 30 new works, and has performed for U.S. senators, governors, and President Ronald Reagan.
ROJO from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art is showing now until October 3 at the Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street in Tuscaloosa.  Call (205) 345-3038 for more.

COMEDY FOR THE GROWN AND SEXY – It’s time to laugh so SAVE THE DATE – September 19 for Thursday Nite Comedy Open Mic hosted by CHARLES WINSTON. Doors open at 4 p.m. with 7 p.m. ShowTime at the Tide and Tiger Lounge, 409 Graymont Avenue.  INVITING ALL COMEDIANS!  Call (205) 862-4723 for more.
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY – MAGIC CITY CLASSIC WEEKEND – CLASSIC COMEDY SHOW – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY starring Comedian DENO POSEY, Comedian GORDON QUINNEY, and Birmingham Funniest Comedian SIR WALT, October 23 at Crescendo.  Doors open at 6 p.m., ShowTime is 8 p.m. and a buffet from 7 – 8 p.m. while it lasts.  The After Party is with DJ Mac Taylor.
COMEDIANS INTERESTED IN BEING DISCOVERED… AND SEEN….Email me at thelewisgroup@birminghamtimes.com and also gwenderu@yahoo.com.
THIS WEEKEND… Or coming soon….Don’t miss any of the LAUGHTER AT THE STARDOME COMEDY CLUB…

TONIGHT…. CAMERON ESPOSITO at the StarDome Comedy Club.
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THIS WEEKEND…Don’t miss DOUG T HYPNOTIST, through the 14th of September … Who is this Doug T dude? he hails from the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. What is Cedar Rapids, Iowa known for? Well… Let’s see. Ashton Kutcher, Masters Champ Zach Johnson, 2-time Superbowl MVP Kurt Warner, Cereal Manufacturing, and the Flood of 2008, oh and now, Doug Thompson! Just to name a few things. Doug got his start in Comedy and made a fast climb into working clubs across America. He was a top fuve finalist on the Bob and Tom Show for impressions in the Frank Caliendo competition. He entered the World of Hypnosis by mentoring under Master Hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand. Since then he has been tearing up audiences with his mix of hypnosis, comedy, and impressions all rolled into the “DougT Hypnosis Show”. Performing for colleges, corporate events, high schools and comedy clubs across America. No matter the size of the audience they all have a great time watching the show.  Don’t miss this show!  MORE LAUGHTER… September 16 – MARY LYNN RAJSKUB (ONE NIGHT ONLY), September 18-21 – APRIL MACIE, CINDY KAZA – September 20, September 26-28 – SOMMORE, October 3-5 – GARY OWEN, October 7-12 – MIDNIGHT SWINGER, October 14-19 – QUINN DAHLE, ANJELAH JOHNSON – October 21 -22, and NEPHEW TOMMY – October 24-26.  Tell Bruce that Gwen sent you!!  Call (205) 444-0008 for more.  Tell them Gwen sent you!

**MART AVANT’S “NIGHT FLIGHT” BIG BAND, 8:30 p.m. at Ona’s Music Room. Call (205) 320-7006 for more.

**RECESS FRIDAYS with music by TRANQUILITY, 5 – 8 p.m., at B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar and Lounge, 312-20th Street South.
**HALLELUJAH JUNCTION. 9:30 p.m. at Ona’s Music Room.

**DOUG FORD, 10 – 2 p.m. at the Norwood Farmers Market.
**ENJOY THE WEATHER!  AGAIN>>>>Stop by the NEW TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont Avenue across from Legion Field stadium where the grown folk hang out.  Tell them Gwen sent you.
**BAD BRAD AND THE SIPSEY SLIMS, 9:30 p.m. at Ona’s Music Room.

**TOMMY “B” AND THE FUNKY “3”, at Ona’s Music Room.

OCTOBER 18 – RICKEY SMILEY AND FRIENDS will perform at the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Ga., 8 p.m.

Get outdoors, laugh and enjoy the time with family and friends! Check out our ‘What’s Happening Travel and Tourism Guide’… whenever you can.

Well, that’s it.  Tell you more ‘next’ time.

(People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu is a weekly column. Send comments to my emails: thelewisgroup@birminghamtimes.com or gwenderu@yahoo.com)