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          Gwen DeRu
Gwen DeRu

By: Gwen DeRu

Enjoy the Season….HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

This is the weekend for a few great things.
And, here are a few things to do….

SUPPORT the BCRI Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Dinner this Friday!

PPT Global CitiesCONGRATULATIONS BIRMINGHAM!!

Birmingham Named One of America’s Best Cities For Global Trade 
- Global Trade magazine has released its 2014 selections for “America’s
Best Cities for Global Trade.” Every year, the editors at Global Trade
magazine compile the list to help globally minded companies strategically locate, grow and expand their operations. This year that list includes the City of Birmingham, Alabama.  “We chose our cities not based on any single metric such as GDP or export totals, but rather based on a city-by-city analysis of what each is doing to excel in our categories of interest. We find this to be a more personalized approach that highlights tangible economic development,” said Global Trade senior editor Steve Lowery.  Global Trade magazine is edited for U.S.-based companies that do business globally. The magazine is known for its creative business journalism and for covering the impact and opportunities global trade has on businesses from Wall Street to Main Street.
BUSINESS COFFEE AND CONTRACTS – THE DO’S AND DON’TS: WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE AND STAY IN COMPLIANCE, TODAY, 9 – 10:30 a.m. at 1500 First Avenue North, 35203. This session will discuss year-end activities, audits, reporting and compliance in the areas of Payroll/Salary Administration, Benefits/ACA, Human Resources, and Workers’ Compensation.  Register at info@bbrc.biz.PPT Assad_Duo

Assad Brothers (Photo Credit: messiah,edu/news)
BRAZILIAN MUSIC IN BIRMINGHAM WITH THE ASSAD BROTHERS – Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center will host the Brazilian Guitar Duo.  The Assad Brothers, TODAY, at 7 p.m.  Fusing classical, jazz, and Latin styling’s, Sergio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity, and expression. 
The Washington Post declares they are “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history.” The duo has an ongoing, highly acclaimed, collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In
2009, the brothers were featured on Ma’s chart topping release, “Songs of Joy & Peace,”which features artists as diverse as James Taylor and David Brubeck. Call (205) 975-2787 for more.
LAUGHTER IN DA HOOD EVERY THURSDAY – Comedians from all walks of life will be at TIDE AND TIGER for ‘Laugher in Da Hood’ every Thursday, 7 p.m. with a chance to win concert tickets, gift certificates, gift cards, t-shirts, drinks, food and more.  Call (205) 503-3880 for more.
COMEDIANS INTERESTED IN BEING DISCOVERED… AND SEEN….Email me at thelewisgroup@birminghamtimes.com and also gwenderu@yahoo.com.
PPT Arts and LyricsARTS BEATS AND LYRICS – MYSTIKAL and G-SIDE with DJ RAHDU, DJ WALLY SPARKS, WOLF PACK and over 300 visual artists will be presented by Jack Daniel’s at the Arts Beats and Lyrics, this Friday, at Workplay, Friday, 7p.m. – 12 a.m.  For more RSVP Text “BHAMABL’ to 68405.
FLAVA FRIDAYS – DJ HYPNOTEYEZ will be at the Legends Lounge with grown folks fun and hookahs available and gruvement5 sounds played in the Rear Groove Lounge.
OMEGA PSI PHI Fraternity 89th ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT WEEK – The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is hosting their Achievement Week in Birmingham with a few more things to do…  FRIDAY GREEK MIXER – The First ANNUAL STOP THE VIOLENCE GREEK MIXER with the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at The Vault with DJ Rakeem ‘The Dream’ In the Mix with drink specials 6 – 7 p.m.  SATURDAY ALPHA PHI OBSERVANCE DINNER – The Dinner will be at the Faith Church on Sydney Drive, 6 – 8:30 p.m.  SUNDAY 103rd FOUNDER’S DAY PROGRAM – The Founders Day Program will be at the Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

PPT Dr. Seuss Grinch
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FOR THE CHILDREN – DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS The Musical is Friday and Saturday at the BJCC.  Discover the Magic of Dr., Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch and “Welcome Christmas.”  The Grinch discovers there is more to Christmas than he bargained for in this classic.  Celebrate the holidays with this heart-warming classic.  For more call (800) 745-3000.
ENROLL ALABAMA – AFFORDABLE CARE – Enroll Alabama kicks off open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell in attendance at an event on Saturday at Parker High School’s gym, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People will be able to enroll in health insurance plans for 2015. Free health screenings, children’s activities and educational information will also be available, and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell will attend.  For more call (205) 382-0242.
WATCH AND FEEL THE FIGHT WITH THE EA SPORTS™ UFC® COLLEGE TOUR – The EA SPORTS™ UFC College Tour will be stopping in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday for UFC Pay-Per-View events at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT: UFC 180 Velasquez vs. Werdum and December 6th, 10 p.m. ET /7 p.m. PT: UFC 181 Hendricks vs. Lawler.  The EA SPORTS™ UFC College Tour will be hitting 30 college campuses across the United States to give college fans the chance to play EA SPORTS™ UFC on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system while watching UFC Pay-Per-View events at local sports bar/restaurant.  Want to get your hands on EA SPORTS UFC and watch some UFC Pay-Per-View events this fall?  Love to compete against other students for awesome prizes and merchandise?  Look no further, EA SPORTS UFC is bringing you all the action to your campus with the UFC College Tour sponsored by MusclePharm.  Win Bragging Rights with EA SPORTS™ UFC! Come out early to get in the game and feel the fight with EA SPORTS™ UFC.  For more visit the official EA SPORTS UFC website.  WATCH AND FEEL THE FIGHT for yourself.
98.7 KISS FM ROLL BOUNCE ADULT SKATE NIGHT – Every first and third Sunday at Funtime Skate Center 3508 Decatur Highway is Skate Night with live music by CJ Tha Stickman, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.  You have a chance to win concert tickets, gift certificates, gift cards, t-shirts and more.
SIDEWALK $10K PARTY – The Sidewalk 10K Party is next Thursday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Kress Building Rooftop (301 19th Street North) with catering by ROJO and Beer and Wine with entertainment by DJ Slade and Comedian/Emcee Christopher Davis.
PPT Shaun Jones(Photo Credit:
FOR LOVE OF LAUGHTER…THIS WEEKEND… Or coming soon….Don’t miss any of the LAUGHTER AT THE STARDOME COMEDY CLUB…  Check out SHAUN JONES, this weekend.  Shaun has appeared on such television shows as NBC’s “Later”, BET’s “Teen Summit”, and BET’s “Comic View”. He also made a cameo appearance in the 1994 blockbuster hit film “Ace Ventura II When Nature Calls” with critically acclaimed actor Jim Carrey. In the autumn of 2003 he will be seen in the motion picture film called “Shade” as the crooked poker player “Mr. Ose” starring Sylvester Stallone and Jamie Foxx.
FOR MORE LAUGHTER…NEXT WEEK, check out DUSTIN YBARRA, and then, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, check out LAVELL CRAWFORD, …AND MUCH MORE…November 25-26 and 28-30 – JONATHAN SLOCUMB, January 2-4 – GARY OWEN, and February 7 – MIRANDA SINGS.  Tell Bruce that Gwen sent you!!  Call (205) 444-0008 for more.

ENJOY THE WEEKEND…and ‘every’ day as much as you can!!     I WILL!!
NOW…. a BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT FOR NOVEMBER! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMUETTA DREW, TODD CODER, DEL DAVIS, HELEN OLAKETI MARIAH SHISTE-PETTAWAY, STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROD SCOTT, VANEATRIA McKINNON and KATHY TIMES.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL CELEBRATING!!  THIS MEANS YOU… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL YOU BIRTHDAY BALLERS…MANY, MANY MORE HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!  ENJOY!!

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)