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People, Places and Things By Gwen DeRu

Gwen DeRu




DINO DISCOVERY – THEY’RE BACK! at the Birmingham Zoo where the dinosaurs are returning to the Birmingham Zoo all of July. This limited-time exhibit features 12 life-sized, North American-native animatronic dinosaurs at heights of nearly 20 feet, weighing almost 7 tons and measuring 85 feet in length. For more call (205) 879-0409.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING! Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola at the BJCC Legacy Arena, next Saturday at 4 p.m.


MOVIES AT AVONDALE PARK – Back to the Future will be showing at Crestwood Park, 7 p.m. for 3 years and older. For more call (205) 623-0582.

THIRSTY THURSDAY at the Baron’s game at Regions Field.

OLIVIA’S HAPPY HOUR, every Thursday at Olivia’s Bar and Lounge with $.50 wings and drink specials, 4 p.m.  For more call (205) 326-2881.

LIVE AT STEEL, 8 p.m. with SHARRON performing and DJ CDUBB in the Mix at Steel on First Avenue at 23rd Street, downtown Birmingham. Get your live music and dance on every Thursday night.



COMEDIAN Carlos Mencia at the StarDome Comedy Club, this weekend.

Carlos Mencia
Carlos Mencia

FANCY FRIDAYS, 5 p.m. featuring JILLIAN GRAY with YARBROUGH & COMPANY every Friday at Legends on 18th Street North, Downtown. Birmingham. This is an After Work Experience hosted by Keely and Tiger and catered by Chef Jones.  Call (205) 212-4406 for more.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.



JOE WEBB’S ANNUAL FOOTBALL CAMP – Join Carolina Panthers QB Joe Webb for a free football camp, at Wenonah High School, 8 –a.m. – 1 p.m. for ages 6-12.


SUMMER FUN DAYS AT THE ZOO – Visit the zoo today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. for the California Sea Lion ‘Farley and Gio 002 Birmingham Zoo, half price admission, half-price rides, $1 hot dogs and get up-close with the elephants in Trails of Africa, the Predator Zone, Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash Show and feed the lorikeets in the Schaeffer Eye Center.  Call (205) 538-4508 for more.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

SOULFUL SATURDAY at Steel 1st and 23rd Club.



INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY, 2:30 p.m. at the Central Library in the Southern History Department, 1st Floor f Linn Henley building.

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.



PLAY BALL is the Negro Southern League Museum and BPL sharing the newest Museum to be added to the Birmingham community at the Inglenook Branch Library.  For more call (205) 849-8739.



INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY, 2:30 p.m. at the Springville Road Regional Library.

OLIVIA’S HAPPY HOUR, 4 p.m., every Tuesday, at Olivia’s Bar and Lounge with $.50 wings and drink specials.  For more call (205) 326-2881.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

TIDE AND TIGER ON THE PATIO, 4 p.m. until on Graymont across form Legion Field.



SATURDAY, 9 a.m.Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Trip on the Elk River near Elkmont, AlabamaDetails: The section we will paddle is easy with few obstructions. This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area. Novice canoeists are welcome and may come on this trip, but each one must be partnered with an experienced canoeist in their boat. To rent a kayak, call Fort Hampton Outfitters (256) 431-8988 to reserve your rental kayak. Children age 10 and over are welcome. If you would like to have dinner at the restaurant after the kayak and canoe trip, bring your things to clean up with and a change of clothes.

Depart 9 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. Reservations Required: You must call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email seoutings@Bellsouth.net if you plan to come on this kayak and canoe trip




JAZZ PIANIST MARK HARRIS II, at the Perfect Note in Hoover at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Mark Harris
Mark Harris

JAZZ IN THE PARK HELENA– Enjoy JAZZ IN THE PARK at the Helena Amphitheater with THE RUBBER BAND EFFECT, 6 – 9 p.m.

TIDE AND TIGER LOUNGE – CHECK OUT….the TIDE AND TIGER!  Every Tuesday enjoy wings for 50 cents and $5 drinks at half price. Every Sunday enjoy music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with DJ Tide and Tiger.  For more information, call (205) 503-3880.



THE LITTLE MERMAID – Red Mountain Theatre Company will host the Little Mermaid tomorrow.  This is a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Call (205) 324-2424 for more.

ALADDIN, JR AT CHILDREN’S THEATRE – Disney’s Aladdin JR is an award winning score by ALAN MENKEN, HOWARD ASHMAN and TIM RICE that will send the audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for this attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. Recommended for: Children ages 3 & up. DATES: This and next weekend – Fridays, 7 p.m., Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays, at 2 p.m. This special takes place at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s Main Stage. The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services  (DYS), in conjunction with the theatre, has free tickets available on a first come, first served basis until all tickets have been disseminated. (You will have to go to the DYS office to get them. No email, phone calls or fax requests will be accepted.) Call (205) 320-0879 for more information.

DINO DISCOVERY – THEY’RE BACK! at the Birmingham Zoo where the dinosaurs are returning to the Birmingham Zoo all of July.  This limited-time exhibit features 12 life-sized, North American-native animatronic dinosaurs at heights of nearly 20 feet, weighing almost 7 tons and measuring 85 feet in length. For more call (205) 397-0409.

2016 SUMMER MOVIE SERIES – The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Series (DYS) has movies for youth that participate in the Summer Enrichment Program through the library.  Youth read a book, do a report and get a FREE ticket.  MOVIES: Friday – The Secret Life of Pets, July 22 – Ghostbusters and July 29 – Ice Age 5.  Call DYS for more information at (205) 320-0879.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for all ages. Call (205) 324-2424.

SUPERHERO SATURDAY at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. is July 16 at the McWane Science Center.

BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM – The Public library’s Reading program is all summer long.  Check out the library nearest you….for movie tickets and more.

CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MOVEMENT DAY CAMP – This annual camp will be held, Wednesday, July 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. where more than 100 youth ages of 11 to 16 years old are expected.  The camp offers participants a fun-filled day raising awareness and critical educational seminars to promote non-violence, knowledge of self, and individuality.  There will be tours, a movies, motivational speakers. With the Civil Rights Activist Movement Day Camp, youth can move closer to eliminating ignorance, discord, and inequality. For registration and more information on how you and your company can support the Civil Rights Activists Committee through sponsorship or team participation, visitwww.civilrightsactivist.org, contact Paulette Roby, Chairman of the Board, at civilrightsactivist.fs63@yahoo.com or call (205)-518-0321. Support the camp by donating any products and/or services that can be used to support the Committee‘s efforts and the young people during this event.

GROCERIES NEEDED FOR CHILDREN – The Greater Birmingham Ministries is asking for groceries as it’s time to collect food for the kids that are home from school this summer. Kid friendly food is needed. Drop off food and clothing any weekday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call (205) 326-6821 x 102 or email sarah@ghm.org

PREPARED, NOT SCARED CAMPS – Join Sheriff Mike Hale and others for a camp for grades 4- next week at Trussville and July 18-22 at Tannehill.  For more, go to www.freshairfamil.org.

5th ANNUAL NEXT LEVEL FOOTBALL CAMP – Join former NFL player Jeremy Towns and Nick Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs with other notables, July 15th at Legion Field, for ages 8-17. 

HAPPY HEALTHY KIDS FAIR – Join other children and parents in the Birmingham Area at the Happy Healthy Kids Fair on August 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Riverchase Galleria.

TAKE A CHILD TO THE DOCTOR DAY is September 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the YMCA Youth Center, 2400  7th Avenue North. Call (205) 320-0879 for more.

DISNEY DREAMERS ACADEMY is taking applications until October 31, for youth ages 13-19 that live in the United States and enrolled in high school grades 9-12. For more go to: disneydreamersacademy.com.



ART AND CONVERSATION – Today, Art and Science: Framing Early Photography and Its’ Discourse. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA).

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, today 7 p.m. at the BMA.  FREE.  There will be tapas and cocktails, 5-9 p.m.  This is First Thursday.

BOURBON POUR AT THE BMA is today, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. FREE.  MORGAN MURPHY, author of Southern Living’s Bourbon and Bacon knows that there is an art to pouring bourbon and is the host.

SLOW ART SUNDAY is this Sunday, 2-3- p.m. at the BMA where you can unlock the secrets works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly.



AT THE STARDOME: Every Thursday is Positively Funny Improv.  Check out CARLOS MENCIA…You know him from The Mind of Mencia (Comedy Central), Two 1/2 Hour HBO Specials, Comedy Central presents Carlos Mencia and WB Recording Artist… all this weekend.  Call (205) 444-0008 for more.  MORE: July 15-17 – ARNEZ J. and July 22-24 – RICKEY SMILEY.  See you there!




If you are interested in fashion, style and live in the immediate Birmingham Area, Birmingham Fashion week is August 25-27 at the Boutwell Auditorium. 

The Birmingham Fashion Week was founded on the ideals for bringing unity to our community through fashion. The 6th Annual Birmingham Fashion Week will be bigger and better than ever before.  See local and national designers, local and national boutiques, rising design stars, emerging designers with models, make=up and hair artists competing as the showcase their talents on the runway.  Hair and Makeup Artists deadline is tomorrow, Friday.  For more information, go to www.bhamfashionweek.com.

FRONT COVER MODELING presents ‘MeKa Fashion Statement,’ featuring special guest models, 6- 8 p.m. on July 24, Sunday at the Cotton’s Building (Ensley) located at 400 – 19th Street, 35218.  For more information, call (205) 920-3727 or (340) 513-2046.

THE CITY OF DA-SH FASHION SHOW, SUNDAY, July 24th, at the Bessemer Civic Center. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Show starts at 4 p.m. Postura International and DA-SH magazine is hosting The City of DA-SH fashion show. There will be door prizes, live performances and vendors.  For more information, call (205) 705-2354.




JULY 23 – TASTE OF FOURTH AVENUE JAZZ in the Historical District.  FREE

AUGUST – ESTELLE WITHERSPOON DINNER by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund

AUGUST 20 – EVO 2016 5K FIT CHALLENGE at Sloss Furnace, 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

AUGUST 27 – FASHION WEEK at the Boutwell Auditorium.

AUGUST 31 – RENSHAW DAVIES, the New Orleans folk and roots duo is at The Nick, 10 p.m.


OCTOBER 22-23 – TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY’S Alabama 500 and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, the most anticipated NASCAR Chase Elimination races of 2016.


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.)


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