People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu

Looking for something FUN and EXCITING to do this weekend?  Here is a little of what is happening….

 

TODAY…..

**ALLSTARS COMEDY, MUSIC and POETRY with DOUGOUT AND THE PITCH HITTERS featuring MICHAEL YOUNG, comedy by COMEDIAN HOLLYWOOD and COMEDIAN SAMMIE, poetry by VOICE PORTER, Open Mic and more, at the Tide and Tiger on Graymont.  Doors open at 6.  Show starts at 7p.m.  For more, call (205) 503-3880.

**Saint George Melkite Catholic Church Middle Eastern Food Festival
is today through Saturday.

**BEARDEN DESIGN TRUNK SHOW – The Bearden Design ET Boutique Trunk Show is September 8-9 at 600 Old English Lane, Suite 112, 10 a.m. – 7 pm.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 4 – 7 p.m.

**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.

**SKY IS THE LIMIT FUNDRAISER, 6-9 p.m. at the Redmont.

**HYPNOTIST GARY CONRAD at the StarDome Comedy Club at 7:30 p.m..

**OLD HEAVY HANDS at The Nick.

 

FRIDAY…

**PATRIOT DAY is the 9/11 MEMORIAL CEREMONY, 10 a.m, in Fultondale at 3339 Lowery Parkway in the Wintzell’s Parking lot.

**ARTWALK, in downtown historic Loft District, 5-10 p.m.

**HYPNOTIST GARY CONRAD at the StarDome Comedy

**BEARDEN DESIGN TRUNK SHOW – The Bearden Design ET Boutique Trunk Show is September 8-9 at 600 Old English Lane, Suite 112, 10a.m. – 7 p.m.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 4 – 7 p.m.

**SUICIDE UNPLUGGED, 7 p.m. at the Berney Points Campus, 2250 Blue Ridge Blvd, Birmiingham, AL 35226

**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.

**HEXXUS, DESTROYER OF LIGHT, HEPATAGUA and HELLEBOROUS at The Nick.

**FRANK MCCOMB at the Perfect Note.

**66th ANNUAL POTENTATE’S  BALL with MICHAEL J. BROWN, 7 –p.m.  to 1 a.m. at the Boutwell Auditorium. Call (205) 301-9063 for more.

 

SATURDAY…

**AN EVENING OF LOVE WITH KEM and KEKE WYATT, 8 p.m. at the BJCC Concert Hall.

**WHEN THE DEVIL CREEPS IN, a gospel stage play, 2:30 p.m. Matinee and 6:30 p.m. Evening Curtain at the Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre.  Call (205) 565-8533 for more.

**EAST LAKE PRIDE AND RESPECT FUN DAY celebrates the neighborhood at Downey Park, 9:30 a.m. clean up and fun at 11 a.m. with food, music, games and more.

**ARTWALK, in downtown historic Loft District, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

**UAB S OF D FUN RUN – The USB School of Dentistry benefitting Cahaba Valley Health Care 5K and 1 mile Fun Run, 7 – 10:30 a.m. at roads blocked in Crestline Village. Route starts on the Corner of Church Street and Euclid Avenue. Route ends by Peachtree Alley and Hoyt Lane. The After Party is at Otey’s with drinks and food.

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

**RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

**HYPNOTIST GARY CONRAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**SOULFUL SATURDAY at Steel 1st and 23rd Club.

**FRANK MCCOMB, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

**STONED COBRA, THE GREEN SEED, NEW DEVILSBEERS, BANDS , BUDDIES The Nick.

**WESTERN PARTY at the Tide and Tiger on Graymont.

 

SUNDAY…

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

**BIRMINGLAM – RED HOT ON THE RUNWAY – The BirminGLAM at the historic Boutwell Auditorium, at 5 p.m. with red carpet arrivals. This is a fabulous HIV Awareness Event in Birmingham, Alabama designed to inspire Communities of Color to get tested and features six Birmingham based Black Designers. For more, call (205) 718-6437 or (205) 369-4032.

**HYPNOTIST GARY CONRAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**FUTURE PRIMITIVES, NORTH BY NORTH, SISTER SNIFFLE, and EMILY & THE COMPLEXES at the Nick.

 

MONDAY…

**DJ RELVIS at The Nick.

 

TUESDAY…..

**JAZZ IN THE JUNCTION is Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Goldstein & Cohen Building in Downtown Ensley.

**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 from Legion Field.

**NATE JACKSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

WEDNESDAY…

**MASTER PASQUALE with dance classes and music at the Tide and Tiger on Graymont Avenue.

**NATE JACKSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

FOR WOMEN…

**THIRSTY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – DON’T LET THE STILETTOS FOOL YOU , a three-day women’s conference is dedicated to equipping and empowering women of all ages in Montgomery starting next Thursday, 7 p.m. Pastor Yvonne Jones is Host Pastor. For more information, call (334)356-7660

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS…..

**FRANK MCCOMB at the Perfect Note in Hoover at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Frank McComb is a soul singer and keyboardist. Often compared to Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, McComb has collaborated with many renowned recording artists including Prince, Chaka Khan, Teddy Pendergrass, Gerald Levert, and Teena Marie.

**JAZZ IN THE PARK, HUNTSVILLE in the Big Spring Park, Sunday, 6 – 9 p.m. ROLAND GRESHAM and DEE LUCAS.

**JAZZ IN THE JUNCTION is Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Goldstein & Cohen Building in Downtown Ensley. This is a benefit for the Bethesda Life Center, Inc. a health facility dedicated to healthy citizens in the community. Enjoy an evening of food, music and fun.

 

FOR BOOK LOVERS…

RECOVERING THE CLASSICS CONTEST AND EXHIBITION – The Birmingham Public Library Recovering the Classics contest ‘A New Look for an Old Book’ starts today at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place downtown. The goal is to bring an exhibit of redesigned cover posters to each of the 50 states, and Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is representing the state of Alabama. To enter the contest, visit www.bplonline.org/classics. Both the exhibit and contest will run through September 30, 2016. The winners will be announced by Oct. 15, 2016.

 

FOR HEALTH AND CARE GIVERS…

**BETHESDA LIFE CENTER ‘JAZZ IN THE JUNCTION’
– The Bethesda Life Center is hosting’ Jazz in the Junction’, September 13, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The Jazz event is a benefit to raise funds and health awareness to the community with music, food and fun.

 

FOR SPORTS AND OUTDOOR LOVERS…

**NASCAR SPEEDS INTO ALABAMA – NASCAR races at Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 21-23 for double elimination Chase weekend. Sunday’s Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is the Round of 12 elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint. Saturdays’ fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase in which only six competitors will advance for the championship at the event’s conclusion. Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, which features the traditional Saturday Night concert and the world-renowned Talladega Blvd, home of the Friday evening “Big One on the Blvd” party. Log on to talladegasyperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA for more information.

 

FOR LOVERS OF ART AND HISTORY….

**ART WALK is celebrating 15 years this weekend in the historic Loft District downtown with art from around the world. Check out art by Matthew Mayes at the Wine Loft.

**#BLACKGIRLS$CHANGE: THE HOBSON CITY 9, Cultivating Community and Creating Change exhibition through September 30 at the Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street in Tuscaloosa.

**UA/UAB STUDIO FACULTY EXHIBITION through September 30 at the University of Alabama Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Call (205) 342-2060 for more.

**“DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR & THE CHICAGO FREEDOM MOVEMENT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BERNARD J. KILEINA Exhibition” is at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute displaying its collection of rare color photos, through December in the BCRI’s Vann Gallery. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement. These photographs are some of the only known color photographs of Dr. King in Chicago. Bernard Kleina was a priest in Chicago that wanted to get involved in the movement, who removed his collar, picked up his camera and marched.

 

FOR FOOD LOVERS…

**BREAKIN’ BREAD 2016 – The 14th Annual Breakin’ Bread is September 25, 1 – 5 p.m. at the Historic Sloss Furnaces. The Birmingham Originals is hosting the Alabama’s premier food festival with the best of Birmingham Culinary talents and celebrating local flavors.

 

FOR CHILDREN…

**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.

 

FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS….

**NAACP BIENNIAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS – The Metro Birmingham NAACP Biennial Election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee meetings will be held at the Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place downtown, SEPTEMBER 17, 2 p.m. – Election of the Nominating Committee, OCTOBER 15, 2 p.m. – Report of Nominating Committee, petitions and Elections of Election Supervisory Committee and NOVEMBER 5, Noon – 4 p.m. – Election.  For more, call Secretary at (205) 714-5860.

 

FOR COMEDY LOVERS…

DON’T MISS Comedy….AT THE STARDOME… Every Thursday is Positively Funny Improv.  Check out GARY CONRAD. Entrancing audiences wherever he goes, Master Hypnotist, Gary Conrad next plans to cast a hypnotic spell over Hoover. Master Hypnotist, Gary Conrad hypnotizes volunteers from the audience and puts them through hilarious paces by suggesting different scenarios. Audiences from Florida to California have held beauty contests, imitated fish, lost their feet and seen leprechauns doing the nasty. His powerful skills in hypnosis make for a hilarious evening. Grab a group and come catch this unbelievable performance. It’s a show you won’t forget but can’t remember.

MORE DATES: September 16-18 – JOHN WITHERSPOON, September 21-25 – JAMES DAVIS, September 30 – October 2 – BRUCE BRUCE, October 5 – CHRIS D’ELIA and November 9 – DREW LYNCH.  See you there!

 

COMING SOON…

SEPTEMBER 13 – JAZZ AT THE JUNCTION FUNDRAISER, a Bethesda Life Center fundraiser.

SEPTEMBER 24 – TORY LANEZ at Zydeco.  Check out his I Told You Tour.

SEPTEMBER 25 – BREAKIN’BREAD 2016

SEPTEMBER 29 – SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW 2016.

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.)