People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu

THIS WEEKEND Don’t Miss! 

 

TODAY

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 DUBB in the Mix at Steel on First Avenue at 23rd Street, downtown Birmingham. Get your live music and dance on every Thursday night.

POSITIVELY FUNNY IMPROV at the StarDome Comedy Club at 7:30 p.m.

IAN FITZGERALD, DARCY MCCULLARS, MY BROTHER THE BEAR at The Nick.

PIERCE PETTIS at Moonlight on the Mountain.

PUJOL at the Syndicate.

FAD, 1-800-BAND and ME & MY KNIFE at the Firehouse.

LIVE BAND KARAOKE, 7 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

 

FRIDAY

James Gregory
James Gregory

GUCCI MANE AND FRIENDS, at the BJCC.

PEANUT BUTTER WOLF, URBANDY and DJ RASHIDO, DJ JEFF and DJ CHARLES, III at the Syndicate.

KIP MOORE and JO PAUL at the Alabama Theatre.

FAKE TYRANTS, GT and FAD at Seasick.

ON THE PATIO AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont Avenue.

FRIDAY UNWIND, every Friday, 7 p.m. at Jazzi’s on 3rd .

ART AFTER 5, 5- 9 p.m., at the Museum of Art for music, art, making and mixing.

COMEDIAN JAMES GREGORY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

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.

WAKER and STOP LIGHT OBSERVATION, 9 p.m. at WorkPlay Theatre.

ROMAN GABRIEL TODD YAKUZA DANCE MOB and IN SNOW at The Nick.

THE BONER REBELLION and HEY ANNA at the Saturn.

SAXOPHONIST RYAN SCHULTZ at the Perfect Note.

RUNAWAY GIN: A TRIBUTE TO PHISH at Zydeco.

 

SATURDAY

Bask
Bask

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

ON THE PATIO AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont.

COMEDIAN JAMES GREGORY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SOULFUL SATURDAY at Steel 1st and 23rd Club.

BASK, ARC & STONES, and KINGDONES AND CLASSES , 10 p.m. at The Nick.

 

SUNDAY

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

COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

THE PRESCRIPTIONS AND THE YOUNGEST, 8 p.m., at the Nick.

THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW, PAINT FUMES and SHOCKS at Saturn.

ELNORA SPENCER AND FRIENDS at Moonlight on the Mountain.

WALTER LUCKENS at the Syndicate.

 

MONDAY

CARRIE UNDERWOOD at the BJCC.

JOHN THE REVELATOR, THE BUSKS, TRAVIS POSEY and EARLY JAMES & THE LATEST, 10 p.m.  at The Nick.

 

TUESDAY

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

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.

MARC FORD & THE NEPTUNE BLUES CLUB, and HEATH GREEN & THE MAKESHIFTERS, 10 p.m. at The Nick.

BOB DYLAN at the BJCC.

RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE at the Syndicate.

GALACTIC and THE HIP ABDUCTION at WorkPlay.

 

WEDNESDAY

Bailey Coats
Bailey Coats

BAILEY COATS CD RELEASE PARTY, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. at the Rounder on the Strip at the University of Alabama Campus.

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

BROOMSTIX and MICAH SCHNABEL (OF TWO COW GARAGE) at the Nick.

COMEDIAN MIDNIGHT SWINGER at the StarDome Comedy Club.

THE WAR AND TREATY, 10 p.m., at The Nick.

BLUES TRAVELER at the Iron City.

MATT FLINNER TRIO & GUESTS at Moonlight on the Mountain.

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS

Gucci Mane
Gucci Mane

GUCCI MANE, a Bessemer, Alabama native will be performing in Birmingham  Friday, at the BJCC Legacy Arena.  Radric Delantic Davis who is known professionally as Gucci Mane, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2005, he released his first album TRAP HOUSE, followed by his second and third albums, HARD TO KILL and TRAP–A-THON  in 2006.  Later releases are BACK TO THE TRAP HOUSE, THE STATE VS PADRIC DAVIS: THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, and THE APPEAL: GEORGIA’S MOST WANTED was released in 2010.  Gucci Mane has released dozens of mixtapes and independent albums, and has collaborated on songs, tracks, and singles with artists such as Lil Wayne, T.I., Omarion, Mariah Carey, and Young Jeezy. He also is the founder and CEO of 1017 Records.

BO BERRY QUARTET, 7 p.m. to midnight every Friday at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

War and Treaty
War and Treaty

THE WAR AND TREATY, 10 p.m. Wednesday, at The Nick. The Maryland based husband and wife trio 2 time –Iraqi War Veteran Michael Trotter, Jr., well known R&B gone folk artist Tanya Blount and cellist Thilman Benham. Their music blurs the lines between americana, folk, soul, country and classical and take audiences on an emotional journey of home, war, loss, grief, heartache, redemption and love.

BAILEY COATS CD RELEASE PARTY, 8:30 p.m. at the Rounders at UA in Tuscaloosa, next Wednesday.  Bailey’s new album, titled “Truth”, was produced by multi Grammy nominated producer Steve Moretti.  Bailey is 18 years old and attends The University of Alabama and is studying Chemistry. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Student Government Association. Bailey will be on tour throughout the months of November and December in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will be the opening act for several big artists.

SAXOPHONIST RYON SCHULTZ at the Perfect Note, Friday, 7- 10 p.m.

 

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

DAYHIKE – SATURDAY, 11:30 a.m. Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Limestone Rail Trail, Elkmont, Alabama. DETAILS:  This trail is located in extreme North Alabama just to the west of I-65 and a few miles south of the Tennessee-Alabama border. The hike is rated easy. Hike a total of 5.3 miles. There is much lovely scenery along the path that was once a part of the Tennessee and Alabama Central Railroad. The trail winds through wetlands with wildlife and a great variety of birds passing the site of the Civil War Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle. Bring picnic lunch and drink. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 8 and over able to walk six miles without complaining are welcome with an optional dinner afterwards at Luvici’s Restaurant in Athens, Alabama. Depart 11:30 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. For more info contact: Randall Adkins, (205) 637-0942.

DAYHIKE – SUNDAY, 1 p.m. Southeastern Outings Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park. DETAILS: Enjoy a moderate four mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon. Parts of this hike may be off the color-coded trails. There will be some ups and downs. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up able to walk the distance of about four miles and complete the hike are welcome. Share an adventure! Bring a friend. Depart 1 p.m. from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot. Bring $5 person ($2 seniors) park admission fee plus your drink. For more info contact: Edd Spencer. (205) 317-5868.

 FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS AND SPORTS LOVERS

DAYHIKE – SATURDAY, 9 a.m.  Join the Southeastern Outings Moderate Dayhike at the Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  DETAILS: Hike along the highly scenic rim trail around this lovely canyon in Northwest Georgia and then down into the bottom of the canyon itself. The rushing stream in the bottom of the canyon has two good-sized waterfalls which we’ll view close up. Lunch will be on a large, flat rock outcropping from where we’ll have beautiful, panoramic views across the canyon. Fall color, such as it may be this dry autumn, should hopefully be at its peak. Bring picnic lunch, plenty of water, and $5 per vehicle park entry fee. Please be aware that there are very high, steep cliffs with no guard rails adjacent to the rim trail if bringing children. Optional restaurant dinner afterward.  Bring a change of clothes for dinner, but is not required. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 10 and up welcome. Depart 9 a.m. from Applebee’s Trussville. For more info, contact Dan Frederick,seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone (205) 631-4680.

 

FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FEMALE JUDGES. There was a record number of women running for judgeship recently. Some women elected were ELISABETH FRENCH, NAKITA PERRYMAN BLOCTON, ANNETTA VERIN, JAVAN PATTON, SHERA CRAIG GRANT, DEBRA BENNETT WINSTON, TAMARA HARRIS JOHNSON, AGNES CHAPPELL, BRENDETTE BROWN GREEN and ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNNEICE WASHINGTON. Congratulations!

 

FOR ART LOVERS

SLOW ART SUNDAY – This Slow Art Sunday at the Birmingham Museum of Art  (BMA) Master Docent Julia Stork will lead a talk on GLORIA VICTIS by Antonin Mercie at 2 p.m.

“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 COMEDY LOVERS

Rickey Smiley
Rickey Smiley

AT THE STARDOME: Every Thursday is Positively Funny Improv AND JAMES GREGORY! This weekend, Friday and Saturday. The Funniest Man in America returns! For over twenty years, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comic James Gregory has stood grinning: his blue shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious storytelling experience. The trademark caricature is the essence of James Gregory´s comedy: whimsical reflections on life from the front porch.

RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome, Sunday. Birmingham’s Own Rickey Smiley is celebrating 25 years of comedy – Rickey steps onto the stage at the StarDome Theatre for a special Anniversary performance.

 

 

FOR HISTORY LOVERS

FALL 2016 PRESERVATION LYCEUM WEEKEND – Join the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation for a weekend in Cullman, this weekend, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites 2054 St. Joseph Drive NW, Cullman, AL 35095.  Learn about the Alabama’s authentic German Community, which survived a catastrophic tornado in April of 2011, despite the destruction of 1000 buildings in the historic part of town. Examine how the community pieced together the fragments of their historic buildings and repurposed them to be an integral part of the community and commerce of Cullman. For more, call (205) 652-3497 and for reservations (256) 775-9500. (Ask for the Alabama Trust rate.)

 

FOR CHILDREN

TAKE OUT BULLYING – The Jefferson County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in conjunction with The Alabama School of Fine Arts, present “Take Out Bullying.” The Alabama School of Fine Arts Theatre Arts Ensemble uses humor and personal experience to showcase skits which confront teen bullying and other social issues related to teens head on. The Kick-off Production will be held at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, 800 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203 on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Harmony Mendoza, Meteorologist at WVTM 13. The event is FREE and open to the public. Other dates and locations: Arrington Middle School – Nov. 30;

  1. J. Donald Elementary School (K-6) – Jan. 11; Irondale Middle School – Jan. 18; Jonesboro Elementary School (K-6) – Jan. 27; Corner Middle School – Feb 8 (subject to change); Huffman Middle School – Feb. 28;

Phillips Academy (K-6) – Feb. 28.

BPL TEENS PROGRAMS – Birmingham Public Library programs for teens and preteens include engineering workshop, knitting, and homework assistance.

Do you want to learn how to make and edit your own movies and podcasts? Have an interest in burning your words into new media formats for the world to see and hear?  Join the Central Library Youth Department, 2100 Park Place downtown, for HIGHKEY THURSDAYS, 3:30 -5 p.m. The class is free to all and will take place in the Youth Department on the second floor every Thursday afternoon through Dec. 8. No programs will take place on today or Nov. 24.  The students will work with iMovie, Garageband, and more.  HIGHKEY Thursdays is among several free after-school programs the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is offering in many of its 19 locations for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. The workshops include knitting, Teens Engineer Birmingham programs at Woodlawn and Southside Branch, and Central Library, and 1-2-3 Play With Me for babies.

FREE HOMEWORK HELP – REMEMBER!!! The library is offering free homework help for elementary- to high school-age students. Register by calling (205) 324-8428.  Check the calendar at www.bplonline.org.

 

COMING SOON

NOVEMBER 20 – MEN OF DISTINCTION CONCERT, 5 p.m. at 6th Avenue Baptist Church.

 

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.)