People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu

THIS WEEKEND! 

 

TODAY

GEAR UP BIRMINGHAM, 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Board of Education.

THE WHITE HELMETS, 7 p.m. at Aleppo with a screening at 8 p.m. at the UAB Heritage Hall 102, 1402 University Blvd. This is a film on Syrian Refugees.

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.

GALLERY 1930 OPENING AT SCENE, 5-7 p.m. in Pepper Place presenting artists and art.

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.

BROOMSTIX and MICAH SCHNABEL at The Nick.

DREXEL RAYFORD at Moonlight on the Mountain.

LIQUID STRANGER, BLEEP BLOOP, PERKULAT0R and SHLUMP at Zydeco.

KAREN BRIGGS AND LAO TIZER, with two shows, at the Perfect Note.

 

FRIDAY

MOUNTAIN LEADERSHIP FORUM, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

CELEBRATE 50 WITH GA STUDIOS + BLOX, 5-9 p.m. at 2525 Fifth Avenue North (Interstate Industrial Park at 24th Street and 5th Avenue North, Bessemer with factory tours at intervals, 5:30 – 6 p.m.)

NOWHERE SQUARES, DAN SARTAIN and PLASTIC PINKS at Syndicate.

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

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

COMEDIAN DEON COLE 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.

AREA 54, 9 p.m. at WorkPlay Theatre.

YOU’RE TOO KIND, VIOLENCE IN VANITY, and THE NEXT APPOINTED HOUR at The Nick.
BANDITOS, BLANK RANGE and NEW DEVILS at the Saturn.

KAREN BRIGGS AND LAO TIZER at the Perfect Note.

VELCO PYGMIES at Iron City.

 

SATURDAY

Eric Essix
Eric Essix

BCRI ANNUAL FRED SHUTTLESWORTH AWARD CELEBRATION, 7 p.m. the Lyric Theatre.  The Award will be presented to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton with performances by the SOUNDS OF ALABAMA ARTISTS INSPIRING LOVE AND JUSTICE, DR. HENRY PANION, III And ORCHESTRA, RUBEN STUDDARD, ERIC ESSIX, and BELINDA GEORGE PEOPLES.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

ON THE PATIO AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont.

COMEDIAN DEON COLE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SOULFUL SATURDAY at Steel 1st and 23rd Club.

FUTURE PRIMITIVES, TWO STATE NATION, BANTAM FOXES and

ACORN PEOPLE, 10 p.m. at The Nick.

RETURN BRASS BAND at Saturn.

 

SUNDAY

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

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

COMEDIAN DEON COLE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

HUNTER SHARPE at the Nick.

 

MONDAY

OPEN MIC NIGHT at Moonlight on the Mountain.

XOTHUN, 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.

BAKER GANG, 10 p.m. at The Nick.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE!!!

WEDNESDAY

Funnymaine
Funnymaine

OPEN MIC NIGHT at the Oak Hill Bar & Grill.

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

MEMORIAL & CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF TOMMY LITTLE (WENDY GUNN, JEZEBEL DOGS, ROYAL & TOULOUSE, ADAM GUTHRIE) at the Nick

COMEDIAN FUNNYMAINE 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.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

 

THURSDAY

STONED COBRA AND FRIENDS at the Nick.

 

FOR COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION

COLLEGE TUITION WAIVER PROGRAM – INTERESTED IN FURTHERING YOUR EDUCATION – JOIN GEAR-UP BIRMINHGAM, today, 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Board of Education to get information for parents and students to get an education. This Parent Meeting is about the College Tuition Waiver Program, that Gear UP parents and students can apply to have college tuition expenses paid. For more info, call (205) 231-4738 or mfunderburg@bhm.k12.al.us.

THE WHITE HELMETS, 7 p.m., today, at Aleppo with a screening at 8 p.m. at the UAB Heritage Hall 102, 1402 University Blvd. This is a film on Syrian Refugees.

THE HOMESTRETCH, today at Saturn. Join One Roof Junior Board for a screening of The Homestretch, an award–winning documentary that follows three youths growing up and navigating homelessness in Chicago, followed by raffles, prizes and interactive simulation of youth homelessness.

Ruben Studdard
Ruben Studdard

BCRI ANNUAL FRED SHUTTLESWORTH AWARD CELEBRATION, 7 p.m. the Lyric Theatre.  The Award will be presented to CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON with performances by the SOUNDS OF ALABAMA ARTISTS INSPIRING LOVE AND JUSTICE, DR. HENRY PANION, III And ORCHESTRA, RUBEN STUDDARD, ERIC ESSIX, and BELINDA GEORGE PEOPLES.  Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her thirteenth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is aptly nicknamed the “Warrior on the Hill.” Her success in writing bills and getting them enacted has made her one of the most effective legislative leaders in the House. In the early 1970s, Norton was a signer of the Black Woman’s Manifesto, a classic document of the black feminist movement. Norton gained national exposure in 1968 when she represented former Alabama governor George Wallace, who was denied permission to hold a political rally at Shea Stadium in New York City. In 1970, she became the first woman to head the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Congresswoman Norton came to Congress as a national figure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies. She has been named one of the 100 most important American women in one survey and is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees. She continues as a tenured professor of law at Georgetown University, teaching a course there every year.

#STAND AS ONE CANDLELIGHT UNITY PRAYER WALK, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, at Linn Park. Join the Greater Birmingham Ministries to stand as one and give thanks for all of our neighbors and to reassure them that they are not alone. Bring candles.

SMITHSONIAN.COM 14TH ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST – If you have what it takes to capture a prize-winning shot, enter Smithsonian.com’s 14th Annual Photo Contest for a chance to win up to $2,500. Deadline is November 30, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.(EST)  Visit the Website to submit photos and to see the Contest Rules as well as FAQ for more information.

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS

LAO TIZER and KAREN BRIGGS, Friday, at the Perfect Note for two shows, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, Downbeat – the first studio album by TIZER, a multi-cultural band led by Boulder, CO native, keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer – throws down a high powered collection of 12 brand-new originals on this scintillating release of fresh instrumental music from one of today’s rising stars of the world-fusion genre.
BO BERRY QUARTET, 7 p.m. to midnight every Friday at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

 

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

DAYHIKE – SATURDAY, 9 a.m. Southeastern Outings Dayhike at Point Mallard Park and Dancey Bottoms near Decatur, Alabama. DETAILS: The hiking route offers very scenic views. The Point Mallard Park portion will be on a trail right along Wheeler Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River. It will be in a wildlife refuge for the Dancey Bottoms part of this hike, but the trip is primarily a hike and not a bird-watching trip. After the hike anticipate going to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Observation Building to view a variety of birds including several species of waterfowl and probably a huge flock of sandhill cranes. Bring lunch and drink. Rated fairly easy. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 9 and over are welcome with an optional dinner after.  Meet 9 a.m. at Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. Contact Acyenith Alexander, (205) 529-2253 for more.
DAYHIKE – SUNDAY, 2 p.m.  Southeastern Outings Wildflower Walk in a Forest Preserve in Homewood.  DETAILS: The City of Homewood owns two forest preserves on Shades Mountain adjacent to the Homewood High School. Come and spend a relaxing two hours walking in the lower preserve.  Rated moderately easy.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 6 and older welcome. Meet 2 p.m. in the Homewood High School east (nearest Brookwood Village Shopping Center) parking lot, just off Lakeshore Drive in Homewood.Contact Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or (205) 631-4680 for more.

 

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

AT THE STARDOME: Every Thursday is Positively Funny Improv and DEON COLE!This weekend, Deon plays the hilarious co-worker Charlie on ABC’s hit comedy BLACK-ISH, and will soon be seen as one of the lead roles in TBS’s ANGIE TRIBECA  created by Nancy and Steve Carell. Deon will also be seen in the feature film Barbershop 3. He continues to be a featured guest correspondent on CONAN where he was also a two time Emmy Nominated writer. As a comedian for over 20 years, Deon has done stand-up on SHAQ’s ALL STAR COMEDY JAM on SHOWTIME and has been featured on Kevin Hart’s HART-BEAT TOUR, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Laffapalooza, Def Comedy Jam and his own stand-up special on Comedy Central.
And FUNNYMAINE,Tuesday and Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday….You won’t find many comedians that can claim to be a lifetime class clown, witty, handsome, a dual-degree college graduate, savvy in graphic design, and on top of that, just be funny as hell!  Well, Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson is definitely the exception! This talented young man from Birmingham, Alabama has been entertaining audiences across the southeast for several years now, and many seem to agree that he has the potential to etch his name in the comedy history books with the greats.

 

IN MONTGOMERY:

ASU FINE ARTS CONCERT –  ASU’s Fall Fine Arts Dance Concert is today through Satruday, 7 p.m. at the Tullibody Fine Arts Building. The dance concert will feature an electrifying program of diverse dance genres, including contemporary modern and ballet, classical ballet, hip-hop and African dance forms. The concert will include a number honoring Prince. For more call, (334) 229-6929, the Department of Theatre Arts.

 

FOR YOU AT THE BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY (BPL)

FROM PAGE TO STATE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – BPL, the Children’s Theatre (BCT) and Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) will be hosting free workshops at several of its area libraries. Children aged 7 to 12 will learn how stories come alive through the magic of theater. Junior League of Birmingham members will coach the children and introduce them to similar literature located in their local library. Each child will receive two free tickets (one child and one adult ticket) to the Birmingham Children’s Theater “A Christmas Carol” production taking place in December. Workshop space is limited, so contact your participating library location to register a child for the workshop. Libraries and dates are as follows:

•    East Lake Branch Library, #4 Oporto-Madrid Blvd.: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m.
•    Pratt City Branch Library, 509 Dugan Ave.: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
•    Avondale Regional Library, 509 40th St. South: Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
•    Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Avenue W: Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
•    Southside Branch Library, 1814 11th Avenue S: Saturday, Dec. 3. 2:30 p.m.
•    West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Avenue SW: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m.
•    Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m.
For more: http://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2016/11/from-page-to-stage-christmas-carol.html.  For street addresses, phone numbers, and directions for a Birmingham Public Library location, visit http://www.bplonline.org/locations/.
Thanksgiving Basket Give-A-Way Contest winner to be announced Tuesday at Smithfield Branch Library.

Thanksgiving Family Craft Night, Monday, 6-7:30 p.m., Central Library, Teen Zone, 2nd Floor.

Thanksgiving EATable Creations for Kids: Sweet Turkeys!, North Birmingham Regional Library children’s area, Tuesday, 12 p.m.

Active Living for Seniors Thanksgiving Craft, Five Points West Regional Library, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m.

Save a Turkey, Feast on Books – Birmingham Public Library Hosting Online Book Feast Reading Challenge, now through November 28.

Online Book Feast reading challenge – Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for fun activities such as cooking, eating, shopping, watching football, and spending quality moments with friends and family. The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has a new program in place to help make sure Birmingham city school children don’t leave out one of the most important and fun activities – reading. Students visit their favorite BPL location to check out books and receive an achievement code in order to earn a special badge. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a prize gift pack. Prizes will be awarded at each of the 19 BPL locations. This challenge is for students in grades K-12 to join its inaugural online Book Feast reading challenge. Once students register, they will have the opportunity to select their own avatar, set up the theme for their account, and read to earn virtual badges and awards. To register for BPL’s Book Feast reading challenge, go the link below:
http://www.bplonline.org/programs/bookfeast.aspx.

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 event will be hosted by Harmony Mendoza, Meteorologist at WVTM 13, is FREE and open to the public. Other dates and locations:  Arrington Middle School – Nov. 30;
C. 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
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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.)