People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu

TODAY

LIVE BAND KARAOKE, 7:30 p.m. at Perfect Note.

COMEDIAN BURPIE at the StarDome, 7 p.m.

LIVE BAND KARAOKE JAM SESSIONS, 7 – 11 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

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.

JOSÉ CARR WITH JAZZ ON FIRST, 7-10 p.m. at Jazzy’s on First Avenue North.

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

OAK HOUSE, WESTERN STAR and RODNEY “THE PIE-MAN” HENRY, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

THE BURNING PEPPERMINTS, DIRTY LUNGS, and CAPTAIN KUDZU at Saturn.

FRIDAY

COMEDIAN CHRIS ROCK at the BJCC.

DJ CED AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont Avenue.

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

COMEDIAN HODGE TWINS 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.

Big Freedia
Big Freedia

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

THE STIR, LIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE and WILL STEWART, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

TROMBONIST JEFF BRADSHAW, 8 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

BIG FREEDIA, SHAHEED and DJ SUPREME at Saturn.

SATURDAY

Jeff Bradshaw
Jeff Bradshaw

TROMBONIST JEFF BRADSHAW, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

DJ CED AT THE TIDE AND TIGER
on Graymont.

SOULFUL SATURDAY at Steel 1st and 23rd Club.

C2 & THE BROTHERS REED, LEANDER, THE TIMID SONS and SUBURBAN LOVE JUNKIES, p.m. at The Nick.

COMEDIAN HODGE TWINS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

COMEDIAN KEENY SMITH at the StarDome Comedy Club.

ANDY HULL and DUSTIN KENSRUE, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

SUNDAY

U. S. ARMY FIELD BAND & SOLDIERS CHORUS at the Alys Stephens Center. FREE.

THE SINGING BUTCHER, EARLY JAMES & THE LATEST and MAX NORTON, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

COMEDIAN JERMAINE ‘FUNNYMAINE’ JOHNSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

THE LIFE AQUATIC TOUR (VINCE STAPLES with Special Guest KILObKISH , 7 p.m. at Saturn.

MONDAY

BIRMINGHAM BANDSTAND, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

CARD PLAYERS SPOT at the TIDE AND TIGER, 6 – 12 p.m.

TUESDAY

TIDE AND TIGER HOT TUESDAY, 3 p.m. until … on Graymont across from Legion Field with $.50 wings and drink
specials until 9 p.m. For more call (205) 503-3880.

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.

COMEDIAN JAY STEVENS, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

JOSÉ CARR at the Boss Lounge, 8:30 – 11 p.m.

THE ROYAL HOUNDS and SADDLE OF SOUTHERN DARKNESS at The Nick.

THE VINTAGE VIDEO GAME NIGHT at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

COMEDIAN JAY STEVENS, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

KAMIKAZE ZOMBIT, MAGGOT GAG, THE INDECIDED and BLESS THE DEAD, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

WINE AND JAZZ
at the Perfect Note.

OPEN MIC NIGHT at the Oak Hill Bar & Grill.

NEXT THURSDAY

LAUREN BARTH, RADIO BIRDS and TAYLOR HUNNICUTT & Co at The Nick.

COMEDIAN JAY STEPHENS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

7 p.m. to midnight every Friday at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

LIVE BAND and KARAOKE, 8-11 p.m., day, at the Perfect Note.

TROMBONIST JEFF BRADSHAW, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note, Friday and Saturday.

JAZZ JAM SESSIONS, every Fourth Sunday, 6 p.m. at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (Carver Theatre), except for Christmas.

SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC NIGHT, every Third Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Carver Theatre.

STUDENT JAZZ BAND FESTIVAL, April 20-22 at the Jazz Hall of Fame, Carver Theatre. New Student Roll Call for
2017 Saturday Jazz classes for new students coming soon.

FOR MOVIE LOVERS

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO – The movie, ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ was written by James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. It is showing at the Carver Theatre now through April 2 with show times Tuesday – Friday at 12:45 p.m., 3 p.m. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday show times are 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Peck takes the unfinished writings of James Baldwin, drawing upon the lives and
assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to explore the current racial narrative in
America.

FOR BOOK LOVERS

TUXEDO JUNCTION by Carol Pratt Ealons – The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Birmingham Chapter is hosting a Book Talk, Book Chat and Video Presentation by Birmingham’s Own Carol Pratt Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction Right Back Where I Belong, Saturday, April 1 at 4 p.m. at the A. H. Parker High School Auditorium. This is a Tuxedo
Junction Revisited: A Time and Place in Birmingham, including dancing, vocal and instrumental music centered
around the Tuxedo Junction Era. FREE.

THE HERO TWO DOORS DOWN by Sharon Robinson – This is a story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAY HIKE – 9 a.m. -Southeastern Outings Potluck Lunch and Easy Dayhike at the Paul Grist State Park near Selma, Alabama. DETAILS: Paul Grist State Park is one of the state’s most uncrowded, yet scenic state parks containing hills, forests, fields and a large, beautiful, tree-lined lake. Potluck Lunch Details: Prior to the
day hike get together at the smaller pavilion right near the Park Office for a group potluck picnic. Bring a
dish of food to share with the group. Bring a bag of potato chips, but if you do, you should bring some more
substantial food to share in addition. Bring also $2 per person ($1 for children age 6-12 and seniors age 62 and
older) park admission and a beverage for yourself. Southeastern Outings will furnish plates, cups, knives,
forks, spoons, napkins, and ice. Day hike Details: Hike rated easy as there are only a few ups and downs. Total
hiking distance is approximately three miles. Plan to walk all around the lake. Well-behaved, carefully
supervised children age 10 and over able to walk three miles without complaining are welcome. Bring your drink
and wear sturdy footwear. Some hikers will bring desserts. Gather to eat them together after the hike. Optional
group restaurant dinner after the hike. Reservations not required for this outing. Depart promptly, at 9 a.m.
from McDonald’s Galleria. Info: Acyenith Alexander, (205)529-2253 (please do not call after 8 p.m.) For more
info, call Edd Spencer, (205) 991-1045.

FOR ART LOVERS

AT UA

FREEDOM? – An exhibition FREEDOM? at the University of Alabama in the Paul Jones Gallery, through April 28.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

HOLI: A FESTIVAL OF COLOR, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. FREE. Enjoy classical Indian and Bollywood style dancing, music, food, storytelling, art-making and gallery exploration. Wear something that you do not mind getting a little
messy as it will end with the traditional throwing of colors on persons.

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. Free.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS…

ART GALLERY, open all month long.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT THE STARDOME:

THIS WEEKEND! COMEDIANS HODGE TWINS. The Hodge Twins are taking the show on the road! For years, you have watched them on their various YouTube channels and laughed until your stomachs were in knots. Just imagine that same reaction doubled! If you thought they were funny online, just wait until you see them in the flesh. And don’t worry, everything that you have come to love about them – their edgy, unfiltered comedy is exactly what they are bringing to this show. Check out the Hodge Twins if you are ready for a night of unforgettable laughs.

The Hodge Twins
The Hodge Twins

KENNY SMITH Saturday ONLY, 7 p.m. at the StarDome. Kenny Smith is a young comedian on the rise… just ask him, he’ll tell ya. Already a favorite on the college circuit, Smith has been working hard making a name for
himself in comedy clubs across the country, while at the same time always keeping his eyes open for any
television opportunities that may come along. Young, fresh, loaded with energy, and just a lot of fun to be
around, Kenny Smith is a guy who knows how to stir things up and keep audiences roaring with laughter.

FOR STUDENTS

BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART INTERNSHIPS – If you are looking for an summer internship, BMA interns work with the Museum staff on projects related to their career interests and are introduced to other facets of museum work
while gaining experience. Applications are due on April 1.

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING – Discover the foundations of drawing while exploring classic and contemporary
techniques for drawing the world around and within us. Courses are for adults and students grades 6 – 12.
Registration ends soon.

FOR WOMEN

AT THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is hosting several events during the month of March

MARCH: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH – March 24: 6 p.m. – “Still Standing” – a discussion with singer and performer Melba Moore about her one-woman show, “STILL STANDING: The Melba Moore Story.” Community Meeting Room.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY – The Birmingham Public Library is hosting the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group’s remaining 2017. Here is the class schedule. The group meets monthly on Sundays, 3-5 p.m. at the Central Library.

APRIL 9 – Alabama’s Bi-centennial Celebration and BAAGG’s 20th Year Anniversary in 2019

MAY 21 – Introduction to Case Studies 1 & 2, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

JUNE 11 – Virtual trip to Alabama Department of Archives and History, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

JULY 9 – Youth in Genealogy, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

AUGUST 13 – Introduction to Railroad Retirement Records, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

SEPTEMBER 10 – BAAGG visit to LDS Center in Vestavia Hills at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church

OCTOBER 8 – Convict Leasing and Parke Papers, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

NOVEMBER 12 – Introduction to the digital library and digital scanning services at Birmingham Public Library’s
Southern History Department, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library

DECEMBER 10 – BAAGG Holiday Social and Awards (time and place to be determined)

MONEY MATTERS – The workshops will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Linn-Henley Research Library’s
Regional Library Computer Center on the 4th Floor, 2100 Park Place. The workshop series, called Money Matters,
is held the first Wednesday of each month. 4/5/2017 – Saving Through Tax Refunds and 5/3/2017 – Five Keys to
Investing Success. For additional information, call (205) 226-3691.

FOR THE COMMUNITY LOVERS

FREE TAX PREPARATION – SAVEFIRST – The nonprofit’s SaveFirst initiative has started the efforts to provide
free income tax preparation services to working families making up to $53,000/year with kids in the home or
$20,000/year without kids in the home. Interested individuals should call 1-888-99-TAX-AL for a free
appointment.The tax preparation service is aimed at assisting families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit
(EITC). The EITC is the federal government’s largest and most successful antipoverty program for low-income,
working families. Impact Alabama’s annual free tax preparation services for working families will be available
at five locations in the Birmingham area – Bessemer, Roebuck, Smithfield, West End, and Woodlawn.

TAX SITE INFORMATION:

BIRMINGHAM – SMITHFIELD LOCATION
Birmingham Public Libraries, Smithfield Branch #1 – 8th Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204

BIRMINGHAM – WEST END LOCATION
Birmingham Public Libraries, West End Branch 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211

BIRMINGHAM – WOODLAWN LOCATION
Birmingham Public Libraries, Woodlawn Branch 5709 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212

BIRMINGHAM – ROEBUCK LOCATION
Springville Road Library 1224 Old Springville Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215

BESSEMER LOCATION
Bessemer Public Library 400 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020

FOR BUSINESS LOVERS

BIZWOMEN MENTORING MONDAY – Meet your mentor, April 3, at Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa.

COMING SOON

APRIL 7 – MAGIC CITY DIAMOND CLASSIC at the Region Park.

MAY 6 – ERYKAH BADU, KENNY BABYFACE EDMONDS, GOODIE MOB, JOE and more at FUNKFEST at Legion Field

MAY 6-7 – TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY SPRING RACES at Talladega, Alabama.

MAY 12 – JAZZNET at the Harbert Center.

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.)