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.

 

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

 

 

 

FRIDAY

 

A NIGHT OF JAZZ AND COMEDY 2017, 7 p.m. at Fairfield High School Auditorium, honoring Pastor and First Lady David & Lauraetta Craig and Family. With COMEDIAN CHARLES WINSTON and ERIC ESSIX with TASHA SIMONE hosting.

 

DJ CED AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont Avenue.

 

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

 

COMEDIANS 6 for $6 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.

 

KICKIN VALENTINA, LEADERDOG and RIDICULAS TRIXX, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

 

DWIGHT HOUSTON & ON PURPOSE, 8 – 11 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

 

 

 

SATURDAY

 

BOOK SIGNING/TALK by Birmingham’s Own Carol Pratt Ealons, author of Tuxedo Junction Right Back Where I Belong, at 4 p.m. at the A. H. Parker High School Auditorium.

 

DOM & MOM WITH KAY O BAND, 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.

 

JOHN AUSTIN COOK MEMORIAL BENEFIT, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

 

COMEDIANS 6 for $6 at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

COUPLER presents ‘OUR HEAVENLY BODIES’, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

 

 

 

SUNDAY

 

LASTING IMPRESSIONS, JERKAGRAM, YAKUZA DANCE MOB and TRISHES, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

 

COMEDIANS 6 for $6 at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

 

 

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 TIM STATUM, 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 ROOMSOUNDS, ROADSIDE GLORIOUS, DANIEL THOMAS PHIPPS and the KINFOLK at The Nick.

 

THE LIFE AQUATIC TOUR (VINCE STAPLES with Special Guest KILO KISH) at Saturn.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

COMEDIAN TIM STATUM, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

ALFRED BANKS, MARCO PAVE, Q DOT DAVIS, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

 

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT at the Oak Hill Bar & Grill.

 

REAL ESTATE and MARY LATTIMORE at Saturn.

 

 

 

NEXT THURSDAY

 

KISHI BASHI, OCTOPUS PROJECT and TALL TALL TREES at Saturn.

 

BAD HABITS featuring DOOBIE BVNDIT, DJ HYLYTE, MOOSEFMG and MINATI BOYZ at The Nick.

 

COMEDIAN TIM STATUM at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

 

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

 

LOVE DOS, 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.

 

DWIGHT HOUSTON & ON PURPOSE BAND, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note, Friday.

 

DOM AND MOM WITH KAYO BAND, 8 – 11 p.m. at the Perfect Note, Saturday. It’s Old School R&B night! Dominique Posey and his mom, Karen will perform with the Kayo Band. First time singing together!

 

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 BOOK LOVERS

 

BOOKING SIGNING/TALK – 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 based on a true story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend. Stephen Satlow is an 8-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing – the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve. But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It’s 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it. Steve knows this is wrong. His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before. Then it happens–Steve’s new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson! Steve is beyond excited about living two doors down from the Robinson family. He can’t wait to meet Jackie. This is going to be the best baseball season yet! How many kids ever get to become friends with their hero?

 

MILLIONAIRE MOVES: SEVEN PROVEN PRINCIPLES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP –

 

“Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship” is a down-to-earth, relevant and riveting glimpse into the professional journey of one of the country’s most successful black businessmen, Dr. William F. Pickard. In the book, Pickard details the highs and lows of his entrepreneurial evolution in an authentic, instructive, and sometimes humorous manner. In this book, he takes you on a trip through time, as he shares the stories of other hard-working men and women who have made it – despite the odds. The valuable tips and proven tools provided by “Millionaire Moves” are essential for anyone striving to achieve the next level of success. The book’s author, Dr. William F. Pickard, an award-winning, self-made millionaire, and former entrepreneur-in-residence at ASU’s College of Business Administration (COBA) had a book signing recently at ASU. COBA’s dean, Dr. Kamal Hingorani, is offering free autographed books by the author for the first 50 ASU students who attend Tuesday’s event.

 

 

 

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

 

SATURDAY DAY HIKE – 9 a.m. – Southeastern Outings historical day hike followed by a wildflower hike at Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park and Bibb County Glades. DETAILS: This Saturday there will be two moderate, enjoyable walks to two different locations relatively near to one another in Bibb County about 20 minutes out of Montevallo.

 

ONE – Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park- The Brierfield Furnace site was developed in 1861 by Caswell Campbell Huckabee, a Greensboro planter, and Jonathan Newton Smith, a Bibb County planter, on land purchased from Jesse Mahan near the Little Cahaba River, a tributary of the Cahaba. The endeavor was known as the Bibb County Iron Company, with Huckabee providing most of the capital and slave labor for construction. Richard Fell was employed to build a 36-foot (11 m) high stone blast furnace and, in 1862, a rolling mill. The company produced cast iron, but soon changed over to the more lucrative production of wrought iron. The iron was used to produce farm implements. In the years following the closure the site lay abandoned. During the World War II era thousands of bricks were scavenged from the site. In 1976 the Bibb County Commission, at the urging of the Bibb County Historical Society, created a park containing 45 acres. This initial effort has evolved into what is now the Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park.

 

TWO – Bibb County Glades- “A Botanical Wonder,” the 480-acre preserve in Bibb County is home to 61 rare plant species. The Little Cahaba River, which flows through the preserve, harbors dozens of rare aquatic creatures. The site also includes Brighthope Furnace, the earliest ironworks built in the State of Alabama. This breathtaking site is truly a “lost world” of species. The site is currently the most biologically diverse piece of land known in the state of Alabama. Mary Alice will be our resource person pointing out and identifying wildflowers. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and older welcome. There are many steep drop offs and high cliffs with no guard rails at the Bibb County Glades. Depart for the hikes at 9 p.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria parking lot. Info. on the historical hike: Randall Adkins, (205) 637-0942. Info. on the Wildflower Walk: Acyenith Alexander, (205) 529-2253 (not after 8:30 p.m., please) or Acyenith@charter.net. For more info, call Edd Spencer, (205) 991-1045.

 

 

 

FOR ART LOVERS…

 

AT GALLERY 1930 –

 

THE SPRING ART COLLECTIVE, Thursday, April 13, 5-8 p.m. at 1930 Cahaba Road in English Village. See art by artists Catie Radney, Gary Chapman, Kristin Blakeney, Wellon Bridgers and William McClure.

 

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

 

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

 

AT THE BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

 

ART GALLERY, open all month long.

 

 

 

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

 

DON’T MISS Comedy…AT THE STARDOME…

 

Jay Stevens
Jay Stevens

JAY STEVENS, TODAY…Jay Stevens has been a professional comedian for over 15 years. Growing up, he was known as a hilarious outgoing character by friends, family, colleagues and those he would meet on a first encounter. Having a passion to make people laugh, he surprisingly was not seeking a career in the comedy industry. But with so many people telling him how funny he was, he decided to give it a shot. Since then Jay has been very successful making people laugh – from the church and comedy clubs on land to international waters on cruises. His clean comedy style targets every area of life leaving audiences laughing with every example of how funny life really is.

 

THIS WEEKEND, …SIX 4 $6… Comedians SIR WALT, SCOTT EASON, BENNY PITTS, TABOO, JASON SHORTER and MICHAEL STATHAM are teaming up to bring one non stop comedy performance to the StarDome stage. Passing the mic between these six comics will be a show in itself. Come watch Birmingham’s Funniest.

 

I’M SHARP, I’M GETT’N OUT IN THESE SKREETS TONIGHT, Saturday, April 8th, 8 p.m. at 917 2nd Avenue North with SIR WALT (Birmingham), JAY BROWN (Montgomery) AND CHARITY (Leeds) with BAMA BALDHEAD and DJ FAME on the 1s and 2s.  Chitlin Circuit Allstar Comedic BENNIE MAC is hosting.

 

 

 

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 COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

*THE 7th PROJECT – APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW FOR PAID CONGRESSIONAL INTERNSHIPS – The 7th Project is offering PAID Internships during the Summer of 2017 in Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s (AL-7) Washington, D.C. office as well as her District Offices in Alabama located in Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Selma. The application can be accessed at http://the7thproject.com/application/. Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited college with a 3.0 GPA or higher who is a resident of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District is eligible to apply for the Congressional Internship Program. Students may attend an accredited college or university located outside Alabama but must be from Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.  nterns will be selected based on academic performance, leadership abilities and demonstrated financial need. Each Washington intern will receive a weekly stipend of $200. The 7th Project will provide housing at an area university (Washington , D.C.) within walking distance of public transportation. District interns will receive a $1,000 stipend for a six-week commitment. In the District Offices, interns will spend six weeks assisting with programming, including the Congress In Your Community Town Hall Tour, and working directly with constituent services. Each Washington internship session is four weeks long. There are two sessions for Summer 2017: #1 June 5th – June 30, and #2 July 3rd – July 28th. Applications must be received by midnight on April 10, 2017 for Session #1 and April 17, 2017 for Session #2. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of April.

 

 

 

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 THE COMMUNITY

 

BEST CITIES IN THE SOUTH – Birmingham was recently named one of the Best Cities in the South by Southern Living. Birmingham ranked in the top 10 on the magazine’s Best Cities in the South list for the exuberant growth it has experienced over the past few years. The Magic City joined notable cities like Atlanta and New Orleans in the rankings. Earlier this year, The New York Times named Birmingham as one of 52 Places to Visit in 2017 in the world, and last week the Magic City was featured in The Washington Post in an article that was reprinted in the Houston Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

 

AT THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE

 

APRIL WALKING TOURS start this Saturday, 10 a.m. through April 29. The hour long tour is FREE and begins at the main entrance to BCRI, allowing visitors to experience the culture and history of Birmingham’s Historic Civil Rights and Fourth Avenue Business Districts. Barry McNealy, a veteran BCRI consultant and Master Tour Guide will lead the excursions. McNealy is a social studies teacher at A.H. Parker High School. The tour is part of the Alabama Tourism Department April Walking Tours program and is free to the public. For more information, call 328-9696 x 234 or go to www.bcri.org or www.alabama.travel.

 

 

 

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 B-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 BUSINESS LOVERS

 

BUSINESS @ BREAKFAST NETWORKING – The Birmingham Auto Dealers Association will host the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Business@Breakfast at 8 a.m., Thursday, April 6, during the opening of the 2017 Alabama Auto Show at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC). This business and networking event, sponsored by Schaeffer Eye Center, attracts business professionals and community leaders from across the Birmingham region and connects them in a unique and informative format.

 

ULTIMATE LADIES POWER LUNCH – Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell will host her sixth annual “Ultimate Ladies Power Lunch” in Birmingham on Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the B&A Warehouse, 1531 First Avenue South.  Special guest Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. sShe is serving her 10th term in Congress. Congresswoman Sewell hosts this luncheon annually as a celebration of Women’s History Month and to inspire women to get involved in the political process.

 

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 Regions Field.

 

MAY 6 – ERYKAH BADU, KENNY BABYFACE EDMONDS, GOODIE MOB, JOE, JUVENILE 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.