People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu

TODAY…..

**EVAN TAYLOR JONES and AMACIO FAVOR at The Nick.

**LALAH HATHAWAY at the Alys Stephens Center.

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

**COMEDIAN CHRIS ‘CP’ POWELL at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**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.

**JOSE’ 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.

**THE WEEKS, THE LONELY BISCUITS, LIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE at Saturn.

 

FRIDAY…

**DJ CED AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont Avenue.

**FRIDAY UNWIND, every Friday, 6 p.m. at Jazzi’s on 3rd. BO BERRY QUARTET featuring guest vocalist RANDI, this Friday.

**COMEDIAN CHRIS ‘CP’ POWELL 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.

**MIDNIGHT SHOW w/ TRAGIC CITY and THE BROOMESTIX 9 p.m. at the Nick.

**JAZZ SAXOPHONIST ERIC MARIENTHAL, 8 – 11 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

 

SATURDAY…

**MARQUEAL JORDAN, 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.

**TOWNE, COTTONBOX ROAD, MATT BENNETT and HALEY STEVENS, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

**COMEDIAN CHRIS ‘CP’ POWELL at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**THE SUITCASE JUNKET, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

 

SUNDAY…

**EASTER BRUNCH at 1st and 23rd.

**THE SCHISMS, FROZEN YOGURT and GLUMES 9 p.m. at The Nick.

**COMEDIAN 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 MIA JACKSON, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

**JOSE’ CARR at the Boss Lounge, 8:30 – 11 p.m.

**THE DIGITAL WILD, THE DEVIL’S CUT AND SAINT CHRISTOPHER WEBSTER at The Nick.

 

WEDNESDAY…

**COMEDIAN MIA JACKSON, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**THE SCARS HEAL IN TIME, 7 STONE RIOT and COMMON RARITY, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

**WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

**OPEN MIC NIGHT at the Oak Hill Bar & Grill.

**JUMP, LITTLE CHILDREN, YOUNG MISTER and KATIE ROSE at Saturn.

 

NEXT THURSDAY…

**MILES COLLEGE NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM at the Museum of Art, 6 – 8 p.m. with music by the MILES COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE. FREE.

**SHAUN JUDAH, LIGHTVIBEZ, SYMMATREE, KRONIK PRAHSYS, MAURICO, and BROTHER BURCH at The Nick.

**COMEDIAN MIA JACKSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

FOR BOOK LOVERS…

**MAKE YOUR MARK by COURTNEY R. RHODES – The book, Make Your Mark, explores the concept of how thinking of your life in terms of branding can help you pin down exactly what you desire and create a road map to realizing those dreams. Make Your Mark will inspire you to explore your values, how you are wired and what motivates you to distinguish yourself from others in your market offering similar capabilities or services. You can incorporate the four pillars of personal branding success and follow proven corporate branding, marketing communications and advertising best practices to discover the goal driven person who has been waiting just beneath the surface to dream big, brand smart and blaze a trail in your life.

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD…

**RICKEY POWELL with BO BERRY QUARTET, Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight at Jazzi’s on 3rd. (Friday Unwind every Friday.)

**LALAH HATHAWAY at the Alys Stephens Center. Born to Donny Hathaway, one of the most influential soul artists of the 1970s, and Eulaulah Hathaway, an accomplished musician in her own right, the Chicago native first put pen to paper, “with the music,” as a 10th-grader. Lalah Hathaway is revered by some of the greatest musicians of the last century, and a myriad of collaborations and international performances signpost her 25- year success.

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

Eric Marienthal
Eric Marienthal

**Saxophonist Eric Marienthal, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note, Friday.

**MARQUEAL JORDAN, 8 – 11 p.m. at the Perfect Note, Saturday.

**GUITARIST EVAN TAYLOR JONES performs at the Nick, TODAY.

**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 ART LOVERS…

Jelili Atiku
Jelili Atik

AT MAUS COMTEMPORARY –

**BIENNALE ARTE 2017, VIVA ARTE VIVA will open to the public Saturday, May 13 to Sunday November 26 at the Biennale di Venezia, titled Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel. Preview 10 – 12 and Official Opening and Awards Ceremony, Saturday May 13. JELILI ATIKU is a Nigerian visual artist, whose body of works strictly focuses on commitment to social, humanism and the crimes being committed against human life. Through a series of performances, Installation Sculpture, drawings, photography and video art he has been relating to life and freedom; and ultimately directs attention to the importance of human values of life, freedom and human rights. Through his art forms he has taken viewers into a realization of the consequences of crises, human rights abuse, conflicts and wars, direct and involve them in “active participation in the improvement of our collective existence.” He holds a belief that viewers will, upon viewing his works, “participate through visual education and persuasion in the development of popular attitudes which can lead eventually to a better society.” He feels his performance will have influenced the mind, feelings, nerves and soul of the viewers for positive thinking and actions.

AT SPACE ONE ELEVEN –

**ART IN THE MAKING with classes for adults ages 55 up. CHARCOAL: EXPRESSIVE MARK MAKING, A PAINTER’S APPROACH TO DRAWING is May 3 – June 22 on Wednesdays, 4 -6 p.m. INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING is May 4 – June 22 on Thursdays, 4 – 6 p.m. Call (205) 328-0553 for more information.

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 OUTDOOR LOVERS…

**WEEKDAY HIKE TODAY, 8:30 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Weekday Hike in Tannehill State Park – DETAILS: Enjoy an easy three or so-mile hike on trails in a lovely Alabama Historical State Park near Birmingham. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill’s awe-inspiring centerpiece. The same ingredients afford today’s visitors a pleasurable escape from modern life. Enjoy a guided tour of easily walkable trails. Bring water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Dress appropriately for the weather. Depart 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the McDonald’s Galleria on U.S. Highway 31 in Hoover. Optional lunch after the hike. There is an admission. For more information: Christine Heckemeyer, (205) 979-5730.

**SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 9 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Trip, Locust Fork River – DETAILS: A fun Southeastern Outings kayak and kayak trip on Section 1 of the Locust Fork River in Blount County, fairly easy and without classified rapids along the river with lots of wildflowers, islands and beaches. If you want to rent a canoe for this outing, contact UAB Outdoor Pursuits. Depart 9 a.m. from the Cleveland Chevron Service Station. Reservations Required: Contact Dan Frederick by email seoutings@bellsouth.net or (205) 631-4680 with your name, telephone number, skill level, whether you are bringing a canoe or kayak and whether you need a paddling partner.

 

AT THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE….

**APRIL WALKING TOURS, Saturdays, 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.

 

FOR COMEDY LOVERS…

Chris Powell (IMDB)
Chris Powell (IMDB)

DON’T MISS Comedy…AT THE STARDOME…

**THIS WEEKEND, …CHRIS POWELL… Chris Powell jokes that he has a tri-coastal address, if you count the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean. The rising Detroit comedian spent time in Chicago filming his role as Lil Prince in several episodes of “Empire.” The hit Fox drama was his introduction to TV acting. He’s also a regular in Los Angeles, where he’s developing an animated series for FX, “Brightmoor,” named for the Detroit neighborhood where he grew up. It’s one of several potential series and film projects that he has in the works with his writing partner, “King of the Hill” veteran Chip Hall.

Mia Jackson (ticketfly.com)
Mia Jackson (ticketfly.com)

**NEXT TUESDAY through THURSDAY…MIA JACKSON…Mia Jackson, a native of Columbus, Georgia and a self- proclaimed know it all wondered what would happen if she took her sense of humor to the stage. That’s exactly what she did! After graduating from the University of Georgia she hit the local comedy scene and has thrilled audiences since day one. To her credit she has appeared on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly and TLC’s Wild Weddings. She was also a writer on BET/Centric’s relaunch of the Soul Train Awards. She has also appeared in the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, Asheville Comedy Festival and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta. Mia is a diverse comedienne with a different voice and perspective and can entertain all types of crowds.

 

FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS…

**NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, An Evening of Art, Food, Music and Fun, 5:30 p.m. Miles College Night at The Birmingham Museum of Art is Thursday, April 20th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Miles College students, faculty, and staff are all invited to come and experience art, music, food, and entertainment. Admission is free for this event.

 

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.

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 May 3 – Five Keys to Investing Success. For additional information, call (205) 226-3691.

 

COMING SOON…

APRIL 23 – THE PERFECT PASTOR at The Samford University Wright Center.

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 10 – 11 – MAYOR’S CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC at Highland Park Charley Boswell Golf Course.

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.)