People, Places and Things

By Gwen DeRu

TODAY

COMEDIAN JERMAINE FUNNYMAINE JOHNSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

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

AFTER WORK AFFAIR every Thursday, 4 p.m. at 1st and 23rd.

THE MOTHER FLOWER and GARY SANDERS TRIO at the Nick.

FRIDAY

UNWIND FRIDAY with CLUTCH BAND, 8 p.m. at Jazzy’s on 3rd with great jazz.

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.

ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR and OKEY DOKEY at Saturn.

KAMIKAZE ZOMBIE, HIGHER’N HELL, L.M.I, and ECONOMY CARTEL, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

Saxophonist Danny Kusz, 7 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

SATURDAY

ART AND WINE COME TOGETHER, 1 – 5 p.m. at the Entourage Studio with special guest ROSIE CHARLES. Call (205) 201-2726 for more.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

SLOSS FEST AFTERSHOW PARTY with THE AUDIOVORE (DJ LEE SHOOK), 10 p.n. at The Nick.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, every Saturday, at Luxe Ultra Lounge, 300 24th Street S with DJ CHOCOLATE.

COMEDIAN JAMES GREGORY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

LIVING VENUE YOGA with MEG COLEMAN, and CLUB SILENCE: MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

VOCALIST and TROMBONIST SAUNDERS SERMONS, 8 p.m. at Perfect Note

TED NUGENT at Iron City.

SUNDAY

SUNDAY BRUNCH at 1st and 23rd.

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

CEREAL ADVENTURE BRUNCH PARTY and GAME OF THRONES at Saturn.

HANS WENZEL AND THE EIGHTY SIXERS AND DANIELLE HOWLE, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

COMEDIAN SIR WALT at the StarDome Comedy Club.

MONDAY

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE at the Lyric Theatre, presented by Saturn and The Bowery

PROJECT PAT THE STAY DOWN TOUR w/ STATIK G & SPECIAL GUESTS HIGHRULE, Q DOT DAVIS, BROTHER BURCH and CEEJAE GIITLIVE 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.

OPEN MIC FINALS, 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 MAGIC CITY T’NIGHT SHOW at Saturn.

MELISSA RATLEY, ZACH + CHEYLOE at The Nick.

COMEDIAN JUST HILARIOUS, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

WEDNESDAY

COMEDIAN DAVID WINGFIELD, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

MATT BRYANT and IRON GIANT PERCUSSION, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

NEXT THURSDAY

SHOTGUN SHANE, AROUND THE BONFIRE and BIG MURPH, at The Nick.

MAGIC CITY MEDIUM CINDY KAZA and COMEDIAN DAVID WINGFIELD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

ARNEZ J at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SLOSS MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL – Tomorrow and Saturday is where the music will be. Check out….

MIKE FLOSS, Saturday, 3:15 p.m. (Nashville/Tennessee State University), (Shed Stage). He attended the HBCU in his hometown, Tennessee State
University, where in between the parties and classes, he began mastering his craft and developing his sound. “I can do a song with Yo Gotti and
still get my wave in… then turn around and do J Dilla records with Erykah Badu and bring something young and refreshing to the culture.”The
Southern Creative, Mike Floss, is a college graduate, and in just a few years he has developed a brand and voice unlike any other. He has opened
up for Future, Pusha T, Wale, Stalley, Yo Gotti, Dom Kennedy, Big K.R.I.T. and others. He has even traveled across the spectrum of music to do
EDM shows with the duo Two Fresh in Nashville, Memphis, and Austin, TX at SXSW.

A few more entertaining us, this weekend are Birmingham’s own CLUB A.M., SHAHEED AND DJ SUPREME, VINCE STAPLES, BRYON THE AQUARIUS as well as WAKA FLOCKA FLAME and CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES. For more information, go to the website for Sloss Fest.

CLUB A.M.

SHAHEED AND DJ SUPREME

VINCE STAPLES

Byron the Aquarius, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Birmingham’s own, on the ///Stage.

BYRON THE AQUARIUS.

CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME

FOR THE COMMUNITY

INNOVATION WEEK BIRMINGHAM – The 2017 Innovation Week Birmingham is set for August 18 through August 25 to celebrate innovation in Birmingham by highlighting exciting new technologies and the inventors, investors, entrepreneurs and supporters that drive innovation in the Magic City. On tap so far for 2017 Innovation Week:

· A solar eclipse party hosted by Southern Research, which will also host a panel on solar energy technology and a Business@Sunset networking
reception at Quinlan Castle

· A panel on virtual reality hosted by the Sidewalk Film Festival

· EDPA’s Alabama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, with Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, as the keynote speaker

· A hackathon hosted by Women Who Code Birmingham.

The week will kick off with a ribbon cutting at Innovation Depot on August 18 with regional business leaders and elected officials,followed by a
Block Party in downtown Birmingham between The Pizitz and the McWane Science Center.

IN MONTGOMERY

PARADE OF HOMES – Join the 2017 Parade of Homes this Saturday and Sunday 1- 6 p.m. at the Hampstead, today and tomorrow with an Open House Weekend featuring the Lakeview on July 22 and 23. There will be a Parade of Homes Village featuring 3 homes this year.

SUMMER SOCCER TRAINING is Sunday and Tuesday as well as July 25 and 27, 5 – 7 p.m. for Small Group Training and July 18 – 20 for Elite Camps, for ages 5 and up in Hampstead. For more information and to register, go to BarberEliteSoccer.com.

LIVE @ 5 MUSIC at the Tipping Point, 7 p.m. at Hampstead, this Friday and July 21.

FOOD TRUCK TAKE OVER is every Friday, through August 2, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Hampstead Town Center.

FOR FOOD LOVERS

WE GARDENS MARKET – The West End Gardens Market and Farm Stands will be at Princeton (Professional Office Building 1) on Wednesdays through October 25 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and at PEPPER PLACE on Saturdays through September 30, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WINE DINNER SERIES – MICHAEL’S STEAKS AND SEAFOODS is hosting a monthly Michael’s Wine Dinner Series on Mondays. AUGUST 7th at 7 pm. – WINES FROM FRANCE VS CALIFORNIA. You do not want to miss this classic heavyweight battle as you pit old world wines vs. new world wines, in a matchup where everyone wins Contact 205.871.9525 or marketing@michaelssteakandseafood.com for more.

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA:
COLLECTED MEMORIES at the PAUL R. JONES GALLERY, through August 25th.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START is presented by the University Gallery, now through August 18 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in
Tuscaloosa. It is an art exhibit by students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

AFFIRM FOUNDATION is a nonprofit 501(3-)C) Arts Education Organization designed to educate, entertain, empower, inspire and affirm young people of color by showing them the greatest example of successful Alabama natives of the African Diaspora who achieved national and international fame. The exclusive modern exhibition entitled the Roots & Wings Collection ® will be presented by The Affirm Foundation under the trust of Designer Perry Varner as Creative Director and showcased at museums and universities throughout Alabama beginning in 2018. Submissions are needed by October 1, 2017. Types of Artwork Needed: Paintings, Sketches, Sculptures, Photography, Glass Work, Wood Work, Fashion Illustrations, Graphic Design Images, Fashion Design or any medium you choose. Be creative.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. FREE!

AT MAUS COMTEMPORARY –BIENNALE ARTE 2017, VIVA ARTE VIVA will open to the public now to Sunday November 26 at the Biennale di Venezia, titled Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel. 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 series of performances, Installation Sculpture, drawings, photography and video art he has been relating to life and freedom; and ultimately direct 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.

ALABAMA AND BEYOND: AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATORS AND THEIR ART, July 18- October 22 from the CARNETTA AND NORM DAVIS COLLECTION at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (Look for more, right here.)

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 9 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Short Dayhike and Glorious Swim at the bottom of DeSoto Falls in DeSoto State Park
DETAILS : Strenuous walk through the woods and down a short, but very steep hill in DeSoto State Park to the huge pool which many of you have
seen from above when at DeSoto Falls. We’ll be swimming and playing for most of the day in the West Fork of Little River. You can also walk and
play in the section of the river that flows out from the pool. It takes only 20 minutes to walk from where we’ll park our cars to the water. All
but the last 75 feet or so is simple walking on fairly level ground. BUT the last 75 feet are quite strenuous,requiring some rock and root
climbing.So we are rating the hiking portion of this outing as strenuous. You must be able to swim to participate in this outing! Well-behaved,
properly supervised children age 8 and up welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children. After our swim and float, we’ll
walk less than one mile back to the cars and then go for showers and an optional dinner. Bring picnic lunch, water, swimsuit, river shoes and any
kind of a flotation device. Bring shower things and change of clothes if you wish to clean up and change for dinner. Depart 9 a.m. from
Applebee’s Restaurant Trussville. For more Info contact: David Freeman, (205) 305-0935.

FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILY

2017 Summer Movie Series – The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS), in partnership with Phoenix Theaters The
Edge 12, encourages summer enrichment with the 2017 Summer Movie Series. This week’s special screening of DESPICABLE ME 3 will be held at The Edge 12, on Friday. Birmingham youth, who meet at least one of the criteria below, can earn a FREE ticket for themselves and a guest.
Participation criteria for Individuals: Must participate in a summer enrichment program in the city of Birmingham this summer (must show proof of
enrollment) *Present a book report on one book that you have read this summer (use attached Book Form). *Book reports must be in the child’s
handwriting. For children six and under, parents may fill out the Book Form on the book they read to their child this summer. One book report
provides FREE tickets for only one movie. (Only two submissions per household during the movie series (Get submission form from the DYS Office).

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

TED NUGENT at Iron City. When Ted Nugent takes his rock ‘n’ roll to the masses on his annual summer tour, he’ll be looking once again to his
22-year-old “budding master” to keep the indispensable beat that helps propel the guitar legend’s Motor City Madness across the USA. JASON
HARTLESS already is a Ted Nugent Band veteran as he prepares to embark on his second straight summer tour with The Nuge. But the Detroit-born,
Berklee-schooled phenom began drumming at six months old (!) and has been a road warrior of high-pedigree for a decade, since he started touring
at age 12. Along the way, Hartless has toured as the support act for the likes of Motley Crue, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Rev
Theory, Mountain and Warrior Soul, and he’s been mentored by some of classic rock’s hardest hitting drummers, including Corky Laing (Mountain),
Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie), Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper), and Todd Sucherman (Styx).

UNWIND FRIDAY, 6 p.m. to midnight at Jazzi’s on 3rd. (Friday Unwind every Friday.)

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

SAXOPHONIST DANNY KUSZ, 7 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

VOCALIST AND TROMBONIST SAUNDERS SERMONS, at Perfect Note, Saturday.

SUNDAY JAZZ, 5 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

JAZZ IN THE PARK HELENA at Helena Amphitheatre, 6-9 p.m., Sunday with JOE CARNAGGIO TRIO and PHIL DENNY.

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.

BISHOP MARVIN SAPP AT THE MEN 2 WOMEN CONFERENCE, August 5, 9 a.m. at the Daniel Payne Plaza.

SECRET STAGES is AUGUST 4 and 5. The 7th annual festival will take place in downtown Birmingham, Alabama’s Historic Loft District in and on 6
different venues or stages. This is the festival to hear all of the best unheard sound for young, southern musicians. This year all venues have
been consolidated to 2nd Avenue North. There will be lots and lots of artists from around the country.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT THE STARDOME:

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: JAMES GREGORY. The Funniest Man in America returns! For over 20 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.

SUNDAY: SIR WALT. Birmingham’s Funniest Comedian is coming to his hometown stage. You’ve seen Sir Walt tear up the stage on BET’s Comic View, Starz’s First Amendment and P Diddy’s Bad Boy’s of Comedy, as well as clubs and colleges all over the Southeast. His high energy style and
dynamic stage presence keeps audience cheering night after night. He is one of the StarDome’s Favorites, so make your plans today.

Jess Hilarious

ONE NIGHT ONLY – JESS HILARIOUS – Jess Hilarious is known as comedian in Baltimore. She has been recognized by some members of the VH1 family for voice imitations. What we really wanna know is, what started her fame? Where does she get it from? Is this really what she wanna be known as? But all comedians have their secrets. Does she have one?

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.

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)

COMING SOON

JULY 21-23 – ARNEZ J at the StarDome Comedy Club.

JULY 29 – MILKSHAKE QUINTET featuring vocalist CHRISTINE MAYFIELD at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

AUGUST 5 – HIP HOP MUSIC FEST at Sloss Furnace

AUGUST 4-5 – SECRET STAGES in Birmingham.

AUGUST 11 – Y’ALL CONNECT at Rosewood Hall.

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; gwenderu@yahoo.com.)