People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu

By Gwen DeRu

TODAY

COMEDIAN DAVID WINGFIELD 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.

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

FRIDAY

UNWIND FRIDAY with DANNY HARPER, 8 p.m. at Jazzi’s on 3rd with great jazz.

COMEDIAN ARNEZ J 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.

RUSSIAN CULTURE NIGHT at Saturn.

HAPPY LEMMY, THE FUTURE BABES and ASPHALT CROWN, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

SAXOPHONIST JEFF KASHIWA, 7 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

SATURDAY

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

THE BRETON SOUND, SWEETTALKER, THE THREADS and FAMOUS BY FEBRUARY at the Nick

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

COMEDIAN ARNEZ J at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SAXOPHONIST JEFF KASHIWA, 8 p.m. at Perfect Note

Jeff Kashiwa

SUNDAY

SUNDAY BRUNCH at 1st and 23rd.

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

THE ESSENTIALISTS, FRANCES & THE FOUNDATION, FRIENDS AT THE FALLS and A NEW KIND OF HERO at The Nick.

COMEDIAN ARNEZ J at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Arnez J.

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.

AVANTIST, THE SUNSETS and GALLANTHORN at the Nick

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

VINTAGE VIDEO GAME NIGHT at Saturn.

COMEDIAN TONY TONE, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

WEDNESDAY

COMEDIAN TONY TONE, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SWANKY TIGER, 7 STONE RIOT and CHRIS SIMMONS BAND, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

Tony Tone

NEXT THURSDAY

GREYHOUNDS, BUNKO SQUAD and J WILLOUGHBY, at The Nick.

COMEDIAN TONY TONE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY AND LOLLY AND THE POPS at Saturn.

NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

COMEDIAN DARRELL HAMMOND at the StarDome Comedy.

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 SPIDER MAN HOMECOMING will be held at The Edge 12, on Friday. Spider-Man Homecoming is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments 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 6 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 OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 9 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Waterfall Walk, Stream Wade and Long Swims at South Caney Creek in the Bankhead National Forest.
DETAILS: Join us for short, moderately easy hikes to two waterfalls on South Caney Creek. Swim at both of the falls. These falls are very lovely. The purpose of the trip is to wade in a creek, not hike through the woods on a trail or sit and complain about the purpose of the hike! In order to prevent traffic congestion at the trail head most vehicles will be parked at a remote location during the entire outing. Most outing participants will not be able to access their cars by just walking back to the start point of the walk. Wear old shorts or a swim suit and sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Old sneakers work well. Bare feet, flip-flops, loose slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable! Bring a towel along with your picnic lunch and water. If you plan to go to a restaurant for an optional dinner, you can shower and change clothes at a campground near the restaurant (or wash up and change at no charge). To shower, bring $2 exact change cash for shower fee. Well-behaved, properly-supervised children age 7 and over welcome. Depart 9 a.m. from the Floor Décor Store on Green Springs Highway or meet 10:20 a.m. at Jacks in Double Springs. For more info, contact Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or (205) 631-4680.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT THE STARDOME:

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: ARNEZ J. To those in the know Arnez J. is quickly emerging as one of the hottest, most talked about comedic artists in the game. His raw energy, talent and comedic skill quickly landed Arnez the coveted hosting slot on BET’s longest-running comedy series “Comic View” for two seasons joining the ranks of hosts such as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. His hilarious new comedy special “Racially Motivated” is now available on Netflix.

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 Saturday and Sunday. 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.

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 BCRI

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

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.

INTERESTED IN ART

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 MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

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 JEFF KASHIWA at Perfect Note, Friday and 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 six
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 BUSINESS OWNERS

BUSINESS OWNER’S SUMMIT – The Seminar that you have been waiting for is right around the corner, next Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. There will be
topics on staffing, marketing, strategic pricing, developing a business plan and so much more at Rebirth Christian Fellowship in Birmingham.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY

VOCATIONAL READINESS WORKSHOP SERIES – The old days of applying for jobs by sending resumes in the mail are falling by the wayside as companies focus on posting job openings online. If you need to become more knowledgeable about the new online job application process, make plans to take advantage of a free workshop at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham this Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Regional Library Computer Center. SERIES includes: VOCATIONAL INTRODUCTION READINESS WORSHOP – Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop provides an individual assessment of personal and professional goals, aspirations, and skills to help determine your best job fit. 1st Friday of each month (Aug. 4, Sept. 1)

RESUME BUILDER – Resume Builder is designed to assist individuals with creating an effective resume that will function as a powerful tool in achieving gainful employment. 2nd Friday of each month (Aug. 11, Sept. 8)

NEW AGE ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS – New Age Online Application Process offers tips and suggestions to guide all job seekers in successfully completing online employment applications. 3rd Friday of each month (July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15)

INTERVIEW BOOTCAMP – Interview Bootcamp teaches techniques to help you emphasize your skills, overcome objections, and build rapport with your job interviewer. 4th Friday of each month (July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22)

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)

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.

COMING SOON

JULY 29 – R&B & BLUES FEST with BIG POKEY BEAR & J WONN.

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

AUGUST 4-5 – SECRET STAGES in Birmingham.

AUGUST 5 – HIP HOP MUSIC FEST at Sloss Furnace.

AUGUST 10 – A. G. GASTON BOYS AND GILRS 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

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 and gwenderu@yahoo.com.