PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

BY GWEN DERU

GI Magus

TODAY

NEMESIS, SADISTIC RITUAL and THE NEW MASTERS OF EVIL, at The Nick.

COMEDIAN GREG MORTON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

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

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 LONELY BISCUITS at Saturn.

 

FRIDAY

Saxophonist Will Donato

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

THE ROOSEVELTS and SARAH SIMMONS, 8 p.m. at Saturn. 7 p.m.

COMEDIAN GREG MORTON 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.

THE BURNING PEPPERMINTS with PHANTOM LIMB & BOBBY ROCKNROLLS at the Nick ROCKS.

 

SATURDAY

KEITH “CASHMERE” WILLIAMS, 6-9 p.m. at Courtyard Oyster Bar & Grill in Trussville, 2961 Chalkville Mountain Lane in Trussville Live Music at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

THE GENTLEMAN COMMONERS, THE MUSIC OF THE SMITHS AND MORRISSEY and THE LOST CONTROLS at Saturn.

THE GREAT REVIVAL at the Nick.

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

COMEDIAN GREG MORTON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SAXOPHONIST WILL DONATO at the Perfect Note.

Comedian Greg Morton

SUNDAY

PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH 152nd CHURCH ANNIVERSARY – Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham invites you to join with them to celebrate its 152nd Church Anniversary at 3 p.m., Sunday, August 27. For more information contact Rev. Philip Parks III at (205) 937-0760.

PARK AND CREST MARKET, 11 a.m.

SUNDAY BRUNCH at 1st and 23rd.

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

COMEDIAN TREY MOE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

BECCA RICHARDSON, REBECCA EGELAND and SUNNIE RAIN at the Nick.

JAZZ IN THE PARK – MIDFIELD ATHLETICS COMPLEX – featuring KB’S TECHNIQUE tribute to Gerald Albright, 6- 9 p.m.

 

MONDAY

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

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

 

TUESDAY

IRON AND WINE at Saturn.

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.

DEBRIS at the Nick

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

Comedian Gerard Kelly and Son

COMEDIAN GERARD KELLY AND SON 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

WEDNESDAY

EARLY SHOW w/ SHAWN WILLIAMS at the Nick.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

COMEDIAN GERARD KELLY, at the StarDome Comedy Club.

PINKO, JOY BOY, LACQUER and HIGH COMMAND at Saturn.

 

NEXT THURSDAY

NEMESIS, SADISTIC RITUAL, and THE NEW MASTERS OF EVIL, at The Nick Rocks.

COMEDIAN GERARD KELLY AND SON, at the StarDome Comedy Club.

BIRMINGHAM BEST OF COMEDY at Saturn.

 

NEXT FRIDAY

COMEDIAN GARY OWEN at the StarDome Comedy Club.

THE FUTURE BABES, LOLAS, and ME AND MY KNIFE at the Nick ROCKS.

 

FOR SPORTS LOVERS

DANNON PROJECT GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Dannon Project Golf Tournament is August 28th at the Greystone Golf and Country Club, 4100 Greystone Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242. There is an 11 a.m. Lunch with a 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start. The Cost is $25 per player. There will be Prizes, refreshments and gift bags. For more information call (205) 451-5188 or kbraden@dannonproject.org

12th ANNUAL “LAPS FOR LIFE” BLOOD DRIVE – The 12th annual American Red Cross and Talladega Superspeedway’s “Laps for Life” blood drive returns on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 12 to 6 p.m. in the FOX Sports 1 Dome located at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and there is plenty of incentive to donate. Every individual who attempts to donate blood will receive an incredible array of items which include: a high-speed ride around the 33-degree high banks of NASCAR’s Biggest and Baddest track; a commemorative T-shirt (limited to the first 200 who attempt to donate); two complimentary grandstand tickets to the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race on Oct. 14; a self-guided tour of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame; and a delicious BBQ sandwich provided by “Smoke N Hot BBQ,” located in Anniston, AL.

To register online go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: TALLADEGA. Follow instructions on the website to complete registration. Those interested can also register by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or

visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule your appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. The “Laps for Life” blood drive takes place just a few weeks in advance of Talladega’s double-header playoff weekend (Oct. 13-15) featuring the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, Oct. 14, where the playoff contenders will be trimmed from eight to six at event’s end, and the Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 15 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final scheduled MENCS start at Talladega.

Comedian Trey Moe

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

FRED SPRAGGINS at 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 WILL DONATO CD RELEASE, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows Saturday, at the Perfect Note.

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

JAZZ IN THE PARK- MIDFIELD ATHLETICS COMPLEX featuring KB’S TECHNIQUE tribute to Gerald Albright, 6- 9 p.m.

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.

CELEBRATNG CHARLEMAGNE 40th – Charlemagne Record Exchange is celebrating 40 years on September 7, 6 p.m. at TrimTab Brewing Company. There will be door prizes, a Charlemagne Records pop-up shop, local vendors, and giveaways! And we can’t forget the music! The Birmingham Nouveau Reinhardt Group, Marian McKay and Her Mood Swings, and other musical guests will be performing, and we’ll be jammin all night!

THE HIP HOP HOUR – Hip Hop Hour is back with an awesome lineup and incredible show, be

prepared for a night like no other with Soul Train line contest, freestyle cypher for the ages, and an all star line up of established and upcoming artists. Showtime is September 9th, 8 p.m. at B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar & Lounge. The Hip Hop Hour will be hosted by Comedian ALLAN SMITH with the turntable specialist DJ Jeff Greenseed on the 1’s and 2’s.. Representing the “Soul” is the amazing and soulful vocals of the talented MS. DEIDRE GASDDIS, the Opera and R&B sensation ALLISON SANDERS the BOMB Squad ambassador and silky smooth voice of KYOKA MICHELLE, Magic City Blues Winner guitarist and soul singer JANELLE FROST, and last but not least the laid back and heartfelt sound of @jennifermoriel. The ‘Man with Plan’, Birmingham’s own G.I. MAGUS will be bringing his brand of socially conscious Hip-Hop to the stage. And not to be overlooked is the multi talented producer, writer, videographer, and artist HID-N-TRACKZ sharing his #realhiphop perspective on life. (A MUST SEE)

 

FOR GARDEN LOVERS

AUGUST AT BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS –

A Midsummer Night’s Fairy House Workshop – Enjoy a glass of wine with friends while you make a summer cottage for the fairies in your garden using materials that are durable outside in sheltered areas or inside your sunroom. Under the guidance of author, storyteller and biologist Renee Simmons Raney adults will create one house each to take home at the end of the program. Some suggestions to bring from home (such as optional decorations like miniature dishes/tea sets/doll house accessories; bring your own glue gun). A base for your fairy house and a variety of natural materials (moss, bark, sticks, acorns, shells, clay for creating fairy accessories and more!) are provided. Fee includes instruction, basic materials, use of hot glue guns/tools and two glasses of wine. Signed copies of Renee’s new book Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies (Published by NewSouth Montgomery) will be available for sale. TODAY. 6-8 p.m

Cooling Herbal Cocktails – How to Beat the Heat with Medicinal Herbs Join Cameron Strouss for a tasty class on concocting delicious summer drinks to cool you down and delight your senses using local herbs and easily cultivated garden allies. SUNDAY. 1-3:30 p.m. Lunch & Learn: The Ins and Outs of GMOs – Learn all about the science, the safety, and the implications for the future. August 30. FREE.

For more information and to register online, visit www.bbgardens.org/classes.

AT THE STARDOME:

TUESDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: GREG MORTON. Greg has been described as having “an animated presence.” Not surprising when you read his credentials. Greg worked as an animator on such shows as the Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show and the New Flintstone’s. His voice-over talents can be heard on such shows as Robocop and Police Academy (the cartoon series). He has directed several Saturday morning cartoon hits including ABC’s Hammerman (MC Hammer) and The Legend of White Fang for HBO.

 

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.