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By Gwen DeRu 

TODAY

DURAND JONES AND THE INDICATIONS, 8 p.m. at Saturn. FREE!

THE STIR, THE PINX and HAPPY LEMMY, at The Nick.

COMEDIAN JULIE SCOGGINS 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.

FRIDAY

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

ART ON THE ROCKS, 7-11 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

PINK BOX BURLESQUE’S DANGER ZONE: AN ARCHER TRIBUTE, 8 p.m. at Saturn. at Saturn. 7 p.m.

COMEDIAN JULIE SCOGGINS 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.

ELLIS DYSON & THE SHAMBLES, THE DOZENS, STEEL CITY JUG SLAMMERS, PHILOS MOORE, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

R & B VOCALIST SHENA RENEE, 7 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

SATURDAY

THE OLD GRAY LADY Celebrates 90 years, 3 p.m. at Legion Field Stadium. FREE!

Live Music at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

KELEN HELLER, CAVALEN, BY ALL MEANS, and 7 STONE RIOT at the Nick.

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

COMEDIAN JULIE SCOGGINS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

PIANIST BOB BALDWIN. 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

SUNDAY

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 JULIE SCOGGINS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

JAZZ IN THE PARK IN BESSEMER featuring DANIEL “JOSE” CARR and ON PURPOSE featuring DWIGHT HOUSTON at DeBardalenden Park, 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

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.

HEADWIRES, PLANS, DEAD COUNTRY GENTLEMEN and HURL YEAH at the Nick

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

COMEDIAN GREG MORTON 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

WEDNESDAY

SILAS, BIG SANT, ALFRED BANKS, HIGHRULE, Q DOT DAVIS and COVRAWAF, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

COMEDIAN GREG MORTON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT THURSDAY

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

COMEDIAN GREG MORTON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

COMEDIAN GREG MORTON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Greg Morton

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

NEXT SATURDAY

KEITH “CASHMERE” WILLIAMS, 6-9 p.m. at Courtyard Oyster Bar & Grill in Trussville, 2961 Chalkville Mountain Lane in Trussville.

FOR FAMILY

SATURDAY

THE OLD GRAY LADY – Legion Field Stadium, the Old Gray Lady, celebrates its 90th anniversary with former college and pro legends, stadium tours, a fun zone for the kids, ESPN youth football combine and the movie Woodlawn on the video board. Gates open at 3 p.m. Saturday. Free! Call 205-254-2391.

SUMMER JAM 2017 – City Council District 9 announced the official concert lineup for Summer Jam 2017 on Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Regionally-renowned band Top Secret will serve as the headliner for the music event. Additional performing artists include local favorite Netra and producer John Boy & Surround Sound – whose works include hits for popular national recording artists including Young Jeezy, Young Joc, Ying Yang Twins, Soulja Boy, Too Short and more. Summer Jam 2017 will also feature street vendors, an “Open House” highlighting downtown Ensley businesses and grand prize giveaways. Confirmed food truck partners include Dirty Red, Granny’s Fish & Grits, Magic City Sweet Ice and Kin Folks Grille & Catering. Summer Jam 2017 will take place at the corner of Avenue F and 19th Street Ensley as part of the fourth and final outdoor concert installment under the current District 9 leadership. Summer Jam is an initiative by City Councilor Marcus Lundy to promote unity, highlight economic development potential and celebrate the rejuvenation movement of Ensley’s historic downtown. For more information contact Jose Perry, Jr. at 205.254.2302 or jose.perryjr@birminghamal.gov.

SUNDAY

L’CHAIM HONORS CATHY O. FRIEDMAN – Join the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s (BHEC) Annual L’Chaim event that will honor CATHY O. FRIEDMAN, Sunday, 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the Jemison Concert Hall in the Alys Stephens Center. The event will feature the STEEL MEN’S CHORUS with musical entertainment arranged by KEITH CROMWELL, Executive Director of the Red Mountain Theatre Company, including the cast of the RMTC’s Fiddler on the Roof and RMTC Favorites ABJIJAH CUNNINGHAM, AMY JOHNSON and KRISTEN SHARP. Dessert will follow the program. CAROLE PIZITZ and JOEL ROTENSTREICH are this year’s L’Chaim Co-Chairs. Call (205) 795-4176 for more.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS at Saturn. Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones got his start in the church, after being forced to sing in the choir of his rural hometown Hillaryville, Louisiana because his Grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington – and their debut album is now available on our record label, Colemine Records.

VES MARABLE 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.

R & B VOCALIST SHENA RENEE, 7 p.m. at Perfect Note on Friday.

PIANIST BOB BALDWIN, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows Saturday, at the Perfect Note.

Bob Baldwin

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

JAZZ IN THE PARK IN BESSEMER featuring DANIEL “JOSE” CARR and ON PURPOSE featuring DWIGHT HOUSTON at DeBardalenden Park, 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.

THE HIP HOP HOUR – A Must See! 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 lineup 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 – Photo Talk – Bring your pictures on a jump/flash drive, or on your camera’s memory card, or in print. This group is not a class; it is a casual but informative venue for amateur to expert level photographers to come together to share their ideas, tips, advice, tricks, and knowledge with each other. Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

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 sun room. 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. August 24. 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. August 26. 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.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT THE STARDOME

COMEDIENNE JULIE SCOGGINS – A former trucker, pooper scooper, & charm school graduate from Charlotte, North Carolina, Julie has been touring as a full-time standup comedian for over 15 years. On the road approximately 36 weeks a year with one week a month set aside for “marriage preservation”. She loves riding her motorcycle to gigs & you’ll frequently see her 2004 Harley Road King parked outside the club, theater, radio, or TV station.

Julie Scoggins

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 Flintstones. 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.

NEXT SUNDAY: TREY MOE- Trey Moe is a comedian from Birmingham, Ala. who now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Trey is known for his internet sketches that have generated more than 50 million views worldwide, with his puppet “Keisha Jones” being one of his is more prominent characters. Trey takes pride in his ability to not only deliver a remarkable stand-up show but to bring some of his sketch characters to life on stage. With sold out shows across the nation, Trey is proving to be one comedy’s brightest stars.

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.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. with TENDING THE GROUND. FREE!

INTERESTED IN ART:

AFFIRM FOUNDATION is a non-profit 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 MAUS CONTEMPORARY –

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.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY

VOCATIONAL READINESS WORKSHOP SERIES – The workshop will be held in the Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Regional Library Computer Center. SERIES includes: VOCATIONAL INTRODUCTION READINESS WORKSHOP – 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 (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 (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 (Friday, 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 (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.

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE SATURDAYS, 10-11:30 a.m., ARRINGTON AUDITORIUM, 4TH FLOOR, LINN-HENLEY BUILDING

*Mind Your Own (Family) Business – Did your ancestors own a pharmacy, furniture shop, or other business? Many genealogists know that their ancestors owned or started a business. This workshop will show you how to use city directories, government websites, newspapers, and other sources to learn more about the history of the family business or the company your ancestors worked for. Beyond the Basics of Genealogy, workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665, e-mail us at askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us, or online.*AUGUST 24, 2:15-3:15 p.m., COMPUTER LAB, 4TH FLOOR, LINN-HENLEY BUILDING.

* Patents-Are you interested in inventing, or had an ancestor who was an inventor? In this class, participants will learn more about patents, basic search methods, and will conduct searches in the U.S. Patent and Trademark databases. Space is limited. To register, please call 205-226-3680.

*AUGUST 27, 2-3 P.M., SOUTHERN HISTORY DEPARTMENT, 1ST FLOOR, LINN-HENLEY BUILDING.

*Introduction to Genealogy_- Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey.

*Family Tree DNA Services and Website – Saturday, September 9th, 10 a.m. Explore the offerings of Family Tree DNA, a company that offers hundreds of different DNA tests and that supports them with the most detailed website in the industry.

*Ancestry.com – Saturday, September 23rd, 10 a.m. Participants will be introduced to the Ancestry.com Library Edition database in which you can research your family history as well as learn how to search this database to locate your ancestors.

*Google Your Peeps – Saturday, October 28th, 10 a.m. What do you want to know about your ancestors? Everything. The Internet is a great tool for genealogy, but are you using it to its full potential? This workshop will teach you how to create a research template and look for details that will help you discover more about your ancestors using search engines, genealogy databases, and a few other, perhaps surprising websites.

*Workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us.

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.)