PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

BY GWEN DERU

Eric Essix.

TODAY

2017 ECOFEST CELEBRATION at the Birmingham Southern College Campus Norton Great Hall, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

LOUIS THE CHILD: LAST TO LEAVE TOUR at Iron City.

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THE JAG, BAD COLOGNE and BOBBY ROCKNROLLS at the Nick.

POSITIVELY FUNNY IMPROV, 7 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

COMEDY VIRGIN BY CHOICE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

DINOSAUR JR. at Saturn.

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.

Comedian Luenell.

LOUIS THE CHILD at Iron City.

FRIDAY

COMEDIAN LUENELL at the StarDome Comedy Club.

FIREWATER REVIVAL, INCLINATION OF DIRECTION, GREEN STAR RELIEF STATION and AERONAUT at the Nick.

AN EVENING WITH ANN WILSON OF HEART at Iron City

BLUE OUT DAY PARTY at 1st and 23rd.

SAXOPHONIST FLUTIST SHERRY REEVES at Perfect Note.

TIM SPINOSI’S COLOSSAL COMEDY SIDE SHOW at StarDome Comedy Club, 7:30 p.m.

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

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.

SATURDAY

MO’ GREENS PLEASE – Ninth Annual Maw Maw’s Collard Green Greens Cook-Off and Wellness Expo, 12 – 5 p.m. at Urban Ministry, 2129 Cotton Avenue, S.W. There will be collard greens, cornbread and mo’, massage, yoga for health and mo’ and then spoken word, music and mo’. FREE. Donations are appreciated at www.collardgreencookoff.swellgives.com.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY at Iron City. 6 p.m.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

MISS MOJO, TRAGIC CITY and CAHABA at the Nick.

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

COMEDIAN LUENELL at the StarDome Comedy Club.

GUITARIST ERIC ESSIX, 7 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER 2017 FALL TOUR and COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS at Saturn.

SUNDAY

Sherry Reeves.

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

 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR SPORTS SAFETY ANNUAL WINE DINNER at Flemings.

COMEDIAN at the StarDome Comedy Club.

DEADWIN, TAYLOR JOINER and KELLEY SWINDALL 9 p.m. at the Nick.

POST MODERN JUKEBOX at Iron City.

MONDAY

KING BUFFALO, HAPPY LEMMY and CAPTAIN KUDZU (solo) 9 p.m. at The Nick.

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

COMEDIAN at the StarDome Comedy Club.

JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND and GOOD OLD WAR at Saturn.

TUESDAY

COMEDIANS RONNIE AND DONNIE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Ronnie and Donnie.

 

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.

LATE NIGHT W/ DEAD EMPIRES & HEXIS, 9 p.m. at the Nick

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

SAN FERMIN and GRACIE AND RACHEL at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

NEW GENERATION BLUES BAND, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at City Hall in Linn Park (back side of City Hall.)

COMEDIAN RONNIE AND DONNIE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

BOBBY MAHONEY AND THE SEVENTH SON, SPEAKING SUNS and BENYARO at the Nick.

NEXT THURSDAY

BENJAMIN BOOKER and SHE KEEPS BEES at Saturn.

JEZEBEL DOGS, DR. D. & TOP DEAD CENTER and JASON MARTIN BAND at the Nick.

POSITIVELY FUNNY IMPROV, 7 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

COMEDY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

COMEDIAN LAVELL CRAWFORD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

MAGIC CITY CLASSIC HIP HOP FEST – Featuring Q DOT DAVIS, SLICE 9, REDD ROYALTY, 4LUCKYLOU and COVRAWAF at the Nick.

JR JR and CHAD VALLEY at Saturn.

THE TAKEOVER at Iron City.

FOR STUDENTS

BBA’S TALENT RECRUITMENT PROJECT – The BBA’s TRP welcomes top students and recent graduates to Birmingham to connect with regional employers looking to recruit from a diverse pool of high-performing STEM and general business talent. Employers will have the opportunity to connect with graduates and students representing organizations including National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and more. This is a great branding opportunity for regional employers desiring to connect with top talent from under-represented minority groups. Participants will be required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be referred by their career services director or professor and be pursuing a Business or STEM- related degree. For more information, contact bsmith@birminghambusinessalliance.com.

‘WE READY’ A DOCUMENTARY – Coming Late Fall 2017 – A HBCU Story, a Purple Marching Machine (PMM) Special Presentation directed by Drae Jackson. The movie is focused on the art of marching bands and is entitled ‘WE READY.’ COMING SOON!

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 11:30 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Limestone Rail Trail, Elkmont, Alabama – DETAILS: This trail is located in extreme North Alabama just to the west of I-65 and a few miles south of the Tennessee-Alabama border. The hike is rated easy. We will hike a total of 5.3 miles. There is much lovely scenery along the path that was once a part of the Tennessee and Alabama Central Railroad. The trail winds through wetlands with wildlife and a great variety of birds. On the trail you will pass the site of the Civil War Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle. Bring your picnic lunch and drink with you. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 8 and over able to walk six miles without complaining are welcome. Absolutely delicious optional dinner afterwards at Luvici’s Restaurant in Athens, Alabama. Depart 11:30 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. Info: Randall Adkins, 205/637-0942

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

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

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

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.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT THE STARDOME:

THIS WEEKEND… COMEDIAN LUENELL…Luenell had an amazing 2012 with appearances in three #1 feature films – “Think Like A Man” with Arielle Kebell and Meagan Good, 3D animated hit “Hotel Transylvania” with Adam Sandler, and “Taken 2” with Liam Neeson. She also starred in the hilarious comedy “That’s My Boy” with Adam Sandler and Leighton Meester. Luenell hasn’t been short on television appearances either with recent episodes of “The Middle” and “Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” as well as stand-up appearances on “Snoop Dog’s Bad Girls of Comedy” on SHOWTIME and “Stand-up In
Stilettos” on the TV Guide Network.

SPECIAL EVENT – TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY… RONNIE AND DONNIE…Ronnie and Donnie are two country cousins who bring a wild, unpredictable and hilarious show to the stage. They combine their outrageous style of back and forth banter with their original comedy music. A modern day “redneck odd-couple”, Ronnie and Donnie are taking their show and their songs on the road, hysterically bickering all the way. They’re a love-hate relationship that leaves crowds rolling with laughter and the songs have audiences singing along. Their fast-paced style and willingness to play off the crowd makes the show a roller coaster ride from start to finish. They may not always love each other, but audiences will love their down-home style and charm. They are Rural Royalty and pretty good guitar players too!

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT GALLERY 1930:

MEET THE ARTIST KRISTEN BLAKENEY and JAZZ with CIVITAS in English Village, TODAY, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 1930 Cahaba Road

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

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

AT PAUL R. JONES GALLERY

LUCID DREAMING: SURREALISM AND FANTASY of the PAUL R. JONES ART COLLLECTION OF AMERICAN ART, through Next Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., 2308 Sixth Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401.

AT BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

NATIVE PLANT CONFERENCE – The Native Plant Conference on October 26-29. will feature 19 botanists, zoologists, taxonomists, entomologists landscape designers, horticulturists and conservationists discussing their respective fields of expertise and leading field trips to various locations to explore Alabama’s unique landscape.

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.

COMING SOON

OCTOBER 23 – 19 – MAGIC CITY CLASSIC WEEK

OCTOBER 27 – THE MAGIC CITY MUSIC FEST at the BJCC

OCTOBER 27 – CLASSIC ALL DAY PARTY at 1st and 23rd.

NOVEMBER 11 – UNITY THROUGH MUSIC at Legion Field.
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 or gwenderu@yahoo.com.)