PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

BY GWEN DERU

 

Living Colour.

TODAY

**LIVING COLOUR, 7 p.m. at Iron City.

**BORIS “Dear/25th Anniversary Tour” and THOU at Saturn.

**SEX SNOBS, (THE) DEAD SEA FLOWERS and PHILOS MOORE at the Nick.

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

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**COMEDIAN SIR WALT at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**POSITIVELY FUNNY IMPROV, 7 p.m. 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

**VETERAN’S DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS, 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in downtown Birmingham.  For details: nationalveteransday.org.

**COMEDIAN GODFREY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**BEN SMOLIN, NEW DEVILS and REDHARP at the Nick.

**LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL AND NIKKI LANE at Saturn.

**TASTE OF TRIUMP and ELECTRIC AVENUE: ULTIMATE 80s MTV EXPERIENCE,, 7 p.m. at Iron City.

**VOCALIST RICKEY POWELL at FRIDAY UNWIND, 6 p.m. – midnight, at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

Rickey Powell.

 

**GUITARIST MATT MARSHAK, 7 p.m. at Perfect Note.

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

**PASSPORTS FRIDAYS, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. at Legends Sports Lounge with Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Afro-Beats and Top 40.  FREE until midnight.

**PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

**LIVE JAZZ and Music with JAMES AND MAXINE at Jazzy’s on 1st on Friday and Saturday.

**MUSIC AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

SATURDAY

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

**RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

**THE DIRTY LUNGS, OVERLAKE, SISTER SNIFFLE and BURLEY STARNS at the Nick.

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

**COMEDIAN GODFREY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**GUITARIST MATT MARSHAK, 7 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

Matt Marshak.

**MEWITHOUTYOU and PIANO BECOME THE TEETH at Saturn.

SUNDAY

**SUNDAY JAMS – CONCERT & BRUNCH SERIES, 11:30 a.m. at Iron City.

**SLOW ART SUNDAY – CUPID AND GAZELLE, 2 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

**COMEDIAN GODFREY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**GRAVITATION, EMBER (CD RELEASE), CAVALEN and SISTER SANDOZ, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

MONDAY

**UAB GOSPEL CHOIR 22nd ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, 7 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

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

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

 

TUESDAY

**COMEDIAN SHUAN JONES at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**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.

**CASTLE NO KINGS and NOIR, 9 p.m. at the Nick

**PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

**NONAME and ARIMA EDERRA at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

**COMEDIAN SHUAN JONES at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

**A LIGHT DIVIDED, THE SCARS HEAL IN TIME and THE MURDER OF JANE CROW at the Nick.

**CULTS, SHE-DEVILS and HIDEOUT at Saturn,

NEXT THURSDAY

**AJJ “PEOPLE WHO CAN EAT PEOPLE ARE THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORD” 10 Year Anniversary Tour at Saturn.

**JUDE, THE RANSON and WILL STEWART at the Nick.

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

**THE IRA COLEMAN EXPERIENCE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

 

NEXT FRIDAY

Godfrey.

**NATIONAL TAKE A HIKE DAY, All Day for all ages.

**PINK TALKING FISH LIVE, 7:30 p.m. at Old Car Heaven.

**COMEDIAN GODFREY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES (Friday and Saturday nights) at the Nick.

**SUSTO, THE TOLLEN and DAWG YAWP at Saturn.

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

**LIVING COLOUR, at Iron City , 7 p.m.  Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip hop, country, and alternative rock. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America.

**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.

**THE DIRTY LUNGS performs Saturday, at the Nick.  It is a heavyish garage-ish psych rock from Birmingham, Alabama. If you’ve spent any time in Birmingham, Alabama, you’ve seen a Dirty Lungs sticker slapped on something. Though the city’s musical landscape has changed dramatically since the band formed in 2006, the Dirty Lungs are still standing–and they’re just as gritty and focused as ever.  Several tours and member changes have contributed to the constant evolution of their sound.  There is Carson Mitchell = Junk, Vox,  Ra-jaan Parmely = Drum Set and Justin Ward = Bass, Vox, dudes.

The Dirty Lungs.

**NONAME, 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Saturn.  NoName (born Fatimah Warner) is an American artist from Chicago, Illinois, who blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates.  NoName grew up in Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood on the southside of Chicago that famously attracted accomplished black artists and intellectuals of all types. NoName discovered her love for words while taking a creative writing class as a sophmore in high school and became enamored with poetry and spoken word, pouring over Def Poetry Jam clips on YouTube and attending open mics around the city.  When she was just a senior in high school, she placed third in “Louder Than A Bomb”, a poetry competition with 120 Chicago high schools in participation. She remained connected with the artists she met at YouMedia and in 2013, her verse on Chance the Rappers “Lost” attracted the beginning of her large fan base, most of whom have been following her every move since. NoName has been hailed by The FADER, Complex, and Rolling Stone as one of the most exciting and important new artists of 2016.  NoName played some shows in support of Ms. Lauryn Hill, who handpicked Noname to open for her on tour. When first approaching the project, NoName set out to emulate the feeling of talking on the phone with someone for the first time. She describes her piece Telefone as “an introductory conversation with someone you’re interested in”.

**ALABAMA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA‘S FALL CONCERT, 2 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.  FREE.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

**SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 8 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Moderately Easy Dayhike, Alum Hollow on Green Mountain, Nature Trail also on Green Mountain, and Monte Sano State Park–all in the Huntsville, AL Area –

DETAILS: The first adventure of the day …hiking Alum Hollow Trail. Sitting atop Green Mountain in Huntsville, Alum Hollow Trail just opened to the public in the spring of 2016 and is on property donated to the Land Trust of North Alabama. The mile long trail (one-way) is an easy stroll through light woods, ending at two waterfalls. The last hundred feet of the trail down to the waterfalls is steep but very walkable with time and careful footing.  If you wish to not walk down to the falls, there is an area where you can sit and wait for those who do go down. While waiting, you can explore a rock overhang that possibly served as shelter for Native Americans. This hike is rated easy to moderate based on the last hundred feet.

After the hike at Alum Hollow, a picnic lunch on the Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain. Sit amongst the trees in the picnic grounds and enjoy the view of a covered bridge across the lake.  There are restrooms and a pretty setting.  From Green Mountain, travel to Monte Sano State Park, parking in the hiker’s parking lot. Then, hike the South Plat and Mountain Mist Trails. The flat South Plat Trail will lead  to O’Shaughnessy Point to enjoy the view from the overlook. Take in the quiet of a fall forest on top of the mountain and be treated to beautiful fall colors. From O’Shaughnessy Point, descend the side of the mountain on the Mountain Mist Trail. Remember, what goes down must come up, and we do the up in a shorter distance than the down. Follow along the base of the bluff with gorgeous rock faces on the left and a view of the fall forest floor to our right. This 3 to 4-mile hike is moderate mainly based on length.  Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.  Bring water, snacks, a picnic lunch, hiking poles if you use them and Monte Sano Park entrance fee.  Optional dinner at a Huntsville restaurant, after the hike.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and over are welcome.    Depart 8 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride or 9:30 a.m. from the Wendy’s in Valley Bend at Jones Valley, 2742 Carl T. Jones Drive, Huntsville, Alabama.  Park in the shopping center lot, next to the Wendy’s parking lot. Use the restrooms in the Target at the same shopping center before hike.   For more info, contact Barbara Kammerud at bjkamm@gmail.com or (256) 536-7074

**SUNDAY DAYHIKE, 1 p.m.  Southeastern Outings Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park – DETAILS: Enjoy a moderate 4 mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham.  This is an excellent outing for introducing your friends to Southeastern Outings and for making new friends who enjoy the outdoors.  Parts of this hike may be off the color-coded trails.  There will be some ups and downs.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age eight and up able to walk the distance of about 4 miles and complete the hike are welcome.  Share an adventure!  Bring a friend.  Optional dinner after the hike.  Depart  p.m. from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot.   Bring park admission fee plus your drink.   For more info, contact Edd Spencer, (205) 317-5868.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

 

AT THE STARDOME

Sir Walt.

**THURSDAY NIGHT: SIR WALT. Birmingham’s Funniest Comedian is coming to his hometome 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.

**THIS WEEKEND: COMEDIAN GODFREY. Godfrey is one of the hottest comedians on the circuit. Growing up in Chicago, he constantly got in trouble for misbehaving and being an all around class clown. Godfrey’s Nigerian parents unknowingly encouraged his bad behavior by showing him classic comedy films from an early age.  While performing impressions of his college football teammates, Godfrey realized his irreverent style of comedy might be more than just a hobby. As soon as Godfrey went pro, he immediately landed several high profile projects. Ben Stiller cast him to play himself in “Zoolander,” a performance that has since achieved cult status. Godfrey’s more recent film roles in “Johnson Family Vacation,” “The Cook Out” with Queen Latifah, “Phat Girlz” starring Monique, and “Soul Plane,” alongside Snoop Dogg. Godfrey is perhaps best known for his stint as the “7UP Guy” in the beloved 7UP national campaign.  Godfrey has also made many television appearances including performing on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and recently starred in his own one hour special for Comedy Central, “Godfrey: Black By Accident.”

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

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

 

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.

FOR COMMUNITY LOVERS

**ACT PREP CLASSES, TUROTING WORKSHOPS AND MORE – Birmingham Public Library’s 19 locations will provide free programs and services and is a place to check out books and DVDs. The Smithfield Branch Library’s free ACT Prep classes and tutoring services for teens – offered weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – is a prime example.  If you have a teen in need of improving their ACT and other test scores there are free workshops at Smithfield Library, #1 8th Ave West. See details below:  Prep for Success!, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, 3:30–5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.  Take advantage of these free with BPL’s free database, Learning Express Library, which offers practice sessions for the ACT. These sessions are meant to help with the four required sections of the ACT—English, Math, Reading, and Science.  Advance registration is required. Register online through the Birmingham Public Library events calendar, or call the Smithfield Library at 205-324-8428.

**NEW HOURS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC LIBRARIES – Birmingham Public  Library System’s neighborhood libraries will begin their winter hours operating schedule.  BPL’s neighborhood libraries are East Ensley, Ensley, Inglenook, North Avondale, Powderly, Woodlawn and Wylam.  The hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. On Wednesdays, the libraries operate from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. These locations are closed on weekends. The neighborhood libraries will maintain this temporary schedule through early March 2018 when time springs forward. Hours for all other libraries within the Birmingham system will not change.  Addresses of the neighborhood libraries are: East Ensley, 900 14th St., Ensley; Ensley, 1201 25th St., Ensley; Inglenook, 4100 40th North Terrace; North Avondale, 501 43rd St. N.; Powderly, 3301 Jefferson Ave. SW.; Woodlawn, 5709 First Ave. N.; Wylam, 4300 Seventh Ave., Wylam.

 

**VOCATIONAL READINESS WORKSHOPS at the Birmingham Public Library with Tina Thornton presenting at 5- 6:30 p.m. at the Central location in the Linn Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC)

 

**VOCATIONAL INTRODUCTION READINESS WORKSHOP –

**RESUME BUILDER (Monday) is designed to assist individuals with creating an effective resume or transform a resume into a powerful tool to becoming gainfully employed.

**NEW AGE ONLINE APPLICATION PORCESS, (November 20), will provide some key tips and suggestions for all job-seekers to guide you to successfully completing your job applications.

**INTERVIEW BOOTCAMP (November 20) is designed to enhance techniques for building  rapport to emphasize one’s skills and overcome objections that will motivate the interviewer to hire you.

**WE COMMUNITY CAFÉ two Days of Service, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.  WE Community Café at Urban Ministry launched a second day of opening beginning this month from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. The pay-as-you can WE Community Café will now be open Wednesdays and Thursdays each week serving up the best in delicious and healthy food with a flare to the community. Located at 1229 Cotton Avenue SW.  Support the Community.

FOR STUDENTS, BAND MEMBERS and MOVIE LOVERS

**‘WE READY’ A DOCUMENTARY – A HBCU Story, WE READY, is about Miles College and the 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 JANUARY 14!

 

COMING SOON:

**NOVEMBER 28 – MAYOR RANDALL WOODFIN’S INAUGURATION: SWEARING-IN CEREMONY, Noon, at Linn Park.

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.)