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Comedian Monique

PPT by Gwen Deru

TODAY

MONICA AND TAMAR BRAXTON on Tour with THE GREAT XSCAPE TOUR, 7:30 p.m. at the Legacy Arena.

THE WEEKS at Saturn.

ROCK EUPORA and THE ESSENTIALISTS at the Nick.

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

COMEDIAN MARIO TORY 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

KEYSHIA COLE LIVE at the Lux Ultra Lounge.

Keyshia Cole

COMEDIAN MO’NIQUE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

HOTBED, THE DELTA TROUBADOURS, THE STATIC SCREAMS and MRYGLD at the Nick.

MIKE COOLEY, 9 p.m. at Saturn.

JAZZ at FRIDAY UNWIND, 6 p.m. – midnight, at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

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.

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.

NEW FOUND GLORY and THE ATARIS at Saturn.

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

DRUMMER PJ SPRAGGINS, 7 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

PHIL DUDLEY, GARY SANDERS TRIO, BATTITO and JACK THOMASON at the Nick.

SUNDAY

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

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

BirminGLAM Fundraiser for HIV Prevention at WorkPlay.

COMEDIAN at the StarDome Comedy Club.

ONE STEP FROM FALLING, EVIL EYE and SPACES, 8 p.m. at the Nick.

MONDAY

INTERMEDIATE SKETCH COMEDY WRITING, 6:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

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

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

TUESDAY

PLAY LIKE A GROWN UP HOLIDAY CARTOON NIGHT at 1st and 23rd.

KAMASI WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. at Saturn.

Kamasi Washington

COMEDIAN RAY WILLIAM JOHNSON 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.

NATE MAYS, 9 p.m. at the Nick

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

WEDNESDAY

UNITED COLORS OF COMEDY, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

JOSH TAERK and OLLIE G at the Nick.

PETER BRADLEY ADAMS and WILDER ADKINS, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

NEXT THURSDAY

POKEY LAFARGE at Saturn.

STEVIE TOMBSTONE and HAM BAGBY at the Nick.

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

JAMES GREGORY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

JAMES GREGORY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

HANNAH ALDRIDGE, HEATHEN SONS, GW HENDERSON & THE RIDGE RUNNERS at The Nick.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

SAXOPHONIST KAMASI WASHINGTON, 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Saturn – Kamasi Washington is an American jazz musician based in Los Angeles, Calif. Born into a musical family, Kamasi began playing saxophone at the age of 13, later attending the prestigious Hamilton High School of Music followed by UCLA. He has toured and recorded with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Rapahel Saadiq, Kendrick Lamar, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan, to name a few. Kamasi released his groundbreaking solo album, “The Epic,” on May 5th, 2015. The 172-minute, triple disc masterpiece, which includes a full string orchestra and full choir, debuted at #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Russia and UK. In addition to composing his own music, Kamasi is part of a west coast musical collective called the “West Coast Get Down.” He was voted the “Best New Music” on Pitchfork and has reported in the New York Times, LA Weekly, and on NPR.

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 COMMUNITY LOVERS

REGIONS BANK RIBBON CUTTING – The Regions Bank in Mountain Brook Village will have the Ribbon Cutting today, at 9 a.m.

NAACP ANNUAL TOYS & CHRISTMAS CHEER GIVEAWAY – Bring toys and donate to help a child. DONATIONS of toys and gifts are accepted December 4 – 15 at the Birmingham Times Office, 115 Third Avenue West, Birmingham, Alabama from 9 – 5 p.m., M-F, or call (205) 253-2246 for more. SUPPORT THE CHILDREN.

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 S.W. Support the Community.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT THE STARDOME:

THIS WEEKEND:

TODAY: MARIO TORY. Tennessee born native, Mario Tory began his comedy career in the famous Uptown Comedy Corner. After showcasing his skills and experiencing the stage, he knew he had found his niche. He began involving himself in every open mic night and comedy club he could grasp. Mario went on to blaze stages in the Atlanta area including Sunday Nite Phat Comedy, Tuesday Comedy@ Kats Cafe & Wednesdays @ 255 Tapas. He also ventured into Christian comedy which landed him as host in the 3rd Annual Praise and Gospel Concert.

 

Comedian Monique

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: MO’NIQUE. Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance on Oxygen, The Queens of Comedy – Movie and National Tour, The Parkers – UPN, Soul Plane – Movie are just a few of her credits. Mo’Nique is an award-winning comedienne whose career began 16 years ago in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She took to the stage for the first time on a dare from her brother. The overwhelming response and standing ovation she received gave her the courage to pursue a comedy career professionally. From there, she gained visibility and immense popularity with performances on “Showtime at the Apollo,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Apollo Comedy Hour,” HBO’s “Snaps,” BET’s “Comic View,” The Montreal Comedy Festival and Uptown Comedy Club. Mo’Nique credits her big break as the day she quit her job at the phone company in Baltimore to pursue her comedy dream wholeheartedly.

 

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

ECLECTIC WAY – An Exhibition of Artworks by UA Students and Works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art now through December 15 at the Paul R. Jones Gallery in Tuscaloosa.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART:

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

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:

DECEMBER 8 – GLITZ, GLAM AND GIVING, AN A LIST PARTY for Children’s of AL at Redmont Hotel.

DECEMBER 8 – JAZZI’S ON 3RD CHRISTMAS with DANNY HARPER QUARTET and featured vocalists.

DECEMBER 8 – EQUAL OPPORTUNITY DINNER – CELEBRATING 50 at the Harbert Center.

DECEMBER 10 – HOLIDAY SOUL with ERIC ESSIX.

HOLIDAY BLUES BASH with SIR CHARLES JONES at the Boutwell Auditorium.

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.)