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By Gwen DeRu

TODAY

VINTAGE VIDEO GAME NIGHT at Saturn.

REGULUS, SEISMOS, RUDE DUDE AND THE CREEK FREAKS, and CAPTAIN KUDZU (Solo) at the Nick.

COMEDIAN FRANK DEL PIZZO at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL at Iron City.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

FRIDAY

THE DECEMBERISTS at Iron City.

COMEDIAN BRUCE BRUCE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

JIVE MOB, SHAHEED AND DJ SUPREME, P.O.T.I.S. at The Nick.

Shaheed (right) and DJ Supreme. (Provided photo).

PARCHUTE PUNK SHOW, WESTERN MEDICATION and LADY LEGS at Saturn.

GUITARIST CHRIS STANDRING at Perfect Note.

FACEBOOK FRIDAYS, every Friday, at the Legion in Fairfield, 5 p.m. Happy Hour, 7 p.m. Line Dance, 9 p.m., DJ Vick Goes Live and Ladies are free until 10 p.m.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

TIM SPINOSI’S COLOSSAL COMEDY SIDE SHOW at the StarDome Comedy Club.

FUNNY FREE FRIDAYS (Comedy Show) at Good People Brewery, 9- 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT EXPERIENCE at Luxe Ultra Lounge.

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

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.

SATURDAY

KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE, every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on V94.9 FM with Curtis Bell. Request Line (205) 994-8949 (V949).

GAMEDAY CENTRAL at Iron City

COMEDIAN BRUCE BRUCE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

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

GUITARIST CHRIS STANDRING at Perfect Note.

THE LADIES OF (Featuring JAMES HALL),  HEATH GREEN & THE MAKESHIFTERS and JOHN ELROD  at The Nick.

EAT DRINK AND RIDE NIGHT FOOD TOUR WITH COMEDIENNE JOY, at 6 – 10 p.m., meet in Brookwood Mall, at Grille 29.

SNV – SATURDAY NIGHT VIBES, 10 p.m. at Platinum.

SUNDAY

JAZZ AND FOOD at Perfect Note.

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

CHRIS DAVIS AND THE DRUMHEDZ, and DEVONTE HUTCHINS (early show) at The Nick.

COMEDIAN BRUCE BRUCE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

MONDAY

KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH RICKEY SMILEY 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

COMEDIAN JEN KOBER the StarDome Comedy Club.

FIESTA TUESDAY at 1st and 23rd, all night.

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.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

Jose Carr

SONGS FROM THE ROAD BAND and RICK & JOHNNY (FROM ROLLIN IN THE HAY at The Nick.

WEDNESDAY

LUCERO at Saturn.

CATHERINE BRITT, OLIVER PENN and NICK ARKIN at The Nick.

LIVE JAZZ, every Wednesday, at The Marble Ring, 430 41st Street South, Suite B.

WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY, every Wednesday at 30/40 Hookah Lounge.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

COMEDIAN JEN KOBER at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SCREENTALK: BAD REPUATION A JOAN JETT DOCUMENTARY at Iron City.

NEXT THURSDAY

ABC 33/40’s TALK OF ALABAMA CELEBRATING 10 YEARS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

ON THE BORDER – THE ULTIMATE EAGLES TRIBUTE at Iron City.

COMEDIAN ARSENIO HALL at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Arsenio Hall

STONED COBRA and THE NEXT APPOINTED HOUR at The Nick.

IN THE COMMUNITY

REGIONS INSTITUTE FOR FINANCIAL EDUCATION SERIES IN SEPTEMBER

September 22 – Women and Money Series: Investing, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and September 27 – Retirement Planning Today, 6:30– 9:30 p.m. Call (205) 996-0884 for more.

OUT SPOKEN WITH JOE LOCKETT TV SHOW New on Cable TV. Check it out!

PEPPER PLACE MARKET, every Saturday.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAY HIKE, 9 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Canoe and Kayak Trip with Dinner After at Terrapin Creek near Piedmont, Alabama – DETAILS:  Come on a relaxing kayak and canoe trip on Terrapin Creek in Calhoun County near Piedmont, Alabama.  The section we will paddle is relatively easy with no classified rapids.  This is a scenic stretch of creek located in a very rural area. If you wish to rent a boat from Terrapin Outdoor Center, please call the Center BEFORE September 22 at (256) 447-6666 to reserve your boat.  Please be sure you tell the Center you are boating with Southeastern Outings. Plan to go to a restaurant in Gadsden for an optional dinner.  Bring a change of clothes and a towel.  Outfitter has four changing rooms.  Two are changing rooms only with no toilets or washbowls and two are restrooms with washbowls, toilets and running water, but no showers. Reservations Required: seoutings@bellsouth.net or call Dan Frederick, (205) 631-4680. Depart at 9 a.m. from Applebee’s Restaurant Trussville.

SUNDAY DAY HIKE, 2 p.m. – Southeastern Outings Day hike in a Forest Preserve in Homewood – DETAILS: The City of Homewood owns two forest preserves on Shades Mountain adjacent to the Homewood High School.  Spend a relaxing two hours walking with us in the lower preserve.  Rated moderately easy.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 6 and older welcome.  Meet 2 p.m. in the Homewood High School east (nearest Brookwood Village Shopping Center) parking lot, just off Lakeshore Drive in Homewood. Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205-631-4680.

FOR LOVERS OF SPORTS, FOOTBALL, TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY and MAGIC CITY CLASSIC

TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY RACES – NASCAR Playoff doubleheader weekend, Oct. 12-14. The 2018 Races are coming October 13 and 14. GET READY ALABAMA! The BONEFROG is Coming Back to Talladega Superspeedway March 30, 2019. Bonefrog is the world’s only Navy Seal Obstacle Course Race. Go to www.talladegasuperspeeday.com or www.bonefrogchallenge.com for more.

CLASSIC KICKOFF – The football season is here. October 25, 5 p.m. is the MAGIC CITY Classic Kickoff Block Party, Concert with YUNG VOKALZ, JUST A FEW CATS, and KEKE WYATT. There will be food trucks, entertainment and more.

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT THE LIBRARY

BARDS AND BREWS – Bards & Brews, the popular spoken word poetry-craft beer event, will return to the Central Library with a poetry slam on Friday, Oct. 5.

NEW EXHIBITION – PAINTING AT UAB – Also Friday, a new exhibit, Painting at UAB, featuring students of UAB professor Gary Chapman, will debut at the Central Library 4th Floor Gallery in the East Building of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. The exhibit is through Oct. 25, 2018.

CELEBRATING BLACK ARTISTS OF ALABAMA – REVEL IN DIMES, October 26-27 in Tuskegee, Alabama featuring LONNIE B. HOLLEY with JAH RICHIE, H2O, SMOOTH RAS, BAYOU DRED, CULTURE DRED and THEOLA BRIGHT. The ART EXHIBITION and Reception, Friday, October 26th, 5 – 9 p.m. and Festival and Artist Village, Saturday, October 27th, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The Festival will be held at 1370 County Road 36, Tuskegee, Alabama off Franklin Road. For more information, go to www.artnnaturefest.splashthat.com.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

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

SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC NIGHT, every Third Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Carver Theatre.

LUCERO AT SATURN – Lucero and their upcoming performance at Saturn on September 26. The band is touring in support of their new album, Among The Ghosts (August 3). Check out their track “For The Lonely Ones” via Rolling Stone Country. Lucero remains a seminal band that has the unique ability to evolve their sound and maintain their relevance over the span of two decades. They’ve continued to inspire so many over the years, captivating a large and loyal following with their raucous live shows and gritty, blue collar spirit.

BLUESMAN TAS CRU AT DANIEL DAY GALLERY – Bluesman Tas Cru has just released a new full-length album called Memphis Song. He will be performing at Daniel Day Gallery & Melody in Birmingham on October 7th, at 2 p.m.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT GOOD PEOPLE BREWING EVERY FRIDAY

FUNNY FREE FRIDAYS (COMEDY SHOW), 9 – 10:30 p.m., at Good People with Birmingham’s finest comedy show at a brewery. It’s free and features the best comedians from around the country.

AT THE STARDOME

TODAY

COMEDIAN BRUCE BRUCE. Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills. Bruce’s larger than life comedic style has been showcased across the country. His wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality set him apart from other standup comedians. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh. He is well known to audiences from his two-year stint of the host of BET’s “Comic View” as well as the host of BET’s “Coming to the Stage.” Bruce can currently be seen as “Big Shug” in the Lionsgate feature film ” Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector”, starring along side comedian Larry the Cable Guy.

MONDAY: COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY ‘EVERY MONDAY NIGHT’ at the StarDome Comedy Club for Karaoke Nights.

Rickey Smiley

COMEDIAN JEN KOBER. Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kober has recently relocated to Los Angeles where she has quickly become a nationally known headliner- playing colleges, casino’s and comedy clubs all over the country and bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy.

COMING SOON

SEPTEMBER 27-29 – SAINT GEORGE’S MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 21 – KICKOFF TO CLASSIC – THE ROOFTOP EXPERIENCE

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 andgwenderu@yahoo.com.