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By Gwen DeRu

TODAY

VETERANS OF INFLUENCE, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Harbert Center.

HOW GERMANY HAS COME TO TERMS WITH ITS PAST featuring STEFAN SCHLUTER, at BCRI, 5:30 p.m., Program 6 p.m.

AN EVENING OF ART FOCUSED ON RECOVERY FUNDRAISER, at Park Crest Event Facility, 2030 Little Valley Rd Hoover, AL and run from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 205-822-7300.

COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER-SONGWRITER CHRIS STAPLETON w/special guests MARTY STUART & BRENT COBB at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

PINKY DOODLE POODLE, BLINDSPOT, THE OUCHIES and PRETTY PLEASE at The Nick.

COMEDIAN FINIS HENDERSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

WILD NOTHING at the Saturn.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

FRIDAY

TORI KELLY at the Lyric Theatre.

Tori Kelly

THE OH HELLOS at Iron City.

COMEDIAN FINIS HENDERSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

THE TOASTERS and DAN SARTAIN at The Nick.

SPAFFORD at Saturn.

GUITARIST JJ SANSAVERINO 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 FINIS HENDERSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

KIDZ BOP LIVE 2018 at the BJCC Concert Hall

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

GUITARIST JJ SANSAVERINO at Perfect Note.

DIRTY GIRL, ELECTRIC BLUE YONDER and REBECCA EGELAND 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.

KICKOFF TO THE CLASSIC – THE ROOFTOP EXPERIENCE, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. at the Birmingham School of Law Roof Top, 231- 22nd St S.

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

JOHNNY PANIC, BROTHER BURCH w/OZU, YELLOWMILK and CECE HETRICK at The Nick.

COMEDIAN FINIS HENDERSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Finis Henderson

SUICIDE GIRLS at Saturn.

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

KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH RICKEY SMILEY at 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.

WHOSE HAT IS THIS? and TRAGIC CITY at the Nick.

KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SCREAMING FEMALES at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

COMEDIAN HENRY WELCH at the StarDome Comedy Club.

CLOUD NOTHINGS at Saturn.

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.

COIN at Iron City.

20 WATT TOMBSTONE, THE MANESS BROTHERS and THE GODDAMN RIGHTS at The Nick.

NEXT THURSDAY

BASSHAM featuring SERPENT EYES, BARRY BANGERZ, MIGGY SMALLZ, PARTY MATRIX and SKETCH at The Nick.

KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

BLUES TRAVELER at Iron City.

MAGIC CITY CLASSIC BLOCK PARTY, 5 p.m. at Railroad Park with Faith Evans, KeKe Wyatt, Just a Few Cats and Yung Vokalz.

NEXT FRIDAY

BLUES GUITARIST MR. SIPP at the Perfect Note

BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY at Iron City.

Sommore

COMEDIAN SOMMORE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

WILL STEWART, LEON III and JANET SIMPSON at The Nick.

FOR THE COMMUNITY

INTERNATIONAL PEACE CORPS PARTY -A most enjoyable party, reception and Peace Corps recruitment and information function – all in one evening, Tuesday, 6 – 8 p.m. at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hill Student Center, Room 318, 1400 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294 on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. Discover exciting opportunities in countries like Samoa, Paraguay, Ghana and Thailand. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff from the Peace Corps Regional Office in New York City and the University of Alabama and faculty and staff from the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be available to discuss the Peace Corps, answer questions and distribute information about the Peace Corps. Contact Dan Frederick, GBRPCV Publicity Coordinator at 205/631-4680 or email dfred4@bellsouth.net for more information.

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

PEPPER PLACE MARKET, every Saturday.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAY HIKE, Meet 9:45 a.m.-Southeastern Outings Picnic Lunch and Easy Day Hike at the Paul Grist State Park near Selma, Alabama – DETAILS: Paul Grist State Park is one of the state’s most uncrowded, yet scenic state parks containing hills, forests, fields and a large, beautiful, tree-lined lake. Prior to the day hike, get together at the smaller pavilion right near the Park Office to eat our picnic lunches. Bring your picnic lunch and also $2 per person ($1 for children age 6-12 and seniors age 62 and older) park admission and a beverage for yourself. Day hike Details: Hike rated easy as there are only a few ups and downs. Total hiking distance is approximately three miles. Walk all the way around the lake. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 9 and over able to walk three miles without complaining are welcome. Bring your drink and wear sturdy footwear. Optional group dinner after the hike. Meet 9:45 a.m. at the McDonald’s Galleria. Plan to depart from there at 10 a.m. Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

SUNDAY DAY HIKE, Meet 1:45 p.m.-Southeastern Outings Moderate Day Hike Along Buck Creek in Helena, AL-DETAILS: Explore the wilder side of Helena. Hike with SEO on a lovely creekside trail in Helena in Shelby County. Total hiking distance is less than four miles. Hike rated moderately easy. Walk briefly off trail and up some hills when the trail routes us away from the creek. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up welcome. Meet at 1:45 p.m. in the parking lot for the Helena City Park on AL Highway 261 in Helena. Plan to depart from there at 2 p.m. Directions to Meeting Place: Take I-65 to Exit #247, the Shelby County Route 17, Valleydale Road exit. Go to end of ramp and turn right regardless of whether you come from the south or the north. Take Co. 17, which changes from Co. Route 17 to AL 261, all the way into Helena. You will cross one railroad and then drive over a bridge with a dam and waterfall on the left. Immediately past the bridge, turn sharply back to the right just before you cross a second railroad and then drive into the parking lot for a city park right on the shore of the creek. Distances on Valleydale Road, (Shelby County Route 17) and then Alabama Route 261 from I-65 exit number 247 to driveway into Helena Park parking lot are 5.5 miles from bottom end of southbound ramp and 5.9 miles from bottom end of northbound ramp.Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.netor 205/631-4680.

FOR LOVERS OF SPORTS

IT IS FOOTBALL SEASON, MAGIC CITY CLASSIC WEEK – The football season is here and many other games have been played. This, however, is the Magic City Classic week in Birmingham. This is the biggest weekend of the year and everybody has plans to get out ‘somewhere.’ There will be something to do all over, more than other weeks or weekends. If you are not ready then you have a few more days to get your plans together. Get Ready! Set! Go! (Get your copy of the Magic City Classic Special Section, next week, for things to do and see.)

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

NEW EXHIBITION – PAINTING AT UAB – Painting at UAB, featuring students of UAB professor Gary Chapman, 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.

HARVEST CHOIR CONCERT with the PROGRESSIVE CHOIR, October 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 1101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. This will be an afternoon of praise and worship with old and new gospel favorites. The concert will include both familiar, new contemporary and traditional gospel selections. It will feature some of the most inspiring singers and musicians in the area. Vickie Stokes is the Director and John Cantelow, III, is Pastor.

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:

THIS WEEKEND: COMEDIAN FINIS HENDERSON FEATURING LEANNE MORGAN – What is in a name that makes you unique? What is in a voice that makes an audience beg for more? What is in a performance that tops the most seasoned entertainer? Simply, the Finis. Finis Henderson that is! From his seemingly never-ending repertoire of your favorite songsters, you will be carried back in time to the days of “The Rat Pack” Sammy Davis, Jr. who once said, “Looking at Finis is like looking in the mirror,” Elvis Presley (as once said by Elvis’ Manager, Mr. Leo Gershey, Finis Henderson not only sounds like Elvis, but in character, closely resembles the King). You will then be transported to the future through the voices of Tom Jones, Ricky Martin, Mick Jagger, Alan Jackson, N’Sync, Bee Gee’s, Beatles, James Brown, Willie and Julio, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Prince, Earth, Wind and Fire, OutKast. So many, many voices, so little time. Featuring LeAnne Morgan.

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

WEDNESDAY: HENRY WELCH. Comedian Henry Welch, considers himself the most feared man in comedy! His career began at the prestigious A.H. Parker High School and on to Alabama State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. When Henry started comedy, Bruce Ayers, owner of the Stardome Comedy Club in Birmingham, Ala. told him “if you can do clean comedy, it will send you anywhere” and the rest is history. Henry has traveled all over the world telling jokes on TV/Radio stations, at colleges, churches and clubs. Welch has just filmed the movie, Strip Off. He appeared in an OutKast music video and can be heard in hilarious skits featured on Idlewild and Speaker Boxxx. He has been a part of BET’s Comic View, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Showtime’s The Big Black Comedy Show.  Now hailing from Atlanta, Ga., Welch punctuates his jokes with unique phrases, “Y’all ain’t ready for me!” and “I’m booked!”

NEXT THURSDAY: COMEDIAN SOMMORE Sommore has appeared on various shows including HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, ComicView, and BET Live from L.A. She has also done guest appearances on television sitcoms The Hughleys and The Parkers, and she has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She also appeared on Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. In 2008, she appeared as one of the mob members on several episodes of the game show 1 vs. 100. She is one of the original Queens of Comedy.

COMING SOON

OCTOBER 21–28 – MAGIC CITY CLASSIC WEEK.

OCTOBER 26 – MAGIC CITY CLASSIC SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST, 7 a.m. at The Harbert Center.

OCTOBER 26-27 – CELEBRATING BLACK ARTISTS OF ALABAMA in Tuskegee.

OCTOBER 27 – NF PERCEPTION TOUR at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC.

OCTOBER 27 – ANTHONY JESELNIK at the Lyric Theatre,

OCTOBER 27 – CODY JINKS w/special guest THE STEEL WOODS at the Alabama Theatre.

DECEMBER 10 – JASON ISBELL at the Lyric Theatre.

DECEMBER 13 – HARRY CONNICK, JR at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre.

FEBRUARY 12-13 – A.G. GASTON CONFERENCE at the BJCC.

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.