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By Gwen DeRu


TODAY

JAY GONZALEZ, TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH, and HEATH GREEN at The Nick.

COMEDIAN LANCE MONTALTO at the StarDome Comedy Club.
DRIVE BY TRUCKERS at Saturn.

CHRIS LANE BAND at Iron City.

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN, at the Legacy.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

FRIDAY

DAWES at Iron City.

COMEDIAN MIKE EPPS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Mike Epps

BOOK OF WYRMS, KAMIKAZE ZOMBIE, STUMP TAIL DOLLY and HEXXUS at The Nick.

GUSTER at Saturn.

R&B VOCALIST SHENA RENEE at the 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.

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 BILL BELLAMY at the StarDome Comedy Club. 

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

GUITARIST SLIM GAMBILL FROM LADY ANTEBELLUM at Perfect Note.

THE GODDAMN RIGHTS, ADLET, EYES LIKE EPITAPHS, and LOW FREQUENCY BUZZ 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

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN, at the Legacy.

JAZZ AND FOOD at Perfect Note.

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

THE GREEN SEED, EMPIRE SPRINGS, JON WORTHY AND THE BENDS and SISTER SNIFFLE at The Nick.

COMEDIAN BILL BELLAMY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SNAILS at Iron City.

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

BUSINESS IN THE BLACK, a documentary about black business, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Tutwiler in the Tutwiler Bar and Grill Reserved Back Room.

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

THE GRAND OLE UPROAR and JOHN ELROD at the Nick.

TALL HEIGHTS at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

COMEDIAN DARREN FLEET and JUST NESH at the StarDome Comedy Club.

BILLY STRINGS 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.

COHEED AND CAMBRIA at Iron City.

OTIS and CHRIS SIMMONS BAND at The Nick.

NEXT THURSDAY

RECYCLED RUNWAY at Saturn.

BASSHAM featuring MACKP, BI$H, DJ MIGGY SMALLZ, SKETCH and JVEGER at The Nick.

COMEDIAN ALI SIDDIQ at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

COMEDIAN at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SHILOH HILL, BATTITO, ICE STATION ZEBRA and BIBLE BELT at The Nick.

DRIVIN’ N’ CRYIN’ at Saturn at Saturn.

FOR FILM LOVERS

BUSINESSES IN THE BLACK – THE RISE OF BLACK BUSINESS IN AMERICA 1800’s – 1960’s, is a documentary film produced by ANTHONY BROGDON will show in Birmingham on Friday, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Tutwiler Hotel in the Tutwiler Bar and Grill in the Reserved Back Room. It is a Strong Production Project produced and directed by Anthony Brogdon with Hugh H. Hatten as Director of Photography. The film shares: how did slaves go to college, what racism did to destroy black business districts, names of black millionaires in the 1800’s, businesses and organizations, interviews with people whose families owned businesses in the early 1900’s and so much more. Moderator is Sheila Smoot – 98.7 Kiss FM/AM 610 WAGG/FM 100. The Birmingham Business Resource Center and Alabama Leadership Foundation will host the event. For more, go to www.businessintheblack.net and @astrongdream.

SCIENCE FAIR, a National Geographic Documentary in the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at Alabama School of Fine Arts, on November 14th, doors open at 6 p.m. and film at 7 p.m. There will be a panel discussion with science fair winners to follow the film. This is a family friendly film.

FOR THE COMMUNITY

THE SISTERHOOD SUMMIT – ECHOES FROM WAKANDA, Saturday 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The Firm Foundation Church with Judge Shera Grant, Pastor Eva Melton, Ms. Arden Blackwell, Rev. Kanisha Billingsley and Dr. Ankrehah Johnson. Call (205) 500-1398 for more. The Echoes from Wakanda sisters still ring! Their voices encourage camaraderie among women for mutual and communal support. Healthy female relationships are a necessary anchor of the African American community. Join us for this one day conference as we discover how we can encourage and create safe spaces for women in this realm! We go farther together.

WONDER WOMEN SERIES features JANE REED ROSS, Landscape Architect, November 18, Sunday at 3 p.m. at the UAB’s ArtPlay. The Wonder Women is presented by Girl Spring.

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

NEAR…IN MONTGOMERY

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – The 2018 Holiday Open House at Goat Hill Museum Store is ready for visitors to have the chance to stock up this holiday season on locally made sauces, jellies, bundt cakes, and Alabama history. Join others and meet Alabama authors and sample delicious goodies! The 2018 Holiday Open House is at the Goat Hill Museum Store (located inside the Alabama State Capitol at the Union Street Entrance) on Thursday, November 15 – Friday, November 16, will feature artisans and book signings with Alabama authors. For more information about this event please call 334-353-4969.

FOR VETERANS

2018 VETERANS SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, November 7- 9 at the Five Points West Library. Call (205) 226-4015 for more.

FOR LOVERS OF SPORTS…

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY FOOTBALL IN BIRMINGHAM and ALABAMA.

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS, SPOKEN WORD AND DANCE

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

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

ASFA FALL DANCE REPARATORY, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. For more, (205) 252-9241, or visit www.asfa.k12.al.us.com.

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 LANCE MONTALTO…Starting in New Orleans with Ellen Degeneres in the Early – ’80s at Clyde’s Comedy Corner he’s never looked back and has toured the world headlining Comedy Clubs, Colleges, Corporate Events and Cruise Lines. Throughout his career he has worked with Ellen Degeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Brad Garrett, Steve Harvey, George Wallace, Carrot Top, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Ray Charles, Eddie Money, James Brown, Brenda Lee, Billy Idol, and many more. As a television writer and a member of The Writer’s Guild of America he was a writer for Steve Harvey and has also written Movie and Television Scripts. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has done television commercials for Kodak, GM, and written and sung for national television commercials.

THIS WEEKEND… COMEDIAN MIKE EPPS…You’ve seen this mega movie and comedic star in The Honeymooners, Next Friday, Friday After Next, How High, The Hangover, The Hangover 3, All About the Benjamins, to name a few. This show will sell out so make your plans soon.

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

Rickey Smiley is a comedian, radio host, and TV personality.

WEDNESDAY…Comedians DARREN FLEET and JUST NESH…Darren Fleet is an internet sensation and stand up comedian, who has a following of over a million followers. Darren’s natural stage presence and storytelling will have you entertained from start to finish. Darren’s motto is “yeah I said it and I ain’t taking it back cause I meant it.” Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice is one of the most high energy acts on the comedy circuit today. Most recently, Taneshia was featured on Kevin Hart’s Hart of the City on Comedy Central and the New season of Def comedy Jam.

COMING SOON

NOVEMBER 15-17 – HAPPY ENDING – A PLAY at Encore Theatre and Gallery.

DECEMBER 8 – GIRLS ROCK LIFE SKILLS MENTORING PROGRAM.

DECEMBER 10 – JASON ISBELL at the Lyric Theatre.

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

DECEMBER 29 – CHARLIE WILSON at the BJCC Concert Hall.

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

MARCH 12 – 75th ANNIVERSARY OF UNCF AND THE BIRMINGHAM MAYOR’S MASKED BALL.

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.