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BY GWEN DERU

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! Celebrate the Mothers!

TODAY

Q PARKER & FRIENDS, J.K. HOWELLS, YANNA CRAWLEY and more at The Perfect Note.

BRAD ARMSTRONG and WILL STEWART at The Nick.

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

GIRLPOOL, HATCHIE and LAMBDA CELSIUS at Saturn.

JACQUEES and MICAHBLU at Iron City.

LIVE JAZZ EVERY THURSDAY, 9 p.m. at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

VINTAGE VIDEO GAME NIGHT at Saturn.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

FRIDAY

NIGHT BEATS, TACO MOUTH, KINZIE and VINYL ORBIT at The Nick Rocks.

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NO SCRUBS: 90’S DANCE PARTY WITH DJ WILL EASTMAN and DJ OZKER, VISUALS BY KILOS at Saturn.

TOM JONES LIVE at Iron City.

UGLY BABY LIVE, 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Birmingham Improv Theatre, 2208 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, 35233.

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.

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY AT ZANZIBAR Bar and Grill, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

PEPPER PLACE MARKET, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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).

TALK DERBY 2 ME at Redmont Hotel Rooftop.

MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION at 1918 Catering.

COOSA QUEEN RIVERBOAT DINNER CRUISE.

EVERY SATURDAY AFTER HOURS AT ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL BAR AND GRILL, 9 p.m., 2024 Green Springs Highway with Caribbean, African, Latino music, Signature Dish Suya and Drink Specials.

WHITNEY ROSE 40th BIRTHDAY PARTY w/ I AM THE LAW TN, HIGHER ‘N HELL, AS A NATION DIES, OF SERPENTS, HERETICS and SHADES OF SINN at The Nick Rocks.

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

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

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

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SUNDAY

JAZZ AND FOOD, at Perfect Note.

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

EARL SWEATSHIRT at Saturn.

NATHAN FOUTS, Q DOT DAVIS, IVSPICOLI, JON RYAN and KID KOSHER at the Nick Rocks.

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

CINCO DE MAYO and LOS LOBOS at Iron City.

MONDAY

MO MONEY MONDAYS at the Eastside Lounge.

BIRMINGHAM BANDSTAND at The Nick Rocks.

KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

TUESDAY

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.

TASTY TUESDAY, 5 p.m. doors open, (30+ before 9 p.m.) (21+ after 9 p.m.) at Platinum of Birmingham, every Tuesday. Free Dinner buffet for Birmingham’s Best Happy Hour.

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

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

MESSER, SAUL, BROTHER HUSBANDS at the Nick Rocks.

MARC REBILLET at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

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

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

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

BLAC RABBIT and THE HEAD at The Nick Rocks.

COMEDIAN 5 for 5 at the StarDome Comedy Club.

ZEAL & ARDOR at Saturn.

NEXT THURSDAY

SCOTT MULVAHILL and REBECCA EGELAND at The Nick.

COMEDIAN TJ MILLER at the StarDome Comedy Club.

ADIA VICTORIA at Saturn.

ELI YOUNG BAND at Iron City.

NEXT FRIDAY

TERRY OHMS and RESULTS OF ADULTS, WITCH’S WALL at The Nick Rocks.

COMEDIAN TJ MILLER at the StarDome Comedy Club.

LUTHI, THE PEARL and DIRTY LUNGS at Saturn.

HOT NEW MUSIC

NEW ALBUM! NEW ALVIN! –  Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Alvin Garrett, is celebrating the release of his latest album, “This HILL”. After several years of climbing and grinding with his breakout hit single, “By Myself,” the Grammy-Nominated songwriter, Alvin Garrett, is inviting everyone to join him on “This HILL.” Garrett’s sophomore album truly captures this Alabama boy’s old soul and takes you on a neo-vintage journey through his musical mind and life. The title song and lead-off single, “This HILL,” pays tribute to the lessons he was taught growing up, which helped shape his relentless spirit and pursuit of his goals. “Because of HOPE, I have the INSPIRATION to pursue what I LOVE at the risk of LOSS,” says Garrett. This singer-songwriter truly believes that attitude determines altitude; which he gleefully delivers with “Have A Good Time,” and the classic William DeVaughn hit, “Be Thankful For What You Got.” Alvin’s celebration of women and their unique and individual beauty is captured in the Prince-styled funk jam, “It’s You”; and he beautifully channels his inner Al Green with the gentleman-esque ballad, “What I’ll Do.” Garrett is joined by his good friend and recent Grammy-Award winner, PJ Morton, on the soul-stirring groove, “Wait.” The songs “Love Is Still The Answer” and “By Myself” prove that Garrett has no interest in escaping his Gospel roots. Get on “This HILL” with Alvin Garrett, and you’re sure to be inspired to keep climbing.

FOR LOVERS OF STYLE AND FASHION

TALK DERBY 2 ME – A-List Network is presenting TALK DERBY 2 ME ROOFTOP DAY PARTY, Saturday, 2-6 p.m. at the Redmont Hotel with a BEST DRESSED CONTEST. Judges are Author & Fashion Consultant PERRY VARNER, Fashion Designer KENYA BUCHANAN, House Heist HERBERT BEVILLE, JR., Runway Fashion Consultant D. ALICE GOLDSMITH, and The Fly Realtor JUSTIN WILLIAMS. The event is sponsored by MiBella Wellness Center with some of the proceeds benefiting Community of Lights, a sexual assault and domestic violence organization. DJ CHOCOLATE is mixing live.

FOR FOOD LOVERS

ZANZIBAR BAR AND GRILL – If you love good ethnic food, then Zanzibar Bar and Grill is the place to go every Saturday night. Get your groove on with all kinds of favorite foods from Africa, Caribbean, and more. Enjoy music of all kinds including Caribbean, Soca, African, and Reggae.

MOM 365 ANNUAL BRUNCH CELEBRATION, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION – 1918 CATERING is celebrating mothers with food and music on Saturday, May 11, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy music by sultry song artist G CHILD as he serenades throughout the evening and you get your taste buds to working with the great food by Homewood’s own People’s Choice Runner Up 2019 Jason and Jamal of 1918 Catering. Make It A Day to Remember!

FOR MUSIC LOVERS, SPOKEN WORD AND DANCE…

ALABAMA SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS SPRING DANCE PERFORMANCE – The Alabama School of Fine Arts Department of Dance will present public performances of the department’s spring dance program titled “Sprint Repertory” on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at the school.

BLAC RABBIT, a psychedelic rock group from Rockaway Beach N.Y., performs at The Nick on Wednesday.

JAZZNET is June 14, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Boutwell Auditorium hosted by Jeh Jeh Pruitt. It is a great networking event whether you are a musician, doctor, insurance agent, online merchant, caterer, manufacturer, candlestick maker, salesperson, personal trainer, attorney, financial advisor, etc., this is the perfect event to grow your business. Network with positive business people and promote your business to a variety of audiences.

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

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

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS…

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART…

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m.

FOR SPORTS LOVERS

REGIONS TRADITION GOLF TOURNAMENT – Kick off the week with “Shipt Yoga on the Green”, Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. – $10 donation goes to charity & you get a swag bag and 2 tickets to Regions Tradition! –Pro Am on Wednesday, with a putting contest for $10,000 cash, plus the Magic City Classic Coaches Challenge, where the A&M coach and AL State coach go head to head on the golf course for scholarship money to the winner’s school.– Friday is the Lexus Hole in One Challenge – win a new Lexus! –Saturday after play, around 5 p.m., Black Jacket Symphony will play Rolling Stone’s album, Sticky Fingers on stage – free with your Saturday Regions ticket! –All weekend see top golfers and other celebrities like Condoleezza Rice, Bo Jackson, SEC coaches/players & mascots and more! Plus enjoy the best part of Regions Tradition – The Watering Hole on the 10th hole, with great food and drinks all week long. Regions Center will light up for the Regions Tradition Golf Tournament, each night from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. and again 5 – 6 a.m. through May 12. This is to continue to build community excitement for the upcoming tournament May 8 – 12 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover. The Black Jacket Symphony is May 11 at the golf course’s 10th hole immediately following the Saturday action starting at approximately 5 p.m. For more info on the tournament, go to www.RegionsTradition.com.

FOR LOVERS OF THE OUTDOORS

SATURDAY DAY HIKE, 8:15 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Wildflower Walk at Bucks Pocket State Park – DETAILS: Bucks Pocket State Park has one of the greatest concentrations and variety of wildflowers of any public area in the State of Alabama. Join fellow nature lovers for a walk on trails in this very scenic park. Expect to have a wildflower resource guide knowledgeable in wildflower identification to hike with us on this outing. First, drive to visit High Falls to a spectacular, large volume waterfall to have our picnic lunch at High Falls Park. Then, drive a short distance to Bucks Pocket State Park for an easy stroll on trails in this very scenic park. Start at the overlook and walk slowly down to the canyon floor. Along the way, stop by and view two lovely waterfalls. After that cross the creek and see even more wildflowers on a trail through the woods heading upstream beside the creek to a third waterfall. Total walking distance in Bucks Pocket State Park is about five miles. Hike rated moderate. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and up able to walk five miles without complaining welcome. After the outing, enjoy an optional delicious restaurant dinner together in Guntersville. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Food Giant parking lot in Pinson. Plan to depart from there at 8:30 a.m. Info. and trip leader: Dan Frederick,seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205-631-4680.

SUNDAY DAYHIKE, Meet 1:45 p.m. – Southeastern Outings Walk Very Near Birmingham at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson in Jefferson County, Alabama – DETAILS: You are invited to participate in an easy, fun Southeastern Outings short Sunday afternoon dayhike in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson. Walk through this heavily-wooded area. Hike on the new trail which has been officially opened since 2012. The trail extends from the upper parking area through the woods to a large creek with a long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve. Bring drinking water with you. Meet 1:45 p.m. at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve oval, upper parking lot on the north side of The Narrows Road about 1.4 miles west of the intersection of AL 79, AL 151 and The Narrows Road in Pinson. Plan to depart from there at 2 p.m. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk four miles welcome. Bring a friend or friends. Info. and trip leader: Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680,seoutings@bellsouth.net.

TUESDAY EVENING WALK, Meet 6:45 p.m. – Southeastern Outings Weekday Evening Walk at Hillsboro Trail, Helena, Shelby County, Alabama – DETAILS: This is an easy four-mile evening walk on the Hillsboro Trail in Helena, Alabama. This smooth trail is wide, paved and with only a few short hills on a scenic trail which goes through mostly wooded terrain. No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail! All road crossings are through three tunnels under the roads. Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and up able to walk four miles without complaining are welcome on this walk. After the walk, enjoy going for frozen yogurt at Yogurt Mountain in Hoover. Meet at 6:45 p.m. in the front parking lot at the Helena Middle School and depart from that location at 7 p.m. to begin the walk. Info/hike leader: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205-631-4680

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT BIRMINGHAM IMPROV EVERY FRIDAY

UGLY BABY LIVE, 9:30 p.m. at Birmingham Improv Theatre, 2208 7th Avenue South, 35233

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 SINBAD…David Adkins, better known by his

Comedian Sinbad

stage name Sinbad, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials, appearing on several television series, and starring in the films Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid, Jingle All the Way, and Good Burger.

MONDAY…KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH RICKEY SMILEY… Birmingham’s own, Rickey Smiley is taking over the StarDome on Monday nights. Come join Rickey, his band and whatever else he has up his sleeve as he brings Karaoke to a whole new level.

WEDNESDAY… 5 FOR 5…Comedians Caleb Garrett, CeCe Pickett, Charity Host, Terrell Marrow and Sir Walt are joining forces to create a hilarious night of entertainment.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 09: Actor TJ Miller attends Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Actor: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, and Ed Skrein, “Deadpool” at Apple Store Soho on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

NEXT THURSDAY… COMEDIAN TJ MILLER…Todd Joseph Miller is an American actor, stand-up comedian, producer, and writer. In 2008, he made his acting debut in Cloverfield, and from 2010 to 2019, he voiced Tuffnut Thorston in all three How to Train Your Dragon films. VIP includes an autographed Polaroid with T.J., a hearty conversation and a fortune told, option to buy a compact audio disc of t.j. miller’s hip hop/pop/folk music- it’s an EP, 41 tracks! Also available are autographed Deadpool & Ready Player One hats, and three limited edition Emoji Movie shirts for an exorbitant amount of cash!

FOR THE COMMUNITY

MOUNTAIN BROOK CITIZEN APPRECIATION DAY, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the lawn of the City Hall and the ART ON THE VILLAGE at the Crestline Elementary Field, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CELEBRATE SCIENCE AT MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER – Twenty schools participated in CELEBRATE SCIENCE at the McWane Science Center. The winners : 1st place is Williams Avenue (FORT PAYNE). 2nd place is Shades Cahaba Elementary (HOMEWOOD). 3rd place is Deer Valley Elementary (HOOVER). President’s Award went to Hartselle Intermediate School. Celebrate Science is a unique program that challenges teachers and students to step outside of the classroom routine and bring science principles to life. Putting their imaginations to work, selected 3rd-5th grade classrooms from all over the state are challenged to design an exhibit prototype for McWane Science Center during the school year. Each class presents their prototypes and a winner is chosen at the end of the school year. This year’s theme is “Sweet Home Alabama: with all prototypes having a connection to our state in some way.

FOR HURTING PEOPLE A PAINKILLER CONFERENCE – There is a three-day conference at Eden Westside Baptist Church – Painkiller Conference – to reach hurting people with Christ’s love. The conference is Friday, 6:45 p.m., Saturday 8:45 a.m. -Noon, and Sunday 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There will be a Student Conference for Grades 7 – 12 and SHINE Kids Conference for Grades 1-6. Guest Speaker is Dr. Ted Traylor, Pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. A book written by Rev. Jacky Connell is part of the reason for the conference. The book ‘Painkillers’ covers the idea that we do not have a drug epidemic, but we have pain epidemic. People are hurting so they are looking for ways to cope with their particular type of pain. For more info: www.jcimpact.org.

COMING SOON

MAY 14 – INDIA ARIE at the Alys Stephens Center.

MAY 22 – TYLER PERRY’S “MADEA’S FAREWELL PLAY TOUR” at the Legacy Arena.

May 25 – FUNKFEST at Legion Field.

JUNE 1 – ANNUAL CARRIBEAN FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL in Bessemer.

JUNE 7 – MS. SENIOR JEFFERSON COUNTY PAGEANT at the Cahaba Ridge Resort Lifestyle Communities.

JUNE 14 – JAZZNET at the Boutwell Auditorium.

FATHER’S DAY BLUES & BASH at the Boutwell Auditorium.

JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL at the Birmingham Civil Rights District

JUNE 15 – 19 – NATIONAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE at Kelly Ingram Park.

JUNE 21 – AN EVENING WITH ICONIC KENNY G with ERIC ESSIX at BJCC Concert Hall.

JUNE 22 – JUNETEENTH SANKOFA AFRICAN CULTURAL CELEBRATION at 1121 Tuscaloosa Avenue S.W.

JUNE 23 – JAZZ IN THE PARK in Bessemer.

AUGUST 18 – L’CHAIM at the Alys Stephens Center.

NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 5 – 3rd ANNUAL ALUMNI GETAWAY CRUISE.

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.