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Gwen DeRu

 

IT’S FALL!  IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!  IT’S RACING AT IT’S FINEST AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY!  IT’S TAILGATING!!

Palmer WIlliams, Jr.

It’s time to do a few different things now that summer is at its end.  What do you have in mind?  I have a few things up my sleeve to share with you.  Check them out!

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS….

**MILES COLLEGE LABOR DAY CLASSIC – The Labor Day Classic returns to Legion Field Sunday, 6 p.m. when the Miles College Golden Bears take on the University of North Alabama Lions.  Call (205) 929-1732 for more.  Tell them Gwen sent you

BRICK
(Photo: Brick) (Palmer Williams, Jr.)

 

**MIDFIELD CITY FEST – Nationally known recording artist BRICK and PALMER WILLIAMS, JR. known as “Floyd” from Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network will be performing, Saturday, at Henderson’s, 103 Bessemer Super Highway in Midfield.  For more information, call (205) 612-7614.  Tell them Gwen sent you.

FOR GOLF LOVERS….

**HABD FSS GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Housing Authority Birmingham District is hosting the 2015 George A. Pegues Memorial FSS Golf Tournament on September 11 at the Roebuck Golf Course, 8920 Roebuck Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35206. Registration is 7 a.m. and Shotgun is 8 a.m.  For more call (205) 521-0769.

**H2O FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC – The Birmingham Water Works Board is hosting the annual golf tournament September 11 at the Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Golf Course. Registration is 8 a.m. and Shotgun is 9 a.m.  For information call (205) 244-4115.

**STILLMAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT – Join the fun at the 15th Annual Stillman College Scholarship Golf Tournament, September 25.  Registration is 7 a.m. and Tee-Time is 8 a.m.  The tournament will be held at the Roebuck Golf Course and will feature some of Birmingham’s finest golfers including NFL football celebrities, local community public officials and top female golfers.  There will be door prizes, raffle prizes, awards and delicious lunch.  Proceeds will go to the deserving Birmingham students to attend Stillman College.  For more information (205) 925-9373, gdennard2@aol.com, (205) 247-8145 or ascott@stillman.edu.

**HOMEWOOD CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC – The Annual Homewood Chamber Golf Classic will be held on Thursday, October 8 at Robert Trent Jones – Oxmoor Valley’s Golf Course. Registration and the Putting Contest will be held at 8 a.m., and the Tournament will officially begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The Golf Classic supports economic development efforts in the City of Homewood. Participants will enjoy a light breakfast, full round of golf, the chance to win fantastic door prizes from area businesses, a locally sourced lunch from Urban Cookhouse and so much more.  Call (205) 871-5631 for more.

….There are always plenty of things to do around the southeast.  Here are a few things going on in town…

TODAY…

**CELEBRATE LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS – Support the UCP of Greater Birmingham’s Annual Life Without Limits Luncheon! This year’s luncheon will be held, today, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   The UCP 2015 Honorees recognized include: Legacy Award- Bee & Ed Robinson, Outstanding Employer- Red Mountain Park, Outstanding Program Partner- CVS Caremark, Outstanding Corporate Citizen-BioTech Limb & Brace, Outstanding Volunteer- Cassidy Bonner, and Inspiration Awards- Nathan & Owen Hite and Mary White.  For more information, email Marka Chastain mchastain@ucpbham.com or call (205) 944-3909.

Logan the Entertainer
(Photo: Logan) (Photo Credit: logantheentertainer.com)

 

FRIDAY…

**LABOR DAY KICKOFF – Join friends at the Labor Day Kick-Off featuring LOGAN THE ENTERTAINER, 8 p.m. at Legends Sports Lounge.  FREE before 9 p.m.

SATURDAY…

*UA and AUBURN GAME DAY VIEWING AND AFTER PARTY – Football is all over the place. Auburn game is at 2:30 p.m.  University of Alabama plays at 7 p.m. You can stop by, see the games and enjoy live performances by TELA at Legends Sports Lounge.  No Admission ‘til 9 p.m.

**AN EVENING OF FLAVOR – With a theme of HARLEM RENAISSANCE in the air, An Evening of Flavor is 7 until 11 p.m. at the Regions Park, 1404 First Avenue South.  There will be live music by THE SOULED OUT BAND, a Silent Auction, hors d’oeuvres served 7 – 8:30 p.m. and a 1920’s inspired atmosphere.  Dress in your best Harlem Renaissance.  For more information, call (205) 529-3417.

SUNDAY…

**SKATE NIGHT LABOR DAY WEEKEND – Check out the Labor Day Classic After Party at the ROLL BOUNCE SKATE NIGHT (every 1st and 3rd Sunday) at the Roller Motion Skate Center, 2474 Morgan Road in Bessemer.  Music control is by DJ CJ “Tha Sticman in the Mix.”

WEDNESDAY…

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS –

**Iberia Bank’s New SBA Program and Lending Capacity is September 9 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Innovation Depot on First Avenue North.  FREE.  Call (205) 250-6380 Ext. 6610 for more.

GARDENING TIP…..

Fall is the prefect time to plant perennials:  Cooler temperatures help them get established faster, so you have a bigger, healthier plant in the spring.  Plant perennials up until about four weeks before the ground freezes in your area. (Taken from Costa Farms Garden Club.)

 

SEPTEMBER AT THE BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS…

September welcomes fall with things to do at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Such as…..

**Yoga with Lindsay – Join instructor Lindsey Barclift at the Gardens on Thursday in our new adult yoga class. Twenty-five years of classical ballet training, plus many years of cardio, weight and group training has allowed Lindsey to understand one’s limitations as well as specific training designed to maximize results while avoiding injuries. She understands the importance of knowing one’s limits and backing away to avoid pain and injury. Trained through Yogafit, Lindsey’s goal is to introduce you to yoga and to assist you in developing a safe daily practice. Breathe, strengthen, stretch and relax. Thursdays. 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 11:30-12:30 p.m.

**From the Ground Up: Herbal Plant Walk – Join Herbalists Cameron Strouss and Antonia Viteri for a medicinal plant walk at the BBG! During this walk we will be discussing southern herbs their traditional and medicinal uses.  September 12, 10-11 a.m.

**Photography: What’s This Button Do? – This class is designed for those who have just gotten their first digital camera, or for those who have had one for a while but never really felt comfortable shooting in any mode other than full auto – point and shoot. For more information and to register online, visit www.bbgardens.org/classes. September 12, 9-noon.

**Baking From the Heart: Mini Apple Tartes – Creating something yummy for our tummy is the perfect way to celebrate back-to-school as we make lunchbox treats using garden favorites like apples and cinnamon! As we explore the story of the 2015 American Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas, an enthusiastic young baker, we’ll learn a little about French culture and bake mini tarte aux pommes (apple tarts) in honor of fall. September 13 and 17, 2-4 p.m.

**The Passion for Native Plants: A Journey & a Journal: Author Lida Hill – “Journal of a Cottage Garden” is a watercolor journal in the artist’s own handwriting featuring familiar trees and shrubs found in many Southern gardens. With homespun humor, Lida Hill gives facts and personal comments on 30 plants she shares her home with. Identifying which ones are native and which are alien, she writes about the value of the natives over non-natives for our environment often noting the invasive ones. In her talk Lida will be sharing the story of her passion for native plants. She will tell how this led her to create a watercolor journal to show family and friends and then how this personal journal became a published one prepared for an unlimited audience.  September 15, 6 p.m. Free.

**Lunch and Learn: Backyard Habits – Michelle Reynolds of the Audubon Society and Audrey Ann Wilson of Aldridge Gardens lead a work shop that teaches participants to create a sanctuary for the birds and the bees, to starty by adding flowers and trees. September 16, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Free.

**Sushi with Kelly Viall – Join veteran chef Kelly Viall for a night of fun and sushi! This two hour, hands-on beginner class will teach you all of the basics of sushi making, from rice to sauces, shopping, serving raw fish confidently at home & more. For more information and to register online, visit www.bbgardens.org/classes. September 17. 6-8 p.m.

FOR ART LOVERS…

IN TUSCALOOSA….

(Photo: From Page to Stage) (Photo Credit: An Italian Straw Hat by university Relations)

**THE LIFE OF A COSTUME: FROM PAGE TO STAGE – This exhibition is at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center September 4 through the 25th.  Demonstrating the process of costume designs, this exhibition will feature research, sketches, mock-ups, photographs and actual costumes as a way to invite the public to view the practice of costume design first hand.  The gallery is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL,  35401.

**ROOTS AND ALL – P.H. POLK and GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER – This exhibition now through September 25 is at the Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street in Tuscaloosa.  As one of the Tuskegee Normal and Technical School’s first photography students, P.H. Polk became the official photographer for the Tuskegee Institute, a position he held for 45 years.  George Washington Carver, a faculty member at the time, became one of Polk’s most photographed subjects.  These intimate scenes show Carver at work in his laboratories and greenhouses, as well as in the fields, teaching eager students, receiving accolades, and lecturing about his many discoveries.  Call (205) 345-3038 for more.

 DON’T MISS……. RACING AND TAILGATING AT TALLDEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY – OCTOBER 23-25!!

NOW…on to the rest of the happenings…. THIS WEEKEND….A FEW THINGS IN BIRMINGHAM!

CHECK OUT….the TIDE AND TIGER every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Graymont Avenue.

HERE ARE A FEW MORE THINGS GOING ON…THIS WEEKEND…

TODAY….

**TIDE AND TIGER LOUNGE, 8 p.m. on Graymont Avenue across the street from Legion Field.  Open Tuesday through Sunday.

**Ona’s Music Room is relocating…. look for more soon.

**WILEY CHANDLER, RACHEL BUTTON and FIONA CULLEY at The Nick.

FRIDAY…

*FRIDAY AFTER WORK – For those that want ‘a break’ before the weekend ‘Friday after Work’ has food and more.  This week’s menu is Texas Style Smoked Brisket w/Candied Currant topping served w/peppers and Vidalia onions accompanied with fresh Sugar Snaps, 5 – 10 p.m. Call (205) 572-1295 for more.  Get your palates ready!

**BLACK PUSSY, APE  MACHINE, and HAPPY LEMY at The Nick on southside.

SATURDAY…

**TIDE AND TIGER LOUNGE, 8 p.m. on Graymont Avenue across the street from Legion Field. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

**FUTURE PRIMITIVES, IN SNOW and FREAKY DEAKYS at The Nick.

SUNDAY…

**EAST CAMERON FOLKCORE and COREY HUNT BAND, 8 p.m. at the Nick.  No cover.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS…

DON’T MISS….

Rod-Man
(Photo: Rod Man) (Photo Credit:laughspin.com)

**AT THE STARDOME… this weekend… TOMORROW…LOVESHOOTER SPEAKS….The Loveshooter Speaks Show is an educational classroom. It is a music listening suite. It is an artistic showcase. It is a public erotica love letter and protest song. It’s both knee slapping hilarious and tear jerking serious. Loveshooter speaks is the most beautiful artistic, sexiest, realest, inspiring combination of POETRY, music, art, comedy, that you can experience in one night. The movement has grown and continues to gain Fans daily. The artists are great and leave you wanting more. Loveshooter is designed not only to entertain but also for networking and building a better community. It’s a family of artists and Lovers of the art coming together to change the World thru expression. I like to call going to a Loveshooter Speaks show getting my Soul Fed and when it’s over it leaves you anxiously anticipating the next show.  Come experience this explosion of Love!

THIS WEEKEND…ROD MAN –  Winner of the Last Comic Standing…Rod Man was the winner of Season 8 Last Comic Standing and has made many other television appearances, including “The Bad Boys of Comedy” for HBO, Martin Lawrence’s “First Amendment” for Starz, Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” for MTV, “One Mic Stand” for BET, “The Funny Spot.”  Check him out at the StarDome this weekend.

COMING SOON…, GARY CONRAD – September 8-13, MIKE EPPS – September 18-20, STEVE WILSON & GUY TORRY  – September 25-27, BRUCE BRUCE – October 2-4, ETTA MAY – October 9-11, TOM SEGURA – November 2 (ONE NIGHT ONLY).  Call (205) 444-0008 for more.

 

COMING SOON….

**SEPTEMBER 12 – ENSLEY ALIVE CONCERTEnsley Alive is a concert and mini-outdoor music festival to highlight the heritage and revitalization efforts of Ensley. The event features a live performance from renowned artists Todd Simpson and Mojo Child, featuring Sharon with Heels & Chucks, Alvin Garrett and Raquel Lily. The event takes place Saturday, September 12th from 2-6 p.m. at Avenue E and 19th Street Ensley.  For more call (205) 254-2303.

**SEPTEMBER 12 – AUDITIONS!! AUDITIONS!  Auditions for stage play “ISOLATED” is September 12, 3 -7 p.m. at Cornerstone Daycare, located at 610 Ninth Avenue North in Bessemer.  The play is based on a true life story of Pamela Adams Whitt.  Singers and actors are needed between the ages of 18 and 29.  Bring a photo.  For more: pam_whitt66@yahoocom.

**SEPTEMBER 17-18 – MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD FESTIVAL – The 2015 Middle Eastern Food Festival sponsored by Saint George Melkite Catholic Church will be held September 17-19. Mark your calendars!

**OCTOBER 10-11 – LIFE ISN’T FAIR – NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST, a stage play by Award Winning Film-Maker/Play-Writer DERRELL LAWRENCE featuring Grammy Award Winner REGINA BELLE, Emmy Nominated SEAN BLAKEMORE, International Actor JOHN TERRELL, Lawrence (himself) and more at the BJCC.  The performances are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

**OCTOBER 15-16 – DON’T MISS… CLEARWATER JAZZ FESTIVAL, with Gladys Knight, the O’Jays, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, The Averett Brothers and more.

**OCTOBER 31 – MAGIC CITY CLASSIC is the largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) football game in the country. Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University play in the game annually at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, and the winner could potentially earn a spot in the SWAC Championship.  Festivities surrounding the event include the Magic City Classic Alumni Pep Rally, Magic City Classic Parade, Coors Light Pre-Game Tailgate Party and the famed halftime show performed by the Marching Hornets and the Marching Maroon and White.   For more information, visit www.themagiccityclassic.com.

NOW…. BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUTS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU… AND TO ALL CELEBRATING!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL YOU BIRTHDAY BALLERS…MANY, MANY MORE HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!  ENJOY!!  Celebrate ‘your’ month…I do…all 30 days ‘and’ some!

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

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