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People, Places, or Things by Gwen DeRu

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IT’S GREAT WEATHER FOR GOLF, FOOTBALL, AND TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY!  IT’S FALL AND TAILGATING TIME!!

Here are a few things to do….and ‘not to miss’ coming soon!


FOR GREAT FOOD….
**MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD FESTIVAL – Saint George will celebrate its 34th Annual Middle Eastern Food Festival on next Thursday, September 17 thru Saturday, September 19. Amin Sultan, of New York, an internationally recognized Arabic artist, and his band will perform and embraces the opportunity to introduce the beauty and richness of Middle Eastern music to Americans. Along with the band, parish dance troupes clad in colorful costume will perform. Food will be served all day, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. A drive through service will operate until 7 p.m. Informative church tours will be conducted during festival hours of operation.  Homemade foods include Kibbee, rolled grape leaves, Mediterranean style chicken. A tasty selection of vegetarian foods include spinach pies, falafel, and hummus. A wide variety of pastries and cakes will be available at the “mile long” sweet booth.  Proceeds will benefit local charities, diocesan charities and major maintenance projects of the church.  Saint George Melkite Catholic Church is located in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside, at 425 16th Avenue South.  Call 492-9621 for more.
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 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.
**2016 AMPUTEE GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 67th National Amputee Golf Championship and International Cup is back in Sweet Home Alabama after more than 20 years! At this 67th annual event, the U.S. and International players will compete for the titles, hosted by Birmingham’s own Chris Osborne, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. The public can meet PGA pro Chad Pfeifer aka “Captain Clutch” from the Golf Channel’s Big Break and Dancing With the Star’s Noah Galloway. Both of these athletes are also military veterans and will be taking pictures on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Admission is free to watch. The public can play too in the scramble on Monday September 14th at Bent Brook Golf Club. For more information visit nagagolfbham.org.
**FOOTBALL AND RACING  AT ITS FINEST… AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY…..
If golf is not your cup of tea, football season kicked off recently so check out the games now until the first of the year. AND, if you love cars, then the Talladega Superspeedway race October 23-25 is right around the corner.
….There are always plenty of things to do around the southeast.  Here are a few things going on in town…
TODAY…, Check out PLUM and LEGENDS LOUNGE, downtown Birmingham.
FRIDAY…, Laughter… at the StarDome Comedy Club!
SATURDAY…
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**ENSLEY ALIVE CONCERT – Ensley 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, 2-6 p.m. at Avenue E and 19th Street Ensley. FREE. For more call (205) 254-2303.
**AUDITIONS!! AUDITIONS!  Auditions for stage play “ISOLATED” is 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.

SUNDAY…
**FASHIONS  RUNWAY – A Fashion Experience “A Stroll Through the Seasons, Sunday, 4-7 p.m. at the Fairfield Civic Center featuring celebrity clothing designer Paul Anthony Coordinated Apparel.There will be live music, vendors, appetizers & wine. Celebrity Clothing Designer Paul Anthony’s garments have been worn and purchased by: Award Winning Artist Lyfe Jennings, Actor and Model Kevin Savage, well known Pastors Gregory L. Clarke, Joseph H. Owens, III, Desi Keith, and recognizable Minister of Music Dr. Prince Yelder among others.  Fairfield Civic Center located at 6509 EJ Oliver Blvd., Fairfield, AL 35064.

FOR ART LOVERS…
IN BIRMINGHAM

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**ARTWALK – Artwalk is an arts festival Friday, 5 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m. in the historic Loft District that transforms Birmingham’s loft neighborhood into an arts district, featuring the works of more than 100 visual artists, live musicians, street performers, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities. The event is free to the public and in the last three years has become a much anticipated fall event drawing visitors from all over to downtown Birmingham. Artwalk hosts established and emerging regional artists in the unique and architecturally rich setting of downtown Birmingham. Art lovers will see original work in all mediums priced from the affordable to the extravagant. Participating artists are from Birmingham and surrounding communities, showcasing the wealth of regional talent. Enjoy being downtown at a safe, family-friendly, community event. Friday night has been compared to a huge gallery opening with a street festival atmosphere, while Saturday afternoon caters more to the family crowd with special children’s activities.  See ‘YOU’ there.

IN TUSCALOOSA….
**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. 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. Call (205) 345-3038 for more.

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.
**TOOT SWEET, TOMAS GAGAN MOTTA, and HUNDRED DOLLAR CAR at The Nick.
FRIDAY…
*FRIDAY AFTER WORK – For those that want ‘a break’ before the weekend ‘Friday after Work’ has food and more, 5 – 10 p.m. Call (205) 572-1295 for more.  Get your palates ready!
**SAM BURCHFIELD, GOLDWING, OVER THE EFFECT 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.
**KING BEE and AUTOMATIC SLIM at The Nick.
SUNDAY…
**ROOSTER BLEU AND THE BARNYARD CREW, 8 p.m., 8 p.m. at the Nick.  No cover.
MONDAY…
**PORTER and SYLVIA ROSE NOVAK at The Nick on southside.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS…
DON’T MISS….

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**AT THE STARDOME… this weekend… TOMORROW…GARY CONRAD – Entrancing audiences wherever he goes, Master Hypnotist, Gary Conrad next plans to cast a hypnotic spell over Hoover. Master Hypnotist, Gary Conrad hypnotizes volunteer from the audience and puts them through hilarious paces by suggesting different scenarios. Audiences from Florida to California have held beauty contests, imitated fish, lost their feet and seen leprechauns doing the nasty. His powerful skills in hypnosis make for a hilarious evening. Grab a group and come catch this unbelievable performance. It’s a show you won’t forget but can’t remember.

COMING SOON…, 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 17-19 – 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 – UNITY BALL – The second Annual Unity Ball by the Lovely Ladies of Stewart Success is Saturday, October 10, 7 p.m. to midnight at the Boutwell Auditorium.  For more call 223-1160.
**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 18 – BIG DADDY’S NEW BAND will perform at Daniel Day Gallery Dream Meccas Studio, 3025 Sixth Avenue South, 2- 6 p.m.  Call (205) 223-9882 for 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.)