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Gwen DeRu

 

WELCOME 110th NATIONAL BAPTIST CONGRESS!

ENJOY BIRMINGHAM!!

 

Birmingham, welcome our visitors from around the world as we host the 110th National Baptist Congress, the Caribbean Festival and YP Weekend. 

 

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK

Here is a little of what is happening…. HAVE SOME FUN IN THE SUN!

 

TODAY:

OLIVIA’S HAPPY HOUR, every Thursday at Olivia’s Bar and Lounge with $.50 wings and drink specials, 4 p.m.  For more call (205) 326-2881

LIVE AT STEEL, 8 p.m. with SHARRON performing and DJ CDUBB in the Mix at Steel on First Avenue at 23rd Street, downtown Birmingham. Get your live music and dance on every Thursday night.

 

FRIDAY:

FANCY FRIDAYS, 5 p.m. featuring JILLIAN GRAY with YARBROUGH & COMPANY every Friday at Legends on 18th Street North, Downtown. Birmingham. This is an After Work Experience hosted by Keely and Tiger and catered by Chef Jones. Call (205) 212-4406 for more.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown

COMEDIAN COREY HOLCOMB at the StarDome Comedy Club, this weekend.

Corey Holcomb (Photo provided)
Corey Holcomb (Photo provided)

 

SATURDAY:

CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Linn Park, is a day of celebrating Caribbean food, music, costumes and more. FREE

BE THE VISION MINISTRIES, 3-6 p.m. at the Bridge (on Faith Chapel campus, 100 Lexington Street, Birmingham 35224). Call (205) 538-4508 for more.

IRA GLASS in Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host at the Alys Stephens Center.

SUNDAY:

KRISTIN CHENOWETH at the 2016 VIVA Health Starlight Gala at the Alys Stephens Performing Center.

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

JAZZ IN THE PARK Jazz in the Park, 6-9 p.m. at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens with Tena Wilson at 6 p.m. and Buff Dillard at 7:30 p.m.

 

Tena Wilson (Photo Provided)
Tena Wilson (Photo Provided)

MONDAY:

MOTOWN MONDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, 6- 8 p.m. at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham. Get out and learn the latest line dances, FREE.

 

TUESDAY:

SECOND ANNUAL FLAG DAY CELEBRATION, at the Vulcan Park and Museum, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. to raise awareness for the proper flag etiquette and honor those who have served our country. Bring a flag for entrance into the park. Flags will be donated to Disabled American Veterans of Birmingham.

OLIVIA’S HAPPY HOUR, 4 p.m., every Tuesday, at Olivia’s Bar and Lounge with $.50 wings and drink specials. For more call (205) 326-2881.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

TIDE AND TIGER ON THE PATIO, 4 p.m. until on Graymont across from Legion Field.

 

WEDNESDAY:

WEDNESDAY GROOVE with D.J. Eleet at Steel every 1st and 3rd Wednesday.

 

FOR WOMEN AND BOOK LOVERS:

WOMEN OF WISDOM LUNCHEON, this Tuesday, 12-1:30 p.m. at the 110th National Baptist Congress in the Sheraton Ballroom with speaker DR. SHEILA M. BAILEY, author and president of Sheila M. Bailey Ministries with host LA DONNA BOYD, Chief Operating Officer of the R.H. Boyd Publishing Corp and the National Baptist Congress. Dr. Bailey, First Lady, author and advocate for minister’s wives and women in ministry has written MAKEOVERS WITH LEFTOVERS and co-authored The Inheritance, Farther in and Deeper Down, What We Love About the Black Church: Can We Get a Witness?, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution Bible and Fulfilled: The NIV Devotional Bible for Single Women. For more information, call 1-877-4-RHBOYD or visitwww.nationalbaptistcongress.org. This is just one of the many events at the 110th National Baptist Congress, this coming week starting Sunday. There will be fashion shows and much more for the women and men.

VOICES OF WOMEN – V.O.W. is June 30th at the Bessemer Civic Center with 5- 6 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. guest speaker HONORBALE JUANDALYNN GIVAN. Call (205) 585-0061 for more.

 

FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS:

YP WEEKEND:

TODAY is the LEADERSHIP SUMMIT with a Cocktail Reception following, 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Westin Complex.  FRIDAY, 7 p.m. – midnight is YP LIVE featuring the BATTLE OF DJs at the Sheraton Westin Complex. SATURDAY, SOCIALIZE AND SOCIAL, 10 a.m. – Noon and the SUMMER LOVE DAY PARTY, 4 – 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Westin Complex. SUNDAY, GRILL AND CHILL in Crestwood Park, 5400 Crestwood Blvd. Birmingham, 35212 , 2- 6 p.m.

 

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS:

ALABAMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT THE RAILROAD PARK – Join Southeastern Outings, Saturday, 8 p.m. for a FREE Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concert at Railroad Park on 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets South in downtown Birmingham for music under the stars and a great evening of fun. Relax on the lawn with your blanket or lawn chair. Bring your picnic (no glass or alcohol allowed) to enjoy at 7:30 p.m. Look for the Southeastern Outings group near the walkway on the railroad side (far side of park away from 1st Avenue South) of the park. You are welcome to bring as many friends and family members as you wish. FREE. For more call the ASO office, (205) 251-6929 or Dan Frederick, (205) 631-4680.

 

Mike Manson (Photo Provided)
Mike Manson (Photo Provided)

FOR ART LOVERS:

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART:

QUEEN NANNY: LEGENDARY MAROON CHIEFTAINESS, 7-8 p.m. FREE.

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. with a discussion by Docent Mary Lyndia Crockett on Mountain Boulder, Chinese (Qung Dynasty). FREE.

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS:

Jazz Bassist MIKE MANSON at the Perfect Note in Hoover at 8 p.m.

 

JAZZ IN THE PARK – Enjoy JAZZ IN THE PARK BIRMINGHAM at the Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens, Sunday, 6-9 p.m. with TENA WILSON EXPERIENCE and BUFF DILLARD. FREE.

TIDE AND TIGER LOUNGE – Don’t miss the FATHER’S DAY SHOW, June 19th with TJ HOOKER TAYLOR and RENITA BRAXTON PICKENS. CHECK OUT….the TIDE AND TIGER!  Every Tuesday enjoy wings for 50 cents and $5 drinks at half price. Every Sunday enjoy music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with DJ Tide and Tiger. For more information, call (205) 503-3880.

 

FOR COMEDY LOVERS:

AT THE STARDOME: Every Thursday is Positively Funny Improv.  Check out COREY HOLCOMB Friday through Sunday. Often billing himself as the “ghetto Dr. Phil”, most of Holcomb’s stand-up material revolves around relationships, particularly relationships gone wrong. In addition to touring the country, he has appeared as a regular on the stand-up/improv-based television shows Comic View, Def Comedy Jam, Last Comic Standing, and Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘n Out. He has appeared in two comedy specials of his own, Corey Holcomb: The Problem Is You and Comedy Central.

COMING SOON to the StarDome Comedy Club, June 17-19 – FORTUNE FEIMSTER, June 21-26 – JOHN MORGAN, July 1-3 – D.L. HUGHLEY, July 8-9 – CARLOS MENCIA, July 15-17 – ARNEZ J, July 22-24 – RICKEY SMILEY, and July 28-30 – RODNEY CARRINGTON. Call (205) 444-0008 for more.

 

FOR ACTIVE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN EXERCISE…

FREE EXERCISE CLASSES AT THE LIBRARY – If you want to get in shape this summer, free exercise classes and safety taught by certified fitness instructor Russell Lee are being offered at several Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations during June and July. FREE for teens and adults. Take your own exercise mat and a towel. Wear suitable attire and tennis shoes.  A little exercise on a regular basis goes a long way,” Lee said. “Something is better than nothing.”

Dates, times and libraries:

TODAY… SPRINGVILLE RD, 10 a.m. ADULTS

JUNE 11 CENTRAL, 10 a.m. ADULTS

JUNE 13 NORTH BHAM, 11 a.m. ADULTS

JUNE 14 SOUTHSIDE, 10:30 a.m. TEENS/⁠⁠⁠ADULTS

JUNE 17 POWDERLY, 10 a.m. SENIOR ADULTS

JUNE 21 INGLENOOK, 10 a.m. TEEN/⁠⁠⁠ADULTS

JUNE 22 FIVE POINTS, 10:30 a.m. ADULTS

JUNE 23 SMITHFIELD, 10 a.m. ADULTS

JUNE 27 TITUSVILLE, 11 a.m. ADULTS

JUNE 28 SMITHFIELD, 10 a.m. TEENS

JUNE 29 SPRINGVILLE RD, 10 a.m. TEENS

JUNE 30 WYLAM, 2 p.m. TEENS

JULY 5TH WEST END, 10 a.m. TEENS

JULY 6 EAST LAKE, 10 a.m. TEEN

JULY 6 FIVE POINTS, 2 p.m. TEEN

JULY 14TH POWDERLY, 1:30 p.m. TEEN

 

FOR BARONS BASEBALL LOVERS:

THREE BARONS NAMED TO 2016 ALL-STAR TEAM – Infielder Jake Peter, left-handed pitcher Brian Clark, and outfielder Eudy Pina will represent the Barons in the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game, June 21 at the Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi. Peter, the Chicago White Sox no.19 prospect has played six different positions in 53 games this season. The 23-year-old Creighton University alum recorded an 11-game hitting streak from April 19 through April 30, which remains a team high. Peter also leads the Barons with 17 multi-hit games.  Clark, the White Sox no. 12 prospect has excelled out of the Barons bullpen and recorded a 0.96 ERA over 17 appearances. The 23-year-old, 6’3” 230 pound southpaw from Kent State University has allowed just 28 hits in 28.0 innings pitch, and surrendered just six walks while adding 25 strikeouts. Pina, 25, was signed by the White Sox organization prior to this season as a member of the Barons. A native of the Dominican Republic, Pina leads the Barons active roster with 10 2-out RBIs and is hitting .300 (12-for-40) over his last 10 games.

FOR THE FAMILY AND CITIZENS:

VULCAN COMMUNITY AWARDS NOMINATIONS – Vulcan Park and Museum is accepting nominations through July 31 for the third annual The Vulcan Community Awards. The Vulcans honor citizens who exemplify civic pride, leadership and progress within the seven-county metro area. Nominations will be accepted in five award categories: Lifetime Achievement, Servant Leadership, Hero, Game Changer and Newcomer. View the criteria and make nominations at visitvulcan.com/the-vulcans.

 

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.)