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ALLSTARS COMEDY, MUSIC and POETRY with comedy by COMEDIAN HOLLYWOOD and COMEDIAN SAMMIE, poetry by VOICE PORTER, music by DOUGOUT AND THE PITCH HITTERS featuring MICHAEL YOUNG, Open Mic and more, at the Tide and Tiger on Graymont. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8 p.m. For more, call (205) 503-3880.

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.

KILLER BEAZ at the StarDome Comedy Club at 7:30 p.m.

KINZIE, JORGE ARANA TRIO and STELLAR YOUNG at The Nick.

UGLYBABY at Saturn.

 

FRIDAY

Matt Marshak
Matt Marshak

WEALTH BUSINESS SUMMIT, 5 p.m., at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel., Friday and Saturday.

COMEDIAN FINIS HENDERSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

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.

THE CROOKES, STEP ROCKETS and LOLAS at The Nick.

LUCERO at Saturn.

JAZZ GUITARIST MATT MARSHAK at the Perfect Note.

ON THE PATIO AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont.

 

SATURDAY

WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES, 9 a.m. at Alex Bradford Park located at First Avenue and 19th Street in Bessemer.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

ON THE PATIO AT THE TIDE AND TIGER on Graymont.

COMEDIAN FINIS HENDERSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SOULFUL SATURDAY at Steel 1st and 23rdClub.

JAZZ GUITARIST MATT MARSHAK, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

HYPATIAN, BLACK TITAN, HURT YEAH and LOOKOUT POINT at The Nick.

ELECTRIC SIX, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

 

SUNDAY

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

COMEDIAN FINIS HENDERSON at the StarDome Comedy Club.

CROWFLY, STORED FLOOR THEORY and GHOST PF RETRIBUTION at the Nick.

 

MONDAY

FEED 500, 5 p.m. at 509 19th Street North, Bessemer, Al 35020.

DJ RESE (ZIA OF THE DANDY WARHOLS and DJ RELVIS) at The Nick.

THE DANDY WARHOLS; DISTORTLAND TOUR, 6:30 pm. At Saturn.

 

TUESDAY

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

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.

ALEX TIESCHEL and KEELAN DONOVAN at The Nick.

LANY: THE KINDA TOUR, 7 p.m. at Saturn.

 

WEDNESDAY

MASTER PASQUALE with dance classes and music at the Tide and Tiger on Graymont Avenue.

BIG FREEDIA , 8 p.m. at Saturn.

 

FOR THE COMMUNITY

NAACP 64th ANNUAL ALABAMA CONVENTION – The Metro Birmingham NAACP is the host of the Alabama NAACP Convention in Birmingham Thursday through Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel Birmingham and Sunday Worship Service with 16th Street Baptist Church at 10:45 a.m. Programs and panels are on Friday (8a.m.-5p.m.) & Saturday (8a.m.-2p.m.) – Medical Forum. SCHEDULE:

  • THURSDAY, Birmingham City Hall/City Council Chambers – 6 p.m. Town Hall Meeting by U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Scams followed by a Meet and Greet Reception sponsored by the Metro Birmingham NAACP 2nd Floor City Hall (free)
  • FRIDAY, Oct. 7 – Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, 7:30 a.m. – Labor/Human Rights Breakfast (free), 11:30 a.m. -Women in the NAACP Luncheon – Senator Hank Sanders, Speaker – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Panel on Race in Policing – Medical Forum E followed by a Reception sponsored by the Metro Birmingham NAACP, Boutwell Auditorium – main level (free)
  • SATURDAY, Oct. 8 – Sheraton Ballroom, 7:30 a.m. – Religious Affairs Breakfast – Rev. Horace Blunt, St. Paul United Methodist – Pastor of the Year, 11:30 a.m. – Youth and College Luncheon, 7 p.m. – Freedom Fund Awards Banquet – Attorney Benjamin Crump (Trayvon Martin’s family lawyer) – Speaker.

 

FOR FOOD LOVERS

BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANT WEEK BRUNCH – Even though the Birmingham Restaurant week has passed, the BRUNCH is rescheduled for those that love good food. BRW fans will savor brunch items at the newest event on Saturday, at Social Venture in Woodlawn located at 5529 1st Ave. S. from noon to 2 p.m. Guests will have access to the culinary village.

 

FOR MUSIC LOVERS

Jerrod Niemann
Jerrod Niemann

DOUGOUT AND THE PITCHHITTERS at the Tide and Tiger, 8 p.m., today. DougOut and the Pitch Hitters have performed with groups from South America, Israel, Europe, and in America. You can see them performing every Saturday at the Avondale Market.

JAZZ GUITARIST MATT MARSHAK at the Perfect Note in Hoover at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Go to www.perfectnotelinvecom for more.

JERROD NIEMANN, Nashville country star will perform as the headliner for the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, October. 22, as part of the Chase double elimination weekend.

 

FOR SPORTS AND OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 10 a.m. with Southeastern Outings Dayhike in Bucks Pocket State Park. Details: In the morning we’ll first drive to visit High Falls. This is a spectacular, large volume waterfall. We’ll then have lunch at High Falls Park. Then we’ll drive a short distance to Bucks Pocket State Park for an easy stroll on trails in this very scenic park. We’ll start at the overlook and walk down to the canyon floor. Along the way we’ll stop by and view two lovely waterfalls. Total walking distance in Bucks Pocket State Park is about three miles. Hike rated moderate. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and up welcome. After the outing we’ll enjoy an optional delicious restaurant dinner together in Guntersville. Depart 10 a.m. from the Food Giant parking lot in Pinson. Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680.

SUNDAY DAYHIKE, 1p.m. with Southeastern Outings Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park. Details: Enjoy a moderate four mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon. This is an excellent outing for introducing your friends to Southeastern Outings and for making new friends who enjoy the outdoors. Parts of this hike may be off the color-coded trails. There will be some ups and downs. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up able to walk the distance of about four miles and complete the hike are welcome. Share an adventure! Bring a friend. Optional dinner after the hike. Depart 1 p.m. from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot. Bring park admission fee plus your drink. Info: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367.

NASCAR COMES TO TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY – October is here! Fans are looking forward to racing at its finest at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR’s most competitive track. NASCAR’s 13-time Most Popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has always referred to Talladega Superspeedway as somewhat of a second home. Dale Jr. and the Earnhardt name also have an incredible connection with the original Alabama Gang – Bobby & Donnie Allison, and Red Farmer. As a result, the famed Alabama Gang – which has enjoyed great success at Talladega Superspeedway over the years – made Dale Jr. one of their own. During a memorable day that featured history reborn, the trio of Bobby, Donnie and Red – who helped to not only put the state of Alabama on the map in the world of motorsports, but also became legends in the entire motorsports community – awarded the third-generation driver the prestigious position of “Honorary Member” into the iconic and esteemed Alabama Gang. Six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. along with MRN President David Hyatt and TSS Vice President Brian Crichton helped cut the ribbon on the “Barney Hall MRN Booth,” which inside features a huge collage of photos of Hall and his memorable, iconic Talladega phrase “They don’t race ‘em anywhere in the world like they do at Talladega.” Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 21) with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and the Alabama 500. Saturday’s schedule includes Foodland/Food Giant qualifying for both NCWTS (9:30 a.m. CDT) and NSCS (3 p.m. CDT) while the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT. The Alabama 500 race is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT. For more information, go to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

MAGIC CITY CLASSIC is October 29 in Birmingham Alabama.

 

FOR FOOD LOVERS

BRUNCH – BRUNCH is a new event that will benefit the Urban Food Project, October 8, noon to 2 p.m. at the Social Venture in Woodlawn.

 

FOR LOVERS OF ART AND HISTORY

ART AFTER 5 – The Birmingham Museum of Art First Thursdays has been reformatted into a new event series called Art After 5, which will take place on the first Friday of each month, beginning in October.

“DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. & THE CHICAGO FREEDOM MOVEMENT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BERNARD J. KILEINA Exhibition” is at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute displaying its collection of rare color photos, through December in the BCRI’s Vann Gallery. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement. These photographs are some of the only known color photographs of Dr. King in Chicago. Bernard Kleina was a priest in Chicago that wanted to get involved in the movement, who removed his collar, picked up his camera and marched.

 

FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS

NAACP BIENNIAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS – The Metro Birmingham NAACP Biennial Election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee meetings will be held at the Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place downtown, OCTOBER 15, 2 p.m. – Report of Nominating Committee, petitions and Elections of Election Supervisory Committee and NOVEMBER 5, Noon – 4 p.m. – Election. For more, call Secretary at (205) 714-5860.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT THE TIDE AND TIGER: Every Thursday is ALLSTARS NIGHT. Check out COMEDIAN HOLLYWOOD. Hollywood is one of the best comedians around, whether performing in Hollywood or in Birmingham. He is a comedian with characters that you may have seen but are definitely very funny. He has performed with other comedians, at various venues around the country, writes short films and so much more.

AT THE STARDOME: Every Thursday is Positively Funny Improv. Check out KILLER BEAZ. Beaz continues to use his successful formula of high energy with universal appeal as one of the nation’s top comics touring theatres and large clubs throughout the country. “Save Up!” Find out more about this “King of Comedy!” as he is hailed by the Clarion-Ledger at www.killerbeaz.com , and don’t miss an opportunity to catch “The Best Buzz in Town”you’ll be stung for life!!!

Finis Henderson
Finis Henderson

AND…. FINIS HENDERSON this weekend. From his seemingly never-ending repertoire of your favorite songsters, you will be carried back in time to the days of “The Rat Pack”Sammy Davis, Jr. who once said, “Looking at Finis is like looking in the mirror,” Elvis Presley (as once said by Elvis’ Manager, Mr. Leo Gershey, Finis Henderson not only sounds like Elvis, but in character, closely resembles the King). You will then be transported to the future through the voices of Tom Jones, Ricky Martin, Mick Jagger, Alan Jackson, N’Sync, Bee Gee’s, Beatles, James Brown, Willie and Julio, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Prince, Earth, Wind and Fire, OutKast. So many, many voices, so little time. As the evening comes to a close, you will marvel at the performance you have just seen. You will share not only the “magic of the night,” you will have shared a most memorable experience with all those around you and each of you will leave with your own special memories.

 

FOR BOOK LOVERS

BPL TEENS PROGRAMS – Birmingham Public Library programs for teens and preteens include engineering workshop, knitting, and homework assistance.
Do you want to learn how to make and edit your own movies and podcasts? Have an interest in burning your words into new media formats for the world to see and hear? Join the Central Library Youth Department, 2100 Park Place downtown, for HIGHKEY THURSDAYS, kicking off today, 3:30 -5 p.m. The class is free to all and will take place in the Youth Department on the second floor every Thursday afternoon through Dec. 8. No programs will take place on Oct. 20 or Nov. 24.
The students will work with iMovie, Garageband, and more. HIGHKEY Thursdays is among several free after-school programs the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is offering in many of its 19 locations for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. The workshops include knitting, Teens Engineer Birmingham programs at Woodlawn and Southside Branch, and Central Library, and 1-2-3 Play With Me for babies.

FREE HOMEWORK HELP – The library is offering free homework help for elementary- to high school-age students. Register by calling (205) 324-8428.

Check the calendar at www.bplonline.org.

 

COMING SOON

OCTOBER 21 – LYDIA LOVELESS at the Saturn.

OCTOBER 22-23 – TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY’S Alabama 500 and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, the most anticipated NASCAR Chase Elimination races of 2016.

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.)