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By Gwen DeRu
The Birmingham Times
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!

TODAY

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COMEDIAN DICK GREGORY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

LIVE BAND KARAOKE, 7:30 p.m. at Perfect Note.

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.

JOSE’ CARR WITH JAZZ ON FIRST, 7-10 p.m. at Jazzy’s on First Avenue North.

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

JAMES MCMURTRY and JONNY BURKE at Saturn.

609, LOLAS, THE BUMBS and ANDREW CARTER at the Nick.

FRIDAY

UNWIND FRIDAY, 8 p.m. at Jazzy’s on 3rd with great jazz.

COMEDIAN SHAUN JONES 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.

BLACK PUSSY, BROKEN GLOW, SHAW DAVIS & THE BLACK TIES an KYLE KIMBRELL BAND, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

MUSIC IMPROV hosted by DENO POSEY, 7:30 and – 9 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

MERCHANDISE and B. BOYS, at Saturn.

SATURDAY

AFRICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art. FREE!

COMEDY SHOW FOR FATHERS – MO FO HEAD THAN FACE 2, 8 p.m. at the BJCC Theatre with JL LAFFSUM, BIG “E”, FELICIA and more.

ZOO BREWS, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Zoo and the New Jaguar Habitat is open.

MUSIC, BREW, EATS and GOODS, 5 -10 p.m. FREE at the UAB Alys Stephens Center with Emcee Thed Weller, then at 5 p.m. -RYNEA SOUL, 6 p.m. -RAQUEL LILY, 7 p.m. -JASPER COAL, 8 p.m. GABRIEL TAJEU, and at 9 p.m. HEATH GREEN AND THE MAKESHIFTERS. There will over 35 Alabama makers, artisans, food trucks and merchants as you enjoy live performances by musicians.

SUMMER CAMPS start at several Birmingham Park and Recreation sites. Call 205-254-2391 for registration information

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

SOULFUL SATURDAY at Steel 1st and 23rd Club.

KAMIKAZE ZOMBIE, HAILSHOT, DEAD REGISTER and EMBER, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

COMEDIAN SHAUN JONES at the StarDome Comedy Club.

LEE RANALDO, STEVE GUNN And MEG BAIRD, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

FLUTIST RAGAN WHITESIDE, 8 p.m. at Perfect Note

SUNDAY

BRUNCH at 1st and 23rd.

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

MAGNOLIA WIND and BATTITO, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

COMEDIAN SHAUN JONES at the StarDome Comedy Club.

PEGI YOUNG & THE SURVIVORS featuring SPOONER OLDHAM, KELVIN HOLLY, PHIL JONES AND SHONNA TUCKER at Saturn.

MONDAY

BIRMINGHAM BANDSTAND, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

CARD PLAYERS SPOT at the TIDE AND TIGER, 6 – 12 p.m.

TUESDAY

TIDE AND TIGER HOT TUESDAY, 3 p.m. until … on Graymont across from Legion Field with $.50 wings and drink specials until 9 p.m. For more call (205) 503-3880.

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.

OPEN MIC FINALS, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

MONKEYSOOP, AS A NATION DIES and CRIMSON MASK at The Nick.

MARK KLEIN at the StarDome Comedy Club.

ROCKET LAUNCH NIGHT at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

WILL HAVER is the speaker at the AMA Luncheon Meeting, 11:30 at the Harbert Center.

SHAUN JONES, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

HUSH MONEY and TWIN BIRDS, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

OPEN MIC NIGHT at the Oak Hill Bar & Grill.

MRYGLD and REAL FROGS at Saturn.

NEXT THURSDAY

BLACK WILLIS, 20 WATT TOMBSTONE and THE GODDAMN RIGHTS, at The Nick.

NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

SHERYL UNDERWOOD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

SUMMERTIME…AND THE LIVING IS EASY!!

FOR FUN IN JUNE and coming…. CHECK IT OUT

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

AFRICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. FREE. Celebrate the vibrant traditions and cultures of Africa at the fun-for-all-ages event. It is inspired by the art in the African galleries…. and the free festival will feature art-making, dance, music and more. Take a tour of the galleries and enjoy a lively performance of African Dancing and drumming.

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. with Master Docent MARLENE WALLACE who will lead a discussion on NIGHMARE KATRINA by ELRANCO LEE !! FREE!

AT MAUS COMTEMPORARY

BIENNALE ARTE 2017, VIVA ARTE VIVA will open to the public now to Sunday November 26 at the Biennale di Venezia, titled Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel. JELILI ATIKU is a Nigerian visual artist, whose body of works strictly focuses on commitment to social, humanism and the crimes being committed against human life. Through series of performances, Installation Sculpture, drawings, photography and video art he has been relating to life and freedom; and ultimately direct attention to the importance of human values of life, freedom and human rights. Through his art forms he has taken viewers into a realization of the consequences of crises, human rights abuse, conflicts and wars, direct and involve them in “active participation in the improvement of our collective existence.” He holds a belief that viewers will upon viewing his works “participate through visual education and persuasion in the development of popular attitudes which can lead eventually to a better society.” He feels his performance will have influenced the mind, feelings, nerves and soul of the viewers for positive thinking and actions.

AT SPACE ONE ELEVEN’S

ART IN THE MAKING with classes for adults ages 55 up. CHARCOAL: EXPRESSIVE MARK MAKING, A PAINTER’S APPROACH TO DRAWING through June 22 on Wednesdays, 4 -6 p.m.

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING through June 22 on Thursdays, 4 – 6 p.m. Call (205) 328-0553 for more information.

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START is presented by the University Gallery, July 7 – August 18 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. Opening Reception is July 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. It is a art exhibit by students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

INTERESTED IN ART

AFFIRM FOUNDATION is a nonprofit 501(3-)C) Arts Education Organization designed to educate, entertain, empower, inspire and affirm young people of color by showing them the greatest example of successful Alabama natives of the African Diaspora who achieved national and international fame. The exclusive modern exhibition entitled the Roots & Wings Collection ® will be presented by The Affirm Foundation under the trust of Designer Perry Varner as Creative Director and showcased at museums and universities throughout Alabama beginning in 2018. Submissions are needed by October 1, 2017. Types of Artwork Needed: Paintings, Sketches, Sculptures, Photography, Glass Work, Wood Work, Fashion Illustrations, Graphic Design Images, Fashion Design or any medium you choose. Be creative.

FOR THE COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS – Join the COLLECTIVE MEMORY Community Conversations from June 19-24th at the Birmingham Public Libraries to share memories on Monday- 19th from 4-7 p.m. at North Birmingham; Tuesday-20th from 4-7 p.m. at Five Points West; Thursday-22nd from 3-5 p.m. at Springville Road; Friday 23rd, from 3-6 p.m. at Central Library and Saturday, 24th from 2-5 p.m. at Avondale. Call (205) 731-2000 for more.

FOR THE LOVE OF TACOS AND PEOPLE – If you are interested in hearing about ways to eat healthy and more, check out WILL HAVER, restauranteur and owner of Taco Mama and Otey’s Tavern as he shares his love of garden fresh food, ingredients and his high standards of excellence in the décor, the service, the people and the food at the June AMA meeting on Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Harbert Center.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY,CANOE AND KAYAK TRIP, 9 a.m. with Southeastern Outings at Terrapin Creek near Piedmont, Alabama – DETAILS: This is a relaxing canoe trip where you will paddle a relatively easy scenic stretch with no classified rapids in a very rural area. If you wish to rent a boat from Terrapin Outdoor Center, call the Center BEFORE June 17 at (256) 447-6666 to reserve your boat. Tell the Center you are boating with Southeastern Outings. After the trip there is an optional dinner at a restaurant in Gadsden. Please bring a change of clothes and a towel. Reservations Required: Email seoutings@Bellsouth.net or call Dan Frederick, 205.631.4680 if you plan to come on this outing and additional information. Depart at 9 a.m. from Applebee’s Restaurant Trussville.

FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILY

2017 Summer Movie Series – The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS), in partnership with Phoenix Theaters The Edge 12, encourages summer enrichment with the first installment of its 2017 Summer Movie Series. This week’s special screening of A WIMP WILL RISE will be held at The Edge 12, on Friday. Birmingham youth, who meet at least one of the criteria below, can earn a FREE ticket for themselves and a guest. Parents/guardians and Youth Service providers may bring their submissions to DYS between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reserve tickets. Participation criteria for Individuals: Must participate in a summer enrichment program in the city of Birmingham this summer (must show proof of enrollment) *Present a book report on one book that you have read this summer (use attached Book Form). *Book reports must be in the child’s handwriting. For children six and under, parents may fill out the Book Form on the book they read to their child this summer. One book report provides FREE tickets for only one movie. (Only two submissions per household during the movie series.) Youth Service Providers: Operate or lead Birmingham youth in a structured enrichment program (youth service providers only) *Organization Leaders of (Executive Directors, School Principals, Pastors, Coaches, etc.) will be required to come to the DYS office and provide a written request for tickets on the organization’s letter head. *For Organization Leaders: Up to ten (10) tickets may be reserved per organization. In an effort to accommodate as many groups as possible, organizations may register only three times this summer. (Get form from the DYS Office).

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

UNWIND FRIDAY, 6 p.m. to midnight at Jazzi’s on 3rd. (Friday Unwind every Friday.)

LIVE BAND and KARAOKE, 8-11 p.m., tonight, at the Perfect Note.

MUSIC IMPROV with DENO POSEY at Perfect Note.

FLUTIST RAGAN WHITESIDE., at Perfect Note, Friday and Saturday.

SUNDAY JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

JAZZ JAM SESSIONS, every Fourth Sunday, 6 p.m. at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (Carver Theatre), except for Christmas.

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

JAZZ IN THE PARK BIRMINGHAM at IRONDALE 6-9 p.m., Sunday with VES MARABLE/ DAVID P. STEVENS

THE WAILERS at Saturn on June 29th.

FOR BOOK LOVERS

IN THE TIME OF THE DRUMS written by author Kim L. Siegelson is about a Gullah legend of a slave rebellion at Ibo’s Landing in the Sea Islands. It is told from the perspective of an African American child Mentu who has never known Africa. He is an island-born boy. His Grandmother Twi has Africa in her blood and she shares the old magic of her home through songs and stories with Mentu who has learned to play the drums. He has learned to respect the strength of their music. One day, a slave ship carrying Africans docks on the shore at Teakettle Creek of the island where Mentu lives. The Africans send out the beat of their drums which is a roar from them as they pound yearning for their homeland. The beat calls for Twi, urging her to seek freedom. Like Twi, the people inside the ship want to return to Africa. The question is will old magic help them break their chains and cross the ocean to freedom? The story is of strength in slavery times.

FOR FOOD LOVERS

**WINE DINNER SERIES – MICHAEL’S STEAKS AND SEAFOODS is hosting a monthly Michael’s Wine Dinner Series on Mondays. JULY 10th at 7 p.m. – WINES FROM OREGON as you travel through the Williamette Valley discovering why the wines of this region are quickly making their mark in restaurants around the world. AUGUST 7th at 7 pm. – WINES FROM FRANCE VS CALIFORNIA. You do not want to miss this classic heavyweight battle as you pit old world wines vs. new world wines, in a matchup where everyone wins. (You missed the wines from Chile. Don’t miss the wines and the great food.) Contact and call 205.871.9525 or marketing@michaelssteakandseafood.com for more.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

DON’T MISS COMEDY AT THE STARDOME

TODAY: DICK GREGORY

Dick Gregory is an iconic, headlining comedian who became known for his trailblazing form of racial commentary during the 1960s. He later became a worldwide activist and health/fitness entrepreneur. Dick Gregory was born in 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri. Having run track and field in school, Gregory eventually turned to stand-up comedy, having his big break performing at the Playboy Club in the early 1960s. Known for his sophisticated, layered humor that took on racial issues of the day, Gregory became a national comedy headliner and a trailblazer for upcoming African-American humorists. He eventually turned his focus away from the stage to focus on various forms of activism that included the Civil Rights Movement and to run for political office. Over the ensuing decades he has worked as a lecturer and also become a health/fitness guru.

 

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THIS WEEKEND: Shaun Jones

Shaun has appeared on such television shows as NBC’s “Later”, BET’s “Teen Summit”, and BET’s “Comic View”. He also made a cameo appearance in the 1994 blockbuster hit film “Ace Ventura II When Nature Calls” with critically acclaimed actor Jim Carrey. In the autumn of 2003 he was seen in the motion picture film called “Shade” as the crooked poker player “Mr. Ose” starring Sylvester Stallone and Jamie Foxx.

 

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WEDNESDAY: MARK KLEIN

Mark Klein is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. This Colgate University graduate (B.A. English—let this be a warning to your children) has been making laughter his living for 30 years. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in comedy clubs from Alaska to Florida, headlining top rooms across the country. Mark expanded his schedule to include corporate and cruise ship entertainment. His performance calendar now comprises shows in venues ranging from special events to dinner theaters to comedy clubs.

MORE COMEDY COMING SOON AT THE BJCC

BENNIE MAC LIVE IN MO FO HEAD THAN FACE 2 COMEDY SHOW.. Father’s Day Weekend, June 17th. 8 p.m. with the most hilarious comics in the country.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY…

QUILTS AND POTTERY – Don’t Miss…The exhibit, Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt exhibit is now through June 25 at the First floor exhibit cases and Fourth Floor Gallery at the Central Library during library hours. This exhibition is a new exhibit featuring the internationally-known Gee’s Bend quilters and Selma-based folk pottery artists Miller’s Pottery of Brent and Ham Pottery of Selma, the Sewn and Thrown exhibit will present two living traditions of the region.

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY – The Birmingham Public Library is hosting the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group’s remaining 2017. Here is the class schedule. The group meets monthly on Sundays, 3-5 p.m. at the Central Library.

JULY 9 – Youth in Genealogy, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

AUGUST 13 – Introduction to Railroad Retirement Records, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

SEPTEMBER 10 – BAAGG visit to LDS Center in Vestavia Hills at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church

OCTOBER 8 – Convict Leasing and Parke Papers, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

NOVEMBER 12 – Introduction to the digital library and digital scanning services at Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library

DECEMBER 10 – BAAGG Holiday Social and Awards (time and place to be determined)

COMING SOON

JULY 15-16 – SLOSS MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL.

AUGUST 4-5 – SECRET STAGES

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:gwenderu@yahoo.comthelewisgroup@birminghamtimes.com.