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Saxophonist Alex D. Banks, II

By Gwen DeRu

TODAY

THE FOUR Auditions Battle for Stardome & WATCH PARTY, at Iron City, 4 p.m.

REED TURCHI, JARED GRABB and BRETT CONLIN at the Nick.

COMEDIAN NATE BARGATZE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

EVERY FIRST THURSDAY: BIRMINGHAM ART CRAWL 2018, 5 -9 p.m. in Birmingham downtown. 120 19th Street North. BIRMINGPRINTS is the featured artist.

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

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.

AFTER WORK AFFAIR every Thursday, 4 p.m. at 1st and 23rd.

HOLIDAY GUNFIRE at Saturn.

FRIDAY

TRINA performing at the Luxe Ultra Lounge.

COMEDIAN NATE BARGATZE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

TIM SPINOSI’S COLOSSAL COMEDY SIDE SHOW at the StarDome Comedy Club.

GARY LAZER EYES, REVEL IN ROMANCE, THE MURDER OF JANE CROW and MARIELA at The Nick.

TRIBUTE TO ISAAC HAYES w/HEATHER HAYES EXPERIENCE (Isaac Hayes’ daughter) LIVE IN CONCERT, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY with MIKE FLOSS at Iron City.

BEN SMOLIN at Saturn.

FUNNY FREE FRIDAYS (Comedy Show) at Good People Brewery, 9- 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT EXPERIENCE at Luxe Ultra Lounge.

JAZZ at FRIDAY UNWIND, 6 p.m. – midnight, at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

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

PASSPORTS FRIDAYS, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. at Legends Sports Lounge with Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Afro-Beats and Top 40. FREE until midnight.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

SATURDAY

 

Saxophonist Alex D. Banks, II

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

 

COMEDIAN NATE BARGATZE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

EAT DRINK AND RIDE NIGHT FOOD TOUR WITH COMEDIENNE JOY, at 6 – 10 p.m. meet, in Brookwood Mall, at Grille 29.

SNV – SATURDAY NIGHT VIBES, 10 p.m. at Platinum.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, every Saturday, at Luxe Ultra Lounge, 300 24th Street S with DJ CHOCOLATE.

SAXOPHONIST ALEX D. BANKS, II, LIVE IN CONCERT, 8 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE, MOTH FACE and KAMIKAZE ZOMBIE at The Nick.

RUMBA LATINA BIRMINGHAM: LATIN NIGHT and SLEEP at Saturn.

SUNDAY

SUNDAY JAMS – CONCERT & BRUNCH SERIES, 11:30 a.m. at Iron City.

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

COMEDIAN AL ERNST at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Al Ernst

 

TUBEFREEKS and THE SINGING BUTCHER at The Nick.

ZERO GRAVITY: OPEN MIC/RADIO FREE at Saturn.

MONDAY

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

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

SATURN BINGO A GO-GO at Saturn.

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.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

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

INTRODUCTION TO LONG FORM IMPROVISATION at the StarDome Comedy Club.

THE ROTTEN MANGOS, UNDERLAND EXPRESS, and THE DEAD SEA FLOWERS at the Nick.

NF, 8 p.m. at Iron City.

WEDNESDAY

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

DESTROYER OF LIGHT, HEXXUS and THRONGS OF SHOGGOTHS at The Nick.

THE SOUTHERN COMEDY SHOWCASE HOSED BY EUNICE ELLIOTT at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT THURSDAY

JOELL REGAL, BOBBY ROCKNROLLS, MATRIXX OF DOMINATION, and THE SOLAR SYSTEM (ZACH EVANS), at the Nick.

COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

TIM SPINOSI’S COLOSSAL COMEDY SIDE SHOW at the StarDome Comedy Club.

CRAWL, THE GODDAMN RIGHTS and ADLET at The Nick.

FOR MOVIE LOVERS and STUDENTS

THE HOLOCAUST IN FILM on TODAY – REMEMBER at 6:30 p.m., January 22nd – LINE 41 at 6:30 p.m., January 25 – LAST LAUGH at 6:30 p.m. and February 4 – AMMON’S JOURNEY at 2 p.m., 2222 Arlington Avenue (ground floor of the Bayer Properties Building. For more, www.bhecinfo.org. FREE with discussion by Dr. Andre Milliard of UAB.

THE NATION – An independent film comes to Birmingham that features some of America’s great African- American Actors. It highlights critical aspects from the Nation of Islam history that no other theatrical film has touched. It is at the B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar and Lounge on January 20, Saturday, 2 p.m.

FOR THE COMMUNITY

WHAT’S NEXT FOR BIRMINGHAM SPORTS, January 25, 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the UAB Bartow Arena, in the Green and Gold Room.

FOR COMEDY LOVERS

AT GOOD PEOPLE BREWING:

EVERY FRIDAY

FUNNY FREE FRIDAYS (COMEDY SHOW), 9 – 10:30 p.m., at Good People with Birmingham’s finest comedy show at a brewery. It’s free and features the best comedians from around the country.

AT THE STARDOME

THIS WEEKEND:

Comedian Nate Bargatze

COMEDIAN NATE BARGATZE. Originally from Old Hickory, TN, Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian following in the showbiz footsteps of his dad, a former clown turned world class magician. He has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice, following four appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He appeared on Conan four times, was a recurring guest on @midnight, and had his own Comedy Central Presents in 2011. Off-screen, Nate was part of Jimmy Fallon’s Clean Cut Comedy Tour in 2013 and has done live shows for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait five times. He regularly performs at Bonnaroo, SXSW, Oddball Comedy Festival, and the JFL Montreal Comedy Festival, where he’s received critical acclaim multiple years in a row.

SUNDAY

COMEDIAN AL ERNST. Al Ernst is one of the great up and coming comic talents. A former professional athlete, his exterior may look rough. He calms the audience with his smooth delivery and his “No Al we sure don’t” trademark line. Big Al has never been the kind of comic to use the standard straight-ahead approach in his act. He invites the audience into his world and they love to come back time and time again.

TUESDAY

Eunice Elliott

THE SOUTHERN COMEDY SHOWCASE HOSTED BY EUNICE ELLIOTT. Catch 7 of the funniest comics from the South in the Southern Comedy Showcase! These 7 comics are hosted by The StarDome’s Official Comic Host, Eunice Elliott! You do not want to miss these funny people, including Jessica Carter, Laura Peek, Jonathan Craig, Will Copeland, Michael Rowland, and Brian Covington. Funniest comics from all across the south.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

SUNDAY JAZZ, 5 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

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

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

ALL THAT ART! ALL THAT JAZZ! – An exhibition of work by Arcadia Elementary School students, through February 23, at the Paul R. Jones Gallery in Tuscaloosa.

MLK TAPESTRIES BY PETER SIS – Ireland-based Bill Shipsey is a human rights activist, artist event promoter and producer, barrister, and the founder of Art for Amnesty-Amnesty International’s global artist engagement program. Since 2012 he has conceived and commissioned 12 monumental memorial tapestries. These tapestries are on permanent loan at various airport and museum locations around the world. Three new Peter Sis-designed tapestries honoring Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. are on display at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham. These tapestries are at the BCRI through March 16.

FEBRUARY 1 – 26 – BLANKET SERIES BEYOND THE SURFACE – The University of Alabama Gallery presents ‘Blanket Series Beyond the Surface’, the artwork of KEVIN COLE at 620 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, 35401. Reception is February 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery. The exhibition is from February 1 – 26.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 9 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Bankhead National Forest, Brushy Creek and Sougahoagdee Falls – DETAILS: The hike will be six miles long, is rated moderate and follows a beautiful trail which runs from the Brushy Creek Bridge along the creek. There are usually about nine waterfalls on this route, lovely cliffs, hemlock trees, canyons and maybe more waterfalls. Time permitting visit the nearby natural bridge (not the one at the town of Natural Bridge) in the Natural Bridge Recreation Area of the Bankhead National Forest. Carefully-supervised, well-behaved children age 10 and older are welcome. Bring a picnic lunch and water. Optional dinner afterward at a delightful Italian restaurant in Double Springs. Depart 9 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride or meet at 9:20 a.m. at the Mile 300 Rest Area on I-65. Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone (205) 631-4680.

SUNDAY DAYHIKE, 1 p.m. – Southeastern Outings Day hike at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson, Jefferson County, Alabama – DETAILS: This is an easy, fun Southeastern Outings short Sunday day hike in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson. Walk through this heavily-wooded area and hike on the new trail that extends from the upper parking area through the woods to a large creek with a long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve. Bring at least a quart of drinking water per person with you. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over are welcome. Depart 1 p.m. from the Pinson Shell Service Station. Info: Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or (205) 631-4680.

COMING SOON

FEBRUARY 10 – LALAH HATHAWAY, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN and LEELA JAMES IN CONCERT at the BJCC.

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 orgwenderu@yahoo.com.)