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By Gwen DeRu

TODAY

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL with JD & THE MAN, at Iron City.

HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS AND SLITS DOC AFTER PARTY: PARACHUTE PUNK SHOW w/HUMAN BEAT, BURNING MOON and ROLLO at Saturn.

INGHOSTS, ARTICA, GEARS UNDER ATLAS at the Nick.

COMEDIAN HENRY COLEMAN at the StarDome Comedy Club.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

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

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

FRIDAY

SAXOPHONIST PHIL DENNY at Perfect Note.

COMEDIAN FRANK CALIENDO at the StarDome Comedy Club.

CADDLE, CHRIS SIMMONS BAND, THE EDMONDS BUTLER BAND and GREENLEAF HUSTLE at The Nick.

THE NEW YORK BEE GEES at Iron City.

LGBTQ SALSA NIGHT at Saturn.

FACEBOOK FRIDAYS, every Friday, at the Legion in Fairfield, 5 p.m. Happy Hour, 7 p.m. Line Dance, 9 p.m., DJ Vick Goes Live and Ladies are free until 10 p.m.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

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

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.

SATURDAY

COMEDIAN FRANK CALIENDO 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.

SPIRITS REPUBLIC, HOTBED, SOVIET SHIKSA and DAMNED RIVERS at The Nick.

GREAT GOOD FINE OK and KINZIE, 8 p.m. at Saturn.

SUNDAY

SOUL COLLABORATION AND PROJECT GRAND SLAM in Avondale Park, 6-9 p.m.

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS WITH MIKKY EKKO at Iron City.

JAZZ AND FOOD at Perfect Note.

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

SLEEP SIGNALS, 7 STONE RIOT and SHADES OF SINN at the Nick.

VIVA LA DIVA at the StarDome Comedy Club.

MONDAY

KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

DOOBIE – FAITHFULLY FADED TOUR w/ DJ HYLYTE & KRASH MINATI , 9 p.m. at The Nick.

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

TUESDAY

YUNGROD 2G, MONEY GANG MUZIK, ROSCOE and KIDD TROUBLE at the Nick.

SOPPIN” WET CINEMA PRESENTS: TRASHTERPIECE THEATER: TAMMY AND THE T-REX at Saturn.

FIESTA TUESDAY at 1st and 23rd, all night.

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.

WEDNESDAY

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL at Iron City with HD & THE MAN.

LAUGHS FOR WISHES, 7:30 p.m. at StarDome Comedy Club BIG BOI – DADDY FAT SAXX TOUR – THE THIRD LEG and KP THE GREAT RENEGADE at Saturn.

MARY OCHER and SPECIAL LATE NIGHT SHOW w/ FUZZQUEEN (THE) DEAD SEA FLOWERS at The Nick.

LIVE JAZZ, every Wednesday, at The Marble Ring, 430 41st Street South, Suite B.

WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY, every Wednesday at 30/40 Hookah Lounge.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

NEXT THURSDAY

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL, at Iron City.

POND and FASCINATOR at Saturn.

GEORGIA DISH BOYS, THE JIMSJIMS and KYLE KIMBRELL at the Nick.

Comedian Damon Williams

COMEDIAN DAMON WILLIAMS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

COMEDIAN FAIZON LOVE at the StarDome Comedy Club.

VOLK, CAHABA STARSHIPS and PILGRIMS at The Nick.

BROCKHAMPTON at Iron City.

THE POSIES and TERRA LIGHTFOOT at Saturn.

FOR THE COMMUNITY

NAACP ANNOUNCEMENTS

FELLOWSHIP PICNIC – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. the Metro Birmingham NAACP & Ajax Social Club Fellowship Picnic at East Lake Park with Neighborhood Leaders. NAACP Members and Ajax Family welcome.

FREE NON-PARTISAN RIDES TO THE POLLS – Tuesday, Metro Birmingham NAACP will have Free Non-partisan rides to the polls, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. for those that will need rides. Call (205) 923-7989.

AT CROSSPLEX

DYS’ Youth First Summer Sports Series 2018 Kicks Off with Next Level Volleyball Camp – The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) kicks off its 2018 Youth First Summer Sports Series with the Next Level Volleyball Camp which focuses on athletic and life skills.

During the camp, girls 13 to 18 years of age will learn the fundamentals of volleyball technique, which include: serving, passing, setting, and blocking. The Next Level Volleyball Camp will be held July 20, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham Crossplex. Registration is now open and beginning today, parents/guardians can register their child to participate in the Volleyball Camp by submitting a completed registration form and waiver to DYS. Slots will be filled on a first‐come, first‐served basis until all 80 spaces have been filled. Forms can be submitted in the following manner:

1) Emailed to DYS at dysbhm@gmail.com. You will receive an emailed response confirming receipt.

2) Hand-delivered to the DYS office located at 1608 7th Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. FAXED OR MAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

AT VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM

VULCAN’S 114th BIRTHDAY BASH, JUNE 3.

MOVIE NIGHT UNDER THE MOON, June 27.

FOR MOVIE LOVERS

FLICKS AMONG THE FLOWERS at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, June 6 with HITCH and July 18 with JAWS, 8 p.m.

BLACK PANTHER is still showing at theaters around town.

THE AVENGERS is still showing at theaters around town.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAYHIKE, 10 a.m.

FOR FOOD LOVERS

THE MARKET AT PEPPER PLACE – 7 a.m.

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

SLOW ART SUNDAY: RECLINING NUDE, 2-3 p.m. at the BMA.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

Young Rod 2G

YUNGROD 2 G at The Nick on Tuesday, 8 p.m. YungRod GGucci is a young, female MC who has been compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Sista Souljah and MC Lyte. This emcee’s mission is to provide positive role models and influences to communities similar to her own. YungRod2G is a philanthropist, artist, and humanitarian.

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

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

BIRMINGHAM MUSIC CLUB 2018 Season

OPERETTA SPECTACULAR! GREAT MOMENTS OF LIGHT OPERA OVER THE CENTURIES, June 8-7:30 p.m., June 9-7:30 p.m. and June 10-2:20 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center’s Sirote Theatre.

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

Comedian Franks Caliendo

THIS WEEKEND: COMEDIAN FRANK CALIENDO. Comedian, actor and impressionist Frank Caliendo returns to the StarDome. Caliendo has been making people laugh his whole career. Known for his dead-on impressions of famous actors (Al Pacino and Robin Williams); politicians (George W. Bush and Bill Clinton); broadcasters (John Madden and Charles Barkley); and talk show hosts (Dr. Phil and David Letterman). Caliendo is an eleven-year veteran of television sketch comedy (MADtv, Frank TV). He is currently seen as a regular contributor on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, has comedy specials on TBS and Comedy Central and is a regular on the late night talk show circuit including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show.

SUNDAY: VIVA LA DIVA. Viva la Diva is an extravaganza of glitz and glamour! The Magic City’s finest Drag Queens bring a splash of Vegas to the StarDome for this high energy spectacular. Have dinner and drinks while you enjoy the Divas’ dazzling, jaw-dropping performances. Don’t forget to honor the drag show tradition and bring cash to tip your showgirls for a raucous good time. Starring: Reese Eve Cocx, Victoria Taylor, Kharris, Omni Cocx, Dominique Divine, and Sharon Cocx.

MONDAY

COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY ‘EVERY MONDAY NIGHT’ at the StarDome Comedy Club for Karaoke Nights.

COMING SOON

JUNE 2 – METRO BIRMINGHAM NAACP & AJAX SOCIAL CLUB FELLOWSHIP PICNIC at East Lake Park.

JUNE 3 – 114th VULCAN’S BIRTHDAY BASH.

JUNE 5 – METRO BIRMINGHAM NAACP FREE NON-PARTISAN RIDES TO THE POLLS.

JUNE 16 – LOCAL 2018 CELEBRATE EVERYTHING ALABAMA at Alys Stephens Center.

JUNE 16 – BIRMINGHAM FUNKFEST TOUR at Legion Field.

AUGUST 3-4 – SECRET STAGES, a musical discovery Festival.

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.)