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By Gwen DeRu

TODAY

MARK HOSLER (OF NEGATIVELAND) at Saturn.

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL at Iron City.

MAGNOLIA MOON, TRAVIS POSEY and CHRIS SIMMONS BAND at the Nick.

COMEDIAN GERALD KELLY at StarDome Comedy Club.

MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE at VIP Lounge in Ensley.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

FRIDAY

COMEDIAN SHERYL UNDERWOOD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Sheryl Underwood.

JOHNNY HAYES & THE LOVESEATS, HAM BAGBY & THE SEIGE and RACHAEL ROBERTS at The Nick.

PINK BOX BURLESQUE: SPACE IS THE PLACE at Saturn.

RUMOURS at Iron City.

SAXOPHONIST ALEX BANKS and RYON SCHULTZ at Perfect Note.

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.

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

KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE, every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on V94.9 FM with Curtis Bell. Request Line (205) 994-8949 (V949).

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

GOOD TIMES BRASS BAND at Perfect Note.

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL at Iron City.

TENNESSEE STIFFS, LOVE RAT, THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES and BATTITO at The Nick.

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.

FOZZY – THE JUDAS RISING TOUR with ADELITA’S WAY, STONE BROKEN and THE STIR at Saturn.

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL AT IRON CITY.

SUNDAY

BIRMINGHAM BLACK PRIDE PARTY & DRAG SHOW at Saturn.

HOWLING GIANT, MOTH FACE, PLEASANT VALLEY at The Nick.

JAZZ AND FOOD at Perfect Note.

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

SOULFUL SUNDAYS at Perfect Note.

MONDAY

KARAOKE NIGHTS WITH RICKEY SMILEY at the StarDome Comedy Club.

Rickey Smiley

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

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

TUESDAY

TOKE, WAX FUR, and SMOKESTACK RELICS at The Nick.

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

COMEDIAN SIR WALT at StarDome Comedy Club.

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL at Iron City.

PACE HOUSE, THE HUMAN CIRCUIT, THE MURDER OF JANE CROW 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

VINCAS with ME AND MY KNIFE and JOYBOY at Saturn.

SOUND SESSIONS IN THE GRILL at Iron City.

THE SMOKING FLOWERS, AUSTIN LUCAS and HAM BAGBY at the Nick.

COMEDIAN IAN HARRIS at StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

COMEDIAN LESTER BIBB at the StarDome Comedy Club.

LAGOONS, THE PEARL, and MASSEUSE at The Nick.

LBMX presents KLUB MONSTA with LOVE MOOR at Saturn.

OBAMA FELLOWS 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT CLASS OF OBAMA FOUNDATION FELLOWS ARE NOW OPEN – The Obama Foundation is seeking its next Obama Fellows. Deadline is September 18th. They’re looking for 20 rising stars from around the world who are working alongside their communities to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways. The two-year, non-residential program offers hands-on training, leadership development, and a powerful network to equip Fellows to scale the impact of their work. They’re searching for candidates who are civic innovators, discipline- diverse, at a tipping point in their work, not yet connected to the networks they need to advance their work, and motivated by the powerful desire to help others. You can learn more about what they look for when selecting Fellows by going to: www.obama.org.

IN THE COMMUNITY

“AN EVENING WITH FRIENDS” HEART & SOUL, Saturday, 6-9 p.m. at the UAB Alys Stephens Center for Performing Arts is an evening of musical entertainment and visual arts. The Birmingham (AL) Chapter of the Links , Inc. is honoring the Legacy of Civic and cultural leader Mrs. DOROTHY ROGERS PORTER featuring Honorary Chair Grammy Award winning Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Educator, DR. HENRY PANION. There will be dancing, artistic expressions, gourmet indulgences, a silent auction and the links boutique. For more, go to www.bhamlinksinc.org.

GROWN AND GREEK WEEKEND – Grown and Greek Weekend through the weekend. There will be Fun and Games TODAY, at Dannon Project, All Black Celebration on Friday at Jazzy’s on 1st, Greeks in the City on Saturday and Divine 9 Sunday. For more, go to www.grownandgreekweekend.com.

PEPPER PLACE MARKET, every Saturday.

BUL YP GENERAL BODY MEETING, TODAY, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Shunnarah Law Office.

VISION CASTING BIRMINGHAM 2018 at Seasons 52, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Must have ticket.) THE LUXE EVENT OF THE SUMMER – Celebrate the Opening of Luxe by Tonya Jones, today, at The Summit inside Saks Fifth Avenue.

AT THE GROWN AND GREEK WEEKEND

FIRST ANNUAL GROWN AND GREEK WEEKEND – This is the first G&G Weekend with a few activities for all starting with the COMMUNITY FORWARD LUNCHEON, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., TODAY, at the Goldstein and Cohen Building in Ensley. The GREEK GAME NIGHT, 8 – 10 p.m., is TONIGHT, at the Dannon Project. The GREEKS IN THE CITY FAMILY DAY, is Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m., at the Negro Southern League Museum. DIVINE SUNDAY, on Sunday for Greeks to worship together. Call (205) 218-0605 for more.

AT THE BJCC

OUTDOOR EXPO with Rick and Bubba this weekend.

AN EVENING WITH RONNIE MILSAP, Friday at the BJCC Concert Hall featuring RILEY GREEN, BOOT BARN, BULLS, BANDS AND BARRELS, TREA LANDON, WILSON BROTHERS BAND, BLANE RUDD, 7 p.m., at the Legacy Arena. Special Appearance by CHRIS SHIVERS.

FOR FOOD LOVERS

CHEERS TO THE COOSA – A farm to table dinner benefitting the Coosa Riverkeeper, September 6th, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse on Highland, 2908 Highland Ave. S, Birmingham, AL 35205. An evening of great food and good people to celebrate the Coosa River and the successes of the 2018 Swim Guide season! Chef Miguel A. Figueroa is once again creating a great menu for this event. For more, contact Alice at alice@asanonline.org.

GRAZE BIRMINGHAM – The 4th Annual Graze Birmingham farm-to-fork fundraiser is scheduled Sunday, September 9th, 5-8 p.m. in the backyard at Avondale Brewing company. Graze: Birmingham is a farm-to-fork picnic in which attendees “graze” on a wide variety of dishes, each produced by a different local farmer + local restaurant pair. Add in some picnic blankets, live music, and delicious local beverages and it’s a picnic you don’t want to miss! For more, contact Alice at alice@asanonline.org.

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

AT KESSLER LOFTS:

PORTIA WILLIAMS ART SHOWING – Kessler’s Artist featuring original works by Portia Williams is through August 30 at Kessler’s Lofts 3rd Avenue North near 20th Street.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

SLOW ART SUNDAY: BOWERY DERELICT, 2-3 p.m.

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.

2nd ANNUAL SOUTHERN SOUL & BLUES LOVERS FESTIVAL at H & H Farms in Fosters, Alabama, September 2nd, starring MOSE STOVALL, RONNIE BELL, TUCKA, CALVIN RICHARDSON, SIR CHARLES JONES, BIG RO WILLIAMS and MS ARETTA.

KEY GLOCK performing Live at Luxe Ultra Lounge, Sunday, September 2.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAY HIKE, 10 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Canoe and Kayak Outing, Big Wills Creek near Gadsden, Alabama – DETAILS: This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area. This stretch is fairly easy and without classified rapids. Along the river, see wildflowers and investigate islands and beaches. Reservations Required: You must contact Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this kayak and canoe trip. You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish. Depart 10 a.m. from the Applebee’s in Trussville. For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Canoe Trips below. Info: If you have further questions, please call or email Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680. You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish. Bring in the boat your picnic lunch, something to drink, and a towel. Put your belongings in a waterproof dry bag in the boat. Wear old shoes you don’t mind getting wet (old sneakers work well). Also bring at least 6 feet of sturdy cord to tie up your boat if you don’t already have it attached to your own boat. If you have further questions, please call the trip leader.

IN THE BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

Wanted: Dead, Not Alive! Non-Native Invasive Plants – What are invasive plants, why are they invasive and how can we manage them? This class will answer these questions and others. Our instructor will give a regional, in-depth and up-to-date perspective on invasive plants, their identification, modes of introduction, effects on native ecosystems and management. The use of various relevant tools will be shown and participants will be able to try using them. The publications A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (USDA & US Forest Service), and the recently published New Invaders of the Southeast (USDA) will be distributed to participants. Saturday. 9-1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Handbook of Nature Study – The impact of modern society on soil, water and wildlife. For more information and to register online, visit www.bbgardens.org/classes. Wednesday. 11:30-12:30 p.m.

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

TODAY: COMEDIAN GERALD KELLY Comedian Gerald Kelly, as

Gerald Kelly

seen on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” Comedy Central, HBO, and BET, gives a very special ‘Fathers’ Day’ performance with his multi-talented son Isiah. Gerald has performed all over the world — from Los Angeles to West Africa – and has been seen on NBC and ABC. He’s worked as a radio show host on New York’s WBLS-FM and in Hartford on Hot 93.7. Gerald just shot a new stand- up special and appeared in the motion picture “Budz House.” Under his father’s watchful green eyes, young Isiah Kelly started performing stand-up at the age of 10. He appeared on NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo” and by the age of 11 he was a regular at Carolines on Broadway.

THIS WEEKEND: COMEDIAN SHERYL UNDERWOOD. Sheryl appears on CBS’s “The Talk”, appeared on “Politically Incorrect” the “Late, Late Show” with Craig Kilborn ”Chelsea Lately” HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, host BET’s Comic View…was a regular on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd…popped up as a guest on the WB’s sitcom “Nikki.”  Film credits include Bulworth and Master P’s “I Got the Hook Up.”

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

WEDNESDAY: Birmingham’s Funniest Comedian is coming to his hometown stage. You’ve seen Sir Walt tear up the stage on BET’s Comic View, Starz’s First Amendment and P Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy as well as clubs and colleges all over the Southeast. His high energy style and dynamic stage presence keeps audience cheering night after night. He is one of the StarDome’s Favorites, so make your plans today.

COMING SEPTEMBER NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH: 8th ANNUAL RECOVERY LUNCHEON – Celebrate National Recovery Month on September 15, 11 a.m. at the Harbert Center for the 8th Annual Recovery Luncheon. Join Pearson Hall, Olivia’s House, Zukoski Center and Fellowship House as they celebrate the successes of the programs. Enjoy a lunch and Silent Auction. Call (205) 923-6552 for more or visit www.adatc.org.

SEPTEMBER 2 – SOUTHERN SOUL & BLUES LOVERS FESTIVAL.

SEPTEMBER 15 – TAJ MAHAL TRIO with JONTAVIOUS WILLIS at Iron City SEPTEMBER 27-29 – SAINT GEORGE’S MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD 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 and gwenderu@yahoo.com.