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BY GWEN DERU | THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES

TODAY…

**READ THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES. Catch up on the news!

**MAYORS’ PRAYER BREAKFAST, 6:30 a.m. at The Harbert Center. Keynote Speaker is James Spann.

**ANNUAL CHILDREN’S MARCH REENACTMENT, 10:30 – 1:30 p.m. at 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park.

**ALABAMA BLAZIN BINGO, 6 p.m. at Overtime Grill and Bar.

**FILM – 7 p.m. at the Sidewalk Film.

**FUSION INVITE NIGHT at the Nick.

**PALACE at Iron City.

**LIVE BAND KARAOKE with DOMINIQUE at Perfect Note.

**ALABAMA BLAZIN BINGO, 6 p.m. at Overtime Grill and Bar.

**THIRST TRAP THURSDAY, 5 p.m. at 2400 7th Avenue South.

**LIVE BAND KARAOKE hosted by ELLE JAI at Perfect Note.

**KIKSTART at WaterMark in Bessemer with Free Food Boxes, 9 a.m.

**COMPUTER CLASSES AT THE FIVE POINTS WEST LIBRARY every Tuesday and

Thursday.

**EACH AND EVERY THURSDAY HAPPY HOUR, 5-8 p.m. at D’ZIRE with SPECIALS.

**THIRSTY THURSDAYS at D’ZIRE Bar and Lounge.

**KARAOKE, 5-9 p.m. at Courtyard Alabaster Bar and Grill.

**THIRD THURSDAY BLUES JAM, 7 p.m. at True Story Brewing.

**TASTEMAKER THURSDAY – Every Thursday at Blaze Ultra Lounge, 228 Roebuck Plaza Drive, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. with DJ Ace Twon (95.7 JAMZ) in the mix hosted by Audio Life and GMC Promo.

**THIRSTY THURSDAY at Hookah 114 17th Street No.

**TEQUILA THURSDAY at the Vibe Bar & Lounge.

**THROW BACK THURSDAY at Tha Vibe Bar & Lounge, 3801 Richard Arrington, Jr., Blvd.

**FILMMAKER HAPPY HOUR- Every 3rd Thursday, at Sidewalk Film Fest. Meet with other filmmakers and discuss your newest projects.

**EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT KARAOKE, 6:30 at Ruth’s Place hosted by LADY WOO and with DJ SHAY.

FRIDAY…

**MAHLER’s FOURTH SYMPHONY, 7 p.m. at UAB Alys Stephens Center.

**FRIDAY NIGHT WRITES, 8 – 11 p.m. at 7611 1st Avenue North.

**DRAG NIGHT at The Nick.

**MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE with SAXOPHONIST DALEN MINNIFIELD at Perfect Note.

**PALACE at Iron City.

**EVERY FRIDAY R&B at The Chandelier, 212 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham with DJ MANISH mixing live. FREE Entry.

**EACH AND EVERY FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR, 5-8 p.m. at D’ZIRE with SPECIALS.

**LIT FRIDAYS WITH RIPCORD, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. at 4501 Gary Avenue in Fairfield.

**AFRO CARIBBEAN NIGHTS (Every Friday Night) at Ash’s on 2nd, 7 p.m. until with Reggae, Afro Beats, Dancehall and Top 40 Hits.

**FIREBALL FRIDAY at Tha Vibe Bar & Lounge.

**FRIDAY NIGHT RAP, Every 1st and 3rd Friday at Crescent Cultural Center, 1121 Tuscaloosa Avenue, W.

SATURDAY…

**EVERY SATURDAY at BIRDSONG FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2824 5th Avenue South, at Automatic Seafood.

**PRE MOTHER’S DAY DINNER SHOW ON THE PATIO featuring JILLIAN GRAY AND BAND, 8 p.m. at Cabo Coastal Grill, 100 Frankfurt Circle, Suite A 35211. For more: 205-862-4723.

**ASO YOUTH ORCHESTRA, 2 p.m. at Alys Stephens Center.

**MAHLER’S FOURTH SYMPHONY 7 p.m. at Alys Stephens Center

**WINE DOWN HAPPY HOUR, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Saferoom Lounge Bar.

**EACH AND EVERY SATURDAY HAPPY HOUR, 5-8 p.m. at D’ZIRE with SPECIALS.

**EVERY SATURDAY SOLD OUT – THE SATURDAYS JUMP OFF, 10 p.m. at Onyx of Bham, 615 8th Avenue West

**QDOT DAVIS, JAXXXON & FRIENDS The Nick.

**TRIBUTE TO FREDDIE JACKSON and JEFFREY OSBORN featuring JAY LAMBERT at Perfect Note.

**RUN IT BACK SATURDAYS at Platinum of Birmingham.

**ALEXANDRA KAY at Iron City.

SUNDAY…

**WORSHIP AT THE SIXTH, 9:30 a.m. at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.

*EVERY SUNDAY – SOUL FOOD SUNDAYS, 1-5 p.m. (Every Sunday) at 1918 Catering, 197 Vulcan Road.

**SUNDAY FUN DAY at DZIRE BAR AND LOUNGE, 4120 3rd Avenue South. Call 205-266-2594 for more.

**SUNDAY FUNDAY for the grown Folks Kickback at Tha Vibe Bar & Lounge.

**EVERY 3rd SUNDAY JAZZ JAM SESSION, 4-8 p.m. at the Ferus on 41st.

**EARL WILLIAMS BAND, 4 p.m. at ELYSIAN GARDENS.

**CITY WIDE PRAYER MEETING, Every 4th Sunday, 4 p.m. for one hour at Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College. The Lord’s Supper will be served and hosted by the Knights of Pythias & Court of Calanthe.

**DERBY BRUNCH, 12 p.m. in Calera at 800 Highway 87.

**BEYONCE’S HOEDOWN DRAG BRUNCH at the StarDome Comedy Club.

**BUCKETS N BOARDS, 3 p.m. at Alys Stephens Center.

**DVORAK’S CELLO CONCERTO & BRAHMS FIRST SYMPHONY, 7 p.m. at UAB Alys Stephens Center.

**CINCO DE MAYO with MORTALUS & SINEMA at The Nick.

**CINCO DE MAYO SOULFUL SUNDAY with DEDEE FRAZIER at the Perfect Note.

MONDAY…

**ENVISION RADIO THE ENTREPRENEUR’S EDGE hosted by Jerry Mitchell. For more, jamblack06@gmail.com. www.envision-radio.com.

**BIRMINGHAM BANDSTAND at the Nick.

**RNB MONDAYS, 10 p.m. at Onyx of Bham, 615 Eighth Avenue West.

TUESDAY…

**KIKSTART at Water Mark in Bessemer, 9 a.m. with Free Food Boxes…until all gone

**COMPUTER CLASSES AT THE FIVE POINTS WEST LIBRARY every Tuesday and Thursday.

**DIAPER GIVEAWAY every Tuesday, 10 a.m. at the Titusville Library.

**EVERY TUESDAY SPECIAL TUESDAYS with Food, Drinks Specials at 1918 Catering, 197 Vulcan Road.

**EVERY TUESDAY – TUESDAY NIGHT TRAILS 5:45 p.m. at Red Mountain Park.

**EVERY TUESDAY is SOUL CAFÉ Happy Hour introducing the Soul Café Happy Hour, 5:30-9:30 p.m. with Soul Goodies, Soul Spirits and Soul Music including $5 Titos and Redmont, at The Vault.

**JOSE CARR’S JAZZ JAM, 7:30 p.m. at True Story Brewing Company 5510 Crestwood Blvd.

**CARIBBEAN NIGHTS with Reggae, Caribbean and Island Vibes, 9 p.m. – until… with DJ Serious Mixing and hosted by KJ and MANNY at The Vault, downtown.

**TASTY TUESDAYS at Platinum of Birmingham.

**Birmingham Songwriters Round with Host SUSANNAH SEALES at the Nick.

WEDNESDAY…

**INTERFAITH NOONDAY PRAYER SERVICES, every Wednesday, at Linn Park, in Downtown Birmingham.

**WORKOUT WEDNESDAY at Five Points West Library at 10:30 a.m. for chair yoga and other chair exercises.

**WEDNESDAY NIGHT POOL TOURNAMENT AND KARAOKE NIGHT, 5 p.m. at Carter’s Hookah Lounge and Grill, hosted by Jo Sweetz with the Pool Tournament, at 7 p.m. and Karaoke at 8 p.m.

**EVERY WEDNESDAY, YOU, ME & RNB, 6 p.m. at 2206 Bar & Lounge, 2206 31st Street, with DJ You, Me & Playlist.

**BHAM BLUES EXPLOSION (GARY TAYLOR, LEIF & RYAN at The Nick.

**D’ZIRE WEDNESDAYS, EACH AND EVERY WEDNESDAY with Free Mimosas, 8- 10 p.m. with DJ GORGEOUS in the Mix at 4120 Third Avenue South.

*WEDNESDAYS WEEKLY JAZZ JAM, 7- 10 p.m. at True Story Brewing Company, 5510 Crestwood Blvd. Food until 9 p.m., Music until 10 p.m. and Drink until 11 p.m.

**EVERY 4th WEDNESDAY at FACE’S LOUNGE KARAOKE hosted by ARETTA, 6:30 p.m. at 7070 Aaron Aronov Dr. in Fairfield.

NEXT THURSDAY…

**READ THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES. Catch up on the news!

**JOB FAIR with the Alabama Department of Human Resources, 9 a.m. – Noon at the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources, 2001 12th Avenue North. Dress professionally. No children. Take your resume. Visit www.personnel.alabama.gov to complete an online application.

**ALABAMA BLAZIN BINGO, 6 p.m. at Overtime Grill and Bar.

**FILM – 7 p.m. at the Sidewalk Film.

**FUSION INVITE Night at the Nick.

**BRAHMS’ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, 7:30 p.m. at Brock Recital Hall.

**SECOND CHANCE Jefferson County Hiring Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Boutwell Auditorium.

NEXT FRIDAY…

**FRIDAY NIGHT WRITES, 8 – 11 p.m. at 7611 1st Avenue North.

**JOHNNY MANCHILD WITH HOLDFAST & CALL ME SPINSTER at The Nick.

**FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE WITH SHARRON COLLINS at Perfect Note.

**JAZZNET MOTHER’S DAY POP UP SHOP with 35 vendors, live jazz and a DJ at the Dannon Project, 5:30- 9 p.m., hosted by AAJENE ROBINSON and BRIA CHATMAN WBRA FOX 6. For more 205-873-4572 or hatcherdonnie@gmail.com.

FOR MOTORSPORTS LOVERS…

**HISTORY MAKING AT CHILDREN’S OF ALABAMA INDY GRAND PRIX – With fans from 17 countries, 48 states and an economic impact of $27 million dollars, the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix was a success. A little “History in the Making’ happened when SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN became the Champion back-to-back at the 14th Indy Grand Prix races. Country music star RILEY GREEN was Grand Marshal. Some more history made at the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix was LINDSAY BREWER, the first American Female to drive in the Indy/NXT since Leilani Hunter in 2007. AND, then there were young drivers that you should keep your eyes on: JOSH MASON, 22, (Maresfield, UK) getting his first look at the 17-turn, 2.3 mile road course, YUVEN SUNDARAMOORTHY, 21, (OCONOMOWOC, WIS) the first Indian American driver to score a win in the IndyCar series and JACOB ABEL, 23, (Louisville, KY) the ABEL Motorsports trio that is poised for success in the industry.  Keep your eyes on them all. They are focused and good at what they do.

AROUND TOWN AND IN TOWN…

**SATURDAY- BIRMINGHAM FOLK FESTIVAL, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Avondale Park is a FREE family-friendly day of music, art and community with live performances featuring bluegrass, gospel, blues, Americana, West African drumming and dance, mariachi, hip-hop, Sacred Harp, brass band and more. There will be food, arts and crafts, vendors, and other activities for the whole family. Line-up: Ramsay High School Band. Main Stage performances include PREMIER DE AMERICA, SAHI ON KO DJONY, THE BYRD FAMILY, EARL ”GUITAR” WILLIAMS, THE YELLOW DANDIES, THE UNDERWOOD SPIRITUALS and EARLY JAMES. YOU ARE INVITED!! For more: birminghamfolkfest.org.

**THE MAN PROJECT is an all male mentoring program with a mission to empower, encourage and enlighten young males. It will teach them how to have productive lives, develop coping skills and take responsibility for the choices they make. The program wants to challenge them to be positive decision makers and shape them into successful young men. Register at: tmanproject.org.

**YWCA CREW 2024 TEEN ENRICHMENT PROGRAM, June 10 – July 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more: FRC@ywcabham.org or 205-949-5550.

IN MAY…

**NEXT SATURDAY – BOND AND BEYOND, 7 p.m. at UAB Alys Stephens Center.

**NEXT SUNDAY – MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with full brunch menu by CHEF HICKS of Infinit Eats and Live entertainment by ABRAHAM THE VOICE at Jazzi’s on 3rd. Seating is limited.

**NEXT SUNDAY – MOTHER’S DAY 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Enjoy Mother’s Day and treat your mom to a delicious meal at The Margaret.

**MAY 16 – 3RD THURSDAY BLUES JAM, 7 p.m. at True Story Brewing.

**MAY 18 – BLUES STAGES CONCERT, 7 p.m. with MICJ KOLASSA.

**CANDYLAND, 2 p.m. at the Carver Theatre with the students of Wykeria’s Dance Studio and Major Performing Arts.

**MAY 24-26 – SYMPHONY IN THE SUMMER at Railroad Park.

**MAY 25 – SEED FEST is a MUSIC FESTIVAL, Saturday, 2-7 p.m., featuring the Grammy Nominated THE WALLS GROUP that will perform at 6 p.m. and with live music and inspiration by Birmingham’s Best Local Artists, food trucks. Free UAB Health Screenings, Free Wills and Power of Attorney. FREE ENTRY. Donate men, women and children clothing on site. It will be in the downtown Birmingham Theater District between Alabama and Lyric Theaters. Bring your lawn chairs.

**MAY 25 – MEN’S DREAM CONFERENCE, 2-4 p.m. at 525 Bradley Road in Gardendale, Alabama, 35071 with DAVID CRAIG, JUSTIN EVANS and ALEX JONES hosted by JAJUAN WIGGINS and AHMAD COLLINS. Call 205 515-0441 for more or email: jajuan_Wiggins@ymail.com.

**JUNE 8  – THE MARVEL CITY CARIBBEAN FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, 11 a.m. at 1623 2nd Avenue North, Bessemer.

FOR BUSINESS LOVERS…

** ENTREPRENEURS & INNOVATORS CONFERENCE is June 20 and 21st at the Tuxedo Ballroom in the Ensley Entertainment District. Registration is $159 before April 19 and $170 afterward until June 18th. The Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce is the host. To register, and for more, visit www.AlBlackCC.org, OR info@ALBlackCC.org.

AT BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS….

**EVERY FRIDAY – STORYTIME AT THE GARDENS, Every Friday, 10 – 11 a.m. FREE with registration.

**MAY 4 – FILM PREMIERE for A GARDEN IN CONVERSATION with Louise Agee Wrinkle, 3-5 p.m.

**MAY 7 – THYME TO READ, 4 p.m. PARADISE LOT by Eric Toesmeier. FREE.

**MAY 7 – ROSE’ IN THE ROSES, 5:30 – p.m. in the Dunn Formal Rose Gardens.

**MAY 8 – BIRMINGHAM FERN SOCIETY TURKEY CREEK FIELD TRIP, 10 a.m. with Charles Yeager. Reservations are required: mlcbillings@yahoo.com.

**MAY 9 – ORGANIC GARDENING METHODS, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. with William Cureton and his practical approach to gardening and the variety of ways to use compost.

**MAY 14 – HERBAL TEA MAKING, 11 a.m. – Noon in the East Room with Alexis Kimbrough.

**MAY 16 – THE ART OF KOKEDAMA, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. wit h ASTRID JEREZ

**JULY 12 – SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY, July 8 – July 12, 9 a.m. – Noon.

HAPPENINGS AT SIXTH AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH

…SEE YOU AT THE SIXTH…EVERY SUNDAY!

**EVERY MONDAY MORNING MEDITATION WITH PASTOR CANTELOW, 7:15 a.m. Contact the church at (205) 321-1136 or (205) 321-1137.

**CHILDREN’S CHURCH & COLLISION CHURCH, each First Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for K-5th (Children’s Church), 6-12th (Collision).

AT GIFTED CITY CHURCH… EVERY SUNDAY!

**GIFTED CITY CHURCH, Sunday Worship is 10 a.m. at 228 Second Avenue North in the Downtown, City Center. A one-hour service with children’s service and complimentary coffee and tea. For more: info@thegiftpad.org.

COMING SOON…

**OCTOBER 3rd- “AN EVENING OF ICONS with THE COMMODORES, THE POINTER SISTERS & THE SPINNERS” at Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater.

Well, that’s it. Tell you more ‘next’ time. People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu is a weekly column. Send events, your things of interest and more to my emails: gwenderu@yahoo.com and thelewisgroup@birminghamtimes.com.