WYNTON MARSALIS, 8 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center.
CAROL EALONS, author of Tuxedo Junction: Right Back Where I Belong.
JOHN CAPARULO, this weekend, at the StarDome Comedy Club.
ONA’s MUSIC ROOM in Pepper Place.
Photo: Gwen DeRu 20120301
It’s WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH!
President of the United States, Barack Obama, has proclaimed this year’s theme “BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY.” CELEBRATE your Sheroes!! Share all that you know about the GREAT WOMEN OF COLOR, informing as many as you can of the great things that have been done and the contributions that have been made.
DON’T MISS…... RED TAILS, the movie about the Tuskegee Airmen!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL CELEBRATING... that means YOU... CHRIS SHEPPARD! It’s your time to shine!! Wishing ‘YOU’ the Best!!
While Celebrating......Check out the good spots all around the southeast. See you around town.’
NOW......, Don’t Miss, this last weekend, ..... “3 Things are Needed for a Good Life: Good Friends, Good Food & Good Song” at the Red Mountain Theatre. Show times today through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Call (205) 324-2424 for more.
Enjoy some of this......
‘MY’ favorite picks, This weekend..., MY FAVORITE,…… this week…. SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH - March 4 - 9. Commemorate the historic Selma to Montgomery march with a re-engagement around issues affecting our community today. Begin with a pre-march rally at Brown Chapel AME Church (410 Martin Luther King Street in Selma) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The march will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Each day going forward will focus on a specific theme, culminating in a mass rally at the state Capitol building in Montgomery on next Friday. Themes for the week are: Monday: Education & Voting Rights, Tuesday: Black Farmers & Voting Rights, Wednesday: Labor & Voting Rights and Thursday: Immigration & Voting Rights. Join thousands for any or all of the events during this special week. For more info, call (334) 262-0932 or email
TODAY....., John Caparulo at the StarDome Comedy Club.
Friday..., Wynton Marsalis, 8 p.m., at the Alys Stephens Center. America’s most lauded jazz orchestra and famed music director make a triumphant return visit to the ASC in celebration of our 15th and Wynton Marsalis’ 50th birthday tour. This superstar ensemble draws from Wynton Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other orchestra members, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers. The show is part of the 2012 UAB Jazz Summit with an After Party featuring live music from Neo Jazz Collective, wine, and desserts. Call (205) 975-4769 for more .
Saturday...., JOB READINESS WORKSHOP for Youth and Young Adults, 16 - 25 years of age, 9 a.m. - Noon at Lawson State Community College in the Perry Ward, Alabama Center for Advanced Technology and Training. Registration is 8:30 a.m. This event is hosted by Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown. Parental involvement encouraged for youth 16 - 18. Call (205) 324-0061 for more.
Sunday....,This is a day to relax, enjoy your family after going to your favorite place to worship, go to the movies, check out the museum, go to a concert or watch a little sports, it is the season!!
Now...here’s the rest of the story........ for something to do!
**MEET AND HEAR DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATES, 6 p.m., at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. There will be six Democratic groups sponsoring a forum with Mayor William Bell kicking off the evening sharing the dais.
**SKOOL DAZE and Steel at 1st and 23rd presents “PISCES TAKE OVER”, Happy Hour 4 - 8 p.m. with Civilocity. Everyone FREE until 7 p.m. Ladies Free until 11 p.m. Pisces Free all night. Call (205) 304-1482 for VIP or more info.
**ASO presents AUGUSTIN HEDELICH, 8 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center. Call (205) 975-2787 for more.
**Line Dancing, Every Thursday at Wellington’s Bistro. Call (205) 223-4432 for more.
**PEDRO LOUIS MAYR TRIO, at Ona’s Music Room in Pepper Place. Call (205) 320-7006 for more.
**Caffeine Happy Hour with DOUG OUT 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Coffee Shoppee. Call (205) 222-6954 for more.
**JOHN CAPARULO, at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008.
**GOOD FELLAS at Sweet Bones Alabama. Call (205) 970-3058 for more.
**CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED, 8 p.m. at WorkPlay.
It’s Friday.... some say the weekend starts here.... today.... not tomorrow... today.....
**IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT, living for the weekend, 9 p.m. at Martinis.
**CHAD FISHER JAM SESSION, at Ona’s Music Room in Pepper Place. Call (205) 320-7006 for more.
**JOHN CAPARULO, at the StarDome Comedy Club. Tell Bruce Gwen sent you.
**LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS and DIRT DAUBERS, 8 p.m., at Bottletree.
**THE BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY presents: “ARE YOU EXPERIENCED”, 9 p.m. at WorkPlay.
** JUST A FEW CATS & FRIENDS w/ DANNI ROSE, BERNARD BUGGS, LOGAN and MIKE HAM, at Rogue Tavern.
**ASO presents AUGUSTIN HEDELICH, 8 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center. Call (205) 975-2787 for more.
**JOHN CAPARULO, at the StarDome Comedy Club.
**KELLEY O’NEAL w/ “KO” Band, at Ona’s Music Room in Pepper Place. Call (205) 320-7006 for more. Check out Ona’s Music Room for your good music.
**THICK AS THIEVES, at the Metro Bar.
**Pray and share time with the family!! Support your favorite cause and others! Give your time if not your money and do it often!!
**UAB JAZZ SUMMIT FINALE CONCERT, 3 p.m. at the UAB Alys Stephens Center. FREE!!
**BRET MOSLEY, 7:30 p.m. at Moonlight on the Mountain.
**JOHN CAPARULO, at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008.
**OPEN MIC NIGHT at Wellington’s Bistro. Call (205) 223-4432.
**SPREAD THE WORD....... for this Tuesday and next Tuesday, United Celebral Palsy Kicks off ‘UCP CASUAL DAY 2012’. If you are interested in supporting this great effort, call (205) 944-3916. Tell them Gwen sent you.
**UAB SYMPHONY BAND IN CONCERT, 7 p.m. at the UAB Alys Stephens Center. FREE.
**TERRY THOMAS w/ COMEDY NIGHT at ECHO LOUNGE in the Five Points West area behind Lena’s Restuarant. Call (205) 267-2338 for more.
FOR BOOK LOVERS.......BIRMINGHAM MUSIC LOVERS.....and HISTORY LOVERS....
**‘Tuxedo Junction: Right Back Where I Belong’ by Carol P. Ealons, Saturday, 3 - 5 p.m. at the Coffee Shoppee on Bessemer Road.... AND, at the Birmingham Public Library, March 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - The name “Tuxedo Junction” is well known in and around the City of Birmingham. It was a ballroom on the second floor of the now Nixon Building in the early 20th century, it is a song written by Erskine Ramsay Hawkins in 1939 that put Birmingham, Ala. on the map around the world and it is a community in Ensley. The musicians, the dancers and the singers are what Tuxedo Junction should be best known for, that is what the book “Tuxedo Junction: Right Back Where I Belong” is all about... the music. Some 200 of Birmingham’s musicians, dancers and singers got their start at the Tuxedo Junction Dancehall and all were taught by one man, John T. “Fess” Whatley. They are known across this country and overseas, but we don’t know them here, at home. Over half the African American band directors in the Birmingham Public School System from the 1950s to the mid 1980s were already well established big band/swing era musicians that played in the bands of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong. Tuxedo Junction: Right Back Where I Belong tells their story and how they got there. Call (205) 925-5931.
**The House by the Side of the Road by Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Selma interpretive Center, 2 Broad Street in Selma. The Selma Civil Rights Movement which tells the amazing story of how an African American educator’s home became the headquarters for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Selma Civil Rights Movement. Her story chronicles a journey from childhood growing up in Alabama during the 1930s leading up to the 1965 Civil Rights campaign in Selma. The event is in conjunction with the Bridge Crossing Jubilee celebrating those who participated in the Voting Rights Movement of 1965 in Selma. March 2012 marks the 46th Anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery. For more, call (334) 872-0509. Tell them that Gwen sent you.
FOR FILM/MOVIE LOVERS......IN 2012
**TODAY..... DEADLY DECEPTION, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Carver Theatre hosted by CBS 42 and Black Warrior Riverkeeper. FREE. CBS 42 is showing a sneak preview of the documentary. The commercial-free documentary about pollution in North Birmingham is the follow-up to “Deadly Deception”. CBS 42 has continued to follow activities of local, state, and federal environmental regulators in regards to toxic contamination in North Birmingham. Pollution from local industries has affected air, water, and soil in these communities for decades. If you are interested in attending, RSVP at www.cbs42.com/deadly or call CBS 42 at (205) 488-4242.
Check out..... **SAFE HOUSE with Denzel Washington and THE VOW for the lovers. Then, there is......**REDTAILS, a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, still playing. Don’t miss it!
**Join UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and Sidewalk Film Festival for the Southern Circuit Independent Film Screenings & Meet the Director Events. All films are Thursday at 7 p.m. March 15: A GOOD MAN and in April, 2012 is WORLD’S LARGEST (www.worldslargestdoc.com).
**First Thursday’s at the Birmingham Museum of Art FREE Films from Sidewalk at Steiner Auditorium, 7 p.m. - Upcoming Dates: March 1, April 5, and May 3.
**Film Topics and Speakers, at Rojo. Upcoming Salon Topics and Speakers: March 6: E.M.P.A.C.T. Alabama with program director Bobby Jon Drinkard, April 3: How to Pitch Your Film with Andy Grace and Friends, May 1: Hands On with Sony: Check out the FS100 35 MM CineAlta and the TD300 3D Cameras with Sony Rep. Paul Hogan, and June 5: Distribution Trends with Amotz Zakai, of Echo Lake Productions. Salons are held at Rojo, admission is always FREE and so are the chips and salsa!
OTHER MOVIES........ Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Wanderlust, Good Deeds, Gone, and Act of Valor.
FOR LAUGHTER....., JOHN CAPARULO, this weekend, at the StarDome Comedy Club. John Caparulo’s 1-hour special ‘Meet Cap’ premiered to great numbers on Comedy Central and Warner Bros recently released the DVD this spring! John was a featured comic in E!’s first ever stand up comedy special, The Comedians of Chelsea Lately, that aired this summer to high ratings on E! The future has never looked brighter for this talented, young comedian. He has made three appearances on Tonight Show, and is now a part of Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation. Tell Bruce, Gwen sent you. Call (205) 444-0008 for more.
FOR EMERGENCIES IN 2012... Be RED CROSS Ready - Get a Kit - include water, food, batteries, a flashlight, first aid kit and other essentials. Make a Plan - have a plan established in the event of a fire, tornado or other emergency. Be Informed - have a weather radio and listen to all weather advisories given by officials. Resolve to Be Prepared for Emergencies in 2012 - You can make a difference to others and help keep your family safe by resolving to get your household prepared, to “Be Red Cross Ready” when emergencies happen.
Families need to plan how to deal with disasters. They need to know what emergencies are most likely to happen where they live, learn, work and play. You can make a difference in your community by knowing what to do when disaster strikes. You can:
1. Get a kit. If you’ve ever fumbled to find a flashlight during a blackout, you know what it feels like to be unprepared. Use a downloadable checklist to make things even easier when assembling your emergency preparedness kit.
2. Make a plan. Talk with family and household members about what you would do during emergencies that are most likely to happen in your area.
3. Be informed. Know the risks where you live, work, learn and play.
4. Learn first aid and CPR/AED so that you have the skills to respond in an emergency before help arrives, especially during a disaster when emergency responders may not be as available. Contact your local chapter to get trained.
Take time to get prepared. Visit RedCross.org for more information on how to prepare for all types of emergencies.
FOR ANIMAL LOVERS.......
**The Greater Birmingham Human Society (GBHS) adoption fees have increased. Due to the rising cost of pharmaceuticals, we were forced to evaluate our budget and find ways to stretch our funds further. Not wanting to sacrifice the health of the pets in our care, we determined that the most feasible option would be to increase our adoption fees. The new fees are as follows: Adult pets (over 6 months & over 15 lbs) - $85, Juvenile pets (under 6 months) - $175, and Adult pets (over 6 months and under 15 lbs) - $175. The Greater Birmingham Human Society (GBHS) hopes that you will understand their desire to keep the pets healthy!
FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS......
SATURDAY - Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Waterfalls of the Sipsey Wilderness
Details: On this moderately strenuous 7 1/2 mile dayhike we will see five gorgeous waterfalls in box side canyons along the Sipsey Fork River in the Sipsey Wilderness of the Bankhead National Forest. This is a trip you won’t want to miss! See five spectacular waterfalls during the high water season in Alabama. This hike offers one of the best kept secrets of the Sipsey Wilderness, its magnificent waterfalls. Excellent photo opportunities. This has proved to be one of the most popular hikes in the past, averaging 28 participants (divided into smaller groups) per outing over five consecutive annual trips to these falls. Please bring your picnic lunch, drink, camera and small towel and wading shoes with large Ziploc plastic bag in case we need to wade a stream. A change of clothes to be left in the car would also be advisable. We will divide into several smaller groups, each limited to 10 people per Forest Service regulations. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 10 and up able to walk 7 1/2 miles over rugged terrain welcome. Optional dinner after the hike. Reservations Required: If you wish to participate in this outing, you are required to call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email
by 5 p.m. on Friday. Please be sure you leave either your phone number or email address. If you make a reservation with Dan to come on this trip and decide later to not come on this outing, please telephone Dan, 205/631-4680 right away. This outing is strictly limited to 30 participants. If we have 30 people signed up on the day of the hike and say, we have two people on the waiting list and then two people who signed up don’t show up for the hike, those two no-show people have in effect deprived the two on the waiting list from participating. Please don’t be a no-show. Info: Dan Frederick,
SUNDAY, 2 p.m.
Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Moss Rock Preserve
Details: Explore the wilder side of Hoover on a moderate 2-4 mile hike with some ups and downs on Shades Mountain. We’ll experience the preserve’s diverse natural features which include longleaf pine forests, huge boulders, streams, grassy areas, outstanding views and, when it rains, some beautiful waterfalls. Bring water to drink. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age seven and up able to walk the distance and complete the hike without complaining are welcome. The group will depart at 2 p.m. from the Moss Rock Preserve parking lot on Patton Chapel Road. Info: Kenny Scurlock,
or phone 205/491-9084
FOR ART LOVERS...
**WHAT MAKES THE MAGIC CITY SO MAGICAL?.... now through March 23, at the Vulcan Park and Museum.
**Take the children to the library, the zoo, the park, ....get outdoors as much as you can. They need the exercise. AND, take them to the movies, this is the season with plenty of new movies hitting the theatres for the young and young at heart.
FOR JOB SEEKERS.....
**Services for job seekers, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Urban League. Workshops are presented by HR professionals. Tuesday - How to write a resume, proper interview attire, and interviewing skills, How to leverage your network, and Effective ways to job search. Wednesday - Building your resume and Thursday one on one coaching. Employers will be there and will post jobs at the Birmingham Urban League. There is access to computers and the internet. Call (205) 326-0162 for more. (Share with the job seekers in your life. Tell them Gwen sent you).
Hey...read From the Desk of Jo Hooks ‘In Their Own Words’ section of the Birmingham Times, each week. NOW.... For those of you that might be interested.....Here is one of ‘my’ special places ....In Birmingham, ....Check out what’s happening at The Old Car Heaven. Call (205) 324-4545 for more and tell them Gwen sent you.
On to the rest of the happenings around town..., Here are the HAPPENINGS EVERY WEEK...... but, first, Birmingham...... Get your laugh on at the StarDome Comedy Club every weekend. There is always laughter going on there. Coming soon...., TIM STATUM, DOMINIQUE w/LESTER BIBBS, NATASHA LEGGERO, SKIP CLARK, LIL DUVALL, ARIES SPEARS, CHRIS KATTAN w/Special Guest FINESSE MITCHELL and JEFF RICHARDS from SNL. Call (205) 444-0008 for more. Tell Bruce that Gwen sent you.
AROUND AND ABOUT TOWN....If you are grown, sexy, love music, play cards, head to Charlotte’s place – Wellington’s Bistro, the place to be these days for your best blues and jazz specials on Monday nights. There is always Marty’s on the Southside. There is Tasty Tuesday and Old School Friday at Platinum of Birmingham. Now, there is Merienda on the Southside. Tell them Gwen sent you. (Hey, send all your live music/entertainment calendars to Gwen DeRu at
Here are some PLACES YOU CAN COUNT ON...EVERY TIME! IT’S THE GOOD, THE SAME and THE BEST on.....
EVERY WEDNESDAY...,**Cookin’ with Jazz with Jazz Great CLEVE EATON AND THE GANG, 6:30 p.m. at Old Car Heaven.
EVERY THURSDAY...,**GLEN AND LIBBA, 6:30 p.m. at Old Car Heaven. **ONYX near Birmingham-Southern College and across from the Fire Station on Eighth Avenue. **DOUG OUT at the Coffee Shoppee for ‘Caffeine’ Happy Hour, 7 p.m. in the Five Points West area. Call (205) 222-6954 for more. **JEFF LOPEZ AND KEN TALLEY at Michael’s Steak and Seafood, today and tomorrow. **OLD SCHOOL PARTY at Steel, right after work. **IN THE MIX at Plum, 8 p.m. with DJ RAHDU.
EVERY FRIDAY...,**Pure Fridays at Martinis. Ladies FREE before 10 p.m. **Every Friday Night...Mahogany in the Mix at Mahogany, 8 p.m. For the Ladies ‘Free Moscatos.’ Call (205) 478-1911 for more. **FAB FRIDAYS, 5 - 9 p.m. Happy Hour at The Onyx, with complimentary food. Ladies FREE until 11 p.m. and Bottle Service and VIP seating After Hours at 11 p.m. Check it out at 615 8th Avenue West, near Birmingham-Southern College and across from the Fire Station on Eighth Avenue.
EVERY SUNDAY...,**Jazz Brunch w/the Erin Mitchell Band at Billy’s on Overton Road. Call (205) 956-2323. **Jazz Brunch w/live jazz at Billy’s on Cahaba Road. Call (205) 879-2238. **Live Music Brunch at Crestwood Coffee Company. Call (205) 595-0300.
AT MARTY’S on Southside......**Piano Bar with Errick Smith and Steve McCullough at midnight, today.
**Sweet Water Road and Bibb City Ramblers (later), Friday.
**Jay Brown w/ Debbie Bonds and Stuart McNair & the Contraband (later), Saturday.
**Matthew Devines Incestet, 8 - 11 p.m., Sunday.
Hey...the Birmingham Zoo always has something for the children. There are a few new exhibitions. Take the kids out!! Call (205) 879-0409 for more.
COMING SOON..... (or still going on).......
TOP THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND THE STATE OF ALABAMA....
**IN TUSCUMBIA – Now through March 2, Art of the State Exhibition. Call (256) 383-0533.
**IN AUBURN – Now through December 2, Culinary Boot Camp. Call (334) 321-3179.
FOR WOMEN.....MOMENTUM CONFERENCE - Building Women Leaders in Alabama, Today, Full Conference, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., BJCC/Sheraton East Ballroom. Call (205) 321-6100 for more.
**Natural Hair and Health Expo, March 11, Sunday, 12 - 6 p.m. at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Call (205) 567-3397 or 567-2086.
**SAVE THE DATE..... FOR TEENS - The 2012 Teen Expo event is March 24th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Western Hills Mall. Make a Difference with Us! Call (205) 354-3480 for more.
ENJOY VULCAN’s 2012 Series - BIRMINGHAM REVEALED... March 15 & April 19 - Join Vulcan after-hours on the third Thursday of each month, March and April. Unwind as the people, places and events are revealed that have helped shape our dynamic city! Admission is charged and includes light refreshments, a one-hour program and entrance to Vulcan Center Museum and Observation Tower. Details: 5:30 p.m. Cash Bar Opens, 6 - 7 p.m. A Story is Revealed... Admission Charged. MARCH 15 - LOVE IN THE RUINS: THE MIND OF WALKER PERCY... A play written and performed by Lee Eric Shackleford. Enjoy the premiere of this one-act, one-man play inspired by the author’s writings. Love in the Ruins recounts Percy’s ideas about relationships, science, technology, religion and especially how Birmingham shaped Percy into one of the 20th century’s most original authors.
APRIL 19 - BIRMINGHAM’S GREEK FOOD TRADITIONS.... Beyond Barbecue and Baklava: The Impact of Greek Immigrants on Birmingham’s Culture and Cuisine. A panel discussion and cooking demonstration featuring George Sarris, Jimmy and Nicky Koikos, and Niki Sepsas, moderated by Greg Bass. From hot dog stands, to that distinctly Southern phenomenon known as the meat-and-three, local Greek families have been serving up some of the city’s most distinctive fare since its early days. Following the program, guests can sample fare from local Greek-owned eateries and view the exhibition that inspired this program. Vulcan Park and Museum, for more call 205-933-1409, Fax: 205-933-1776, or
TIPS FOR YOU!!
Each week, I would like to give you useful tips. (If you should have any, please, pass them on to me. Thanks). TIPS ON ‘ANY AND EVERYTHING’.... (and some are not for everyone). TIP: GIRLS......READY FOR A NEW YOU - 1. Write out your goals and desires. 2. Ask what, when and how. 3. Have a plan. (Start today and do it every day). (Taken from Speakin’ Out News newspaper)
RECIPE/FOOD...... ‘Tis the season for simple weeknight dinner ideas! Make ahead ideas and quick desserts help your schedule stay fuss-free. For the weekend lovers...... For vegetable lovers......MICROWAVE - STEAMED SQUASH - Prep Time: 10 minutes. Cook Time: 7 minutes. INGREDIENTS: 3 medium squash (zucchini or yellow squash), 1 small tomato, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, and 3 tbsp water. DIRECTIONS: Wash the squash and tomato: remove ends of squash with a knkife. Slice squash crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick slices. Dice tomato. Add water to a microwave-safe covered dish. Add squash and tomato and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Microwave, covered, on high 5-7 minutes until vegetables reach desired softness. (Taken from American Heart Association) ENJOY!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all celebrating..., that means YOU.....CHRIS SHEPPARD!! Many, many more Happy Birthdays!! Here’s wishing ‘you’ all the best!!
Well, that’s it....don’t forget to listen to 900 GOLD WATV, Bringing Back the Memories and the Good Times, Birmingham’s Only Old School Station, where you can hear People, Places and Things with Gwen DeRu on Thursday and Friday at 10:20 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. This will keep you up on the latest happenings in and around town. Check it out. And, don’t forget to inform and invite me to your latest.
Until next time.....We at The Birmingham Times are very excited to bring you People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu. Look for more next time.....until then......People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu will run weekly. Charitable events, parties, restaurants and clubs make news that your friends, neighbors in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama and the southeast want to read. Future, just completed social events, and happenings should be emailed to:
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