|PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:47|
THOM KAZ - HYPNAUGHTY, this weekend, at the StarDome Comedy Club.
MARGARET CHO, 8 p.m at the Alys Stephens Center. (Photo Credit: prx.org)
BIG DADDY, Saturday, at Ona’s Music Room . (Photo Credit: Bigdaddysb=newband.com
Racing at its finest......
AARON’S DREAM WEEKEND - MAY 4 - 6!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL CELEBRATING... that means YOU, TAMIA BRYANT-DeRU, LeBOISE DeRu and JARVIS ESCOTT! 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......, Enjoy some of this......
COMING SOON....SCHAEFFER EYE CENTER CRAWFISH BOIL, May 4-5 at the BJCC area. Go to schaeffercrawfishboil.com for more. AND, COMING SOON, for the racing fans..... Racing at its finest in Talladega includes AARON’S DREAM WEEKEND and more at TALLADEGA SUPERPEEDWAY, the first week in May!
For the children and the young at heart..... Enjoy the weather, eat healthy and get outdoors for walks and plenty of exercise!
TODAY....., YP PROFESSIONALS NIGHT event BUSINESS CARD MIXER presented by SKOOL DAZE and STEEL at 1st & 23rd, 4 p.m., with Civilocity’s Happy Hour. The Skool Daze After Party follows with IN THE MIX with CJ C DUBB. COME EARLY! STAY LATE! Call (205) 304-1482 for VIP or more info.
Friday..., Hilarious Margaret Cho, 8 p.m., at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. Prepare for a no-holds-barred night as Margaret Cho brings frank and funny to Birmingham with her provocative takes on family, sexuality, gender, body issues, not fitting in, loving ourselves and forgiving our foibles. This performance contains adult language and content; the show is for adult audiences only. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
Saturday...., Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization (CACAO), 6 p.m. at 3125 Independence Dr., Suite 300B, 35209. Learn more and share the best of the Caribbean with food, fun and fellowship at a General Meeting with a Potluck and Game Night.
Sunday..., Enjoy the Outdoors with RMTC on Earth Day - Celebrate spring this Sunday, with a special performance by Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Youth Programs at Vulcan Park and Museum. RMTC’s Youth Programs, which includes students ranging from ages 9-18, will be performing a free concert for guests at the park beginning at 2 p.m.
Now...here’s the rest of the story........ for something to do! You know that I love to laugh. Don’t miss your laughter, this weekend, at the StarDome Comedy Club.
**YWCA PURSE AND PASSION LUNCHEON, today, supporting the YWCA mission. Call the YWCA for more details.
**The Birmingham Business Resource Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration present the Entrepreneurial Training Academy “Marketing Your Small Business,” 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Innovation Depot. This session will help small business owners understand the importance of marketing their businesses. Call (205) 250 - 6380 or visit www.bbrc.biz to register.
**SPORTS LEGENDS CLASSIC, 6-11 p.m., at the Jazz Underground in 5 Points South with music by SHUAN PEZANT, MIKE HAMM and NORRIS JONES. Call (205) 202-3640 for more. Tell them Gwen sent you.
**CIRQUE ALYS - A LIVING ART EXPERIENCE, the last day with WILLIAM CLOSE< THE DO LAB, LUCENT DOSSIER VAUDEVILLE CIRCUS, 7:30 p.m., at the Alys Stephens Center.
**Line Dancing, every Thursday at Wellington’s Bistro. Call (205) 223-4432 for more.
**PEDRO LOUIS MAYOR TRIO w/SARA GREEN, 8:30 p.m., 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.
**THOM KAZ ‘HYPNAUGHTY,’ at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008 for more. Tell Bruce Gwen sent you.
**GOOD FELLAS at Sweet Bones Alabama. Call (205) 970-3058 for more.
It’s Friday.... some say the weekend starts here.... today.... not tomorrow... today.....
**THE PAINTER’S TOUCH, a group show featuring JAVA LEWIS, LONNIE HOLLEY and CASSANDRA GRIFFEN, 6-8 p.m. at the Jazz Hall of Fame in the Carver Theatre. It is a tribute to the late Whitney Houston.
**IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT, living for the weekend, 9 p.m. at Martinis.
**THOM KAZ ‘HYPNAUGHTY,’ at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008.
**BONUS ROUND, 9:30 p.m .at Ona’s Music Room.
**EPA “Earth Day” event to be held at Maclin Park.
**THOM KAZ ‘HYPNAUGHTY,’ at the StarDome Comedy Club.
**BIG DADDY, 9:30 p.m. at Ona’s Music Room. Check out Ona’s Music Room for your good music. Call (205) 320-7006 for more.
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!!
**Pray and share time with the family!! Support your favorite cause and others! Give your time if not your money and do it often!!
**THOM KAZ ‘HYPNAUGHTY,’ at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008.
**Monday 360.....(Turning Mondays all the way around). Nothing to do on Monday, think again -- Want to relax in an adult setting? Visit The J. Simpkins Gallery for Classic movies, and classic board games every Monday after work, and enjoy a complimentary dinner as well. We have a nice variety going on every Monday, Dart competitions, a secluded Cigar Enthusiasts area, and the best of all, the live music DVDs all evening, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m. J. Simpkins Gallery, 1608 Floyd Bradford Road, Trussville, AL 35173. Call 205.572.1295 for more.
**OPEN MIC NIGHT at Wellington’s Bistro. Call (205) 223-4432.
FOR FILM/MOVIE LOVERS......IN 2012....
**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!
**First Thursday’s at the Birmingham Museum of Art FREE Films from Sidewalk at Steiner Auditorium, 7 p.m. - Coming: May 3.
**Film Topics and Speakers, at Rojo. Upcoming Salon Topics and Speakers: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........ John Carter, Friends with Kids, A Thousand Words, Silent House, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Wanderlust, Good Deeds, Gone, and Act of Valor.
FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS.......
SATURDAY, 8 a.m., Southeastern Outings Canoe and Kayak Trip on Clear Creek
SUNDAY, 2 p.m., Southeastern Outings Walk in a Forest Preserve in Homewood - Details: The City of Homewood owns two forest preserves on Shades Mountain adjacent to the Homewood High School. Spend a relaxing two hours walking. Rated moderately easy. Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age six and older welcome. Meet 2 p.m. in the Homewood High School east (nearest Brookwood Village Shopping Center) parking lot, just off Lakeshore Drive in Homewood. Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680
AROUND ALABAMA NEAR.... SATURDAY WALKING TOURS, this month.... Cities across the state are offering free guided walking tours at 10 a.m. on each Saturday morning during April. Some participating cities are: Abbeville - Abbeville Welcome Center, Ashland - Ashland City Hall, Athens - Athens Visitor Center, Atmore Heritage Park, Birmingham - Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Bulter - Jackson’s Jewelry & Gifts, Courtland - Park on the Square, Cullman - Cullman County Museum, Decatur - Delano Park Rose Garden, Enterprise - Rawls Hotel, Eufaula - Various locations, Fairhope - Fairhope Welcome Center, Gadsden - Various locations, Madison - Madison Roundhouse (April 21 and 28 only), Monroeville - Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery - Montgomery Area Visitor Center, Montevallo - Montevallo Chamber of Commerce, Prattville - Autauga County Heritage Center, Selma - Public Library, Sylacauga - B.B. Comer Memorial Library, Tallassee - Mt. Vernon Theatre, Tuscumbia - Coldwater Books, and Wetumpka - Chamber of Commerce. Check out all the history that Alabama has to offer. Tell them Gwen sent you.
FOR GOLFERS...... FIRST ANNUAL CITY OF BIRMINGHAM MAYOR’S GOLF TOURNAMENT, May 4th. Call (205) 254-2752 for more.
**FRIENDS & FAMILY GOLF CRUISE HAWAII 2012, August 11 - 18. For more go to African American Golfer’s Digest.
FOR LAUGHTER....., THOM KAZ - HYPNAUGHTY, this weekend at the StarDome Comedy Club. Come see the show or be the show! As one of the world’s premier stage hypnotists, Thom Kaz has performed for audiences from 150 to 5,000. His unique blend of fast paced hypnosis comedy and personality has earned him the title as one of the Worlds Fastest and Funniest Hypnotists. In fact, Thom was personally selected by Harrahs Entertainment, the world’s largest entertainment company, to star in the “Worlds Funniest Hypnotist” production on the strip in Las Vegas for a six month run in 2007. “Having the opportunity to work alongside comedy great Rita Rudner and to share a stage with Legendary Wayne Newton is one of the highlights of my career”, states Thom. Check him out at the StarDome Comedy Club. Tell Bruce, Gwen sent you. Call (205) 444-0008 for more.
FOR HEALTH....., The Bethesda Life Center presents, DRAMA TO LIVE BY - DISCUSS, LISTEN & EAT on Fridays at Noon, April 27th, May 11th and May 25th at The Bethesda Life Center featuring the CAMBERWELL radio drama and a Special Guest. Call (205) 788-2200 for more.
**WALK FOR LUPUS NOW, June 9, Heardmont Park, Birmingham. Check in at 8 a.m. and Walk at 9 a.m. Call 877-865-8787 for more information.
**Walgreens and National Urban League Free Health Tests to Urban and Minority Communities with ‘Way to Well Health Tour’ for Prevention and Early Detection of Today’s Leading Diseases. Visit the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with NUL, which will provide free tests, assessments, education and consulting services. To learn when the Way to Well Health Tour is serving a neighborhood near you, visit www.walgreens.com/waytowell.
FOR EMERGENCIES IN 2012... The first step to being Red Cross ready is to get a disaster preparedness kit. At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
• Water-one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
• Food-non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
• Multipurpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add those supplies to your kit.
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 ART LOVERS...
**BARRIERS Closing Reception, Friday, 5 - 7 p.m. at Space One Eleven Gallery. Barriers explores this theme of walls and limits, and will engage the public with the multitude of physical, emotional, social and psychological barriers that each of us face in everyday life.
**ARTFIX, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. every Wedneday in April, at Space One Eleven, 2409 Second Avenue North, downtown. There is a cost.
**ART CRITIQUE, 7 - 9 p.m. at Space One Eleven, the last Wednesday of every month. Local artists are invited to bring a piece of their artwork and be critiqued by their peers. Donations suggested.
**ART MOVIE AND LUNCH, April noon - 2 p.m. at Space One Eleven, the first Monday every month during your lunch break. Watch PBS Art2 and learn about six different contemporary artists.
**LOW LIVES 4 presented by Space One Eleven will host a live performance by Jonathan Sutton as part of Low Lives 4 on April 27. Jonathan’s performance, along with more than 50 others taking place around the globe, will be streamed online and screened for public viewing at Space One Eleven, Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jonathan’s live performance will be at Space One Eleven during the April 27th broadcast. FREE.
**A FORGATHERING TO SIP - Enjoy Art while you enjoy some quality sipping on premium corn whiskey, May 5, 3 - 7 p.m. at J Simpkins Gallery. Call (205) 572-1295 for more.
FOR CHILDREN..., Take the children to the library, zoo, 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).
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...., MARK POOLOS, ARNEZ J, LONI LOVE, JAMES GREGORY, EARTHQUAKE, SOMMORE, and HENRY CHO. Call (205) 444-0008 for more. Tell Bruce that Gwen sent you.
Here are some PLACES YOU CAN COUNT ON...EVERY TIME! IT’S THE GOOD, THE SAME and THE BEST on.....
EVERY TUESDAY...., **3000 TUESDAY with Chris Sheppard at 3000 Bar on southside.
EVERY WEDNESDAY...,**Check out Old Car Heaven, Happy Hour, 4 - 6 p.m..
EVERY THURSDAY...,**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. **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 at Billy’s on Overton Road. Call (205) 956-2323. **Live Music Brunch at Crestwood Coffee Company. Call (205) 595-0300.
AT MARTY’S on Southside......**Piano Bar with Errick Smith and Steve McCullough (later), today.
**Joe Broadhead and Heath Green & the Martyrs (later), Friday.
**Marian McKay and her Mood Swings and Scott Ward & Big Mule (later), Saturday.
**The Will Cash Quartet, 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.
TOP EVENTS.....in April.....in Alabama ,
IN MONROEVILLE - April 19 - May 19, To Kill a Mockingbird Play, (251)575-7433.
IN ANNISTON - April 21, Red Diamond Restaurant Tour, (256)236-6346.
IN CHILDERSBURG - April 21, Grits Festival, (256)378-0338.
IN SPANISH FORT - April 26 - 28, Delta Woods & Waters Expo, (251)626-4884.
IN BIRMINGHAM - April 28 - 29, Corks & Chefs, (205)595-6306.
COMING SOON..... (or still going on).......AROUND THE STATE....
**REAL HOUSEWIVES CONFERENCE, April 28, 11 a.m. at Bessemer Civic Center, 1130 Ninth Avenue S.W., Bessemer 35022. Conference topics: Depression, Homosexuality, Spousal Abuse, Divorce, Substance Abuse, HIV & AIDS. FREE! Register by deadline April 15th at www.Faithministriesinc.org/womensconference.
**JAZZ ON THE PORCH at Rucker Place, 5-8 p.m. every First Thursday starting May 3.
**HANDS UP TOGETHER - OUR OVATION AND CELEBRATION HONORING JIMMIE HESS, featuring Tony Nominated Broadway Star EUAN MORTON, May 3, 7 p.m. at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at Alabama School of Fine Arts.
**IN BIRMINGHAM - SCHAEFFER EYE CENTER CRAWFISH BOIL, May 4- 5.
**Grand Opening of the Jazz Underground with MIKE PHILLIPS LIVE, June 1 and June 2, at the Jazz Underground. Calll (205) 202-3640 for more. Tell them Gwen sent you.
**IN AUBURN – Now through December 2, Culinary Boot Camp. Call (334) 321-3179.
SAVE THE DATE.....
**2012 SICKLE CELL WALK-A-THON, May 5th, 8 a.m. - NOON, at Kelly Ingram Park, with Honorary Walk Chairman Chief Ivor Brooks, Birmingham Fire & Rescue, on-site registration. Call (205) 780-2355 or 1-800-735-0405 for more.
**SCHAEFFER EYE CENTER CRAWFISH BOIL, May 4 -5 with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Megadeth, Lupe Fiasco, The Head & the Heart, Futurebirds, Moon Taxi, Jane’s Addiction, The Cult, Brantley Gilbert, Childish Gambino, Blackberry Smoke, Drake White and plenty more. Look for more right here. Tell Dr. Schaeffer Gwen sent you.
**NEW EDITION - 30th Anniversary Reunion, May 10 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.
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: CLASSIC ADVICE - Set a budget. Clip coupons. Buy in bulk. Take the bus. Avoid moochers. Grow your food. String a clothesline. Swap stuff. Always pay cash.
(Taken from AARP magazine)
RECIPE/FOOD...... ‘Tis the season for simple weeknight dinner ideas! Make ahead ideas and quick desserts help your schedule stay fuss-free. STRAWBERRY LEMONADE PIE - Delicious dessert to start outdoor season - One tasty way to kick off the unofficial beginning of the outdoor season is to whip up a Strawberry Lemonade Pie. (Taken from NAPSA) For barbecue lovers, the season can’t start too early. As daylight hours get longer, the action heats up and the season can last well into the frosty days of fall. But the standard fare of such traditionally warm-weather gatherings-grilled meat and veggies-deserves to be followed with a delicious chilled dessert. One tasty way to kick off the outdoor season is with Strawberry Lemonade Pie, a light summer dessert with a nontraditional twist. Like many crowd-pleasing desserts, this recipe uses Karo Syrup to add just the right amount of sweetness. Prep time: 25 minutes. Bake time: 30 minutes. Chill time: 2 hours. Yield: 8 servings. INGREDIENTS: 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust, 3⁄4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 4 eggs, 1⁄2 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup, 1⁄3 cup lemon juice, 1⁄4 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 tlb. Karo Light Corn Syrup, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. freshly grated lemon peel, 3 cups thinly sliced strawberries and sweetened whipped cream and thinly sliced lemon, optional. DIRECTIONS: Fit pie crust into a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom and trim the edge OR a 9-inch pie pan and flute the edge. Line the crust with a double sheet of foil. Bake in preheated 350˚F oven for 10 minutes. Remove foil and cool slightly.
Combine sugar and flour in a medium bowl. Add eggs, 1⁄2 cup corn syrup, 1⁄3 cup lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour into partially baked shell. Bake about 30 minutes until filling is golden brown. Cool. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons corn syrup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and lemon peel. Cover and set aside. Just before serving, arrange sliced berries on top of baked filling and drizzle with lemon mixture. Top each serving with whipped cream and a lemon slice, if desired. For more dessert recipes, visit www.KaroSyrup.com. ENJOY!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all celebrating..., that means YOU..... TAMIA BRYANT-DERU, LeBOISE DERU and JARVIS ESCOTT!!! 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.