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|PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS|
|Written by Gwen DeRu|
|Tuesday, 17 July 2012 08:25|
CHRIS TUCKER, Saturday at the Boutwell Auditorium. (Photo Credit: Rottentomatoes.com)
RODNEY CARRINGTON, this weekend,at the StarDome ComedyClub. (Photo Credit: prweb.com)
JOSE CARR & FRIENDS, Sunday, 6 - 9 p.m. at the Avondale Park.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA, 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel. (Photo Credit: links.ezinemark.com)
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA is in the ‘Ham. Don’t miss the opportunity to see and support, next Wednesday 4 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel.
This is it. Officially summer. Slap on the sunscreen. The shades. The keep cool attitude. Plan an adventurous family summer vacation, there is still plenty of time and opportunities to do so. See you around!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL CELEBRATING... that means YOU, JESTINA HOWARD, ME ME WILLIAMS, SUNNY SLAUGHTER, SHEILA SMOOT, NIVA ROBERSON, AND FABRYEANNE ROBINSON!!!! It’s your time to shine!! Wishing ‘YOU’ the Best!! Let’s Celebrate Life!! ENJOY!!
While Celebrating...... Check out the good spots all around the southeast. (See you around town).
NOW......, Enjoy some of this......, SOULFUL TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST..... JAZZ, BLUES AND FOOD and more .... throughout the southeast!!
IN THE SOUTHEAST......Check out the places for.......
FOR JAZZ - ** JAZZ IN THE PARK, Sunday, 6 - 9 p.m. with KENNETH WILLIAMS, JOSE CARR AND FRIENDS and RAW JAZZ TRIO in the historic Avondale Park.
**JOSE CARR AND FRIENDS, 8 p.m., Tuesday, at B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar and Lounge downtown Birmingham on 20th Street
BLUES - BATTLE OF THE BLUES BAND, Juky 22 at Matthew’’s Bar and Grill. Call (205) 215-0616 for more. Tell the m Gwen sent you.
FOOD - GABRELLA’s is the place, downtown Birmingham, on 17th Street North. Tell them Gwen sent you!
FUNNY - CHRIS TUCKER, Saturday at the Boutwell Auditorium.
‘MY’ favorite picks, This weekend...,
MY FAVORITE, ……, TODAY...., JAZZ ON THE PORCH, 5 -8 p.m. at Rucker Place with ROMAN STREET BAND. Enjoy the Birmingham skyline and sunset in the garden or on the porches.
Friday..., RICK ROSS, 7:30 p.m. at the BJCC with YO GOTTI AND CASH OUT.
Saturday....., SCOTT MULVAHILL, 7:30 p.m. at Moonlight onthe Mountain on Shades Crest Road. in Hoover.
Sunday..., JAZZ IN THE PARK, 8 p.m. at the Avondale Park on Fifth Avenue South and 41st Street.with KENNETH WILLIAMS, JOSE CARR and RAW JAZZ TRIO
For the children and the young at heart..... Enjoy the weather, eat healthy and get outdoors for walks and plenty of exercise!
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.
**MEET AND GREET - MINGLE & NETWORK, 5 - 8 p.m. with Birmingham Movers and Shakers. Free at the WineLoft, downtown.
**JUST A FEW CATS, in Linn Park, downtown, 5 - 8 p.m.
**THURSDAYS AT ARLINGTON, during the months of July and August Arlington will prepare gourmet cuisine by Chef Jason Mullenix with seating at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., reservations required Also, the Quilts of Arlington - Summer Exhibition now - August 21. Call (205) 780-5656 for reservations.
**SKOOL DAZE, 4-7 p.m. at Steel 2300 First Avenue North - 35203 with Happy Hours Specials, “Happy Hour” with Civilocity from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Everyone is free until 7 o’clock & LADIES are free until 11 p.m. DOOR PRIZES AND DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT LONG! Call (205) 304-1482 for more. SKOOL DAZE AT STEEL is the OFFICIAL SPONSOR of THURSDAYS! Come early! Stay late! To register for free door prizes every week... “LIKE” us on Facebook at SkoolDazeSteel and/or “Follow” us on Twitter @SkoolDazeSteel. Call 205.304.1482 for VIP Reservations.
**TIPSY THURSDAY 5 p.m. at Merienda Lounge
**THE CHAD FISHER PROJECT, 8:30 p.m. at Ona’s Music Room.
**JAZZ with Birmingham’s finest, 6-11 p.m., at the Jazz Underground in 5 Points South with music by SHUAN PEZANT, MIKE HAM and NORRIS JONES. Call (205) 202-3640 for more. Tell them Gwen sent you.
**Line Dancing, every Thursday at Wellington’s Bistro. Call (205) 223-4432 for more.
**Caffeine Happy Hour with DOUG OUT, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Coffee Shoppee. Call (205) 222-6954 for more.
**RODNEY CARRINGTON at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008 for more. Tell Bruce Gwen sent you.
It’s Friday.... some say the weekend starts here.... today.... not tomorrow... today......
**Check you out, tonight, at the Jazz Underground Five Points.
**IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT, living for the weekend, 9 p.m. at Martinis.
**SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008.
**THE BONUS ROUND, 9:30 p.m. at Ona’s Music Room.
**SMILEY FACE FRIDAY at 3000, every Friday.
**SMOOTH SATURDAYS at Martinis on Lorna Road.
**SEBASTIAN at the StarDome Comedy Club.
**ONA WATSON & CHAMPAGNE, 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!!
**TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, 2 p.m. at the Alabama Theater.
**SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO at the StarDome Comedy Club.
**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.
**OTM DEMOCRATS MEETING &SOCIAL at the Moonlight on the Mountain in Bluff Park. Bring your food and drink, plenty of tables and chairs.
**JAZZ with Birmingham’s finest, 5 - 7:30 p.m., at the Jazz Underground in 5 Points South. Join the Black Date Processing Association for their monthly mixer, with music by SHUAN PEZANT, MIKE HAMM and NORRIS JONES at 7:30 p.m. Call (205) 202-3640 for more. Tell them Gwen sent you.
**FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA is in Birmingham at 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel. For more information go to www.my.barackobama.com/July18BirminghamReception or give me a call at (205) 251-1666 for more details.
**WEDNESDAY REGGAE at the new Boujee’s Lounge located at 204 Avenue U (Pratt City) featuring The Peoples Choice DJ Dusty. FREE. Call (205) 593-2627 for more.
**YP PROFESIONALS 2 - 7p.m. at Steel with the Tweet & Meet + Facebook Meet-Up for Social Media Enthusiasts. See you there!
FOR BOOK LOVERS.......
**SOLE PURPOSE - Shoes of Hope from the Feet of a Samaritan, by Manny Ohonme with Kyle Whelliston.The author will be in town periodically during the year and next year during the celeberation of the 2013 Civil Rights 50th Anniversary.
**FUNCTION AT THE JUNCTION by Carol Ealons. (Call me, I will give you more).
FOR FILM/MOVIE LOVERS......IN 2012....
** ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, Friday at a theater near you.
**PUSS IN BOOTS, 6:30 p.m., Friday, at the Homewood Park, Friday, FREE.
**SURF’S UP, 6:30 p.m., Friday, at the Amphitheater Park in Old Town Section of Helena, at dusk.
** HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, 7 p.m., Friday, at the Alabama Theatre.
**CASABLANCA, 2 p.m., Sunday at the Alabama Theater
**FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, July 19, 7 p.m. at the Pilgrim Church UCC on 6th Avenue South.
**THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, July 20th at a theater near you.
**First Thursday’s at the Birmingham Museum of Art FREE Films from Sidewalk at Steiner Auditorium, 7 p.m.
FOR FARMER’S MARKET... (If you want to share with the readers of the Birmingham Times, .....Or if you are interested in being a vendor at a market, call me at (205) 251-1666).
** CALERA FARMER’ MARKET, Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. at Oliver Park on Old Highway 25 in W. Columbiana.
** CENTERPOINT FARMER’S MARKET, Thursday, 1-5 p.m. at the Reed-Harvey Park, 335 Polly Reed Road in Center Point.
**EAST LAKE FARMER’S MARKET, Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, at 7769 Second Avenue South.
**FARMERS MARKET AT THE SUMMIT, Thursday, 3-7 p..m. at The Summit, 214 Summit Blvd.
**FARM STANDS ON THE RAILROAD, Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. at the Railroad Park, downtown.
**FRESH MARKET ON THE GREEN, Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon at Ross Bridge Welcome Center, 2101 Grand Avenue, Hoover.
**HELENA MARKET DAYS, Saturday 8 - noon, at the Helena Amphitheater Park in Old Town Section.
**MONTEVALLO FARMER’S MARKET, Monday, 3-6 p.m. in the back parking lot of First Baptist Church at Middle and Main Street in Montevallo.
**NORWOOD MARKET at The Trolley Stop, Saturdays from 10a -2p, through September 29th. You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, art, music, great summer food, fun kids’ activities and more! Featuring free Zumba classes, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Norwood Market at The Trolley Stop is located on 32nd Street and Norwood Blvd. Call (205) 322-7361 for more.
**PEPPER PLACE MARKET, 7 a.m. - Noon, every Saturday through October, on Second Avenue at Pepper Place and surrounding area.
**VALLEYDALE FARMER’S MARKET, Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, 4601 Valleydale Road.
**WEST HOMEWOOD FARMER’S MARKET, Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon.
FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS.......
Check out all the things happening in Birmingham outdoors, this weekend. See you around town!
**FRIENDS & FAMILY GOLF CRUISE HAWAII 2012, August 11 - 18. For more go to African American Golfer’s Digest. Call (717) 732-5813 for more.
FOR LAUGHTER....., RODNEY CARRINGTON, this weekend..... Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over two million copies. Two of these albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He also co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. According to Pollstar, Rodney was the 4th highest grossing touring comedian in 2009. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the US and Canada. Tell Bruce, Gwen sent you. Call (205) 444-0008 for more.
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...
**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.
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...., PAUL HOOPER, BRUCE BRUCE, SHAUN JONES, DAN CHOPIN, JO KOY, JARROD HARRIS, ADELE GIVENS, ANJELAH JOHNSON, THE MIDNIGHT SWINGER, NEPHEW TOMMY, GARY CONRAD, MARGARET CHO, HUGGY LOWDOWN, and CARLOS MENCIA. Call (205) 444-0008 for more. Tell Bruce that Gwen sent you.
THIS SUMMER, here are some PLACES YOU CAN COUNT ON...EVERY TIME! IT’S THE GOOD, THE SAME and THE BEST ..............
EVERY TUESDAY...., **3000 TUESDAY hosted by CHRIS SHEPPARD at 3000 Bar on southside. Call (205) 933-3222 for more. **SHUAN PEZANT, NORRIS JONES and MIKE HAM at Jazz Underground.
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.
EVERY FIRST THURSDAY..... **JAZZ ON THE PORCH at Rucker Place, 5-8 p.m.
EVERY SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY...., FOLKS WITH JOKES, 7:30 p.m. at Legends. Call (205) 529-5587 for more.
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 McCollough (later), today.
**Grove Daddy and Scott Ward & Big Mule (later), Friday.
**Tonal Vision and Heath Green & the Martyrs (later), Saturday.
**Michael Glaser Quintet, 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 Alabama.....,TOP in ALABAMA........ IN JULY.......
**IN ANDALUSIA - July 13-14, World Championship Domino Tournament. Call (334) 222-0674.
**IN DAUPHIN ISLAND - July 20-22, 79th Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Roadeo. Call (251) 471-0025.
**IN FLORENCE - July 20-28, W.C Handy Festival. Call (256) 766-7642.
**IN ALEXANDER CITY - July 28, Russell Marine Aquapalooza. Call (256) 212-1479.
COMING SOON..... (or still going on).......AROUND THE STATE....around the country and around the world.....
**JAZZ IN THE PARK, Sundays, 6 - 9 p.m., July 22 - Roland Gresham, Birmingham Heritage Band, and On Purpose featuring Dwight Houston, and July 29 - Laser’s Edge, Foxy Fatts and N’Fusion featuring James Crumb, Jr. in the historic Avondale Park.
**Women’s Exchange Summer Gathering, July 16th, Monday, 4:30-7 p.m.at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), 120 Oslo Circle. Call (205) 967-0085 for more.
**Summer Block Party featuring TYGA and Special Guest FUTURE, July 20th, 8 p.m. at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham.
**ART ON THE ROCKS, July 20, August 17 and September 7 at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
**AVONDATE RIVERFEST, July 21st, noon to midnight at theAvondale Brewing Company, a benefit for the Black Warrior Riverkeeper with music by Adventure the Great, Lueprint, Fire Mountain, John and Jacob, The Poison Kitchen, Possum, Ryan O’Connor & the Renegades of Folk, Stuart McNari & Friends and more. FREE.
**NICKI MANAJ, July 26th at the Boutwell Auditorium.
**UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS, August 22 - 26 at Legion Field.
**URBAN HANGOVER VEGAS GETAWAY 2012, July 27-29. They say what happens in Vegas, didn’t happen. For more call 1-800-718-7952 or go to www.urbanhangover.com.
**ELITE WEEKEND D.C. Edition with the Presidential Swag Labor Day Weekend 2012, August 31 - September 3rd. Enjoy entertaining and relaxing activities all while flexing your presidential swag around the nation’s capital.
**HAYES HIGH SCHOOL CLASS REUNION - 62 GOLDEN REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT - Hayes High Class of ‘62 Golden Reunion Classmates, The golden reunion date has been set for August 24. Join in on the planning. Contact John Martin for details at (205) 836-5570.
**IN AUBURN – Now through December 2, Culinary Boot Camp. Call (334) 321-3179.
**World Peace Card Meditations, 7:30 p.m. (based on local time in your time zone). Future Dates are: Wednesday - August 8 and September 19 at 7:30 p.m. You are invited to take part in the next World Peace Card Meditations. Please mark your calendar and share with all your friends.
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). Produce can be expensive, so buy items that are in season or on sale to help save money. STRAWBERRIES - This food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodiumd. It is also a good source of folate and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese.
RECIPE/FOOD......Impromptu summer soirees! Fourth of July extravaganzas! This is the season! So, if you are putting it on the grill, getting it straight from the farmer’s market or right out of the refrigerator, there are all kinds of things healthy to eat! Here is one..... STRAWBERRY PECAN PARFAIT - Greek yogurt is low calorie, fat free and high in protein. This parfait is healthy and delicious-STRAWBERRY PECAN PARFAIT-1 1/2 pounds strawberries, 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, 4 cups vanilla Greek yogurt, and honey. *1. Thoroughly rinse strawberries and cut off the stems. *2. Slice strawberries to a 1/4-inch thickness. *3. Layer yogurt, strawberries and pecans. *4. Drizzle honey over dish, garnish with mint spring and serve. (Taken from Birmingham Home and Garden) ENJOY!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all celebrating..., YOU, JESTINA HOWARD, ME ME WILLIAMS, SUNNY SLAUGHTER, SHEILA SMOOT, NIVA ROBERSON, AND FABRYEANNE ROBINSON!!!! 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.