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4/24/13 – 4/30/13




This edition of B-There features the best events and destinations in and around the city.  Whether you trek through the Magic City Arts Connection, go round the Bargain Carousel or just Relax by the Tracks…We hope you will B-There!
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Magic City Arts Connection  |  The 30th Anniversary
Linn Park, 4/26 – 4/28

Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham’s award winning contemporary art festival and Top 20 Southeast Event, is celebrating its 30th anniversary April 26-28! Magic City Arts Connection transforms downtown Birmingham’s Linn Park into a gallery, market and sensory feast each year with its blast of fresh artistic talent, sights, sounds and aromas! Drawing from a pool of artists who have been recognized locally, regionally and nationally in visual and performance art, food & wine, dance and music, this is the place and time to be inspired by art, to support art, and to simply enjoy art in every form. 
More details here

The 16th Annual “Corks & Chefs” at MCAC

The 16th Annual Corks & Chefs: Food & Wine Tasting Event at Magic City Arts Connection is the place where art, food and wine meet. Sample delicious cuisine from many of Birmingham’s top restaurants and eateries. Choose 7 of your favorite dishes from the 10 featured on each day. 100 wines will also be available for patrons to taste. Plus, take a guided wine seminar lead by knowledgeable experts. These seminars are fun, informative, and fill up fast – so reserve your spot with “Corks & Chefs” today!  More details here  



Leon Russell LIVE at WorkPlay
WorkPlay, 4/24, 8:00 PM

Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. Leon led the famous Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John. His songwriting credits include ‘A Song For You’, ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’.  Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and given the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011. He was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in June 2011. Russell will perform live at Workplay TONIGHT – don’t miss your chance to see and hear a legend! More details here



Relient K
featuring Hellogoodbye

Zydeco, 4/24, 6:30 PM

With Ohio roots, the band Relient K is named after guitarist Matt Hoopes’ Plymouth Reliant K car, with the spelling intentionally altered to avoid trademark infringement over the Reliant name. The wildly popular group is associated with the Contemporary Christian Music culture, most notably the Christian rock and Christian punk scene. Despite being a Christian band the group has performed alongside secular artists, and has had critical success with mainstream pop punk and alternative rock. Hellogoodbye, a group of quirky, fun-loving emo rockers from California, seems to take as much influence from modern pop-punk as they do from the original Nintendo sound bleeps that held children captive in the late ’80s. Formed in 2002, the group’s playful brand of indie power pop is infused with sugary sweetness, catchy dance beats, and enough energy to tire a group of five-year-olds. Catch Relient K, Hellogoodbye and guests at Zydeco! More details here



“Relax by the Tracks” is Back!
Railroad Park, 4/25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Relax By The Tracks is back! Join the Railroad Park Foundation Junior Board this Thursday, April 25th, for free music from Alfonso Wiley and the Soul Shakers and The Green Seed. Food and drinks available for purchase at George’s Boxcar Cafe. Sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, B-Metro, Birmingham Mountain Radio, Five Points South Neighborhood Association, and Glen Iris Neighborhood Association. More details here



Free Heart Health Screenings
Mountain Brook YMCA, 4/25
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

St. Vincent’s Wellness Services will offer FREE heart health screenings at the Mountain Brook YMCA on Thursday, April 25. Participants will be screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body composition.Registered dietitians will provide counseling afterward so participants will know what their numbers mean and how they can be improved.This Free event is sponsored by: Script your Future, St. Vincent’s Wellness Services, American Heart Association – Go Red for Women, and the Mountain Brook YMCA. More details here


Junior League Birmingham Presents:
The 2013 Bargain Carousel

Former JCPenney at Century Plaza Mall
4/27 – 4/28

The Junior League of Birmingham is ready to go with the 22nd Annual Bargain Carousel, their yearly “1000-family garage sale”! Through member donations, Bargain Carousel provides shoppers with quality items at very affordable prices. From clothes, jewelry, and household items to art, books, clothes and furniture, you’ll find something you need — and everything you want — at the Bargain Carousel!  It’s the biggest “garage sale” in Birmingham – Saturday, April 27th and Sunday April 28th! More details here

Want exclusive access to the merchandise to be sold at Bargain Carousel? Join Junior League Birmingham for The Bargain Bash on Thursday, April 25th! Enjoy fabulous food and treats, tasty beverages, incredible auction items, terrific shopping at bargain prices, and entertaining commentary from Lance Taylor, co-host of The Roundtable on WJOX at Bargain Bash 2013! There’s something for everyone, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best party of the year! Proceeds benefit community projects supported by JLB. More details here


Red Mountain Theatre Company’s
“2013 Dress Circle Society Gala”

Old Car Heaven, 4/27

Join a totally rad 80’s flashback party at Red Mountain Theatre Company’s 2013 Gala at Old Car Heaven. This annual fundraiser, which supports RMTC’s Broadway-caliber productions and youth, education and outreach programs, will honor Gail and Jeffrey Bayer in a retro-themed night inspired by the company’s spring production of ‘The Wedding Singer’. Enjoy a seated dinner by Kay Reed’s Iz Catering, exciting silent and live auction lots and RMTC entertainment! More details here



The 2013 Parade of Homes
Greater Birmingham Area

The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHB) is hosting the 2013 Parade of Homes April 27-28 throughout the metropolitan area. The Parade is a great way for home buyers and dreamers alike to sample firsthand the latest construction techniques and new home trends. A featured attraction of the 2013 Parade of Homes will be the second annual GBAHB “Ideal Home,” a showcase house displaying the latest in home design, décor, technology and sustainability. The 2013 Ideal Home is located in The Preserve in Hoover. Among the 80+ new homes highlighted on the 2013 Parade, ten villages also will be featured across the greater Birmingham area. Parade villages are new home communities with at least one home entered in the Parade. The event is free to the public and hours are Saturday (April  27) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday (April 28) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. More details and maps here



Habitat Birmingham Presents:
The 5th Annual “BBQ for Buildling”

Habitat ReStore in Irondale, 4/27, 10:30 – 2:30 PM

“BBQ for Building” is a barbeque competition and festival in support of Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham, Sponsored by HealthSouth, Bright House Networks and Cumulus Media, the afternoon features the best barbeque, live music and a fun family atmosphere! It’s all happening at the Habitat ReStore in Irondale on Saturday, April 27th from 10:30 – 2:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate with kids under 12 getting in free! Money raised from the event will support Habitat’s housing programs. Build up an appetite and join Habitat for Humanity’s Birmingham crew for a delicious afternoon! More details here 


We share the excitement of the community about our Birmingham Barons baseball team coming back to the city to play at the New Regions Field. That’s why we are offering a shuttle service that picks up game goers at the Lakeview and Pepper Place areas, takes them to the stadium and brings them back when the games end. Service is JUST $1 and fans can buy tickets as follows: WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY GAMES, buy tickets at Cantina Tortilla Grill, Slice and Innisfree Irish Pub. SUNDAY GAMES, buy tickets at SOL Y LUNA.

Earth Day at The Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
4/27, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Earth Day at The Gardens returns on April 27, 2013 from 11 – 4 p.m. in the Formal Garden in front of the Conservatory. This year, the annual celebration will partner with Community Garden Coalition for Birmingham to focus on the growing local and national interest in community gardening. Displays and demonstrations will feature topics such as: vegetable garden design, raised bed construction, composting, trellising, rainwater irrigation and beekeeping. Focus will be maintained on health and wellness and the benefits of good nutrition. The event is free to the public. This year’s musical entertainment will be provided by John Scalici’s eclectic and multicultural Juka Tribe. Their music, which draws inspiration and influence from hip-hop, rock, African, and Middle Eastern music, is socially conscious but not forced or overtly political. More details here



Tour de Blue:
Cycling For Prostate Cancer Awareness

Red Diamond Corporate Headquarters
4/27, 8:00 AM

Join the fight against prostate cancer at Red Diamond Corporate Headquarters on April 27th for the 6th annual Tour de Blue. It’s a bicycle ride to benefit prostate cancer awareness and screenings across Alabama. There will be several exciting new cycling routes, with 50, 75, and 100-mile options. The terrain is rolling with several challenging climbs. Participants receive an event t-shirt and lunch provided by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. There are periodic rest stops on all of the routes that are well stocked with food and drinks. There is full SAG support for all of the riders. A Tour de Blue cycling jersey is also available for purchase. This is a great way to show your support for Prostate Cancer Awareness! More details here



Iron City Presents:
BUSH with Special Guest
Beware of Darkness 

Iron City, 4/28, 8:00 PM

The headline of the Billboard article said it all: “Like They Never Left.” The story hailed the return of mega-platinum rock band BUSH, who had just self-released The Sea of Memories, their first album in 10 years, and wasted no time returning to the top of the charts. In fact, they did it in grand style: the album’s lead single, “The Sound of Winter,” made rock radio history by becoming the first self-released song ever to hit No. 1 at Alternative Radio. “The Sound of Winter” also holds the distinction of being the reunited group’s first No. 1 single since 1999’s chart-topping hit, “The Chemicals Between Us.” Now, Birmingham audiences can rejoin the Bush tour momentum and fans can rejoice as Bush hits the stage on April 28th. More details here  




Red Mountain Park Opens Unique Outdoor Adventure:

 The Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest

Red Mountain Park, 5/1

Red Mountain Park is now taking reservations for its newest outdoor adventure, the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest, a treetop challenge course with 20 unique ropes course obstacles. Guests will enjoy traversing bridges, climbing walls, swinging on ropes, and zipping their way from tree house to tree house. The Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest is the first attraction of its kind in the state of Alabama. The Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest (Kaul Forest) is unique in that it allows participants to decide their adventure; once guests enter the Kaul Forest, they explore those obstacles that interest them the most. The cost is $40 per person for 2 hours of adventure and up to 20 people can explore the Kaul Forest at one time. Group discounts are available, along with discounts for booking your adventure in conjunction with the Red Ore Zip Tour zip lines. More details here


“Lux Somnia”:
Light Dreams
A Digital Arts
& Music Festival

Outside Alys Stephens Center
5/2- 5/3, 7:30 PM

It’s the intersection where art & technology meet, where an individual’s dream becomes our shared reality, where light becomes a catalyst for community. A team of local artists will use UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center as a canvas for their digitally projected artworks, i.e light dreams. The entire Southern facade of the Alys Stephens Center will be wrapped and transformed into a giant projection screen. Curated by the Alys Stephens Center and mad scientist/artist Jean Jacques Gaudel, the event’s centerpiece will be a series of artists’ dreams projected onto the canvas, all designed specifically to animate the building, celebrating the union of art, music, and light. Pulsating live music from Blue Galaxy String Project and Juka Tribe featuring Eric Essix, Sharrif Simmons, & Erynias Tribe, accompanied by live V-jing on the building from John & Katie Gaiser, along with students from ArtPlay. The event is FREE to attend with donations to benefit future programming initiatives encouraged.   

B-Metro’s Beauty Book Launch Party
at Brookwood LIVE!

Colonial Brookwod, 5/2, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

B-Metro magazine reveals the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Birmingham featured in the 2013 Beauty Book at Brookwood LIVE, Thursday, May 2! With live music from Chevy 6 and dancing in the street, there will also be balloon art and face painting for the kids. Select Beauty Book advertisers will be offering hand massages, eye brow waxing, nutrition tips, and fabulous discounts on products and services. The Beauty Book Launch is supported in part by Eye Do, Surgical Dermatology Group, Pure Barre, Koch Aesthetic Dentistry, Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic and Aesthetic Medical Spa, Richard Joseph SalonSpa, Party Girls, Salon U, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Iron City Birmingham.  

More details here




The Fiesta Ball
B & A Warehouse, 5/2, 6:00 PM

The Young Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center presents an opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo for a cause! The Fiesta Ball is a Mexican-themed event offering live music, Mexican food, beer and wine, as well as a silent auction that will fund the Young Supporters Board’s efforts to provide activities and amenities for cancer patients and their loved ones throughout the year. Corporate sponsors include Harbert Management Corporation, Books-a-Million, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Cadence Bank, Capstone Development Corporation, Founders Investment Banking, Jemison Investment Company and Surgical Care Affiliates. Proceeds from the Fiesta Ball are used to fund a competitive grant award for a young cancer researcher at UAB to jumpstart his or her research, with the goal of producing results to compete for larger federal grants. More details here


“Swing into Spring” for Theatre LJCC
Theatre Levite Jewish Community Center,
5/4, 8:00 PM

“Swing Into Spring” is a community event featuring The Original Sultans of Swing Band, a Glenn Miller tribute band, and vocals by Kristy White. This fabulous night includes dancing, refreshments, and fun including hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, a Jitterbug contest and more. Learn how to swing dance prior to the “Swing Into Spring” event with Swing Dance Lessons on Tuesday, April 30 & Thursday May 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm. “Swing into Spring” benefits the LJCC Theatre! More details here


The 2013 Schaeffer Eye Center
Crawfish Boil

Uptown BJCC, 5/4, Gates open 2:00 PM

The Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil begins the next chapter in its history with a $10 advance ticket and a new festival footprint that will highlight the changes in Birmingham’s Uptown at the BJCC. A partnership with the City of Birmingham and the commemorative 50 Years Forward campaign will further showcase the progress of our community. The original “Party with a Purpose”, the event has raised nearly $500,000 for local non-profits stays on mission this year as Camp Smile-A-Mile and a new 50 Years Forward Scholarship Fund will be the recipient charities in 2013. Headlining this year’s event are Banditos, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Gary Allan, Flo Rida and Train More details here


‘Food Truck Round-Up”
Supporting PreSchool Partners 

Macy’s at Colonial Brookwood, 5/4,

Colonial Brookwood Mall is hosting their Second Annual Food Truck Round Up as a benefit for PreSchool Partners. Trek on over Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM for an outdoor culinary experience. From burgers and tacos to cupcakes and more, there is something for everyone with live music, amazing gourmet food, kid-friendly entertainment and fun for all ages. PreSchool Partners is a non-profit program dedicated to preparing at risk preschool children and their parents for kindergarten in the Birmingham City Schools. More details here


My Green Birmingham Presents:

Railroad Park, 5/5, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Eco-Wheels 2013 presented by My Green Birmingham, is Birmingham’s first green vehicle expo, happening Sunday, May 5th from 11 am-5 pm, at Railroad Park! This free event will feature the latest, and hottest green cars on the market, while giving visitors the chance to learn everything from the basics of greener transportation, to news of the very latest technology in the market. The all electric Tesla Model S and Roadster, Chevy Volt, and Toyota Prius, are just a few of the cars that will be on display. Enjoy food and beverages from Taqueria Gunzman Taco Truck, George’s Boxcar, and NOLA Ice, while taking in good music, and a Barons home game later in the day! More details here



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