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8/14/13 – 8/20/13




From paintings to panting pups, be sure to check out the numerous galas, runs, and fundraisers that benefit art and animals this week in Birmingham! The jam-packed week kicks off tomorrow night with Magic City Mix, our annual music issue release party–and you’re invited! Find out more below!  

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Magic City Mix

August 15, doors open at 6:00 PM 
Iron City Birmingham 

Tomorrow, celebrate Birmingham’s music scene with B-Metro  at our annual Music Issue Release Party! After reading about some of the best up-and-coming local bands in our August issue, come hear them yourself as they perform live at Iron City! This event is free with no cover–so grab your friends and get ready to enjoy music by JazzMine Garfield, Gabriel Tajeu, Feather Canyon, Downright, Velouria, La Resistance, and Early Americans!
We’ll see you there! 

Meet the Artist: Richard Taylor
August 15, 4 – 8:00 PM
Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery

Richard Taylor‘s medium is concrete, and his inspiration comes from any object that he finds intriguing. Join the Garden Gallery to learn about his design inspiration and hear the captivating stories behind his art. There will also be a door prize drawing for a Richard Taylor original piece. A portion of proceeds will benefit Birmingham’s M-POWER Ministries.
Charlie Thigpen offers garden advice in his B-Metro column

John Hannah Book Launch
August 15 at 5:00 PM
Town and Country Ford in Bessemer

Former Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once called John Hannah the greatest lineman he ever coached. The exclusive book signing for Hannah’s new autobiography, Offensive Conduct, is being held a full six weeks before it is scheduled to hit bookshelves nationwide. At the event, fans will be able to meet the Crimson Tide great, purchase an advance copy of Offensive Conduct, and enter a raffle for two free tickets to the Alabama vs. Colorado State football game on Sept. 21st.


Art After Dark
August 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
IberiaBank Fultondale

This Thursday, four local artists will have their artwork on display and available for purchase. The featured artists are jeweler Cecily Chaney, gourd artist Teresa Wamble, watercolor painter Fred Mobley, and photographer Jeremy Richter. Jazz guitarist Glen Butts will perform, and light refreshments will be served at this second annual event hosted by IberiaBank and the Fultondale Arts Council.

The Marvelous Wonderettes
August 15-25
Theatre LJCC

This smash off-Broadway hit musical takes you back to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the

Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic ’50s and ’60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s My Party,” and over 20 other classic hits. 

Dress for prom and get 1/2 off your ticket price!


Tennessee Fitness Spa

Nestled in the lush green hills of Middle Tennessee lies an unexpected haven for body, mind and soul. Since 1991, guests of Tennessee Fitness Spa have delighted in a full wellness and fitness program. Our mission from the very beginning was to provide the means and opportunity to make lifestyle changes. In a serene, beautiful and natural setting, our enthusiastic, caring staff will take care of all your needs. From energetic, certified instructors to our dedicated chef, our entire staff exudes a feeling of warmth and southern hospitality. Exercise, healthy nutrition, educational lectures and fun activities will fill your days. Guests return year after year for a fitness jump-start or a much-needed peaceful retreat. 

Call us at (800) 235-8365 or visit our website 

Vino & Van Gogh
August 15 from 6 – 10:00 PM
B&A Warehouse

The United Cerebral Palsy Junior Board invites you to attend their event for wine and art lovers. Wind down the summer with live music, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, art from local vendors, and a wine tasting–all for a great cause. All proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, which helps people with disabilities live life without limits.
More about this event here! 


Big Benefit Run
August 15 at 6:00 PM
Good People Brewing Co.

What other race rewards you with a Good People beer after finishing? This 5K fun run for charity benefits the Animal League of Birmingham and is sure to be a great time! Dogs are welcome at this animal-friendly run, and a live band, food truck, and raffle prizes will be waiting to welcome runners at the finish line.

On your mark, get set, go! 


Birmingham Restaurant Week
August 16-25

In its fourth year as Birmingham’s most successful and anticipated culinary event, Restaurant Week was launched to spotlight Birmingham as a premier dining destination. This culinary event features some of Birmingham’s best restaurants offering prix fixe menus. Diners can revisit their favorite restaurants or explore new dining opportunities–just browse the list of restaurants and menus. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling restaurants directly or visiting their profiles online. 


Doggie Work Days
August 17 from 7-10:00 AM or 10-1:00 PM
Red Mountain Park

One month ago, Birmingham area neighbors and animal lovers came together to begin clearing the site of Remy’s Dog Park–they were extremely successful, clearing two acres of land! Due to requests for another opportunity to prep the future site, this round two doggie work day invites volunteers to clip, clear and celebrate the future canine playground.
all (205) 202-6043 or email contact@redmountainpark.org to sign up!


Pepper Place Saturday Market
August 17 from 7:00 AM – Noon


There’s no better place to be on a Saturday morning than Pepper Place Market. Come experience the best offerings from local farmers and artisans every Saturday–rain or shine. This week’s special music will be Shotgun Troubadours and Raw Jazz Trio. Don’t miss a demo from guest chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club!


Save the O’s 5K Race
August 17 at 8:00 AM 
Greystone Golf & Country Club

Get your running shoes on! This 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run benefits the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation and is held in loving memory of Lori Johnson. A silent auction will also be included as part of the event. Registration is open through August 16.
Find out more here!


Groove Baby
August 17 from 3 – 5 PM
Children’s Dance Foundation

Groove Baby is a fun, themed dance party for 3-8-year-olds, their siblings, and their parents. This month, the theme is “Tha Funky Bus“! Celebrate the end of summer by hopping on the double-dutch bus and rocking down to Electric Avenue! Get in the groove this last Saturday before your kids head off to school for the fall!

Tragic City Rollers
August 17 starting at 4:45 PM
Zamora Shrine Temple

The ladies of Birmingham’s Tragic City Rollers will strap on their skates and hit the track for their last double-header home bout of the season! These roller derby gals face off against the Rome Roller Girls at 4:45 PM, and the Tragic City All-Stars battle it out with Mississippi Roller Girls at 7:00 PM. Bring a folding chair and grab a spot on the floor close to the track for the best experience–don’t forget to get your tickets


13th Annual Picasso Pets
August 17 at 5:30 PM
Old Car Heaven

Hand in Paw‘s signature event and fundraiser, Picasso Pets, is a memorable evening that will leave you amazed and in awe of the miraculous things that animals are capable of doing. Pets have been paired with local artists to create masterpieces, with the artist helping the animal use its feet, tail and even nose to paint! Browse the 2013 gallery, bid on pieces in a live and silent auction, and enjoy a seated dinner at this year’s event.
View 2012 pet paintings and get tickets for the 2013 event!


For more info and a complete list of rules, visit our Facebook page or website

A Night of Big Stars
August 17 at 6:00 PM
Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham for their 2nd annual fundraising gala that allows the organization to continue to provide mentors to children. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, a live on-stage production, and a seated dinner. BBBS has partnered with ArtPlay in co-directing an onstage production consisting completely of “littles” in the BBBS program.

For more information, email rhunter@bbbsbhm.org or call (205) 939-5590  

Season Kickoff Celebration
August 18 from 4 – 7:00 PM
Birmingham Festival Theatre

The Birmingham Festival Theatre invites you to find out more about their terrific upcoming season of shows at their season kickoff this Sunday! Along with enjoying food and wine, you’ll be able to meet cast members from BFT’s first production, “Clybourne Park.” Season tickets will be on sale, and the directors from all of this season’s shows will be conducting a Q&A for the media and all other interested guests in the theatre. 


Jazz in the Park
August 18 from 6 – 9:00 PM
Beacon Park in Irondale

Magic City Smooth Jazz is pleased to present the fourth season of its Jazz in the Park summer concert series, which showcases national and area jazz artists. This week, the show will feature Rickey Powell, Laser’s Edge, and KB’s Technique. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, seat cushions, coolers and snacks to enjoy the concert.

Pepper Place Street Market
August 20 from 4 – 8:00 PM
29th Street

Stop by next Tuesday for Pepper Place‘s monthly street market, which boasts farmers, food trucks, music and more! Pick up fresh produce, eat a bite and join in on the Cajun dance fun with special musical guests, the Swamp Poppas! Bring the kids, dogs, friends and co-workers and stay around town to join the fun. Cantina, Red Cat Cafe, Bettola and Vittoria will also be open serving food and drinks!


Save the date!

Sidewalk Film Festival
August 23 – 25
Theatre District of Downtown Birmingham

Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.

With nine venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District, spontaneity rules the schedule of Sidewalk attendees. 

More on films “Eye on the 60’s” and “Heart Child” in this month’s B-Metro! 


ArtPartners Live Auction and Showcase
August 24 at 6:00 PM

This 11th annual event features a live and silent auction of collaborative works of art created by community artists and individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Attendees will also enjoy music, beer, wine and great food from B&A Warehouse. Funds raised at the event enable VSA Alabama to continue providing opportunities in the arts to children and adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Make sure to get your tickets in advance!
The ArtPartners Program in B-Metro

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