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12/5/12 – 12/11/12



This edition of B-There features the best of events and destinations in and around the city. From Christmas entertainment to College Cup soccer, this week offers up delightful December outings! Just mark your calendar and B-There…
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The Chenoweth Lecture:
Ways of Seeing:
The Art of Norman Rockwell

Steiner Auditorium
Birmingham Museum of Art
12/6, 7:00, FREE

The Annual Chenoweth Lecture presents “Ways of Seeing: The Art of Norman Rockwell” by Wanda M. Corn, Ph.D., the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University. Corn is recognized for her distinguished work as guest curator for major exhibitions nationwide and her contributions as a respected author in the art world. This lecture will look at Norman Rockwell’s love of art history and the works of art he saw in museums. He often quoted from masterpieces in his illustrations and explored the different ways people look at and engage a work of art. See Norman Rockwell in a whole new light at the Birmingham Museum of Art’s eye-opening lecture on an American master and his iconic works. More details here

‘Sweet on a Cure’
Save Room for Dessert This Week!

Participating B’ham Metro Restaurants
Through 12/9

The Young Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center are hosting ‘Sweet on a Cure’ featuring 29 Birmingham area bakeries, cafes, restaurants and catering companies, all selling specially designated desserts with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support leading edge cancer research. Save room for dessert at Nabeel’s, FIVE, Rojo, Little Donkey, Trattoria Centrale, Jim N Nicks in Five Points, Ashley Mac’s, Highlands Bar & Grill, Ted’s Restaurant and MORE “Sweet” restaurants and eateries through this Friday! See the complete list of participating restaurants and get more details HERE!

Cocktails and Convo with Billy Reid
2012 Menswear Designer of the Year

Shaia’s in Homewood, 12/6, 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Alabama’s own Billy Reid, 2012 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, will be appearing at Shaia’s in Homewood, Thursday from 4:30 – 8:30 PM for an evening of Little Donkey, Good People Brewing and conversation! Music by Duquette Johnston and 20% off the Billy Reid Collection make this the go-to event for fashion-savvy gentlemen (and folks who are gift shopping for them!) More details here

Langston Hughes’ ‘Black Nativity’
Carver Theatre, 12/6 – 12/8, 7:00 PM

The Aldridge Repertory Theatre proudly presents five performances of Langston Hughes’ classic play “Black Nativity,” produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. The play is a beautiful celebration tells the Christmas story through singing, dancing and acting that delivers the powerful message of love, hope and joy. “Black Nativity” will showcase the talent of local artists-from the actors and set designers to the musicians and costume designer. Plus, a cast of Birmingham’s local celebrities will take their star turn as Wise Men in the production! More details here

‘A Christmas Memory’
The Musical Adaptation
of the Truman Capote Classic

Virginia Samford Theatre, 12/6 – 12/23

The new musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s famous holiday story enjoys its Birmingham premiere at the Virginia Samford Theatre! Based on Capote’s sepia-hued memoir of his childhood, this new adaptation of ‘A Christmas Memory’ chronicles a young boy’s loving friendship with an eccentric aunt in a small Southern town in the 1930s, where misfits Buddy and Sook launch kites, haunt speakeasies, and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. Directed by Jack Mann, and with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Carol Hall, rich poetry sings from the stage in this wistful memoir of cherished youth. If you’re in a “bah humbug” mood this holiday season, a seat at the uplifting musical ‘A Christmas Memory’ may be just the remedy! More details here

Christine Alfery Opening
Bell Center Benefit

Monty Stabler Galleries
12/6, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

The opening reception for Wisconsin artist Christine Alfery blends with a benefit for the Bell Center in Homewood which provides important early intervention services to infants and toddlers who are at risk for developmental delay. Monty Stabler Galleries will donate 10% of all proceeds directly to a relay group running the Mercedes Marathon for the Bell Center.  The relay group for the Mercedes Marathon will be serving wine and beer donated from the Cahaba Brewery with tips supporting the effort as well. Welcome Christine Alfery and help the Bell Center get off to a running start in 2013 at the gallery Thursday night! More details here

Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship
Regions Park in Hoover, 12/7 & 12/9
The Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship returns to Regions Park on December 7 & 9. It’s an opportunity to witness some of the world’s greatest college athletes compete for the National Championship. Regions Park Hoover.Teams in the College Cup semi-finals Friday include Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland and Creighton. Show up for soccer at its best at Regions Park this weekend! More details here


Drew Holcomb
and The Neighbors

WorkPlay, 12/7, 8:00 PM

Drew Holcomb finds himself in the midst of a creative revival of popular music in Nashville, where artists like Kings of Leon, Jack White, Mat Kearney, and a legion of other national acts have re-invented the reputation of Nashville as a hotbed of music, beyond the realm of country. Holcomb and his band, The Neighbors, have carved their own unique niche in this scene, selling over 65,000 of their three albums combined. With their music enjoying multiple TV placements on shows like Parenthood, Oprah, Army Wives, House, Brothers & Sisters, and many others, Holcomb’s career is stretched far beyond the Tennessee state limits where he was born and raised. Get ready to experience Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors live – cause they are crossing state lines to hit the stage at WorkPlay this weekend! More details here

Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari
and ‘Breakfast with Santa’ at
The Birmingham Zoo!

The Birmingham Zoo, Starts this week!

Make your reservations now for this popular holiday event with old St. Nick! Breakfast with Santa takes place on 12/8,, 12/15 & 12/22 in the Zoo’s Kudzoo Cafe and features a scrumptious breakfast followed by a visit from Ole Saint Nick himself with all of the children receiving a special treat! The Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari embarks 12/7 amid half a million lights, holiday music and plenty of festive spirit as the Zoo comes alive every evening through 12/31! Now visitors can experience the NEW ice skating rink featured at the only place in Birmingham where it snows every night! More details here

Red Diamond Super Pops:
Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie

Wright Center, Samford University
12/8, 8:00 PM

The exceptional cirque artistes of Cirque de la Symphonie amazed everyone when they performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in the 2011 season. Now they return with a holiday-themed show that will delight the whole family as aerialists will fly overhead and perform acrobatic feats accompanied by classical masterpieces and your favorite seasonal tunes from the ASO under the direction of Christopher Confessore. An ideal holiday treat for ages 8 and up, or for anyone who’s still a kid at heart during the holidays! More details here

The 2nd Annual Christmas Market
with the German Club

Das Haus, 12/8, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The Second Annual Birmingham German Christmas Market returns on Saturday to Das Haus. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit with European flair than to explore holiday gifts from local and German artists and vendors! Sample gourmet German food and desserts including Brats on a Bun, Roasted Almonds, Pretzels, Potato Pancakes and Applesauce, and Stollen. Warm up with a few hot and spicy cups of Gluwein, Hot Buttered Rum or Apple Cider. With firewood for the hearth and Christmas Trees for home as well, visit the Christmas Market where there’s a warm ‘Willkommen’ for the whole family! More details here

Blue Light Special
Art Show

Cahaba Clayworks &
Earthborn Studios
12/8 – 12/9

Celebrating its 24th anniversary, this unique event embraces the beautifully imperfect or flawed ‘seconds’ that never see the light of commerce. Over 50 artisans (pottery, art, jewelry and more) sell these pieces at a discount and they present the best of their other work as well. Hosted inside an old watch factory, this event also supports ‘Empty Bowls’ a hunger-prevention endeavor pairing local potters and area chefs. For a nominal donation ($25) you’ll get hot soup and bread from Chef Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club and Chef Sean Butler of Food Studio B, served in handmade Earthborn bowls, which you keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. ‘Empty Bowls’ proceeds, as well as the $2 entry fee for shoppers, go to First Light Women’s Shelter.  Support and shop fine handcrafted art and some of the  most  beautiful artisan pottery in the world! More details here

Southern Tales:
Songs, Stories and Sing-a-longs
at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Linn Henley Hall, 12/9, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Birmingham residents Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton headline ‘Southern Tales: Songs, Stories and Sing-a-Longs’, a charming holiday-themed afternoon showcasing stories, songs and sing-a-longs to warm the heart and welcome the holiday season. Dolores Hydock, an actress and story performer, joins the event for the third year. Bobby Horton, a newcomer to this event, has been a part of Birmingham’s Three on a String for the last 35 years. He has produced and performed music for thirteen Ken Burns documentaries, including The Civil War and Baseball. Horton is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on music from the Civil War period. Take time to settle in, lend an ear and share a song at Southern Tales at Birmingham Botanical Gardens! More details here

Holiday Film Series at
The Historic Alabama Theatre

Alabama Theatre, 12/10 – 12/22

Reunite with your favorite holiday films and discover new ones at the 2012 Holiday Film Series at the Alabama! This year’s film line-up includes: Holiday Inn, Elf, The Santa Clause, Home Alone, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Polar Express, and A Christmas Story! Movie goers can enjoy refreshments including wine or hot cocoa, and sing carols with the Mighty Wurlitzer.  It’s said that no one fully experiences Christmas in Birmingham until they’ve sung carols together, raising voice in the grand spaces of the Alabama Theatre prior to a classic movie. Start your own warm family tradition this year, enjoying classic and current holiday films every December at the Alabama Theatre! More details here


Pepper Place Saturday Market
December 8 – 7:00 AM til 12:00 PM

Holiday Jazz Tunes by Birmingham’s Ray Robinson
and the Jazz Trio

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