B-There! Michael Franti | Madame Butterfly | Magic Moments

B-There! Michael Franti | Madame Butterfly | Magic Moments




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1/23/13 – 1/29/13



This edition of B-There features the best of this week’s events and destinations in and around the city.
Whether you’re meeting Madame Butterfly, Mrs. Mannerly, or the honored guests at the FACES of BIRMINGHAM this week …We hope you will B-There!
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Michael Franti

Lecture & Performance:

Alys Stephens Center, 1/24, 7:30 PM

Musician, poet and champion of social justice Michael Franti will give a free public lecture and concert at UAB on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Franti is the founder and lead singer of Michael Franti and Spearhead. The band has recorded seven studio albums and achieved critical acclaim for its socially conscious tunes that marry hip-hop with funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock. Heralded as a social activist, Franti received the 2001 Domestic Human Rights Award from Global Exchange. In addition, he supports a number of organizations, including CARE, War Child International, Amnesty International and Common Ground Relief. Franti is also the founder of Power to the Peaceful, the largest free public music event in California, with a mission to unite communities and organizations to foster peace. More details here


Charity Night

at Black Market Bar:

Relay for Life UAB

Black Market Bar Southside
1/25, 7:00 PM

Join the crowd at Black Market Bar in  Southside to support Relay for Life of UAB benefiting the American Cancer Society! A donation of $5 of more at the door gets you into the mix for awesome drink specials at the bar plus the sounds of the ‘Renegades of Folk‘! The party starts at 7:00 pm and goes all night, so head out for Black Market Bar on Southside, have fun and support good works, all at the same time! More details here


Mrs. Mannerly
Terrific New Theatre, through 2/3

Inspired by the hilarious memories of a childhood etiquette class, ten-year-old Jeffrey is not good at anything but being polite. Obsessed with good manners, he is determined to be the first student ever to achieve a perfect score on the challenging final exam. Mrs. Mannerly, his demanding teacher, has never had a student in her 36 years of etiquette classes achieve that feat. After discovering a secret of Mrs. Mannerly’s past, Jeffrey faces off with his classmates (all played by one actor) as he maneuvers his way toward the top to try to take the grand prize! This witty comedy of manners shows the difference between how we present ourselves and who we really are. Directed by Carl Stewart and staring Debbie Smith and Daniel T. Martin, Mrs. Mannerly plays until February 3rd, so please be on your best behavior and make plans to see it soon…Thank you. More details here


Opera Birmingham Presents:
Madame Butterfly

Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center
Samford University
1/25 & 1/27

Puccini’s soaring melodies and heartbreaking story put Madame Butterfly at the top of the list of opera favorites! Madame Butterfly is a story about a young Japanese geisha, known to her friends as “Butterfly,” in turn of the 20th century Nagasaki. Butterfly renounces her faith and marries an American sailor who leaves Japan soon afterward but promises to return to her. Dona D. Vaughn directs and Israel Gursky conducts a cast that includes the Opera Birmingham debuts of soprano Inna Los in the title role, tenor Patrick Miller, and baritone Todd Thomas.  This tragic tale of love and ultimate betrayal reminds us what makes grand opera truly “grand.” Don’t miss it! (In Italian with projected English translations) More details here


Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’: The Musical
Virginia Samford Theatre
1/25 through 2/10

Don’t miss the Alabama premiere of 9 to 5: The Musical, a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. When three unlikely friends conspire to take control of their company, they learn there’s nothing they can’t do…even in a man’s world. Outrageous, thought provoking and a little romantic, this hit Broadway show, written and produced by Dolly Parton, is about teaming up and taking care of business, getting credit and getting even. Directed by Norton Dill with choreography by Carl Dean and starring Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, Jan D. Hunter, Becky Johnson and Kyle Holman, this is the show everyone should work to see! More details here

FIRST LOOK: Be there to see 9 to 5: The Musical FIRST and support the Parkinson Association of Alabama at the fourth annual  “Dinner and a Night at the Theatre on 1/24! The entire theatre is reserved for this unique opening night event and all of the funds raised benefit Parkinson Association of Alabama and their mission to find a cure for Parkinson disease. More details here


Tapped and Corked:
A Benefit for the Autism Society of Alabama

Old Car Heaven
1/25, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

What’s better than pairing delicious food with your favorite beers?  Pairing food with wine as well!

Free the Hops and the Autism Society of Alabama Junior Board are hosting the best of both worlds  as Tapped: A Food & Beer Pairing joins Corked: A Food & Wine Pairing in 2013! You won’t want to miss this event showcasing top quality beers, wines, and fantastic food from your favorite Birmingham restaurants. Surrounded by cool music and one of the South’s finest collection of antique cars and race memorabilia on display at Old Car Heaven, patrons can also bid on unique specialty beers, wines and related art!  All proceeds from the event will benefit the mission and projects of the Autism Society of Alabama. More details here


Magic Moments Night at the
‘Greatest Show on Earth’!

Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center 1/25

Magic Moments, together with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is hosting an evening to benefit Alabama children with chronic life-threatening illnesses with  Magic Moments Night at The Greatest Show on Earth. The evening begins with a private party at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom followed by an exciting night under the Big Top. All proceeds from this one-night event will benefit Magic Moments, making it possible for dreams to come true for more chronically ill children. The party will feature children’s activities, including carnival games, roving magicians, jugglers, and an appearance by the Ringling Bros. circus performers, with a kid-friendly dinner and alcoholic beverages for the adults. Tickets to the party include premier seats at the circus. Help make a Magic Moment for a child who needs it at the ‘Greatest Show on Earth! More details here


The SCAR Project:
Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon
The Alabama Project: The Civil Rights of Health Care

UAB Visual Arts Gallery, Through 1/31

The UAB Visual Arts Gallery is currently hosting two powerful photographic projects on young women and breast cancer by fashion photographer David Jay through January 31, 2013. The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon is a series of large-scale portraits that puts a raw, unflinching face on young women and breast cancer, while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of the many brave young women fighting the disease. More than 100 women have been photographed. Many traveled to his studio in New York City. If they were too sick to travel, he went to them. The Alabama Project: The Civil Rights of Health Care is a subset of The SCAR Project and documents a group of young women in Alabama, all in their 20s, battling not only breast cancer but the health-care system itself. From hospital rooms to living rooms, Jay’s poignant images capture each woman’s faith, perseverance, and beauty.  More details here


Sidewalk Film Festival E-Series
Presents: DETROPIA

Red Mountain Theatre
1/29, 6:00 PM

Sidewalk Film Festival is proud to present the “E-Series”, a year- long film and discussion series about four key community issues relevant to the Birmingham metro area – Economic Development, Environment, Equality and Education. An award-winning documentary with a vivid palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. It highlights the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America, envisioning a radically different future. Networking and refreshments by Rojo start at 5:30 with the film screening at 6:00 PM. An ‘Industry to Innovation’ panel moderated by David Fleming, President and CEO of REV Birmingham will follow at 7:30. The DETROPIA screening is hosted at Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret space in the Kress Building. More details here



Chick Corea & Gary Burton

with Harlem String Quartet

Alys Stephens Center
1/25, 8:00 PM

One of the most absorbing jazz partnerships around is the duo of Chick Corea and Gary Burton. An NEA Jazz Master, 18-time Grammy winner, brilliant American composer and keyboard virtuoso, Corea has attained living-legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and staggering artistic output. Burton is a 12-time Grammy nominee and six-time winner, earning his first in 1971 and his most recent in 2009 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. For this tour Corea and Burton will perform material from their latest album, Hot House, exploring their take on standards by such composers as Kurt Weill, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thelonius Monk, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. For their ASC concert they will join with the classical ensemble Harlem String Quartet, which will expand its legendary chamber-jazz repertoire on new and classic Corea-Burton tunes. More details here


Performing Black:
A Performance Lecture
by Thomas F. DeFrantz

Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
Alabama School of Fine Arts
1/26, 7:00 PM

Thomas F. DeFrantz is a performer, writer, Professor of Dance and African American Studies at Duke University, President of the Society of Dance History Scholars, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology. Performing Black is a performance lecture offering a performative journey through overlapping and divergent histories of black dance in the United States. Discussion includes Africanist aesthetics, exemplars of black performance avant-garde, black social dance, with special attention given to Africanist influence on European culture, an examination of black concert dance, black experimental performance, and black live art. Enlightening, eye-opening and entertaining, take a seat and take in Performing Black. More details here


The Krispy Kreme
Doughnut Dash
for Children’s of Alabama

Children’s Hospital &
Railroad Park
1/26, 8:30 AM

The Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash is a non-profit event presented by Brown Mackie College Birmingham and Pepsi benefiting Children’s of Alabama. Inspired by the original Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, NC, participants will complete a four-mile run and eat a dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in one hour or less. Runners will start near Children’s Hospital in downtown Birmingham, run two miles to Railroad Park where they will eat a dozen doughnuts, then run back along the same route and finish back at the hospital. Not up for eating a dozen doughnuts? No problem. Runners may register in the Casual Runner division and eat one, none, or some doughnuts, and take the rest home to enjoy. All profits from this race will be donated to Children’s of Alabama. Preregistration recommended with race packet pick-up on 1/25. More details here


The Screwtape Letters
BJCC Concert Hall, 1/26, 4:00 & 8:00 PM

The Screwtape Letters is a smart, provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. The play, set in a eerily stylish office in hell, follows the clever scheming of Satan’s chief psychiatrist, Screwtape, as he entices a human ‘patient’ toward damnation. In this topsy-turvy, morally inverted universe God is the “Enemy” and the Devil is “Our Father below.”  The stakes are high as human souls are hell’s primary source of food. Now on a national tour, Birmingham audiences can enjoy one of C.S. Lewis’ most entertaining and thought-provoking works when The Screwtape Letters takes the stage on January 26! More details here


Sol Y Luna is celebrating its 15th Anniversary with FOUR concerts by Pavlo Simtikidis!
For reservations visit

The Jazz Cat Ball:
A Benefit for the
Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Old Car Heaven, 2/2, 7:00 PM

The 2nd Annual Jazz Cat Ball, benefiting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, will be held at Old Car Heaven! Join Birmingham’s animal-lover crowd for a Classic Cajun Cook-Off, dancing to the sounds of Streetkar, prowling the silent auction, all within the surrounds of an authentic New Orleans street experience. New this year, enjoy the Milo’s Tea gaming casino, VIP rooms and a live auction! This gala gets the Humane Society’s fundraising purring for the year, so get your paws on tickets today! More details here


The Calico Ball After-Party:
A Benefit for
Birmingham’s Historic
Oak Hill Cemetery

Avondale Brewery, 2/2
7:00 – 10:00 PM

You’re invited to join some of Birmingham’s most famous (and infamous) founders as they host the Calico Ball After-Party at Avondale Brewing Company! After the cholera epidemic in 1873, the wealthy residents threw a Calico Ball to celebrate the end of the scourge that had devastated Birmingham. Now, the individuals who were not invited to the original gala event get to have their OWN party! Birmingham’s most famous 19th century Madam, Lou Wooster is hosting this grand gathering and encourages you to join her for live music from the Calico String Band, libations, hors douvres and old-fashioned frivolity! All proceeds benefit the preservation of Birmingham’s landmark cemetery, Historic Oak Hill.  The Calico Ball After Party is where old Birmingham meets new Birmingham for a memorable Magic City event! Don’t be ‘late’, reserve your tickets today! More details here


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