B-There! Birmingham Fashion Week | ArtBLINK | Common

B-There! Birmingham Fashion Week | ArtBLINK | Common




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2/20/13 – 2/26/13




This edition of B-There features the best of this week’s events and destinations in and around the city.  Birmingham Fashion Week is dressing up and “Charley’s Aunt” is cross-dressing …so grab your coat and keys! We hope you get to B-There!
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Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
February 23 – March 2
Event Venues: Pepper Place, Gus Mayer, Avondale Villa,
Bromberg’s Downtown & Saks Fifth Avenue

Birmingham Fashion Week is almost HERE! Bringing unity to our community through fashion, local and national designers, alongside local and national boutiques, BFW gathers talent and style together to promote and inspire our rising stars. Models, make-up and hair stylists will showcase their talents on the runway, while encouraging local fashion fans and visitors to explore the creative talents and fashion resources in Birmingham! Participating boutiques for this year include Soca, Theodora, Laura Kathryn, Shaia’s, Gus Mayer, The Pants Store, lululemon, Faith Skate, and Pure Barre. Swanky events, fashion shows and more, make Birmingham Fashion Week THE destination for style watchers, trend-setters and the fashionista in everyone!
More details and ticket information here



Theatre UAB Presents: “Charley’s Aunt”
Sirote Theatre, Alys Stephens Center, 2/20 – 2/24

‘Charley’s Aunt’ is a farce written by Brandon Thomas more than 120 years ago. It was a success in London and on Broadway, breaking box-office records and enjoying countless stage and film adaptations. Now Theatre UAB brings this delightful play to the stage in Birmingham! Oxford University student Charley Wykham and his roommate Jack desperately wish to propose to their sweethearts before they go abroad. Decorum dictates a chaperone and whom better than Charley’s Aunt Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez, widow of a Brazilian (where the nuts come from) millionaire? That is, until she cancels at the last minute. Not to be undone, the boys recruit undergraduate Lord Fancourt “Babs” Babberley (who is jolly good at amateur theatricals) to impersonate the absentee aunt, sparking a delightful misadventure of young love and outlandish deception. With slapstick, wit and a bit of cross-dressing, Theatre UAB presents a laugh-out-loud misadventure of a show perfect for all ages! More details here


Birmingham Revealed!

The Golden Age  

of Birmingham Broadcasting:  

Radio Edition 

Vulcan Park & Museum, 2/21, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Remember radio of decades past, when you listened over the airwaves to hear the latest hit song or be entertained by a local radio personalities? In the decades following World War II, Birmingham radio featured homegrown programming, served up by larger-than-life personalities who spun records suited especially to local musical tastes and, through comedy bits, developed characters just for local listeners. Vulcan Park and Museum remembers the Birmingham radio of yesteryear with The Golden Age of Birmingham Broadcasting: Radio Edition. Moderated by radio personality Greg Bass and featuring a panel of local radio professionals, relive some of the best radio moments from decades past and hear inside stories that never made it on the air. Don’t miss this first in the Vulcan After Dark – Birmingham Revealed series! Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM. More details here



The Alabama Ballet Presents:
“The Sleeping Beauty”

Wright Center, Samford University
2/22 – 2/24

Considered the crowning jewel of acclaimed ballet master and choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical tale of a beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. Opulent costumes and sets, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score and delightful choreography combine to make this production a truly magical experienceAudiences are transported to a world of fairy tale princesses, evil witches, storybook kingdoms, and true love’s kiss in this most beloved ballet.  More details here



Holly Williams
w/ Logan Brill

WorkPlay, 2/22, 8:00

Part of the key to Holly Williams’ success as a singer-songwriter is that it’s never been her mission to try and live up to the legacy cast by her famous and prolific father and grandfather – Hank Jr. and Sr., respectively – nor has she spent a lot of time trying to live it down. The respect that Holly has garnered as an artist over the course of many years spent building an international fan base, and the release of two acclaimed albums, The Ones We Never Knew and Here With Me, has come on her own terms, based on her own sound. Indeed, to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a last name is just a last name. The Highway finds the 31-year-old artist putting a distinctly personal spin on universal themes like love, loss, conflict, family and desire. Heavy with references to memories of simpler times and beloved relatives and an earnest longing for the road, travel part of The Highway with Holly Williams at WorkPlay on February 22nd! More details here



A Night Under the Big Top:
A Benefit for Glenwood

The Club, 2/22, 8:00 PM

The 9th Annual “A Night Under the Big Top,” is a circus-theme gala event at The Club benefiting Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center. Featuring casino fun & games, food & drink, VIP room with wine tasting by Rush Wines, door prizes, live music from The Undergrounders, there will also be an extensive live and silent auction with exclusive items such as a Sonoma Wine Extravaganza; a Golfing Experience in Monterey, CA; jewelry from Levy’s Fine Jewelry; and 50-yard-line tickets to Alabama vs. LSU! All proceeds benefit Outpatient Services at Glenwood, So get your glad rags on and show your support for Glenwood under the Big Top! More details here



Magic City Blues Society &  

Cathead Vodka Present:

Randall Bramblett Band

WorkPlay, 2/23, 8:00 PM

Randall Bramblett’s storied career as a songwriter/bandleader/musician keeps him busy as a first-call sideman to the stars. He’s been playing recently with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in NYC, Widespread Panic at Bonaroo – he leads the MegaBlaster Horns, New Orleans JazzFest with Chuck Leavell, and appears on a new CD and national tour with Bonnie Raitt. Early on with Capricorn Records, Randall joined the influential band Sea Level with Chuck Leavell and did a solo tour with Gregg Allman. From there, Bramblett became a popular songwriter and multi-instrumentalist sideman, and landed on the speed dial of some of the greatest names in rock history, including Steve Winwood, Levon Helm, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton and Widespread Panic. His newest work continues to solidify his reputation as one of the south’s best songwriters and strongest musicians. More details here  




The ArtBLINK Gala
Kirklin Clinic, 2/23, 6:30 PM

Art, in the blink of an eye! Sixteen local artists will work in a variety of mediums to create masterpieces in 90 minutes that can be purchased during the silent auction at ArtBLINK! Participating artists are Thomas Andrew, Ahmad Austin, Nada Boner, R. David Boyd Jr., Joan Curtis, Kate Merritt Davis, Vicki Denaburg, Randy Gachet, Lila Graves, Darius Hill, Carol Misner, Melanie Morris, David Nichols, Linda Ellen Price, Paul Ware and Jamie Wilson. This elegant evening will also feature a cocktail dinner provided by Kathy G. & Company and dancing to the sounds of Big Daddy’s New Band. Funds from the Gala go toward UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center‘s Fund for Excellence, which supports high-priority research efforts. More details here




UAB & Fifty Years Forward Present:
A Lecture with Common

Bartow Arena, UAB, 2/25, 7:00 PM

As part of UAB’s Black History Month celebration, actor, author and Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Common will give a public lecture in Bartow Arena. Heralded as the “King of Conscious Hip-Hop,” Common – born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. – has recorded nine acclaimed studio albums, collaborating with fellow superstars Kanye West, Lauryn Hill and the like. He has made his mark in Hollywood, starring in movies with Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Ben Affleck. Currently, he plays freed slave Elam Ferguson in the AMC historical drama “Hell on Wheels.” In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, which is dedicated to the empowerment and leadership development of urban youth. This event is open to the public; admission is free to UAB students, faculty and staff and $5 in advance to the public, $10 on the day of the event. More details here



Birmingham Chamber Music Society Presents:
The Ritz Chamber Players

Brock Recital Hall, Samford University, 2/26, 7:30 PM

Samford University’s Davis Architects Guest Artist Series and The Birmingham Chamber Music Society (BCMS) will present The Ritz Chamber Players Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. Comprised solely of accomplished musicians spanning the African diaspora, The Ritz Chamber Players are dedicated to showcasing the works of African-American composers. The ensemble brings a fresh new energy to the classical music genre, and its individual members also perform with prestigious organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the London Symphony. The Ritz Chamber Players will lead a three-part special residency during their stay in Birmingham, including master classes and outreach in local schools and colleges. Put the Ritz Chamber Players on your calendar for top-drawer talent on stage in Birmingham! More details here



Get in Gear
to Stop Diabetes:
The “Tour de Cure” Kick-Off & Benefit

Tom Williams Porsche
2/26, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

The kickoff event for ‘Tour de Cure’ gets in gear at Tom Williams Porsche! In addition to elegant hors d’ oeuvres, complimentary spirits and live entertainment, attendees can register to win valuable door prizes (must be present to win). The silent auction benefits the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. You can also make an appointment to test drive the all new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.  More details here



The Stirling Lecture Series
Presents:  Aron Ralston

Birmingham-Southern College
2/27, 7:00 PM

Aron Ralston, the subject of the award-winning feature film 127 Hours, will deliver the Alex P. Stirling Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College. When Ralston hiked into a remote area of Utah’s canyon country in April of 2003, he was an experienced outdoorsman. Seven miles into the canyon that day, Ralston accidentally dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand. After six days of entrapment alone, he freed himself by amputating his forearm with a multi-tool knife and hiked to a miraculous rescue. Since then, with a new prosthetic arm that he designed, Ralston has returned to his outdoor passions: he finished climbing Colorado’s 54 “Fourteeners” in winter, solo; he’s skied from the summit of Denali, North America’s highest mountain; and, he’s led a rafting expedition through the Grand Canyon. Ralston has written an internationally bestselling memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and spoken to audiences around the world with one of his key messages honing in on overcoming extreme adversity, personally or professionally: “May your boulders be your blessings. May you be able to embrace them. And may you find what’s extraordinary in yourself.” (On Feb. 25 at 6:00 PM, will be a screening in Norton Theatre of 127 Hours, the hit movie in which actor James Franco depicts Ralston’s ordeal. The film, directed by Danny Boyle, received six Oscar nominations.) More details here  




The 22nd Annual
Mad Hatter’s Luncheon:
A Benefit for the American Cancer Society 

The Club, 2/28, 11:00 AM

 Women from across central Alabama will be using their fashion accessories to fight cancer at the 22nd Annual Mad Hatters’ Luncheon and Fashion Show at The Club on Thursday, February 28th. This annual “Showcase of Chapeaus” will take place inside the Grand Ballroom with the judging of hats starting at 11:00 am, followed by a ‘Parade of Hats’ at 11:30 am. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative hats in the following categories: Fight Against Cancer, News Events of 2012, Cities Around the World, and Candy Land! The noon luncheon includes a fashion show by Gus Mayer. Money raised at the event will go to the American Cancer Society for community education programs, cancer research, advocacy efforts, and patient support programs. Individual tickets are $40, or a table of eight can be reserved for $300.  This is the your  opportunity to “Go Mad with your Hat”, go bonkers with your bonnet and go join the fight against cancer! More details here




An Acoustic Evening with
Mary Chapin Carpenter and
Shawn Colvin

Alys Stephens Center, 2/28, 7:00 PM

Two of today’s favorite folk-rock singer-songwriters, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, will team up for a special acoustic show at the Alys Stephens Center. Both of these acclaimed artists have graced the ASC stage with their own bands, but this will be their first duo performance. Longtime friends, they will perform material spanning their vast catalogues and cover some of their favorite songs. Carpenter, a five-time Grammy Award winner who has won two CMA Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2012. She has been through enormous difficulties in recent years, and her newest release, “Ashes and Roses,” is an album about grief, loss and getting to the other side of pain. Colvin is a three-time Grammy Award winner. “All Fall Down,” her latest release addresses the dissolution of a relationship with Colvin’s hallmark dry-eyed candor. The frankness in her work is tempered by humor and sensuality, as well as a gift for finding strong, simple melodies. Get ready for this singer-songwriter powerhouse showcase at the Alys on February 28th! More details here 



City Equity Theatre
and Aldridge Repertory Theatre Present:  “Ruined”

Virginia Samford Theatre
Opening Night Fundraiser for
The Footprints Foundation, 2/28

Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play isn’t only insightful, it’s relevant all over the world. “Ruined” is a haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, it centers on bar and brothel owner Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting, or profiting from, the women she shelters? And how far will she go to survive? The opening night is a fundraising event for The Footprints Foundation and the Center Medical St. Vincent Hospital in Bakuva, Democratic Republic of the Congo, both organizations that work to improve healthcare for women and infants. “Ruined” continues March 1st and runs until March 17th at the Martha Moore Sykes Studio of the Virginia Samford Theatre. More details here  




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