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4/3/13 – 4/9/13




This edition of B-There features the best events and destinations in and around the city. This week’s landscape is bloomin’ with everything from “The Secret Garden” at LJCC to the Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale! We hope you will B-There!
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Ben Miller Band
Avondale Brewing, 4/3, 8:00 PM

Hailing from Joplin, Missouri, The Ben Miller Band is a one-of-a kind trio that combines the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music. Band members Ben Miller, Scott Leeper, and Doug Dicharry create a unique and modern sound while continuing the tradition of blending together many different musical styles, which has long been a trait of their native Ozarks. Ben’s musical career started on the streets of Northern Europe, playing his distinctive delta-blues slide guitar and honing his one-man-band performance style which now includes guitar, banjo, harmonica, and foot percussion. Scott began playing the one-stringed washtub bass (with a weed-eater string) and singing backup vocals with pitch-perfect harmony. Doug plays drums, trombone, trumpet, mandolin, percussion, electric washboard, and electric spoons for the Ben Miller Band. Together, they are on tour with ZZ Top and electrifying audiences with their innovative style and fresh sound!  More details here   




“The Secret Garden”
Levite Jewish Community Center
Opening 4/4

Theatre LJCC is proud to present the opening show of their 2013 season, The Secret Garden, based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Orphaned by the cholera outbreak in the British Raj, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. This Tony-award winning enchanting classic of children’s literature is re-imagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. More details here   




Balance Grand Opening Event   

Balance Personal Training Studio
4/4, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Balance Personal Training Studio, a new fitness center focused on holistic health and cross training, invites the public to join them for a special grand opening event at their new location at 2830 Culver Road in Mountain Brook. Food and drinks, including wine from Pinnacle Wine, will be provided, and drawings for special giveaways — including gift cards to Ocean, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Chuck’s Fish, M. Lavender, one of a kind art by Thomas Andrew Art, and beautiful jewelry by Ruth Penton — will be held throughout the event. Michael Meadows, owner and president, will also be teaching a special introductory class at 12 noon that same day, with 50% of the proceeds to benefit the Alabama Kidney Foundation. More details here  





“Sand Mountain Saturday Nite”
Opening Night Benefit for Urban Ministry Kids

Virginia Samford Theatre, 4/4, 7:30 PM

Norton Dill of the Dill Pickers describes the show like this: “Many years ago I attended a music party, or festival as they are called on Sand Mountain, at the home of Jim Connor. What I saw amazed me. Over 100 people came and went during the course of the day and everyone played or sang. The love that these people have for their music led me to write Sand Mountain Saturday Nite. Many of the songs you’ll hear are fashioned after the music that I heard on Sand Mountain. The characters are totally fictitious and, even though we hope you’ll find the folks and situations amusing, the play was written and will be performed with the greatest respect for my friends on Sand Mountain and their tradition of music which has inspired me for years.” Twenty-two unique characters spring forth from the six Dill Pickers to create a musical comedy that will have you tapping your feet and laughing from way down deep.

All proceeds benefit the Urban Ministry kids programs.  More details here


Red Mountain Theatre Company Presents:
“Little Women”

RMTC Cabaret Theatre, 4/4 – 4/7

The women may be small, but the drama will be huge. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences, and her now-famous novel, Little Women follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy as they grow up in Civil War-era America. The beloved story of the March sisters is a timeless one, with issues as relevant today as when the story was originally written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with laughter, tears and a powerful score of uplifting music that soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope — the sounds of a young America finding its voice. More details here


Bobby Rush
Iron City, 4/5, 8:00 PM

At a time when most of his contemporaries are resting on their laurels, Bobby Rush remains one of the most exciting and creative artists in the R&B/blues arena. His live shows are replete with costume changes and comedic sketches acted out with the assistance of his lovely female dancers. Addressing a broad range of matters of the heart, Rush adopts various onstage personas — the adoring lover, the cuckold, the boastful stud — all with a knowing wink that assures the audience that he’s in on the joke. Rush consistently incorporates new styles– Chicago blues, soul, funk, reggae, and hip-hop-into a fresh mix, while his original compositions dip into the well of folk wisdom. Listen, laugh and love what you hear from Bobby Rush at the brand new Iron City!  

More details here   




44th Annual Spring Plant Sale for
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Former JCPenney at Century Plaza
4/5 – 4/7

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale features over 100,000 plants, most of which have been nurtured by volunteers at The Gardens. This sale allows a unique opportunity, providing expert knowledge on the plants and by offering unique plants difficult to find in ordinary garden centers. The Spring Plant Sale furthers The Gardens’ mission of promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment while providing consumers seasonally appropriate planting advice from experts and satisfaction from supporting a worthwhile cause with each purchase. More details here 



“The Third Annual
Racing for Children’s Dinner

Barber Motorsports Museum
4/5, 6:30 PM

Grand-Am Porsche 250 racing fans will have the chance to meet some of the sport’s most famous drivers while helping patients at Children’s of Alabama during the third annual Racing For Children’s Dinner. The event, which raises funds for The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is part of the 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend April 5 – 7. Guest at the Racing for Children’s Dinner event will enjoy a cocktail hour and mingle with other teams and drivers including Hurley Haywood, Leh Keen, Andrew Davis, APR and Foyt Racing.  Local sports media personality Jim Dunaway of WIAT-TV CBS 42 and WJOX 94.5 FM will emcee the event. The Racing for Children’s race car-  a custom car covered by hand prints of patients from Children’s of Alabama – will be running in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Porsche 250 on Saturday! More details here 




The Fourth Annual
Funky Fish Fry:
A Benefit for The Autism Society of Alabama and Mitchells’s Place

Avondale Brewery
4/6, 12:30 – 8:00 PM

April is Autism Awareness Month and the Mitchell’s Place Junior Council and the Autism Society of Alabama Junior Board are teaming up again to help raise money and awareness.  Partnered with sponsors Virginia College Online, iBERIABANK, Zeekee Interactive, and Game Day Done Right, the good folks at The Catfish Institute, Alabama Catfish Producers and Ezell’s Fish Camp will be serving up their best fried catfish and sides.  Urban Cookhouse will also crafting specialties for alt-diets and vegetarians. Enjoy the day with friends and listen to some funky music by the Schmohawks, Cousin Boogie and Live Wire!  There will be lots of fun things to entertain the children and amazing prizes including a vacation in Ireland, Birmingham Barons tickets, and jewelry from Bromberg’s. Get funky, have fun, eat fish! More details here


Birmingham Asian Cultures
& Food Festival

Cedars Club, 4/6, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

The 2013 Birmingham Asian Cultures and Food Festival celebrates Asian heritage and arts through dance, song, music, martial arts, and colorful costumes this Saturday!  Guests can “walk across the Pacific” on a giant map from National Geographic, guided by an experienced teacher, and learn about many Pacific rim countries on the “journey”! Ever have the chance to really play Cricket? You will at this year’s Festival. Dance performances with colorful costuming will be presented throughout the day by the FSU Balinese Dancers, a representative of the Sho No Ryu studio in Tokyo, Natyananda and Notinee Indian dance groups, Indian Bollywood group Fusion Faction, and Chinese Jasmine Dance Ensemble. The very different sounds and rhythms of traditional Asian music will conjure images of far-away lands, as will the silk and painted art, ceramics, books, dolls, umbrellas, lanterns, plants, and other items on sale in the Festival Bazaar! Birmingham meets the Pacific Rim in this eye-popping family-friendly event!  More details here  




The 2nd Annual DarterPhest
Railroad Park, 4/6, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The second annual Darter Festival celebrates Birmingham’s singular fish, the Watercress Darter, raising funds to support darter habitat restoration efforts.  This event highlights the Darter, its habitat, and the extraordinary gift of Alabama’s biodiversity through the following activities: A fun walk, kite painting, darter kite flying, Live music, fish specialties provided by George Sarris of The Fish Market, and a personal introduction of the Darter Ale by Good People Brewing Company. DarterPhest will also feature an exhibition of Darter Art in collaboration with art students from The Altamont School, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Spring Valley School, Birmingham-Southern College, and the University of Montevallo. Save the date and save the fish at DarterPhest at Railroad Park! More details here



The Inaugural
Cahaba-Que Cook-Off

Cahaba Brewing, 4/6
12:00 – 5:00 PM

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is partnering with Cahaba Brewing Company to host the inaugural “Cahaba-Que Barbeque Cook-Off!” Cook teams will compete for the trophies and cash prizes awarded to the top three in the following categories  “Best CahaButt” and “People’s Choice Award”. Guests of the event can sample barbeque from each cook team, enter to win door prizes and even vote for their favorite food item/team. Support a great cause while enjoying the best Butts and Beer in Birmingham! More details here


Paul Meyers Memorial Golf Tournament
Highland Golf Course, 4/6, 4:30 – 10:00 PM

Kicking off its first year, the Paul Meyers Memorial Golf Tournament benefits medical mission trips to Haiti with a game of night golf, a silent auction and live entertainment. Non-golfers can enjoy barbeque catered by Saw’s and entertainment by Sean “Rockstar” Heninger of JOX 94.5, during the 1st nine.  When golfers hit the glow-in-the-dark course for the second 9 holes, non-golfers  will enjoy music by David Dutton and Brandon Robinson After the tournament winners are announced, the Buddy Love Band will take the stage at 10pm and continue until midnight. Complimentary beer and wine will be provided by Supreme Beverage, Good People and Cupcake Winery. A cash bar will also be available. More details here


Sweetwood Presents:
Frightened Rabbit w/ Wintersleep

WorkPlay, 4/11, 9:00 PM

Hopping the pond from Scotland to the US as part of their “Pedestrian Verses” tour, Frightened Rabbit are proudly Scottish and adored on native soil. But their songs also seem to take on greater resonance and power the further from home they travel. Song ideas might have come on in any one of the ten or so US tours undertaken by the band, each bigger, noisier, rowdier, more special than the last. There aren’t many British bands who can match Frightened Rabbit for the level and intensity of their American success. Join a room-full of American fans mainlining a long-lost Celtic connection while also hoovering up a powerful British indie-rock band with a folk heart and a soulful love of their heritage. More details here



Ivan and Alyosha
w/ Fort Atlantic

Bottletree Cafe, 4/11, 9:00 PM

The Seattle combo Ivan and Alyosha borrows its name from a pair of characters in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov where the main characters Ivan and Alyosha discuss the existence of God. Ivan questions the idea of God. Alyosha, on the other hand, is a monk, a believer. Among the back and forth of their journey, literal and musical, Ivan and Alyosha delivers its songs of struggle, perseverance and spirituality with a resilient, upbeat attitude. Their bubbly brew of stirringly strummed folk-rock guitars, surging instrumental interaction and a bright, buoyant blend of voices, reflects the band members’ family-style camaraderie, evoking a timeless pop ideal that’s as affecting emotionally as it is pleasing to the ear. Highlighted in the March issue of B-Metro magazine, John D. suggests you “Listen Up’ for this show! More details here


Poppin’ Girl’s Night Out
Gus Mayer at The Summit
4/11, 3:00 – 8:00 PM

Gus Mayer is throwing a Poppin’ Girl’s Night Out for ladies looking to get glam, learn about this season’s hottest fashions, and have a professional glamour shot taken by the talented Beau Gustafson AKA the Big Swede. The evening will feature delicious martinis and hors d’ouerves, with DJ Coco spinning the hottest tunes and lots more!  Put a pop of color in your life by shopping the latest trends from Susana Monaco and more – all TAX FREE! Also, receive $50 off a purchase of $150 or more when you bring in your gently-worn clean denim. Relax as the Gus Mayer cosmetics team and Joelle Salon style your hair and makeup for your complimentary glamour shot. Sweet, salty but sinless Pop Chips, as well as the award-winning Mini Indulgences from Seasons 52 will be available all night!  More details here  




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