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This edition of B-There features the best events and destinations in and around the city. The ABC’s of this week’s events include Aaron Neville at the Alys, Alabama Ballet at the ASFA, and Belafonte at the Carver! We hope you will B-There!
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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

 


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 their 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

 

 


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!  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  

 

 

 



“The MLK Project”
Presented by the
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute & Red Mountain Theatre Company

RMTC Cabaret Theatre, 4/11 – 4/14

The Red Mountain Theatre Company is proud to bring The MLK Project to stage as part of the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement. The first act features dramatic readings of “An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense” and “A Call for Unity,” two letters written by a group of clergymen from which the famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was inspired during Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s incarceration in 1963. The second act, written by Cheryl L. Davis, gives audiences a thought-provoking, humorous and inspiring glimpse into the state of civil right issues today. The MLK Project is a collaboration with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and will star RMTC favorite, Cecil Washington (The Color Purple, Rent). More details here

 

 


“Seminar”
Theatre Downtown, 4/11 – 4/27

In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. More details here

 


The Harry Belafonte Film Festival 
and Honorary Induction into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 

Carver Theatre, 4/11

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will present an evening with music legend Harry Belafonte. Start this magical evening with a cocktail reception at 6:30pm followed by the Screening of“Sing Your Song” (the acclaimed HBO documentary about Harry Belafonte’s activist career), Q&A with Harry Belafonte, and followed by the Induction into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame of Mr. Belafonte – with a special performance by the UAB Jazz Ensemble. Part of the 50th Year Anniversary Celebration of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, this event celebrates Harry Belafonte, an unsung hero who played a critical role in the Civil Rights movement. He raised thousands of dollars to pay the bail and legal costs of demonstrators, especially the children. Belafonte founded the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Incorporated (SCL foundation) along with Sidney Poitier in 1966. Earlier in the day, don’t miss the Harry Belafonte Film Festival at the Carver Theatre, featuring his films
“The World, the Flesh, and the Devil“,
“Island in the Sun”, “Carmen Jones”, and
“Uptown Saturday Night”! More details here

 

 



“The 2013 Diamonds Direct Designer Trunk Show”
Diamonds Direct Birmingham
4/12 – 4/14

Diamonds Direct Birmingham will host its 5th Annual Designer Showcase, a three-day trunk show style event April 12-14. The trunk show will feature over a dozen of the country’s top jewelry designers, who will be flown in exclusively for this event to showcase their jewelry collections. Featured designers include Henri Daussi, Sylvie, Kirk Kara, Christopher Designs, Spark Creations, Mastaloni Pearls, PeJay Creations, Fredrick Goldman, Christian Bauer and Per Amore. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by MetroPrime Steakhouse Friday evening, April 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Other event partners include Dorothy McDaniel, Aabco Rentals and GoPro Event Solutions. In addition to the expanded inventory, Diamonds Direct Birmingham is offering a 20% savings on all bridal and fashion inventory. More details here

 


Alabama Ballet presents:
“Ovation”

Dorothy Jemison Day Theater
Alabama School of Fine Arts
4/12 – 4/14

In a year celebrating the progress of the City of Birmingham, Alabama Ballet presents its most ambitious program to date featuring works by iconic choreographers George Balanchine and Jirí Kylián, emerging talent Michael Fothergill and resident choreographer Roger Van Fleteren. Ovation will be the Alabama Ballet’s debut performance at the new Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre on the Alabama School of Fine Arts campus. The program includes George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Tarantella, Jirí Kylián’s Sechs Tänze (Six Dances), Michael Fothergill’s Laid to Wrest, a piece especially commissioned for the Alabama Ballet, and Roger Van Fleteren’s latest addition to an already impressive body of work, Romancing Rachmaninoff. More details here

 


A Place of Our Own:
The Fourth Avenue District, Civil Rights and the Rise of Birmingham’s Black Middle Class

Vulcan Park & Museum, Opening 4/12

On Friday, April 12, Vulcan Park and Museum will unveil A Place of Our Own: The Fourth Avenue District, Civil Rights, and the Rise of Birmingham’s Black Middle Class an exhibition that explores Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue District in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement. As Jim Crow laws took effect in the early 1900s, a separate black business district emerged as a haven for local African-American entrepreneurs. The Fourth Avenue District became home to the enterprises of A. G. Gaston and William Pettiford, the architecture of Wallace Rayfield and a wealth of businesses, entertainment venues and cultural institutions that united blacks from across the city. A Place of Our Own illustrates how the Fourth Avenue District grew into the cultural center of Birmingham’s African American community. More details here

 


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The 15th Annual Lebanese Food
and Cultural Festival

St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, 4/12 – 4/13

St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church will celebrate its 15th Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival this weekend! Admission to the Festival entertainment and tour events is free and open to the public, and traditional Lebanese food will be available throughout both days. Lebanese delicacies on-site include Baked Kibbee, Rolled Grape Leaves, Spinach Pies, and Falafel Sandwiches, Tabouleh (Lebanese Salad), Grilled Lebanese Lemon Chicken, Loobia (green beans), Rice, Homus and Pita Bread. Ample, comfortable dining tables and seating will be available in and outside the Church, and leading the entertainment will be the Amin Sultan Band! New this year will be the inaugural Saint Elias Cedar 5K Run on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 8:30 am. The run will benefit the SUKI (Spreading Unconditional Kindness Intentionally) Foundation , a not-for-profit organization established to raise money and awareness for Rett Syndrome. The race will begin at the Church and will run through the historic Glen Iris neighborhood. More details here  

 

 

 


The 3rd Annual
Ready.Set.Cure 5K

Oak Mountain State Park, 4/13

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Junior Board is gearing up to host the Third Annual Ready.Set.Cure. 5K! The date is set for Saturday, April 13, 2013, at beautiful Oak Mountain State Park. There will be food, live music and door prizes to give away! Registration at 7:00 am, Race starts at 8:00am, with Awards & Door Prizes to follow at 9:00 am! No intentions of “up-and-early” running on a Saturday?  You can make a “Sleep-In” Donation online! More details here

 


TEMPO: A Family Fun Festival
Railroad Park, 4/13, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

TEMPO: A Family Fun Festival is a free public event offering families of all ages unique entertainment, healthy food choices, bicycling activities, games and community resources! Childcare Resources, a United Way partner, will engage the community in building awareness and promoting strong, healthy families. Plan now to bring the entire family to enjoy a day outside and a variety of local and international entertainment in beautiful Railroad Park. The Checkerboard Guy will appear on stage at 11:00 am, Noon and 1:30 pm. Ride in or watch a Mock Criterium Bike Race at 10:00 am. Participate in the Family Bike Ride on closed downtown Birmingham streets at 10:30 am. Get moving and get on down to TEMPO at Railroad Park! More details here   

 

 

 



Aaron Neville
Alys Stephens Center, 4/13, 8:00 PM
Grammy Award-winning soul and R&B vocalist Aaron Neville will visit the ASC as a solo act for the first time this weekend! Touring on the heels of his latest album “My True Story,”. This new album, produced by legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and Blue Note Records President Don Was, finds Neville revitalizing some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era and beyond. Birmingham audiences will be among the early ones to hear selections from this new venture from Neville! The New Orleans native will be accompanied by his dynamic, top-notch tour band. Don’t miss the signature voice and talents of Aaron Neville at the Alys Stephens Center this weekend! More details here

 

 

 


“The 3rd Annual Cajun Cook-Off” for Girls, Inc. 
Linn Park, 4/13, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Don’t miss this casual, family-friendly event featuring a Cajun cooking competition as well as live music from the Swamp Poppas in downtown Birmingham’s beautiful Linn Park. Enjoy taste-testing all your Cajun favorites including gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, red beans and rice and more! Your vote will help determine the winner of the cook-off competition. We’ll also have fun activities for kids including face painting, a balloon artist and henna tattoos! It’s a big crowd with big flavor! Proceeds from the Cajun Cook-off  benefit Girls Inc. programs that inspire Central Alabama girls to be strong, smart and bold! More details here

 


India Ramey w/ Josh Brown:
“Blood Cresent Moon”
Release Party

WorkPlay, 4/13, 8:00 PM

Birmingham singer/songwriter, India Ramey has just completed her sophomore album, Blood Crescent Moon and will release it atWorkPlay with special opening guest, Birmingham’s Josh Brown. The swagger and intensity of Blood Crescent Moon reveal how much Ramey has evolved as a singer and songwriter. Leaning toward alt-country, this album hints at India’s darker side with its Southern Gothic mystique, haunting lyrics, driving rhythms and powerful vocals. Join India and all her friends and fans as she premieres the next step of her musical odyssey at WorkPlay! More details here

 

 


Neighborhood Block Party
Railroad Park, 4/14, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

From your block to ours, join us at Railroad Park on Sunday April 14 for our Neighborhood Block Party, with delicious food truck fare, old school games and outstanding musical talent. The Birmingham Barons will play at Regions Field later that afternoon, so come down early to enjoy Birmingham at its best. Family activities include kite flying, face painting, cornhole, drum circle, zumba and more! Find the best Food trucks on site including: Shindigs, Melt, Off The Hook, Dreamcakes, Steel City Pops, Taqueria Guzman Taco Truck. Cool off with Coca-Cola, Good People Brewing, Pinnacle Imports Wine. Live music from Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Gip Gipson, and Wilder Atkins provides the soundtrack to an amazing Neighborhood Block Party! More details here 

 

 

 


Esperanza Spalding
Free Concert!

Alys Stephens Center at UAB
4/15, 7:30 PM

Grammy Award-winning jazz singer, bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding will perform live in a free show at the Alys Stephens Center Monday night! In 2011, Spalding won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. This year, Spalding’s 2012 album “Radio Music Society” won the Grammy award for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist. Listeners who heard her stunning 2008 debut, “Esperanza,” and her best-selling 2010 release “Chamber Music Society,” knew the young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon, was the real deal. Her unique and genre-spanning presence is deeply rooted in jazz but speaks to listeners far beyond the jazz realm. Spalding is set to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Jemison Concert Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public! More details here

 


“Bat Boy: The Musical”
Alys Stephens Center at UAB, 4/17 – 4/21

Ripped from the 1992 World Weekly News tabloid headline, “Bat Boy: The Musical” is both musical comedy/horror spoof and big-hearted satire on American prejudice. When a half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near fictional Hope Falls, West Virginia, a local veterinarian’s wife teaches him to act like a “normal” boy. However the citizens of Hope Falls are not so quick to accept Edgar the Bat Boy, prompting a chain of absurd situations and shocking revelations, all set to a peppy, melodic pop-rock score. (For mature audiences) More details here

 

 

 


Girlfriend Gala:
Where the Wild Things Are!

Ballroom at Protective Life
4/18, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Grab your best girlfriends, throw on a fabulous outfit, and join The Literacy Council for a wild ladies night out! In its second year, Girlfriend Gala 2013 is already on track to be bigger and better than ever. This is not your mother’s fundraising event – no black ties, no boring speakers, no drab banquet food . . .  and no men. Girlfriend Gala is a unique evening that features creative themed tablescapes, fabulous food and drink, live music and dancing, and an incredible door prize auction. What are you wild about? (shoes, romance novels, 70s sitcoms, disco music) What wild thing have you always wanted to do? (bungee jump, visit Egypt, raft down the Amazon, meet Prince William) What wild event has had an impact on your life? (Woodstock, Mardi Gras, the NCAA National Championship Football Game) Let your imagination run wild. Decorate your table, put on your wildest outfit (themed costumes are welcome, but not required), drive on over to the gala, and let the wild rumpus start! Proceeds benefit The Literacy Council of Central Alabama. More details here

 


“Opening Night”
A Benefit for Birmingham Landmarks

The Alabama Theatre, 4/19

In honor of the Alabama Theatre’s 85th Anniversary, the Alabama Theatre Junior Board presents “Opening Night: A Benefit for Birmingham Landmarks”!  Antique cars provided by Coats Classic Cars will line the street in front of the theater as guests make their way to Birmingham’s premiere landmark. Guests are encouraged to attend in vintage or ‘Roaring Twenties’ attire (there will be a costume contest for the more outgoing!). Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will make the rounds during a cocktail hour featuring live jazz by Gary Wheat. The movie screen will flicker with silent films as attendees dance on the stage to Ain’t Misbehavin’. Take a step back in time, while helping the Birmingham Landmarks mission take a big step forward! More details here 

 

 

 


Homegrown Comics and Cartoon Art: 
Third Friday in Forest Park  

Naked Art Gallery, 4/19, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Naked Art Gallery welcomes and celebrates area comickers, cartoonists, and writers who will be selling comics, prints, and original artwork at this special exhibition. You may know their names from the Salty ‘Ham Cartooneestas website — Alabama’s impressive cartoonists’ community. Featured artists include Chris Garrison (Jakey the Jerk), Delaine Derry Green (My Small Diary), Chris Fason (Hero Happy Hour), Tim Rocks (Pete Moss), Tom Briscoe (99 Reasons to Hate Cats), Andy Gray (Greyman), Hunter Cressall (Vexxarr), Tobias Elmore (Shadowland), Chris Rosko (Cartoon by: Rosko), Andrew Willmore (Jenn & Bueno), Jennie Cole, Keith Thomson, Peyton Knight, and Derek Anderson! Several of the artists will be available to sign books or maybe even draw commissions on the spot. Guest bartender for the Friday opening will be Victoria Havasi with 100% of her tips and 10% of art sales to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Research. More details here

 


“The Secret Garden”
Levite Jewish Community Center
Through April 14

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   

 

 

 


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