B-There! Microlove | Calico Ball After-Party | Billy Elliot

B-There! Microlove | The Calico Ball After-Party | Billy Elliot




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1/30/13 – 2/5/13



This edition of B-There features the best of this week’s events and destinations in and around the city. Whether you get rolling to the Calico Ball or get moving at Billy Elliot The Musical  …We hope you get to B-There!
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The Hispanic Interest
Coalition of Alabama
Presents:  The Alma Latina
Awards Luncheon

The Harbert Center, 1/31, 12:00 PM

Join the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) on Thursday, January 31st at 12:00 pm at the Harbert Center to celebrate the corporate and civic leaders of Alabama who are furthering the social, civic and economic integration of Hispanic families in Alabama. This year’s theme is ‘Sweet Home Alabama Para Todos (‘For All’) recognizing the importance of creating vibrant, safe and cohesive communities for all of Alabama’s residents. The luncheon will feature Monica Lozano as its keynote speaker. Ms. Lozano is the Chief Executive Officer of La Opinión, the largest Spanish publication in the United States, and the CEO of its parent company impremedia, LLC, the leading Hispanic news and information company. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company and Bank of America Corporation as well as several non-profit organizations. It’s going to be an exciting and inspiring afternoon — Save your seat today! More details here


Naked Art Gallery, 2/1 – 2/2

“Microlove” is an annual show featuring miniature art, handcrafted jewelry, and handmade gifts for your Valentine: a lot of these creations are made with recycled materials like the stitched hearts created with vintage handkerchiefs and stretched on embroidery hoops by Jessica Hawbaker or the soft postcards made with recycled blue jeans and quilts by Michelle Reynolds. This show is 95% local artists. Jewelry artists include: Nancy Abney, Jeanne Flint, Liz Franklin, Amy Gresens, Jenni Adkins Horne, Connie Hulsey, Amy McClure, Carrie Montgomery, Victoria Puckett, Southern Sisters, and Ann Wells. The opening receptions will take place this Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Chef U will serve her sweet creations including spicy Mexican hot chocolate. Local “eco star” Stan Palla will be the guest bartender, 100% of bar tips will benefit Birmingham Bike Club. If you miss the Friday event, an afternoon “Sugar high and caffeine reception” will take place Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1-6 p.m. with sweet treats created by Chef U! 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 fun! 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


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


Broadway in Birmingham Presents:
Billy Elliot – The Musical

Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Concert Hall
2/5 – 2/10

Do not miss the chance to see the smash hit Billy Elliot, winner of ten Tony Awards in 2009, coming to Birmingham February 5-10, 2012 at the BJCC Concert Hall! Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever. Entertaining, energetic and exuberant, Billy Elliot will have you dancing in your seats! More details here


The Vespers and CALEB
with Special Guest
Jillian Edwards

WorkPlay, 2/6, 7:30 PM

The Vespers are one of those lucky young bands that have built an extensive underground following simply through word of mouth and heavy touring. The band is uniquely made up of two sibling duos; the Cryar sisters, and the Jones brothers. The lead vocalists Callie and Phoebe Cryar were brought up in a musical family in Nashville, honing their gifts as young kids singing background vocals on Music Row. While their pure harmonies are described as “ghostly and haunting” and “honey sweet,” they both have expansive characteristics to their vocal and instrumental abilities. It was a chance meeting at a campfire jam that brought the sisters an earthy grounding in brothers Bruno and Taylor Jones, who were drawn to gritty southern rock. The four have distinguished their sound with an arsenal of acoustic instruments and harmonies only siblings can create. Their showmanship, emotive style, inherent chemistry and instrumental versatility continue to distinguish them as a alt-folk-grass force. More details here


ArtPlay’s Parlor Music Series Presents:
California Guitar Trio

ArtPlay, 2/7, 7:00 PM

California Guitar Trio’s eclectic repertoire includes original compositions, surf covers and unconventional re-workings of classical music. The audience gets to experience the music up close and personal in the grand parlor of the beautiful Victorian mansion known as ArtPlay, the ASC’s home for education and outreach. California Guitar Trio’s performances are astounding, their diversity unparalleled and their technical wizardry amazing. CGT has released 14 albums, including “Andromeda,” an all-original album nearly three years in the making. It was named Best Instrumental Album that year by the Indie Acoustic Project. This addition to the popular Patty McDonald Presents ArtPlay’s Parlor Music Series promises to convert newcomers to the amazing power of live music in an intimate setting! More details here



“Dancing Your Heart Out”
for The American Heart Association

Iz the Place, 2/7, 6:30 – 10:00 PM

Join special guest Chris Stewart of The Crimson Tide Sports Network for live music with Eric Essix at Iz the Place in Vestavia Hills.  Tickets for the evening include a silent auction, adult beverages & heavy hors d’oeuvres and are available from Iz Cafe and Fancy Goods. Sponsored by: Iz the Place, Fancy Goods Variety, Dirextion Interactive Media, and SRA Foods.


Skybucket Records’
10th Anniversary Party!

Bottletree Cafe, 2/8 – 2/9

Music fans are invited to celebrate Skybucket Records Ten Year Anniversary at Bottletree! Birmingham-based Skybucket Records is marking a decade in the music business with a back-to-back shows featuring live music from some of the amazing bands that have recorded with their label. The music line-up for Friday, Feb. 8th includes Belle Adair, Barton Carroll, Terry Ohms & Them, and Through the Sparks. On Saturday, Feb 9th, the line-up features Magic Math, Delicate Cutters. Brad Armstrong (of 13 Ghosts) and Vulture Whale! Come celebrate the little label that’s made a big splash in the recording scene here and abroad with this homecoming weekend spectacular that celebrates the past ten years and looks forward to the next decade! More details here


The Phoenix Ball:
Benefit for the
Boys & Girls Club of Alabama

Old Car Heaven, 2/8, 8:00 PM

Think of a premier social fundraising event. Now think of red carpets, Hollywood backdrops & paparazzi, vintage cars, delicious food, cocktail dresses, an ice luge, and a horned owl. Yes, a horned owl. Anything come to mind? If your answer is the 2013 Phoenix Ball, you’re right on the money. On February 8th, the Gentlemen of the Phoenix Club of Birmingham are once again proud to host the event that is setting the gold standard in the Magic City. The line-up includes live music, food, and socializing with the finest collection of young professional men &women in Birmingham. With over 500 attendees, this event is not one you want to miss. Strap on your dancing shoes and make plans to attend this year’s Phoenix Ball. You won’t be disappointed. More details here


Tweets & Sweets
A ‘See Jane Write’ Tweet-Up

The Wine Loft, 2/8, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Come mingle with Birmingham’s authors, bloggers, and journalists and celebrate the birthday of the founder of See Jane Write, an organization for local women writers. Open to all, those who love social media will especially enjoy this evening, which encourages guests to network face-to-face with people they may have met previously only via Twitter. The night also will feature drink specials and sweet treats from local shops and bakeries. There is no cover, but cash donations to See Jane Write are welcome. It’s tweets, sweets, and meets (#IRL) at The Wine Loft on February 8th!  More details here


Wild About Chocolate!
A Benefit for the
Alabama Wildlife Center

Rosewood Hall, SoHo Square
2/9, 6:00 PM

Celebrating its ninth year, the Wild About Chocolate fundraiser is a fun-filled evening that supports the Alabama Wildlife Center‘s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds. This remarkable gala begins at 6:00 p.m. with appetizers and chocolate desserts, complimentary wine and beer, and a silent auction.  A brief program and live auction with Ken Jackson begins at 8:00 p.m. Food and beverage donors this year include: Avo Dram, Jackson’s Bar and Bistro, Royal Cup Coffee, Cabot Cheese, Edgar’s Bakery, Ocean & 26, Nino’s Italian Restaurant, Rusty’s Bar-B-Q, Good People Brewing Company, and Savoie Catering. The highlight of the evening is the lavish chocolate dessert buffet with signature chocolate desserts, complimentary wine and beer, and a cash bar to create a truly memorable and delicious evening for guests.  More details here


An Evening with Jim Brickman
Alys Stephens Center
2/15, 8:00 PM

Award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist, Jim Brickman, performs for one-night-only at An Evening with Jim Brickman at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Friday, February 15th at 8pm. With dazzling solo piano and star-studded vocal collaborations, Brickman will wow audience members with his popular hits, plus songs of hope for 2013 from his latest release ‘Believe’  With over 7 million records sold, Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time. Brickman’s best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.” He’s also established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists: Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Michael W. Smith, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, and Michael Bolton. Don’t miss this moment to see and hear what keeps Jim Brickman at the top of the favorite list for music lovers and music makers alike! More details here


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