B-There! Paint the Town Red | Gumbo Gala | Fortuna


B-There! Paint the Town Red | Gumbo Gala | Fortuna

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4/17/13 – 4/23/13

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This edition of B-There features the best events and destinations in and around the city. Whether you “Strut” with your mutt, “Parade” through homes, or “Spring” over to Grand River – you have plenty of choices before you make your move! We hope you will B-There!
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Chappo w/ Prom Date
Bottletree Cafe, 4/17, 9:00 PM

Chappo first became cause célèbre for lovers of fuzzy space rock when a song from their self released Plastique Universe EP, “Come Home” inexplicably landed in an Apple iPod commercial, and was called “an excellently overstuffed garage-psych sound” by Pitchfork. They followed up by independently releasing another concept EP, Plastique Universe II: Pisces Princess, confirming their rambunctious place in the Brooklyn DIY scene. 2012 saw new milestones, including the release of their debut album Moonwater on Majordomo Records, touring with indie luminaries Of Montreal, and playing major festivals including Bonnaroo and Osheaga. Moonwater received further praise from SPIN, who noted “nods to classic indie (Pixies, a dash of Grandaddy); with just enough psych-swirls to stay groovy” and maintained a spot on Sirius XM – Alt Nation’s top 18 for over 20 weeks. Check out Chappo at Bottletree! More details here

“Bat Boy: The Musical”
Sirote Theatre, 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

Poppin’ Girl’s Night Out
Gus Mayer at The Summit
4/18, 5:00 – 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

“Opening Night: A Benefit
for Birmingham Landmarks

The Alabama Theatre, 4/19, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

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

Arova Contemporary Ballet
Presents: “Fortuna”

Virginia Samford Theatre, 4/19 – 4/21

The ancient goddess FORTUNA governs the wheel of Fortune — changing fate in Carmina Burana. Arova Contemporary Ballet’s newest dance event will feature excerpts of Carmina Burana, complete with daring aerial silks performances, as well as other new and favorite works. Experience supernatural tests of will & stamina, of love & destiny! Featuring works from Artistic Director Alison Page, Marshall Ellis (Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba) with Carmina Burana excerpts by  Michelle Imhof, this performance is made possible in part by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. More details here

Spring Out! The Big Spring Cleaning Event

The Outlet Shops of Grand River, 4/19 – 4/22

The Outlet Shops of Grand River is encouraging everyone to jump on their spring cleaning by rewarding those who donate gently used items on Friday, April 19 – Earth Day, Monday, April 22. The first 1,000 people to donate 10 or more items will receive a $25 gift card to The Outlet Shops of Grand River, and everyone who gives 10 items or more will receive exclusive sales and discounts at participating stores throughout the center. All items will be given to

King’s Home, an organization that gives hope to youth, women and children seeking refuge from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness and other difficult circumstances. Clean for a cause this spring by providing items for those in need! More details here

The 5th Annual “Paint the Town Red”
An Illuminating Benefit for The Red Cross

19th Street South & Powell Avenue
4/20, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM

For one night in April the blank brick walls and windows on 1st Avenue South in Birmingham’s Railroad Park District will be transformed into stunning digitally created art! The “dome” is coming back, the “Silent Disco” is tracking and more illuminating entertainment is in the mix! Celebrating its fifth year, Paint the Town Red is an innovative fundraiser for the Jefferson Shelby County Chapter of the American Red Cross. It combines stunning visuals, eclectic live music, street entertainment, great food and drink, and local vendors.

This event is catered to all ages and sponsors include Brasfield & Gorrie, Colonial Properties Trust, Royal Cup, Supreme Beverage, Cumulus, Hot 107.7 and 99.5 The Vibe. Get ready to indulge your eyes in a visual feast on April 20, 2013 from 7 pm to midnight. More details here

The 5th Annual
“A Night in Neverland”
A Benefit for the
Birmingham Children’s Theatre

BCT’s Mainstage Theater Lobby
at the BJCC
4/20, 5:30 – 9:00 PM

The Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s 5th Annual Gala is sure to be a night to remember. It’s also an ideal opportunity for whole families to support Birmingham Children’s Theatre and have fun at the same time! Appropriate for kids of ALL ages, guests will be transported to a magical place for a night full of entertainment, food, and fun – all while supporting BCT’s education and outreach programs! Costumes are welcome and encouraged for an evening the whole family is sure to remember! Many of BCT’s most famous and adored characters will be in attendance and ready to spend time with all the guests. Enjoy live music, entertainment, a silent auction, arts and crafts stations for the munchkins, and a chance to win prizes for the whole family! You never want to miss “A Night in Neverland”…ever! More details here


Gumbo Gala for Episcopal Place
Sloss Furnace, 4/20, 11:00 AM -2:00 PM

Forty professional and amateur teams will be cooking and serving up gumbo as they compete for team awards, including “Birmingham’s Best Gumbo” and the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission’s award for “Best Seafood Gumbo”. Event guests can enjoy samples of gumbo from the teams, live music, family entertainment and vendors selling Alabama and gumbo-related products. Proceeds from the event benefit low-income disabled adults at Episcopal Place. The affordable housing community provides supportive services, such as van transportation, resident activities, subsidized noon meals and housekeeping, and other services that residents need to age in place and remain independent for as long as possible. Get going and get Gumbo this Saturday! More details here

The 17th Annual “Green Tie Affair”
A Benefit for the
Alabama Environmental Council

Woodrow Hall, 4/20, 6:00 – 9:30 PM

The Green Tie Affair is the Alabama Environmental Council’s annual fundraiser with proceeds going to benefit their work state-wide. The Green Tie Affair will feature live music by the Barn Boys of Birmingham, alcoholic & non-alcholic beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants, a silent auction offering items such as vacation packages, artwork from local artists, and gift certificates. Free valet parking will be provided by Apex Valet. Dress for the evening is creative casual. The Green Tie Affair is also an occasion to celebrate the Alabama Environmental Council’s renovations of its downtown Birmingham Recycling Center, which will include a more attractive look, and showcase a used shipping container that was recycled into an office. More details here

Rumba Latina Birmingham Presents:
Tuty Perez y su Bachata Light

M-Lounge, Matthews Bar & Grill
4/21, 10:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Dance night away Dominican style at M-Lounge at Matthews Bar & Grill. Atlanta’s hot bachata/merengue band, Tuty Perez y su Bachata Light will be spicing up the night with passionate, Latin/Caribbean rhythms that will have you on the dance floor all night long. Bachata is a genre of music that originates from the Dominican Republic. Over the years, Bachata has transformed to become a type of dance that is now considered an international phenomenon. Along with Bachata and Merengue, DJ Paco will be on the turntables spinning the best in salsa. Come out for an unforgettable night! More details here

Mutt Strut: Dog-Friendly
5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

UAB Campus Green, 4/20, 9:00 AM

Mutt Strut, Birmingham’s premiere dog-friendly 5K is sprinting onto the UAB Campus Green this Saturday!  Pinkberry will give all the participants a free frozen yogurt,and you can visit vendors such as Dog Days of Birmingham and Fetch!  Join Mutt Strut for plenty of family-fun, food trucks, face painting, and a chance to watch Manners in Motion agility dogs in action.  The after-party will be at Good People Brewing Company with live music from The Steel Rockers and food by Slice Pizza and Full Moon BBQ.  Your race bib will also get you a free beer (if you are over 21!). Not a runner? Don’t worry, you can still support Hand-in-Paw and Mutt Strut by choosing their “Sleep-In!” option! Presented by Petco Foundation & Veterinary Eye Care, all proceeds benefit Hand-in-Paw. More details here


The 2013 Parade of Homes
Greater Birmingham Area
4/20 – 4/21 and 4/27-4/28

The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHB) is hosting the 2013 Parade of Homes April 20-21 and 27-28 throughout the metropolitan area. The Parade is a great way for home buyers and dreamers alike to sample firsthand the latest construction techniques and new home trends. A featured attraction of the 2013 Parade of Homes will be the second annual GBAHB “Ideal Home,” a showcase house displaying the latest in home design, décor, technology and sustainability. The 2013 Ideal Home is located in The Preserve in Hoover. Among the 80+ new homes highlighted on the 2013 Parade, ten villages also will be featured across the greater Birmingham area. Parade villages are new home communities with at least one home entered in the Parade. The event is free to the public and hours are Saturdays (April 20 and 27) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays (April 21 and 28) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. More details and maps here

Sponsored
Earthbound’s “EarthFest”
Avondale Brewery, 4/21, 2:00 PM

On Sunday, April 21, Alabama rock favorites Earthbound will play their highly-anticipated annual outdoor concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery. This family-friendly event raises awareness for Earth Day and raises funds for Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a citizen-based nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. Earthbound’s Earthfest is open to all ages, but those under age 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Throughout the event, Earthbound – and a special mystery guest – will play several sets.  Avondale Brewery’s large outdoor area will also feature displays and merchandise from Black Warrior Riverkeeper and local artists. There’s no entry fee, but donations are welcome!  Proceeds will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect local waterways and Birmingham’s drinking water supply.  Thirsty for a great event? This is it! More details here

The Birmingham Chamber
Music Society Presents:
The Peabody Trio

Brock Recital Hall, Samford University
4/22, 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Since winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, the Peabody Trio has established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world and as vivid interpreters of the classical repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to the next generation of young musicians. In addition to concerts performed all across the United States, they frequently perform educational residencies for chamber music organizations and have served as visiting professors at universities and conservatories both in the United States and abroad. The Peabody will travel to a free outreach mini-class and concert at Restoration Academy in Fairfield while they are in Birmingham. The Peabody Trio concert will feature pieces from the great classical works for chamber ensembles. More details here

Magic City Arts Connection  |  The 30th Anniversary

Linn Park, 4/26 – 4/28

Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham’s award winning contemporary art festival and Top 20 Southeast Event, is celebrating its 30th anniversary April 26-28! Magic City Arts Connection transforms downtown Birmingham’s Linn Park into a gallery, market and sensory feast each year with its blast of fresh artistic talent, sights, sounds and aromas! Drawing from a pool of artists who have been recognized locally, regionally and nationally in visual and performance art, food & wine, dance and music, this is the place and time to be inspired by art, to support art, and to simply enjoy art in every form.
More details here

The 16th Annual “Corks & Chefs” at MCAC

The 16th Annual Corks & Chefs: Food & Wine Tasting Event at Magic City Arts Connection is the place where art, food and wine meet. Sample delicious cuisine from many of Birmingham’s top restaurants and eateries. Choose 7 of your favorite dishes from the 10 featured on each day. 100 wines will also be available for patrons to taste. Plus, take a guided wine seminar lead by knowledgeable experts. These seminars are fun, informative, and fill up fast – so reserve your spot with “Corks & Chefs” today!  More details here

Sponsored
Junior League Birmingham Presents:
The 2013 Bargain Carousel

Former JCPenney at Century Plaza Mall
4/27 – 4/28

The Junior League of Birmingham is ready to go with the 22nd Annual Bargain Carousel, their yearly “1000-family garage sale”! Through member donations, Bargain Carousel provides shoppers with quality items at very affordable prices. From clothes, jewelry, and household items to art, books, clothes and furniture, you’ll find something you need — and everything you want — at the Bargain Carousel!  It’s the biggest “garage sale” in Birmingham – Saturday, April 27th and Sunday April 28th! More details here

Want exclusive access to the merchandise to be sold at Bargain Carousel? Join Junior League Birmingham for The Bargain Bash on Thursday, April 25th! Enjoy fabulous food and treats, tasty beverages, incredible auction items, terrific shopping at bargain prices, and entertaining commentary from Lance Taylor, co-host of The Roundtable on WJOX at Bargain Bash 2013! There’s something for everyone, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best party of the year! Proceeds benefit community projects supported by JLB. More details here

Habitat Birmingham Presents:
The 5th Annual “BBQ for Buildling”

Habitat ReStore in Irondale, 4/27, 10:30 – 2:30 PM

“BBQ for Building” is a barbeque competition and festival in support of Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham, Sponsored by HealthSouth, Bright House Networks and Cumulus Media, the afternoon features the best barbeque, live music and a fun family atmosphere! It’s all happening at the Habitat ReStore in Irondale on Saturday, April 27th from 10:30 – 2:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate with kids under 12 getting in free! Money raised from the event will support Habitat’s housing programs. Build up an appetite and join Habitat for Humanity’s Birmingham crew for a delicious afternoon! More details here

Iron City Presents:
Bush

Iron City, 4/28, 8:00 PM

The headline of the Billboard article said it all: “Like They Never Left.” The story hailed the return of mega-platinum rock band BUSH, who had just self-released The Sea of Memories, their first album in 10 years, and wasted no time returning to the top of the charts. In fact, they did it in grand style: the album’s lead single, “The Sound of Winter,” made rock radio history by becoming the first self-released song ever to hit No. 1 at Alternative Radio. “The Sound of Winter” also holds the distinction of being the reunited group’s first No. 1 single since 1999’s chart-topping hit, “The Chemicals Between Us.” Now Birmingham audiences can rejoin the Bush tour momentum and fans can rejoice as Bush hits the stage on April 28th. 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, Ongoing

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

“Seminar”
Theatre Downtown, through 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

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