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11/14/12 – 11/20/12




This edition of B-There features the best of events and destinations in and around the city this week. Everything from Handel’s Messiah to a Half-Marathon, from Hogwarts to Holiday events warm up your weekend as the temperatures drop! Just mark your calendar, bundle up and B-There…
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The Wish List Party
Gus Mayer at The Summit,
11/15, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Gus Mayer at the Wish List Party for refreshments and a little pre-holiday shopping… for yourself! Stop by to put together your perfect Wish List with all the things you’d like to see under the tree from your spouse, children, parents, and friends. And treat yourself to a Fall Facial while you’re there to put the best face on the 2012 holidays! More details here


The Junior League of Birmingham Presents: THE MARKET
Cahaba Grand Conference Center
11/14 – 11/17

‘The Market’ is an annual three-day shopping event that begins with The Market’s Sneak Peek Party on Wednesday, November 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Whole Foods Market of Mountain Brook will offer fabulous wines and Good People Brewing Company will provide beer tastings.  The evening will feature a Diamond Giveaway sponsored by Diamonds Direct where attendees will have the chance to win a one carat diamond with the purchase of a glass of champagne.  Shoppers can conclude their evening by bidding on incredible silent auction items or trying the new “Market Mystery Boxes”, where everyone is a winner. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s community programs all year round! Martie and the Market on November 15 will offer brunch with Alabama’s own “Food Network Star” finalist Martie Duncan.  Martie will be sharing some of her best party tips while displaying Bromberg’s beautiful serving pieces.  New this year, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be special guests at The Market on Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  This is the perfect opportunity to capture a photo of your children with Santa and Mrs. Claus free of charge at Snaps with Santa!  Don’t forget your camera…and your kids!  Children under 12 years of age are admitted free. All general admission tickets to The Market are $12 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. More details here 


Pepper Place Holiday Block Party
Pepper Place, 11/15, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Kick off your holiday season at the party where great food and great shopping meet. Pepper Place, in the heart of Birmingham’s Design District, is the destination for distinctive holiday gifts, delicious dining and entertainment. Participating sponsors include: Aero Joe. Atmosphere Home Essentials, Battle & Winn LLP, Bettola, bDot Architecture, Cantina, Cantley & Company, Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery, Click Salon, Dekalb Office, Ellis Architects, ILLUMINATIONS @innerspace. Interiors at Pepper Place, Dreamcakes, King’s House Antiques, King’s House Oriental Rugs, Ona’s Music Room, Sloss Real Estate Company, Inc., State Traditions, Surface Solutions, and The Red Cat! Enjoy door prizes, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, massages, with live music and entertainment along the way PLUS register to win a 32″ Flat Panel HD TV! Visit ILovePepperPlace.com for more information on the events and offerings at the Pepper Place Holiday Block Party!  More details here 


Crimson & Orange:
‘Party with a Purpose’ and Toy Drive

Saks Fifth Avenue, The Summit,
11/15, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

The Crimson & Orange Party is a football fan’s dream! This year’s event will feature a cocktail buffet by Full Moon Bar-B-Que, live entertainment, special autograph session, a silent auction, the Isis Jones Tailgate Experience and the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of your favorite former Alabama and Auburn football players. Sponsored by Alabama Power, Coca-Cola, Saks Fifth Avenue, Butler’s Grooming Club for Men, Full Moon Bar-B-Que, Cox Radio, CBS 42, B-Metro and the YWCA of Central Alabama, The Crimson & Orange ‘Party with a Purpose’ and Toy Drive benefits ProStart Academy‘s scholarship fund and the YWCA Central Alabama Santa’s Workshop. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped brand new toy for the drive and encouraged to shop as Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 10% of the event sales to benefit ProStart Academy and the Scholarship Fund.   For more details 


The Outlet Shops of Grand River Holiday Tree Lighting
Outlet Shops of Grand River, 11/15, Tree Lighting at 6:30 PM

Enjoy a magical evening with friends and family at the Shops of Grand River’s annual holiday tree lighting hosted by Rob and Jeannine from the Magic 96.5 Morning Show.  With live entertainment from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The Alabama Ballet and the Red Mountain Theater Company, this exciting night adds in fun activities for the whole family, including cookie decorating, face painting, and free family photos with Santa.  There will also be a 3-D Holiday Laser Lights Show next to the Loft Outlet, across from the Coach Factory.  Pick up your 3-D glasses for a $1 donation to Children’s of Alabama at Guest Services located inside the food court and ring in the season of giving by bringing an unwrapped children’s toy for Children’s of Alabama’s Sugar Plum Shop.  More details here 


Four Seasons Gallery,
11/15, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Four Seasons Gallery & Birmingham AIDS Outreach invite you to a fabulous evening of art featuring artists Lorrie Lane & Jayne Harrison. Lorrie Lane, a resident studio artist at the Kentuck Art Center in Northport, is represented by many galleries throughout the Southeast and Bentley Publishing Group. Jayne Harrison, an award winning sculptor and Artist in Residence at Hoover High School, lives, works, teaches, and shows in the Birmingham area. Starting that night and continuing through November 30, 10% of sales will be donated by BAO! Flying “wishes” will also be sold for a dollar with all proceeds going to Birmingham Aids OutreachComplimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres from Piggly Wiggly and Urban Cookhouse will be provided at ArtReach with music from Frazer Steindorff.     More details here 


The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
The Wright Center at Samford,
11/16, 8:00 PM

The Wright Center Presents Series begins with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. This acclaimed modern dance troupe will be presenting an incredible evening of work entitled NewDANCEfest, a collection of dances by five respected choreographers. As part of their residency, a group of Birmingham dance students study with the company throughout the week and will perform with the company for a portion of the concert. This performance is funded in part by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project and by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. More details here


3rd Friday in Forest Park

Naked Art Gallery,
11/16, 5:00 – 10:00 PM


Celebrate “Kitschmas” at an annual show at Naked Art Gallery featuring artwork and recycled ornaments by 60 artists. The ‘Kitschmas’ open house runs Friday, Nov 16, 5 – 10pm and Saturday, Nov 17, 1-6pm. Guest bartender for Friday night is Sherri Ross who will donate tips to the Crisis Center. The Doorbuster event: 20% off for one hour or from 5pm til 10pm, buy a gift certificate for $25 or more and get a $5 bonus (good to be used after November 16th.) Join the crowd for 3rd Friday in Forest Park and have a Merry Kitschmas at Naked Art! More details here 



The 2nd Annual Magic City Half Marathon – Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend
Linn Park City Center, 11/16 – 11/18

The 2nd Annual Magic City Half Marathon Weekend, part of the Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend, is dedicated to bringing health, wellness, fitness and fun to Birmingham, November 16 – 18, 2012. The event weekend benefits the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. The marquee running events include The Magic City Half Marathon and the Race Against Racism 5K presented by the YWCA Central Alabama. There is also the “Linn Park Lap” a short fun run / walk for all ages and the Iron Tribe Fitness Fest on Sunday! All running and fitness events will take place in Downtown Birmingham around the historic Linn Park City Center. More details here   


Tide and Tiger Pride
‘The Iron Bowl Hour’ with
Will and Reed Lochamy

Incubate Gallery, 11/16, 5:00 PM

On opening night November 16 at 5:00 pm, Incubate Gallery presents Will and Reed Lochamy (Birmingham Mountain Radio) who will be filming for their show, “The Iron Bowl Hour”. Watch these two share their (give and) take on “Iron Bowl” art and check out artists who will be showcasing their original work for the Tide and Tigers. There’s something for both sides of the stadium! The Tide & Tiger Pride exhibition runs through December 15th.  More details here


Fall Trunk Show
at City Arts Boutique

55th Place Arts District in Historic Woodlawn
11/16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

City Arts Boutique hosts their fall trunk show on November 16th featuring beautiful jewelry by Diana Douglass Jones and stunning paintings by Jane Reed Ross.  Both are artists with local ties and personal connections that have led them down divergent paths with shared vision in the broader art world. City Arts is a new concept boutique combining a gallery, shop, and on-site studios presenting an eclectic mix of art, handmade arts and crafts, unique clothing and jewelry, all created exclusively by local Birmingham artists. More details here


Enjoy Sandestin for the Season!
Guests at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort can celebrate a different kind of warm White Christmas this year with pristine white sand instead of snow at the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Enjoy endless Holiday, Thanksgiving Brunch on the Beach, New Year’s Eve and celebration

events while you indulge in your favorite activities of golf, tennis, biking and so much more. Have the Best Choice in Accommodations when you book early. From the Beach to the Bay, it’s all at Sandestin for your best holiday celebration ever. Need even more reasons to escape for the holidays? Sandestin is making it easy to get away this holiday with its FREE Night offer. Receive a FREE Night with the purchase of two. Book now or call (888) 378-5462 and mention code FREE3.



The Hogwarts Academy
Birmingham Zoo, 11/17

Join the Zoo for a magical, fun-filled journey at the Hogwarts Academy! There will be enchanting games and activities for visitors as the Zoo hosts an event complete with incredible Hogwarts classes that every fan of this unforgettable series will want to experience. Sponsored by Books-A-Million and Children’s of Alabama, students of Hogwarts Academy will receive a wand, an acceptance letter, a pair of glasses, a snack and a water bottle, various handouts from their classes, and a cauldron to put everything in! Floo Network or Portkey will get you to the Hogwarts Academy in wizarding style! More details here

Alabama Civic Chorale:
The 65th Annual Presentation of
Handel’s ‘Messiah’ 

Riverchase United Methodist Church,
11/18, 3:00 PM

The 65th annual performance of this masterpiece will be presented with a chorus of over 100 from around the State of Alabama accompanied by orchestra from The Alabama Symphony. The Chorale enjoys the distinction of having one of the longest running annual performances in the United States. Begin your holiday season with wonderful choruses and solos
from a masterful composer that weave this story of prophecy, birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Featuring members of the Alabama Symphony, organist Walt Rogers, and director Bebe Kok, the performance is free, nursery care is provided and early arrival is recommended.  More details here


Graham Colton LIVE
WorkPlay, 11/18, 6:30 PM

American singer-songwriter, Graham Colton’s Cinderella story is one that aspiring musicians dream of.  While playing local coffeehouses, and handing out homemade CDs – his work attracted internet buzz which eventually reached one of his biggest influences, Adam Duritz, who asked him to open for the Counting Crows. Colton put a band together, went on tour and scored a label deal. Through sheer hard work and relentless perseverance, Colton has toured with John Mayer, Maroon 5, OAR, Dave Matthews Band, Train, The Wallflowers and pop superstar Kelly Clarkson. His song “Best Days,” was chosen as “Song of the Week” on iTunes, accruing over 700,000 downloads and later became the exit music for American Idol, was used in a year-end commercial for HBO and was chosen by none other than Oprah Winfrey for her Big Give television specials. Graham has since appeared on shows including: Ellen, The Tonight Show, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show and Live! With Regis & Kelly. And now…he’s making his way to the stage at WorkPlay to share with local audiences, the drive and talent that carried him from coffee shop to center stage!  More details here


St. Paul and the Broken Bones w/ The Tim Boykin Blues Band
Bottletree Cafe, 11/22, 9:00 PM

Paul is a young man who began wailing straight out of the womb, and most folks would agree that he hasn’t stopped since. “Oh what a set of lungs that child has,” they’d say, “he must be destined for something special.” Not wishing to disappoint, and being a good young southern boy, Paul began singing in church, stretching those vocal cords with an eye toward becoming a man of the cloth. As it turns out, however, the cloth didn’t appreciate young Paul’s affinity for dirty jokes, Prince, and Tom Waits, and he was inclined to search elsewhere for co-conspirators.  Paul recruited a rag-tag band of loveable weirdoes, visionaries, and hacks to help him harness the power he now knew he possessed. Under the nom du guerre St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the motley crew roams the countryside looking to get cabooses shakin’, faces meltin’, and brothers and sisters everywhere testifyin’. St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be preachin’ a powerful sound at Bottletree on 11/22, so grab a pew and hold on. More details here  




Pepper Place Saturday Market 
November 17 – 7:00 AM til 12:00 PM 

Sonny Pritchett plays holiday acoustic oldies and favorites


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