B-There! White Animals | The Best Medicine Show

B-There! White Animals | The Best Medicine Show




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2/27/13 – 3/5/13




This edition of B-There features the best of this week’s events and destinations in and around the city.  Go to the front of the line to see White Animals, “The Best Medicine Show”, and They Might be Giants, coming up in Birmingham! We hope you get to B-There!
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The Stirling Lecture Series
Presents:  Aron Ralston

Birmingham-Southern College
2/27, 7:00 PM

Aron Ralston, the subject of the award-winning feature film 127 Hours, will deliver the Alex P. Stirling Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College. When Ralston hiked into a remote area of Utah’s canyon country in April of 2003, he was an experienced outdoorsman. Seven miles into the canyon that day, Ralston accidentally dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand. After six days of entrapment alone, he freed himself by amputating his forearm with a multi-tool knife and hiked to a miraculous rescue. Since then, with a new prosthetic arm that he designed, Ralston has returned to his outdoor passions: he finished climbing Colorado’s 54 “Fourteeners” in winter, solo; he’s skied from the summit of Denali, North America’s highest mountain; and, he’s led a rafting expedition through the Grand Canyon. Ralston has written an internationally bestselling memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and spoken to audiences around the world with one of his key messages honing in on overcoming extreme adversity, personally or professionally: “May your boulders be your blessings. May you be able to embrace them. And may you find what’s extraordinary in yourself.”  More details here  




Birmingham Fashion Week 2013
Through March 2
Event Venues: Pepper Place, Gus Mayer, Avondale Villa,
Bromberg’s Downtown & Saks Fifth Avenue

Birmingham Fashion Week continues! Bringing unity to our community through fashion, local and national designers, alongside local and national boutiques, BFW gathers talent and style together to promote and inspire our rising stars. Models, make-up and hair stylists will showcase their talents on the runway, while encouraging local fashion fans and visitors to explore the creative talents and fashion resources in Birmingham! Participating boutiques for this year include Soca, Theodora, Laura Kathryn, Shaia’s, Gus Mayer, The Pants Store, lululemon, Faith Skate, and Pure Barre. Swanky events, fashion shows and more, make Birmingham Fashion Week THE destination for style watchers, trend-setters and the fashionista in everyone!
More details and ticket information here



The 22nd Annual
Mad Hatter’s Luncheon:
A Benefit for the
American Cancer Society 

The Club, 2/28, 11:00 AM

Women from across central Alabama will be using their fashion accessories to fight cancer at the 22nd Annual Mad Hatters’ Luncheon and Fashion Show at The Club on Thursday, February 28th. This annual “Showcase of Chapeaus” will take place inside the Grand Ballroom with the judging of hats starting at 11:00 am, followed by a ‘Parade of Hats’ at 11:30 am. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative hats in the following categories: Fight Against Cancer, News Events of 2012, Cities Around the World, and Candy Land! The noon luncheon includes a fashion show by Gus Mayer. Money raised at the event will go to the American Cancer Society for community education programs, cancer research, advocacy efforts, and patient support programs. This is the your  opportunity to “Go Mad with your Hat”, go bonkers with your bonnet and go join the fight against cancer! More details here




An Acoustic Evening with
Mary Chapin Carpenter and
Shawn Colvin

Alys Stephens Center, 2/28, 7:00 PM

Two of today’s favorite folk-rock singer-songwriters, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, will team up for a special acoustic show at the Alys Stephens Center. Both of these acclaimed artists have graced the ASC stage with their own bands, but this will be their first duo performance. Longtime friends, they will perform material spanning their vast catalogues and cover some of their favorite songs. Carpenter, a five-time Grammy Award winner who has won two CMA Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2012. She has been through enormous difficulties in recent years, and her newest release, “Ashes and Roses,” is an album about grief, loss and getting to the other side of pain. Colvin is a three-time Grammy Award winner. “All Fall Down,” her latest release addresses the dissolution of a relationship with Colvin’s hallmark dry-eyed candor. The frankness in her work is tempered by humor and sensuality, as well as a gift for finding strong, simple melodies. Get ready for this singer-songwriter powerhouse showcase at the Alys on February 28th! More details here 



City Equity Theatre
and Aldridge Repertory Theatre Present:  “Ruined”

Virginia Samford Theatre
Opening Night Fundraiser for
The Footprints Foundation, 2/28

Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play isn’t only insightful, it’s relevant all over the world. “Ruined” is a haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, it centers on bar and brothel owner Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting, or profiting from, the women she shelters? And how far will she go to survive? The opening night is a fundraising event for The Footprints Foundation and the Center Medical St. Vincent Hospital in Bakuva, Democratic Republic of the Congo, both organizations that work to improve healthcare for women and infants. “Ruined” continues March 1st and runs until March 17th at the Martha Moore Sykes Studio of the Virginia Samford Theatre. More details here  




UAB School of Medicine Presents:
“The Best Medicine Show”

Alabama Theatre, 3/1, 7:00 PM

Students from the UAB School of Medicine will take the stage, to showcase short digital films, music, comedy, dance and more at the historic Alabama Theatre for “The Best Medicine Show”, an annual philanthropic event benefiting Equal Access Birmingham (EAB), a student-run community service initiative that operates a clinic to provide primary care for under-served people in the Birmingham area. “The Best Medicine Show” is an opportunity for students to poke fun at medical student life in live acts, songs and videos. While there is medical humor throughout the show, it’s not the show’s total focus, as they make light of all parts of life with their uniquely humorous view. For over 20 years, UASOM students have shared their wit, creativity, and time to put on an annual Skit Night. In 2011, they took the event to a new level by moving to the historic Alabama Theater. This year, “The Best Medicine Show” will be bigger and better than ever. More details here



Brian McKnight
Alys Stephens Center, 3/2, 8:00 PM

The master of the smooth, easy-listening love- and love-lost song, McKnight has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. McKnight, who plays eight instruments – piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet – is most recognized for his strong falsetto range and his charming, silk-soft voice. He is widely regarded as one of the strongest talents in the contemporary R&B genre. McKnight has placed seven albums in the Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B chart over 15 years. His latest is “More Than Words.” He has received numerous honors, including Soul Train Awards and Image Awards, and he holds the somewhat bittersweet record of 16 Grammy nominations without a win. McKnight has worked with artists including Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, The Underdogs, and Christina Aguilera. Get your slow groove on at the Alys with Brian McKnight! More details here



White Animals LIVE
w/ Bunny Austin

Zydeco, 3/2, 9:30 PM

Kevin Gray, Steve Boyd, Rich Parks and Ray Crabtree, of the White Animals, return to Alabama for a three-hour show at Birmingham’s legendary Zydeco music hall on March 2nd! The White Animals have been favorites of Birmingham music lovers through the years, headlining shows at local clubs, as well as larger shows at venues like Sloss Furnace and Oak Mountain Amphitheater. The band took the stage 3 times in 2012, playing to capacity crowds in Dallas, Nashville and Atlanta. This will be their first Birmingham appearance in eight years so it’s going to be a hot ticket in town as they bring their ferocious, garage-punk flavor to the table at Zydeco! More details here  




Ruffner Mountain Day-Hike
with Southeastern Outings

Ruffner Mountain, 3/2, 10:00 AM

Join SEO for a moderate 4-mile hike on the lovely, well-maintained trails in the 1000+-acre Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, one of the largest in-city nature preserves in the country. The hike will pass remnants of old iron mining and limestone quarrying operations which took place on the mountain, offering have splendid views from the overlook where you can see all the way to the Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River on a clear day. Please bring picnic lunch and drink. Well-behaved, carefully-supervised children age 8 and up welcome. Departure is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. from the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Southeastern Outings is a non-profit organization committed to sponsoring outings for people who enjoy participating in simple outdoor adventures. All activities of the group are open to the public. More details here




Love-Love Magic City
“Fight to the Finish”
Tennis Challenge

Various Tennis Venues
3/4 – 3/8

The inaugural Love-Love Magic City “Finish the Fight” Tennis Challenge invites ladies’ doubles teams to compete at venues all around Birmingham including:  Altadena Valley Country Club Birmingham Country Club, Brook Highland Country Club, Greystone Country Club, Greystone YMCA, Highland Racquet Club, Hoover Country Club, Old Overton Country Club, Pine Tree Country Club, and Trussville Racquet Club. Love-Love benefits the Robert E. Reed Foundation. The week-long event will conclude with the “Jemison Investments Love-Love Tennis Ball,” on Friday March 8, 2013, with dinner and dancing to honor and celebrate the champions. Special guest for the Tennis Ball will be International Tennis Hall of Fame star, former World No. 1, and two-time Grand Slam Singles Champion: Stan Smith.  Mr. Smith also will conduct a clinic on Friday March 8 from 1-2:30 pm.  The tournament is open to players of all levels.  Register to play in the tournament and to participate in the clinic on the tournament website. Tournament registration closes February 27.  More details here




Birmingham Mountain Radio Presents:
They Might Be Giants
w/ Moon Hooch

WorkPlay, 3/7, 7:30 PM

They Might Be Giants is an Grammy-winning original band from Brooklyn, New York founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. This year They Might Be Giants is celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band. Yes, it is their pearl anniversary, and they are actively wondering what practical things are made of pearl. With a brand new album, DVD, and iPhone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate. TMBG writes, records and tours continuously, and has been involved in numerous television and film projects. They have an on-going audio and sometimes video podcast that is free. TMBG’s boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the stuff of legend.  Don’t miss this unforgettable show at WorkPlay! More details here




“You are Beautiful”
Good People Brewing Co.
3/6, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Be “beautiful” at Good People Brewing Company and help the city’s homeless. The “You are Beautiful” event (inspired by the painted interstate graffiti from a few years back), benefits Church of the Reconciler, a mission church in downtown Birmingham whose purpose is to support and uplift our city’s homeless. The “You are Beautiful” fundraiser will feature a silent auction, food from Shindigs, and music from local jazz band Soul Collaboration.

Proceeds from the evening benefit an onsite medical clinic, educational day programs, hygiene kits and meals, and ongoing counseling and addiction recovery efforts.  Good People is also donating $1 for each beer purchased at the event.  Be beautiful and be there! More details here 


“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Virginia Samford Theatre, 3/7 – 3/17

America’s very first reality show comes to the stage of the Virginia Samford Theatre with the production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” directed by Dane Peterson.  On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple find themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self-deceptions they forged for their own survival. Opening March 7th at the Virginia Samford Theatre, get ready for the landmark play to take the stage! More details here



Charlie Albright
ArtPlay, 3/8, 7:00 PM

Experience the music up close and personal when pianist Charlie Albright performs in the grand parlor of ArtPlay, a beautifully restored Victorian home in Birmingham’s Southside. Albright is the winner of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He is hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by The Washington Post. Albright has collaborated four times with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, including on the Silk Road Project. He is the winner of the 2011 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University. Albright was also named artist-in-residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position once filled by Ma.The evening’s program will feature Shubert’s Two Impromptus, Opus 90; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major; and Chopin’s Etudes, Opus 25. Ticket includes wine and hors d’oeuvres! More details here



“Schoolhouse Rock”
B & A Warehouse, 3/8, 7:00

The Cornerstone Schools of Alabama’s ever-growing event ” Schoolhouse Rock” is back for another year of fundraising! Presented by Barber Companies, C.S. Beatty Construction, Maynard, Cooper, & Gale, P.C., and Strickland Trading, Inc., the 8th annual Schoolhouse Rock will make the most of recess at B & A Warehouse. Event-goers can look forward to a night of live music from Teenage Daddy, live and silent auctions, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, fun event give-a-ways, and a photo booth! 100% of all proceeds raised from Schoolhouse Rock directly benefit the students of Cornerstone School, a non-profit private school for Birmingham’s inner city kids. Get schooled in fun on March 8, at B & A Warehouse!   More details here

The 2012 Rising Stars Party at Avondale Brewing
Avondale Brewing Company, 3/7, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Join us at Avondale Brewing for B-Metro’s annual Top Lawyers Party as we raise a glass to the 2013 Rising Stars!  You could win a trip for two to Pearl River Resort – with all the perks!

She Dances Presents: BACKSPIN 2012
A Gala Event
and Ping Pong Tournament

Rosewood Hall, 3/9, 6:30 PM

Get ready to knock it outta the park (or at least across the venue) at Backspin!  Putting the “FUN” in fundraiser, Backspin combines the traditional cocktail attire, silent auction, cash bar, tapas and more with groovy dance music from DJ Coco, and a seriously awesome ping-pong tournament.  That’s right, ping-pong tournament.  The winner takes home $1000!  No ping-pong skills, not a problem.  There’s always the Hula-Hoop contest. Supported by Steel City Pops, Bumper Nets, Urban Cookhouse, iCantina and Dozen Dresses, all proceeds benefit the work of She Dances, a non-profit organization that provides holistic restoration for young girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited in Honduras.  It’s time to step out to Backspin…and step you your table tennis game on March 9th!  More details here


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