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11/21/12 – 11/27/12




This edition of B-There features the best of events and destinations in and around the city this week.  After Thanksgiving feasts, you can make your move! Juke with Japandroids, run Montclair, stroll Turkey Creek or hike Ruffner! Just mark your calendar and B-There…
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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  


The 36th Annual Sam Lapidus Montclair Run

The 36th Annual Montclair Run, celebrates the life of Sam Lapidus – his love of fitness and the Levite-Jewish Community Center, his love of family and friends, and his love of life, which he lived to the fullest. The race includes a 10K along Montclair Road and a 1 Mile Family Fun Run benefiting the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Childrens of Alabama and the LJCC Fitness Program. The 10K run includes: long-sleeve t-shirt, USATF Certified Course and chip timing, awards for overall and top three male and female in each category, plus drawing for LJCC membership, Trak Shak running shoes and one of twelve turkeys donated by Piggly Wiggly. The One Mile Fun Run starts at 10 am and welcomes walkers, runners, strollers, skateboards, roller-skates, bikes, rollerblades, and wheelchairs! Run, walk or roll on for the Sam Lapidus Montclair Run! More details here


Birmingham Mountain Radio Presents: Japandroids / Swearin’
LIVE at Bottletree

Bottletree Cafe, 11/23, 9:00 PM

Japandroids is a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC. Started in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst, Brian King and David Prowse are one guitar and one set of drums that can be called anything but minimal. Japandroids are Maximal – a two piece band trying to sound like a five-piece band. Their ‘songs’ run the gauntlet of rock & roll sub-genres, with the boys ripping off too many different bands to sound like any other duo making music right now. They’ve run through 20 countries, and now they’re on the way to the ‘Ham – don’t miss Japandroids at Bottletree! More details here


Wine and Cheese
Hike at Ruffner Mountain

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center 11/24, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Walk off the Thanksgiving indulgences with wine, cheese, and good company at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center.  Hiking to Hawk’s View Overlook, offers a great opportunity to socialize in the great outdoors while partaking in food, drink, and a spectacular view.  The hike is approximately three miles and because the sun sets at 4:40 pm, hikers can anticipate a great view of the city scape illuminated in twilight.  Reservations are required. Wine, cheese and a sparkling vista makes the perfect combination at our city’s neighborhood natural paradise!  More details here


Sunday Stroll at Turkey Creek with Southeastern Outings
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
11/25, 2:00 PM

Southeastern Outings invites friends out of the house for a short Sunday dayhike in the new Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson. Walk off the Thanksgiving feast with fellow hikers through this heavily-wooded area with amazing natural features. The new trail which has just been officially opened this fall extends from the upper parking area through the woods to a large creek with a long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over are welcome. The group will depart 2:00 p.m. from the Pinson Chevron Service Station on AL Highway 79 at the intersection with AL Highway 151 in Pinson. More details here


‘A Night to Remember’
at Saks Fifth Avenue

Butler’s Grooming Club at Saks
11/29, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Butler’s Grooming Club and Petro Cosmetic Surgery will be hosting a night of luxury at Saks Fifth Avenue on November 29th from 5 pm- 7 pm. The evening will feature one of Birmingham’s premier plastic surgeons Dr. Melania Petro as she demonstrates her Botox services. Butler’s Grooming Club expert stylists will offer hot lather shaves as gentlemen. Additional services include: Swedish massage, facials, as well as treatments of Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and one-night-only discounts on select products and services. It’s the perfect evening for men to put the best face on the holidays with Butler’s Grooming Club and Petro Cosmetic Surgery Tivoli Medspa.  More details here


Winter Dance with ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’
Gabrella Manor, 11/30, 7:30 – 10:00 PM

Here’s your chance to bust some old-school moves (vintage old-school) to the great sounds of Ain’t Misbehavin’, an 18-piece dance band in the style of the great bands of the ’40s. Enjoy the music of a true dance orchestra and try your dancing skills under the beautiful tented (and well heated) dance pavilion at one of Birmingham’s local treasures, Gabrella Manor. The romantic music of an era gone by, tunes like Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, In The Mood and Beyond the Sea are a few of the standards on the playlist as well as swing, Latin, and waltzes! Warm up the long winter nights with a nostalgic turn (or ten) on the dance floor at Gabrella Manor with Ain’t Misbehavin’! More details here


The 7th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar
Forest Park Business District, 11/30 – 12/2

The 7th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar takes place during the first weekend of December and is the premiere destination for holiday gift shoppers interested in original handmade products and shopping at local merchants in the area. Over 40 crafters and artists will be selling their handcrafted wares inside storefronts and empty retail spaces along 41st Street South, in Forest Park Village and South Avondale. The following local merchants will be open as well for shopping, eating and drinking; Naked Art, Silvertron Cafe, V Richards, Zoe’s Little Savannah, Bottletree …AND The Avondale Brewery will be open for tours and drinks! Shop, sip, support and save where all the streets meet in Forest Park and South Avondale for the Holiday Craft Bazaar!


Regions Masterworks: ‘Turkish Concerto’
Bartok, Mozart & Dvorak
with the Alabama Symphony

Alys Stephens Center, 11/30, 8:00 PM

Guest Conductor Julian Kuerti brings us the earthiest program of the season, with music evoking old Vienna, Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. Both Bart├│k’s Dance Suite and Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony have roots deep in the musical heritage of Central Europe. Maestro Kuerti will also lead Mozart’s most famous Violin Concerto – nicknamed the “Turkish” because of the finale’s raucous nod to Turkish military band music. The soloist, Caroline Goulding is barely out of her teens, but brings with her a list of awards and acclaims that belie her age. More details here


Arlington Candlelight
and Holiday Tour

The Historic Arlington Mansion 11/30 – 12/2

See one of Birmingham’s historic and architectural treasures in its original light as the mansion opens its doors for a rare candlelight tour! On Friday night as Parker High School Choir and The Clay-Chalkville Chamber Choir chime in with ‘Silent Night’, the Honorable William A. Bell will hang the wreath on the doors before they are cast open for this unique experience. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served afterward in the Garden Room. Tickets for the Candlelight tour are $20 at the door. The historic Arlington Home will also host a free holiday open house on Saturday 12/1 (10-4pm) and Sunday 12/2 (1-4pm). Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be served Saturday and Sunday in the Garden Room – with music of the season provided by Shades Valley Lutheran Recorder Consort and Choristers, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham-Southern College Vocal Ensemble, Samford University Brass Quintet, Birmingham Girls’ Choir, Mountain BrookHigh School ABOG, Pleasant Grove High School Chorale, and Hueytown High School Singers. For more details, call 205-780-5656.



Willie Nelson LIVE at the Alabama
The Alabama Theatre, 12/1, 8:00 PM
The Texas flag will be unfurled in Birmingham, when Willie Nelson performs at the Alabama Theatre on December 1st. This gesture, celebrating the Lone Star State, is a staple at Nelson’s concerts, along with a selection of his greatest hits. This time, however, the Red Headed Stranger just might present a cover of Coldplay’s  The Scientist, and a few other songs from his new record, “Heroes,” which came out in May featuring country classics, contemporary pop songs, and Willie Nelson originals. Nelson, 79, a Texas native, made his fame with tunes such as Georgia On My Mind, Whiskey River, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, On the Road Again, If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time and Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground. They’ve become beloved anthems for fans, and touchstones in a vast recording catalog that spans more than 60 studio albums. More details here


The 76th Annual
Service of Lessons and Carols

Canterbury United Methodist Church 11/30, 7:30 PM & 12/2, 4:30 PM

For the 76th consecutive year, Birmingham-Southern will mark the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season with the Service of Lessons and Carols. The concert features the Concert Choir and Alumni Choir, conducted by Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music Lester Seigel, and the Southern Chorale, directed by Opera Director Jeff Kensmoe. Two premiere performances at this year’s service include a work composed by Josh Crowe for the Alumni Choir, two works by Daniel Potts ’88, and a work for women’s voices, violin, and organ by Phillip Rhodes, performed by the Concert Choir. Student instrumentalists, a brass quartet, and organist Mark Hayes will join the choirs. The college’s oldest and most beloved holiday tradition is free – no reservations or tickets are required. Childcare is available by reservation in advance, on Sunday afternoon only, by calling 205-874-1546. 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.





Pepper Place Saturday Market 
November 24 – 7:00 AM til 12:00 PM 

Featuring Mobile’s Premier Jazz Sensation “Roman Street” 


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