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9/12/12 – 9/18/12



This week’s edition of B-There features the best of events and destinations in and around the city!  Rockabilly royalty, Rosario Dawson, and food trucks rolling up at Railroad Park all figure prominently in this week’s highlights…with hopes that you get to B-There!
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Brookwood LIVE
Colonial Brookwood Village
Thurday Nights through Oct. 4

Brookwood Live is back for five weeks with entertainment every Thursday from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM through October 4th! Join us on the street for great live music, family fun and dancing in the street. The featured musical talent this Thursday, September 13 is The Flashbacks, with a unique and versatile style that covers many aspects of the musical spectrum from early Motown to today’s rock and roll. The musicians in the group come together from a wide array of musical backgrounds. They have been likened to such performers as the Temptations, with dance moves and showy choreography. Look out for dancin’ in the street at Brookwood LIVE!  More details here

Birmingham Public Library and Partners Present:
‘Eat Drink Read Write Festival 2012’

Ongoing through 9/15, Reservations required

The Birmingham Public Library has joined forces with several  Birmingham food organizations to present the second ‘Eat Drink Read Write Festival’, hosting events through September 15, 2012. Warning! You may get really hungry after reading this. Everything from Junior Mint brownies and Conecuh sausage corn dogs to beer samples and gourmet popcorn will be offered during the second Eat Drink Read Write Festival at the Birmingham Public Library and partner venues. A cooking class, food documentary, children’s crafts, poetry slam, writing workshops and more will be featured during the free festival, which will explore the glorious worlds of the written word and Alabama foods. Reservations are required for each event. Registered EDRW attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing for a pair of tickets to see renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain – the bad boy of cuisine – on Nov. 1 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. His show is called “Anthony Bourdain: Guts & Glory.” You must attend an EDRW event in order to enter the drawing. For this week’s Eat Drink Read Write 2012 events, visit the BPL website. More details here

Girls’ Night Out at Belk
The Summit, 9/12, 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Kick off fall fashion season with the girls, and get started at The Summit on Wednesday, September 12 at ‘Girls’ Night Out’.  This fun fall outing at Belk features special fashion discounts PLUS you can register to win a trip to Los Angeles for two to have lunch with Adrienne Maloof from the ‘Real Housewives for Beverly Hills’! Grab your girlfriends and get ready for ‘Girls’ Night Out at Belk on Wednesday, September 12th!
Railroad Park, Sun. 9/16, FREE
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The food truck phenomenon has taken Birmingham by storm! In an effort to support local food, music, and Railroad Park, the Railroad Park Foundation Junior Board is hosting its first ‘Trucks by the Tracks’ event. Join us for live music, entertainment, food trucks, and beverages.  Don’t forget to cruise by the B-Metro table and pick up your free 2012 Beauty Book! Food trucks: Avalanche Delights, Cantina, Dreamcakes, Fresh Off The Bun, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Nola Ice, O’Henry’s Coffee, Shindigs, Spoonfed Grill, Steel City Pops, Taqueria Guzman Taco Truck. Music: Burning Vinyl, Gip Gipson, The Green Seed, and Todd Simpson. Sponsors: Birmingham Mountain Radio, B-Metro, Good People, Coca-Cola, My Green Birmingham, Vision Landscapes, State Farm-Thomas Waters, American Society of Landscape Architects-AL Chapter, and Alabama Furniture Market. More details here

Norman Rockwell’s America
Birmingham Museum of Art, Exhibition Opening 9/16

Opening at the Birmingham Museum of Art, ‘Norman Rockwell’s America’ is an in-depth look at the life and work of America’s favorite illustrator. Rockwell’s six-decade career coincided with one of the most eventful periods in American history, spanning four wars, the Great Depression, the space race, and the Civil Rights Movement, all vividly depicted in his work. The exhibition includes 52 original paintings and drawings, and all 323 Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell created between 1916 and 1963. See first-hand the iconic American masterpieces from the hand of Rockwell himself! Can’t wait? Get the first look and inside scoop at the ‘Norman Rockwell’s America Sneak Peek and Preview Party’ on September 14 at the BMA, featuring food, drinks and a private tour! Norman Rockwell Sneak Peak & Preview Party September 14 HERE

Faun Fables
w/ Them Natives LIVE

Bottletree, 9/15, $10 (18+ Show)

From Oakland, California, Faun Fables has been writing spiritually folkish tunes that they call “songtelling” since 1997. Collaborating with Nils Frykdahl (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), Dawn “The Faun” McCarthy is a writer, singer and theater artist whose work is a sea of gorgeous elemental nitty gritty; haunting melodies, breath, stomping, and natural theatricality led by the voice, rooted in the physical body. It is a crossroads where ancient ballad, art song, physical theater and rock music meet. Her lyrics speak to people of all ages about things like rugged housekeeping, street kids, growing old, sleepwalking and exiled travelers returning home. More details here

“The Queen of Rockabilly”

WorkPlay, 9/16, 8:00 PM

Wanda Jackson, “The Queen of Rockabilly” is making a tour stop at WorkPlay in Birmingham on September 16th! Reaching a whole new audience after 2009 late night Letterman/Conan performances and recordings with Jack White (White Stripes), Jackson’s historic contributions to American music are catching new eyes and ears, decades after her original heyday as a country music artist and celebrity.  Jackson’s long and successful resume in the country and rockabilly music scenes included sharing the bill with Elvis Presley in the 1950s and carving out a unique musical style that earned her a Grammy nomination and a cult-following in the US and UK that has elevated her to rockabilly royalty. Named by CMT as one of the “40 Greatest Women in Country Music”, Wanda Jackson is a music legend making a rare stop in town for a show that is not to be missed! More details here

The 21st Annual
Magic City AIDS Walk

Avondale Park, 9/16

The 21st Annual Magic City AIDS Walk is Sunday, September 16th at Avondale Park from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.  The AIDS Walk is free and open to the public, family, kid, and pet friendly.  Live entertainment for the event includes Once In A Lifetime 80’s Band and the men and women of the Magic City Choral Society PLUS a performance from four youth choirs in the metro area.  Visit birminghamaidsoutreach.org today to register. More details here

brightroom photography Talladega 21000: Half-Marathon
and 5K Lap Around the Track
Talladega Superspeedway, 9/16

Want to take a few laps around the track at ‘Dega? Grab your shoes and head to the Talladega Superspeedway on September 16th for the Talladega Half Marathon & 5K Lap Around the Track. It’s a race to benefit prostate cancer awareness and screenings across Alabama. At the Talladega Half Marathon, runners will see breathtaking views of the entire grounds and run in places very few people have had access to before. New this year is the addition of a 5K Lap Around the Track for those not ready for a half marathon, but who still want to experience being on the Superspeedway. There will also be a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk honoring survivors of prostate cancer. A post-race party featuring live music and Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q will be held at the Pit Garage on Pit Road. More details here

The Bargain Costume Closet
Children’s Dance Foundation
9/16, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The Bargain Costume Closet is a great place to find a Halloween costume for any age or dress up clothes and dancewear for kids – for a fraction of the original price. The 8th annual sale will kick off on Sunday, September 16, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Donors to the costume closet can obtain an early shopping pass; allowing shopping as early as 1:30 pm. Donations are welcome any time! CDF will accept the following new or gently-used items: dance wear, recital or Halloween costumes, dance shoes, dress-up clothes, accessories and shoes. Whether you are donating or donning costume wear – ’tis the season to get your costume garb together!  More details here
Rosario Dawson to Speak at UAB Alys Stephens Center
A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, 9/20

Actress, singer and activist Rosario Dawson will give a free, public lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. The event, part of the campus-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, will be held in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Dawson has been featured in many films, including “Josie and the Pussycats,” “Men in Black II,” “25th Hour,” “The Rundown,” “Alexander,” “Sin City”, “Unstoppable”, “Seven Pounds”, and “Eagle.” The New York native recently was seen in “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” as Persephone. She also is the star of an online sci-fi series, “Gemini Division,” which debuted in August 2008. In addition to her stage work, Dawson also co-founded the non-partisan organization Voto Latino in 2004. The lecture begins at 7:00 PM with an autograph session to follow. RSVP to [email protected] . More details here

Coming to Birmingham!
Menopause The Musical
BJCC Concert Hall, 9/20,

The off-Broadway smash hit “Menopause The Musical” comes to Birmingham  on September 20th for 1 performance only! Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical has become an international phenomenon seen by more than nine million people in twelve countries since it debuted in a 76-seat perfume-shop-turned-theatre in Orlando, Florida in 2001. Billed as “The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change®,” the original, off-Broadway musical begins with four women, “Professional Woman,” “Soap Star,” “Iowa Housewife” and “Earth Mother,” at a Bloomingdale’s lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra – and hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and day-to-day challenges with aging parents, aging children and aging partners.  A joyous musical parody via popular songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, tickets for Menopause the Musical are available at TICKETMASTER … and $5 from each ticket goes to the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation!

Sweet ‘Om’ Alabama: September is National Yoga Month
Full Calendar of Yoga Activities in the Metro Area

Marking September as National Yoga Month, yoga devotees will gather at Vulcan Park and Museum on Saturday, September 22, to mark the culmination of National Yoga Month at Birmingham’s 6th annual Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project. This free event brings together the community to join in the moving meditation of 108 sun salutations while raising awareness for world peace, community wellness and the power of selfless service. The event is presented by Sweet Om Alabama, a community service collective of yoga teachers, yoga students and yoga studio owners whose mission it is to unite yoga practitioners in service for the greater good and to bring the benefits of yoga to those in the community that might not have access to them due to location, income or accessibility. More details here

‘The Pink Party’

ALOFT, 9/27, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

You’re Invited to ‘The Pink Party‘ at ALOFT! Join us at THE Kick-off event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen for the Cure! On September 27, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM, get ready to wear your pink best and meet us at ALOFT at Soho Square to enjoy free food, the Pink Carpet, trivia contests, door prizes, sponsor displays, swag bags, cash bar and MORE! Check out cooking demonstrations from Alagasco’s Good Heat Chef Chris Vizzina PLUS register to win a ‘TRIP for TWO to Emerald Grande’! (Must be present to win).  There’s no charge to attend  (though optional donations of $5 for Susan G. Komen are still very welcome!) Just come on down and join us as we celebrate hope, health and the drive toward the cure for breast cancer. Share this party invite with your friends, mark your calendar for September 27th … and get ready for the Pink Party at ALOFT!


Pink Party Sponsors include: UAB Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, Richard Joseph SalonSpa, Alagasco, Central Alabama Cadillac Dealers, Issis & Sons, The Fitting Touch, MiBella Wellness Center, Parc at Grandview, Scandinavian Design & Leather Gallery, Petro Cosmetic Surgery, The Outlet Shops of Grand River, The Maids and Xcell Academy

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