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You know, there’s a primary on June 3

It seems that unless the offices of governor or president are on the ballot, most people tend to stay home on Primary Day. Eight Democratic groups in the greater Birmingham metro area are hoping to make people aware of the options that will be on the ballot come June 3 and to convince them to come out and vote, most notably for them in the race for the Senate seat currently occupied by Jeff Sessions. They will be hosting a Democratic Candidate Primary Forum at the Homewood Library next Tuesday, May 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll be updating the destinations calendar later on today with more details (though that link to the OTM Democrats should provide enough info to get you started).

Help the Big Guy atop Red Mountain breathe a little easier

Si Reasoning - Sierra ClubNow, tomorrow’s Earth Day (officially), at least the one that everyone’s familiar with (maybe)… that’s another post. Anyway, there are a lot of things available to people in Birmingham tomorrow because of the observance that will help make the community a better place to live, whether financially or environmentally. One of the environmental options includes driving up to visit Vulcan atop Red Mountain and getting a free 90 second emissions test beginning at 10 a.m. Click on the link to see the rest of the scheduled testings for this year if you can’t make it tomorrow. There’s more…

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Kurt Weill Retrospective w/Diane McNaron and Thomas Bagwell, Unitarian Universalist Church

Soprano Diane McNaron‘s Kurt Weill Retrospective, not heard in Birmingham in nearly a decade, will be presented with New York pianist Thomas Bagwell. Bagwell, a Birmingham native who has not appeared here in fifteen years, will open the program with the rare and atmospheric Berg Piano Sonata. These two consummate performers will then take the audience on a musical odyssey through the controversial lives and the turbulent times of Berlin/American composer Kurt Weill and the woman he married twice, the chanteuse Lotte Lenya.

Featuring songs from Threepenny Opera, Happy End, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, little known and expressive art songs and Broadway hits.

Cost: $15 (table seating, by reservation only) BYOB Click here to buy tickets through Paypal. You may also purchase row seating (walk-in only) for $8 or email or call 205.838.1391 to make other arrangements.

Unitarian Universalist Church
4300 Hampton Heights Drive (directions)

First Annual Clover Crawl, downtown Homewood

This event will also serve as the open house for the new Green Resource Center for Alabama. Participating restaurants and merchants in downtown Homewood will provide great specials and discounts on food, drink and “green” products as they and the resource center help metro Birmingham and the state of Alabama “Go Green!”

Click here to view the flier on their website.

Cost: Free

throughout downtown Homewood &
Green Resource Center
2564 18th Street South, Homewood (directions)

Annual Photo Flea Market, Shades Valley Camera Club

Buy, sell or trade photographic equipment and at the annual photo flea market sale, held after the monthly meeting of the Shades Valley Camera Club. Bring your check book, equipment for sell/trade, and a shopping list of items you specifically need – you just may find them at the event! Due to space limitations, if you have large items for sale, please bring pictures and a price list.

Cost: $0

Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Road (directions)

Here’s what you’re missing on Tuesdays this month

Miles jazz band

André Natta/The Terminal

We’re posting this a little later than we wanted to… but we wanted to be sure that you were aware of just what you’re missing if you’re not showing up at Vulcan Park’s Collective Perspectives series on Tuesdays this month.

Here’s a taste of this week’s performance by Miles College’s jazz band, the Milestones:


Next week’s presentation will feature short films created by UAB Ethnographic Filmmaking course. Check out our destinations calendar entry for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Leading Edge Institute Lighting the Way Gala, Southern Progress Campus

Leading Edge Institute’s 8th annual Lighting the Way Gala is fast approaching. Join them for an evening of great food, jazz music courtesy of Eric Essix, and inspiration from their guest of honor, Emmy award-winning Alabama filmmaker Celia Carey (Mr. Dial has Something to Say). They will also be celebrating the dynamic young women of Class VIII and the changes they’re making in their own lives and the lives of others.

The attire is “After Five.” There will be child-friendly activities and food provided.Cost:
Tickets are $40/individual; $75/couple; various sponsorship levels.

Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online by clicking here and entering the ticket or sponsorship amount.

For more information or to purchase tickets/sponsorships please contact us at or 205.879.9045.

Southern Progress Corporation
2100 Lakeshore Drive (directions)