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AXIS Dance Company, Alys Stephens Center

Axis will challenge your notions of dance and movement by turning the whole concept of choreography upside down. The company’s innovative repertories of physically integrated works feature dancers with and without disabilities. Choreographer Bill T. Jones says, “There is no more defiant a land that I can think of than Axis. They showed me what dance could be.” The Alys Stephens Center is located at 1200 10th Ave. South on the UAB campus.Cost: $25-45, students $10

“Words I Live By” A Tribute to Helen Keller, Alys Stephens Center

In her return performance to the Alys Stephens Center, star of the screen Patricia Neal brings us this wonderful theatrical tribute to Helen Keller. Made up of Keller’s prose, speeches, correspondence, the performance also includes stories, songs, poems and prayers. It is made possible with the assistance of Ivy Green and the American Foundation for the Blind. Ticket price includes a post-show reception in the lobby. Come early and admire artwork in the lobby created by Alabama children who are visually impaired or deaf. The ASC is located at 1200 10th Ave. South on the UAB campus. Alec Harvey over at the News wrote a nice story on the story behind the tribute. Read it here.

Cost: $50

Taj Mahal Trio, Alys Stephens Center

Describe legendary musician Taj Mahal in a word or phrase? Impossible. You could call him a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, two-time Grammy-winner or world traveler. All accurate titles, yet none convey the soulfulness of Taj’s music. He’s been playing his own distinctive brand of music – folk, jazz, zydeco, gospel, R&B, soul, all layered on top of a solid country blues foundation – for more than 40 years. The show is part of the ASC’s Blues and BBQ fest. Come an hour early for BBQ plates by Dreamland and music by Microwave Dave in the courtyard. The Alys Stephens Center is located on the UAB campus at 1200 10th Ave. South, Birmingham.

Cost: $28-$62, students $10. Food and cash bar extra.

An Evening with Keb’ Mo’, Alys Stephens Center

Multi-Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ may have been born in LA (no, not Lower Alabama) but he sure knows how to play the Mississippi Delta blues. His influences – from Robert Johnson (who Keb’ recently portrayed in a docu-drama) to Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne – can easily be seen in his soulful rhythms and laconic storytelling style. Come an hour early for BBQ plates by Dreamland and music by Microwave Dave in the courtyard. The Alys Stephens Center is located on the UAB campus at 1200 10th Ave. South, Birmingham. The Blues and BBQ Fest continues Sunday night with the Taj Mahal Trio.

Cost: $22-$52, students $10. Food and cash bar extra.

Lily Tomlin, Alys Stephens Center

She’s one funny lady. Expect the reprisal of many of Tomlin’s favorite characters from Ernestine the Operator on “Laugh-In” to Edith Ann, her devilish six-year-old alter ego. If you need to kill time, visit Tomlin’s official site. You won’t really learn that much about the star, but there sure is a bunch to look at. That may be all you do. While The ASC Web site reports the show is almost sold out, a call to the box office confirms it. We know our readers are smart and if you really want to get in, you’ll find a way. Good luck.

Ellis Marsalis, Alys Stephens Center

If you like jazz, you are familiar with Ellis Marsalis. He is regarded as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans (and beyond) and for good reason. The patriarch of the Marsalis family delivers irresistible performances and conveys a love for all things jazz. Plus, he’s got some talented sons. You can see where they get it from during dad’s concert at the Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. As an added bonus, Marsalis will greet fans in the lobby after the show.

Cost: $25-45, students $10. (Buying tickets online? Enter the code ASCPresents for 20 percent discount. We bet if you called to order tickets, you could ask for the same deal.)

David Sedaris, Alys Stephens Center

Humorist and National Public Radio star David Sedaris will be appearing at the Alys Stephens Center this Sunday but you’ll have to figure out a way to get tickets. According to the Alys Stephens Center website, the show is sold out. We say give them a call, just in case. Here’s what the ASC has to say about Sedaris:

“The master of satire returns! NPR humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris is one of our all-time favorites. His performances are always a hit, providing sold-out audiences with hilarious readings from his books including ‘Naked,’ ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day,’ and ‘Holidays on Ice.’ Sedaris may be the closest thing the literary world has to a rock star.”

If that’s the case, maybe there will be a scalper outside the doors selling “reasonably priced” tickets.

Cost: $25-45, students $10.