Category Archives: Entertainment

Travelogue: Nashville sees Birmingham Int’l Raceway commitment as hope

Save Nashville Speedway posted earlier today about a meeting on December 20 between management of the Birmingham International Raceway, currently located on the Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birmingham’s Five Points West community, and Mayor Larry Langford.

The post, which sites a release posted on the front page of the raceway’s website, states that Mayor Langford was fully supportive of continued racing at the fairgrounds. He’s asked for the raceway’s management to submit its plans for 2008, including a master plan detailing improvements to the 95-year old facility, in early January so that it can be discussed and then introduced to the Fairgrounds board and the Birmingham City Council.

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Get Rhythm Experience, downtown library

Straight from a great little blog, here’s a fun event — the Get Rhythm Experience — to be held in the atrium of the Birmingham Public Library’s Central location downtown. And what is the Get Rhythm Experience you ask? It is a collaboration of drummers, percussionists and dancers led by John Scalici. If you’ve ever seen a drum circle around town, you’ve seen John Scalici in action. The group will perform original compositions which blend urban voices and sounds with world-beat influenced rhythms from West Africa, the Middle East and Brazil. It’s part of the BPL@Night series.

Cost: Free

Christmas by Candlelight, American Village

The American Village History and Civic Education Center in Montevallo is busy getting ready for its second annual Christmas By Candlelight celebration. Here are the highlights:

The evening kicks off with a Grand Lighting of the Village ceremony at 5 p.m. each day. Afterwards, Father Christmas will lead a family parade across the Village Green to the Courthouse where he will receive the young and young at heart all evening.

Hundreds of luminaries will be placed along Village streets and lanes, inviting all to savor the experience of a tradition-laden early American Christmas. Visitors will hear carolers, open the doors to historical settings, all decked out with old-fashioned Yuletide greenery.

The Colonial Chapel will feature Christmas music at 6 and 7:30 p.m. each night. On Friday night, the Handbell Choir of Pelham’s First Baptist Church will perform, and on Saturday night, the Dawson Singers from Dawson Memorial Baptist Church will perform.

Cost: $10 adults / $5 youth (ages 5-17) / free, children 4 and under.

A special treat this year: A lavish Christmas Groaning Board Buffet and Feast, prepared by the Wynfrey! Offered at two seatings: 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each night. Reservations strongly encouraged.

Additional admission cost: $35 for adult buffet ages 13 and up / $12.95 for children 12 and under.

Call: 1-877-811-1776 (select
Option 2 – Special Events) for reservations. Or email:

American Village
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Embellishments holiday concert, Birmingham Museum of Art

Need ideas on how to RING in the holidays? Start with a holiday concert that really does. Organized in October 2001, Embellishments is a civic handbell ensemble based in Birmingham. This group consists of 16 auditioned musicians, directed by Phyllis Kirk. Embellishments plays six+ octaves of Schulmerich Bells, seven octaves of Malmark Chimes, two octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells, and various other instruments. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds impressive. The museum is located at 2000 Eighth Ave. North downtown.

Cost: Free

Performa moves to finance BJCC entertainment district

BJCC complex aerial shot

An aerial view of the current BJCC complex. Photo credit: Bob Farley/f8photo

Performa Entertainment chief John Elkington said his company has enough interested tenants for the proposed BJCC Entertainment District for developers to move forward with financing the $50+ million project.

Elkington called the proposed district “a financially sound” project, now that at least 60 percent of the retail and restaurant spaces will be taken by the end of November. “We’re now switching letters of intent into leases,” Elkington said. “No one we have talked to has turned us down and said they don’t want to be here. That’s a good sign.”

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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

Veterans Day Parade, downtown

Birmingham has lots to claim to its name. One is that the city is host to the nation’s oldest and largest Veterans Day Parade. Check it out for yourself downtown Monday. The parade starts around 1:30 p.m. Here’s the route.

And a friendly reminder — banks and post offices will be closed.