Category Archives: Entertainment

Film screening, The Playhouse

So you were too sick/out of town/had to mow the dead grass and just couldn’t make it downtown in September for the 2007 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival? Lucky you. The folks at Filament Artists are hosting a screening party featuring some of local shorts you missed.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15th @ 6:45pm (films start at 7:30pm)
WHERE: The Playhouse (1816 3rd Ave. North | 205-566-3667)
WHAT: A screening of short films featuring CUP OF JOE by Chris Hilleke, LUNCH by James Brown, FROM THE FILES OF A VERY CONCERNED PSYCHOLOGIST by Sam Frazier Jr., COLLECTION by Clint Till, PALSTER by Brent Davis, HIGH EXPECTATIONS by Yuri Shapochka and more.

Beverage cup and snacks available with $5 donation. Limited seating.

On the Timetable: Got plans? We’ve got a couple for you

Christina’s got the skinny on a couple of things to do this weekend over on Timetable. Whether you love a parade or just want to listen to some good music, you should be OK this Veteran’s Day weekend.

Don’t forget to let us know if there’s something else that’s not on the list.

“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.

Muse of Fire Fall Benefit, Sloss Furnaces

The Bard once again comes to the footpaths of Sloss Furnaces. Seating is extremely limited for the three afternoon showings — 1:30, 2 and 2:30 — and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Give them at ring at 757-8301 or go online to or for more information. Sloss is located at 20 32nd St. North near downtown Birmingham.

Cost: $50, a portion of which is tax deductible, plus service fees. A wine tasting and food included in ticket cost.

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.