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August 2012 – October 2013

Aug
4
Sat
BarCampBirmingham @ UAB Lister Hill Library
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

BarCampBirmingham returns for its sixth year, taking place for the second year in a row on UAB’s campus – specifically the fourth floor of the Lister Hill Library. For those who haven’t attended before, the event’s “a user generated conference created around an open, participatory workshop-event, with content provided by participants.”

In lay terms, it means it’s a conference for the people, by the people. Anyone who attends is asked to participate in some way. That can mean helping to organize the event in advance, presenting a session (these are chosen by the attendees on the morning of the camp), or just participating in or attending a session given by others.

It’s free, fun, and a great way to meet folks from the local technology community and beyond – especially since it’s not necessarily limited to tech topics. Past topics pitched on the day of included meditation techniques and learning how to juggle.

You can still register to attend via Eventbrite right up until the morning of, though you probably want to do it sooner to allow them to have a head count. Don’t get too freaked out about parking either – they’ve got a map for that…

Wings (1927) @ Alabama Theatre
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm

The IMDb listing for the 1927 silent film describes its plot as follows:

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Wings pulled it off well enough to be recognized at the first film to ever win the Academy Award for both Best Picture (as well as one for Best Engineering Effects) back in 1929. Incidentally, it had the distinction of being the only silent film so honored until The Artist joined it this year.

Clara Bow stars in the film, and you get a chance to hear the Alabama Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer accompany the piece while enjoying what’s still one of the best venues in the city. What more do you need?

Maybe you’ll want to see why the Motion Picture Association of America decided to finally rate the classic film – 85 years later mind you – as PG-13 for “war violence,” as reported in Variety back in April. No, we’re not kidding…

Aug
5
Sun
$5 Fun Days @ Birmingham Zoo
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm

This is one of six chances to enjoy all that the Birmingham Zoo has to offer for only $5 thanks to the folks at Wells Fargo. It’s looking like a pretty packed schedule too.

Have you ever seen an orangutan solve a food puzzle? Or a lion swat at a piñata?  Guests can see animals in action while learning how the Zoo uses enrichment programs to encourage the animals to exhibit natural behaviors they display in the wild. Enjoy the demonstrations, keeper talks and much more throughout the event.

They’ll also offer you a chance to take advantage of $1 hotdogs at the Safari Café and Kudzoo Café during operating hours!

Time Activity
10 a.m. Preying with Tigers
11 a.m. Boma Encounter
11 a.m. Predator Piñatas with African Wild Dogs
12 p.m. Watermelon Toss for Elephants
1 – 3 p.m. Face Painting
2:30 p.m. Puzzles for Sea Lions
3:30 p.m. Popsicles & playtime with African Lions
“The Sound of Music” @ Alabama Theatre
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 1965 classic film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is known for several things, including too many songs to mention, an Academy Award for Best Picture and being the film that displaced Gone With The Wind as the highest grossing film of all time (that is, until a little piece called Star Wars visited theaters).

The Sound of Music was released in 1965, six years after the musical it was based on first premiered on Broadway in New York City. Both interations look at what happens when a woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. We’d say more, but for a film like this one, sharing a link to the original trailer does all the talking needed.

Aug
7
Tue
Sidewalk Salon @ Rojo
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 9:00 pm

This edition of “the monthly networking and educational event aimed at film makers and film fans alike” organized by Sidewalk Film Festival is titled “Shooting Local, When You’re Not Local,” and it will feature director Ryan Smith.

He’ll be talking about his experiences filming “After” – a science fiction piece shot locally in Birmingham and screening at this year’s festival. We figured the least we could do is include the trailer in this listing:

Aug
9
Thu
Duplo Read! Build! Play! Lego Tour @ Birmingham Museum of Art
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Have kids between the ages 2 and 6? The Birmingham Museum of Art wants you to know you can take them in for a fun and interactive story time that might even include playing with some Legos…

The event, sponsored by Lego/Duplo and the Association of Library Services to Children, has been touring across the nation, building creative minds, inpsiring imagination, and fostering early child literacy.

You may want to take your little one in for a day of fun games, activities, and stories! Besides, maybe they’ll even let you hang out and play with some Lego blocks too…

Visit the Read! Build! Play! website for more information.

Cocktails in the Garden @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Aug 9 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm

This marks the kickoff of the 2012 season of Cocktails in the Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, complete with a new, less expensive admission fee.

Paying $5 if you’re a non-member will get you access onto the grounds and to the musical performance. A tasting menu courtesy of Kathy G & Company will be available for additional purchase as well as a full cash bar. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Gardens’ educational mission.

This first installment will feature the music of T.U.B. – The Un-Knamed Band - a band for those who “wish [they] were at a Phish, Dead, or Panic show.” Tickets are available online via the Gardens’ official website. They’re also still looking for volunteers to work the event – leading them to post this PDF on their website for you to fill out and send back.

Magic City Live After 5 @ Linn Park
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm

It’s become “Birmingham’s Biggest Happy Hour” as well as a successful, free bi-weekly summer concert series in the middle of the city’s central business district. This third installment of Magic City Live After 5 has them providing a little R&B to help us unwind – courtesy of Just a Few Cats.

Like the last installment, a charity will benefit from your attendance; this time it’s Birmingham AIDS Outreach – a local non-profit dedicated to the mission of providing financial, emotional, and homehealth support to those affected by HIV and AIDS. It’s just a couple of days before their own annual fundraiser, Red Hot for the Cause (taking on a casino theme this year).

As usual, the event’s free but you’ll want to bring cash for drinks and for the food that’ll be available on-site. They’ll probably turn to updating the Facebook event they’ve created or their Twitter account to let you know exactly what’ll be there.

Fenders & Fireflies @ Old Car Heaven
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 10:00 pm

The Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area are the beneficiaries of this summer soiree set to happen at Old Car Heaven.

There will be both a live and silent auction in addition to a musical performance by Rollin in the Hay and food by Cocina Superior. There will even be signature “Firefly Cocktails” served! Lance Taylor from WJOXs The Roundtable will serve as the event’s MC.

Tickets are currently available via the Ticketbud page created for the event. There’s also a Facebook event listing available if you’d rather keep track of what’s going on that way.

Aug
10
Fri
$5 Fun Days @ Birmingham Zoo
Aug 10 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

This is one of six chances to enjoy all that the Birmingham Zoo has to offer for only $5 thanks to the folks at Wells Fargo. It’s looking like a pretty packed schedule too.

Have you ever seen an orangutan solve a food puzzle? Or a lion swat at a piñata?  Guests can see animals in action while learning how the Zoo uses enrichment programs to encourage the animals to exhibit natural behaviors they display in the wild. Enjoy the demonstrations, keeper talks and much more throughout the event.

They’ll also offer you a chance to take advantage of $1 hotdogs at the Safari Café and Kudzoo Café during operating hours!

Time Activity
10 a.m. Crafts for kids
11 a.m. Boma Encounter/Food “Trunk” Challenge
12 p.m. Watermelon Toss for Elephants
1 – 3 p.m. Face Painting
Aug
11
Sat
$5 Fun Days @ Birmingham Zoo
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm

This is one of six chances to enjoy all that the Birmingham Zoo has to offer for only $5 thanks to the folks at Wells Fargo. It’s looking like a pretty packed schedule too.

Have you ever seen an orangutan solve a food puzzle? Or a lion swat at a piñata?  Guests can see animals in action while learning how the Zoo uses enrichment programs to encourage the animals to exhibit natural behaviors they display in the wild. Enjoy the demonstrations, keeper talks and much more throughout the event.

They’ll also offer you a chance to take advantage of $1 hotdogs at the Safari Café and Kudzoo Café during operating hours!

Time Activity
9:30 a.m. Puzzles for Orangutans
11 a.m. Boma Encounter
12 p.m. Watermelon Toss for Elephants
1 – 3 p.m. Face Painting
2:30 p.m. Puzzles for Gorillas
High Five Fest @ The Bottletree
Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 2:00 am

High Five Fest is upon us! Well, it’ll be the first time it’s held – an all day celebration of excellent beer, excellent music and excellent food – happening at one of our favorite venues, The Bottletree!

They’re going for about as local as you can get based on what they’re planning, including:

Letting the guys at Good People Brewing Co. take over the taps at the bar;

Having the Barbecutioners running the smoker (meaning everything from Ninja Ribs to homemade tofu and sides);

Serving ONO SHAVED ICE since it’s probably going to be ridiculously hot (you know it’s true).

Then there’s the music –  Husky Raver, Droves, We Are the Sea, The 100 Years Whore, Stoned Cobra, Nowhere Squares, Model Citizen and The Pine Hill Haints. As the organizers said on Facebook, it’s “a little somethin’ for everyone.”

I mean, they’ve even got a commercial for it (via Vimeo).

Red Hot for the Cause Casino Night @ WorkPlay
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Birmingham AIDS Outreach wants you to join them in recreating the glamour of a Roaring Twenties speakeasy for this edition of their annual fundraiser.

It’s supposed to be “a decadent evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and jazz.” You’ll also have a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind artwork and other hot items in a silent auction. You’ll also get to spend the evening trying your luck at casino favorites like blackjack, Texas hold ’em, craps, and roulette. Your winnings can be exchanged at the end of the night for chances to win fabulous prizes.

As they say via the event’s Facebook invite:

Come as a flapper, or come as you are; dress as Jay Gatsby, or a silent film star …all for a swell time and a good cause!!

You can visit a special page they have set up on their website to purchase tickets, make a donation, or both.

Aug
12
Sun
$5 Fun Days @ Birmingham Zoo
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm

This is one of six chances to enjoy all that the Birmingham Zoo has to offer for only $5 thanks to the folks at Wells Fargo. It’s looking like a pretty packed schedule too.

Have you ever seen an orangutan solve a food puzzle? Or a lion swat at a piñata?  Guests can see animals in action while learning how the Zoo uses enrichment programs to encourage the animals to exhibit natural behaviors they display in the wild. Enjoy the demonstrations, keeper talks and much more throughout the event.

They’ll also offer you a chance to take advantage of $1 hotdogs at the Safari Café and Kudzoo Café during operating hours!

Time Activity
10 a.m. Predator Piñatas with the Malaysian Tiger
11 a.m. Ice Treats for African Wild Dogs
11 a.m. Boma Encounter
12 p.m. Watermelon Toss for Elephants
1 – 3 p.m. Face Painting
2:30 p.m. Ice Treats for Sea Lions
3:30 p.m. Predator Piñatas with African Lions
Aug
14
Tue
Ugly Baby Improv @ The Bottletree
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ugly Baby Improv wants to invite you to get serious about laughing with them (& possibly at them) during their August show at The Bottletree. It’s comedy hijinks from the people who like Upright Citizens Brigade, Kids in the Hall, Second City, Stella, and Police Academy 3: Back in Training. If you need to look some of those up, go ahead. If not, consider this fair warning it could come back to haunt you if you don’t.

For you, it’s a chance to watch Birmingham’s disturbingly good rough improv comedy performers as they play to the home team and win your heart. After all, they’ll have just gotten back from an appearance in Nashville…

Aug
16
Thu
Artwalk 2012 Preamble @ Rogue Tavern
Aug 16 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 16 @ 10:30 pm

If you’ve lived in Birmingham for any length of time, we pretty sure you love Artwalk. If you haven’t (or if you’ve never had a chance to attend),  this has become one of the city center’s signature events. The Preamble art auction serves as one of the annual fundraisers to help keep it going. A $10 donation gives you the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening at Rogue Tavern and the chance to bid on more than 100 items, including art from some of the artists participating this year!

An additional $5 donation means you get to participate in The Ultimate Rochambeaux (Group Rock, Paper Scissors) for the chance to win the 2012 Artwalk Painting by Melissa Jones depicting art in downtown Birmingham. Ten more dollars means you get to enjoy amazing beer from Good People Brewing Company all night long.

Aug
21
Tue
YP Expo @ Alys Stephens Center
Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 21 @ 7:30 pm

We’re a little partial to this event here at The Hub… The Birmingham Business Alliance is hosting the sixth annual YP Expo at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

This year the event will showcase more than 35 young professional organizations along with other corporate booths and sponsors.

The YP Expo is a networking event that encourages community interaction with young professionals from the Birmingham area. It is a great way to meet new people, get involved and learn about new opportunities in our region. There will also be breakout sessions for people interested in learning to “market yourself in a tech-savvy world.”

The YP Expo has attracted more than 500 attendees each year. It’s free to attend, but you’ll want to register in advance so they’re expecting you.

Sep
15
Sat
ZooGala: Feast Among the Beasts @ Birmingham Zoo
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 15 @ 10:00 pm

This year those planning to attend the Birmingham Zoo’s annual fundraiser will be taking a trip – or more specifically a train ride  to the Trails of Africa.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails followed by a sit-down dinner served at 8 p.m. Black tie is optional with music courtesy of K-JAMS and food by Kathy G & Company.

Organizers of this year’s event are asking that you make reservations by August 31.

Nov
17
Sat
Dirt Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Nov 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Most folks seem to like to stroll the trails at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Well, this is one more when the majority of folks traveling these trails will be running them instead. There will be awards given to age group (5 year age groups) winners, overall winners, and best costumed runners.

You’ll want to think about whether or not you want to do the run since there will be no refunds (but if you decide not to after registering, just think of it as a donation towards the Gardens’ educational efforts and keeping the #1 free attraction in the state… well, free – since that’s where the proceeds are going anyway).

You can register for the run and learn more information by visiting the event’s page on the Gardens’ website or by going directly to its listing on active.com. Visiting the event page will also give you access to the adult and teen volunteer forms (located at the bottom of the page) if you’d rather do that instead.

Feb
10
Sun
Arts de Valentine @ The Wine Loft
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This masked romantic art show/fundraiser is back for its fourth year. It features work from both local and international artists with admission proceeds going to support the Rape Response Program of the Crisis CenterThe Wine Loft has announced will be donating a portion of the sale of each glass of Incognito White or Incognito Red to the program as well.

New York-based painter Carolyn Weltman will once again be the featured artist for the event. Attendees will be entertained by Ultra Hip Revue belly dancers in addition to music, singing, and fortune tellers.

Additional information is available via the event listing on Facebook created by the event organizers.

Mar
8
Fri
Howard University Gospel Choir @ Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm

hgcThe Alabama Gospel Center put the word out about this one – the first stop on this year’s spring break tour by a well-respected, world class choir.

The Howard Gospel Choir’s will be making six more stops on this tour, including performances in Atlanta, GA; Marietta, GA; Grand Rapids, MI; Akron, OH; Detroit, MI; and Chicago, IL.

It’s one night only, so you’ll want to make a point of checking it out.

Sep
17
Tue
Alabama Ballet Junior Board Social @ Pale Eddie's Pour House
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm

alabamaballetjbYep, the Alabama Ballet has a junior board. According to the organization’s fan page on Facebook, it exists in part to “increase awareness of Alabama Ballet and make it more accessible to Birmingham’s young professional community.”

It is holding its first social of the year in Pale Eddie’s private room upstairs, providing you an opportunity to learn exactly how it works to accomplish said mission and how you can become more involved to help (plus you get a chance to meet some new folks too).

They apparently plan to hold these bi-monthly – so even if you miss this one you could always download the board application and send it in (or just bring it with you completed).

Sep
23
Mon
Connect To Your Coast Birmingham @ Good People Brewing Company
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm
Connect To Your Coast Birmingham @ Good People Brewing Company | Birmingham | Alabama | United States

pint-glassThe Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) is going to be in Birmingham at Good People Brewing Company‘s taproom to celebrate area efforts to protect and improve the state’s coastal environment.

Do you need a reason to attend this event? If helping to make Alabama an even more beautiful place to live wasn’t enough, they’re offering to buy your first beer and let you have an official ACF pint glass (like the one pictured to your left – regularly $10 in their online store) if you show up and purchase or update your membership at the event!

That sounds like a good reason to us…

Sep
24
Tue
Deanna Sirlin book signing & U.S. premiere of “2 me” @ beta pictoris gallery
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm

Meet Atlanta, GA-based author Deanna Sirlin and discuss her new book, She’s Got What it Takes: American Women Artists in Dialogue, as she signs copies (there will be some on-hand for sale on-site courtesy of our friends at Crestline Village’s Church Street Coffee and Books).

They were pretty happy when they recently announced their participation on Postscript.

There is also the U.S. premiere of Frankfurt, Germany-based artist Eva Weingärtner‘s video “2 me” in the gallery’s raumZWEI space to check out.

Rebecca Dobrinski filed a review of the book over on Timetable.

Mixer on the Mountain @ Vulcan Park
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm
Mixer on the Mountain @ Vulcan Park | Birmingham | Alabama | United States

bulyp-logoThe quarterly membership and networking mixer for the Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals (BULYP) takes place atop Red Mountain this time. Complimentary food (courtesy of Dreamland BBQ) and refreshments will be available to those attending. There will also be a chance to win a door prize – not to mention a chance to enjoy the view from one of the highest points in the city.

Ugly Baby Walks the Dinosaur @ Avondale Brewing Company
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ugly Baby Walks the Dinosaur @ Avondale Brewing Company | Birmingham | Alabama | United States

ugly-baby-logoThe gang from Birmingham-based comedy troupe Ugly Baby Improv is back – and they’re inviting you to play with them at Avondale Brewing Company for a night of long form Chicago/New York-style comedy, “that thing your parents warned you about.” They say it’s not for small minds and that it will make you laugh. Sounds like an excuse to head on out…

Sep
26
Thu
Hispanic Heritage Month Open House @ ¡HICA!
Sep 26 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Hispanic Heritage Month Open House  @ ¡HICA! | Birmingham | Alabama | United States

hica-logo3Join staff, volunteers, and friends at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama‘s office in Homewood to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and learn more about ¡HICA!’s programs and how you can be involved!

Cultural activities will include a salsa lesson & arts and crafts projects. Visitors can also purchase Mexican ice cream and paletas (popsicles) made by Lichita’s Paletería y Nevería. Jewelry and crafts made by women from our Comadres group will also be for sale.

There will be free cultural refreshments, a Hispanic Heritage Trivia game which will test and expand your knowledge of Hispanic/Latino history, culture, and current issues, as well as an Advocacy Station which will inform you about current issues and empower you to make your voice heard!

The Pink Party @ Aloft Birmingham
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

pinkparty2013-2It’s time to wear pink as the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and B-Metro get together to help kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with North Central Alabama – Susan G Komen for the Cure!

There will be prizes and displays courtesy of the event’s sponsors in addition to swag bags, pink carpet trivia, free food and a cash bar.

It’s a great excuse to head out to a fabulous party for a great cause!

Oct
4
Fri
Bards and Brew SLAM! @ Avondale Brewing Company
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 4 @ 9:00 pm

bARDSandbrews-croppedBards & Brews, the first Friday poetry and beer tasting event normally held throughout the city at branches of the Birmingham Public Library is hitting the road for October – for a visit to the Avondale Brewing Company! Emcee Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verse with topics that run the gamut from romantic relationships to local politics.

Those intending to participate should show up at 6:30 p.m. to sign up. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to enjoy the music of The Joiners until 7 p.m. when things get started.  First place winner gets $200 while the second place winner receives $100. In case you’re thinking of participating, you may want to read over the rules in effect – Southern Fried Slam rules.

Beer tasting will be available courtesy of Avondale Brewing Company. You’ve got to be 18 to get in and 21 or older to be served – and yes, IDs will be checked.

Oct
12
Sat
An Evening with Zach Deputy @ Bottletree Cafe
Oct 12 @ 9:00 pm
An Evening with Zach Deputy @ Bottletree Cafe | Birmingham | Alabama | United States

zach-deputy Zach Deputy’s website describes him as a purveyor of “island-infused, drum n’ bass, gospel ninja soul.”

A description of his 2011 release Another Day accompanying the Facebook event posting for this show says on it he “demonstrates his extraordinary ability to perform and record in multiple contexts and conveys the sensibilities of a mature singer/songwriter” and “seeks to help him cross over into other audiences.” You’re getting a chance to see him perform before he hits the road with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe so he can sit in as the voice of Ray Charles during the Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party tour.

Need we say more?