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Got plans this weekend? 8.1 – 8.3

To be honest, I don’t have much for you this weekend. Rightly so, the smart folk have left August alone to let us all stay in the pool or house, wearing as little clothing as allowed. And there is still a little time to head to the beach before school starts. If you are headed to school yourself, or have young’uns who are, then you may enjoy this weekend’s tax-free event to stock up on the needed supplies. Bookbags, clothes, computers all qualify – here are the offical rules. I suggest if you hate shopping, then stay the heck away from any big-box store near you.

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Got plans this weekend? 7.18 – 7.20

ABCs - Bethany L. King/Flickr

ABCs – Bethany L King/Flickr

Since I live with someone just learning the English language, I do a lot of ABCs and counting. So here is my 3-2-1 countdown for this weekend.

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Got plans this weekend? 7.11 – 7.13

Editor’s note: This week Birmingham Magazine associate editor Carla Jean Whitley takes the weekend planning reigns while Christina enjoys a vacation at an undisclosed location.

As Birmingham magazine’s official calendar editor, I always know what’s happening around town-often to the detriment of my budget! Last weekend wasn’t bad, with an emphasis on time outside and cooking with friends. Other times social- and entertainment-heavy weekends loom on the horizon; I’m saving now for all the cash I’ll drop with concerts, Artwalk and Muse of Fire scheduled for the first weekend of September!

But then there are weekends like the one ahead: plenty of activities to choose from that won’t break the bank.

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Got plans this weekend? 6.13 – 6.15

Yea! City Stages is finally here. Oh, there are lots of folks that I’ve heard complaining about this or that. But I’m ready to enjoy the atmosphere, listen to some good music and have a much better time than the haters. I’ve made my game plan, figured what stages I need to be when — I even know what I’m eating. Here’s my Top Five must-dos for the weekend.

Lunch concert. If you work downtown, start your City Stages weekend off by eating lunch alfresco in Linn Park. This year’s Coca-Cola Unplugged Stage will feature L’Angelus, Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs, and Erin McCarley. Just a little something to wet your appetite. Editor’s note: No, our special section is not quite finished (not even close actually, but at least it can help you for lunchtime.

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Got plans this weekend? 6.6 – 6.8

My interest happen to be wide and varied. So are this weekend’s highlighted events.

I don’t think those who know me are one bit surprised by my like of musicals, especially Andrew Lloyd Webber. In town at the BJCC this weekend is Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley. This is a role Ted knows very, very well because he was the first Jesus (1971 on Broadway) and has starred in most of the national tours/productions since then. Although I bet you can’t name the the 1980s rock star who took a stab at the role in 2002. This tour was originally billed as the Ted Neeley farewell tour. I’ve seen Ted a couple of time on the stage and he’s worth seeing if that is indeed true. If you can’t catch the show or feel the need to keep your love of musicals in the closest, I encourage you to rent the movie version for a great performance by my favorite Jesus. You know, besides the real guy … George Burns.

I still love me some festivals, here’s a sampling …

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Got plans this weekend? 5.9 – 5.11

Friday night is the first Spoken Word Night at the new Greencup Books. I don’t think they care what you say as long as you’re willing to get up and say what you got to say. And I love the rules — “No judges, no grudges, just love and rockets.” Sign up starts at 7. FREE to listen and FREE to speak though they would appreciate donations for the drinks. The bookstore is located at 105 Richard Arrington Blvd. South.

Editor’s Note: Don‘t forget to check out Trav’s piece on the bookstore’s opening weekend from February…

You can also Come Out and Play Game Shows Friday night at 7. Release your inner Trebek, hone your rock, paper, scissors strategy and in general, have a good time and maybe win prizes. This FREE fun has a new location — Magic City Motor Scooters, 1305 2nd Ave. North, downtown Birmingham.

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Got plans this weekend? 5.2 – 5.4

Celebrate Hoover Day has been moved to Sunday. But that means you can go to the Noble Street Festival in Anniston instead on Saturday. This festival seems to revolve around watching people go really fast on bikes, bicycles that is. When we say fast, we’re talking 40 mph. That’s scary fast. But the festival does have more to offer. There’s food from area restaurants, a whole day of music, kids’ activities including the McWane Science Center KidZone and more. The music is free and most of the kids’ stuff is too. You’ll have to buy tickets for the food. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The website does say rain or shine so take the umbrellas.

Celebrate Hoover Day? We Love Homewood Day? How do you choose? More after the jump…

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Got plans this weekend? 4.25 – 4.27

Actually… there’s not much to read this weekend. Charles has done most of the work for me (Thanks Charles!) by giving you the scoop on the 25th annual Magic City Art Connection in this week’s In Love With column. I’m in love with this art show too and I always find fabulous stuff for me and my walls to wear. The FREE festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Here’s my tip: Go without the kids Friday on your lunch break or skip out of work early. Then, take the kids Saturday or Sunday to the creative zone set aside just for them. That way, you get to see the art without meltdowns and the kids have a fun day outdoors with their favorite person in the world, you. Win-win, funnel cakes for everyone.

If the art is for sale downtown in Linn Park, then everything else will be for sale at the old Century Plaza Belk. That’s the site of this year’s annual Bargain Carousel. One word for you: Huge. People stand in line for this giant of a garage sale put on by the lovely Junior League ladies to support their good works. Hours are Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. If you want to get the best deals early, you’ll have to pay $5 to get in Saturday until noon. After that, it’s FREE.

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Got plans this weekend? 4.11 – 4.13

I love April and September. Cooler temperatures (sometimes, maybe not this week) means lots and lots of festivals. Big, small — I love ’em all.

This Friday and Saturday is the 10th Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival at St. Elias Maronite Church, 836 8th St. South. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Good food, dancing, tours of the church, did I mention the food? Follow the link to see this year’s menu. In case you’re at work, I’ll warn you that the festival website plays traditional music … but that just puts me in the mood to go hear the real thing by the band coming in from NYC. The fest is FREE but the food is not.

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Got plans this weekend? 4.4 – 4.6

April showers bring May flowers … that’s if you stock up at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens big sale. Big is an understatement. This is the largest plant sale in Alabama history! Lots to choose from, good prices and all proceeds go to the Gardens. I myself want to do everything possible to support the Gardens and keep the admission free. It will break my heart if they ever start charging. To attend the sale is free too and the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Happy planting!

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