EUAN MORTON, today, 7 p.m. at the Alabama School of Fine Arts Honoring JIMMIE HESS. (Photo Credit: Chris Mueller).
Honoree JIMMIE HESS, 7 p.m. at the Hands Up Together - Our Ovation and Celebration, today, at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
LONI LOVE , this weekend, at the StarDome Comedy Club. (Photo Credit: gomemphis.com)
SNOOP DOGG, 10 p.m., Saturday, at the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil. (Photo Credit: king-la.com
Racing at its finest......
AARON’S DREAM WEEKEND, this weekend!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL CELEBRATING... that means YOU, TAMIA BRYANT-DeRU, LeBOISE DeRu and JARVIS ESCOTT! It’s your time to shine!! Wishing ‘YOU’ the Best!!
While Celebrating......Check out the good spots all around the southeast. See you around town.’
NOW......, Enjoy some of this......, ‘MY’ favorite picks, This weekend...,
MY FAVORITE, ……, TODAY...., HANDS UP TOGETHER - OUR OVATION AND CELEBRATION HONORING JIMMIE HESS, featuring Euan Morton, 7 p.m. at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at the Alabama School of Fine Arts with a dessert reception following. Special guest entertainer EUAN MORTON, a native of Scotland and Tony Nominated Broadway Star, received an Olivier Award nomination for originating the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo. He moved to New York to reprise the role on Broadway, earning Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations, as well as the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Morton has recently appeared on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim opposite Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams, and Cyrano De Bergerac with Kevin Kline. Morton has performed concerts in prestigious venues throughout the country including the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Town Hall, Metropolitan Room, Birdland, CenterStage, Signature Theatre and the Kennedy Center. For more call (205) 879-3438.
Friday..., SCHAEFFER EYE CENTER CRAWFISH BOIL is Friday and Saturday in the BJCC area, downtown near the Sheraton Hotel. The Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil is a Birmingham tradition that like a child started small then kept growing and growing. Twenty years ago the Beam family entertained friends in the backyard and it grew into what Dr. Schaeffer’s efforts created as opportunities for his Birmingham-based company - Schaeffere Eye Center. Beam and Schaeffer partnered with the festival growing into one of the largest in the south with record-breaking crowds last year and a variety of music each and every year. Gates open at 4 p.m., this FRIDAY with DRAKE at 4 p.m., BLACK SMOKE at 5:15 p.m., BRANTLEY GILBERT at 8 p.m., THE CULT at 9:30 p.m., and JANE’S ADDICTION at 11 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m., SATURDAY with MOON TAXI at 2:45 p.m., FUTUREBIRDS at 4 p.m., THE HEAD & THE HEART at 5:15 p.m., MEGADETH at 6:45 p.m., LUPE FIASCO at 8:5 p.m., SNOOP DOGG at 10 p.m. and WIZ KHALIFA at 11:30 p.m. YOU do not wat to miss this year’s Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil. This is one event that we all look forward to each and every year. If you have not been you should check it out! Go to schaeffercrawfishboil.com for more. Tall them Gwen sent you.
Saturday....., BRAVO, 7:30 p.m., in Samford University’s Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center. SPECIAL TICKET OFFER – 50 Percent Discount! Join the Birmingham Music Club for an incredible celebration of music. Directed by the incomparable Carl Dean, this is a star-studded evening of music and dance that the whole family will love. This year’s event features Alabama artists who have received national or international acclaim for their work. Among the highlights are: THE BIRMINGHAM BOYS CHOIR, featuring children from the metro area, who will open and close the show with selections that include “Stars Fell On Alabama.” DR. ANTHONY PATTIN, award winning pianist will play “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” as well as several classical pieces. THE SONNY HARRIS TRIO (bassist Cleve Eaton, who played with the Count Basie Band; drummer Sonny Harris; and pianist Pedro Mayor), as well as Dr. Frank Adams, who played with Duke Ellington, will provide great jazz. The reigning MISS ALABAMA-COURTNEY PORTER, will perform both tap and ballroom dance numbers. Proceeds benefit the Music Club’s artist series and the Music Club Guild’s music scholarship program. Call the Samford Arts Box Office at (205) 726-2853 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please use special offer code “Rhythm” to claim this special ticket price.
Sunday..., AARON’S DREAM WEEKEND. All weekend long - The ARCA Series International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 is Friday, the AARON’s 312 is Saturday and the AARON’S 499 is Sunday. There will be plenty of action in Talladega at the Talladega Superspeedway track this week. This is more than a race! This is Talladega. See you at the races!
For the children and the young at heart..... Enjoy the weather, eat healthy and get outdoors for walks and plenty of exercise!
Now...here’s the rest of the story........ for something to do! You know that I love to laugh. Don’t miss your laughter, this weekend, at the StarDome Comedy Club.
**HOODIE FREEDOM-WALK MINI RALLY, 1 p.m. at Kelly Ingram Park. There is a Fundraiser for the TRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION, 3 p.m., at 1929 Third Avenue North, Suite 800. AND, there is a Town Hall Meeting, 5 - 7 p.m. at Miles College, Pearson Hall - The State of our Youth & Justice in America, A Time for Healing with the Trayvon Martin Family.
**SKOOL DAZE and STEEL at 1st and 23rd presents the TAURUS BIRTHDAY BASH with a Pre-Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour with Civilocity 4 - 8 p.m. Call (205) 304-1482 for more.
**Join Collat Jewish Family Services, tonight, 7 p.m. as we honor JIMMIE HESS..., are charmed by entertainer EUAN MORTON...., enjoy a scrumptious dessert reception....., and support CJFS. This is an event of Hands Up Together 2012. Call (205) 879-3438 for more.
**JAZZ with Birmingham’s finest, 6-11 p.m., at the Jazz Underground in 5 Points South with music by SHUAN PEZANT, MIKE HAMM and NORRIS JONES. Call (205) 202-3640 for more. Tell them Gwen sent you.
**JAZZ ON THE PORCH at Rucker Place, 5-8 p.m. every First Thursday.
**TOTAL A$$ET$, oldies Rock & Roll band, will be performing, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brookwood Village Mall. The event will be the beginning of the 2nd annual Brookwood Live Music Festival. The stage will be set up outside, on the street, in front of Brio’s Restaurant. Brookwood Live is an open air event with 38 vendors that is free to the public and should be great fun for all ages. Please try to come and bring your family & friends to enjoy an evening of good music, fun and great shopping.
**THE CONNECTION BAND, 7:30 - 11 p.m. at the Jazz Underground Five Points.
**Line Dancing, every Thursday at Wellington’s Bistro. Call (205) 223-4432 for more.
**THE BEST IN RECORDED MUSIC, 8:30 p.m., at Ona’s Music Room in Pepper Place. Call (205) 320-7006 for more.
**Caffeine Happy Hour with DOUG OUT, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Coffee Shoppee. Call (205) 222-6954 for more.
**LONI LOVE at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008 for more. Tell Bruce Gwen sent you.
**GOOD FELLAS at Sweet Bones Alabama. Call (205) 970-3058 for more.
It’s Friday.... some say the weekend starts here.... today.... not tomorrow... today.....
** FIRST FRIDAY at Merienda Lounge, 9 p.m. with the Pre Cinco De Mayo Jump-Off, Call (205) 422-9849 for more.
**THE CONNECTION BAND, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Jazz Underground Five Points.
**IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT, living for the weekend, 9 p.m. at Martinis.
**LONI LOVE at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008.
**THE BONUS ROUND, 9:30 p.m .at Ona’s Music Room.
**2012 SICKLE CELL WALK-A-THON, 8 a.m. - NOON, at Kelly Ingram Park, with Honorary Walk Chairman Chief Ivor Brooks, Birmingham Fire & Rescue, on-site registration. Call (205) 780-2355 or 1-800-735-0405 for more.
**Celebration Saturday presents CINCO DE MAYWEATHER with a Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto After Party, 8 p.m. at Merienda Lounge.
**LONI LOVE at the StarDome Comedy Club.
**ON PURPOSE, 9:30 p.m. at Ona’s Music Room. Check out Ona’s Music Room for your good music. Call (205) 320-7006 for more.
This is a day to relax, enjoy your family after going to your favorite place to worship, go to the movies, check out the museum, go to a concert or watch a little sports, it is the season!!
**Pray and share time with the family!! Support your favorite cause and others! Give your time if not your money and do it often!!
**LONI LOVE at the StarDome Comedy Club. Call (205) 444-0008.
**Monday 360.....(Turning Mondays all the way around). Nothing to do on Monday, think again -- Want to relax in an adult setting? Visit The J. Simpkins Gallery for Classic movies, and classic board games every Monday after work, and enjoy a complimentary dinner as well. We have a nice variety going on every Monday, Dart competitions, a secluded Cigar Enthusiasts area, and the best of all, the live music DVDs all evening, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m. J. Simpkins Gallery, 1608 Floyd Bradford Road, Trussville, AL 35173. Call 205.572.1295 for more.
**OPEN MIC NIGHT at Wellington’s Bistro. Call (205) 223-4432.
NEXT TUESDAY....... 3000 TUESDAY hosted by CHRIS SHEPPARD at 3000 Bar on southside. Call (205) 933-3222 for more.
NEXT WEDNESDAY.....TAKE 3, 8:30 p.m., at Ona’s Music Room.
NEXT THURSDAY....... NEW EDITION, 8 p.m., at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater.
HAYES HIGH SCHOOL CLASS REUNION - 62 GOLDEN REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT
Hayes High Class of ‘62 Golden Reunion Classmates, The golden reunion date has been set for August 24. Join in on the planning. Contact John Martin for details at (205) 836-5570.
FOR UP AND COMING ACTORS..... a Stilwell Casting Opportunity - Stilwell is looking for real moms for a fun, local grocery comparison commercial. Moms should be African-American, age 27-45, any shape or size, should have kids at home and must be comfortable sharing their opinions on camera. They want moms who are cost-conscious and love to save on their groceries. If you are interested, email
. Moms who are selected will get a $500 gift card and a free basket of groceries. If you have ANY acting credits, you are not eligible for this project.
FOR FILM/MOVIE LOVERS......IN 2012....
**Check out..... **SAFE HOUSE with Denzel Washington and THE VOW for the lovers. Then, there is......**REDTAILS, a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, still playing. Don’t miss it!
**First Thursday’s at the Birmingham Museum of Art FREE Films from Sidewalk at Steiner Auditorium, 7 p.m. - Coming: May 3.
**Film Topics and Speakers, at Rojo. Upcoming Salon Topics and Speakers: June 5: Distribution Trends with Amotz Zakai, of Echo Lake Productions. Salons are held at Rojo, admission is always FREE and so are the chips and salsa!
OTHER MOVIES........ John Carter, Friends with Kids, A Thousand Words, Silent House, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Wanderlust, Good Deeds, Gone, and Act of Valor.
FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS.......
Check out all the things happening in Birmingham outdoors, this weekend. There is plenty to see and do from the zoo to the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil. See you around town!
FOR GOLFERS...... FIRST ANNUAL CITY OF BIRMINGHAM MAYOR’S GOLF TOURNAMENT, Friday. Call (205) 254-2752 for more.
**FRIENDS & FAMILY GOLF CRUISE HAWAII 2012, August 11 - 18. For more go to African American Golfer’s Digest.
FOR LAUGHTER....., LONI LOVE, this weekend.....Loni Love has appeared on Chelsea Lately, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Special. Just how funny is comedian and actress Loni Love? Ask both Variety and Comedy Central, both of which have named her among their Top 10 Comics to Watch, or Campus Activity magazine, which honored her as its Hot Comic for 2009. Love is not only one of the most hilarious and lovable comics performing stand-up on the comedy club and college circuits but also a busy TV host, guest and actress who has also appeared in films and dramatic plays. Check her out at the StarDome Comedy Club. Tell Bruce, Gwen sent you. Call (205) 444-0008 for more.
FOR HEALTH....., The Bethesda Life Center presents, DRAMA TO LIVE BY - DISCUSS, LISTEN & EAT on Fridays at Noon, May 11th and May 25th at The Bethesda Life Center featuring the CAMBERWELL radio drama and a Special Guest. Call (205) 788-2200 for more.
**WALK FOR LUPUS NOW, June 9, Heardmont Park, Birmingham. Check in at 8 a.m. and Walk at 9 a.m. Call 877-865-8787 for more information.
**Walgreens and National Urban League Free Health Tests to Urban and Minority Communities with ‘Way to Well Health Tour’ for Prevention and Early Detection of Today’s Leading Diseases. Visit the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with NUL, which will provide free tests, assessments, education and consulting services. To learn when the Way to Well Health Tour is serving a neighborhood near you, visit www.walgreens.com/waytowell.
FOR EMERGENCIES IN 2012... The first step to being Red Cross ready is to get a disaster preparedness kit. At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
• Water-one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
• Food-non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
• Multipurpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add those supplies to your kit.
Be RED CROSS Ready - Get a Kit - include water, food, batteries, a flashlight, first aid kit and other essentials. Make a Plan - have a plan established in the event of a fire, tornado or other emergency. Be Informed - have a weather radio and listen to all weather advisories given by officials. Resolve to Be Prepared for Emergencies in 2012 - You can make a difference to others and help keep your family safe by resolving to get your household prepared, to “Be Red Cross Ready” when emergencies happen.
Families need to plan how to deal with disasters. They need to know what emergencies are most likely to happen where they live, learn, work and play. You can make a difference in your community by knowing what to do when disaster strikes. You can:
1. Get a kit. If you’ve ever fumbled to find a flashlight during a blackout, you know what it feels like to be unprepared. Use a downloadable checklist to make things even easier when assembling your emergency preparedness kit.
2. Make a plan. Talk with family and household members about what you would do during emergencies that are most likely to happen in your area.
3. Be informed. Know the risks where you live, work, learn and play.
4. Learn first aid and CPR/AED so that you have the skills to respond in an emergency before help arrives, especially during a disaster when emergency responders may not be as available. Contact your local chapter to get trained.
Take time to get prepared. Visit RedCross.org for more information on how to prepare for all types of emergencies.
FOR ART LOVERS...
**ART CRITIQUE, 7 - 9 p.m. at Space One Eleven, the last Wednesday of every month. Local artists are invited to bring a piece of their artwork and be critiqued by their peers. Donations suggested.
FOR CHILDREN..., Take the children to the library, zoo, park, ....get outdoors as much as you can. They need the exercise. AND, take them to the movies, this is the season with plenty of new movies hitting the theatres for the young and young at heart.
FOR JOB SEEKERS....., Services for job seekers, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Urban League. Workshops are presented by HR professionals. Tuesday - How to write a resume, proper interview attire, and interviewing skills, How to leverage your network, and Effective ways to job search. Wednesday - Building your resume and Thursday one on one coaching. Employers will be there and will post jobs at the Birmingham Urban League. There is access to computers and the internet. Call (205) 326-0162 for more. (Share with the job seekers in your life. Tell them Gwen sent you).
NOW.... For those of you that might be interested..... Here is one of ‘my’ special places ....In Birmingham, ....Check out what’s happening at The Old Car Heaven. Call (205) 324-4545 for more and tell them Gwen sent you.
On to the rest of the happenings around town..., Here are the HAPPENINGS EVERY WEEK...... but, first, Birmingham...... Get your laugh on at the StarDome Comedy Club every weekend. There is always laughter going on there. Coming soon...., JANET WILLIAMS a.k.a. THE TENNESSEE TRAMP, JAMES GREGORY, AL ERNST, EARTHQUAKE, SOMMORE, HENRY CHO, and COREY HOLCOMB. Call (205) 444-0008 for more. Tell Bruce that Gwen sent you.
AROUND AND ABOUT TOWN....If you are grown, sexy, love music, play cards, head to Charlotte’s place – Wellington’s Bistro, the place to be these days for your best blues and jazz specials on Monday nights. There is always Marty’s on the Southside. There is Tasty Tuesday and Old School Friday at Platinum of Birmingham. Now, there is Merienda on the Southside. Tell them Gwen sent you. (Hey, send all your live music/entertainment calendars to Gwen DeRu at
THIS SUMMER, here are some PLACES YOU CAN COUNT ON...EVERY TIME! IT’S THE GOOD, THE SAME and THE BEST ..............
EVERY TUESDAY...., **3000 TUESDAY hosted by CHRIS SHEPPARD at 3000 Bar on southside. Call (205) 933-3222 for more.
EVERY WEDNESDAY...,**Check out Old Car Heaven, Happy Hour, 4 - 6 p.m.
EVERY THURSDAY...,**ONYX near Birmingham-Southern College and across from the Fire Station on Eighth Avenue. **DOUG OUT at the Coffee Shoppee for ‘Caffeine’ Happy Hour, 7 p.m. in the Five Points West area. Call (205) 222-6954 for more. **JEFF LOPEZ AND KEN TALLEY at Michael’s Steak and Seafood, today and tomorrow. **OLD SCHOOL PARTY at Steel, right after work.
EVERY FIRST THURSDAY..... **JAZZ ON THE PORCH at Rucker Place, 5-8 p.m.
EVERY SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY...., FOLKS WITH JOKES, 7:30 p.m. at Legends. Call (205) 529-5587 for more.
EVERY FRIDAY...,**Pure Fridays at Martinis. Ladies FREE before 10 p.m. **FAB FRIDAYS, 5 - 9 p.m. Happy Hour at The Onyx, with complimentary food. Ladies FREE until 11 p.m. and Bottle Service and VIP seating After Hours at 11 p.m. Check it out at 615 8th Avenue West, near Birmingham-Southern College and across from the Fire Station on Eighth Avenue.
EVERY SUNDAY...,**Jazz Brunch at Billy’s on Overton Road. Call (205) 956-2323. **Live Music Brunch at Crestwood Coffee Company. Call (205) 595-0300.
AT MARTY’S on Southside......**Piano Bar with Errick Smith and Chain Saw Kelly (later), today.
**George Mostoller as Hank Tubley and Gentlemen Zero (later), Friday.
**Allen Tolbert Unit and Kendra Sutton (later), Saturday.
**Jason Bailey Band, Sunday
Hey...the Birmingham Zoo always has something for the children. There are a few new exhibitions. Take the kids out!! Call (205) 879-0409 for more.
SUPPORT BIRMINGHAM’S OWN for the 2012 London Olympics Medical Team - Alabama is represented at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games by Jamila Kindall, graduate of John Carroll High School, Georgia State University, University of Tennessee and the Birmingham School of Massage. Out of 250,000 applicants, Jamila was given an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of history on the Olympic Games Medical Team 2012. Support Jamila Kindall and learn more by contacting her at
or mail your contribution to P. O. Box 1766, Pinson, Ala. 35126.
TOP EVENTS.....in MAY.....in Alabama.....,
IN GARDENDALE - May 4-5, Gardendale Magnolia Festival, FREE, call (205) 514-6799 for more.
IN HUNTSVILLE - May 4-5, WhistleStop Festival & Rocket City BBQ Cook-Off, call (256) 564-8100 for more.
IN TALLADEGA - May 4-6, Aaron’s Dream Weekend, call 877-Go2-DEGA for more
IN CULLMAN - May 11-12, Cullman Strawberry Fest, call (256) 775-7207 for more.
IN FOLEY - May 12-13, Art in the Park, 40th Annual, call (251) 943-4381 for more.
IN MONTGOMERY - May 12, Hampstead Institute Spring Food Festival, call (334) 422-9331 for more.
IN GULF SHORES - May 18-20, The Hangout Music, call (251) 948-3030 for more.
IN MONTGOMERY - May 18-19, Jubilee City fest, call (334) 834-7220 or 261-1114.
IN DECATUR - May 25-27, Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival, call 800-524-6181 for more.
IN GORDO - May 31-June 2, Mule Day/Chickenfest, call (205 364-7111, ext. 23 for more.
COMING SOON..... (or still going on).......AROUND THE STATE....
**Grand Opening of the Jazz Underground with MIKE PHILLIPS LIVE, June 1 and June 2, at the Jazz Underground. Call (205) 202-3640 for more. Tell them Gwen sent you.
**IN AUBURN – Now through December 2, Culinary Boot Camp. Call (334) 321-3179.
SAVE THE DATE.....
**NEW EDITION - 30th Anniversary Reunion, May 10 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.
TIPS FOR YOU!!
Each week, I would like to give you useful tips. (If you should have any, please, pass them on to me. Thanks). TIPS ON ‘ANY AND EVERYTHING’.... (and some are not for everyone). Produce can be expensive, so buy items that are in season or on sale to help save money. MANGOES - Mangoes are rich in vitamin C and contain polyphenols that show promise in fighting breast and colon cancer. (Taken from Prevention magazine)
RECIPE/FOOD...... ‘Tis the season for simple weeknight dinner ideas! Make ahead ideas and quick desserts help your schedule stay fuss-free. MANGO MOJO WITH GRILLED CHICKEN - PUREE 1 peeled and chopped mango and 3 tbsp. lime juice in blender. TRANSFER to bowl and stir in 3 tbsp. each finely chopped jalapeno (without seeds) and cilantro, 1 tsp. minced garlic, and 1/4 tsp. cumin. SERVE with grilled chicken breast and lime wedges. Serves 4 (Taken from Prevention magazine) ENJOY!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all celebrating..., that means YOU..... TAMIA BRYANT-DERU, LeBOISE DERU and JARVIS ESCOTT!!! Many, many more Happy Birthdays!! Here’s wishing ‘you’ all the best!!
Well, that’s it....don’t forget to listen to 900 GOLD WATV, Bringing Back the Memories and the Good Times, Birmingham’s Only Old School Station, where you can hear People, Places and Things with Gwen DeRu on Thursday and Friday at 10:20 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. This will keep you up on the latest happenings in and around town. Check it out. And, don’t forget to inform and invite me to your latest.
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