What to do in Birmingham this weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It has been a cold start to 2015 but when it comes to events around town, Birmingham is heating up!

And here to help guide you to a great start in January is Antown Ervin of Discover Birmingham.

First there is “Bob: A Life in Five Acts” by Peter Nachtrieb and running from Jan. 8-24

The story of one man’s odyssey of becoming a “great man,” told from the moment of his birth (and abandonment at a White Castle restaurant) until right before his death (surrounded by his beloved flea circus). Bob follows the journey we all take through life, and the weird and wonderful characters we meet along the way. Fifth Avenue Antiques-Theatre Downtown

General Admission Adults $17, Students $12, For more info call 205-565-8838 or click here.

Next up UAB presents “Warhol: Fabricated

Works by legendary late artist Andy Warhol will be on display in an unprecedented and highly anticipated exhibition presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham from Jan. 9 – Feb. 28, 2015. The first major show by an artist of global renown at the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts since its opening in January 2014, “”Warhol: Fabricated”” will be a remarkable presentation of rivate and public Warhol pieces that have never before been exhibited together.

An opening reception for “Warhol: Fabricated” will be from 6- 8 p.m. Jan. 9, at AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South. Admission to AEIVA is always free. AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. Call 205-975-6436 or visit AEIVA online. UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts

The event is free! For more info call 205-975-6436 or click here.

What something different? Try Bards & Brews Poetry SLAM

Bards & Brews, the popular poetry performance/beer tasting series, is usually held the first Friday of each month from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at various locations in Birmingham. Jan. 9th’s SLAM at Central is free to attend, and $5 to participate. Free beer samples from Good People Brewery, courtesy of BPL Young Professionals. Music and sign ups start at 6:30. First prize $200, Second prize $100. MC: Voice Porter. Birmingham Public Library – Central Branch

For more info call 205-226-3670 or click here.

And this Saturday, the BMDC MLK Unity Walk 2015: Food365

The Fifth Annual MLK Unity Walk will be Jan. 10th at noon. This year’s theme is “FOOD365.” The goal of this event is to replenish the Greater Birmingham Ministries food banks. These organizations will need food after the holidays to ensure that area families will have a food resource that they can access all year long. Come out and walk and bring can goods. This event is free, however, a $25 tax-free donation would be appreciated and will help defray costs associated with this event.

It starts at Railroad Park, for more info call 205-529-2404.

Also on Saturday check out the Red Shoe Run

Starting at 7 a.m., help the families that call the Ronald McDonald House home. Run, walk or jog. There is a race for everyone just in time to start off your New Year’s Resolutions or to get ready for the Mercedes Marathon. The day starts with the 10 mile runners and shortly after the 5K participants take off. Ronald McDonald himself wraps up the race with the 1 mile Family Fun Run! Celebrate keeping families together while enjoying food, a bouncy house, games, face painting, photo booth, music and more. Your commitment to participate in the Red Shoe Run and fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House makes a huge impact on those families who have to travel to Birmingham to receive medical care in our local hospitals. Your support keeps families together during their child’s critical illness or injury with a warm bed and hot meal at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. Rosewood Hall at SoHo Square

Check here for registration fees and more.

And for even more events and other happenings around Birmingham check out Discover Birmingham’s full calender right here.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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