What to do in Birmingham this weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s that time ago folks! That’s right the weekend is here!. Antwon Ervin of Discover Birmingham wants to help you celebrate by letting you know about some fun events happening around Birmingham this weekend and a bonus Monday event that you won’t want to miss!

BB King Tribute

Monday – August 17th 7 pm

The event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and VIP Seating is available for current ASC Members. (For VIP Seating, email us at ASCMembership@uab.edu or call us at 205-996-6113.)

The ASC is honored to host a tribute to one of the greatest guitarists and musicians of all time as we pay homage to B.B. King. Over a dozen musicians from Birmingham and around the Southeast region are coming together for one night to honor the blues legend in this free concert. Join Elnora Spencer, Ona Watson, Chad Fisher, CeCe Phillips, Sean Michael Ray, PJ Spraggins, Joseph Stallworth, Joey Sommerville, Marc Phillips and GrooveDaddy, Microwave Dave, Norris Jones, Tim Boykin, and UAB’s Artist-in-Residence, Eric Essix.

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Birmingham Restaurant Week 2015

REV Birmingham, the organizers for Birmingham Restaurant Week 2015, would like to invite you to “Birmingham’s Premier Dining Out Event,” spotlighting the Magic City’s great culinary community since 2010.

Locally owned and operated restaurants across the area will be offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

Two Course Prix-fix Lunch Menu $5, $10 & $15.

Three Course Prix-fix Dinner Menu $10, $20 & $30.

Food lovers may simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like during Birmingham Restaurant Week. Diners can revisit their favorite restaurants or explore new dining opportunities.

Just browse the list of restaurants and menus. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling restaurants directly or visiting their profiles online.

Awards:

  • *Bham Mag. 2012 Best of Bham Award – Food Advocate Finalist
  • *2012 PRCA Medallion Awards – Social Media

Click here for more details.

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Art on the Rocks

Friday August 14th is the final Art On The Rocks of the summer!

The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.

CLEAR PLASTIC MASKS

Formed in New York City in 2011, Clear Plastic Masks quite literally have honed a world of influence into sharp, tight, nostalgic rock n’ roll that is at once bone-deep familiar and not like anything else you’ve heard. The story starts where every good story does, in a dive bar where lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born and raised on theatre in Detroit, met Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia. Despite upbringings half a world apart, the two forged a fast friendship centered on a collective love of music. Soon enough, toiling around Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, they met guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne. What began as simply four unlikely friends hanging out trying to make their way in one of the toughest cities on earth eventually evolved into an informal jam session where, without planning, they discovered a surprising sound.

We Have Doughnuts Wall

All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // Yes, you read it correctly. Yes, you can take a bite. And yes, you find a real doughnut wall in the world, and you didn’t have to jump the rainbow to Candyland. Actually, the confectionary wonder is thanks to the local startup We Have Doughnuts, who make homemade old-fashioned doughnut magic for every occasion.

GIF Photo Booth by BIG Communications

All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // It’s time to get your GIF on! This unique photo booth experience will turn your antics into an animated GIF masterpiece. Create a GIF with your friends, perfect for sharing online with#ArtOnTheRocks!

Southern Living and Pepper Place Pop Up

All Night // Main Lobby // Enjoy a stylish accessories buffet, complete with scents, styles, hyacinths and creatives, made by two Birmingham treasures, Southern Living and Pepper Place. Stone Hollow Farmstead Perfume Bar will provide a custom perfume bar, filled with sweet smells of farm life; Becky Stayner’s Biscuit Leather Company brings textiles fit for an adventurer; and Charles Ellis’s pocket squares will polish off a dapper pocket. Holly Carlisle of Rose Golden Flowers brings her fairy touch of floral design to the table. This pop up is the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of! Special thanks to Southern Homme, 1SharpG, and Wheelhouse Salon for their effortless style and insight.

Seasick Records

All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // An independent record store known for their quirks (such as an in-store barber shop), Seasick Records has quickly made its mark on the Birmingham music scene. Come visit Oscar’s Café, where they’ll be spinning records (and their mustache tips) all night long.

Yellowhammer Creative

All Night // Oscar’s Cafe // This Birmingham-based print and design studio has grown into an innovative company, producing everything from t-shirts and band posters to custom logos. Peruse their designs and take home an exclusive t-shirt or tote of BMA’s own nudes from our permanent collection.

VIP Tent: Cocktails from Carrigan’s

All Night // Junior Patrons VIP Tent // Our VIP guests are invited to enjoy the cocktail creations of Carrigan’s own Eric Bennett and specialty craft brews by Cahaba Brewing Co. in the Upper Plaza VIP Tent.

Food Trucks

All Night // Parking Lot // Once again, AOTR eats will roll in on wheels to bring munchies with a backyard feel. Circle through for more food as often as you like, the food truck line-up includes:

  • Spoon Fed Grill
  • Cantina on Wheels
  • Taste of Nature
  • World of Wings
  • ONO Ice
  • We Have Doughnuts

DANCEe

7:15PM // Contemporary Galleries // The treasured repertory piece, My Phone is on Vibrate (For You) will be presented by the Birmingham Contemporary Dance Company, DANCEe, featuring one of the troupe’s principal soloists, Amanda Vazquez. The ethereal physical elegance of the dance is situated with a sketch-comedy hilarity. The scenario of the comedic dance, waiting for a phone call, touches on an experience shared by many.

Henna

7:30-9:30PM // Asian Galleries // Henna has been used to the body as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. Visit Ann in the third floor Asian Galleries as she decorates with traditional designs that will last for days.

AROVA Contemporary Ballet

7:45PM // Contemporary Galleries // 8:45PM // European Galleries // This progressive ballet company pursues innovation in dance performance, blending ballet with contemporary styles as the only local dance troupe of its kind. AROVA aims to make a home for artists who desire to present a deeper expression of what dance means. Make sure to come experience their one-of-a-kind performances. Each of their three performances will take place at 7:45PM and again at 8:45PM.

Opera Birmingham

8PM // European Galleries // Hear some of opera’s favorite arias from Verdi to Puccini, performed by Opera Birmingham’s Jennifer Bryant, soprano, and Christopher Steele, piano.

Spoken Word

8PM // Upper Plaza // WordSpeak and We Are Rtists (WAR) present: High Octane! Spoken Word poetry is moving from the coffee house to the concert venue, and Shaunteka LaTrese – author, actress, performing poet – is leading the way, with legendary musician Arturito LaCruz at her side. This duo promises a sonic offering that may become a spiritual experience.

In Snow

9PM // Upper Plaza // In Snow is Brooke McCarley, Michael Pocus, Sam Porter, and Christopher Suda from Birmingham. Their live show is a powerful, cinematic post-rock set, alternating between loud brooding rock and meditative interludes.

And don’t forget the Birmingham Barons at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham! For a look at the full Barons schedule: CLICK HERE

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

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