Things to do This Month

SEPTEMBER 2014

9/1- 9/5 Magic Chromacity @ UAB

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Two buildings on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus will be covered with giant swathes of colorful fabric for a large-scale art installation by New York City-based artist Amanda Browder titled “Magic Chromacity.”

In the first joint project for UAB’s Cultural Corridor, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Department of Art and Art History, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ new Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts commissioned Browder to create “Magic Chromacity.” The vast artworks Browder is creating use recycled and donated materials collected in Birmingham and Brooklyn, New York, and will adorn the AEIVA and ASC buildings for one week. These huge, vibrant, quilt-like works will allow the buildings, which face each other on 10th Avenue South, to reflect and complement each other while also serving as individual installations. FREE! Walk or drive by.

Thursday 9/4- Art Crawl @ 5pm-9pm @ Various Locations downtown + After party @ The Wine Loft

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The Birmingham Art Crawl is a monthly happening bringing people to the cultural and historical Central City area and showcases Birmingham’s deep and energetic pool of creative talent. Art Crawl is the first Thursday of every month from 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. Venues stretch across Central City of downtown Birmingham including galleries, restaurants and bars, downtown businesses and more.Art Crawl is a great way to meet local artists and performers, buy and appreciate their work, and be part of the rapidly growing art scene in Birmingham. An estimated 2,500 art enthusiasts will attend each month to support around 50 local artists.

Venue maps can be found in this weeks edition of The Weld for Birmingham. So grab this week’s Weld for Birmingham and plan yourThursday crawl from interactive art projects, meeting talented artists, watching music performances, learning about contest info and more!

Friday 9/5 – Bards & Brews @ 6:30 pm @ Ruffner Mountain

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Friday 9/5- Saturday 9/6 Art Walk

Art WalkThe event is free! There will be great food and art for sale. Visit the website for more event details.

Sunday 9/7- Nature Hike Through The Senses @ 2pm @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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Join us for a colorful fall journey in The Gardens and let your senses lead the way! Includes a story, nature senses hike and take home nature craft. $15 for non-members. Get tickets here

 Tuesday 9/9- Iron Cinema Presents: “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” + Trivia @ 8:00pm @ Iron City

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Join us as UAB’s Director of Film June Mack hosts a film/trivia series in Iron City’s music venue on the big screen. Win concert tickets, meal tabs and more! Doors at 7 p.m.   Intro. to film at 8. Movie at 8:15. FREE admission. Film Genre: Comedy. Rating: PG-13. Visit website for more event details.
FYI: I LOVE THIS FILM

Saturday 9/13- Empowerment Week: Diversity Fair @ 10:00am- 4:00pm @ Lynn Park

Come out and enjoy the City of Birmingham’s Diversity Fair. Activities include music, food trucks, kids zone, art zone, and multicultural musical acts and vendors from Sojourns located in Birmingham!  Free Event.

Saturday 9/13- Empowerment Week: Uptown Music Festival @ 5:00pm-8:00pm @  Uptown Entertainment District

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After you enjoy the Diversity Fair activities come on over to Uptown and listen to some of Birmingham’s local bands throughout the Uptown Entertainment District!kids zone, art zone, and multicultural musical acts and vendors from Sojourns located in Birmingham! Free Event.

Saturday 9/13- Shout Bamalama Soul Dance Party @ 9 pm @ Bottletree Cafe

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$5 Admission. Visit website to purchase tickets or for more event details.

Sunday 9/14- Empowerment Week: Gospel Fest @ 12pm- 6pm @ Lynn Park

Empowerment Week will close with a bang with the Gospel Festival and Diversity Fair in Linn Park. Come out and get spiritually fed as well as physically fed with Birmingham’s local food trucks on site. Free Event.

Monday 9/15 – Tedx Birmingham Salon @ 6pm @ Trim Tab Brewery

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Ripples. Small disturbances in the status quo that grow larger. At TEDx Birmingham Salon, we’ll hear from several live speakers who will start the ripple of an idea. It’s up to you to connect with others in this intimate setting and see how far those ripples can spread. We invite you to join us.

Tickets available on September 2nd here. Get them quick, because they sell out soon. Visit the website for details on speakers and more event info.

Thursday 9/18- How Do I Make Money With My Website? @ 9:30 am @ Central Birmingham Public Library

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All Businesses are becoming more digital due to the growth of social media and technology.  Learn how to effectively utilize your company’s online presence to gain more customers.  Get hints and tips from an expert.  Get the most out of your website. Presentation by Andrea Walker,  Corporate Communications Manager, Walter Energy.

Program Series Sponsored by Renasant Bank. In conjunction with the  Birmingham Public Library System

The event is FREE, but requires registration. RSVP here.

 Thursday 9/25- Saturday 9/27 42nd Annual Greek Festival @ 10:30 am- 10:00 pm @ 307 19th Street South

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Begun in 1972 by the Ladies Philoptochos Society, this yearly event has blossomed into one of the premier cultural events in the Southeast. The Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral Greek Food Festival is now the focal point for thousands from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia who for three days experience the Greeks’ legendary zest for life. At the festival you can find authentic Greek cuisine, Mediterranean and Orthodox Christian souvenirs in the gift shop, and Greek dancing.

I’ve heard that the food during this festival is AMAZING!! Visit the website to see menus and event details.

Friday 9/26- A Night With Gatsby  Benefiting Children’s Hospital @ 9pm @ Work Play

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This is a big one! Not only will you enjoy live music, great food, complimentary drinks,  and “play” gambling, but you also get to dress up! Proceeds from this event go to a great cause. You can purchase tickets here.

Saturday 9/27 – Fiesta Birmingham @ 12pm @ Lynn Park

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Who doesn’t love a great fiesta?

Sunday 9/28- Cahaba River Valley Society Fry-Down @ 12 pm- 4 pm @ Trussville Springs

Fry-Down This is the fourth year of Fry-Down. Come out and enjoy family friendly activities along with their annual fish fry competition. The Fry-Down Been Garden will featuring delicious selections of beers from local craft breweries. There will also be a host of other activities including a rock climbing. This description does my excitement about this event no justice. Visit their website for more details or to enter the competition.

Sunday 9/28- Symphony 30 Concert + Picnic @ 5pm @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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Bring your family, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs to our annual picnic with the proceeds benefiting the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s family and education programs. Dinner will be provided in the price of the ticket as well as a symphony concert including family favorites. Tickets start at $25.  Visit website for event details.

Month Long Events:

9/1- 9/30 Freedom Now: Expressions of the Movement Through Music and Civil Unrest @ Civil Rights Institute

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BCRI will present “Freedom Now: Expressions of the Movement through Music and Civil Rights,” a photography exhibition by Birmingham resident Cassandra Griffen on Tuesday, August 5 through September 30 in the Vann Gallery. “Griffen’s photographs reflect a largely untold story of the key role of jazz in helping shape and quicken the arrival of the civil rights movement,” stated Ahmad Ward, BCRI Head of Education and Exhibitions.

While many of Griffen’s images feature portraits and special history-making events, Griffen says that she is most drawn to the animation and mystery of musicians. “I photograph them as they transcend into another world where just they and the music exist,” she explains. Get tickets and more event details here.

9/1- 9/21 Lethal Beauty @ Birmingham Museum of Art

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The samurai are universally recognized warriors. Tales of their heroics have fascinated people since the 12th century. Bushido (The Way of the Samurai) is the code of chivalry by which they lived, and encompasses not only mastery of the martial arts, but also the ideals of morality, bravery, compassion, respect, honor, glory, and loyalty. The sword was the soul of the samurai, and they lavished great attention on their weapons and armor, creating stunning works of lethal beauty.

This summer the Museum will host the renowned collection of samurai weapons and armor from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Come join us as we explore the samurai warrior class who served Japan through periods of intense warfare, as well as periods of peace and cultural brilliance. Get tickets here.

9/5-9/26 Every Friday Biz 1.0: Entrepreneurship Essentials Workshop

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BIZ 1.0 + Entrepreneur Essentials is a four-part workshop series focused on providing the essentials needed to build a profitable and sustainable business. We believe that by acquiring these fundamental business tools, entrepreneurs will be better equipped to start and grow more successful Birmingham businesses.

BIZ 1.0 + Entrepreneur Essentials Curriculum includes:

Week One: Developing Your Business Model

Week Two: Financial Intelligence

Week Three: Building Your Business Structure + Operations

Week Four: Branding + Marketing + Advertising

*Space is limitedRegister to reserve your spot!

 

***Descriptions of events come for the sponsors or creators of the event and are not necessarily written by me. All images are taken from google images or organizations’ website.

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