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50th Anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement
Now-April 13 | Thousands will gather in Birmingham April 10-13 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1963 Civil Rights Movement. The four-day event will honor the past while focusing on building a brighter future. Hosted by The International Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Inc. (SCL Foundation) and the city of Birmingham, the commemoration will recognize the contributions of those who fought racial equality and serve as the launching platform for the SCL Foundations initiative to emphasize a new era of social and global activism. The commemoration themed Quantum Responsibility: A Tool for the New Human Rights Struggle will include a series of private and public events. Visit sclfoundation.org/#/scl-foundation/
for a schedule of events and ticket information.
Sheraton Hotel Downtown | 334-735-8498
April 11-27 | In “Seminar,” a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The word play is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Fifth Avenue Antiques-Theatre Downtown | $17, $12 students | 205-565-8838
Tap: The Show
April 12-13, 7 p.m. | In this dynamic production fueled by non-stop rhythmic energy, a cast of award-winning dancers and singers take audiences on a historical journey of tap styles from Broadway to big band and beyond.
The Library Theatre | $25 | 205-444-7888
Life with Father
April 12-13, 19-20, 7 p.m.; April 14, 2:30 p.m. | “Life with Father” is set in Victorian-era New York City and tells of Father, a successful Wall Street broker who rails against his staff, his cook, his wife, his sons and the inability of the world to live up to his impossible standards. But the tables are turned when his family begins the epic struggle to have Father properly baptized.
ACTA Theater | $12, $10 seniors, $8 students | 205-655-3905
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
April 12-21 | “Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Tour” Hours: 9:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (Fri. and Sun.), 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Sat.)
1919 9th Street, Calera, Al 35040 | $19 | 866-468-7630 |
15th Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival
April 12-13 | This two-day event features the food and culture of Lebanon. Authentic food includes kibbee, grape leaves, tabouleh, grilled chicken, homus, baklawa and more. There will be dancing by children performed on stage throughout Friday evening and Saturday. Music will be provided by a professional Lebanese band from New York; Amin Sultan, performs each night in tent outside from 6-9 p.m. Daytime church tours will showcase the stain glass windows of St. Elias and its newly renovated interior. Self-Guided tours will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days, except during Saturday Vigil Liturgy from 5-6 p.m. Guided tours start on Front Steps of the Church at each top-of-the-hour beginning at 11:00 am and ending at 7:00 pm. There will be silent auctions both days. New this year will be the inaugural Saint Elias Cedar 5K Run April 13 at 8:30 a.m. The run will benefit the SUKI (Spreading Unconditional Kindness Intentionally) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established to raise money and awareness for Rett Syndrome. The race will begin at the church at 836 8th Street South and will run through the historic Glen Iris neighborhood
Free admission | St. Elias Maronite Church | 205-252-3867 |
April 13, 9:30 a.m. | Join the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its annual Walk MS: Birmingham. It’s a 1-, 2- or 3-mile walk honoring those affected by multiple sclerosis. Decorate a team tent, participate in the Walk MS T-shirt contest or visit the health and wellness fair to fully experience this event.
Homewood Central Park | Free | 205-879-8546
Third Annual Cajun Cook-off
April 13, 11 a.m. | Make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-off! This casual, family-friendly event features a Cajun cooking competition as well as live music from The Swamp Poppas in Birmingham’s beautiful Linn Park. Enjoy taste-testing all your Cajun favorites including gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, red beans and rice and more! Your vote will help determine the winner of the cook-off competition. All funds generated by the Cajun Cook-off benefit Girls Inc. programs that inspire Central Alabama girls to be strong, smart and bold. Interested in entering a team in the Cook-off? Please contact Girls Inc. Development Director Erin Melaney at 205-599-5683
Linn Park | $25 for adults ($30 day-of, $5 for children | 205-599-5683
April 13, 7 p.m. | Join PALS (People Affecting Library Success) for an exciting casino event and silent auction to benefit the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest Children's Department. The library will be transformed into a fun-filled casino, complete with gaming tables, live music, gourmet cuisine and a silent auction. Auction items include gift certificates to popular boutiques, jewelry, art and more with plenty of items for men. Tickets include complimentary food by Iz Catering, wine and beer by International Wines and gaming tables by Goodfellas Gaming.
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest | $35 in advance, $40 at the door | librarypals.org/spring-fundraiser.html
Mt Laurel Spring Festival
April 13, Mt Laurel Spring Festival-Farmer's Market & Craft Fair with more than 150 vendors includes hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables for kids, music, face painting, doggie dress-up contest, six restaurants, a variety of shops and special appearances by Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, the Ghostbusters and more.
Mt Laurel Town Square | Free | 205-408-8696
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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail
April 16, noon | This day marks the 50th anniversary of the day that King began writing his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.’’ The Birmingham Public Library will sponsor a community-wide reading from King’s letter at various Birmingham library branches, schools, churches, parks and businesses. Any group can participate.
Birmingham Public Library Central Branch | Free | 205-226-3746
17th Annual Green Tie Affair
April 20, 6 p.m. | The public is invited to attend the 17th Annual Green Tie Affair Auction and Party on at Woodrow Hall. The Green Tie Affair will feature live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants, a silent auction offering items such as vacation packages, artwork from local artists, and gift certificates. Dress for the evening is creative casual. The Green Tie Affair will also be an occasion to celebrate the AEC’s renovations of its downtown Birmingham Recycling Center, which will include a look more attractive to the neighbors as well as recycling a used shipping container into an office. This event is the AEC's annual fundraiser with proceeds going to benefit its state-wide work.
SoHo, Rosewood Hall | $50 before April 15; $60 after | 205-322-3126
Mutt Strut: Dog Friendly 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run
April 20, 7 a.m. | Hand in Paw’s young professional group, SoHIP (Supporters of Hand in Paw), will again organize the annual Mutt Strut: Dog Friendly 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run. The day will be packed with fun for not only the avid runner and dog-lover, but for the whole family. There will be anything from running the 5K, walking the 1 mile, listening to live music, visiting local vendors, to watching Manners in Motion’s agility dogs. The event is a fundraiser for Hand in Paw. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m.
UAB Campus Green | $20-$30 | 205-322-5144 | active.com/running/birmingham-al/4th-annual-mutt-strut-dog-friendly-5k-and-1-mile-fun-run-2013
Parade of Homes
April 20, 10 a.m.; April 21, 1 p.m.; April 27, 10 a.m.; April 28, 1 p.m. | The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders' (GBAHB) is hosting its 57th annual Parade of Homes presented by Alagasco. The 2013 Parade will more than 80 new homes on tour across the Greater Birmingham area, and is FREE to the public. The GBAHB will present the second annual Ideal Home during the 2013 Parade of Homes. The Ideal Home, a showcase house with the latest in smart-home design, decor and sustainability, will be located in The Preserve in Hoover and built by Byrom Building Corporation. The home will be open during regular Parade of Homes.
Visit GBAHB website for map | Free | 205-912-7000| birminghambuilder.com
Birmingham Reads and Brookwood Celebrates
April 20, 10 a.m. Fun for the entire family featuring music, characters, entertainment and more.
Colonial Brookwood Village | Free | 205-944-2928
A Night in Neverland
April 20, 5:30 p.m. The fifth annual gala benefits the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, providing children the opportunity to experience the educational benefits of live theatre, who would not otherwise have the ability.
Birmingham Children’s Theatre | $20-$125 | 205-458-8181 |
ArtPlay presents an ArtPlay Studio Ensemble in “Play”
April 21, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Using both modern dance and ballet, “Play” expresses the importance of playtime as children and asks the question, “At what age did we stop playing?”
Alys Stephens Center | $10 adults, $8 children | 205-975-2787 |
2013 Dress Circle Society Gala
April 27, 6 p.m. The annual gala, presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company and the Dress Circle Society, provides significant funds for RMTC’s year-round artistic and educational programming and a fabulous night out for its supporters.
Old Car Heaven | 205-324-2424 |
April 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; April 28, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. A 1,000-family garage sale, Bargain Carousel has been labeled the “largest garage sale in Birmingham.” The proceeds raised at Bargain Carousel are returned to the community through the Junior League of Birmingham’s 30 Community Projects.
Location TBA | $5 on April 27, free April 28 | 205-807-3759 | jlbonline.com