July 8-20 - Summerfest
This dowdy old tradition continues for another year with fare that most life-long Birminghamsters will appreciate. Calling it the 'Cabaret Theater' may have stirred some new interest, along with the fabulous Kristi Tingle. The Mercer songbook starts the season off.
Tuesday, July 15 - Comedy
Yet another comedy troupe, this time Captain Ticklebritches, performs improv sketches and shows videos. Could be a derivative of Torrential Downplay or not, but I definitely don't want my britches tickled. Probably good for fans of The Capitol Steps. WorkPlay 8PM.
Wednesday, July 16 - Abstract Art
Ex-pat art is always the best, especially when it is done in France. American's who don't think France is the best thing since sliced baguette may not appreciate the work of painter Joan Mitchell. A successor to Pollock, Mitchell's expressionism deserves more attention. She was not abstract, she just painted abstract things.
Thursday, July 17 - Found Art
Self taught artists put together various pieces of trash into a more or less coherent whole. Part of the museum's commitment to showcase less well-known contemporary urban folk art in a gallery type setting. Birmingham Museum of Art - through Oct. 5.
Friday, July 18 - Art
A traveling display of art created by inmates from the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Although larger than our education budget, Alabama's prison budget won't support the distribution of art by inmates. You could write your congressman and complain about this. UAB Visual Arts Gallery 5-8PM.
Saturday, July 19 - Carnival
Come see what science is all about these days as the McWane Center presents the Cosmic Carnival. Fun and games for all ages, and hopefully some science. Like the soda volcano and hair raising static generator. McWane Center Plaza 10AM-3PM.
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20 - Reenactors
War buffs will appreciate the Tennessee Militia and U.S Army Regulars from the Creek War and the War of 1812. These groups will set up a camp to depict what life was like in the early 1800's. Representatives from Hale County will be on hand to make sure everything looks authentic. Fort Toulouse, Wetumpka 9AM-4PM.
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20 - Guns
There haven't been enough gun shows in Birmingham lately, and we are glad to see this one. The Alabama Gun Collectors Association show is a great way to see the history of gun making and get details on how to start your own gun collection. BJCC 9AM-4PM.
Friday-Sunday, July 18-20 - Movie
'The Wizard of Oz' at the Alabama Theatre. If your kids aren't already afraid of tornadoes and flying monkeys then be sure to take them to this Technicolor classic. They may never want to leave home again. Friday-Saturday 7PM, Sunday 2PM.
Sunday, July 20 - Anniversary
Charlemagne Record Exchange is celebrating their 26th Anniversary. The event is being held at The Florida Grill, a really bad restaurant. Although not that great a record store, they deserve better than this after 26 years. 7-10PM.
Tuesday, July 22 - Archaeology
The UAT archaeology department takes you on a hunt for shark's teeth and other fossils. The stream gravel deposits in Alabama's black belt are full of great things like fossils and old car parts. Smith Hall, UAT campus, 8AM-4PM.
Thursday-Saturday, July 24-26 - Music
Come learn some Gospel music through a workshop at the UAB Continuing Education Center. Attend workshops, seminars, and rehearsals with a concert at the Alys Stephens Center.
Saturday, July 26 - AIDS
AIDS Alabama Oscar Night benefit at the Alabama Theatre. Come dressed as your favorite movie character. Music, dancing, and an art auction will be part of the festivities. WorkPlay 8:30PM.
Friday-Sunday, August 1-3 - Movie
It truly is a mad, mad world, and probably even mad, mad, mad, mad. Find out what is buried and where, and see who gets there first. Bring your father to see this comedy classic staring just about everyone including Buddy Hackett. Friday-Saturday 7PM, Sunday 2PM.