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Bonnie Raitt at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Concert Hall (October 7, 2012). More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music. Tickets are $51.60 and $82.90 at Ticketmaster. Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys at Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center (October 19). A Birmingham native and audience favorite, Emmylou Harris returns to the ASC for the first time in more than five years. Already celebrated as a interpreter of other artists’ songs, she has begun writing powerful, evocative songs. Tickets are $74.50, $65.50 and $54.50. Call (205) 9752787 or visit Neil Young & Crazy Horse with special guest Alabama Shakes at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre (October 25) The legendary singer songwriter plus a homecoming for Alabama Shakes. 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $134.25 - $73.75 - $43.75 at Ticketmaster. Peabo Bryson at Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center (November 2). With 20 albums to his credit, Peabo Bryson has enjoyed an unprecedented, across-the-board level of international success.


Comedy, Dance & Theatre

VST 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Virginia Samford Theatre (September 6-9). Join Birmingham’s best musical theatre talent as they perform selections from some of the best of shows from the past decade produced on the stage of the Virginia Samford Theatre. The Color Purple at RMTC Cabaret Theatre (September 27-October 14). A soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. $30-$35. Thursday- Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Anthony Bourdain: Guts and Glory at Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center (November 1). The internationally renowned chef, author (Kitchen Confidential), and television host will visit the Magic City for one night only, Thursday, November 1. Bourdain will spend the evening sharing candid, often hysterical insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience. Tickets: $250, $62, $53.50, $41.50. Broadway in Birmingham presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis (November 28) and West Side Story (November 30 - December 2) both at BJCC Concert Hall. Martin Short at Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center (December 14). For decades, Short has brought his own special concoction of quirkiness to screens both big and small with appearances and rolls in Saturday Night Live, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Innerspace, Three Amigos, Father of the Bride, and many, many more. Tickets: $70.50, $61.50, $50.50. La Sylphide: A Witch’s Revenge presented by Alabama Ballet at Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center, Samford University (October 26-October 28). Just in time for Halloween, this ballet tells the story of a young Scottish man who becomes enchanted by a forest fairy on the eve of his wedding. Tickets range from $20-$55

Visual Art and Culture

Norman Rockwell’s America at Birmingham Museum of Art (September 16-January 6). This fall, the Birmingham Museum of Art will host Norman Rockwell’s America, an in-depth look at the life and work of America’s favorite illustrator. Rockwell’s six-decade career coincided with one of the most eventful periods in American history, spanning four wars, the Great Depression, the space race, and the Civil Rights Movement, all vividly depicted in his work. The exhibition includes 52 original paintings and drawings, and all 323 Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell created between 1916 and 1963. 49th Annual Bluff Park Art Show at Bluff Park Community Center. Always on the first Saturday in October, the show draws more than 140 artists from across the country to exhibit and sell their art. 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free. Fiesta 2012- A Hispanic Culture Festival at Linn Park (October 13) This year will be Fiesta’s 10th anniversary celebration of Hispanic culture in Birmingham. Adults: $5; Under 12: Free. Noon to 7 p.m. Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve in Hoover (November 2-3) Art, design and nature come together in this unique arts festival always held the first weekend of November. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park at Regions Park and ride shuttle to festival.


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Alabama Mud

Alabama Mud is a new online store owned by Jamie Blattmann. Jamie is a certified ceramist who has been making ceramics for over twenty years. Certified while living in Canada, she started off selling her work to Canadian art galleries; she originally specialized in making ceramic teapots and tea sets. Since then she has diversified her talents, as slowly but surely her love and passion for working with clay turned into a fulltime job. She now has the ability to preserve pictures in clay by turning the photo into a stamp and then imprinting it into clay. Alabama Mud is her new online store that offers handmade specialty items. Some of her latest collections include: Inspirational items which showcase a series of hand rolled clay crosses with inspirational quotes, as well as decorative Judaic items; a Botanical series; which includes items such as birdhouses and wind chimes; a series of clay houses and churches; a series of hand rolled fish; and different types of jewelry. Alabama Mud items can also be found in various specialty shops around the country. Commissions are gladly accepted and Jamie is willing to work with her customers in order to ensure that they are more than happy with their purchases. To contact her visit www. or call her at 205-542-1927

ALL Things Gallery

All Things Gallery is  not your ordinary game day store!   The store just celebrated its grand opening, and is one of the few in the country that features fine art pieces representing more than one or two universities.  You can actually see and touch officially licensed art by the following schools (with more coming every month): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi St., Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UAB. Come see for yourself at 4704 Cahaba Valley road in Altadena Square (located next to firehouse subs) or check them out online at Phone is 205-977-8620.

A’Mano Gifts in Mountain Brook Village Shopping Center

If you haven’t visited A’Mano lately, this is the fall to check it out! A’mano has created a niche in Birmingham over the past 14 years as a premier source of gifts for every occasion. It is a unique store offering pottery, glass, home furnishings, jewelry and children’s and women’s accessories. Customers who come in the store repeatedly say what a happy place it is and how they enjoy our creative displays. This year, A’Mano has a renewed focus on searching out emerging artists. This summer, we have travelled to new art shows such as the famed Cherry Creek Arts Fair in Colorado, as well as various regional shows in North Carolina. We have had a  successful search and are excited about the new pieces that will be arriving this fall.  

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Samford’s Davis Architects Guest Artist Series and Birmingham Chamber Music Society present The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

sponsored by Barbara Barnard in celebration of Dr. Anthony Barnard’s 80th birthday and by Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith

October 23, 7:30 p.m.

$20 adult • $15 senior (55+) $10 student/child Brock Recital Hall, Samford University

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Ritz Chamber Players Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.

$20 adult • $15 senior (55+) $10 student/child Brock Recital Hall, Samford University

Samford’s Davis Architects Guest Artist Series Brock Recital Hall Samford University event and season tickets

William Bolcom and Joan Morris

Birmingham Chamber Music Society event and season tickets 205-975-2787

The Avalon String Quartet

Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Jon Kimura Parker

The Peabody Trio

Jointly sponsored with the Morris Piano Competition Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

April 22, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Employer.


A’Mano is located in the Mountain Brook Village Shopping Center on Culver Road. We are in a very convenient location, and we are happy to deliver and ship.  Our customer’s love to give special gifts and we try very hard to have something for every occasion.  Our customers also love our handmade and special selection of cards that are unlike any other in Birmingham. We also try very hard to offer superior customer service and we offer complimentary gift wrap.  Our hours are Monday thru Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-4. We are open later during the holidays. Like A’mano on Facebook to keep up with the newest arrivals and sales. A’Mano 2707 Culver Road, Mountain Brook Village Shopping Center. 205-871-9093 . Birmingham Ballet Founded in 1991, Birmingham Ballet has grown from a small academy with a performing outlet into a well established multifaceted organization with an academy, a semi-professional community ballet company, a professional repertory company, and a community outreach program.   Birmingham Ballet’s mission as a self-sustaining community arts organization is to provide quality professional, semi-professional, and pre-professional dance performances, a training ground for aspiring talent, performance outlets for dance enthusiasts of all ages/ levels of development, and cultural enrichment/ outreach to our community using the language of dance. Their vision is to bring new levels of excellence to ballet – both on and offstage. Birmingham Ballet is sustained by passion. Their upcoming season has something for ballet lovers of all ages. Birmingham Ballet, known for their engaging Nutcracker performances, will add one performance of The Mutt-Cracker to their schedule, a benefit for the Greater Birmingham Society. The February brings Neverland to life at the BJCC Concert Hall. In May, the Birmingham Ballet Professional Repertory Company presents Artist’s Palette. For tickets: or 1-800-745-3000. www.

Birmingham-Southern College Visual and Performing Arts

For more than 150 years, Birmingham-Southern College has been one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, providing an educational experience that develops students mentally, morally, and physically and prepares them for successful careers. BSC’s visual and performing arts professors are artists, musicians, and performers who work side-by-side with students in the classroom and in performance and exhibition venues on campus and around the world.  Each year, these bright and talented students and faculty put their skills on display on campus and beyond.  This year’s visual and performing arts season calendar at Birmingham-Southern promises to be spectacular, from the Concert Choir joined by members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 28) to the opera Die Fledermaus (April 26 & 28); from Shakespeare’s Richard III (Oct. 4-7) to The Who’s rock opera Tommy (Jan. 24-27); and from

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learning and doing. Our bright and talented students get hands-on learning in the classroom and plenty of opportunities to display their skills in performance and exhibition venues on campus, in Birmingham, and around the world. They’re taught by top-notch faculty who don’t just teach what they do. They do what they teach. It’s a distinctive educational journey that prepares students to meet tomorrow’s challenges and to make

a profound difference in the world. To learn more about art, music, and theater at Birmingham-Southern College, visit For a season calendar of all BSC visual and performing arts events, visit


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an exhibit of recent sculptures by Joanna White (Oct. 4-25) to the Sloss Furnace Iron Pour (Oct. 4) and the BSC faculty exhibition (Feb. 7-21), plus much more. To see the entire season calendar and find out how you can join the college’s Fine Arts Society to support the artistic journeys of BSC students, visit  www.bsc. edu/academics/fas. Broadway in Birmingham Join Broadway In Birmingham for some of the hottest performing arts events in Birmingham this year! Tickets to shows like the Birmingham premiers the Tony Award-winning musicals Billy Elliot and Jersey Boys, the beloved classic West Side Story and the rollicking, rowdy good times of Rock of Ages. Broadway In Birmingham season ticket holders are also guaranteed priority for single ticket sales for events like Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis and the best seats at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center (BJCC). Broadway In Birmingham season ticket renewals begin March 26, 2012 and new subscriptions are on sale now. Whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or a family-friendly event, Broadway In Birmingham has the ticket for you! Follow Broadway in Birmingham on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and special offers for Birmingham!

City Of Hoover

From art to music to festivals, Hoover has put great emphasis on the arts as a great addition to the city’s wonderful quality of life. The prestigious Bluff Park Art Show is held each year on the first Saturday in October. The show began as a fund raising event first held in 1963, and has grown to include over 125 artists. Proceeds from the show are used to support the community and the arts. For more information, please visit www.bluffparkartassociation. org. The Preserve is the scene of a premiere cultural festival. Each November the Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve presents a vibrant show that is a celebration of art, architecture and the natural world. The Library Theatre is a professional venue that brings worldclass entertainment—music, theatre and dance—to an intimate setting in the heart of Hoover. Patrons can also enjoy artwork by some of Birmingham’s finest artists. Browse the Friends Gallery located outside the theatre. Exhibits change monthly. Beyond these cultural institutions, Hoover’s venues and parks such as Aldridge Gardens, Regions Park and Veterans Park are the frequent setting for cultural, sports and civic events.

Samford University School of the Arts

Samford University’s School of the Arts has emerged as a vital and comprehensive center for arts in the Birmingham area. The Homewood campus hosts local, regional and national artists as it prepares today’s young artists to shape tomorrow’s world. Samford is home to the acclaimed Davis Architects Guest Artist Series, Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance 118

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Series and Visiting Visual Artists Series. Those programs combine with the school’s growing arts partnerships--currently including Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Superpops Series, Birmingham Chamber Music Society, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Birmingham Music Club, Superjazz Big Band and Samford’s own Wright Center—to create a regional cultural hub. All of the school’s performances and exhibitions are open to the public and many are presented free-of-charge in the spirit of the school’s educational mission. Individual and season tickets are available for special events and series. Most importantly, Samford’s School of the Arts offers undergraduate majors in aspects of art, graphic design, theatre, church music, music education, music theatre, instrumental music, theory, music history, vocal/choral music, piano, pedagogy, organ and composition. Minors include art, theatre, music, dance, film and the arts. Graduate degrees are available in church music, music education and piano performance and pedagogy. The academic program also serves the broader community, with music lessons for all ages and music and theatre summer camps for children. Visit  and follow Friends of Samford Arts on Facebook for season schedules, tickets, photos, video and news.

The Virginia Samford Theatre at Caldwell Park

As it enters its 10th year, The Virginia Samford Theatre is offering something new—a five-show subscription season of shows produced by the VST. The five shows on the VST subscription season are a diverse blend of comedy and drama: “Driving Miss Daisy” (Oct. 11-21). Alfred Uhry’s comedydrama about the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur from 1948 to 1973. “A Christmas Memory: The Musical” (Dec. 13-23). Adapted from Truman Capote’s short story set in a small Southern town in the 1930s. Story “follows the comic adventures of two misfit cousins who make the most of what may be their last holiday together.” “9 to 5” (Jan. 24 - Feb. 10, 2013). The Alabama premiere of the musical based on the movie about three women who decide to seek revenge on a terrible boss. Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, Jan D. Hunter and Emily Herring will star. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (March 7-17, 2013). Edward Albee’s classic drama about George and Martha, who invite a younger couple over, only to drink heavily and engage in relentless, scathing verbal and sometimes physical abuse. “Annie Get Your Gun” (June 20-July 7, 2013). The Irving Berlin musical about sharpshooter Annie Oakley. In addition, VST will offer some specials, and a few other dance and theater companies will present productions, including VST’s 10th Anniversary Show (Sept. 6-9). Performances from VST shows past, present and future. Directed by Carl Dean. For information on all shows, or to order season tickets, call 2511228 or go to

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Vulcan AfterTunes 2012 Vulcan will once again be tapping his giant iron toes as music fills the air this fall atop Red Mountain. On Sunday, September 23, Vulcan Park and Museum will kick off Vulcan AfterTunes, the annual three-part concert series held each year beneath the feet of Birmingham’s favorite statue! Chill out in Birmingham’s backyard and end your week with cool tunes, fresh brews and sweet views on Sunday afternoons.   Concerts begin at 3 p.m. and are held outside on Vulcan’s surrounding park grounds - rain or shine. Admission is charged and includes entrance to Vulcan Center Museum and Observation Tower. Afternoon snacks will be available for purchase from some of Birmingham’s best neighborhood restaurants and a cash bar will offer a refreshing selection of wines and specialty beers from featured breweries.  Now in its eighth year, Vulcan AfterTunes has become a highlyanticipated event for music lovers and a popular cultural outing for families to enjoy in a one-of-a-kind city setting. Proceeds from all ticket sales help support Vulcan Park and Museum’s ongoing mission to preserve and promote Vulcan as the symbol for the Birmingham region, to advance knowledge and understanding of Birmingham’s history and culture, and to encourage exploration of the region. Tickets and VIP packages are available online!  www.visitvulcan. com

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