GOOD OL’ AMERICAN TUNA: You can always count on the Terrific New Theatre for a funny show. Red, White and Tuna, the last show of their 25th season, is the sequel to their previous play, A Tuna Christmas. It’s a two-man play with over 20 parts about day-to-day life in Tuna, Texas, the “third smallest town” in the state. The Birmingham News gave Red, White & Tuna four stars, saying, “You’re bound to enjoy almost every minute of this one.” Remember, this is the last show of the season, and it won’t be playing for much longer. Check it out while you still can. Red, White and Tuna starts at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are normally $20, but Thursdays are pay what you can afford. Still, don’t stiff them. Call (205) 328-0868 or visit www.terrificnewtheatre.com to reserve your tickets or find out more.
WE KNOW WHO SHOT ROCK! The Birmingham Museum of Art’s “Who Shot Rock and Roll” exhibit has been a great success, but there’s one problem. It focuses on big-name photographers of national shows, the movers and shakers in main-stream rock in the past 50 years. In a show that’s supposed to be about the little guy, where’s the little guy? Well, Art Folk Gallery is opening up a companion show that should answer that question. “WE Shot Rock and Roll” will feature only Alabama music photographers and will showcase the quality of the genre in our own state. The show will also feature work by Rowland Scherman, who lived and worked in Birmingham for more than 20 years. Scherman is famous for winning a Grammy for his 1968 photo that was used as the cover for Bob Dylan’s greatest hits. This is definitely a show to check out. The opening reception of “WE Shot Rock and Roll” will take place from 5:30-9 p.m. In a noted improvement over “Who Shot Rock and Roll,” this exhibit is completely free! Call (205) 716-1665, visit www.artfolkgallery.org or see this week’s cover story for more information.
IN THE FUTURE, YOU WILL BE TOLD YOUR FUTURE: Ladies and gentlemen, I have a secret. I have never told this secret to anyone before, but it’s high time I reveal my hidden gift. To an anonymous group of alt weekly-reading Birminghamians, no less. I can see the future. I’m not talking about that phony, cold reading, “speak in broad enough terms until you get something right” seeing the future. I’m talking “I know what you’re going to do before you do it” seeing the future. How else do you think I manage to write this section week after week? Yes, dear reader, I simply cast my third eye into the distant time of “A Week or So From Now” and discover what the most popular, important public event on any given day will be. I come today with a message from the not-so-distant future: you will go to the Psychic Fair. The abilities of the seers there will make mine look like those of an anemic child boxing Joe Frazier. For while I can only see public events a mere week into the future, the readers at the fair will be able to see the more distant future, tailored specifically to you. Want to know if you’ll live a rich, fulfilling life with excitement, love, adventure and huge piles of cash? Alas, I cannot help you. But by consulting the cards, the runes and the bones, the good people at Books, Beans and Candles will provide you with some much-needed guidance. Readings will cost $10 for 15 minutes, but can you really put a price on your future? The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (205) 453-4636 or visit bookbeancandle.com/bbcms lest you drift through life without direction forevermore.
A ROMAN HOLIDAY IN ALABAMA: Audrey Hepburn was, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful women of her day. So why not go see Roman Holiday, the movie that won her the Academy Award, at Birmingham’s must beautiful theatre, The Alabama Theatre? Roman Holiday is about a European princess, Ann (Hepburn), who runs away in Rome after growing tired of her Royal duties. Ann meets Joe (Gregory Peck), an American expatriate working as a reporter in the city. The two embark on an adventure across the city while their very different lifestyles try to pull the two apart. Fun fact: the phrase “Roman Holiday” originally comes from a poem by Lord Byron, in which Roman citizens make a holiday from a gladiator’s death. The phrase is roughly equivalent to “schadenfreude,” a German word meaning pleasure derived from other people’s pain. I’m not sure if the original meaning has anything to do with the movie though. I guess you’ll have to go watch it to find out. Roman Holiday will be playing at the Alabama Theatre at 2 p.m. Tickets will cost $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and children under 12. Call (205) 252-2262 or visit www.alabamatheatre.com to find out more about the show.
RELAX AT RAILROAD PARK: Monday. I can’t tell what’s worse: how terrible Mondays are, or listening to people complain about how terrible Mondays are. If I have to hear one more person complain about the “Monday blues” or about how they (or I) have “a case of the Mondays,” I’m going to start bleeding from the ears. Then I’ll daub at my ears with tissue and agree with them, because Monday is, on balance, a terrible thing to spend a solid seventh of your life sitting through. We’re all in it together, so it’s up to everyone to do their part to make Monday a slightly more tolerable experience. If we all try to make every Monday a little better, there is a possibility for a brighter future, where Monday no longer feels like having all the hope and vitality let out of you with a rusty steak knife, but is instead a bit closer to that feeling you get when you get up after your legs have been asleep for a long time: still fairly unpleasant at the time, but manageable on the whole. So here’s what I want you to do this Monday. Head down to Railroad Park. It’s beautiful, it’s new, and it’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Bring some friends. Bring the kids and the dog. Bring a Frisbee. Most of all, just bring a good attitude. It might be a Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun. Railroad Park is located at First Avenue South between 14th and 18th Street. Drive (or walk or bike or whatever) over after work and unwind. And just remember: when Monday’s over, the weekend is just that much closer.
CORREALE COMEDY: It’s not often we get a big, national comedy act coming through Birmingham. Well Pete Correale isn’t terribly big, but he’s certainly national. He’s got what I suspect might be the thickest New York accent to ever come through Birmingham. He’s also a seriously funny guy. His special, “The Things We Do For Love,” premiered on Comedy Central in May earlier this year. He’s definitely worth checking out. Pete Correale’s show will be at the Comedy Club Stardome in Hoover. Tickets will be $9.75. Pretty cheap for such a good show. Call (205) 444-0008 or visit www.stardome.com to get your tickets or find out more.
DEX ROMWEBER AT BOTTLETREE: The Dex Romweber Duo has been described as “psychosurf-rockabilly-garagepunk” music. I’m not entirely sure what a soup of words like that actually means, but one of the interesting things about them is that they sound energetic while remaining clean. Strippeddown guitar riffs and growled lyrics give the Duo clarity and urgency while maintaining that ever-essential grunginess. Again, I’m not sure what that pile of words really means, but maybe it’s spot on. In any case, these guys are great. If you want to get the full experience, this is definitely the show to go to. It’s the release show for Dex Romweber Duo’s newest CD. So come on down, bring some cash for a CD and be ready to rock. Dex Romweber Duo will be playing with local musician Henry Dunkle at The Bottletree Café. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (205) 533-6288 or visit www.thebottletree.com for more information or to get your ticket.
THE END OF THE ANGELS: Theatre Downtown is putting on part two of the Pulitzer prize-winning play, Angels in America: Perestroika. Come see the conclusion of Prior Walter’s story and find out if he can manage to live not only with his disease but with himself. Be prepared to sit for a while. Together, both parts of Angels in America are seven hours long. Angels in America: Perestroika starts at 7:30. Opening night is pay what you can afford with a minimum of $7. Call (205) 306-1470 or visit www.theatredowntown.org for more information or to preorder tickets.