Fresh Ground Comics. Have you ever laughed so hard your side hurts? If that’s your thing then you’re in luck because Fresh Ground Comics is back this month for another night of great comedy! Come early for dinner, coffee, wine and beer. HIGH GRAVITY BEER ON SPECIAL $5. & House music by DJ Stevo! The Red Cat Coffee House next to iCantina in Pepper Place. Cover is only $5 and the show runs from 8-10 pm so make sure you show up on time, no funny business!
Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell Presented by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute September 6-December 18, 2011. To honor its approaching 20th anniversary (2012), the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) will present “Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell,” on September 6 through December 18 in the Odessa Woolfolk Gallery. “Evolution” is the first exhibition to highlight the prints of Distinguished University of Maryland Professor Emeritus of Art, David C. Driskell, an artist, art historian, collector, curator, educator, and one of the most recognized and respected names in the world of African American art and culture. Driskell has been a practicing artist and active printmaker since the 1950’s, and his works are in major museums throughout the world. More information at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; 520 16th St s Birmingham, AL 35203; 205-328-9696
Greek Orthodox Food Festival (9/29-10/1) Go Greek! Although there are plenty of well established and tasty Greek food restaurants around the city you still do not want to miss the 39 th annual Greek Orthodox Food Festival. There will be authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine as well as traditional Greek dancing and of course, souvenirs. This festival draws a large crowd from all over the Southeast so take advantage of your proximity and make an appearance as you are sure to not regret it. The Holy Trinity – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located at 307 19 th Street South in Birmingham, AL.
Baby, Ain’t no Way at Alabama Theatre Inspired by the soulful Aretha Franklin ballad, Marc Raby weaves a story together of family, love and forgiveness. It’s the phenomenal production of “ Baby Ain’t No Way”. What happens when one family, with its own array of issues, stumbles upon a secret that turns their world upside down? It’s a tale of the heart. It’s a story of lost love, blind love, and forsaken love. Secrets fuel this defining story of love, forgiveness and faith. The show starts at 7pm and for tickets call Alabama Theatre at (205) 251-0418.
Fleet Foxes are a folk band which formed in Seattle, Washington. Musical influences from Neil Young, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and Brian Wilson. But they are leaving their rooms to come to the Alabama Theatre. They are signed to the Sub Pop and Bella Union record labels. The band came to prominence in 2008 with the release of their second EP, Sun Giant, and their debut full length album Fleet Foxes. Both albums received much critical praise and reviewers often noted their use of refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. $41.95. 7:30 p.m.. 1817 Third Avenue North
Goodfella’s at Mafioza’s - It’s tuesday and you’re already 40% done with the work week! SO blow off some steam and come check out award winning sax player Jeff Lopez and the gang at Mafioza’s in Mountain Brook. You can’t miss with this selection of half priced pints and buy one get one slice of my personal favorite pizza in town. I always order the “Last Request” because it’s to die for!
Emmy award-winning actress and champion for human rights America Ferrera will give a free, public lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The event is part of UAB’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Ferrera is probably best known for her role as Betty Suarez on the ABC hit comedy “Ugly Betty.” She also has performed in a number of films, including “Real Women Have Curves,” for which she received a Special Jury Award. Ferrera also acted in “Lords of Dogtown,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and the Oscarnominated animated film “How to Train Your Dragon.” She recently appeared in and executive produced “The Dry Land,” which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Ferrera serves as an artist ambas sador for Save the Children and helped raise more than $44,000 to build a new elementary school in Mali. In 2010 she received the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Inspira Award, which recognized her contributions as a role model through her work as an actress and activist. She also received the 2011 Global Action award for Childhood Development and Education.
Recently, Ferrera traveled to India with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to take part in the PBS film “Half the Sky,” which explores the trials and triumphs of women as they struggle for opportunity and equality. 7 p.m. that Wednesday at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Jemison Hall at 1200 10th Ave. South.
Ecofest. What’s your carbon footprint? Come show your support for the environment tonight at the 13 th annual Ecofest! There will be cocktails and a silent auction starting at 5:30 and ending at 7pm after which will be the dinner and a live auction. This will all take place at the Harbert Center, 2019 4 th Ave. North. Tickets are only $60 and all proceeds go to the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College. Sponsored by Birmingham WEekly, Call ahead to reserve your tickets at 205-226-4934 or online at www.MyEcoscapes.org.