Birmingham top ten: July 12-18

Two Sloss-focused festivals? Oh yeah. – via

This week in Birmingham is big.  How big?  Try fighting-with-cardboard, two-festivals, Game-of-Thrones-Season-Premiere big!  Remember: band links have music, so be careful if you’re reading this at work!

Open Lab
  • July 13 @ Noon
  • Red Mountain Makers
  • Free!

Play with power tools!  Make friends and cool gadgets!  Figure out that thing that’s been stumping you for weeks!  Makerspaces are great, and Red Mountain Makers are really great.  Read more

Book signing with local author Lauren Denton
Lauren Denton author
Homewood local, Lauren Denton! – via Twitter
  • July 13 @ 6.30PM
  • Homewood Library
  • Free! (books available for purchase)

Homewood resident and author Lauren Denton discusses her debut novel The Hideaway this Thursday.  Lauren might be new to novels, but not to writing: she writes a monthly column for the Homewood Star.  Signing takes place after her talk.  Read more

Surf and Garage nite
genki genki panic
Genki Genki Panic – via Soundcloud
  • July 13 @ 8PM
  • Syndicate Lounge
  • $8

Surf rock and horror.  Not really the most instinctive combination, but somehow Genki Genki Panic, Birmingham-based Maja Dunes, and Center Point native Dan Sartain make it fun.  Taking influence from both ends of the 60’s – bad drive-through-theatre monster movies and surf culture – these acts promise a good time.  Read more

Sloss Tech 2017
sloss tech lineup
Look foward to it! – via
  • July 14 @ 8.30AM
  • The Lyric
  • Starting $179

Get ready for Sloss Fest with Sloss Tech!  Birmingham’s entrepreneurial titans speak about their experiences, as do YouTuber Casey Niestat and NFL star Tiki Barber.  Don’t miss Dixie’s challenge to SXSW!  Read more

stay puft marshmallow ghostbusters
The American monster – via Epic Times
  • July 14 @ 7PM
  • Alabama Theatre
  • $8

After Sloss Fest wraps up, why not head across the street to watch Ghostbusters?  Four of film’s greatest comedians take on Big Marshmallow in the legendary paranormal action-comedy.  Read more

Roadkill Ghost Choir with Okey Dokey
roadkill ghost choir
Roadkill Ghost Choir – via Pinterest
  • July 14 @ 8PM
  • Saturn
  • Free! (Sponsored by Good People Brewing)

Chill rock and funny band names, for free!  What’s not to like?  Come see Roadkill Ghost Choir and Okey Dokey the night before Sloss Fest!  Read more

Cultivate ASAN
pepper place market
Make your voice heard this week at Pepper Place – via
  • July 15 @ 7AM
  • Pepper Place Market
  • Free!

Come help decide the course of the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network!  What will sustainable farming look like over the next 10 years?  How can the network best serve you and your community?  Read more

Box Wars!!
box wars
Are you ready? – via Youtube
  • July 15 @ 10.30AM
  • UAB Green
  • Free!

Bring your coolest cardboard armor and weapons!  There are three rules: don’t dish anything you wouldn’t want to take; everything has to be made from cardboard, glue, and tape; and there are no winners… only losers.  Give your armor away after the battle and keep the tradition of adults hitting each other with cardboard swords alive!  Read more

Sloss Music & Arts Festival 2017
Waka Flocka
He’ll Waka your Flocka – via
  • July 15 @ Noon
  • Sloss Furnaces
  • starting at $135 for a 2 day pass

Sloss Fest returns!  Widespread Panic, Sturgill Simpson, Tycho, Waka Flocka, Holy Youth, and a ton more are playing.  Get hype!  Read more, and check out The Audiovore’s aftershow party at the Nick

Game of Thrones season 7 kickoff
All Men Must Die
Does this count as a spoiler? – via
  • July 16 @ 8PM
  • Cahaba Brewing Company
  • Free!

Cahaba Brewing is staying open late for the season 7 premiere!  All screens will be playing the show, bring a friend for the HBO-exclusive legend to skip paying for HBO, find out who dies next, and drink some great beer!  Read more

James Ozment
James Ozment

I'm a Birmingham native who loves music, cycling, reading, and tech. Find me on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College, in Avondale, or hanging out with my cat

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