Birmingham Top Ten: September 20th-26th

Birmingham Top Things to Do July 19th through July 25
via J.H. Daniel

This week in Birmingham, expect music of every style (and expect sound when you click on a band name), food, beer, and more!

On an entirely unrelated note, I should get a photography drone.  Not too serious, I’m not trying to play Skynet or anything, but something that can take photos at a viewable resolution.  Just imagine the incredible sunset skylines I could lead my articles with!

Simply Gourmet: A Taste of Flavor Affinities
seriously guys (and girls): learn to cook
  • September 20 @ 11:30AM
  • Simply Infused
  • $45, spaces limited

Cooking well should become more than just happy coincidence.  Simply Infused, an olive oil shop, wants to inspire and educate you about flavor affinities… what goes well together.  Rather than strictly relying on recipes, learn the basics of mixing and matching flavors!  Best of all, Simply Infused chose a eat-to-learn format.  Don’t rely on other people telling you what works, see for yourself!  Read more

!!! and Algiers
!!! makes me think of Metal Gear more than pop music, but I’ve had fun listening on youtube
  • September 21 @ 8PM
  • Saturn
  • $14

What happens when pop meets punk meets rock and roll?  Pretty much these guys, these guys right here.

“The more raw it came out the better it felt” – !!!

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Jubal John and the Right Nows, Long Bony Arms, Red Mountain Jug Band

all-birmingham bluegrass slam

  • September 21 @ 8PM
  • Syndicate Lounge
  • $10

Happening the same night, something completely and totally different!  These three bands, all from Birmingham, are all dedicated to folk music.  I remember seeing Long Bony Arms at Sloss Fest, they were one of the better daytime acts.  Give them a listen and see if they’re your thing.  Read more

World Rhino Day

Global Conservation Corps – Conserving wildlife through empowering people.

  • September 22 @ 10AM
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Included in admission

Special keeper chats and a visit from the founder of the Global Conservation Corps, Matt Lindenburg, make this day’s celebration of rhinos extra special.  Learn more about rhino’s natural habitat, how you can help, and pick up “unique items” to contribute to conservation.  Read more

Sweet Home Brews Firkin Fest 2017
firkin fest
“What do we call this new beer container, Hans?” “How should I firkin know?!”
  • September 22 @ 6PM
  • SideBar in Lakeview
  • $20

Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, this local brewfest features six local breweries competing for the title of best firkin.  What’s a firkin, you might ask?  Rest assured it’s beer, not dancing, and read more to find out!

The Vegabonds and Waker with Riverbend

vegabonds and waker at saturn

  • September 22 @ 7PM
  • Saturn
  • $12

I first heard Waker when they opened for Gov’t Mule at Avondale Brewery.  They killed it.  They don’t just play fun music, they make the music even more fun on stage – positive vibes aren’t just for hippies!  From what I’ve listened to, Riverbend and the Vegabonds are pretty great, too.  Read more

Adult Game Night
summer game night
I don’t know what these guys are standing on/in, I’m not sure I really want to know
  • September 22 @ 8PM
  • Iron City
  • $5 cover

Apparently the first adult game night was so much fun, Iron City is making these a regular occurrence!  That’s probably the best possible endorsement anyone could give it: popular enough that a venue set aside a night to do it again.  Read more

Birmingham Oktoberfest
There seems to be a lot of beer in Birmingham
  • September 23 @ 1PM
  • Caldwell Park
  • $8.75

Can any Oktoberfest celebration really be wrong?  Theoretically, probably, but I haven’t found a bad one yet.  Put on lederhosen, practice your angry German accent, grow a moustache, wear silly hats!  Oh, and there’s beer too, just in case that was ever in any doubt.  Read more

Saigon Ping-Pong Tourney

ping pong and noodles

  • September 24 @ 1:45PM
  • Saigon Noodle House
  • $5

Casually competitive ping-pong with a chance for victory prizes, specials, and now without stepping on any college football toes.  Good People sponsors the tournament, which means their beer will be available for probably less money than is healthy!  Read more

Red Mountain Makerspace 3rd Anniversary!
red mountain makers
3d printing: like CNC machining, but with a lot less waste and everything’s plastic – via
  • September 24 @ 6PM
  • Red Mountain Makerspace
  • No cost listed, but only keyholders may vote

Come celebrate three years of making stuff in spaces!  Project proposals will be heard, the board will vote on important things, then everyone can party – potlucking encouraged!  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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