Happy MLK Weekend, Birmingham!

For some of us it’s a long weekend, but for all of us it is a great time to reflect on the rich history of our city. Birmingham was the Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement. This weekend brings us events to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.. There are also some great events focused on local art, music, and education! **[#RUhappenin](https://www.facebook.com/happeninsintheham/)**
Adult Coloring Night at ArtPlay Birmingham**Adult Coloring Night! Thurs, Jan. 11, 5:30pm Cost: FREE At: ArtPlay ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/UAB's+Alys+Stephens+Center's+ArtPlay/@33.4996295,-86.8075694,16z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sartplay!3m4!1s0x88891bc309ef06a3:0xa643fe5c43f10c1d!8m2!3d33.5007546!4d-86.7985443))** Come join ArtPlay as they celebrate the New Year with an open house! Unwind and relax with an adult coloring night complete with light refreshments and tours of the Historic ArtPlay House. Don’t forget to check out their Spring classes and NEW workshops! (Amber LOVED her Calligraphy Class!) Everyone who attends will be entered to win FREE registration to a Spring ArtPlay class! Call ArtPlay at 205-975-4769 for more details. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1467683740016673/)**
Too Many Zooz with Shaheed & DJ Supreme**Too Many Zooz w/ Shaheed & DJ Supreme Thurs, Jan. 11, 6pm Cost: $15 At: Saturn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saturn/@33.5242955,-86.7766529,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5126b78b31:0x21a69ce74a0eede5!8m2!3d33.524291!4d-86.7744642))** Head over to Saturn and enjoy this high energy brass band experience! This will be one funky show you won’t want to miss. As an added bonus, Shaheed & DJ Supreme will be performing as well! Bring your friends and have a great time! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/133627870720677/)**
The Writers Share Presents Byron Hill John Ford Coley and Jenn Schott**The Writers Share Thurs, Jan. 11, 8pm Cost: $15 At: Workplay ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Workplay/@33.5098675,-86.7997506,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bbf50ea9441:0x33e666c98b3c7996!8m2!3d33.509863!4d-86.7975619))** The Writer’s Share presents the people and the stories behind the songs with three of the most accomplished songwriters working today. *Byron Hill’s* songs have generated more than 700 recordings, earning seventy-seven RIAA certified gold and platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, thirty-two U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits.

John Ford Coley was one-half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world, as well as acting, songwriting and producing.

Jenn Schott’s songs have been recorded by artists including Tim McGraw, Mickey Guyton, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Lucy Hale, Francesca Battistelli, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Kelleigh Bannen, and Restless Heart. Jenn is treasurer and member of the board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International!
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Forging Ahead Civil Rights Stories & Song**Forging Ahead: Civil Rights Stories & Songs Fri & Sat, Jan. 12-13, 5:30pm (Fri) 6:30 (Sat) Cost: FREE w/reservation At: Fri. Temple Emanu-El ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Temple+Emanu-El/@33.5002103,-86.7960481,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bc51b028419:0xc4b845cd6f93866e!8m2!3d33.5002058!4d-86.7938594)) Sat. Temple Beth-El ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Temple+Beth-El/@33.4998479,-86.7924933,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bcfbcaebbdf:0xcb71f2ecbbf40380!8m2!3d33.4998434!4d-86.7903046))** Come remember and explore, through both story and song, how the Civil Rights Movement impacted the Birmingham community, with special focus on Jewish involvement. *Friday, Jan. 12*, the program at Temple Emanu-El focuses on "The Context: Circa 1950s Civil Rights and the Jewish Community," and features author T.K. Thorne, Ellen Cooper Erdreich, Sol Kimerling, Cantor Jessica Roskin, Sarah Metzger, Rabbi Douglas Kohn and many other community voices. *Saturday, Jan. 13*, the program at Temple Beth-El, "From Seeds of Discord to Seeds of Change: The Attempted Bombing of Temple Beth-El and the Murder of 4 Little Girls" features Sen. Doug Jones, former Lt. Gov. Bill Baxley, UAB professor of history Pam Sterne King, Mayor Randall Woodfin, former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington, Rabbi Barry Leff and “Soul Daughter” musician Neshama Carlebach. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/133499960653964/)**
ARTasting at ArtPlay Mardi Gras Kickoff Party**ARTasting Fri, Jan. 12, 6pm Cost: $20 adv/$25 at door At: ArtPlay ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/UAB's+Alys+Stephens+Center's+ArtPlay/@33.4996295,-86.8075694,16z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sartplay!3m4!1s0x88891bc309ef06a3:0xa643fe5c43f10c1d!8m2!3d33.5007546!4d-86.7985443))** Explore Birmingham's best in art, food, and drink at ARTasting. Wine tasting with International Wines and Craft Beer, Cocktail sampling with Cathead Vodka, Themed Menu, Art Activities, and more! ARTasting will be held at ArtPlay, home of the Alys Stephens Center's education and community engagement programs! Current Alys Stephens Center JPats get in FREE! Email ASCmembership@uab.edu to RSVP. **[Click here for more info.](https://uab.thankyou4caring.org/pages/art-tasting)**
The Jaybird Logo Birmingham AL**Clear Blue Sky Fri, Jan. 12, 8pm Cost: $10 At: The Jaybird ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Jaybird/@33.5301223,-86.7608267,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a61d0d0e433:0x31c3c6a253850592!8m2!3d33.5301178!4d-86.758638))** Join The Jaybird for their next concert, a great night of bluegrass from Clear Blue Sky. This is one of Alabama's finest bluegrass groups, with first-rate musicians from across the state. Expect a night of classic bluegrass picking, tight vocal harmonies, and all in all another memorable evening at The Jaybird. Admission is FREE for Jaybird Members! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/238619126678259/)**
Nick & Jacob a two-man Variety Show**Nick & Jacob: 2 Man Variety Show Fri, Jan. 12, 8pm Cost: $5 At: Phoenix Lofts ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Phoenix+Building+Lofts/@33.5137472,-86.8126857,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b9246fffc85:0x81ecceb66cf2f691!8m2!3d33.5137427!4d-86.810497))** Come check out this Vaudeville act... but in a loft! Prepare for some laughs and a great time as Nick and Jacob get creative and a bit crazy! Variety are always a grab bag of a good time! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/413784695707810/)**
Bingo A Go-Go at Saturn Birmingham**Bingo A Go-Go Fri, Jan. 12, 9pm Cost: FREE! At: Saturn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saturn/@33.5242955,-86.7766529,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5126b78b31:0x21a69ce74a0eede5!8m2!3d33.524291!4d-86.7744642))** Wild and wacky Saturn crew members, Kendall Yancey and Michael Greene take you on an intergalactic road trip of absolutely free frenetic fancy and fun with Saturn's brand spanking new 1960s bingo time machine. Jokes will be had, gag gives will be grabbed, and mostly people will be screaming B-I-N-G-O at the top of their lungs a whole lot! This gets crazy, y’all! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/245775689292960/)**
Asian Heritage Festival at Birmingham Museum of Art**Asian Heritage Festival Sat, Jan. 13, 10am-2pm Cost: FREE At: Bham Museum of Art ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birmingham+Museum+of+Art/@33.5222242,-86.812258,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b9a8d8a002d:0x4ff9c6343444caba!8m2!3d33.5222197!4d-86.8100693))** Celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibition "Afterlife: Asian Art from the Weldon Collection" during the BMA Asian Heritage Festival! Enjoy art activities for all ages inspired by the cultures and traditions represented in our Asian art collection. The celebration will include art activities, storytelling, and more. The festival will end with a very special Butoh Japanese dance performance in the auditorium. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/564664540538152/)**
Peter Rabbits Garden Exploration**Peter Rabbit’s Garden Exploration (Kid Friendly!) Sat, Jan. 13, 12-4pm Cost: $12 (Adult +1 child) At: Bham Botanical Gardens ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birmingham+Botanical+Gardens/@33.4906244,-86.7772817,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a290017ca4f:0x6dc9744c5015c848!8m2!3d33.4906199!4d-86.775093))** Join the Garden’s education staff for an afternoon of blackberries, tea, and crafting inspired by the classic children’s tale of Peter Rabbit. Families will enjoy story time (group or individual story time) and various craft stations to explore at their own pace. Feel free drop in and out during this 4 hour time frame by building in garden exploration for the family. Registration includes all materials and supplies. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/143610606359752/)**
Declutter the New Year at ArtPlay**Declutter the New Year! Sat, Jan. 13, 1pm Cost: $30 At: ArtPlay ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/UAB's+Alys+Stephens+Center's+ArtPlay/@33.4996295,-86.8075694,16z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sartplay!3m4!1s0x88891bc309ef06a3:0xa643fe5c43f10c1d!8m2!3d33.5007546!4d-86.7985443))** Resolved to clean up your act for 2018? If the idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to you, this program with certified Feng Shui consultant Katie Rogers is for you! The benefits of owning fewer possessions are endless: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy, weight loss, relief of anxiety and depression. If you’re feeling unmotivated or stuck on how to begin, Katie will offer easy-to-implement tips and plenty of inspiration to get you going. It’s life-changing! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.alysstephens.org/connect/classes/declutter-the-new-year/)**
Bham Punk Rock Art Show #5**Punk Rock Art Show Sat, Jan. 13, 8pm Cost: $10 At: The Nick ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Nick/@33.5054063,-86.792673,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bc8eda11aeb:0x3b86a1cd62f01562!8m2!3d33.5054018!4d-86.7904843))** Come check out some awesome local makers as you rock out to great Punk Rock music! The Punk Rock Art Show always has the funkiest artists for you to meet! You never know what cool treasures are in store! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/520664428291526/)**
5 Bands for 5 Bucks at Saturn**5 Bands for 5 Bucks Sat, Jan. 13, 9pm Cost: $5 At: Saturn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saturn/@33.5242955,-86.7766529,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5126b78b31:0x21a69ce74a0eede5!8m2!3d33.524291!4d-86.7744642))** This is pretty self explanatory. 5 great bands for just $5! Head to Saturn Saturday night and enjoy great music while you have a great time! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1918608168449691/)**
Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.**Celebration of MLK Sun, Jan. 14, 10am Cost: FREE At: Unitarian Universalist Church ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Unitarian+Universalist+Church/@33.4683961,-86.8368099,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891eb91bb81ce1:0xb70eec540dd3263!8m2!3d33.4683916!4d-86.8346212))** The work and legacy of Reverend King has always been a perennially important source for inspiration. In the days of our current political and social climate, his life and legacy are supremely important and relevant. We need his voice, his courage, his vision, his assessment of our culture and the way forward today more than ever. On this Sunday, Reverend Ed Brock will share a few thoughts he has about how he believes Reverend King’s legacy is of immense importance as a guide into our future. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1589247397834314/)**
Alabama Wildlife Center Birds of Prey**Exploring Natural Alabama: Birds of Prey Sun, Jan. 14, 1pm Cost: FREE At: AL Wildlife Center ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Alabama+Wildlife+Center/@33.3227335,-86.7538617,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8889269ff9be7c21:0x353e560a6e751efd!8m2!3d33.322729!4d-86.751673))** Birds of prey are truly masters of the skies. They have keen eyesight, sharp talons, and are adept hunters. Fortunately for us, Alabama is hold to several species of raptors. During this program (which features live birds from AWC’s Education Ambassadors Program), you will learn their various features, adaptations, and field marks to help you identify them in the field. Bring your children and your cameras to capture the moment! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/2003788719879289/)**