A weekend filled with the arts!

This weekend you can learn to ice skate, learn different forms of dance, enjoy music and art, and delicious food! We love “relaxing” weekends and this is one of them. A lot of the events are laid back and will help you recharge your body, mind, and spirit! Check them out below! **[#RUhappenin](https://www.instagram.com/happeninsintheham/)**

Portals art by Kelly OlshanPortals: Opening Reception
Thurs, Jan.9, 5-8pm
Cost: FREE
At: Ground Floor Contemporary (map)

Come sip wine and enjoy light snacks as you check out this new art exhibition at Ground Floor Contemporary! In Portals, artist Kelly Olshan presents a series of interconnected spaces for the viewer to navigate throughout the gallery, designing an otherworldly spatial logic in which one can “enter” through one composition and “exit” its counterpart. Kelly is a NYC-based artist and arts manager whose sculptural paintings invite the viewer to navigate a disjointed, architectural environment. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Olshan graduated Most Outstanding Visual Arts Senior from Alabama School of Fine Arts. She went on to earn her BFA in Painting from UNC Asheville. Her art will be on display until the 26th, but you don’t want to miss this opening!
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UAB Men's Basketball**UAB Men’s Basketball Thurs, Jan.9, 7-10pm Cost: $12 At: Bartow Arena ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bartow+Arena/@33.5023346,-86.811425,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891beefad75ddd:0x82327191f6a38798!8m2!3d33.5023301!4d-86.8092363))** Come cheer on the Blazers as they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers! The UAB Men’s Basketball team always brings their A-game to the court! We have seen some of these games from courtside below the basket and they get INTENSE! Bust out your green and gold and bring your friends for a great time! **[Click here for more info.](https://ev10.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3AUAB%3AB19%3AB10%3A&linkID=uab&shopperContext&pc&caller&appCode&groupCode=BSG&cgc&fbclid=IwAR2hqNaMJog00th2TPZ-Zi_7So0sXJkPpMVBnzCmPGvk-x6TdC9lxjbgpOs)**

Les MiserablesLes Miserables
Thurs-Sun, Jan.9-12, Times Vary
Cost: $45
At: BJCC (map)

Head to the BJCC this weekend to see a Broadway caliber production of Les Miserables! This is such a powerful show with famous songs like “I Dreamed a Dream,” and “Master of the House.” There will be both laughs and tears as the cast delivers a moving performance. The show is on tour and will only be in town this weekend, so don’t miss out!
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Phutureprimitive**Phutureprimitive / An-Ten-Nae Thurs, Jan.9, 8pm-2am Cost: $12 At: Saturn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saturn/@33.524265,-86.7766497,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5126b78b31:0x21a69ce74a0eede5!8m2!3d33.5242605!4d-86.774461))** Phutureprimitive and an-ten-nae team up to bring you the Altered Frequency Tour. The two California Bay Area acts will be bringing their unique fusion of west-coast bass music across the US on a comprehensive national tour. You can sample some of their music on your smart device (we did)! This sounds like it’s going to be a great show and Saturn is one of our favorite venues! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/245210439729454/)**
AMOR Night Out**AMOR Night Out Fri, Jan.10, 5pm Cost: FREE At: Pizitz Food Hall ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Pizitz+Food+Hall/@33.5143551,-86.810391,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b93e920f757:0x57c3c84ce7688dc3!8m2!3d33.5143506!4d-86.8082023))** It’s the 2nd Friday of the month, so that means AMOR Night Out! This FREE event takes place in the Pizitz Food Hall. It’s a multicultural experience centered around food and fellowship! This is a great opportunity to check out what’s new at the Food Hall. We also highly recommend that you head downstairs and walk through the lobby of Sidewalk Cinema! (It’s awesome!) We love this event since we can just walk down from Forge and join right in the fun! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/2647504435319462/)**

Joyce YangBeethoven’s Third Piano Concerto
Fri-Sat, Jan.10-11, 7pm
Cost: $10
At: Alys Stephens (map)

Our friends at Alys Stephens are hosting another amazing event as part of the Masterworks Series! Joyce Yang returns to Birmingham to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year with a rousing performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto! Explore the music of Finland with Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony. This will be a beautiful performance and is just $10! There are two chances to attend, but you probably want to get your tickets in advance!
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Dance Across BirmighamDance Across Birmingham!
Sat, Jan.11, 9am-4:30pm
Cost: FREE
At: BJCC (map)

This FREE event is fun for all ages and is a community favorite! Dance Across Birmingham is a community celebration that offers a day of FREE dance classes with no experience necessary! Styles range from hip-hop, belly dance, and praise dance to African dance, Latin dance and more, taught by local instructors and artistic directors of local dance companies. Classes meet in the BJCC North Meeting Rooms. Be sure to catch the FREE Birmingham Dance Showcase at 12:30 in the BJCC Theatre!
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Music of the BeatlesMusic of the Beatles for Kids
Sun, Jan.12, 11:30am
Cost: $12/$40 4pk
At: Saturn (map)

Rock and Roll Playhouse is bringing the music of the Beatles the newest generation! Bring your littles ones to Saturn this Sunday so they can hear the greatest hits from one of the greatest bands! This is a live performance of Beatles music, BUT they turn down the volume at these shows since they know children have sensitive ears. Wouldn’t you rather your child sing “Twist & Shout” or “Hey Jude” instead of “Baby Shark?”
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Cars and Tacos Meetup**Cars & Tacos Meetup Sun, Jan.12, 2pm Cost: Free to attend At: Anytime Fitness ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Anytime+Fitness/@33.4266413,-86.7960912,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x888918ee67ec7149:0x1656d5f3a4a870d9!8m2!3d33.4266368!4d-86.7939025))** Pop the hood and grab a taco! Classic and custom car owners and enthusiasts are welcome to join in for this January meetup! The gathering will take place in the parking lot of Anytime Fitness in Vestavia by Sol Azteca. Stop by and grab some delicious food and check out these fun cars! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/2268242386802121/)**
Learn to Skate Day**National Learn to Skate Day: Learn to Skate Sun, Jan.12, 3-5pm Cost: FREE At: Pelham Civic Complex ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pelham+Civic+Complex/@33.3292385,-86.7910852,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8889230aea3cbea7:0x5d7765a7ee0c7818!8m2!3d33.329234!4d-86.7888965))** It’s National Learn to Skate Day! Celebrate by heading to the Pelham Civic Complex for FREE ice skate rental and rink time! They will also be offering FREE ice skating lessons! (We could use this!) As an added bonus, there will be a fun demonstration of impressive skating by skilled skaters! Sounds like a great chance to chill with friends! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/575418576371363/)**