Patty Griffin with special musical guest Buddy Miller, 8 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Straight off the acclaimed tour with Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, guitarist, pianist and vocalist Griffin brings her signature folk sound for an unforgettable evening at the ASC. Earlier this year, Griffin scored a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album for her latest release “Downtown Church.” For this one night, see Griffin with fellow friend and musician, Buddy Miller. Miller will be backing Griffin on guitar and vocals as she performs songs, both new and old, in an acoustic setting. Tickets are $59, $52, $39; student tickets $20. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
Sunday, Oct. 9
Cyndi Lauper with Dr. John & the Lower 911, “From Memphis to Mardi Gras,” 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Sure to be one of the most entertaining nights of musical fusion ever to be presented by the Alys, “From Memphis to Mardi Gras” celebrates the quintessential music of Memphis and New Orleans with two of music’s most celebrated and colorful artists, who bring together their diverse and special talents. Tickets are $69.50, $59.50 and $49.50. A limited number of VIP meet-and-greet tickets are available. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
Thursday, Oct. 13
Southern Circuit Film Screening & Director Q&A: “Louder Than a Bomb,” 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Featuring Southern Circuit Independent Film Screenings and Meet the Director events. This season, the ASC and Sidewalk Film Festival celebrate the art of film with these special events designed to get you up close and personal with the country’s hottest new directors. See the film, then meet the filmmakers and discuss the artwork. Every year, more than 600 teenagers from 60+ Chicago-area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder Than a Bomb.” Founded in 2001, it’s the only event of its kind in the country, a youth poetry slam built from the beginning around teams. Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, the film chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event. Tickets are $10, $8 students. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Young Concert Artist Bella Hristova, violin, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. The ASC continues to showcase young, up-and-coming talent with this very special performance. Hristova made her debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and was first-prize winner in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Tickets are $32; student tickets $20. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
Thursday, Oct. 27
ASC Jazz Café presents Eric Essix & 5 Men on a Stool, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Hometown favorite Essix reunites the Atlanta-based super group for an evening of contemporary R&B and jazz combined with inspirational spoken word. Part of the Alys Stephens Center’s Homegrown Weekend. Take the Jazz History 101 class at ArtPlay and receive an A-Level ticket to each jazz performance. Tickets are $42.50, $34.50, $25.50; student tickets are $20. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
Friday, Oct. 28
Rickey Smiley with special guests, 8 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Birmingham native Smiley is one of the funniest comedians touring today. After a side-splitting show this past year at the Alys Stephens Center, Smiley is back with a cast of zany characters, clever observations and treasure trove of funny friends. Part of the Alys Stephens Center’s Homegrown Weekend. Tickets are $63.50, $54.50, $39.50; student tickets $20. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
Saturday, Oct. 29-Sunday, Oct. 30
Ovation: A Special Engagement with Alabama Ballet, shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. This special performance in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall features Alabama Ballet performing “Paquita” by Marius Petipa, Alabama Ballet premiere of “Baker’s Dozen” by Twyla Tharp and a world premiere performance by Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer Roger Van Fleteren. Join the ASC for this culminating performance of Alabama Ballet’s 30th anniversary season as the state’s premier professional ballet company. Part of the Alys Stephens Center’s Homegrown Weekend. Tickets are $51, $39, $27; student tickets $20. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.