The University of Alabama at Birmingham is paying tribute to African-American history and culture with a month of events throughout February. The UAB community and public at large are invited to lectures, movie screenings, a musical performance and more. A full listing of events is online.
Here are a few activities scheduled to take place. All listed are free and open to the public:
A Forum on Black Family Structure: “Is the Black Family Good As Is?” — 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Experience a discussion about the state of the black family. Lister Hill Library, fourth floor, The Edge of Chaos, 100 University Blvd. Sponsored by Black Student Awareness Committee and Black Graduate Student Association.
“The Children’s March” Movie and Lecture — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Watch the story of how in 1963 young people in Birmingham, Ala., braved fire hoses and police dogs and brought segregation to its knees. Following the film, several of the participants will speak. Heritage Hall, Room 102, 1401 University Blvd. Sponsored by Black Student Awareness Committee.
Black Barbershop Discussion — 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Local barbers will provide haircuts to select students while those attending engage in discussions pertinent to African-American men. Blazer Hall Resource Learning Center, 920 16th St. South. Sponsored by Blazer Male Excellence Network.
Closing Program Concert: “Modern Voices of Soul” — 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Hear performances from various local musical artists, all with a positive and uplifting message. Alys Stephens Center Sirote Theater, 1200 10th Ave. South. Sponsored by Black Student Awareness Committee.
UAB faculty, students present one-night-only art happening June 8 at AEIVADigital projection and animation projects by faculty and students from the Department of Art and Art History were created in response to artist Jessica Angel’s installation “Facing the Hyperstructure.”
New works by Southern composers in free concert at UAB on May 20Presented by the Mid-South Chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA, the concert will feature new works by its members.
- Event Date June 8
UAB’s AEIVA presents exhibition of works by artist and alumnus David Sandlin from June 2-Aug. 20The exhibition will feature two major series of works by Sandlin, “A Sinner’s Progress: A Modern Moral Journey” and “76 Manifestations of American Destiny,” and will include a selection of hand-printed books, drawings and paintings.posted 14 days ago 1360 viewsUAB art history Professor Heather McPherson to lecture May 17 at Birmingham Museum of Art’s celebration of her new bookThe book “Art and Celebrity in the Age of Reynolds and Siddons” transports readers to late 18th-century London, where modern celebrity culture emerged.
- Event Date May 20
Yo-Yo Ma, Alvin Ailey Dance top phenomenal new season just announced by UAB’s Alys Stephens CenterA sampling of the varied new season includes Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby, Marc Broussard, Angelique Kidjo, Maceo Parker, dance, family and Salon series, plus free shows by Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Red Baraat.posted 20 days ago 3232 viewsGuitarist Jonny Lang at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center June 10Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter Jonny Lang has just released his first album of new music in seven years, “Fight for My Soul.”
- Event Date May 17
Graduating art senior Samantha Richardson’s skills land awards, start in agency careerDuring her undergraduate experience at UAB, her creative design research focused on building awareness about underprivileged communities in the city. She works with Cayenne Creative.posted a while back 4711 viewsMOMIX brings “Opus Cactus,” dance fantasy inspired by American Southwest, to UAB’s Alys Stephens Center May 11-13The landscape of the American Southwest is brought to life with illusionistic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. The New York Times declared, “Opus Cactus is at heart a sprawling, luscious fantasy.”
- Event Date June 10
Graduating Theatre UAB senior Russell Alexander II of Selma selected to Atlanta’s Aurora Theatre CompanyRussell Alexander II will graduate April 29 and begin work with a professional acting company, after performing with Theatre UAB and garnering a national award from the Kennedy Center.posted a while back 8374 viewsR&B artist Khalid to perform free concert at UAB on April 22Khalid will perform outside at the UAB Hill Student Center. The show is free and open to students and the public.
- Event Date May 11
Itzhak Perlman to perform at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center for Viva Health Starlight Gala May 21, celebrating center’s 20th anniversaryPerlman, the Alys Stephens Center’s first Starlight Gala performer, returns to celebrate the center’s 20th anniversary gala. Tickets include a pre-performance cocktail reception; a VIP dinner package is also available.
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Pianist Jeremy Denk at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center April 23One of the country’s foremost pianists, Jeremy Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell. This performance is part of the ASC Salon Series, which offers on-stage seating and a postperformance meet-and-greet.
- Event Date May 21
UAB BFA exhibition features works by 17 graduating students April 24-May 6The Department of Art and Art History’s BFA exhibition is a highlight of students’ BFA undergraduate career. A free opening reception is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 28.
- Event Date April 23
UAB names Sean Murray as new director of the Marching BlazersSean Murray will begin his role leading the UAB Marching Blazers in May. He comes to UAB from Florida Atlantic University.posted a while back 8447 viewsUAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Enchantment Theatre Company’s “Peter Rabbit Tales” April 21Enchantment Theatre Co. will bring the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter to life on stage using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music. A special family performance and dinner package is available.
- Event Date April 24
UAB Concert Choir to perform at festivals in England, the Netherlands
- Event Date April 21
Tours like this are transformative experiences, says Director Brian Kittredge. The choir is requesting donations to help make the trip a reality for as many students as possible.Unique Converse designs created by Birmingham students come to life this week with UAB Department of Art and Art HistoryUAB Department of Art and Art History students and faculty will help the students bring their one-of-a-kind designs to life during two workshops. The shoes will be auctioned at the Growing Kings Chucks & Tux fundraiser.posted a while back 2847 viewsUAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents free global IndiaFest show by Niyaz featuring Azam Ali on April 20Niyaz has become an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music by blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from the duo’s native Iran and surrounding Persian Gulf countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics.
Works by UAB art students to be featured with instructor Jenny Fine’s live performance event, “Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind”During the presentation of “Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind,” Department of Art and Art History students from Jenny Fine’s class The Collected Narrative will have their own collaborative installations on view.
- Event Date April 20
Lalah Hathaway set for April 13 show at UAB’s Alys Stephens CenterWith five Grammy awards, including Best R&B Performance, acclaimed recordings and incredible live performances under her belt, Hathaway, born to music royalty, has created a musical legacy all her own.
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