The Humidor Room surrounds smokers with a selection of distinguished stogies and a host of relaxation-inducing items, such as HDTVs, couches, and a fully stocked bar (Groupon not valid on alcohol). The Oliva Serie V Churchill ($8.69), Ashton Aged Maduro ($12.39), and Padron Serie 1926 No. 6 ($16.59), provide puffers a tasty alternative to smoking rolled-up issues of National Geographic, while a Xikar Crystal Clear Humidifier ($7.99) maintains smoking-torpedo moistness. Those in search of surprise may try their luck at snagging a number of mystery grab bags ($19.99).
Positively Funny Inc.'s troupe of talented actors fully improvises each of its energetic shows, heeding audience suggestions to fuel an ever-changing roster of family-friendly laughs. During performances, attendees and sentient mad-lib books proffer comedic proposals, then watch as the skilled jokesmiths swiftly spin submissions into a slate of completely new material. The ensemble's performance schedule includes a weekly Tuesday-evening show at The Rare Martini.
Positively Funny Inc. bestows its chuckle-producing wisdom upon nascent comedians during frequent classes and workshops and helps celebrate special events with mobile performances that, like most kids' first birthday parties, include a roast of the guest of honor. All of Positively Funny Inc.'s performances support Perform-4-A-Purpose, a division of the organization that produces educational programs geared toward youth and teenagers. The programs deliver positive social messages about such topics as bullying, self-esteem, conflict resolution, and tax laws on lunchroom trading.
Family-owned and operated, The Comedy Club Stardome has been bringing comedic talent to Birmingham since 1983, when it played host to then-unknowns Tim Allen, Sinbad, and James Gregory. The club is in its third iteration as The Comedy Club Stardome, having moved, burned down, and finally been brought back to life by the necromantic arts of owner Bruce Ayers. Comedy duo Loni Love and Natasha Leggero will grace the 420-seat space for this performance, creating a laugh-generating dynamo powerful enough to break the wishbones of rubber chickens. E! TV veterans, Loni and Natasha have previously brought their high-energy act to Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Tonight Show.
Stomp has thrilled audiences with mind-blowing percussive pieces for more than 20 years, touring 350 cities and 36 countries across the globe. Kinetic dance numbers incorporate ubiquitous everyday objects, using brooms, sheets of newspaper, and Zippo lighters to fashion intricate beats and sterling examples of what children should not do. The current tour revamps the classic show, phasing out old numbers and adding in exciting set pieces involving paint cans and tractor tires. The BJCC's capacious concert hall provides plenty of room for airborne harmonies to stretch their wings while orchestra- and tier-level seats provide enviable views of onstage numbers and chimpanzees capering in the catwalk.
As part of the Alabama Symphony's Sounds for Summer series, both shows bring contemporary musical entertainment to the ornately gilded, classy venue. The Act of Congress and Three on a String show tickles tiny earhammers with modern bluegrass and genre-spanning hits. Or hear Country's Hit Makers: Behind the Hits, which packs a 15-song set with recent country billboard toppers such as "Cowboy Casanova" and "American Honey." Both shows are conducted by Christopher Confessore, the ASO's principal pops conductor.
In an interview with the Birmingham News, concert promoter Brian Teasley explained the vision behind Bottletree Café: "We wanted to open a place that would serve food we wanted to eat, show films we liked to see, and play music we wanted to hear." It turns out Teasley, along with co-owners Merrilee and Brad Challiss, has pretty good taste: according to Esquire, which ranked the café as one of the country's best bars, "This place is already stealing thunder from every small music venue in the region." FlavorWire backed up this endorsement by ranking Bottletree Café as one of The 10 Greatest New Music Venues of the 21st Century. Since opening in 2006, the venue has hosted Rogue Wave, Band of Horses, and other indie-leaning rock groups.
But the accolades don't stop there. The venue also has attracted praise for its vegetarian-centric menu. Birmingham Weekly rated the café's brunch among the city's best and devoted a full-out love letter to the lunch menu, which was reintroduced in August 2012. The award-winning vegetarian chili ranks among house favorites and makes a repeat appearance in cheese-smothered nachos. Tofu plays a centric role in entrees and desserts, and black-bean patties made a fiber-rich substitute for beef in burgers, or a biodegradable substitute for frisbees in games of disc golf.