Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
For the last three years, more than 2,000 people have congregated in DeBardeleben Park for one of the most anticipated events of the summer: the Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival. There, guests can enjoy the summer sun while listening to local and national blues acts, grabbing a plate of Bob Sykes’s famous ribs, or watching kids play on the inflatable slides. Crafts and activities draw festivalgoers’ attention throughout the day, with the food booths attracting crowds all day, as well as the face-painting booth and cool picnicking spots under the trees. Blues music filters through the open air like frisbees who can’t find their owners, culminating with artist Nikki Hill as the sun sets over the park.
A portion of the festival's proceeds benefit Hands On Birmingham and the Bessemer Education Enhancement Foundation.
Karate is not about breaking boards or bodies, it is about pushing yourself beyond what you ever thought you could do and often surpassing your goals. You do your best- never giving up, and in the process build a more mentally and physically fit person. Japan International Karate Academy is here to guide and encourage.
Having already been lauded as Restaurant of the Year in 2010 by TuscaloosaRestaurant.com, Opus's culinary team continues to conjure a memorable menu of elegant steak and seafood entrees. Fried green tomatoes ($7) scribble epicurean prologues across palates, harnessing spicy rémoulade sauce and shockingly simplistic prose. Local honey spotlights sweet notes in cedar-plank-roasted salmon ($28), and grass-fed beef tenderloin ($32) ups its earthiness factor with a posse of portobello mushrooms. Cracked-pepper duck ($27) and blueberry demiglace join forces to whisk taste buds away on culinary adventures as thrilling as Marco Polo's maiden foray into French cooking. Postdinner cool-downs commence with chocolate crème brûlée, which clings to fork tines for efficient transport into gung-ho maws.
The Barking Kudu Bar & Grill has been consistently voted one of Birmingham's Best Bars by Birmingham Weekly and was recently awarded Birmingham's Best New Restaurant by the readers of the Birmingham News. Great Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Parking and Private Event Space available
Each month, O is delivered to subscribers' mailboxes, pages brimming with Oprah-approved content. The magazine showcases a life-encapsulating range of articles about health, relationships, fashion, literature, food, entertainment, and world-domination etiquette. Oprah recruited a ragtag group of underdogs—including Nate Berkus, Suze Orman, and Dr. Oz—to contribute self-bettering pieces to her monthly tome. Personal trainer Bob Greene pens advice about personal fitness tailored to whittle readers down to size, and life coach Dr. Phil keeps brains abuzz with his monthly column on proper moustache grooming. Like the talk show that spawned it, O also recommends products to beautify and gadgets to simplify, as well as books that Oprah and her band of pals think pass the Queen of Daytime's muster.
Programs that build character, leadership, and valuable skills for young people are at the heart of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama’s main mission. Today more than 8,000 children and teens count on the four area BGCCA clubs as a place where they can learn to grow and hone their abilities. By providing a safe place where children and teens can both learn and have fun, the centers hope to promote healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and a greater readiness for the working world. That mission is most apparent in the success of program graduates, who graduate from high school at a rate of 90%, compared to 66% nationally.