ALABAMA CAN’T MISS: ¡HICA !’s Pig Roast brings communities together

Weekend events feature good food, exciting festivals, and special activities.

¡HICA! Birmingham Big Roast

Bring a big appetite to ¡HICA! 2nd Annual Birmingham Big Roast Pork Roast, Juicy Pulled & Sides at Cahaba Brewing Company. In Puerto Rico and other Latin cultures, pigs are roasted whenever there is a big celebration. ¡HICA! Bringing the celebration to Magic City on Saturday, August 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cahaba Brewing Company brews Lagerveza, a special beer only for roast pigs. In addition to the slow roasted pig and custom made beer, there will be live entertainment, activities for all ages and a viewing party for Birmingham Legion FC and Memphis 901 FC at 7pm HICA! Scholarships will be awarded to three Latino students. Event proceeds will benefit ¡HICA!. Alabama Power is among the sponsors of this event. ¡HICA! is a community development and advocacy organization that advocates for economic equality, civic participation, and social justice for Hispanic and immigrant families in Alabama. follow on facebook, Twitterand Instagram and Linkedin. Buy tickets here.

¡HICA! Birmingham Pig Roast offers pulled pork, sides, activities, and live entertainment for all ages. (Brett Allen)

Legends at the party

Summer shows are running through Sunday, September 4, at OWA in Foley. Fans will see Isaiah Mercado as Bruno Mars, Nellie Norris as Katy Perry, Nae Cullors as Michael Jackson, and more. The show features high-energy dancers, backup vocalists, live band, costumes, elaborate stage sets and a full range of special effects. Performances take place at the OWA Theater Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Beth El Birmingham Temple

Temple Beth El invites you to Tzofim La’atid Thursday, August 25th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. The evening will include an exhibition of civil rights photos of Spider Martin; Lecturer-led tours of the upcoming exhibition; An opportunity to provide real-time feedback on the project and special feedback from guest speakers J. Mason Davis (Denton Sirot), Dijuana Thompson (Birmingham Civil Rights Institute) and local author T.K. Thorne. Hosted by the Civil Rights Experience Committee, attendees will enjoy drinks, appetizers, and networking with community partners and donors. Register here.

Pavement Film Festival

The 24th annual Sidewalk Film Festival is scheduled to take place August 22-28 in Birmingham’s historic theater district. Festival venues include the Sidewalk Film and Film Center, Alabama Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Carver Theatre, First Church Birmingham, Alabama School of Fine Arts Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Recital Hall and Lecture Hall, as well as the Steiner Auditorium at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Alabama Power is among the sponsors of this event. Follow this link for tickets. For more information about the festival, visit With events added to the festival schedule until August 23, stay tuned here for new additions.

“American mariachi”

Family, tradition, progress and the freedom of dreaming big lie at the heart of the hilarious, hilarious musical “American Mariachi”. Lucha spends her days caring for her sick mother. Yearning to break free from the monotony of her life, she comes up with a wild idea: a mariachi group of girls. But it’s the ’70s, and girls can’t be Maria…or can they? Follow Lucha and her brave cousin as they search for their bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives and take Mom with them on the journey. Will the band together? Offers run through Sunday, August 21. Visit the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to buy tickets.

Birmingham Barons

The Birmingham Barons and the Tennessee Smokies are scheduled to play through Sunday, August 21. Follow this link for the full schedule, updates, promotions and giveaways. The domain of regions is a cashless facility. Credit and debit cards will be accepted at the Joe Drake ticket office, Barons Sports depot and all concessions in the Region Field area. Get tickets online.

the birds

Gadsden Museum of Art presents “Finches” from Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The exhibition examines the character of Atticus Finch, combines the film with objects and artifacts from the Monroe County Heritage Museum and features quotes from Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and book “Go Set a Watchman.” Click here to read a related article. Visit the gallery until Thursday, August 26th.

Red Mountain Entertainment

Upcoming offers include:

  • August 18 – Luke Bryan, Mount Oak Coliseum in Pelham.
  • August 19 – Stranger Al Jankovic: An unfortunate return to the ill-fated Vanity Tour, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall in Huntsville.
  • August 19 – Locals, Iron Town in Birmingham.
  • August 19 – J. J. Gray and Mover, Mars Music Hall in Huntsville.
  • August 20 – Stranger Al Jankovic: The unfortunate return of the ill-fated Vanity Tour, Alabama Theater in Birmingham.
  • August 25 – PJ Morton, Watch The Sun Tour, Soul Kitchen Music Hall on mobile.

For the full schedule, visit

Celebrating Sam Hairston

The Negro Southern League Museum (NSLM) in Birmingham will host an open house on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the life and legacy of Sam Hairston, who was a player in the Black League and Major League Baseball. Hairston played for the Birmingham Black Barons and Indianapolis Clowns before going to the Chicago White Sox. Hairston became the patriarch of a large family of professional baseball players. His sons, Jerry and Johnny, as well as his grandchildren, Jerry Jr. and Scott, played in the major tournaments. His son Sami Jr. and grandchildren Jr. Jr, Jeff and Jason played in the minor leagues. Leighton Revell, founder and CEO of the Black League Baseball Research Center, helped assemble artifacts honoring the accomplishments of Sam Hurston and his family. Revel will drive “PitchTalk” at 10:30 AM and there will be free guided tours, food carts, and appearances by NSLM mascot “Barry”. The NSLM is located at 120 S. 16th Street. For more information, go to b

watermelon festival

This summer’s favorite fruit will take center stage August 19-20 at the annual Russellville Watermelon Festival. The festival offers arts and crafts, a variety of watermelon competitions, 5-kilometer runs and 1-mile runs, car and truck displays, food vendors, children’s activities, games, music entertainment, and free watermelon samples.

Music rating includes:

Friday 19 August

  • 5:45 pm: Opening Ceremony (National Anthem: Cassandra James).
  • 6 p.m.: Cody Bowen.
  • 7 p.m.: The Joseph Baldwin Band.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Elves Velcro.

Saturday 20 August

  • 6 p.m.: Tremaine.
  • 7 p.m.: Shallow water returns.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Thompson Square.

The festival takes place along Main Street (Jackson Street) in downtown Russellville. Working hours are from 6 pm to 10 pm on Friday and from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday. Submission is free. For more details, visit the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce website or call 256-332-1760. Follow on Facebook.

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