Three Inexpensive Nights Out In Birmingham

You deserve a night out. If you are a college student like me, you are probably juggling six or more classes, an internship for academic credit and a paid full-time job just to pay your rent. Because of all these things, you have the right to treat yourself every once and a while. The issue often tends to be that, though you may want a night out, you cannot afford to spend a lot of money. That is where I come in. Having lived in the city of Birmingham my whole life, I knew quite a few spots that can help you save a few bucks while enjoying what the city has to offer. Here is a short list of three different locations in Birmingham on the cheap. You can find directions to each location by clicking on the venue name in the list.

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Last Chance to See Warhol Art

Since the beginning of January, art by the legendary Andy Warhol hasbeen on display at the UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. This exhibit contains several signature pieces including:

  • “Marilyn”
  • “Mick Jagger”
  • “Red Lenin”
  • “Hammer and Sickle”
  • “Joseph Beuys in Memoriam”
  • “Reigning Queens (Queen Margrethe)”

If you haven’t seen this Warhol exhibition yet, this week is your last chance.

Admission is free.

Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: noon – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Warhol Exhibit in Final Weeks

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts is hosting an exhibit of more than 100 Andy Warhol pieces, entitled “Warhol: Fabricated,” now through February 28. Warhol was a groundbreaking 20th century American printmaker, photographer and filmmaker, as well as a leading figure in the pop art movement.

Loaned pieces from the Andy Warhol Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Booth Western Art Museum are included. Several signature Warhol pieces, including “Marilyn,” “Vote McGovern” and “Birmingham Race Riot,” which have never been shown in Birmingham, anchor the collection.

Robert Palazzo, Ph.D., dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, said, “The show will be a regional draw, attracting art enthusiasts, critics and attendees from throughout the Southeast.”

Admission to the AEIVA is free. It is open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays and during holidays.

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Cardinal: EP release concert

Crowds flooded the University Christian Fellowship House on Highway 280 to see local band Cardinal premiere their EP.

Cardinal is a young band with three eager artists: Ethan Asters, Contemporary Worship Leader at Brookwood Baptist Church, Samford University student Brent Beachtel and University of Alabama at Birmingham student Kyle Carpenter. Cardinal produced their first EP through a Kickstarter campaign.

“Kickstarter is a way for people to fund their idea for a product by getting people to pay for the product in advance. We are so fortunate to have friends and family who helped us.” Brent Beachtel said.

In an intimate concert setting, Cardinal’s music brought together many supporters and established a strong connection with its audience. “We don’t want to just communicate to our audience, but we want them to feel emotion with us,” Beachtel said.

The group formed a little over two years ago when Asters called Beachtel with the idea to start a band. Beachtel was excited from the beginning and later recruited Carpenter as their drummer. Beachtel couldn’t pinpoint why the name Cardinal stuck but said Ethan had always been a big Cardinals baseball fan.

Juggling college, work, church life and music is not an easy feat, yet the members of Cardinal expressed their desire to prioritize rehearsal time and the call to pursue music.

Beachtel believes that they are unlike any other band in Birmingham. They want to add something unique to the Birmingham music scene. Their desire is to “stand out” and hopefully produce a full-length album sometime soon.

“We are in it for the long haul,” Beachtel said.

Cardinal’s music is available on iTunes, Spotify and CDBaby. To keep up with the band, visit the Cardinal Facebook page.

By Eleanor Stenner
Photography by Eleanor Stenner