Next Week Today is a selection of our picks from the upcoming week’s events, published every Sunday at 11 a.m. We’ll give you juuuuuust enough detail to whet your whistle, and then let you do the digging. In other words, these are the events we recommend giving a second, perhaps even third glance as you wend your way along the path to entertainment.
Cheers everyone, we did it! We survived the World Games. At least, I’m assuming as I write this Saturday evening that Birmingham does not spontaneously combust some time in the next 24 hours. Gotta say, that new CityWalk area is the bee’s knees. Y’all need to go walk about the place if you haven’t already. Anywho, lot’s happening, so let’s do this.
Hanson: Red Green Blue Tour (Alabama Theatre, 8 p.m.) — Pop-rock mmmboppers Hanson are back on tour in support of their newest album Red Green Blue, a collaborative project between the brothers where each wrote and produced a third of the album on their own. It’s three solo projects in one!
TVs of Terror presents CHOPPING MALL (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — It’s time for another round of Saturn’s TVs of Terror series, this time 1986 sci-fi slasher Chopping Mall is on the slate, in which some very ’80s robots go on a teenage killing spree in, you guessed it, a shopping mall. Good bad times should abound.
Bored Teachers Summer Break Comedy Tour (Alabama Theatre, 8 p.m.) — A comedy show by teachers and former teachers targeted primarily at teachers might seem like a hard pass if you’re not in the education profession, but the trials and tribulations these folks have been through (and the jokes that sprung from them) resonate well beyond school boundaries. Anyone who’s been a student, teacher or parent should find themselves full of understanding and laughter.
Boss Rush / Carpool Kids / Day Job (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — Birmingham husband-and-wife punk-rock duo Boss Rush write songs “mostly about how everything sucks and nothing matters” and “complaining about how life isn’t what we thought it’d be, but you got to live it anyway.” Despite that depressing ring of truth, the output is energetic and oddly uplifting.
Anatomy of Gray (Birmingham Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m.) — Come on down to opening night of BFT’s latest production Anatomy of Gray, a humorous but morbid dramedy about a small town in the late 1800s celebrating the surprise arrival of their first doctor amidst the outbreak of a plague.
The opening night of Anatomy of Gray has been pushed to the following weekend due to a cast member testing positive for COVID-19.
Strumbrush, Bugwhore, The Old World Underground & Vital (The Nick, 10 p.m.) — This show has a lot of textures going on, from the rough-hewn riff-rock of Bugwhore through the melodic meandering of Strumbrush across the mathtastic soundscapes of Vital to the eclectic chaos of The Old World Underground, whose acidic sax solos are out of this world.
Williams (Tin Roof, 8 p.m.) — Sultry and soulful, Nashville-based Williams has voice in spades, and she’s just as comfortable spinning torch songs your way as she is slow-burn rockers. Plus, it’s a free show, so what’s your excuse?
MojoThunder with 12Eleven (The Nick, 10 p.m.) — This show is coming at your from two different angles. The first angle is MojoThunder, straight up rock ‘n’ roll, without a wink or whiff of sarcasm. It’s formulaic and it’s still a hell a lot of fun when it’s executed this well. The second angle is 12Eleven, ultra-smooth R&B dripping in harmony and erotic suggestion. I’d love to see those two angles intersect.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Alabama Theatre, 2 p.m.) — Congratulations! You’ve found the golden ticket and get to see one of the great classics of children’s cinema in one of the classic greats of historic theatres. Treat yourself, even if the snozberries really do taste like snozberries.