Things to do in Birmingham, Aug. 13-19

Your free time is precious, so how to spend it? Here are five ideas for Birmingham this week, Aug. 13-19, 2017.

Your free time is precious, so how to spend it? Here are five ideas for Birmingham this week, Aug. 13-19, 2017.

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PETS

Drink craft brews, listen to local bands and support a nonprofit organization that helps dogs in need. What's not to like about that? We're all about Beer, Bands & Bullies, a Saturday benefit for Bama Bully Rescue at Cahaba Brewing Company. Organizers promise DJ sets throughout the evening, along with music by Atticus Avenue, Five Shot Jack, Matt Herren Band and Sylvia Rose Novak. Best of all, friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the 4 p.m. event. 

Beer, Bands & Bullies, Aug. 19 at 4 p.m., Cahaba Brewing Co., 4500 Fifth Ave. South, Building C, $10, 205-607-2270. 

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VISUAL ARTS

Open the door at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts in Birmingham. Just a few more days remain for the current exhibit, "David Sandlin: 76 Manifestations of American Destiny," and UAB's showplace galleries are inviting, compact and well-lit. Sandlin, a UAB alumnus, creates colorful and elaborate paintings, drawings and books that "present  semi-autobiographical tales of morality, redemption and American exceptionalism," according to the AEIVA website. 

"David Sandlin: 76 Manifestations of American Destiny," through Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South, free admission, 205-975-6436.

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CONCERTS

Become one with the jam universe at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. Umphrey's McGee is playing on Thursday night in the shed, and fans will be ready for a long, satisfying night of improvisational rock, jazz, funk, folk and blues music. 

Umphrey's McGee, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St. North, $30.50 general admission via Ticketmaster.

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FOOD

Expand your palate at Birmingham Restaurant Week. Sound too fancy? All we're suggesting is that you try something new -- an unfamiliar dish, a new eatery or a different style of cooking. This is an ideal time to do it, as restaurants in Birmingham whip up yummy dishes and share culinary pride. Fixed-price menus range from $10 to $40, available through Aug. 20 at eateries such as  Ovenbird, Cantina, Seasons 52, Saigon Noodle House and Sky Castle. For a full list of locations, menus and more, visit the Restaurant Week website.

Birmingham Restaurant Week, various locations, through Aug. 20.

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OUTSIDE

Race with a team -- or simply observe the fun -- at the Habitat for Humanity Dragon Boat Festival in Gadsden. Don't expect fire-breathing reptiles at an event like this one; it's all about people displaying sportsmanship, coordination and power. Several teams will paddle long boats adorned with dragon heads and tails, launching from Gadsden Riverwalk Park & Boardwalk on Saturday morning. Admission is free for spectators; proceeds from team registrations benefit the Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity. 

Habitat for Humanity Dragon Boat Festival, Aug. 19 at 8:45 a.m., Gadsden Riverwalk Park & Boardwalk, 340 S. Albert Rains Blvd., Gadsden, 256-543-1898. 

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