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performances and diverse audiences. From classical, pop, jazz and world beat music to dance, comedy and family entertainment, the center welcomes the entire community into the magical world of performing arts. Some of the world s most renowned performing artists take the stage at this concert hall and theater space on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. 1200 10th Ave S, 205-975-2787. alysstephens.org

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK Not only is this road course second to none, it is set within a perfectly manicured and sculptured landscape. Visitors can watch auto and motorcycle road racing while relaxing in wooded surroundings. The course was designed to meet the highest racing standards, yet also to be spectator-friendly and welcoming to families. The length of the road course is 2.38 miles. It is 45 feet wide and has 16 turns. The park sits on 740 acres, 225 of which are developed. The Barber Motorsports Park hosts a continuous schedule of upscale, high-profi le motorcycle and auto racing events. It is also home to the Porsche

Driving Experience. 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, 205-298-9040, barbermotorsports.com

BIRMINGHAM BALLET Birmingham Ballet off ers dance training for aspiring talent as well as presenting professional performances. Performances are held at the Birmingham-Jeff erson Convention Complex. 2198 Columbiana Rd, Ste 100, 205-979-9492, birminghamballet.com

BIRMINGHAM BARONS In April of 2013, the Birmingham Barons Baseball Club played their fi rst game in their new ballpark, Regions Field. The crown jewel of Birmingham s newly developed Parkside District features a variety of unique seating areas, creating an intimate atmosphere and off ering unique views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children s Hospital and Vulcan. The city s AA baseball team, farm team for the Chicago White Sox, plays its season from April through September. 205-988-3200, barons.com