What started as an artistic act of love a decade and a half ago has grown into a celebration of life on the day of the dead. Almost 15 years ago, Birmingham lost an icon, an artist, a father, and one of the most influential people in the struggle for civil rights. A staff photographer for The Birmingham News, James “Spider” Martin took iconic photographs during the Selma marches and throughout the ‘60s that galvanized our nation and helped fuel the civil rights movement in its earliest days. In November of 2003, following his sudden passing that April, his daughter, artist Tracy Martin, chose to honor him by creating an installation in the style of a Mexican altar called an ofrenda at Bare Hands Gallery. Inspired by the altar, a small group of artists chose to continue the tradition the following November. Like the seed of a marigold blown into a crack in the pavement, the practice took hold. This year, its fifteenth (and a very important year in Mexican tradition), the event will attract several thousand people.
Heard you were looking for your place in the world, (well, this side of the Big Muddy, anyway). I know the feeling. In so many ways, I’ve been looking for my place in the world, and really have found my groove just in the last ten years or so. I’ve decided that my biggest problem is I’m misunderstood by pretty much everybody except the people who’ve actually met me. If only those who think they know me would spend a couple of days here, they’d realize how wrong they are.
It’s the happiest season of all. The Alabama Theatre announced the schedule for their 2017 Holiday Film Series. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 2.
Fall in Birmingham means food. No, we’re not talking about tailgate parties; we’re talkin’ festivals! From butterbeans to baklava, Birmingham hosts more food festivals during the glorious months of fall than you can shake a fork at. Here are 10 you won’t want to miss:
If you really love baseball then you probably know that if you really want to see the game played with passion you watch the minor league games. These are the guys for whom ending a game with a clean uniform is a sign of failure, who lay awake at night and imagine what it would be like to stand in the batter’s box at Fenway, or snag one from just above the ivy at Wrigley. Now, if you really, really love baseball and have an appreciation for its history, you owe yourself a visit to Birmingham. Here are three reasons:
Birmingham’s highly acclaimed Sidewalk Film Festival fast approaches. Whether you’re new to the independent film scene or not, if you’ve never been to Sidewalk, you owe it to yourself to go. After all, this is the film festival selected as one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker magazine – that’s right, IN. THE. WORLD. In other words, if you don’t go, you stand a high probability of being called “lame” by your cool friends.
Those who’ve never been to Birmingham, probably don’t have a sense of it being a very green place. But the fact is, Birmingham, by some estimations, has more green space per capita than any city its size in the country. So, if being outside is what floats your boat, we’ve got lots of options in and around our fair city. Here are but just a few:
After almost 40 years headquartered in New York City, Food & Wine magazine is moving to Birmingham. While the rest of the country goes, “Wha?” everybody in Birmingham nods knowingly. In the event you are a Birmingham initiate, allow me to tell you a story.
Tired of the same old same old? Looking for a little escapist entertainment? Maybe you should try, well, escaping. Seriously. Here in Birmingham, escape games have become all the rage. What are escape games? Well, here’s the skinny: essentially, you and your compadres (we recommend playing these games as a team of somewhere between 2 and 10 intrepid souls) are put into a scenario that requires the team to engage in complex problem solving in order to free themselves from a room. For example:
Ah, those salad farm-to-table days! It’s time to get fresh with the Farmers Market Tour! No place has the “farm-to-table” movement been more prevalent than here in Birmingham. Heck, our chef celebre, Frank Stitt was doing the farm-to-table thing long before it was even cool.