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.
Ah, brunch! Who doesn’t love that cheerful blend of breakfast and lunch that gives us a chance to sleep in, and then socialize with friends and family over decadent spreads of comfort food paired with signature morning cocktails? Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or just out-and-about enjoying that perfect Spring air with your significant other, this time of year in Birmingham was made for brunching.
Every year in the Spring several things happen in Linn Park in the center of downtown Birmingham: the trees put out new growth, the squirrels begin once again to frolic about the place, and more than 200 of the best artists around descend on the park to share their work. If you’ve never attended Magic City Art Connection, the time has come to get connected.
Birmingham’s sports legacy is an interesting mix of things a lot of people know about and things that are familiar to very few. For instance, everyone knows about the intense rivalry between the University of Alabama and Auburn University. But, not everybody knows that the very first “Iron Bowl,” (though it wasn’t known as such then) took place in a field that would be at the corner of 31st Street South and Clairmont Avenue today, were it not for the BBVA Compass building that occupies that space now.
The city gets a National Monument, a new food hall, a luxury hotel and Topgolf. The opening of the new downtown Publix last week caused quite a sensation.
Maybe it’s a generalization that men are notoriously slow about making dinner reservations. Maybe it’s not. Either way, you might want to start now prompting your honey to call that special place you love to have dinner…especially the evening of Valentine’s Day.