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.
The Magic City Classic is just around the corner. So, here’s the perfect guide to the five things you can do that will ramp up the magic in your Magic City Classic trip.
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.
The leaves are changing colors, the scent of pumpkin spice is in the air and Fall events are aplenty. We’ve compiled our favorite events for October into one list to help you avoid the scary problem of not knowing all the fun things happening in Birmingham.
The summer nights are coming to an end and cool weather is making its way across the city. If you’re looking for ways to make the most of this pleasant breeze, look no further than our list of must-attend events in Birmingham this month.
Charge up your battery and choose your favorite filter. HuffPost has put together a list of the most Instagrammable (yes, that’s a word) spots in Birmingham. Some obvious choices are Railroad Park and the Alabama Theatre but other locations might surprise you. Head to the link below to see the full list.
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: