Fire It Up!

A city just can’t have enough festivals, so what a joy it is to hear about the upcoming Sloss Music & Arts Festival, set for July 18-19. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark will be set with three stages of music to accommodate more than 30 acts.

Deep South Indy

Deep South Indy You may have waited too late to purchase a primo parking spot, but time remains to buy your tickets for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The event, along with thousands of race fans, is on its way to the Barber Motorsports Park April 24-26.

Sleek New Center Worthy of Mercedes

In nearby Vance, the Mercedes-Benz auto plant has a newly redesigned Visitors Center that looks as smooth as the ML Coupe. The $3 million project was unveiled last month, replacing the old center that opened in 1997.

Bend Your Mind

While we wait for Itty Bitty Magic City to open, McWane Science Center is keeping us entertained with the Mindbender Mansion. It’s an eclectic place of puzzles and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power of young and old alike.

Miniature City Opening at McWane

No, it’s not the Ave Maria Grotto, but it’s just as interesting. Spring will bring the opening of the new $5 million Itty Bitty Magic City learning project at McWane Science Center.

IN OUR BRIEFS:

High End Hamburger A burger by any other name than Hamburger Fonfon just doesn’t smell as sweet. So says the food and travel website Thrillist.

New Director Takes the Baton

Internationally acclaimed conductor Carlos Izcaray has been appointed Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The Venezuelan-born conductor, currently based in Berlin, will assume his position in Birmingham in September.

‘Cue Gets Its Due

The smoked meat that rules so many restaurants in the Birmingham area is finally having its place in the sun. The Alabama Tourism Department recently announced that 2015 is the “Year of Alabama Barbecue.

Highland Scores Again

The national online reservation service, OpenTable, has named Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham one of the 10 best restaurants in America for 2014. The award is based on the opinions of more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners in all 50 states.

Alice’s Restaurant and Sweet Tenor

You can get anything you want at the Alys’ Performing Arts Center. Two upcoming performances showcase the diversity of entertainment at the Alys Stephens Center.