Saluting Black History Month

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has a full schedule of February events, many marking Black History Month. Running through February 22 is the annual Helen Keller Art Show, showcasing the works of visually- and hearing-impaired children.

Why We Come to Work: Activities at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Spacey Horticulture

“To the moon, Alice…!” That famous Ralph Kramden threat has nothing really to do with this bit of trivia—except the moon part. Area residents and visitors alike are largely unaware of the Moon Tree at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Hilarity on the Horizon

Broadway in Birmingham is bringing the super hit “Book of Mormon” to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex February 17-22. Hailed by The New York Times as the best musical for this century, the production is a nine-time Tony Award winner.

BJCC Arena Takes New Brand

The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena has become Legacy Arena at the BJCC. The complex and Legacy Community Federal Credit Union sealed the agreement in December.

But Back to our Favorite Topic

Food and writing have been among Larry Olmsted’s passions for 20 years. His recent piece in Forbes blends the two nicely as he recalls his 15 most memorable restaurant meals of 2014.

Appreciating Alabama Art

In February, the Birmingham Museum of Art will also bring us the early works of Alabama artist Frank Fleming. Between Fantasy and Reality will showcase a period between 1970-1985 when Fleming worked primarily in clay, stoneware and ceramics.

Good Things in Small Packages

If good things do come in small packages, we are in for a rare treat beginning January 31. Opening that day at the Birmingham Museum of Art is Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries.

Where Credit is Due

Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Blake Guthrie gives Birmingham chef Frank Stitt a large portion of the credit for transforming Birmingham into a “culinary hotbed.” He notes that Stitt brought his passion for farm-fresh food to the city with the opening of Highlands Bar and Grill in the 1980s. Guthrie goes on to say: “Stitt’s endeavors helped to spawn a culinary renaissance not only in Birmingham, but in the South — the James Beard Award-winning chef has been called ‘the dean of Southern cuisine.

Highlands 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.