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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.

Ross Bridge Name Top Hotel for Golf

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa has been named the number one Marriott or Renaissance hotel in North America for golf satisfaction. All of Alabama had an impressive showing, with four of the top five sites located along the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

On the other side of town at the Birmingham Museum of Art, visitors are enjoying art in a smaller format. Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals & Their Contemporaries runs through April 26 and is the first exhibition to explore the little-known field of small-format 17th century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age.

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New Orleans celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse was in Birmingham recently causing a small stir among fans dining at the tony Bottega Café. He was in town to create a new cookbook with Birmingham-based Oxmoor House publishers. Word on the street has it that he dined on sea urchin, chestnut pappardelle and grilled red snapper.

‘Unprecedented’ Warhol Show at UAB

Currently on view at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an exceptional exhibition of works by the late legendary artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Organizers are calling Warhol: Fabricated an “unprecedented” show, bringing together private and public Warhol pieces that have never before been exhibited together.

As the World Returns

In 2013, Birmingham invited the world to the 50th anniversary of Civil Rights activities here. This year, we issued another invitation to host the 2021 World Games, and the world accepted.