More of the Best

In 1910, the building of Rickwood Field put Birmingham on the national baseball map. In his new book, 101 Baseball Places to See before You Strike Out, author Josh Pahigian ranks Rickwood as one of the top overall destinations.

Belly Up to the Bar Boys!

Birmingham’s craft beer industry continues to expand and mature, producing memorable brews of many varieties. Men’s Journal has taken notice, naming Good People Brewing’s Snake Handler among its 101 Best Beers in America.

Lotus in May

Museum quality racing cars of all marques will take to the track at Barber Motorsports Park May 15-17 in an inaugural event. Championship cars from Formula One, Can AM and Trans Am and racing vehicles from the early days of the sport through the 1980s will be on the track and on display.

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.