Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs voted off American Idol

Burroughs (pictured right) sang Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on Episode 15 of American Idol. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
Burroughs (pictured right) sang Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on Episode 15 of American Idol. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Vestavia Hills grad Walker Burroughs will not move on to the next round on American Idol. Much to the shock of fans and followers, he did not receive the votes needed to snag one of six remaining spots left on ABC’s singing competition on Sunday night’s episode.

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DEALS: Birmingham entrepreneur John Cassimus to open deep discount store in Homewood

Signage is going up at Crazy Cazboy’s in time for the store’s grand opening May 10.(Photo via Crazy Cazboy’s Facebook)

Homewood is about to get a deep DEEEEEP discount store thanks to former Zoë’s Kitchen founder and serial entrepreneur John Cassimus. Crazy Cazboy’s will open in the Homewood Commons Shopping Center on Friday, May 10. Here’s what to expect when you go.

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You’re INVITED to Bham Now’s ‘Party on the Green’ at Regions Tradition Friday, May 10. Free tickets and 100 drinks are on us

Join us for the Bham Now ‘Party on the Green’ at Regions Tradition Friday, May 10.

Being dedicated explorers of ALL things fun here in Birmingham, Bham Now has decided to throw our very own party at The Watering Hole to kick off the Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club May 8-12.  All Bham Now newsletter registrants can get two free tickets valued at $25 ea.  Bonus: first 100 people get a free drink.

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Sidewalk Cinema and Film Center to receive $200,000 from City of Birmingham

Pretty soon we’ll be enjoying some popcorn and watching our favorite upcoming indie films. (Photo via Sidewalk Film Festival)

The Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema is getting a financial boost from the City of Birmingham. Find out how the year-round cinema and educational space currently under construction in downtown Birmingham will use the money to better the fine arts community!

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Take a look inside the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County as they celebrate one year in Pelham

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Ms. Harriett Kuvinka works with Physical Therapist Christina Peoples build strength in her arms in the rehabilitation gym. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

It’s been one year since Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County opened their doors in Pelham. In honor of the hospital’s one-year anniversary, Bham Now took a behind the scenes tour to get the inside scoop on what goes on day-to-day. Find out what makes the hospital stand out and and who’s behind the exceptional care. *Caution: extremely heartwarming photos ahead.

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6 tips to turn your Birmingham backyard into a stunning oasis this spring

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Is your backyard ready for warmer weather? Here are six ways to prepare your outdoor space for summer entertaining.
Is your backyard ready for warmer weather? Here are six ways to prepare your outdoor space for summer entertaining.

Spring has sprung, y’all! What’s your backyard situation looking like after that rainy, cold winter?  If it’s anything like mine, it needs a little attention…ok, a LOT of attention. Here are six ways to spruce up your Birmingham backyard just in time for warmer weather!

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New apartments, retail space coming to historic former Bessemer city hall

The 60-unit, multi-use space will be the first redevelopment of its kind in downtown Bessemer.
The 60-unit, multi-use space will be the first redevelopment of its kind in downtown Bessemer. (Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now)

Plans are in the works to transform Bessemer’s former city hall space into a mixed-use development, bringing new housing units and retail space downtown. This is great news and a huge step in revitalizing the downtown Bessemer area! Here’s why.

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5 things to know about The Flying Biscuit Café breakfast chain coming to Birmingham

Shrimp and Grits Southern Style Biscuit Benedict. This is everything I never knew I always wanted. (Photo via Facebook)

The Flying Biscuit Café is headed to ‘ham! The Atlanta based breakfast and southern food chain will open in the Shops at the Colonnade on Hwy. 280 this summer. Here’s what you need to know about Birmingham’s newest breakfast joint.

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American Idol: Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs now in top 8

Walker Burroughs with celebrity host Ryan Seacrest  after his performance on American Idol Sunday, April 21.
Walker Burroughs with celebrity host Ryan Seacrest after his performance on American Idol Sunday, April 21. (Photo via ABC)

America has spoken, and Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs is now in the top 8 of this season’s American Idol race! Read on to find out about Burroughs Sunday night performance. Also, how to get your hands on #walker4idol t-shirts, attend watch parties and vote on this week’s show.

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Stars and Strikes bowling, laser tag coming to Hoover in 2020

Stars and Strikes will have 24 lanes of bowling at the Hoover location. (Photo via Stars and Strikes)
Stars and Strikes will have 24 lanes of bowling at the Hoover location. (Photo via Stars and Strikes)

Did someone say multi-story laser tag? Stars and Strikes, a Georgia based family entertainment center, announced this week they’ll be setting up shop in the Hoover area in 2020. They’re bringing with them a huge arcade, bowling lanes, laser tag and over 100 jobs to the area!

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Fertilizing your new spring garden? Your help is needed to reduce phosphorus in Birmingham waterways. 2 things you can do now

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Algae Blooms in the Cahaba river are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen , thus killing off nearby fish.
Algae Blooms in the Cahaba River are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen, thus killing off nearby fish. (Photo via the Cahaba River Society)

Instead of spending $20-30 million on wastewater plant upgrades, Jefferson County is hoping you’ll help contain the last 1% of phosphorus in local waterways by not putting a certain type of fertilizer on your yard this spring. Why should you care and what can you do? Bham Now explains.

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Birmingham’s SliceFest drops 2019 lineup: Magic City Hippies, Yacht Rock Review, CBDB and more!

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Five bands and one DJ will take the stage Saturday, June 1 in Lakeview. (Photo via @SliceFest on Facebook)

SliceFest is headed to Lakeview Saturday, June 1. We’ve got the details on who’s playing at the 8th annual block party of epic proportions put on by Slice Pizza & Brewhouse.

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Cantina Tortilla Grill in Pepper Place will relocate to Avondale spot this fall

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Cantina Tortilla Grill will soon relocate to the former Wasabi Juan’s/Sour Room location in Avondale. (Photo via Cantina)

There’s ALWAYS something new to taco ’bout in Avondale! Today, it’s the upcoming addition of local favorite Cantina Tortilla Grill. The restaurant will move from its current Pepper Place location to Avondale early fall 2019. We’ve got all the details.

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Beer me: Brät Brot in Lakeview will officially re-open Tuesday, April 23

They will officially re-open Tuesday, April 23 at 4 PM
Brät Brot will officially re-open Tuesday, April 23 at 4 PM.

Brät Brot announced that they’re back in business, and ready to re-open the doors as an adults-only establishment at their perfect Lakeview location. Let’s all celebrate the resurrection of Birmingham’s coolest greenhouse turned Gartenbar at the grand re-opening Tuesday, April 23. Ja!

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Good heavens! Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs makes American Idol’s top 10, gets Bruster’s ice cream flavor named in his honor

Walker Burroughs sang the Jonas Brothers' "Lovebug" for the crowd after he made Top 10 on American Idol Monday, April 15. (Photo Walker Burroughs Instagram)
Walker Burroughs sang the Jonas Brothers’ “Lovebug” for the crowd after making it to the top 10 on American Idol Monday, April 15. (Photo Walker Burroughs Instagram)

Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs is moving on to the next round on ABC’s American Idol! This week he won the hearts of viewers and judges alike in the first round of live performances. Now that he’s in the top ten, find out how you can vote him to the #1 spot!

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