Do you have a ‘funhouse’? Find out and win tickets to the Birmingham Home Show February 15-17

Be sure to visit the AFS- A Bayless Company exhibit located in booth # 715 and 1301 at the Birmingham Home Show. (Photo submitted)

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Interested in going to the Birmingham Home Show February 15-17?  Well, we’ve got the scoop on how to win tickets and what to do when you get there. Find out more.

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5 Insta worthy cocktails from The Lab Bar and Kitchen at the new Hilton in 5 Points

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The patio at The Lab Bar and Kitchen is perfect for fireside Blazer sippin’! (Photo submitted)

If you’re craving a pop of color and local flavor after a long day, may we suggest heading down to The Lab Bar and Kitchen at the newly opened Hilton on 20th Street South and University.

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Golf Digest names Birmingham golf course 4th best in nation

The 18 hole course is nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. (Photo submitted)

The recently remodeled 18-hole golf course at Vestavia Country Club, a private club in the Birmingham Metro area, was named to the Golf Digest 2018 list of best new golf courses. It was the only remodeled golf course to make the list.

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Birmingham, you’ve got to try these pound cakes by Simply Sonequa

Sonequa Murray and husband Samuel Murray at a vending event. (Photo submitted)

When Sonequa Murray fired up her oven in 2012 to bake pound cakes for a bake sale, she had no idea she was actually igniting her own wildly successful baking business. Read more about the woman behind the apron and her delicious cakes—just in time to make your Valentine’s Day order.

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Who’s going to win an ADDY? Birmingham creatives vie for top advertising awards February 22

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2018 Best of Show winner Intermark Group won big with their experiential campaign with the Alabama Tourism Department. (Photo via ADDY Awards)

Who’s going to win a Birmingham ADDY this year? We’ll find out February 22, when the sharpest creative minds in the Birmingham metro showcase their 2018 advertising efforts at the Birmingham American Advertising Awards. Find out more.

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6 kid friendly Birmingham breweries to take your kiddos on a Saturday afternoon

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Homemade rootbeer at Slag Heap Brewing Co in Trussville. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

Thanks to a few great family friendly Birmingham breweries, you can have your beer and child-rear too. Here’s our list of the best Birmingham breweries to check out when the kids are in tow.

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Record rainfall in Birmingham: How to spot water damage in your home, and who to call

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Cody Brakeman, Sales Manager at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists. (Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Rain, rain, go away! Birmingham logged one of the wettest months on record since 1895. Is your house protected from water damage? We talked to a local specialist at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists to find out more.

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Year-long international film festival opening at Rojo January 29th. It’s free!

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Highland Park’s Rojo will host the first installment of the Alabama International Cinema Tuesday, January 29. Photo for Bham Now

If you’re in need of some cultural inspiration, stop by Rojo Birmingham in Highland Park. The Alabama Multicultural Organization’s year-long international film festival, Alabama International Cinema, kicks off Tuesday, January 29th.  No need to register. Bonus: It’s free. Bonus Bonus: Rojo has some of the best tacos around!

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5 ways to prepare for a Birmingham snow day that don’t include buying milk and bread

Brrrrrrrrrmingham. I’m sure you’ve heard the word on the street—it just might snow Tuesday. Not only is there a chance of snow, but a chance of accumulation up to four inches. Sound the trumpet, alert the press— Birmingham snow day watch 2019 has officially begun!

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Music notes: Dave Matthews Band announces return to Birmingham metro area plus other concerts to put on your calendar

Dave Matthews Band will make their 10th stop at Oak Mountain Amphitheater May 7 (Photo via DMB)

DMB at Oak Mountain

Dave Matthews Band released dates this week for their upcoming 2019 summer tour, including a stop at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Tuesday, May 7.

The 2019 tour stop will be the jam band’s 10th stop at the outdoor arena in Pelham. Read more about DMB’s history and setlists at Oak Mountain here.

DMB is coming off their 9th studio album Come Tomorrow’s big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart in 2018. The band will kick of their North American leg of the tour in Pensacola, Fla. April 30.

Tickets go on sale February 22. Pre-sale begins February 19 at 10 AM. Click here for more ticket information.

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Alabama coming to Bham October 4, tickets go on sale Friday, January 25 (That’s TODAY!)

Legendary country band Alabama is coming to the BJCC as part of their 50th anniversary tour. Tickets are currently on pre-sale and will open to the public TODAY Friday, January 25 at 10 AM. Get your tickets here.

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Tickets still available for Tuesday Vince Gill show

Country favorite Vince Gill will perform at the Alabama Theatre Tuesday, January 30  after cancelling his first Birmingham tour date in November. There are still tickets available here.

Our live show pick of the week:  Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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Friday’s show is sold out. Check here to find available tickets.

Here’s the weekend lineup, Birminghampsters.

Friday, January 25

Soul Desert – The Nick -10 PM – $8

Steel Woods – Zydeco – 9 PM $12

The Band Camino –  Saturn – 9 PM (SOLD OUT)

The Wildflowers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band –  Workplay – 8 PM – $15

Rainbow Kitten Surprise – Iron City – 8 PM (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, January 26

Jeff Rosenstock – Saturn – 8 PM – $15

The Cheesebrokers – Workplay – 8 PM – $12

Ryan Tharp, Zach Austin and the Lonesome, The Smoking Flowers and Kaydee Mulvehill – The Nick – 10 PM – $8 – $10

The Talismen w/ The Busty PetitesZydeco – 9:30 PM –  $8

What show are you looking forward to this week? Let us know!

Are you right for civil service? Latoria Jones, mother of 4 and Birmingham Fire Lieutenant, shares what it’s really like

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Firefighter Latoria Jones during a call with the Birmingham Fire Department. (Photo submitted)

Latoria Jones knows that women can make excellent firefighters. After all, the Birmingham Fire Lieutenant and mother of four has been doing it for 19 years.

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New health gadget puts Birmingham startup on international map at CES

From left: AerBetic founders Eric Housh, Arnar Thors and Matthew Fitzgerald. Photo via EDPA

It was a whirlwind week in Las Vegas for Birmingham startup AerBetic at the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. where the company quickly became an international standout with a new wearable device for diabetics.

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I called the 59/20 road closure hotline: Here’s what happened

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Get ready for the detours (Christine Hull/Bham Now)

The Road Closures Are Here

Unfortunately, the I-59/20 bridge and road closures have arrived, prompting the Alabama Department of Transportation to activate their road closure hotline. The purpose of the call center, which will be fully manned by ALDOT employees 24/7, is to help confused drivers navigate around the road closures. The closures will constantly change the detour routes, making this a fun game of whack-a-mole for us all!

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