STEM UAB graduate students produce sci-fi film entirely in Birmingham

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If you saw Ryan Murphy and Faaiz Saad on this rooftop you might mistake them for a couple of Hollywood big-shots. Photo via Scruffy Chandelier Productions.

The Magic City has been all over the film scene lately. And you can spot Birmingham in every scene of the new web series and movie, “SCP D-Classified.” Get the scoop from the producers themselves. Plus, find out how you can watch and support the local sci-fi series!

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7 self-defense classes in Birmingham that will make you safer and stronger!

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Agoge Fitness offers a self-defense class specifically for women, but also other options such as martial arts. Photo via agogefit.com.

Self-defense classes not only teach you the methods to escape a potentially dangerous situation, but they also aid in honing your awareness skills. Whether you want to take a class as a family, one-on-one or with only women, Birmingham has plenty of options to choose from.

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The Market at Pepper Place indoor farmers market opens this Saturday, Jan. 18. Here are some vendors you’ll see!

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Check out which of these yummy ingredients you’ll find at this Saturday’s market. Photo via peppperplace.com

Things are always a little darker and a little less healthy in Birmingham without the presence of the Pepper Place farmers’ market. Lucky for us, the indoor market is opening this Saturday, January 18 from 7AM to 12PM.

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January blues got you down? Check out these ways to perk up in Birmingham!

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To start, look at this adorable picture of my dog. Photo via Irene Richardson for Bham Now.

January blues include no football, no holidays and possibly the beginning of a diet that means no wine. Between the rain and struggle to get back on track at work and school, January can be a dud month. Not to worry, because Birmingham is the perfect city to pick you right back up.

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Opening January 23, Cabaret takes the stage at Virginia Samford Theatre

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Sally Bowles is kind of big deal, and so is Chelsea Reynolds—just check out her resume. Photo courtesy of Virginia Samford Theatre.

Seedy nightclubs, a cast of mysterious characters and a tumultuous romance. All of these factors find their way to the stage during Virginia Samford Theatre’s production of Cabaret.

Step into 1930s Berlin during the show’s run from January 23 through February 9 by purchasing tickets.

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I took 6AM classes at Orangetheory and it transformed my entire week. Here’s what I learned.

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I can confirm that the coaches will make you smile even when you’re doing squats. Photo via Orangetheory.

I didn’t even think my eyes were capable of opening before 6AM, but Orangetheory is all about pushing yourself. I can honestly say after a workout with Orangetheory, you will come to work in the best mood.

Since I did all the heavy lifting (literally) for you, take a look at what you can expect the first time you take a class. Also, find out how you can win big with Orangetheory’s three month Transformation Challenge.

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Birmingham vintage store, Manitou Supply, begins plans to rebrand its shop

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David Brown, Luciana Giovinazzo, owners of Manitou Supply. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Everyone is making moves in the new year, including one of our favorite vintage stores, Manitou Supply. At the end of the month, the store will close its Avondale location as they move forward with plans to refresh and rebrand.

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Birmingham visual-arts group VINEGAR now has two new spaces to showcase artists’ work

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Ready to vacation at this Airbnb? You might have to share the space with a few artists. Photo via VINEGAR’s Facebook.

If you hadn’t heard of VINEGAR before, you’re right on time to learn all about the women-led nonprofit. The visual-arts group just obtained its first brick-and-mortar spaces, Airbnb X VINEGAR located downtown and VINEGAR Contemporary in Forest Park.

Check out what you can expect to see when you visit. Plus, don’t forget to join them for its exhibition opening reception at Airbnb X VINEGAR on Wednesday.

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Your guide to big-name artists performing in Birmingham this year—including Brittany Howard

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Brittany Howard will carry her solo tour back to her home state in April. Photo via NPR.org.

The Magic City’s music scene is nonstop. From festivals like Secret Stages to artists who come across the world to our venues, this city loves jamming out to all kinds of genres. Here are some well-known artists performing in Birmingham this year—so far.

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9 things to do on a newcomer’s 2020 Birmingham bucket list

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Downtown Birmingham. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

As a newcomer to the Magic City, I am constantly learning of all the amazing things the city has to offer. So, I’ve started a bucket list for 2020 of all the things I am eager to see and do in Birmingham. Here’s a look at what I hope to check off my list in the new year.

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Catch Birmingham resident Sydney Hightower on this season of “The Bachelor”

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On a scale of the rose finale on “The Bachelor” to me watching “Little Women” how many tears do you think we can expect from this season? Photo via abc.com.

It’s time to get your brackets ready and bring out the drinks. I’m talking about a different and equally competitive version of March Madness, Bachelor season. (Arguably more interesting)

Birmingham resident Sydney Hightower will compete along with 30 other women to get to know Peter Weber (affectionately known as Pilot Pete) a little better. She may even end up with a ring at the end. The 24th season premiers Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

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What’s up in Hoover? Check out 7 new businesses, including MELT!

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Aka a guide to where all your money will disappear to in the new year. Photo via ilovemelt.com.

Hoover is on a roll! Did you know about these new businesses, including local establishments, that opened in the past month? Plus, take a look at who else is becoming a new neighbor in early 2020.

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Your guide to throwing a 1920’s New Year’s Eve party in Birmingham

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Can you swing dance to Lizzo? Photo via The Marble Ring’s Facebook.

Expectations run high for New Year’s Eve and if you’re throwing a party the pressure is really on. When your theme relies on a time where fringe made a major shift from cowboys to socialites, there’s a lot to live up to. Check out our suggestions for hosting a roaring 20’s NYE party in Birmingham.

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3 Birmingham organizations offering free holiday meals to those in need

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Birmingham is filled with a lot of great organizations who help out during the holidays, and year-round. Photo via Pinterest.

If you or someone you know is seeking a warm meal this holiday, several nonprofits around Birmingham are offering assistance. Whether you need food delivered or are looking for a holiday lunch, the following organizations have you covered.

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UAB opened a new medical center in Hoover. Here’s what you need to know!

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The new medical center opened to patients on Dec. 16. Photo via uab.edu.

Gone are the days of sitting in traffic on 65 for a half hour when you’re only trying to take a trip to the doctor. The medical professionals at UAB have opened The UAB Medicine Hoover Primary and Specialty Care  in Stadium Trace Village.

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