Birmingham artist Willie Williams, Jr. chosen to display sculpture in Chicago

Willie William's, Jr. at Studio 2500
Willie Williams, Jr. outside of Studio 2500. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Local artist Willie Williams Jr. recently took a trip up to Chicago to install his sculpture, “Trinity,” in West Pullman Park. But how did an artist from Alabama grab the attention of a Chicago art group? Keep reading to find out.

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Local music and art at Magic City Dentistry’s open house party on January 23

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Photography by Ann Sydney Williamson on display at Magic City Dentistry (photo of photo by Nathan Watson)

Magic City Dentistry is launching their first party of 2020 with Botox specials, giveaways, Rock and Roll photography from Ann Sydney Williamson and a live music performance from Taylor Hollingsworth. The fun kicks off on January 23 at 4:30PM–you don’t want to miss it!

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

SCP D-Classified co-producers Ryan Murphy and Faaiz Saad
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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Don’t miss the Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham January 16-27

Photo via the Alabama Dance Council’s website

Calling all dancers and dance enthusiasts: the Alabama Dance Festival, one of the largest gatherings of dance-minded folks in the Southeast, is coming up in Birmingham January 16-27. Here’s what you need to know, from classes to performances and more. 

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World premiere of ASO’s Cello Concerto in Birmingham Jan 17-18. Discount code inside.

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ASO Conductor Carlos Izcaray is also a composer. Photo courtesy of ASO.

If you’re a fan of orchestral music and you haven’t yet seen Maestro Carlos Izcaray conduct the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, what are you waiting for? If you’re a fan of the cello, you will absolutely love hearing the ultra-talented Santiago Cañón-Valencia in the World Premiere of Izcaray’s cello concerto, Stringmaster. 

Keep reading to find out our nine reasons to make sure you don’t miss one of ASO’s three upcoming performances. If you know you want to go, get tickets now for either the hour-long mid-day coffee concert Jan. 17 or one of two full performances, Jan. 17 and 18, 7PM. Save 15% with code SYMPHONYNOW.

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5 new plant skills you can learn this winter+spring, including caring for houseplants

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Cat not included. Photo via Botanica on Facebook

Still in search of that perfect New Year’s Resolution for 2020? How about taking up a new hobby, spending more time outside, and meeting a wonderful community of people?

If this sounds right up your alley, find it all at Saturdays in the Gardens with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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

Birmingham visual-arts group VINEGAR new space
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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Happy 200th! 13 amazing things to know about Jefferson County

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Happy 200th, Jefferson County. Photo via JeffCo Bicentennial

This month, Jefferson County is celebrating its 200th birthday! The bicentennial is a time of reflection and celebration—for both of which there is plenty of inspiration. Keep reading to find 13 things you may have never known about Jefferson County.

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Don’t miss 89 year old Bob Cissell’s magical Christmas display made from salvaged tree limbs

Bob Cissell, creator of one of Birmingham’s most original Christmas displays. Photo courtesy of Cissell’s family

Thanks to Verna Gates and the Wacky Tacky Light Tour, we have discovered the most original Christmas display in the metro area.

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Your gifts can bring good to a Birmingham treasure—here’s how.

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Give the gift of the Gardens this holiday season. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This holiday season, do some good with your gift-giving! Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is open sunrise to sunset every day of the year, is a local treasure. Here are 3 ways you can give the gift of the Gardens this year.

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Discover the perfect handmade holiday gift at Prodigal Pottery’s Open House on Dec 7

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This Alabama ornament from Prodigal Pottery will go perfect on your Christmas tree. Photo submitted.

Prodigal Pottery is celebrating the grand opening of their first location with an open house on December 7 from 10AM to 5PM. Learn how you can find the perfect handmade Christmas gift. Plus get $5 off when you show this article!

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Birmingham Art Crawl’s Deck the ‘Ham Mural Contest Turns the City into a Winter Wonderland!

Janna Phillips making Birmingham a lot more festive! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you’re driving through Birmingham this holiday season, you may see that the local businesses have windows decked out in festive murals. Birmingham Art Crawl is celebrating another amazing year in the Magic City with its 5th annual “Deck the Ham” window mural contest.

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5 holiday gift ideas for any budget at Four Corners Gallery in Birmingham (plus before/after photos)

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  • An old photo with crack and discoloration. It pictures a woman holding a child.
  • A restored version of an old photo. It depicts a woman holding a child.

The shopping season has begun, and it’s time to pick the perfect holiday gift. Fortunately, Birmingham has fantastic local shops like Four Corners Gallery to help you find something for everyone on your shopping list.

Ranging from photo restoration to custom framing, the team at Four Corners has everything you need to give a gift from the heart and stay on budget. Contact Four Corners Gallery today and put a personal touch on your holiday gifts this year. 

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