Enjoy a taste of Birmingham at the 2021 Corks & Chefs, April 24-25

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Ready to try alllll the cocktails. Photo taken pre-COVID via Magic City Art Connection

If you call Birmingham home, chances are you’re a fan of enjoying all of the delicious foods and refreshing drinks the city has to offer. Looking for the perfect opportunity to try new and old favorites? Get your tickets now for the 2021 Corks & Chefs at Magic City Art Connection. Here’s what you can expect in the 24th annual Corks & Chefs, from mouthwatering tastes to updated safety protocols.

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We asked John Archibald about his new book, plays + Bham faves—here’s what he said

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John Archibald with his book at Harvard. Photo via Rob Frederick

On March 9, 2021, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist John Archibald celebrated the birth of his new book, Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution. To learn more about him and what lessons this book has for today’s world, we decided to ask him questions nobody else was asking. Keep reading to find out what we learned. 

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Exclusive look: Discover Plaza Suite, a comedy showing at the Virginia Samford Theatre April 15-25

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Husband and wife team Nick and Kelsey Crawford play the main characters in all three acts of Plaza Suite. Photo via the Virginia Samford Theatre

Three acts, one hotel room and a million laughs. Plaza Suite, a comedy by Neil Simon, lets the audience spy on separate stories in the same hotel room. Husband and wife duo Nick and Kelsey Crawford put their on-stage relationship to the test thrice over as they play the main characters in every act. See if they leave you laughing when you purchase tickets for the show running Thursdays-Saturdays, April 15-25 at the Virginia Samford Theatre (VST).

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MURAL ALERT: Birmingham’s new murals at Tropicaleo and Crestwood Tavern [PHOTOS]

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The view of the mural from the park next door is exactly what the owner Blake had in mind. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

Two new murals just popped up off of Crestwood Boulevard. You can find these additions at Tropicaleo and Crestwood Tavern. Keep reading to find out more about Birmingham’s newest murals.

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Red Mountain Theatre’s new Parkside campus is marvelous

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Keith Cromwell, Executive Director, standing proudly in front of Red Mountain Theatre’s incredible new building. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

We got a sneak preview of Red Mountain Theatre’s new Parkside arts campus and we’re blown away. Birmingham is lucky to have such a fantastic resource for all who love the performing arts. Whether you’re into professional theatre or arts education, this campus is perfectly suited for both. Keep reading to find out what we learned.

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5 reasons you’ll want to attend the 2021 Magic City Art Connection

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Get ready for smiles like this all weekend long. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Throughout the last year, Birmingham arts organizations have found new ways to thrive despite the challenges of the pandemic, including a local favorite: Magic City Art Connection. From Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25, the 2021 Magic City Art Connection is reimagining the classic arts festival with an updated location and new safety protocols. Keep reading for 5 reasons why this is the must-see event of the spring.

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Have you seen Montevallo’s colorful Pendleton Hydrant Parade yet?

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This cute dalmatian is just one of 27 painted fire hydrants along Montevallo’s Pendleton Fire Hydrant Parade. Photo via Joel Bullock

Next time you’re in Montevallo, take some time to stroll along a two-mile route through the town’s Main Street District’s Pendleton Hydrant Parade. On this two-mile route, you’ll discover not one, but 27 colorful fire hydrants recently repainted by local artists. Keep reading to find out more.

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7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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Birmingham arts flourish in new programs despite the pandemic—hear how from 3 nonprofits

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A year into the pandemic, and arts organizations are still struggling to provide their amazing attributes and activities to those who enjoy them. Luckily, PNC Bank supports several of our beloved arts nonprofits in Birmingham and helps them continue to thrive in new, unique ways—even when it didn’t seem possible.

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Behind the scenes of the Children’s of Alabama art collection

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A hospital curated like an art gallery. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

Hospitals are a scary place for everyone—especially children. The art at The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children serves a special purpose to help patients and their families feel more at ease. Keep reading to learn more about the hospital’s artwork and just a few of the touching stories behind it.

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Little lending libraries are popping up around Hoover—here’s why

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A Little Free Library in Birmingham. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

The City of Hoover will soon see more little lending libraries popping up around town. As part of a new program from the Hoover Public Library, new little lending libraries will appear in 15 of the city’s apartment complexes.

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The Holi Festival and 3 other events are safely bringing live entertainment to Bham from now through Apr. 9

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It’s no secret that Birmingham has a thriving entertainment scene. From musical theater to live concerts, there is something for everyone. Due to the pandemic, Birmingham venues have had to find creative ways of providing us with live entertainment, while adhering to safety guidelines and making sure we are comfortable. Check out these four events that will provide you with quality live entertainment, while in the comfort of your home or vehicle!

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Check out this new mural in the tunnel between Shades Cahaba Elementary + The Pig

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Shades Cahaba art teacher Lisa Holland and Councilor Jennifer Andress in front of Shades Cahaba Elementary on the school-end opening of the tunnel. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

For many children, the pandemic has disrupted a lot of what’s fun about being a kid. In response, Shades Cahaba Elementary art teacher Lisa Holland decided to create a community-based art project that celebrates Alabama’s biodiversity and the “Shades Cahaba Way.” Keep reading for all the details.

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7 women and nonbinary bartenders you need to know in Birmingham

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Ayon Jackson at Queen’s Park creating New Life, Who Dis? with Campesino Rum. Photo via Riley Campbell for Bham Now

Birmingham bartenders are a staple of local life. In honor of Women’s History Month, Campesino Rum is celebrating the diversity of local bartenders with 7 must-know mixologists. See what they have to say about bartending, working in a primarily male industry and their favorite Campesino cocktails, in no particular order.

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