5 places you can buy Native American made goods in Alabama

Native American man drumming at Moundville
A scene from a Native American Festival at Moundville, back before COVID. Photo via Moundville Archaelogical Park and Museum’s Facebook page

Did you know that Black Friday is also Native American Heritage Day? We scoured the Internet to find out where in Alabama you can find Native American-made goods. Keep reading to see what we learned.

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Haiku road signs are popping up—we found one in Birmingham

Roadside haiku in Birmingham, AL
A beautiful haiku as you walk through Birmingham. Photo via Roadside Senryu

If you’re in the mood for poetry, you might think of opening your favorite poetry book or checking out a poet’s Instagram… but have you thought about looking at a road sign? A new project is bringing poetry to the streets across America. Get a look at the first haiku road sign in Birmingham.

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“Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle” retells history at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Kate Crawford, Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, walks us through what makes the exhibit particularly special. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle is a series that implores viewers to look through an alternative lens of early American history. The preeminent American modernist Jacob Lawrence uses vivid images with a narrative style to showcase how women and people of color helped shape the founding of our nation. Kate Crawford, the Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA), walks us through the significance of this incredible series.

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Birmingham architects receive top marks from national judges

Read on to get the deets on this award-winning home. Photo via Krumdieck A+I

The American Institute of Architects recently hosted their 2020 design awards, and members of our local Birmingham chapter brought home quite a few top marks. Check out the award-winning projects here—you might just recognize a few.

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5 things you never knew about Alabama Marble, the “finest marble in the world”

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Hello, gorgeous. Design by GCI Design; photo via AM3 Stone

Did you know that some of the finest marble in the world is mined right here in Alabama? Alabama Marble Mineral & Mining Co. (AM3 Stone) is the exclusive purveyor of Alabama Marble, and they’re headquartered here in the Birmingham area. Keep reading to learn more about this state treasure—the facts might just surprise you.

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Hear how one Nashville sound designer got his start at the Virginia Samford Theatre

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Justin Walker returns to the sound booth as a professional, where he was once just learning the ropes as a high school student. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

When Toto pulls back the curtain at the Virginia Samford Theatre (VST), you won’t find the Wizard of Oz, but Justin Walker. Learn how the man behind the scenes and a Birmingham native became an integral component for shows in Nashville and beyond. Plus, hear why it was an honor to return to the theatre as a sound designer for Frozen Jr. and The Fantasticks.

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Discover amazing altars + more during Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 2-7 at Pepper Place

Dia de los Muertos 2020 at Pepper Place. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Dia de los Muertos–Day of the Dead—is here, and you can celebrate it all week. Here’s what you should know about this can’t-miss tradition in Birmingham, November 2-7 at Pepper Place. 

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Wall to Wall, a new interactive exhibit, brings color to the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Prepare to be completely amazed by the work of Merritt Johnson. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Have you ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could just jump in?” The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is making this a possibility through their inaugural iteration of Wall to Wall, an interactive exhibit featuring four works created by Alaska-based artist Merritt Johnson.

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The I-59/20 rainbow lights through downtown are here to stay! (Photos+video)

Rainbow bridges on I-59/20 near UpTown. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Last April, in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown, Birmingham was treated to a rainbow of lights that appeared on the newly opened I-59/20 bridges downtown. 

After a while, they disappeared. Now they are back permanently. 

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Take a tour of 6 public art installations in Birmingham

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“Altruistic Visionary” by Cordray Parker & Brad Morton. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everywhere you look, Birmingham presents each viewer with some form of art, whether it’s a colorful mural with an empowering message or a sculpture paying tribute to a significant time. Take a tour with us to discover six diverse public art installations throughout the city.

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5 things you need to know about MOSS MAGIC, a hybrid art event Nov. 7-8

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Celeste Amparo Pfau is one of the many local artists who will be presenting and selling their work at MOSS MAGIC. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection is joining Moss Rock Festival for a never-before-seen hybrid art event—MOSS MAGIC. Purchase tickets for the festival happening Saturday, November 7 through Sunday, November 8 in Birmingham.

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Looking to view local art? Check out Canary Gallery in downtown Birmingham

Libby Pantazis outside Canary Gallery. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If there’s one thing that makes Birmingham special, it’s the community’s passion for local art. Whether it’s new murals popping up all over town or community events like Bham Art Crawl, there is always somewhere to stroll around and view art. We took a visit to Canary Gallery in downtown Birmingham, which recently opened back up with new hours, to learn more about the unique space.

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[PHOTOS] A look at 15+ of the newest murals around Birmingham

One of my personal faves around town. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you drive through Birmingham one thing is certain—the streets are decorated with pieces of art you may not even notice. Here are some of the most recent murals we’ve seen around town lately, including a 100-foot long piece in Selma. Which ones are your favorites?

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Former Virginia Samford Theatre student cast in “Dear Evan Hansen”

Former “Mean Girls” actor DeMarius Copes just landed his next big role. Photo via Tyler Gustin courtesy of DeMarius Copes

Birmingham’s next star is about to be born. Well, our next Hollywood star that is—DeMarius Copes has already graced the stages of Broadway. A Fairfield, AL native and former member of Virginia Samford Theatre’s STARS (Students Take A Role at the Samford) program, DeMarius was recently cast in Universal’s movie version of the Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen.

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