Calling all Marvel fans. Wakanda is coming to the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday, Feb. 7

Wakanda’s coming to Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art.

Black Panther is arguably my favorite Marvel movie although Iron Man will always have a special place in my heart (R.I.P). On February 7 from 5- 9 PM, you can take a trip to Wakanda during the Birmingham Museum of Art’s free Art After 5 event. We’ve got all the deets!

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Leap Year Art Bash, Birmingham’s most eccentric party, Feb. 29 at Sloss Docks

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Portraits by award-winning, Liesa Cole, at the Art Bash. Photo via Magic City Art Connection.

Let’s begin the decade by being a little extra or out of the box. Immerse yourself in a one-night-only party at Eccentricities: A Leap Year Art Bash on February 29, 2020 from 7 PM to 10 PM. This art-filled experience will encourage you to take that much-needed leap.

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See why emerging Birmingham artist Chip Hudson’s art is on display in Chicago

Chip Hudson, a self-taught artist from right here in Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

It’s no secret that Birmingham is brimming with talented artists. Meet Chip Hudson, a local who has presented at the Bham Art Crawl, Studio 2500, and was recently selected to display his art in a Chicago Emerging Artists exhibit.

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

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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Carlos Izcaray of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
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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