Meet the organization bringing together cultures from across Asia right here in Birmingham

Drummers performing at an Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation event
Don’t they look like they’re having so much fun? Photo via Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation’s Facebook page

As Birmingham prepares to host The World Games 2022, we’re taking a look at some of the many different cultures that call The Magic City Home. Last week, when we told you about unique Asian restaurants, we promised to come back and introduce you to the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation. To find out more, we spoke with Helen Kim.

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Samford Academy of the Arts’ instructors share their secret to success—register for classes today

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Voice Instructor Morganne Best performing in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo courtesy of Morganne Best

There’s nothing like the feeling of doing something you love—even if you don’t know you love it yet. Do you have a talent you’ve never had the opportunity to explore? Hear how Morganne Best and Kathryn Lamb, Voice and Violin Instructors at Samford Academy of the Arts, discovered theirs and register for the fall session B classes to uncover new possibilities for yourself.

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7 local artists’ Instagram accounts you need on your feed

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Art created by Micah McKenzie and Derrick McKenzie Jr. Photo courtesy of Micah McKenzie

As much as we love seeing ice cream and doughnuts while we’re going through the ‘Gram, it doesn’t do much to inspire us—just our hunger. Birmingham has art in every corner of the city and the most accessible way to find unique styles is through social media. Start scrolling with us.

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Make your home beautiful with vintage pieces from these 9 shops, including Stash Bham

If 2020 has you wishing your home was a more inspiring space, you’re not alone. Thankfully, with Birmingham’s online interiors market, your nightly Instagram routine can turn into the chance to redecorate. Check out these nine accounts that source stunning vintage pieces in Birmingham from thrift shops and antique stores for local pickup.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art reopens Oct. 6—plus 5 new exhibits

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I’m so looking forward to walking through those doors again and feasting my eyes on new images. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Who else has been missing the Birmingham Museum of Art during the pandemic? They’re planning to reopen to the public Tuesday, October 6. And, they’ve got five exhibits coming this fall that’ll make you want to stop by for a visit.

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Ironworking is alive in Birmingham—here’s how you can try it out

A pretty cool new skill. Photo via MAKEbhm on Facebook

Birmingham’s history has deep roots in iron and steel. At its founding in 1871, two rail lines crossed near one of the world’s richest deposits of minerals—and thus our Magic City was born. Plenty of Birmingham residents are still working with iron and steel today. You can try it for yourself!

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3 new nonprofit initiatives in Birmingham, including Project Empathy

King’s Home recently dedicated this new facility. Photo via King’s Home

Our Birmingham nonprofits are constantly rising to meet the needs of our community, and 2020 has brought more needs than ever. These 3 local organizations are stepping up to the plate, and you can, too. Here’s how.

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Lift Every Voice: register today for top-notch virtual poetry + dance Sept. 23, 6PM via O’Neal Library

Ashley M. Jones is the curator of "Life Every Voice"
Poet Ashley M. Jones. Photo via O’Neal Library

Whether you love poetry, dance or people the most, you don’t want to miss “Lift Every Voice: Poetry and Movement for this Moment.” This live virtual performance, brought to you by the O’Neal Library, takes place Wednesday, September 23 at 6PM. Register now to save your spot and keep reading to find out which poets and dancers are on the can’t-miss lineup.

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REOPENING: Catch “Love, Linda” at Virginia Samford Theatre September 17-27

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Jan Hunter as Linda Lee Thomas in “Love, Linda” at the Virginia Samford Theatre. Photo via Bham Now

You know the saying, “Behind every great man is a great woman?” Linda Lee Thomas, the driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter, is the blueprint. Uncover the story of how this Southern beauty inspired the musician’s timeless songs when you buy tickets to “Love, Linda” at the Virginia Samford Theatre (VST) September 17-27.

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What are we supposed to do with all this fine china?

Ok, this table setting might just make the storage locker fee worth it. Photo via @anniespratt on Unsplash

(Mostly) gone are the days where brides-to-be would head to the store, pick out their new china pattern, and receive a set of upscale dinnerware for her new home. Here in Birmingham, many of us have at least one set of china that’s been passed down, so I wanted to know—what do we do with it now?

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Without your help, they’re history—help meet Birmingham theatres’ goal of $500,000

We can’t wait to be back here again, but until times are safe again, it’s up to us to help save Birmingham’s theatres. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

We consume art every day, but yet it’s often what suffers most when times falter. Don’t let this be the last curtain call for the Alabama and Lyric Theatres—donate today so we can have encores for decades to come.

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Magical: See two Gnome Villages created by Hassinger Daniels B&B on Highland Avenue (photos)

Sheila Chaffin (far right) owner of Hassinger Daniels Bed and Breakfast and her assistant Loraine Burton standing alongside Five Points Gnome No.2. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham, we’ve got some “breaking” development news.  

Last week, on Historic Highland Avenue, on a tree in front of Hassinger Daniels Bed and Breakfast, a whole village has magically appeared, with tree houses, pathways and even a carousel. 

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A look into 5 Birmingham art organizations + how to get involved

Tim Poe of the Thomas Project showing his artwork he’s dubbed “Eglomise’ with Reflective Elements”. Photo via Bham Now

Art organizations are part of what makes Birmingham shine so bright, but they’re hurting the most during the era of COVID-19. Supporting our most creative in the Magic City doesn’t always look like a donation‚ although those definitely don’t hurt! Give back by attending events, taking a class, sharing their messages on social and more.

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Want a free plant + discounts at some of Bham’s trendiest garden shops? Here’s how

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Give me all the fiddleleaf figs. Photo via @brookecagle on Unsplash

Calling all plant parents! If you’re living the green thumb lifestyle, or want to get more into it, why not save money while you grow your plant baby collection? 🌱 Here’s how to get 10% off plant purchases, shop local and support an incredible mission—all at the same time. Check it out.

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