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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Your ultimate guide to the Alabama Theatre’s holiday film series this December

The theatre lobby always sports some of the most festive decorations in Birmingham! Photo via the Alabama Theatre

It’s Christmastime in the (Magic) City! One favorite Birmingham holiday tradition takes place every year at the Alabama Theatre. They’ll be playing holiday movies all month long in their stunning and historic venue.

It’s the perfect seasonal activity for coworkers, a memorable date night, or the whole family! Check out your ultimate guide to December at the Alabama Theatre right here.

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3 programs hosted by the Alabama Humanities Foundation that enrich our state

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What better way to give back than by supporting programs that educate and enrich our youth? Photo via AHF

One week from today is Giving Tuesday, Birmingham! If you haven’t decided how to celebrate quite yet, we’ve got the perfect solution. The Alabama Humanities Foundation hosts and sponsors programs all aimed at enriching our state. Get an inside look at where those vital donations go!

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Buy local art in Birmingham this holiday season. 15 holiday markets and 3 stores to choose from.

Alabama Waldorf's Holiday Faire is a great place to buy local art in Birmingham
Katrina Turnbach and Shelleigh McVicker Buckingham or Artsy Chicks at a previous Alabama Waldorf Holiday Faire. Photo via Facebook

There’s something that feels soooooo good about buying local art and goods handcrafted by makers right here in Birmingham.

We’re spoiled for choice this holiday season with at 15 local art shows and 3 ongoing stores to check out. We’ve got all the details for you right here.

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Celebrate the holidays at The Pizitz’s Festival of Trees, December 1 from 12-5PM in Birmingham

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Two students work diligently to finish painting a tree for The Enchanted Forest
Here’s a little sneak peak at some of the trees you’ll see in The Enchanted Forest. Photo via The Pizitz

The Pizitz in downtown Birmingham is kicking off the holiday season at the Festival of Trees on Sunday, December 1, from 12-5PM. This free celebration is jam-packed with holiday fun, including the unveiling of The Pizitz’s first-ever holiday art exhibit called “The Enchanted Forest.”

RSVP today, and don’t miss this holiday spectacular in Birmingham. The Festival of Trees is going to be a blast!

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Meet Shawn Fitzwater, the artist restoring Homewood’s “ghost sign”

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Shawn Fitzwater on the scaffolding on the side of the Trilogy Leather Building. Photo via Nathan Watson for BhamNow

As a Birmingham history nerd, I love seeing the business signs painted on the sides of old buildings. However, these signs fade over time. That’s where Shawn Fitzwater, Birmingham’s ghost sign painter, comes in.

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Construction starts Dec. 11th on Red Mountain Theatre Company’s new home! 3 reasons to get excited.

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An artist’s rendering of what the new campus will look like. Photo submitted. 

Though the Red Mountain Theatre Company has been entertaining Birmingham for four decades, the nonprofit company has yet to find a forever home until now. On December 11th, groundbreaking will commence for RMTC’s brand new arts campus.

Here are three reasons to get excited about the company’s latest development.

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New mural at Birmingham-Southern College pays tribute to school symbol (PHOTOS)

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Students in front of mural
Claire LeSar and Aaron Beane are the current co-presidents of BSC’s Art Students League. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

If you’ve ever been on Birmingham-Southern College’s campus, you know it’s beautiful. All red brick and greenery—and in the fall, it’s even more stunning.

Several art students at BSC created a mural on campus that represents one of the school’s most beloved symbols—keep reading to check it out!

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5 reasons why Birmingham needs to know Brian Voice Porter Hawkins

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Brian Voice Porter Hawkins at the Starbucks Community Center in 5 Points West. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

In 2004, Brian Voice Porter Hawkins came back to Birmingham (he spent part of his growing up years in Ensley, then left for a while) and has been making a difference here ever since. From community development to art, poetry and gardening, he’s a man on a mission.

One recent foggy morning, I drove for the first time on some of the (very high / amazing / slightly terrifying) new 59/20 bridges over to 5 Points West where we met up for a coffee and a lovely chat. Here’s what I learned.

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Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Kevin Fitzgerald wants you to come to a free concert Nov. 16. 5 reasons why.

Kevin Fitzgerald of the ASYO with a musical score
Just like writers read for fun, conductors read musical scores in their spare time. Here’s Kevin with his favorite Mahler score at Revelator Coffee on a rainy Thursday. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

The Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO), conducted by Kevin Fitzgerald, is getting ready for their opening show on Saturday, November 16 at 2PM at the Alys Stephens Center and we’re all invited.

The theme is Russian Classics, and the free show lasts less than one hour. Kevin and I sat down last week and talked about why this show is a must-see for young music lovers and their families. Read on for all the details.

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5 South Asian groups in Birmingham promote peace and understanding across cultures

Notinee Indian Dance is one of the South Asian groups in Birmingham
Women from Notinee Indian Dance. Photo via Notinee Indian Dance’s Facebook page

If you’re not from South Asia, you might be surprised to learn about these five South Asian groups in Birmingham. And, there are more: Birmingham boasts Telugu and Tamil communities as well as groups of Pakistani physicians.

What this means for the majority of Birminghamians is that if you’d like to get to know your neighbors better while learning about other cultures, you’ve got plenty of opportunities right here in town.

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I got a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Falsettos—now you can, too

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Tania Alvarez, Costume Manager for Falsettos. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Going behind-the-scenes of pretty much anything is fascinating to me. I’m a big fan of movies, live music, theatre, etc—but there’s always so much more that goes into those productions than we see. The Theatre Department at Birmingham-Southern College is putting on a production of Falsettos November 14-17, and we’re giving you an inside look.

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