Magic City Art Connection: Capturing Birmingham’s imagination and heart for 35 years

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More than thirty-five years ago, Eileen Kunzman, Magic City Art Connection’s founder, was a recent arrival to Birmingham looking for something special to do in her new hometown.

That was when she hatched the idea of the Magic City Art Connection.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra Music Director Carlos Izcaray thoughts about Violins of Hope

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra Music Director Carlos Izcaray. Photo courtesy of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

This week, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will offer two moving performances, on Thursday and Saturday nights, as part of Violins of Hope. These performances will have added meaning for Alabama Symphony Orchestra music director Carlos Izaray who was a political prisoner in Venezuela.

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ALDOT was not happy with I59/I20 contractor. Plans to reopen interstate Thursday before rush hour

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Rendering of Malfunction Junction in Birmingham after ALDOT completes its bridge project. Graphic by ALDOT

Clearly, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) was not happy  earlier this week with the contractor in charge of the I59/I20 Bridge Replacement project, but it does look like the interstate will reopen before the Thursday morning Birmingham rush hour.

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Mimosas anyone? Birmingham City Council approves early Sunday alcohol sales

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What is bill SB384? It passed on March 26, and  Governor Kay Ivey signed it. This bill simply allowed the Birmingham City Council to determine whether or not to allow on-premise alcohol sales in Birmingham starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

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Birmingham Public Library preserves civil rights history

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A photo of Reverends Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy  and Martin Luther King , Jr. marching in Birmingham.  One of the many Birmingham Public Library items and documents from the civil rights era. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Public Library Archives.

Last week , as the world paused to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) was busy helping researchers  pay tribute to the man who led the 1960s civil rights movement, much of it from Birmingham.

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Eventful day in Birmingham remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. and honoring civil rights leaders

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50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. observed on April 4, 2018 at Kelly Ingram Park. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now.

Earlier this week,  the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination was commemorated  with activities and events around Kelly Ingram Park, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church.  The day-long observance culminated in the evening with the Birmingham Metro Southern Christian Leadership Conference  hosting their annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Banquet.  The event was headlined by Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook.

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All-natural pet treats: quick recipes, a doggie food-truck & other local retailers

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That healthy living trend going on with people these days…well, the same can be said for our pet family members. We have the hook up on natural dog (and cat) treats in the Magic City, some easy recipes and pics of cool local dogs and cats! Continue reading “All-natural pet treats: quick recipes, a doggie food-truck & other local retailers”