Calling all movie stars! A Birmingham film is looking for extras.

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The scene is a Día de los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) party‚so come in costume.Photo via Día de los Muertos Alabama Facebook.

If you’ve never made it on the big screen, now is your time!  A film shooting right here in Birmingham is on the hunt for extras to be in a party scene on February 8. 

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This Valentine’s Day, one Birmingham game show contestant will win hearts—could it be you?

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Behind this curtain lies… Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Photo via Romantically Challenged

Pop into any friendly neighborhood grocery store and the first thing you’ll see? Red hearts filled with chocolatey goodness, giant stuffed teddy bears, maybe classic red roses being sold by the dozen.

Yes, my friends—Valentine’s Day is upon us. If the little February 14 box on your calendar is glaringly empty, never fear. We’ve got just the game show for you. Read on to learn more!

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Love astronomy? See Silent Sky at Birmingham-Southern College Jan. 23-26

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The cast of Silent Sky at Birmingham-Southern College. Photo courtesy of Cameron Carnes.

Ever heard of Henrietta Swan Leavitt? Silent Sky is a play about this pioneering astronomer who Edwin Hubble said deserved the Nobel Prize for her work measuring the universe. You can see the play Jan. 23-26 at Birmingham Southern’s College Theatre | The Underground. Get tickets now.

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STEM UAB graduate students produce sci-fi film entirely in Birmingham

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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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Enhance your golf skills with lessons from Topgolf Birmingham golf pro Sarah Sargent. $30 off first lesson!

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Sarah Sargent, Topgolf instructor and professional golfer. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Want to become an expert on the golf course? Or just want to learn a few skills to beat your friends in a friendly game of putt putt? Learn to swing that club—the right way!—when you sign up for lessons at Topgolf Birmingham with pro golfer Sarah Sargent. Read on to learn how to score a discount on your first lesson!

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5 openings + expansions coming to Homewood, including Neighborhood Nutrition

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If there’s a chance of meeting this little ball of fluff, I will see you there. Photo via @magiccity_bham on Instagram

Homewood continues to thrive! This popular area just south of Birmingham proper has been expanding for a while now, and it looks like they’re not slowing down anytime soon.

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People are raving about Helena’s newest seafood joint, Bywater Oyster Bar & Grill

Crawfish étouffée is one of my all-time favorite foods, and this one looks delicious. Photo via Bywater Oyster Bar on Facebook

Bywater Oyster Bar and Grill opened in Helena just a few weeks ago, but they already have over 40 rave reviews on Facebook. Central Alabama residents are FANS of the food at this new seafood restaurant. Find out why!

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Opening January 23, Cabaret takes the stage at Virginia Samford Theatre

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Sally Bowles is kind of big deal, and so is Chelsea Reynolds—just check out her resume. Photo courtesy of Virginia Samford Theatre.

Seedy nightclubs, a cast of mysterious characters and a tumultuous romance. All of these factors find their way to the stage during Virginia Samford Theatre’s production of Cabaret.

Step into 1930s Berlin during the show’s run from January 23 through February 9 by purchasing tickets.

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5 new plant skills you can learn this winter+spring, including caring for houseplants

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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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Your guide to big-name artists performing in Birmingham this year—including Brittany Howard

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Brittany Howard will carry her solo tour back to her home state in April. Photo via NPR.org.

The Magic City’s music scene is nonstop. From festivals like Secret Stages to artists who come across the world to our venues, this city loves jamming out to all kinds of genres. Here are some well-known artists performing in Birmingham this year—so far.

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Need New Year’s Eve plans? Don’t miss the Downtown Get Down

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Celebrate the last night of the decade downtown. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Happy New Year’s Eve, Birmingham! If you’re on the search for last-minute plans to ring in the new year, look no further. Cocktail bars across downtown Birmingham are teaming up to host the Downtown Get Down, and we’ve got the details.

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It’s a Festivus miracle! We found 2 poles. Celebrate the Seinfeld-inspired holiday on Dec. 23

Festivus pole found at inanimate Irondale neighborhood near Elder St. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Breaking news….Bham Now has discovered two Festivus poles in the Birmingham metro area – one in Homewood’s Edgewood Neighborhood and another in Irondale, Alabama.

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Found! 10 Baby Yoda lookalikes in Birmingham. Share yours and support a local nonprofit

As much as I wish we did, we don’t own the rights to Baby Yoda. All photos via Walt Disney Studios

Want a Baby Yoda of your very own, do you? Today is your lucky day.

Baby Yoda has taken the internet by storm, and we. can’t. get. enough. If you’re in the same boat, check out these 10 adoptable pets in the Birmingham area who bear a resemblance to our favorite little green dude. The best news? They’re all looking for a “furever” home!

BONUS: After you feast your eyes on these babies, share your own. We’re giving $100 in honor of Birmingham’s best. Find out how.

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Top 3 spots in Birmingham to check out holiday lights 

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Oh, wow! Photo via Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland on Facebook

Birmingham is alive with the holiday spirit. If you’re looking for those magical feels from behind the wheel, I suggest going on an adventure of lights! Where can you find the most brilliant Christmas lights in town? Read on to find out. 

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