See art & poetry by local students at The Green Book Project, April 29

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A sixth-grade student at Bush Hills STEAM Academt presenting her poem on camera. Photo via Joi Brown for the Jefferson County Memorial Project

Over the past semester, sixth-grade students at Bush Hills STEAM Academy have created original artwork and poetry centered around The Green Book, a hallmark of the Jim Crow era. Here’s how you can learn more and tune in to the unveiling of their work on Thursday, April 29th.

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10 local guys who ‘get it’. Join YWCA’s celebration on May 12 at Avondale Brewing

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2019 YW Fall Festival. Photo via YWCA Central Alabama

“Behind every great man is a great woman.” You’ve heard the expression before. But on Wednesday, May 12, YWCA Central Alabama is turning the tables with YW Allies—an all-new event honoring local men who stand behind their mission and advocate for gender and/or racial equality for women. Psst! Mayor Woodfin is just one of the people being honored. Read on to find out who else made the list. RSVP here.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra offers free Cinematic Strings concert, beginning Friday, April 23

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Cellist Hellen Weberpal. Photo via Alabamy Symphony Orchestra

When a pandemic causes live concerts and performances to stop in their tracks, what do you do? Pouting is one option, sure. The other is to experience live performances virtually. So head to your favorite listening spot in your home, turn up the volume and be swept away with Alabama Symphony Orchestra‘s Spring Serenades concert series, now-June 2021. Psst! It’s free.

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Check out this outdoor classroom series inspired by an Avondale mural

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Know Your History mural outside of the Firehouse Community Center. Photo via Carmen Waldrop for Bham Now

If you’ve walked through Avondale recently, you’ve more than likely passed by the mural of Sun Ra, Fred Shuttlesworth, Spider Martin and Angela Davis. It’s no secret the significance the city of Birmingham played during the Civil Rights Movement. However, did you know that four of the most powerful figures during this movement have roots right here in the city of Birmingham?

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6 early concept-stage startups compete for $25K at Alabama Launchpad

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The team from Field Culture Compost, a past winner of Alabama Launchpad. Photo via Alabama Launchpad

On April 1st, we took a look at five of the Seed-Stage Startups competing in Alabama Launchpad on May 13th. But that was just seed! We also spoke to the six concept-stage startups who are gearing up for their big day on May 12th. Here’s what we learned.

Alabama Launchpad will air the Concept-Stage Virtual Finale on May 12th, so follow Alabama Launchpad on social media to stay up-to-date with all the details. To get a sneak peek at what’s happening behind the scenes, follow Alabama Launchpad on Instagram!

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United Ability’s abiliTEE Golf Classic is all about two hand waves and fist bumps

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The Fleury family. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you are a golfer participating in United Ability’s annual abiliTEE Classic Golf Tournament, April 22nd at Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley, be prepared to receive some awesome two-hand waves, fist bumps and smiles.

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Exclusive look: Discover Plaza Suite, a comedy showing at the Virginia Samford Theatre April 15-25

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Husband and wife team Nick and Kelsey Crawford play the main characters in all three acts of Plaza Suite. Photo via the Virginia Samford Theatre

Three acts, one hotel room and a million laughs. Plaza Suite, a comedy by Neil Simon, lets the audience spy on separate stories in the same hotel room. Husband and wife duo Nick and Kelsey Crawford put their on-stage relationship to the test thrice over as they play the main characters in every act. See if they leave you laughing when you purchase tickets for the show running Thursdays-Saturdays, April 15-25 at the Virginia Samford Theatre (VST).

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Concerts are BACK at Iron City, and we got a sneak peek at the April lineup

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Electric Avenue wants YOU to experience the sounds of the 80s on April 23rd. Photo via Electric Avenue on Facebook

Birmingham’s beloved small music venue, Iron City, has officially reopened for socially-distant concerts! We’ve been waiting for the return of live concerts for sooo long, so we’re excited to check out Iron City’s April lineup—here are all the details!

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Shop the perfect presents to commemorate new life at Diamonds Direct Spring Showcase April 16-24

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Springtime is the season for a fresh start and a fresh set of diamonds. Photo via Mary Fehr for Bham Now

It’s time to come out of hibernation and shine some light on the new season—with the help from a few diamonds, of course. Plant yourself at the Diamonds Direct Spring Showcase taking place Friday, April 16-Saturday, April 24. Pick from perfection and enjoy 20% virtually everything in the showroom over the nine-day event. Keep reading to discover which designer pieces we’ve grown attached to.

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5 spring kayaking adventures in and around Birmingham

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Photo by Keith Bozeman, Kayak at sunset at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge near Decatur, Alabama. Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The weather is heating up, which means it’s time for outdoor adventures. We’ve previously told you why Birmingham is a paddler’s paradise, and now we’re back to let you know how you can get in on it.

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Meet the volunteers who make the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale special

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Dorothy Ogdon with a tropical favorite—the bromeliad. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (FBBG) is hosting its annual Spring Plant Sale—the Friends’ largest plant sale fundraiser of the year—online in April.

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