Third Space Opens at BMA – Explore.


From Third Space Exhibit

The Birmingham Museum of Art has been hard at work preparing for the creation and opening of the largest contemporary art exhibition in the museum’s history.

“What I love about contemporary art is that there is no right or wrong way to look at it. You don’t have to have a lot of background about art. What you bring to the work is how you interpret it.”

-Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

See Bham Now’s special preview of what visitors have in store.

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Get your calendars out – Ruffner Mountain just released their upcoming events for February and March

View of Birmingham, Alabama  from Ruffner Mountain

Yesterday, Ruffner Mountain released their list of events for February and March. Make sure to bookmark their calendar and check on it regularly. New activities are continually being added and updated.

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Donating tips this Wednesday: Crestwood Coffee steps up to help Urban Standard

Crestwood Coffee Company

Crestwood Coffee Company/Cafe is stepping forward to help Urban Standard staff recover after the downtown coffeehouse closed for repairs  earlier this month because of a fire.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25th, from 6:30am to 2:00pm, Crestwood Coffee Company/Cafe will be donating all tips to Urban Standard staff. Along with the tips given by patrons, Crestwood Coffee will also match the donated tips.

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Take a special Sunday hike with the Freshwater Land Trust

For twenty years, the Freshwater Land Trust has become one of the most respected and successful land trust organizations in the South. Throughout the years, they have saved and protected special places in the Magic City; including restored industrial sites transformed into green spaces to endangered darters found no where on earth but in our local springs and streams.   This year, the land trust is providing the public with an unique opportunity to see firsthand these special places they have saved through their 2017 Sunday Hike Series.

High Ore Line Trail – Photo from the Freshwater Land Trust

Start 2017 off right this week

For 2017, start your tour of Freshwater Land Trust hosted hikes this Sunday, January 29th, 2:00 at the High Ore Line Trail.

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Birmingham to D.C. Here we come!

Hundreds of Birmingham women, men and children are on their way to our nation’s capitol for the Women’s March on Washington, tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. Whether by car, plane, bus, with personal funds or on scholarship, they’re all packed and headed out to make a stand for their beliefs in women’s rights.

Washington protest marchers wait to board a departing bus.

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Craving Some Culture? Opera Birmingham opens 3 Decembers

Opera Birmingham presents 3 Decembers

With fall football and beer behind us, winter can bring out our desire to feed our intellectual, introspective and sensitive side.  Who’s ready for some opera?

Opera Birmingham is offering only two performances of 3 Decembers. Sung in English with projected English titles Opera Birmingham continues its successful chamber opera series with this intimate performance.

Opera Birmingham
Courtesy of Giphy

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Bham’s Winter Restaurant Week is almost here

3 Days and Counting. You won’t want to miss your chance to explore a variety of Bham eateries and your favorite food scene. Starting this Friday, January 20th, this event will continue until January 29th. Enjoy 10 days of deals, dining, and discovery this Winter Restaurant Week.  Continue reading “Bham’s Winter Restaurant Week is almost here”

Birmingham Women get ready for March On Washington D.C and Kelly Ingram Park

We Birmingham women are not known for being shy, despite our sweet, southern reputation.  Some, including Republicans and Democrats alike, are stepping out (literally) for their voice to be heard, on how they think women should be treated.

Carole Griffin, Meg McGlamery and Mindy Santo share a table and smiles at the sign-making party.

Local women who are headed to the Women’s March On Washington on January 21st met at Saturn Saturday afternoon to make signs for the protest.  Under a colorful parachute, paint, glue and glitter were crafted into messages from the heart…messages of concern about women and minorities.

Three women explain in their own words, their motivations for marching, their expectations, and how they’ll get to the Washington, D.C. event.


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Unique Action Packed Team Building with Always In Motion LLC

Have you heard of archery tag?  It might sound a little scary, but Justin Lyles of Always In Motion, LLC (A.I.M.) has made a business out of it here in Birmingham.

CEO Justin E. Lyles, started AIM…

“to provide an environment charged with FUN, innovation, and a passionate pursuit of purpose and action.”

Archery Tag mixes a historic sport with innovation offering archery tag in classic style of play, tournament style, and as a part of a group team building experience. A.I.M. works with grade schools, college campus’ and businesses.  Always In Motion has a 75 mile travel radius around the Birmingham, Al area. They also serve the area beyond this radius for a nominal transportation fee.

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MLK Jr. Day of Service in Birmingham

Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Kelly Ingram Park

For 16 years, the citizens of Birmingham have been celebrating MLK Jr. Day by spending the day volunteering – “giving back” – to their community.

Hands on Birmingham is organizing events throughout the community.

Visit their website today and make MLK Jr. Day a day of service and “building up” our great community.

Hike the Pinhoti Trail for 2017

Sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center

View from Pinhoti Trail. Photo by McDowell Crook/Flickr
View from Pinhoti Trail. Photo by McDowell Crook/Flickr

For every hiker, there are trails at the top of their bucket list.

For example, in Alabama everyone has the Big Tree in the Sipsey Wilderness or the iconic Walls of Jericho on their list.  These trails, if you begin them early enough in the morning, can be hiked in a day.
For the longer hikes, the gold standard for our state is the Pinhoti Trail. The Alabama section is 171 miles.  It’s our connector to the historic Appalachian Trail.

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