Birmingham Comic Book Shop Guide – We know you want it.

I owe my literacy and love of art to Batman. The box of 1960’s Batman comics in the attic didn’t count for school, since we were assigned readings and our outside reading had to be “chapter books” with no pictures. But the comic books were what I read even though I gained no scholarly benefit. Doing something for the love of it is passion.

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Birmingham’s Official Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and you’re gonna want to celebrate with a green beer or two. Of course, Birmingham has plenty going on for you, your friends and your family. From authentic Irish dancing to traditional Irish dinners, you will definitely get your Irish fill.  Here’s a guide to help you find the perfect way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!

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Birmingham’s Top Things To Do: March 9-15

We have another shortlist of things to do in Birmingham!  At least until next Wednesday, here are ten of my most-anticipated events:

String Theory @ Trimtab Brewing Company, March 10, starts 7PM – This local group of conservatory-trained musicians play pop and rock on their classical instruments.  Hearing a complete genre breakdown is really incredible.  Details

Legends of the Galactic Heroes, tellin it like it is

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Ten events to try and see next week

If you only have time (or cash) for ten events next week, have I got a list for you!  That’s right, it’s a top ten, for events coming next week!  I try to include youtube links to music when I can, so don’t click things if you’re at work and aren’t using headphones.  In the spirit of different strokes for different folks and not actually having seen them yet, I’m not going to rank any of these.

Amos Lee.  Source: billboard.com

Amos Lee – Playing at the Alabama Theatre Feb 28th, doors open 7.30PM.  Read more

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Orthodox Churches of Birmingham: Hidden Gems

I know, as my peers have described, comically little about Christianity. As a religion major, my focus has been mainly on Islam and Jewish text with a little Buddhism and Hinduism thrown in. I cannot, perhaps shamefully, tell you the differences between most protestant denominations. I have had a lot of Catholic friends and I live across from a Catholic church, so I have the most proficiency in Catholicism, but it is still not entirely conversational. When it was recommended that I write about Birmingham churches, I panicked much in the same way a kid who forgot to read that night’s chapter panics when the teacher announces a pop quiz. I am the religion writer, after all.
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Coming up this week…

So I’ve noticed there hasn’t been an “upcoming events” post in a while – we seem to be focusing on single events.  And to top it all off, birmingham365 is giving me an error page on my laptop.  So I’ll do it myself!  Coming up this week in Birmingham (keep in mind that none of the artist links should be considered worksafe unless your job is to listen to music)…

Chief Keef forgetting you can’t call people on your money – Source:hiphopdx.com

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I Speak for the Trees: Tu B’Shvat in B’ham

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On January 11th, Jews in Birmingham and around the world will be sitting down to the first seder of the secular year. It isn’t Passover just yet.

It is Tu B’Shvat (usually pronounced: Too Bish-vat), the New Year of the Trees. There are technically 4 different New Year’s celebrations in Judaism which take place at the start of or in the middle of Jewish months.

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Can You Make Money with Airbnb in Birmingham?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Airbnb.  Maybe it’s been positive, maybe it’s been controversial, and maybe you’ve used it yourself, but the odds are pretty high that you haven’t used it in Birmingham, AL.

Airbnb is available all over the world, but centers on places people visit.  Who knew!  Source: secretagent.com.au

The idea of renting a place to stay from someplace cheaper than a hotel (and probably more likely to let you use a kitchen) is attractive, and home sharing has been around probably since there were homes: the Greeks felt a duty to let travelers stay in their homes for the night, and some of us are familiar with the time-honored tradition of couch-surfing.  The internet, and especially Craigslist, made all that easier.  But today, home-sharing has gone commercial, interactive, and centralized, thanks to our new obsession with the “gig economy.”

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Art Isn’t Hard, Go Make it Happen.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” -Elie Wiesel

The art room at the LJCC

Here’s an activity I do with my art students: we walk through the hallways and class rooms as I point to different things like the carpets, the windows, the computers, and so on, and I ask them if what I am pointing to is art.

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Help Out Here: Reaching Out To Birmingham Women

I didn’t make it to any marches today. It was Shabbat and some things in my life come first. This week’s Parsha, or Torah reading, was the first section of Exodus where we learn about Moses’ life which famously starts of with the decree from Pharaoh that all Jewish baby boys are to be thrown in the Nile. Yocheved, Moses’ mother, has some other ideas about what to do with her newborn boy (as well as some of the local Jewish midwives who decide to go against Pharaoh’s wishes).

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A Guide to the Magic City’s Startup & Revitalization Organizations – (Part 5 of 5)

Talking with Deon Gordon, the Director of Business Growth for REV, I found out some great info about the revitalization geared organization.

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The Mission:

“We exist to ‘creates vibrant commercial districts by filling vacant spaces and growing sustainable businesses.’

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