Game Design, 3D animation, Commercial Music + more. Expansions for Samford’s School of the Arts

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Growth is coming to Samford’s School of the Arts in the form of two new programs. Photo submitted

Samford’s School of the Arts is adding two new programs this fall to meet the needs of growing industries in the arts. The new Commercial Music, and Game Design and 3D Animation programs were developed by industry professionals who joined Samford last summer. Keep reading for more details on these exciting additions to their current curriculum.

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April Salon: Sewing for Costumes with Tai Hicks

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll be discussing beginner sewing techniques with Tai Hicks! Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

Women in Film Week Casting Seminar (FREE)

Join us as Ayoka Billions offers a FREE casting seminar to help us celebrate Women in Film Week!

This event will take place in the Sidewalk Cinema classroom from 4 – 5 PM.

March Salon: VFX with Joe Walker

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll be discussing VFX with Joe Walker! Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

February Salon: Editing with Joe Walker

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll be discussing editing with Joe Walker! Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

The Birmingham Promise—How the City of Birmingham and UAB are making college more accessible

UAB President Ray Watts and Mayor Randall Woodfin are helping forge the future of young students. Photo via Randall Woodfin’s Facebook.

Mayor Woodfin and the City of Birmingham emphasized the importance of investing in education with the Birmingham Promise. This trailblazing program introduces Birmingham City School students to unbelievable opportunities where they gain priceless work experience and encourages education beyond high school.

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CANCELLED: January Salon: Contract Boilerplate with Stacey Davis

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Do your eyes glaze over upon seeing the words “arbitration”, “indemnification” or “severability”? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. But there is nothing boilerplate about boilerplate. These provisions are just as important (and affect your legal rights as much) as the other provisions in the agreement. Listen in as we break down these provisions in layman’s terms. Bonus: Take home cheat sheet for all attendees.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You’re welcome to purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs if you’d like something else. Salon is the first Tuesday of each month and is always free! We’ll start out in the lounge/bar area of the cinema at 6 PM and move back to the classroom at 7 PM for the educational portion.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

December Salon: Guerrilla Lighting FAQs

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll discuss guerrilla lighting with local filmmaker Randy Crow as a preview of Randy’s upcoming workshops in January (tickets on sale for those soon!) Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You may purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors upstairs in the food hall if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

November Salon: Media Literacy

Join us for our FREE monthly salon! We’ll discuss media literacy with Sidewalk Creative Director Rachel Morgan and Dr. Teddy Champion of Birmingham-Southern College. Additional panelists coming soon. Join us for mingling and networking from 6-7 in the cinema bar/lounge area and the discussion portion from 7-8 in the classroom space.

Keep in mind, outside food or drink is not allowed in the cinema. You may purchase concessions from our concession stand and take them anywhere you want inside our cinema space, but if you’d like anything besides that, we recommend arriving early and visiting one of our neighbors in the food hall upstairs if you’d like something else.

Thank you to Wind Creek Hospitality for sponsoring all of Sidewalk’s education programs!

Kids Clinic: Learn to Speak Dog

As both a mom and a former elementary school teacher, Rebecca values the importance of keeping kids safe around pets by teaching them to understand the ways that dogs communicate. June 22 from 9-noon, drop off the kids and let us teach them how to stay safe around pets! Kids 7 and up will…

Be a dog detective! Students will learn canine body language and put their knowledge to the test!

Learn what the “bite zone” is (can you guess?) and how to avoid it!

Learn how to properly pet dogs to avoid frightening them or getting bitten or snapped at

Practice proper interactions with REAL dogs!

Learn what to do if approached by a stray dog

Learn when it’s not okay to approach their own dog or a friend’s dog

Role-play how to respond if a dog growls

Meet a service dog and learn about important jobs that dogs do

Make friends and have some silly fun!

Join us June 22 from 9-noon at Altadena Valley Animal Clinic! Email rebecca@lovethemtrainthem.com to enroll!

Brennan’s Story: How the Bold Goals Coalition and United Way of Central Alabama aids progress in education, health and financial independence for many in the community

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Brennan (right) with an intervention math teacher who was hired through Bold Goals Coalition. Photo via United Way

Did you know that by fifth grade, summer learning loss can cause some students to fall up to three years behind in school? In addition, it is estimated that by the year 2020, over 60% of the jobs in Alabama will require some form of post-secondary education. These numbers can seem scary at first glance, but learning about how United Way of Central Alabama’s Bold Goals Coalition program can help.

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Sidewalk Salon: The South in Film

BSC professor Teddy Champion discusses presentations of the South in film, Southern identity, and exploitation of the Southern image.

As always, Salon is FREE and all ages. Networking starts at 6, speaker starts at 7.

Special Effects Makeup Workshop

Learn the basics of silicone special effects makeup just in time for Halloween with seasoned makeup artist Somica Spratley! This workshop is all ages. Participants will get to take home a lifecast of their own thumb.

$25 individuals
$40 for couples
$10 silicone add on (optional – just if you want to practice at home)

ScreenTalk: Bad Reputation

Join us for a special presentation of Magnolia Pictures’ BAD REPUTATION, a documentary about legendary rocker Joan Jett featuring never-before-seen footage, ahead of its wider theatrical release. We’ll have Seasick Records doing a DJ set and selling some vinyl at the event. As always with Screentalk screenings, a panel discussion will follow the film. Tickets are $12 ahead of time, $15 at the door. VIP packages are available with reserved table, 2 drink tickets, and 2 tickets to the film for $60. This month’s ScreenTalk will be hosted at Iron City instead of Carrigan’s, our usual venue. We will be back at Carrigan’s for next month’s ScreenTalk!

12 ways to support teachers and schools in Birmingham this fall, including how to send them on a beach trip

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Packing lunch boxes. Carpooling to school. Homework. It’s back to school time in Birmingham. How can you help your child and your child’s teacher have the best school year yet?  Bham Now has pulled together 12 tips to help you through.

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