Your guide to a not-so-typical Valentine’s Day in Birmingham

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A speed dating game show on Valentine’s Day? I’m down! Photo via Max Rykov & Associates

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? Shelves full of discounted chocolate come Feb. 15! Well, that and out-of-the-box local events that’ll make you reconsider those dinner reservations. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or happily partnered, here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Birmingham.

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5 best places to play retro and modern arcade games in Birmingham

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Paramount in downtown Birmingham has food, drinks and games… What more could you want? Photo from Paramount Bham Facebook page

With flashing lights, tickets streaming and people cheering, there’s nothing quite like that classic feel of an arcade. Even though I grew up in the internet age of the ’90s and 2000s, my Dad made sure that I was educated in the arcade classics. On trips out of town, we’d always try and find someplace to play Pac-Man or battle it out in skeeball. 

Need something to do while you’re waiting for the game to start this weekend, or something to burn off your buzz after? Whether you want nostalgic games or to try something new, here are five great Birmingham places to get your arcade fix.

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5 reasons you need to attend NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest: Best of Alabama at Saturn on Thursday, Aug. 1.

One of the Alabama-based contestants you could see at the Tiny Desk Contest: Best of Alabama Joshua Moore! Photo via Joshua Moore on Facebook

Have you ever wanted to watch the “next big thing” before they got big? Well, now’s your chance! Grab your tickets now to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest: Best of Alabama, a showcase presented by Birmingham’s public radio station, WBHM. The evening celebrates Alabama’s entrants in the national contest. Here are 5 reasons to attend!

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Who’s coming to town? December 20-25

The Magic City must sleep over the holidays, right? Nope. In fact, there may be more excuses to get away from your family this week than ever before. There’s tons to love about Alabama-made music this week; you’ll have several opportunities to support great original local music. And they’ll have a particularly hard time shutting the lights off at The Nick over the long holiday weekend.

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This week in Birmingham: December 14-20

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This week in Birmingham: dog ballet! – via

If you read this on Tuesday, December 12th, then go vote!  I won’t tell you who to vote for because you probably already know who you prefer, but just go and vote!  10 events and an anti-event are highlighted this week.  Let’s go ahead and get the anti-event out of the way: “All Birmingham Public Library locations are closed December 14 for Inventory Day.”  Now on to the fun stuff! Continue reading “This week in Birmingham: December 14-20”