How to celebrate Black History Month in Birmingham + surrounding cities

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Students from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s (BCRI) Legacy Youth Leadership Program at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Every February we celebrate Black History Month—a time to reflect, celebrate and honor the achievements of African Americans. What was originally “Negro History Week,” turned into a month-long celebration of Black history because DUH! Black is beautiful, courageous, inspiring and so many other adjectives that I don’t have room to list. Before I start bragging about my heritage, here’s how you can observe the month in Birmingham and around Alabama.

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It wouldn’t be the holidays without classic movies. Here’s where to catch your faves in Birmingham.

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What’s your favorite holiday movie? Photo via Bham Now (Photo taken pre-COVID)

The holidays are looking a little different this year, but one thing that remains constant is the classic movies that keep us glued to the screen. Luckily, we found some places around town showing our favorite holiday flicks. Check them out!

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Welcome back—Sidewalk Film Center reopens with safety precautions

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Patrons are required to wear mask in theater when not eating or drinking concessions. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now (note: photo taken pre-COVID-19)

Grabbing a cardigan for the chilly theater, a pre-movie drink, stopping by the snack bar, poking your friend during previews saying, “let’s go see that one next.” We’ve missed the movies and we’ve really missed Birmingham’s most unique and community-based independent theater. After nearly seven months, Sidewalk Film Center has reopened with safety precautions.

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3 things to know before going to Sidewalk Film Festival this weekend. Use BHAMNOW15 for 15% off tix

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Grab your popcorn! The Sidewalk Film Festival is here. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

This year’s Sidewalk Film Festival looks a bit different. To allow for social distancing, the festival is being held at the Grand River Drive-In in Leeds. I went earlier this week and learned a few things I might do differently when I head back this weekend. Here are 3 things to know before heading to the festival tonight or tomorrow.

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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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The ultimate venue guide to Birmingham’s 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Use ticket discount code BHAMNOW15!

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Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is back August 19-25 for its 21st annual festival. Here’s your guide to venues and films playing all weekend long. Tickets available now!

Sidewalk Film Festival showcases the work of more than 250 filmmakers and welcomes over 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham annually. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk

Here’s an overview of where and what will be live on the big screen throughout the event:

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Photos: Help Birmingham’s new Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema open by the end of July—Here’s how.

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Sidewalk volunteers doing their thing, always with a smile. Photo via Sidewalk Film Fest

Bham Now loves Sidewalk Film Festival. We know you do too.  But they need a new home. Let’s help Sidewalk reach their funding goal for the brand new Sidewalk Cinema by the end of July so you can enjoy Birmingham’s only independent film center in the heart of Birmingham’s Theatre District ASAP. Keep reading to see photos of their progress so far and to find out how you can get involved.

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You should see the plans for Sidewalk Cinema and Film Center to be built in Birmingham’s Theatre District

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Four independent film connoisseurs stand eagerly outside Sidewalk Film Festival 2017. Photo by Karen Downs for Sidewalk Film Festival.

We’ve got big news for the independent film scene in Alabama! Thanks to $200,000 in support from the Jefferson County Commission, filmmakers and filmgoers alike will be able to enjoy the new Sidewalk Cinema and Film Center coming to the Pizitz building in downtown Birmingham.   Continue reading “You should see the plans for Sidewalk Cinema and Film Center to be built in Birmingham’s Theatre District”