OrangeYouGlad I didn’t say Boo?!


I know people always assume “the holidays” start at Thanksgiving, or at least in America, but really it starts with Halloween. No joke. You can’t just expect to find cranberry sauce the day before the Turkey Day–so here are the holidays starting October 1–complete with an advent calendar. Here we get a glimpse of creepy … Continue reading

Tornado tragedy remembered


Today marks the one year anniversary of the April 27 Alabama tornadoes. Please pause to reflect on how valuable life is and how to help. The regular Friday Fun column will resume next week.

Cayenne’s Creativity casts a shadow at District ADDYs


A hearty congratulations to Cayenne Creative for taking home the Best of Show prize in the District 7 ADDY Awards. There is a considerable amount of design talent throughout town, and this bunch is consistently among the best.

Emerging Designer Showcase revealed


So who is the big winner? Come by and check it out. AIGA Birmingham presents an Emerging Designer Showcase April 1 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Matthew’s Bar and Grill, 2208 Morris Ave., Birmingham. sponsored by AIGA Birmingham, Forstall Art Supply Center and Matthew’s Bar and Grill. The juried show will spotlight up-and-coming talent … Continue reading

The Judges Results…


I am proud to say that the work in the showcase is going to be awesome! We’ve got some real talent and I only see it getting bigger and better. I would like to thank each of our judges: Marion Powers, Sara Cannon and Anna Dembo.

AIGA Birmingham presents the Emerging Designer Showcase


AIGA Birmingham presents an Emerging Designer Showcase April 1 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Matthew’s Bar and Grill, 2208 Morris Ave., Birmingham. sponsored by AIGA Birmingham, Forstall Art Supply Center and Matthew’s Bar and Grill. The juried show will spotlight up-and-coming talent from Birmingham and beyond. Come mingle, enjoy the exhibit and meet the … Continue reading

Lunge into the weekend with The Dirty Lungs


Psychedelic rock band The Dirty Lungs will be playing with Stoned Cobra tonight at Matthew’s Bar and Grill. I’ve seen these guys play at Bottletree a couple of times. They are definitely worth the $7 cover fee. It starts at 7 p.m. See you at the show!

Birmingham presents best of local advertising


Today’s edition of Friday Fun features last night’s ADDY Award Show winners. UAB students stole the show in most of the categories they entered. Yours truly walked away with a gold and a silver trophy for back-to-back winning years, but I’m not alone. Fellow partner-in-crime Brittany Fox will also be headed for a consecutive run at … Continue reading

The ADDYS have arrived!


I would like to proudly announce tonight is Birmingham’s 54th Annual American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards. It will be a chance to celebrate some truly spectacular work from my local creative community and a glimpse into what makes a good ad. This year’s theme was a nob to the golden age of advertising–the 60s–so dust … Continue reading

Levine takes risks, leaves legacy


Former UAB ArtLab curator Brett Levine talks to handful of salt about his new role as curator of San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design. I know I certain enjoyed many of the exhibitions he brought to Birmingham, and I know many of those shows would never have come to Alabama without him. One of the … Continue reading

Beer law revisions yield to local brewery


Kaleidoscope reporter Eric Roberts brews a good tale about one of Birmingham’s favorite beer makers. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley legalized taprooms at Microbreweries this year which made the craft beer industry in the state that much easier. The act allows microbreweries to sell alcohol without any limits on the selling of other food or drink … Continue reading

Parking at UAB


Anyone who attends UAB just knows that parking is a complete pain. One of my buddies created this video while running late to our web class. Thank you Jonathan Greene. It’s hilarious, but does contain foul language. I think I’m just going to walk to school. Sorry guys. This was supposed to automatically publish at … Continue reading

Birmingham man threatens church, claims to be a ‘Horseman of the Apocalypse’


There is no shortage of bizarre news floating around town. It must be something in the water. Pelham Reporter City Editor Neal Wagner writes this piece on a suspect seeing visions. The above image is an 1887 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov. The Pelham Police Department issued a warrant for a Birmingham man after police said … Continue reading

Tragic City Rollers set to torpedo Bay Girls


Hey here’s the post–the audio track file screwed up so I’ll replace it and updated it click back soon. Tragic City Rollers Jam 2011 Season Schedule «. NAME Voodoo Lily GENRE Birmingham roller derby girl president WHERE YOU’VE HEARD THEM They skate at Zamora Shrine Temple in Irondale as (skater owned and operated) derby club. WHY … Continue reading

Immigrant exodus could hurt Tuscaloosa rebuilding effort


Dennis Pillion of al.com reports on the now-stunted storm repair due to a soon-to-be shortage of laborers from new Alabama legislation. Consitutional reform anyone? I predicted that our new “goobernator*” would do something the moment I heard his swearing in speech. I just didn’t think he’d be this reckless, this stupid or this powerful enough to … Continue reading

UAB employees show their pride


My friends at Kaleidoscope found this video from the medical side of campus. I laughed until tears welled in my eyes, but that may have to do an eye infection. Enjoy! UAB employees show their pride | Inside UAB.

The Today Show, Paula Deen stops by UAB


The Today Show’s Al Roker rolled into the Magic City with 10 truckloads of relief items for survivors of the April 27 tornbados that swept through the state. Food Network celebrity Paula Deen and her family joined the NBC weatherman on campus in front of the Alys Stephens Center while the Gospel Choir performed. The … Continue reading

Alabama storyteller shared past, prose


I moved to Alabama as a kid, and my first taste of Alabama history was through local literary legend Kathryn Tucker Windham’s collection “13 Ghosts of Alabama and Jeffrey.”  The stories were rich and captivating, and through them there was a snapshot of past life of the characters and the culture in which they lived. I … Continue reading

Windham exhibit displays local life


The Birmingham Museum of Art recently opened “My Land, My People” an exhibit featuring the photographs of the well known journalist Kathryn Tucker Windham. “Well she is something of a state treasure. It is actually her 90th birthday this year so it’s a great time to celebrate her work and since we are an art … Continue reading

When a monster came to Alabama


Birmingham’s own Kyle Whitmire, of the blog Second Front, featured on CNN.COM. We knew the threat was real when little pieces of Tuscaloosa began to drop on Birmingham. For such a violent storm, there was very little rain. Instead, paper receipts from businesses 50 miles away and strangers’ family photos flitted through the air.