Highland Scores Again

The national online reservation service, OpenTable, has named Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham one of the 10 best restaurants in America for 2014. The award is based on the opinions of more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners in all 50 states. Opened by Chef Frank Stitt in 1982, Highlands has […]

As the World Returns

In 2013, Birmingham invited the world to the 50th anniversary of Civil Rights activities here. This year, we issued another invitation to host the 2021 World Games, and the world accepted. As many as 4,000 athletes from more than 100 countries are expected in Birmingham for the multi-sport event featuring non-Olympic sports such as softball, […]

Saluting Black History Month

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has a full schedule of February events, many marking Black History Month. Running through February 22 is the annual Helen Keller Art Show, showcasing the works of visually- and hearing-impaired children. At scheduled times throughout the month, visitors can meet and converse with foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. […]

‘Unprecedented’ Warhol Show at UAB

Currently on view at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an exceptional exhibition of works by the late legendary artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Organizers are calling Warhol: Fabricated an “unprecedented” show, bringing together private and public Warhol pieces that have never before been exhibited together. The show combines nine Warhol screen prints and 90 […]

Where Credit is Due

Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Blake Guthrie gives Birmingham chef Frank Stitt a large portion of the credit for transforming Birmingham into a “culinary hotbed.” He notes that Stitt brought his passion for farm-fresh food to the city with the opening of Highlands Bar and Grill in the 1980s. Guthrie goes on to say: “Stitt’s endeavors […]

Good Things in Small Packages

If good things do come in small packages, we are in for a rare treat beginning January 31. Opening that day at the Birmingham Museum of Art is Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. This will be the first exhibition to explore the little-known field of small-format 17th century paintings from the Dutch […]

Appreciating Alabama Art

In February, the Birmingham Museum of Art will also bring us the early works of Alabama artist Frank Fleming. Between Fantasy and Reality will showcase a period between 1970-1985 when Fleming worked primarily in clay, stoneware and ceramics. He later became known internationally for his large-scale bronze sculptures. The exhibition takes its name from Fleming’s […]

BJCC Arena Takes New Brand

The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena has become Legacy Arena at the BJCC. The complex and Legacy Community Federal Credit Union sealed the agreement in December. The 18,000-seat Legacy Arena will be branded with a new logo, as well as in ads, social media and digital platforms. The BJCC is Alabama’s largest meeting facility with two […]

Hilarity on the Horizon

Broadway in Birmingham is bringing the super hit “Book of Mormon” to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex February 17-22. Hailed by The New York Times as the best musical for this century, the production is a nine-time Tony Award winner. The show follows two young and novice Mormon missionaries as they make their way from Salt […]

Spacey Horticulture

“To the moon, Alice…!” That famous Ralph Kramden threat has nothing really to do with this bit of trivia—except the moon part. Area residents and visitors alike are largely unaware of the Moon Tree at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This American sycamore, growing tall next to the formal rose garden, is one of the trees […]