New Orleans celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse was in Birmingham recently causing a small stir among fans dining at the tony Bottega Café. He was in town to create a new cookbook with Birmingham-based Oxmoor House publishers. Word on the street has it that he dined on sea urchin, chestnut pappardelle and grilled red […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why We Come to Work: Activities at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Marketing & Communications Department is interested to know how you like the new format of this newsletter. Somebody told us that nobody reads the copy; they just look at the pictures. That was discouraging, but we’re here to accommodate. While you’re voicing opinions, please check out the new design on the CVB website, too, […]