Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Bus Rapid Transit, Catalyst, city stages, Civic Engagement, Erik Jambor, Halloween 2006, other cities, parades, people, Sidewalk, The X at 100.5, The Year in Review
November began with a first look at a new rapid transit bus that could be used for the metropolitan area. We took a quick look back at a local Halloween tradition downtown along 2nd Avenue North.
We recognized the changing face of banking as names were replaced in the Birmingham skyline. I made three trips to New York in one year for the first time since my second year of college in Savannah; one of those trips let me see Homewood High enjoy the spotlight in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
For most of the month, I took a break due to the loss of my grandmother. If nothing else, it reminded me to enjoy life in all of its forms whenever you can.
Recognition and advice/opinion for projects
The end of the month led to the rest of the city finally recognizing the existence of the Bham Wiki, a chance to hear from those interested in the future of City Stages, whether it be through the comments section of this post, or through the comments collected from our attendance at the City Stages/Catalyst town hall meeting about what else could be done to aid the struggling festival.
The Radio Carousel begins
The end of the month also led to the beginning of what we’ve been calling “The Radio Carousel” in Birmingham, Alabama. It began simply enough with the loss of The X at 100.5. It continued well into the first part of December, but not before another significant event hit the cultural scene, the sudden resignation of Sidewalk’s founding director Erik Jambor.
We really weren’t sure how the year would end… we’re still not with hours to spare.
We’ll see you later today.
The Year in Review: January and a little December ‘05 too
The Year in Review: February 2006
The Year in Review: March 2006
The Year in Review: April 2006
The Year in Review: May 2006
The Year in Review: June 2006
The Year in Review: July 2006
The Year in Review: August 2006
The Year in Review: September 2006
The Year in Review: October 2006
Filed under: "red mountain park", Birmingham AL restaurants, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Bottletree Cafe, Cities, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, music, music venues, MySpace, parades, Photographs, Random shots, Wild Sweet Orange, yp events
It’s been a long time since we’ve focused on the world of the young professional in Birmingham. It feels like a long to me at least, especially in the last month. I could not resist a last ditch plug for tonight’s Bad Dates and Chocolate event being held by YP Birmingham at Twenty Six. Mr. Arik Sokol has built a new MySpace page for the networking group (one that will be updated for the Magic City MySpace page this evening, along with the countless other updates and tweaks I’ve been wanting to do in the last two months that I’ve been too swamped to consider). He’s also anxiously awaiting the chance to play Kickball one more time before the weather gets just plain ridiculous (that’s this Sunday – this time I should finally be able to play).The event this evening is going from 9-11 p.m. and the cost of admission is one (1) old cell phone (hopefully still in usable shape) that will be donated to HOPELINE.
Our friend Michael Mahon has also been quite busy; he’s helped organize a fundraiser to help with the efforts to acquire and create Red Mountain Park (for our first post about the park, click here). This Friday the action will be at the Bottletree Café (complete with its newly opened kitchen offering a rare vegetarian option for diners in Birmingham as well as a 3-8 p.m. Happy Hour). NOTE: Don’t forget to check out the Bottletree’s poster gallery; I was lucky enough to find one of the Man or Astroman? show posters at Kentuck this fall. Three of the region’s favorite local bands will be there to provide entertainment:
Check out the poster by clicking here; I’ll actually post it on Friday. What better way to help become the #1 mid-sized city per capita for green space in the United States.
I’m just hoping that someone takes pictures of the show. We’ll be in Atlanta that evening watching Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers play against the Hawks. I’m at least hoping that some people will be able to take pictures and share. As I said before though, it will be one half of a 101 in 1001 item and there are retro uniforms involved as well as one of my favorite basketball players of ALL TIME (and it’s not Jordan).
Mr. Sokol also provided the following information; help out if you can:
I’m sending this letter out to all of you to ask for your help. If you’re involved in the local filmmaking scene, you have probably heard that David Brower’s daughter, Devin suffered a brain hemorrhage about two weeks ago. Devin seems to be holding her own right now, but it’s going to be a long road for her and her family with lots of re-hab before she recovers completely.
With insurance covering 80% of the medical expenses, the remaining costs are staggering. Michael Fulmer and the folks at Reel People have decided to try to help by establishing a fund in order to collect a little to assist with bills.
I know that this is a difficult time of year to be asking people for money, but please give what you can afford.
Make your check to:
The Devin Brower Fund
Send your check to:
1827 1st Ave N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Attn: Devin Brower Fund
Or you may also make a deposit at any Amsouth Bank
The Devin Brower Fund
Thank you! Enjoy the evening. And the Thanksgiving pictures (finally) by clicking on the flying Grover.
Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Homewood High School, New York, New York City, other cities, parades, Photographs, Random shots
I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday. This is one of the sites that Betsy and I were able to see on Thursday…
Soaking rain in midtown Manhattan did not keep the Homewood High School Marching Band from enjoying their performance in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. While this is not the best shot in the world, it does show the band as they pass through Columbus Circle on November 23, 2006 as some of the New York City Police Department stand guard.
I hope to have some more images from the parade up this evening. Check back for links to the photoset.
Enjoy the day,