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The Birmingham channel: Games people play

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Promo for Vulcan Industries in Moody. From Vulcan Media.

Riding a bus downtown and north on U.S. 78. From Walking Tourist.

Birmingham’s Eddy Alvarez nails a home run against the Tennessee Smokies earlier this month in Knoxville. From Minor League Baseball.

Barons pitcher Jordan Stephens strikes out his sixth batter during a six-inning, one-hit, scoreless season and Double-A debut for Birmingham. From Minor League Baseball.

Pam discusses her facelift at Petro Facial Plastic Surgery and MedSpa in Vestavia Hills. From Vulcan Media.

Derek discusses his time with the Birmingham Violence Reduction Initiative. From the City of Birmingham.

Birmingham Thunderbolts vs. Ohio Stingrays of Columbus earlier this month at the Scenic City Summer showcase in Chattanooga. From Saunders Kids Sports.

Talking with Dr. Victor Lin about his work at UAB. From Vulcan Media.

Feature on Japanese restaurant Kyoto Yakitori coming to downtown. From Alabama NewsCenter.

A busy day at this Birmingham airport. From Mitchell Schaaf.

A look at the $2 million renovation at the Birmingham Race Course. From Greyhound News.

Pickleball! A National Senior Games match between Lily Hencken/Beth McCullough vs. LeAnne Farr/LeEtta Smith, earlier this month at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex downtown. From Lily Hencken.

Mixed doubles practice at the National Senior Games with Lily and William Hencken. From Mike Najjar.

Swimmer Terril McBride of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., competing at the National Senior Games at the CrossPlex in Five Points West. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Jenn LaMonaca discusses the National Senior Games shot put competitors being interviewed by USA Today at the Samford track. From Jenn Lamonaca.

Hanging out at Vulcan. From Henry and Grady.

Mexican band Tierra Cali performs “Perra Soledad” in May at Rancho El Centenario in Mt. Olive. From José Toribio.

Promo for Corporate America Credit Union in Irondale. From Vulcan Media.

Feeding rainbow lorikeets at the Birmingham Zoo. From Cameron Porcaro.

Visiting the “Rick and Bubba Show” in Vestavia Hills and a stop downtown. From McFarlin Vlogs.

Meridian’s Amy’s School of Dance performs “Adventures in Wonderland” at April’s Platinum competition at the Alabama Theatre downtown, winning Top Recreational Act. From Platinum Dance.

Mountain Brook team Linda Dobbins Dance performs “April Shower” at March’s Thunderstruck competition at the Alabama Theatre downtown, winning Teen Small Group. From Fullam Enterprises.

Alabama’s DJ Manish at the SliceFest after party earlier this month at Sidebar in Lakeview. From Manish Lets Get Em a k a DJ Manish.

Nashville singer-songwriter Amanda Shires performs “Stay” in October at Vulcan Park in Homewood. From Barry Curry.

Home schooling on the road in Birmingham, including a visit to the McWane Science Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute downtown. From Wesprout West End Sprout.

Birmingham rapper Lauren Michel performs in April at the Syndicate Lounge on Southside. From Jay Dexter.

Record of “Go Fly a Kite” by Bill Perry, recorded at Reed in Birmingham. From P.L.R.

Promo for downtown law firm Burr and Forman. From Vulcan Media.

Memphis singer-songwriter Valerie June performs in March at Saturn in Avondale. From Barry Curry.

Exploring the abandoned Carraway Hospital in Druid Hills, including a run-in with the police. From Payton Schmitt.

Boston saxophonist Elan Trotman performs at Jazz in the Park’s May concert at Huffman High School. From DeffMind Film Production.

Drone footage of downtown at the intersection of Second Avenue North and 20th Street. From Lost Alchemist.

And one block over, drone footage of the Heaviest Corner on Earth. From Alex McAnnally.

Highlight reel for Homewood sophomore pitcher/fielder Justin Perreault at May’s Sunshine Southeast Showcase in Cartersville, Ga. From Skill Show Videos.

Highlight reel for Spain Park sophomore pitcher/first baseman P.T. Vercher at the Sunshine Southeast Showcase. From Skill Show Videos.

Promo for Alexander Dentistry and Over the Mountain Dentistry in Mountain Brook. From Over the Mountain Dentistry, Family and Cosmetic Dental, Mountain Brook, AL.

Talking with Alabama House minority leader Anthony Daniels at June’s ProGrowth Policy Retreat at Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Hoover. From Nexus Energy Center.

Drone footage of Railroad Park and downtown. From Travel Endeavor.

Highlights from Urban Ministry’s WE Eat Together fund-raiser in May downtown. From Brittany Sturdivant.

Trying to take a photo in movie mode (our vertical video of the week). From Indykittykeilah.

Promo for Civitan International. From Civitan International.

Death metal band Deicide performs earlier this month at the Syndicate Lounge on Southside. From Official B and B Records.

Driving through downtown from I-20/59 to I-65 north. From Road Runner 22.

A look at the Bessemer Farmers Market. From Drae.

The Amtrak train arrives (our other vertical video of the week). From Madeline Hart.

Highlights from the 2013 game between LSU and UAB at Baton Rouge. From Cityzen225.

A member of the Titusville Dodgers (our other other vertical video of the week). From the PLAYS Digital.

Birmingham’s Sunny Nguyen reaches out to Sloss Tech speaker Casey Neistat. From Supersun.

Testimonial by Lee Goldenberg of Greystone Chiropractic in Hoover for MacMedia. From MacMedia.

Brianna Bolanos recites “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Brianna Bolanos.

A school project re-creation of the events around the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. From Abel Llamas.

Violins of Hope, once owned by the inmates of Nazi concentration camps, to be part of an April concert with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Promo for Children’s Village in Powderly. From Vulcan Media.

Trains from the 22nd Street viaduct. From Jonathan Filion.

Los Caminantes performs “Ven y Abrázame” in 2016. From José Toribio.

Birmingham saxophonist Vann Burchfield performs “Lay Back” at Perfect Note in Hoover. From Vann Burchfield.

Drone footage of the city and the water. From the Hen Men.

Looking at Red Mountain Theatre Company’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” From Alabama NewsCenter.

Talking with Barry Williams of the Birmingham Water Works. From Vulcan Media.

Checking out downtown and Vulcan. From BIM Brothers America.

Promo for Walker Enterprises in Birmingham. From Vulcan Media.

Visiting parks in Mountain Brook and downtown while hunting for treasure. From Adventure Hunt.

An industrial diesel locomotive switcher. From Awhitva.

Heavy rain and flooding in Bessemer earlier this month. From Storm Chasing Video.

Birmingham artist Celestia Morgan discusses her work in “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts. From Frist Center.

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sitcom scrum

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The idiot ball
bounces from character to
character for laughs.

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#sundayread for June 25, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Cat of Many Tails book

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rip megan rondini

Sunday, June 25, 2017 by Wade Kwon

She was raped. She cried
for help. They shunned her, blamed her.
Then she killed herself.

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a greedy cancer

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Corruption poisons
the powerful, infecting
people with mistrust.

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woes before doze

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Night becomes prison
for insomniacs who want
parole to dreamland.

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the wake of cindy

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Rain nourished the land
in a reassuring caress
on a darkened day.

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vox unpopuli

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The most persuasive
voice is the one nagging deep
from inside the head.

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then ludicrous plan it is

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A reasonable
course of action is seldom
called upon to try.

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The Birmingham channel: Words of mouths

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Heading to Fairfield while fighting the GPS. From Life as a Trucker.

Trucker leaving Fairfield for a delivery in Georgetown, Texas. From Life as a Trucker.

Promo for the 2017 Alabama Music Awards on July 30 at the BJCC Theatre downtown (our vertical video of the week). From Ladyflame 11.

Strong winds and torrential rain outside the Thomas Jefferson Tower downtown (our other vertical video of the week). From Jack Ross.

Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert performs in May at Iron City on Southside. From Rami Qassab.

Promo video for admitted students to Samford University. From Samford Admission.

A 1997 commercial for Birmingham-based Books-a-Million. From Analog Memories.

A review of “African Tales” at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. From RentMonster.

At Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds (our other other vertical video of the week). From Madhu Belur.

Testimonial from Alima Deneke for List Birmingham real estate agency in Homewood. From Starnes Publishing.

East Alabama party band Alabama Avenue performs “Hallelujah, Amen” in May at Superior Grill on U.S. 280. From Alabama Avenue.

Highlights from the Peterbilt-PacLease Customer Event at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds. From PacLease.

Gregg Allman performs “Queen of Hearts” in 2016 at Iron City on Southside. From Natural Music.

Sports commentator Paul Finebaum reflects on Regions Tradition, Nick Saban, SEC Media Days and leaving Birmingham in May at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Boston performs in May at the BJCC Concert Hall downtown. From Michael Brooks.

Scranton, Pa., metalcore band Motionless in White performs in May at Iron City. From Horror Queen.

Coming to Pelham for a family wedding in May. From Ty Nicholson.

Driving west on I-20/59. From Daryll Stillwell.

Drone footage of the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills. From Michael Schweiger.

A work meeting at Frankly Speaking Communications in Birmingham. From Donna Francavilla.

Visiting Sloss Furnaces (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Anthony Tidwell.

Drone footage of Walden Farms in Helena. From Colby Shaw.

Titans Select vs. Birmingham Blue Devils in Atlanta. From the Swaff32.

Drone footage of Mountain Brook Plaza on U.S. 280. From Brooks Corr.

Commercial for CommuteSmart program. From Six Foot Five Productions.

Promotional video for Robins and Morton construction company in Homewood. From Robins and Morton.

Florida pop-rock band Mayday Parade performs in May at Iron City on Southside. From Rick Jackson.

Mountain biking at Oak Mountain State Park. From Stephen Dillon.

Birmingham starting pitcher Michael Kopech earns his eighth strikeout of the game against the Tennessee Smokies in May in Knoxville. From Minor League Baseball.

Birmingham’s Ronald Bueno nails a two-run homer against Mobile BayBears in May at Regions Field. From Minor League Baseball.

Scenes from the March for Life Rally in January in Five Points South. From Dominic Zaidan.

Promo for OB/GYN and midwifery services at Simon-Williamson Clinic at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Arlington-West End. From Telegraph Creative.

Electric car charging station at Uptown (our other other other other vertical video of the week). From Joseph Wolf.

Demo reel for Minneapolis dancer Scott Stafford includes “Type ‘A’ Romance” [at 4:03] with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater in 2016 at Alys Stephens Center. From Scott Stafford.

Birmingham ad agency Intermark Group’s highlight reel for the Alabama Tourism Department. From Intermark Group.

Time-lapse footage of the Mugshots burger challenge (our other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Ethan Teske.

Drone footage of Heardmont Park on Alabama 119. From Tyrell3000.

May’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Kiwanis Centennial Park at Vulcan Park. From Starnes Publishing.

The Top Three finishers in action, Harley Clifford, Mike Dowdy and Cory Teunissen, at the 2017 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour in May at Oak Mountain State Park. From WakeWorld.

Interview with Gaiter. From Yung Playa Entertainment.

Visiting the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame downtown and the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera. From Luvinthe Jazz.

Time-lapse footage of the track at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds. From Matt Dudley.

Lego play time at the library (our other other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Gp Pet.

Birmingham New Age artist Sean Mac performs in March at Tin Roof in Lakeview. From Sean Mac.

Water feature on the rocks (our other other other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Jay Burnham.

Kurt Breshears performs “Spinning Tops” during April’s National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practice at Sloss Furnaces. From Jesse Blumenthal.

Talking with chefs Matt Ralph and Ryan Champion of Hotbox in Avondale. From Order Up!

Interview with Nashville country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane in February. From Big Communications.

Music video for “Unstoppable Unremarkable” by Birmingham band Nowhere Squares. From Nowhere Squares.

Highlights from the Ignite awards ceremony for volunteer service, held by Hands on Birmingham in April at the Club. From About Town.

Author George Saunders discusses “Lincoln in the Bardo” on Alabama Public Television’s “Bookmark,” filmed in February at the Alabama Booksmith in Homewood. From Bookmark with Don Noble.

Kevin McGee, CEO and founder of Avid Entrepreneurship in Atlanta, gives the keynote address at the Student National Pharmaceutical Association conference in March at the Birmingham Marriott. From Andramada Productions.

Visiting Birmingham for a family graduation. From Rednecks Gone Wild.

Drone footage of IPG Photonics’ new Birmingham headquarters in Sand Ridge. From Elevated Vue.

Portland indie folk band Blind Pilot performs “Bitter End” in February at Saturn in Avondale. From Jessica Kingery.

Hanging out on the UAB campus, at Railroad Park and Five Points South. From Sileno.

Birmingham Christian pop singer Amber Roper performs “Beautiful Scars” at March’s Women Hat Tea at Faith Chapel. From Amber Roper.

Christina Dorn of Gadsden’s Grace Episcopal Church talks about “Digital Tools for Social Media Evangelism and Christian Formation” at the One Conference in May at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills. From Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

Springtime scenes from Railroad Park downtown. From Hong Duy.

Washington post-hardcore band Karp performs in 1996 at American Beat Records in Glen Iris. From Mike Ziegler.

At the Community of Readers Kwanzaa Workshop in December at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute downtown. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Atlanta heavy metal band Mastodon performs in April at Iron City (our other other other other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Jay Burnham.

Maleah Tay, senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, discussing her work exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art. From Open Art Studio of Cynthia Parsons.

Highlights from Court XIV basketball camp in March at Thompson High School in Alabaster. From Live Prep Nation.

Charlotte country artist Unknown Hinson performs “Your Man Is Gay” in May at Zydeco on Southside (our other other other other other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Benny Sprokits.

The Carroll High Jazz Band from Ozark performs “Out of the Doghouse” at April’s Student Jazz Band Festival at the Carver Theatre downtown. From Carroll Band “Pride of the Wiregrass.”

Brian Trippe on the Birmingham real estate market. From Alabama Real Estate Investor Association.

Virginia Tech vs. Alabama in 1968 at Legion Field. From Bama Rewind.

Visiting Birmingham for a wedding. From Boss Parents.

Birmingham jazz band the Other Day performs “Go in Peace” in March at Good People Brewing Company downtown (our other other other other other other other other other other vertical video of the week). From the Other Day.

Testimonial by Amie Beth Shaver, Miss Alabama 1994, for Vestavia Hills orthodontist David Sarver. From VisionTrust.

Matthew Whittaker, director of market development for GKHouses property management in Homewood, on the Blueprint Podcast with David Lamb. From Ted Putman.

Drone footage of the Greystone subdivision in Hoover. From Drdavid60.

The UAB Choir performs in May at the Dorpshuis de Ruimte in Hummelo, Netherlands. From John Westdijk.

Eutaw blues musician Clarence “Bluesman” Davis performs as part of A Tribute to “Birmingham” George Conner in April at Henderson’s Lounge in Midfield. From Gottfried Kibelka.

Hanging out at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in April at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds. From Robert Davis.

Leticia Ramirez Sanchez of Pinson asks for help in having her husband Antonio Sanchez released from ICE detainment. (He was released sometime after this video appeared in April.) From Marco Loera.

Moving into a new apartment at the Venue at the Ballpark downtown. From Briauna Ashley.

Driving through Fairfield, Ensley, Wylam and Pleasant Grove. From Car Wash Channel.

Touring First Baptist Church Birmingham in Homewood with senior pastor Jim Cooley. From First Baptist Church Birmingham.

On the CB with 108 Birmingham. From 40 Caliber Radios.

Kidnapping victim Brittany Diggs escapes from her car trunk in March at a gas station in the Central Park neighborhood. From Inside Edition.

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all sweat, all the time

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Wade Kwon

After a shower,
waking up, getting something
from the car, breathing.

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#sundayread for June 18, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017 by Wade Kwon

book lovers

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you do you

Sunday, June 18, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Her tirades against
the universe came from her
weird Twitter outbursts.

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what i call my junk

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The exclamation
point delivers excitement
in a slim package.

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curse of the attentive

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Staring at the back
of everyone else’s phones,
waiting to converse.

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