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Second Design Week Birmingham offers workshops, talks

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Design Week Birmingham Design Shop

The Design Shop, located at the Alabama Center for Architecture,
has goods from local and regional designers
during Design Week Birmingham.

Design Week Birmingham returns for a second year with a series of events around town, including lectures, workshops and discussions. For more details and tickets, visit the Design Week Birmingham site.


• Design Week Headquarters and Design Shop
Alabama Center for Architecture
Through Friday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

• After-School Design Workshops
Desert Island Supply Company
Through Friday, 3-6 p.m.

• Alter Your Landscape: Civic Design Challenge
Various venues


• Kickstarter School: Terry Hope Romero
Carrigan’s Public House
4:30-6 p.m.

• Design Film Screening: “Stations of the Elevated” and other short films about street art
6:30 p.m., screening at 7:30


• TechBirmingham: Jennifer Driskell
Kinetic Communications
8-9:30 a.m.

• Birmingham Museum of Art’s Art Break

• Sidewalk’s E-Series: “Maker”
Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre
6 p.m.
$8, $10 at the door

• TEDx Birmingham: Design Salon
The Stream
6:30-8 p.m.
Free, but reservation required


• Andrew Freear, Rural Studio Lecture
Birmingham Museum of Art
4 p.m., with cocktails (cash bar) at 5

• AIGA Exhibit Opening: Highlights from Birmingham Graphic Design History
Alabama Center for Architecture
7 p.m.
$10 donation suggested


• Birmingham Creative Roundtable: Henry H. Owings
Sound and Page
7:30 a.m.
Free, but reservation required

• Rotary Trail Tour: Jane Reed Ross
Alabama Center for Architecture
Noon-1 p.m.
$15 (includes lunch)

• Adobe Workshop: Photoshop for Designers
1-5 p.m.

• IIDA Tour: N.E. Miles Jewish Day School
4:30 p.m.

• Keynote Lecture: Aaron Draplin
Good People Brewing Company
7-9 p.m.


• How to Master The Language of Personal Style: Megan LaRussa Chenoweth, Southern Femme
The Nest
Noon-1 p.m.

• Re-Thinking Avondale
Avondale Brewery, second floor
1-5 p.m.

• Rapid Fire, Powered by Pecha Kucha
Woodrow Hall
6-9:30 p.m.


• Letterpress and Screen Printers Fair
Trim Tab Brewing Company
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Urban Sketches
Theater District, in front of Alabama Theatre
2:30 p.m.

• FEAST, a Community Action Dinner
7 p.m.

Design Week Birmingham

The Birmingham channel: In the air, on the run, on 2 wheels

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Fort Payne’s Pierce Pettis performs at Moonlight on the Mountain in Hoover. From Alabama Music Office.

Charlotte from Birmingham goes skydiving. From Chattanooga Skydiving Company.

Birmingham-Southern College Cross Country JSU Foothills Invitational. From Sharks Soccer.

Nashville group Willie Sugarcapps performs at WorkPlay in Lakeview, full 3-hour performance. From Alabama Music Office.

Andrew Thompson of Birmingham’s Plenty Design Co-op at the Southern Makers event in Montgomery. From Joy to Life Foundation.

Claire’s solo at the Greater Birmingham Ministries’ 45th anniversary celebration at Boutwell Auditorium downtown. From Molly Merkle.

A passenger held a camera to the window for 30 minutes of a Southwest flight from Dallas to Birmingham. From Benjamin Gebo.

Chattanooga gospel group Back Home found inspiration for its song “Birmingham” from a waitress’ story of failure, rejection and redemption. From Fresh Well Media.

The 10th annual Barber Vintage Festival. From Eddie Roberts.

Centreville’s Megan McMillan performs at WorkPlay in Lakeview. From Alabama Music Office.

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panic waits waits waits attacks

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Wade Kwon

You will be sitting
quietly, when the earth shakes
and the mind screams pain.

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#sundayread for Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014 by Wade Kwon

reading bare feet

Photo: Craig Sunter (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for Oct. 19, 2014:

More posts from Wade this week:

The latest #sundayread tweets

how much longer till candy and costumes?

Sunday, October 19, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Children everywhere
(and a few adults) gave up
on sleep for tricks, treats.

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Vestavia boy to compete on ‘Project Runway: Threads’

Saturday, October 18, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Bradford Billingsley, Project Runway: Threads

Designer Bradford Billingsley competes on “Project
Runway: Threads” with assistance from mom
Dana Billingsley.

Two Birmingham designers have competed on “Project Runway,” and both have finished in eighth place. Bradford Billingsley of Vestavia Hills has already outranked those previous contestants.

And he’s only 12.

On Thursday, Lifetime will air the spinoff “Project Runway: Threads,” featuring weekly duels among three fashion designers age 9 to 16. Bradford will compete in the premiere and has previously placed in Birmingham Fashion Week’s Rising Design Challenge.

He is in the eighth grade at Pizitz Middle School.

The show, filmed in Los Angeles, pits three designers against each other in a race to sketch and create apparel to impress the judges. The winner receives a $10,000 store credit at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store, a scholarship to the summer program at L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and a sewing and embroidery studio from Brother.

Birmingham’s Ken Laurence competed in season 12, while Sandhya Garg was in the currently airing season 13.

“Project Runway: Threads” debuts at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime, and will air then at 9 p.m. Thursdays in its regular time slot.

Bradford Billingsley

“Project Runway: Threads”

Bradford Billingsley, Project Runway: Threads

Dana Billingsley, left, and Bradford show off his fashion creations.

Video: preview of “Project Runway: Threads”

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More reality TV coverage in Special Reports.

charms with every breath

Saturday, October 18, 2014 by Wade Kwon

He would take the page
and transform it into a
symphony of speech.

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metaphysician, heal thyself

Friday, October 17, 2014 by Wade Kwon

What if all of the
hypochondriacs are right
and placebos kill?

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30 Birmingham women to be honored for service

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Smart Party honorees

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham will honor these 10 women at its Smart Party 3.0 tonight at Iron City on Southside.

Kay Bains, partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Louise Beard, Broadway producer who won 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Constance Burnes, director of schools, Birmingham City Schools

Michele Elrod, executive vice president and head of marketing, Regions Bank

Susan Greene, executive director, Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation

Eileen Markstein, managing director, Markstein Consulting*

Andrea McCaskey, vice president, human resources, BioHorizons

Kathy G. Mezrano, founder and president, Kathy G. and Company

Carolyn Sherer, photographer and director*

Dr. Farah Sultan, founder and medical director, Vitalogy Wellness Center

Women Who Make a Difference

Birmingham Magazine and the Alabama Media Group will honor these 20 recipients as Women Who Make a Difference on Wednesday at The Club. 

Lisa Borden, pro bono shareholder, Baker Donelson

Nita Carr, executive director, Cornerstone Schools of Alabama

Carol Clarke, manager, Regions Financial Education Institute

Leigh Collier, Mid-South region president, Wells Fargo

Priscilla Hancock Cooper, interim president and CEO, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Kate Cotton, vice president, community relations, Protective Life Corporation, and executive director, Protective Life Foundation

Trisha Powell Crain, executive director, Alabama School Connection

Phyllis Hoffman DePiano, president and CEO, Hoffman Media

Virginia Samford Donovan, actress, philanthropist, namesake of the Virginia Samford Theatre

Martie Duncan, chef, finalist on “Food Network Star”

Ann Florie, executive director, Leadership Birmingham

Alie Gorrie, founder, Songs for Sight

Kathryn Gwaltney, executive director, National Center for Sports Safety

Shirley Salloway Kahn, vice president for development, alumni and external relations, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Meg McGlamery, executive director, Crisis Center

Shanta’ Owens, district judge, Jefferson County Criminal Division

Valerie Ramsbacher, vice president, corporate advocacy, Regions Bank

Chanda Temple, public relations director, Birmingham Public Library

Véronique Vanblaere, owner and artist, Naked Art Gallery

Beth Wilder, executive director, Literacy Council of Central Alabama

*Former client

Video: What area in metro Birmingham is this?

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Video: This is a promotional video for which part of
the Birmingham metro area?

This 2-minute promotional video is a rebranding campaign for one part of the metro area, created by Tatum Design of Homewood. (I’ve taken out the identifying city name.)

Can you guess which place it is?

The answer.

hills mountains crossings bluffs ridges biomes

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Wade Kwon

A strip mall can go
practically anywhere with
the right greased pockets.

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Recycling in the short term and long term

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Wade Kwon


In the short term …

The City of Birmingham Electronics Recycling Day will take place on Oct. 23 in Linn Park [map]. Participants can drop off items using the drive-through line from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Accepted items

  • Banking equipment
  • Batteries, rechargeable
  • Cameras
  • Computers (including laptops) / peripherals (mice, keyboards)
  • Copy machines / toner cartridges
  • DVD players
  • Medical equipment, non-hazardous
  • Microwave ovens
  • Modems
  • Monitors, flat screen and tube
  • Networking equipment / hubs
  • Pagers
  • Power cables and power supplies
  • Printers / ink and toner cartridges
  • Projectors
  • Radios
  • Remotes
  • Servers
  • Stereos
  • Telephones
  • TV sets (including LCD)
  • VCRs / VHS cassettes
  • Vacuum cleaners

Unaccepted items

  • Biological waste
  • Dishwashers
  • Fire alarms
  • Hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Light bulbs, including fluorescent
  • Mercury-containing devices (thermometers)
  • Refrigerators
  • Washers / dryers

In the long term …

The Alabama Environmental Council will hold the Recycling and Waste Reduction Summit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens [map]. The event will include these presentations:

  • Bibb-Chilton Regional Recycling: Forging a Partnership in a Rural Area to Reduce Landfill Waste and Roadside Litter;
  • City of Tuscaloosa: Making It Fit;
  • University of Alabama: Going Green with the Crimson Tide;
  • Advanced Technology Recycling: The Ripple Effect of Responsible Business Recycling;
  • Slade, LLC: Lean Management for Solid Waste;
  • Homewood Middle School: Homewood Middle School Recycles!
  • US Green Building Council, Alabama Chapter: Deconstruction for Workforce Development and Green Building Materials;
  • City of Florence: How and Why We Make It Work in Florence.

Tickets are $20 and available online. For more information, visit the event page.

the orphaned lot

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Wade Kwon

The weeds had free reign
till the suburban posse
got them evicted.

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12th annual Jewish Food Festival adds pony rides, cornhole

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Wade Kwon

12th Annual Friedman Family Foundation LJCC Jewish Food Festival

Homemade kosher cuisine — including brisket, kugel,
stuffed cabbage and matzo ball soup — will be
available at Saturday’s LJCC Jewish Food Festival.

Birmingham’s parade of fall food festivals continues Sunday with something kosher. The 12th annual Friedman Family Foundation LJCC Jewish Food Festival offers eats, games and outdoor fun.

The lunchtime event will be at Levite Field, taking it out of its traditional indoor setting for a carnival approach. New to the festival are pony rides, a cornhole tournament, farm stand, pumpkin patch and a performance by Memphis blues/soul act the Ori Naftaly Band.

Items available for purchase include brisket, kugel, stuffed cabbage, matzo ball soup, corned beef sandwiches and white fish salad, plus dessert breads and pastries from Ricki’s Cookie Corner in Memphis.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Levite Jewish Community Center, 3960 Montclair Road [map]. Admission is free.

For more information, visit the LJCC event page.

12th Annual Friedman Family Foundation LJCC Jewish Food Festival

Some 1,000 attendees are expected at the
LJCC Jewish Food Festival.

Levite Jewish Community Center

the insecure confessions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Wade Kwon

They would reveal their
disorders and bank accounts
to faux confidantes.

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