Wade on Birmingham

spite club

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Wade Kwon

When two assholes fight,
do we want one to win or
both to brawl to death?

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sad songs in major keys

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Spitting out words to
an upbeat melody with
a pasted-on smile.

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The Birmingham channel: Muscles, motors and moves

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Montage of downtown, UAB and Legion Field. From Eric Woods.

And a montage of drone footage of downtown. From Christian Jordan.

Kimy Stewart previews a Mountain Brook estate sale. From Birmingham Estate Sales.

Talking with Angela Richter of Hop City in Lakeview. From No Budget Theater.

Dramatic interpretation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” From Ted Williams III.

Opening remarks at May’s International Community Courts and Public Safety conference at the Sheraton Birmingham downtown. Speakers are Andra Sparks, presiding judge at Birmingham municipal court; Cedric Sparks, Birmingham mayor’s office; and Jay E. Town, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. From Center for Court Innovation.

July vlog while driving to and from Birmingham. From Alabama Pickers.

A segment from WTTO-21 show “Talking Sports with Kip Keefer.” From Birmingham Race Course.

Recap of July’s Sloss Tech 2018 conference. From Telegraph Creative.

Reporting from the AME Church Board of Bishops/Connectional Council meeting in July in Birmingham. From WSOZ News.

Atlanta band Sharks and Minnows performs circa 2002 in Birmingham. From Dan Heisel.

Football: LaBelle Community Football League — Pensacola Lightning vs. Birmingham Wildfire in 2009 at Legion Field. From Noah T.

Talking with Jesse Schaffer, farm manager at Jones Valley Teaching Farm downtown. From D. Redman.

Music video for “Famous” by Birmingham rapper Yung Blackness. From Free Spirit Visions.

Morning traffic on I-20/59 downtown. From Come Away with Us.

A takeoff from a simulated Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. From David Finney.

Visiting Vulcan Park. From Abom Adventures.

Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin and Earl Hilliard Jr., deputy director of Intergovernmental Affairs, hold a conference on opportunities to serve in governance. From Kimbrough Public Relations.

Viewing the downtown skyline from Vulcan. From Gowestusa.

More from Vulcan. From Gowestusa.

Flying from Birmingham to Atlanta. From Diesel Ducy.

Nighttime storm (our vertical video of the week). From Craig Lawrence.

Drone footage of new LED lights on Vulcan. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Shelby Starlets of Alabaster perform. From Holly Cox.

Highlights from July’s weeklong Mission Serve 2018 mission trip in Birmingham. From Mission Serve.

Practicing for the Battle of the Ages CrossFit competition in October at J19 Fitness in Hoover. From Bearded Crossfitter.

Dance battle at the family reunion (our other vertical video of the week). From Warren Sofine.

Cumbias in the house. From Jose Alarcon.

Sunset at the Club. From Travis Middleton.

Birmingham group Voices of the South performs “God Bless the USA” in July at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. From Dennis R. Jones.

And quartet Dennis R. Jones, Jim Weldon, Karl Turner and Frank Butler performs “Heart of My Heart.” From Dennis R. Jones.

Checking in with Alex of SMAD Auto Detailing in Pelham (our other other vertical video of the week). From How to.

Visiting the Alabama Peanut Company downtown. From Travis Middleton.

A 200m race at the CrossPlex in Five Points West. From Kirah Copeland.

Highlights from June’s King of the South Car Show and Racing at Lassiter Mountain Dragway in Mt. Olive. From Veltboy314.

At July’s Birmingham Grace Conference at Life of Faith Church in Irondale, a panel on God’s grace with Mark Machen, Life of Faith pastor; Rob Rufus, co-founder of City Church International in Hong Kong; Jeremiah Johnson, pastor of Grace Point Church in Lexington, Ky.; and Tricia Gunn, founder of Parresia Ministries in Birmingham. From Life of Faith Church.

Commercial for the City of Birmingham. From City of Birmingham.

Chair prank, sort of, at Railroad Park downtown. From Riceman.

Mississippi Braves catcher Alex Jackson batting against the Birmingham Barons in July at Regions Field downtown. From 2080 Baseball.

Barons left fielder Joel Booker batting against the Braves. From 2080 Baseball. From 2080 Baseball.

Barons catcher Zack Collins batting against the Braves. From 2080 Baseball.

Dashcam footage of driving from Mississippi to all over Birmingham. From Robert Williams.

Taxiing on the runway at the airport (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Gregg Durant.

Drone footage of Five Points South. From GT Auctions.

Top Five events in July in Birmingham. From HotinBirmingham.com.

Mother-daughter trip to Birmingham. From Harley Loper.

And mother-son drive (our final vertical video of the week). From Sade Love.

Time-lapse footage of Art on the Rocks attendees painting a mural in June at the Birmingham Museum of Art downtown. Birmingham artist John Lytle Wilson created the piece. From Birmingham Museum of Art.

Skateboarding competition. From MC Director.

The Mass Choir performs “When I See Jesus” at at Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Smithfield. From Be Encouraged.

Racing through downtown. From the Hamby Family.

Tommy Mayfield talks about developing his Wyndy babysitting app with downtown software company Airship. From Airship.

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the plastic sea

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Wade Kwon

We weave a giant
tapestry of discarded
bottles and torn bits.

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and salad for dessert

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Some potatoes, some
meat, a few glasses of wine.
bites of cheese and bread.

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#sundayread for August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018 by Wade Kwon

reading bench

Photo: Anne Worner (CC)

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the magic porch

Sunday, August 12, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Pens, notebooks and wine
fuel all-night songwriting on
real love and heartbreak.

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fifty years in a blink

Saturday, August 11, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The real surprise for
the birthday boy was that he
lived to that milestone.

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barley containable

Friday, August 10, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The only thing we
have to fear is gluten and
gluten foods … itself.

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The Birmingham channel: Let’s go to the mall

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

“Alabama” by John Coltrane, the jazz musician’s response to the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church downtown. From Record Spiel.

A fun shopping trip to the Summit and the Riverchase Galleria. From Madelyn Pullum.

Mexican Andean Cumbia band Los Llayras performs at El Sol on Valley Avenue. From Wil Raya.

Soccer: Birmingham Hammers at Memphis City in July. From Caleb Hilliard.

“A young artist reflects on what it takes to make it as a creative in Birmingham.” From Ben Wedlund.

Birmingham school superintendent Lisa Herring discusses the new dress code. From Pernell Allen.

Walter Carr, a college student, walked from Homewood to Pelham, 20 miles, for his job at Bellhops moving company in July. Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin gave him a car. From IBTimes UK.

Dashcam footage of driving from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to Dothan. From Robert Williams.

The Common Bonds photo exhibit returns to the central branch of the Birmingham Public Library. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Kimy Stewart previews a Vestavia Hills estate sale (our vertical video of the week). From Birmingham Estate Sales.

Clip from EthicsDaily.com’s 2010 documentary, “Sacred Texts, Social Duty,” featuring a rally on taxes in Kelly Ingram Park downtown. From EthicsDaily.

A panel in May on “Practicing Law in Birmingham: An Insider’s Perspective from Alumni” for the University of North Carolina School of Law. Participants: Gary London, Burr and Forman; Barton Lee, Butler Snow; Jodie Smith, Maynard Copper and Gale; Brian Kappel, Lightfoot Franklin and White; and Brooke Watson, summer associate. From UNC School of Law.

Dining at Chris Z’s in Lakeview and Big Spoon Creamery in Avondale. From Embrace teh Cringe.

“Forgotten Birmingham,” a look at Sloss Mine No. 2 and the Ensley Works. From Tasty Ben.

A press brake for sale (our other vertical video of the week). From Guy Carter.

[insert CGI Superman here] From TNR Creative.

Skateboarding at Railroad Park downtown (our other other vertical video of the week). From Bad Boy.

Augusta progressive funk-rock band Funk You performs in July at Saturn in Avondale. From Isom Morgan.

Demonstrating radio station streaming in two cars at Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham in Irondale. From WERC Birmingham.

Birmingham R&B/hip-hop musician Slim Kuttar performs “Night Caps” in July at the Nick on Southside. From Slim Kuttar.

“This Is Alabama” feature on Joe Minter’s African Village in America, a sculpture garden south of Elmwood Cemetery in Woodland Park. From Catherine May.

Demo reel for Birmingham wedding/corporate band Forever Young. From Brett Byars.

A musical tribute to Tuscaloosa’s Subhankar Bandyopadhyay who died in February, performed at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham in Glen Iris. From Sayak Mitter.

Reporting from a mission trip with New Beginnings Family Baptist Church in Midfield. From Dr. Angulus Wilson.

A hike at Red Mountain Park. From Travel with Annie G.

Pitching residential real estate investments in Birmingham. From Real Wealth Network.

Dancing on the court (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Lashunda Brooks.

Participating in July’s Silver Glovez baseball camp at Rickwood Field in Rising – West Princeton. From Dinero the Kid.

Dashcam footage of driving I-65 south to downtown (our other other other other vertical video of the week). From K. Hawk.

The puppet gospel hour at Wilson Chapel Baptist Church in Collegeville (our other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Caenan American.

Birmingham Barons third baseman Trey Michalczewski makes a leaping catch against the Jackson Generals in July at Regions Field downtown. From Minor League Baseball.

Edwin Lee Jr. of La Plata, Md., at bat during the 2016 Piper Davis baseball tournament at Rickwood Field in Rising – West Princeton (our other other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Edwin Lee.

Children play at Immanuel Church on Southside. From A. Morales Production.

Morning at Embassy Suites in Homewood (our other other other other other other other vertical video of the week). From Warren Sofine.

Trains downtown and in Irondale. From Houston Rail Productions.

Trains downtown and in Montgomery. From Everything Trains USA.

A feature on Violins of Hope, once owned by the inmates of Nazi concentration camps, exhibited in April in Birmingham. From
APT IQ Learning Network.

Highlight reel for Oak Mountain rising junior running back Jonathan Bennett. From J. Bennett.

A pegboard climb at Birmingham Boulders in Oxmoor (our final vertical video of the week). From Tyler Love.

Planes on display at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. From All Around MCCM.

Promo for 12 Mavens Roundtables advisory group with Hoover consultant Brent Bauer. From Brent Wm. Bauer.

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meanwhile out west

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A fire the size
of a city razes the
green world it touches.

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a shovelful of sugar

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A stubborn psyche
can be conquered with sweets as
outright bribery.

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pep alley

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by Wade Kwon

We should line the streets
and mercilessly taunt kids
going back to school.

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bury me with the following books …

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Wade Kwon

It’s less of a neat
reading list at this point and
more like a burden.

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#sundayread for August 5, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Sara reading

Photo: Malcolm Slaney (CC)

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