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as if by magic

Friday, October 24, 2014 by Wade Kwon

The hurried touch-ups,
the sweat and fret, it all seems
as if by magic.

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Butcher shop Bottle and Bone opens in Uptown

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Bottle and Bone, Wil Drake, Chris Izor, Jen Barnett, Victor King, Angela Schmidt

From left, Bottle and Bone’s Wil Drake, Chris Izor, Jen Barnett
and Victor King, with Angela Schmidt of Chef U.

My friend (and client) Jen Barnett is opening her new store at 4 p.m. today. It’s called Bottle and Bone, and you should stop by soon.

Located at Uptown, next to the Westin Birmingham, this butcher shop/restaurant will offer housemade sausage, bacon and hot dogs. The pub side will have beer (including local brews) and wine, by the bottle, growler or glass (once the liquor license is cleared). Stop in for lunch or dinner, or pick up steaks and stout on the way home.

Alabama Wagyu bone-in ribeye

Alabama Wagyu bone-in ribeye

Bottle and Bone offers fresh local meats, charcuterie, sandwiches and small plates, plus free weekday beer and wine tastings from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Desserts and baked goods are available from Birmingham-based Baking Bandits.

Jen was most recently owner of the Freshfully market in Avondale. Her associates are Victor King, a Nashville native who previously worked in the kitchen at Highlands Bar and Grill; Wil Drake, one of the chefs at the Knife Party pop-up dinners; and Chris Izor, front-of-house manager who previously worked at Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

Bottle and Bone is located in Uptown, 2311 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Ste. 200 [map]. (205) 538-7106. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Bottle and Bone

Bottle and Bone marks the full occupancy of new
Birmingham entertainment district Uptown.

Video: Alabama’s 13 reports on Bottle and Bone.

Bonus video on page 2

breaking, the surface

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Nothing will ever
be more important than how
celebrities look.

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Men’s Health winner Noah Galloway to visit ‘Ellen’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Men's Health, November 2014, Noah Galloway

First, Men’s Health. Then, NBC’s “Today.” And this afternoon, “Ellen.”

Alabaster’s Noah Galloway, the first reader to appear on the cover of Men’s Health, will stop by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today.

Galloway, who works as a personal trainer, is an Army vet and father of three. He won the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy contest against some 1,200 other entrants, earning the November 2014 magazine cover.

He joined the Army in October 2001. On patrol in Iraq in December 2005, he survived an explosion after his Humvee tripped a wire on a roadside bomb. He returned home without his left arm or left leg.

Men’s Health describes his journey to fitness after battling depression and alcohol. Galloway has competed since then in marathons, 5k and 10k races, CrossFit competitions and other contests.

“Ellen” airs at 3 p.m. on WVTM Alabama’s 13.

Video: Men’s Health on Noah Galloway

Video: “Today” announces Noah Galloway as the
Ultimate Men’s Health Guy.

Noah Galloway

Update: Noah Galloway’s Oct. 22 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

ask me anything

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Questions get answers.
False assertions get steamed looks.
Come ons get sly grins.

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Magic City Classic 2014: a guide to the week

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Wade Kwon

Alabama State / Alabama A&M

Alabama State, left, and Alabama A&M will battle Saturday
in the Magic City Classic.

The largest black football classic in America kicks off again Saturday. The 73rd annual Magic City Classic features Alabama State (4-3) vs. Alabama A&M (2-5) at Legion Field.

It won’t be just Hornets vs. Bulldogs in football, but also in the Battle of the Bands, tailgating and partying this week. The events start tonight with the Throwback Ole School Event at 7 tonight at the Birmingham Museum of Art, with singer Yvette Cooke.

Other Classic events include the 7 a.m. Magic City Classic Scholarship Breakfast at the Harbert Center downtown, plus the 3 p.m. Classic Day Party and Concert with Willie Clayton and George Tandy at Legion Field, both on Friday.

The parade begins at 8 a.m. Saturday downtown. The game itself begins at 2:30 p.m., airing on ESPN3; tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for reserved seats. Following the end will be a concert with Bell Biv DeVoe.

More events can be found in the Classic Weekend Event Guide below.

Video: “Scrubs” does Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison.”

Magic City Classic

the shadow of asclepius

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Wade Kwon

She took notes on the
doctor’s notes and patient’s notes,
all for paperwork.

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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.

Mobile 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”

Update Oct. 24: Bradford Billingsley won the competition in the premiere episode.

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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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