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Allen Stone: The Sideman Speaks

by Brett Levine, Photo by Beau Gustafson Allen Stone really tries to stay out of the limelight. This may seem unusual for a professional musician, but Stone is the kind of guy who really just wants to make good music. “I get the most satisfaction from playing with other musicians who enjoy getting into a… Read More

Window to the World

High atop Red Mountain, the Weir family enjoys breathtaking views and private family life. by Mary Ellen Stancill Photography by Beau Gustafson Many lucky Birmingham homes offer amazing views, but it’s hard to argue that a sight could be better than the one from the living room shared by Amanda Adams and Paul Weir, and… Read More

Vietnamese Southern Style

Produced and styled by Mindi Shapiro Levine; Recipe development and food styling by Lane Fowler; Photographed by Mary Brittan Senseney With renewed energy and a list of resolutions, spice up the New Year with a simple yet sumptuous Vietnamese dinner with friends. Famous for its fresh, contrasting flavors, varied textures, exotic ingredients, and artfully composed meals, Vietnamese cooking is the… Read More

Elliott McPherson and the Dexateens:

Success, Talent and Rock ’n Roll by Vicki Johnson For Elliott McPherson, music is a God-given talent. Now 33 and a resident of Buhl, Ala., 20 miles west of Tuscaloosa, McPherson has been on the music scene for over a decade. Growing up in Montgomery, rock ‘n’ roll music wasn’t permitted at home and it… Read More

Defining Destiny

Trainer Luan Nguyen’s amazing heritage. By Molly Griffin, Photo by Beau Gustafson At the young age of twenty-four, Luan Nguyen opened a Fitness Together franchise in Vestavia Hills. It was a decision that shocked his family, but Luan followed is heart and pursued a career in the fitness industry instead of the medical community. Today he… Read More

The Road

The epochal, post-1970s transformation of Highway 280  has changed the metro forever, bringing luxury, environmental concerns, traffic and people together in a modern urban stew that is a unique glimpse into our past, present, and future. by Jesse Chambers, Photography by Beau Gustafson U.S. Highway 280 wasn’t always choked with cars and people, with huge office… Read More

B-a big brother

Life is busy, but making time for my Little Brother Walter was one of the best decisions I ever made. by Willie Henderson Growing up in New Orleans, my mother was a single parent. While she was working, I remember participating in an after-school program that, once a week, sent a green van to my… Read More

On with the Show

The historic Lyric Theatre once played host to legendary entertainers. One group’s mission is to see that happen again. Written By Glenny Brock Photographs  by Liesa Cole “Welcome to 1914,” Brant Beene says. “That’s Sylacauga marble you’re standing on.” It’s a late winter afternoon, and Beene, the new executive director of the Alabama Theatre, is… Read More

Larger Than Life

Morgan Murphy has a knack for fixing classic Caddies, a massive book deal in the works, and a decorated history with the Naval Reserves. These days he’s in Kabul sharing some positive news about the conflict on Facebook. But no matter where he travels, it is a Southern sense of place that drives him home…. Read More