Archive for May, 2012

Game Change | Bad Influence | No Chance of Showers

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Game Change Dear Micah, I want your opinion on how to handle a specific predicament that occurs at every family function I have.  I say family but it could just as well be a neighborhood party.  It’s that rampant a problem.  Every time I host or attend a party, someone inevitably turns on a sporting… Read More

Style Icon: Andy Smith

Monday, May 14th, 2012

J.Crew Personal Shopper by Tracy James Robinson Photography by Chuck St. John Ah, to be 24 again. Fresh-faced prepster Andy Smith exudes a passion for all things creative: art, architecture, landscape, and above all, fashion. His involvement in the fashion industry as a personal shopper for J.Crew at The Summit helps Andy feed his shopping addiction… Read More

Little Birds with Big-Time Bling

Monday, May 14th, 2012

A splash of color and a dose of nature by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John A few summers ago, I would walk through our kitchen garden almost every morning.  Like clockwork, a tiny winged friend that would nervously dance above a planting of dew-covered red salvia would join me. I had planted the… Read More

The Gilmore Girls

Monday, May 14th, 2012

by Anna Slaton Gilmore In 2008, at 31 years old, I found myself very content with life. I had been happily married to Justin for three years. Life was fulfilling and more than I could ask for. A few years earlier, I had started a business designing wedding flowers, and it was thriving. Travelling and… Read More

10-spots for italian

Friday, May 11th, 2012

By Jason Horn Bettola Chef James Lewis and his rigorously authentic Italian dishes have received plenty of national acclaim, from being named one of the best new chefs of 2011 by Food & Wine to a James Beard Award semifinalist nod this year. The wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas and more are all wonderful. 2901 2nd… Read More


Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Being someone you are not will only get you somewhere that you didn’t want to go. By Paget Pizitz I was born on May 2, so I guess this means happy birthday to me. My mom’s biggest gripe about being pregnant was the Scotch she had to stop sipping and the cigarettes she had to… Read More

For What it’s Worth

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

To the class of 2012 by Cherri Ellis This column originally ran last year. It has been updated and offered again thanks to its timeless advice… I would like a word with the graduating class of 2012.  Listen up, because I have been burdened with wisdom far greater than what is immediately apparent. I would… Read More

The Flowering of Gus Pappas

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

A businessman readies a last century business for a new century world. By Joe O’Donnell    Photo by Beau Gustafson The formula is deceptively simple. Fresher flowers. Same day delivery. That has become the mantra at Norton’s Florist, the old-line Birmingham florist founded in 1921 that has thrived under the ownership of Gus Pappas. Pappas… Read More

In the kitchen with Sweet Sugar Mama

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Written and Photographed by Liesa Cole When I was a young girl, those annual summer road trips to Grandma’s house in rural Georgia always commenced in similar fashion. Upon arrival, we’d unfurl ourselves from the Buick sedan, untangle our cramped legs, and slip in the creaky back-porch screen door that slapped shut behind us with… Read More

Building Equity

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Jonathan Fuller and Alan Gardner bring professional theatre, and Superior Donuts, to Birmingham. Written by Tom Wofford Six years ago Jonathan Fuller and Alan Gardner brought professional theatre back to Birmingham without using a theatre. The show was David Mamet’s American Buffalo, and the two City Equity Theatre founders put it up almost on the… Read More

A Conversation with Suzanne Collins

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

A Conversation with Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games Trilogy Q: You have said from the start that The Hunger Games story was intended as a trilogy. Did it actually end the way you planned it from the beginning? A: Very much so. While I didn’t know every detail, of course, the arc of… Read More