Archive for September, 2012


The Faithful

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

The city’s Muslim community finds a home. Written by Annalise DeVries, Photography by Stephen DeVries It is nearly sunrise, and within more than a thousand Birmingham households, Muslim families are praying. This is the fajr, the first of five daily Islamic prayers. In a city in the Bible Belt, time can be marked by religious… Read More

Carrying the Flame

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Carrying the Flame Writting by Rosalind Fournier, Photography by Beau Gustafson The allure of Paralympic sports has come into its own, with more tickets sold for London 2012 than for any previous edition of the Paralympic Games. These three Birmingham athletes will put their heart and soul into the games, running through September 9th in… Read More

Love in Black and White

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Written by Gabby Bates Photography by Liesa Cole I grew up as a white girl in one of the most racially diverse school systems in the Birmingham area with parents who listened to NPR, read Martin Luther King Jr. sermons on Sundays and encouraged me to participate in anti-prejudice organizations like the Heritage Panel. I… Read More

The Wardrobe

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Birmingham Childrens Theatre costume shop makes magic happen. Article by Chuck St John and Megan LaRussa for Southern Femme, Photography by Chuck St. John “I am not an actor! I’m a movie star!” With that perfectly placed shout by Peter O’Toole in the film My Favorite Year, we see how the actor can place himself… Read More

One-on-One: Matt Kilpatrick and Will Pearson

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

One-on-One: Matt Kilpatrick, Craft & Imports, Birmingham Beverage and Will Pearson, Founder Mental Floss Magazine The topic was beer and obscure knowledge. Or maybe it was obscure knowledge about beer. Either way, this month’s One on One conversation was a lot of unexpected fun. Will Pearson founded the magazine, Mental Floss, while he and co-founder… Read More

Party On

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Wedding and party planner Meghan Cease celebrates life’s moments, big and small, with panache. Written and Photographed by Kelli Hewett Taylor In three short years, Birmingham event planner Meghan Cease has turned a love of all things fabulous into one of the largest event planning firms in the Southeast. Handling more than 60 events a… Read More

The Royal Standard

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Royal Cup’s H.C. Valentine Coffee Company is setting a new standard. By Joe O’Donnell Photography by Beau Gustafson Real excellence lies in doing the ordinary extraordinarily well. That is a paraphrase of something that Booker T. Washington once said about the nature of achievement. In one sense there is nothing more ordinary than a cup… Read More

A Personal Art

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Jennifer Harwell’s art comes from the heart. By Cindy Riley Photo by Beau Gustafson There is a sense of grace in Jennifer Harwell’s art that comes from deep within. “I paint from a very open place, a receptive spirit, that has been broken and mended ,so it now holds out to others hope, healing and… Read More

Healthy Choice

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Eat right. Feel Better. By April Jones It never fails that as the temperature shifts and school begins, so do the many colds and coughs that we and our children must endure. As we go from a season of longer days in the sunshine to one spent indoors, we are once again exposed to that… Read More

B-Yourself: Kendrick Wallace

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Name: Kendrick Wallace Hometown: Chelsea, Ala. Age: 25 Occupation: Drummer, graphic designer, DJ, teacher, vacuum salesman… and anything else that pays the bills. What keeps me awake at night: Playing shows til 2 a.m. and 5-Hour Energy I am guilty of: Caring too much about insignificant things. My best friend says I am: My cat… Read More

There’s no “I” in “Team”

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

(But there is one in “cocktail”). by Cherri Ellis September is a magical time in the South.  There is always that first morning when you step outside and there is a slight crispness to the air.  It’s possible to wear knits without passing out on the way to the car, and linen pieces give way… Read More