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A-List Wedding: Once Upon a Time in a Far Away Place

Once upon a time in a far away place Photography by Angela Karen The bride: Michelle Cardel, 29. Originally from Puerto Rico and Orlando, she moved to Birmingham in 2006 for graduate school and completed an R.D. (registered dietitian), Masters in Nutrition Science, and PhD in Nutrition Science at UAB. The groom: Dominick Lemas, 30…. Read More

Avondale Evolution

Written by Clark Underbakke, Photographed by Graham Yelton When Mr. and Mrs. John F. Mummert built their Avondale home in 1950, they built it to last. Mr. Mummert, an engineer, built the house atop a foundation of concrete and steel. David Walker and I bought the house from the Mummert family. Finding ourselves living amidst… Read More

Gatsby Girls

“Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!” F. Scott Fitzgerald The future of fashion truly lies in the past as retro revivals are all the rage this new year. A vivid image of the Jazz Age, that pre-Depression moment of unholy hedonism and drunken frolics, as hopped-up flappers plunge into the fountain outside… Read More

The A-List

Our annual list of people who fascinate, inspire, and make this city a great place to live. Each year we put together a list of people (and this year we added an event) that we think have had really exceptional years and are poised or equally great things in the year to come. This year… Read More

The A-List: Tena Payne

Tena Payne  |  Earthborn Pottery Like the food that graces the dinnerware she creates, the art of Tena Payne is born in the earth. The city’s renowned potter has grown her business, Earthborn Pottery, from a hobby in a spare room of her house to artisanal workshop that creates signature dinnerware and pottery for some… Read More

The A-List: Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos Written by Richard James, Photographed by Liesa Cole At Dia de los Muertos, the most extraordinary public event in the city, I stood among the painted faces and the altars created to celebrate life. I spoke the words, “Present.” Presente. The street and parking lots along First Avneue South are transformed… Read More

The A-List: Terry Strickland

Terry Strickland Written by Phillip Ratliff      Images by Terry Strickland Artist Terry Strickland knows that the secret to throwing an effective party is to plan some things, and let others just happen. In 2010, Strickland put this principle to the test with 25 friends and family, who she assembled for an evening of revelry in… Read More

The Alabama Project

The Alabama Project: Civil Rights in a New Era of Healthcare Challenges Story by Cynthia Ryan, Photos by David Jay Fifty years since the Civil Rights Movement took center stage in Alabama, the conversation about treating all human beings equitably continues. While many outside Birmingham imagine our city replete with lunch counter sit-ins, water hoses,… Read More

One-on-One: Elizabeth Hutchins and Richard Joseph

One-on-One, two people, talking. The focus of this month’s one on one conversation revolved around the importance of trust in relationships and giving back to the community in which you live and work. Elizabeth Hutchins is an attorney with Sirote & Permutt. As co-chair of Sirote’s Estates, Wills & Trusts department. Her practice includes planning… Read More

The Pigment Difference

The past is never dead, but sometimes we can overcome it. By Tom Gordon By the time you read this, Barack Obama will be a few days away from being sworn in for his second term as president of the United States. If you are white and middle-aged like me, you may have thought—regardless of… Read More