Archive for May, 2013


Branko Medenica

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Sculpting a Long Career by Brett Levine     Photo by Jerry Siegel For sculptor Branko Medenica, art was not his first career choice. “I have a degree in Business Administration from Birmingham–Southern.” he explains, as we sit in the studio where he worked for more than 20  years. “Then,” he continues, “I read a… Read More

Romance on the Back Burner?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Finding what you love can be as important as finding who you love. By Paget Pizitz Well, it’s May. There are a few reasons to celebrate this month. First, it’s my birthday: happy 58th to me. With a little botox and some Jergens tan towels, I don’t look a day over 50. Second, Louis the… Read More

A Single Parent

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

I am in my late 20s, a family is on the horizon, and I am realizing what it will take to have a child. by Christopher Confero   Photography by Chuck St. John Every month, I want to share with you different parts of my life—how I’ve evolved to the person I am and how… Read More

Pumps and Take a Chance (Pomp and Circumstance)

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

by Lee Ann “Sunny” Brown It’s difficult to write when you are crying. You can’t see to type through the swollen, watery eyes. Trying to decipher what you’ve written after the tears have smudged your words is nearly impossible. I can’t help it. I am listening to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” playing through… Read More

Farmers of Flowers

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

So where do flowers really come from? by Charlie Thigpen   Photography by Chuck St. John We are so lucky to live in the Magic City where blooms and fabulous foliage plants grace our gardens and commercial properties throughout the year. Where do all these flower and plants that beautify our town come from? You… Read More

American Made

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Two young women pursue the American dream by purchasing an old-world Asian grocery. Photography by Beau Gustafson Chai’s Grocery has stood at the corner of 22nd Street South and 7th Avenue for 42 years now; the last five under the ownership of two young Asian women who found in the old–world grocery a hope for… Read More

The First Drop in my Bucket List

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The First Drop in my Bucket List The Conclusion of My Big Fat Ballroom Competition Written by Cherri Ellis Photographed by Liesa Cole I was in line at the Birmingham airport at about 5:30 am. It had just been refurbished, and the line for security was a mile long queue of sleepy faces staring up at the… Read More

Jen West in the Bubble

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Jen West in the Bubble Photography by Beau Gustafson and George Smyly A woman is stirred from slumber by sounds of the earth shifting.  She discovers a large bubble which she instinctively knows should never pop. Her curious interactions with the bubble leads to an unexpected journey full of beauty and terror. That’s the vision… Read More

Harold & MOD

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Harold & MOD Pop-Up Birmingham Vintage Written by Milo Beloved and Edward Badham Photography by Edward Badham Hair By Benji Bishop of Salon U Make Up Artist: Terez Underwood Producer: Milo Beloved Clothing and Furniture from Harold&MOD’s Botany Collection (haroldandmodshop.com) styled by Milo Beloved & Heidi Smith Models: Timothy Kortman, Kaylor Otwell, and Jenni Opal… Read More

A Voice for the Silent

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

A conversation with an Alabama activist Written by Katherine Webb Portrait by Beau Gustafson When Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter says, “I’ve always been different,” you get the feeling she’s asking you to call her bluff. Raised in Trenton, New Jersey, the oldest of three girls in a working class family, and a product of an all-black… Read More

Burning Love

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Birmingham native, Erica Oyama,  blurs the line between reality and reality TV with her new hit comedy. Interview by Tom Wofford      Photos by Robyn Von Swank Erica Oyama, Birmingham native and Alabama School of Fine Arts alum, created one of last year’s most buzz-worthy comedy series, Burning Love, spoofing The Bachelor and its… Read More