Posts Tagged ‘Jesse Chambers’

Montevallo Vibe

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Montevallo Vibe Written by Jesse Chambers Photography by Edward Badham   I visited Montevallo for the first time in 1982. I was an English major at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and made an impromptu, late-night road trip there with two girls, Xan and Annette, who were in my Spanish class. We went to… Read More


Thursday, June 14th, 2012

in Birmingham by way of Russia, Yuri Shapochka finds that a home in the south and a career in film are not mutually exclusive ideas. by jesse chambers   A suicidal video-store clerk must fight to escape a nightmarish game world. Two men wait impatiently in a hospital for a liver  donation, and their competition… Read More

The Art of The Sale

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

By Jesse Chambers Photos by Beau Gustafson I admit it. I’m a typical blue-jean-wearing “creative,” to use the current label for writers, designers and photographers. I’ve never been a salesman and probably couldn’t peddle Haagen-Dazs in Death Valley. However, the longer I work for magazines and newspapers, the more I appreciate the sales people who… Read More

The A-List

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Our annual list of people who fascinate, inspire, and make this city a great place to live. The Chef The celebrated chef Chris Hastings, fresh from an Iron Chef performance, re-imagines his restaurant, his cuisine and his future. by Joe O’Donnell Serendipity happens. The phrase seems a little long perhaps for a well-designed bumper sticker… Read More

The {Troubled} Crusade of Scott Beason

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Perhaps no one in Alabama politics has stirred up as much controversy as Senator Scott Beason. Is he just a stubborn ideologue or a courageous fighter for conservative ideals beset by sniping liberals? We met Beason in the eye of the storm to hear his story. by Jesse Chambers   Photography by Beau Gustafson and Lindsey Griffin… Read More

Some Skin in the Game

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Football-crazy Birmingham bettors seek money and thrills, making the Magic City a major center of the shadowy but seductive world of sports gambling. By Jesse Chambers, Photos by Liesa Cole If you don’t think sports betting is popular in Birmingham, if you’re unaware that gambling—on college and pro football, baseball and basketball—is woven into our… Read More

Art From the Ruins

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Birmingham native Rachel Higgins makes art using an eco-friendly pallette of recycled materials with the New York City skyline as a stunning backdrop. By Jesse Chambers The contemporary dictum of sustainability implores all of us to reduce, reuse and recycle. However, many visual artists—especially sculptors and multi-media practitioners—have done this for decades, using found materials… Read More

Start A Business

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Take a risk/ Get a plan/ Hire some people/ Save the economy We spoke with local entrepreneurs about the pitfalls and triumphs of becoming your own boss and how to make it happen. By Jesse Chambers An entrepreneur, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is “a person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for… Read More

Southern Gothic

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

It was a little piece of creative heaven before the fall from grace. What followed for Southern  Progress Corporation and its people was a New York publishing invasion, a lot of pain and a chance for many people to reinvent themselves. For Birmingham, the real question becomes what to do with all of the creative… Read More

The Road

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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