BHAM to the Max

A New Year and a New You

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Because the old one wasn’t really working. 

A Christmas Tale

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

A Fictionalized, Non-Historically Linear, Birmingham-Based Nativity Story 

Getting Engaged

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Those who make time to connect with the homeless deserve a seat at the table.

Under the Bridge

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Can there at least be a park?

Flowers in Dynamite

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Developing community through urban agriculture. By Max Rykov // Photo by Beau Gustafson Maybe if those wretched things were more architecturally appealing, I wouldn’t roll my eyes so hard every time I drove by one. But they aren’t, so my body will continue its automatic reflex at the sight of any new luxury apartment development in… Read More

A Surge of Enthusiasm

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Pro basketball is alive and well in Birmingham.

Wait a Minute

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Let’s rethink the way we compensate waiters.

Glory to the Motherland

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

And to the mother that celebrates it. On Sunday, May 13th, millions of Facebook users will voluntarily, gladly, and proudly post photos of their mothers. Many will boast that their own mom is the greatest on earth. There isn’t a committee that provides definitive mother rankings, so I’m not inclined to believe any such claims. Besides,… Read More

Squashing the Beef

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

“What can we do about the violence in Birmingham?” By Max Rykov I’ve heard that question countless times, usually in response to a tragic and heartbreaking incident when one of our residents loses their life. What’s missing from many of the answers is a consideration of perhaps the most volatile dimension of our beings. We… Read More

When Art Goes Public

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

How the visual arts transform lives and communities.
By Max Rykov//Photo by Beau Gustafson

A Toast

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Ringing in 2018. By Max Rykov Oh, Birmingham, Alabama! The Pittsburgh of the South. The Johannesburg of Jefferson County. The Atlanta of the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Area. Our city has gotten quite a lot of attention as of late-—for our thriving culinary scene, for our extravagant attempts to lure Amazon here, and for being the… Read More