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The Marvel of Malik

A young genius at the cello, Malik Kofi eyes a world wide open with musical possibilities. Just don’t call him a prodigy. Written by Rosalind Fournier Photographed by Beau Gustafson “I taught his older brothers cello years ago, and his grandmother used to bring him along when he was still a toddler,” the well-known composer… Read More

Fashion Is Art

Fashion Is Art Produced and Styled by Mindi Shapiro Levine Photography by Chuck St. John Artist Profiles and Text by Brett Levine Hair by Cierra Richards and Makeup by Somica Sprayley for Cracco, Butrus and Fulmer Hair by Myca Mac and Makeup by Angela King Layman for Tarrasch, Pleasant and Price Model: Autumn Dawn Godfrey… Read More

Making Sense of the Senses

Making Sense of the Senses by Katherine Webb  Photography by Beau Gustafson Ryan Cato says his “listening and hearing age” is “in [the] 2-1/4-year-old ‘toddler’ level with my 31-year-old body—rather impassable to most strangers.” Cato explains the general rule of thumb for communication “passability” among strangers is a “listening age” of 4-years-old. Three years ago,… Read More

The Distance

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” is an honored document of history. by Tom Gordon Historical memory can be a touchy thing. I saw an in–your–face example of just how touchy 21 springs ago when, as a Birmingham News reporter, I found myself between two boisterous groups on opposite sides of… Read More

No Pain, No Gain

American Family Care has tripled in size following the acquisition of one of the nation’s largest urgent care providers. Written by Bill Mylius No pain, no gain. That could well be the mantra of Dr. Bruce Irwin, M.D., founder and CEO of American Family Care (AFC) headquartered in Birmingham. Long ago he realized that people’s… Read More

Your Day, Your Way

There are many ways to say “I do.” Here are three unique unions that may be your inspiration. By Christopher Confero  Photography by Arden Ward I am often asked what I would define “my style” to be. Rather than typecast myself to one certain look, my goal is to amplify my client’s style through my… Read More

Food is Art

Food is Art Produced by Brett Levine Recipe development and food styling by Lily Plauché Photography by Beth Dreiling Hontzas Inspiration comes from amazing places, and this month we find it in Severin Roesen’s 18th century ‘Fruit Still Life’ from the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, a painting that contains many of the… Read More

One Physician’s Odyssey

The global voyage of Dr. Timothy Parish Written by Les Levoy  Photography by Beau Gustafson Dr. Timothy Parish, director of The Varicosis, Cosmetic & Laser Center, leans back in his chair. He laughs when asked how does a person born on a remote island in the Indian Ocean find his way to Birmingham. He says… Read More

A Conversation with Hoover Mayor

A Conversation with Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey is not shy when he discusses how he feels about the city, Alabama’s sixth largest, that he leads. With the revitalization of Riverchase Galleria, as well as Lorna Road, Hoover is on a roll. “Welcome to one of the best cities in the United… Read More


Medical entrepreneurs attack a confusing medical problem with technology. Written by Joe O’Donnell  Photographed by Liesa Cole MedSnap’s mission is as simple as their name: to improve medication adherence and safety with technology. These issues have a huge human and economic impact: an estimated 125,000 patient deaths and at least $290 billion lost in unnecessary… Read More

Home and Garden

Home and Garden Written by Barbara Thomas Photography by Michael Clemmer Garden design and installation by Paul Visser of Myers Plants and Pottery It was love at first sight when I first saw the charming  four bay Georgian in Highland Park. Its wide front porch was warm and welcoming.  I said I’d never change a… Read More