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The Floor Is Open

When Ryan and Lauren Daniel moved into their Vestavia Hills home in 2010, they were delighted with the location in this leafy subdivision off Rocky Ridge Road. From the start, though, they were already making plans to update the home to create a brighter, more contemporary aesthetic. The sticking point was the main downstairs living… Read More

A Toast

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

Personal Space

A One on One Conversation with Chase Russell It started with a new camera Chase Russell got for Christmas one year. Already a Disney aficionado, visiting almost every year with his family as a kid, he fell in love with the parks all over again through photography. “By taking pictures, I realized how much attention to… Read More

ArtBLINK Gala 2018

Artists will create works of art in the blink of an eye during the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 33rd annual ArtBLINK Gala 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, inside The Kirklin Clinic (2000 6th Ave. S.). Birmingham’s local artists will work with a variety of media to create art in 90 minutes that can be… Read More

Savor the Flavors

Produced by Brett Levine Food styling by Lily Plauch´e Photography by Alison Miksch Few dishes say winter warmth more than savory pies, and these three recipes can bring the flavors of the season to your table. For a handheld wonder, try some beef empanadas with chimichurri. Frozen pastry dough makes these easy to prepare, and the combination of… Read More

A Ramble Through the Kitchen

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up—like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore—And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over—like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags—like a heavy load. Or does it explode?  “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, 1951 Written by Cody Owens; Photography… Read More

A World Away

Ugandan-born Jahan Berns is the face of a successful immigration story. Written by Rosalind Fournier A wife and mother of two, an attorney in a prominent law firm, an active member of her church and tireless volunteer in the community, Ugandan-born Jahan Berns is the face of a successful immigration story. She has a radiance,… Read More

A Different Stroke

He has a new studio in Pell City, but artist Dirk Walker finds his work is untethered to geography. By Loyd McIntosh Famed artist Henry Matisse was once quoted as saying “creativity takes courage.” In a similar vein, his chief rival in the art world, Pablo Picasso—a man with whom Matisse rarely agreed on anything—once… Read More


With a staggering number of prisoners to manage and an ever-shrinking state budget, the Alabama prison system counts heavily on its most under-rated resource, its correctional officers. WRITTEN BY TOM GORDON PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAMERON CARNES PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH BIRMINGHAMWATCH.ORG On a recent warm fall afternoon, 30 men and six women, all wearing charcoal gray T-shirts and navy blue… Read More

B-Metro Weddings

MEAGAN AND MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY Maggie Rae Photography Though the destination was only about 30 minutes away from Birmingham—the ceremony held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Pell City, followed by the reception at nearby Applewood Farm—the wedding of Meagan Freeman and Michael Price felt like a celebration that was a thousand… Read More