My BHAM: Chris Davis

Chris Davis, comedian and visual artist

A multi-talented artist, Chris Davis is known for both his visual and performance art. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design and spent 10 years working as an illustrator/designer for Southern Living. He has been the featured artist to design the 2016 Railroad Park poster as well as Public Radio WBHM’s Spring 2017 official mug and pint glass. Davis is also the artist behind Drawdog Pet Portraits.

As a comedian, Davis is a respected improv artist who works with the Extemporaneous Theatre Company and Ugly Baby Improv, hosts the monthly comedy show “Fresh Ground Comics,” and serves as Teaching Artist at Red Mountain Theatre Company.

Here are some of Davis’ favorite things about his hometown.

If you had a surprise day off—no obligations at all—how would you spend it?

I’d start off with Vulcan Park, specifically to see the newly finished renovations. Afterwards, I’d spend time at the Birmingham Museum of Art and finish with a long stroll through the Botanical Gardens.

What’s your favorite lunch spot in Birmingham?

Urban Standard is one of my favorites for lunch. Pleasant atmosphere and great food. If not Urban, I’d walk down the street to Rojo and have the tasty “mini nachos” on the patio and a drink from some of the coolest bartenders in town.

What are a few of Birmingham’s best-kept secrets?

Reed Books and Sojourns Fair Trade (conveniently located next to each other). Reed has the most awesome collection of vintage books, magazines, photos and a menagerie of curiosities. Sojourns has items from all over the world that you genuinely won’t find anywhere else in Birmingham.

Where is your favorite local place to shop or browse?

What’s On 2nd, ironically located on 1st Avenue, is the knick-knack, antique, Hot Wheels, Star Wars action figure equivalent to people watching. Where else can you pick up an authentic Nixon campaign button and a He-Man action figure?

Where do you like to go to hear music or see live entertainment?

Saturn is such a great venue. Really good stage and performance area with a bar and another bar in the lounge area which has drinks, hot tea, old-school arcade games and if you’re lucky, there might be a pastry or two left at the coffee bar.

Any other Birmingham favorites you’d like to add?

Pizitz Food Hall has quickly become one of my favorites. Naked Art Gallery is just fun to be in! Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery in Pepper Place is an oasis of plants, creativity and serenity.

All these places don’t just have quality items, food and attractions, they have pleasant helpful people. I go there as often as I can because I enjoy the entire experience.

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