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New and Notable February 19, 2008

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

A few things to bookmark and add to your calendar:

–Birmingham has a new tourism campaign and matching Web site. And just from viewing that site, I think the campaign is a far better effort than the recent “DiverseCity” promotion. It’s not flashy, but then again, Birmingham isn’t flashy. We’re not going to top Orlando or Atlanta as a major tourist draw anytime soon. But the campaign reminds me of the way I promote the city to potential visitors: as an undiscovered city full of cool and unique places and activities that people love once they experience them. The site is simple and uncluttered, and even though the list of area attractions amuses/bewilders me and I swear one of the changing photos on the home page is NOT from around here, it has a *great* feature that allows Birminghamsters to name their favorite spots in town so that potential visitors won’t miss them. So start suggesting!

–Local author and all-around supercool person Susannah Felts is throwing an everyone-is-invited party at Bottletree to celebrate the release of her first novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record. She’ll do some readings from the book, followed by readings from other local literary lights: artist/poet Chris Lawson, The2ndhand editor and novelist (and additional supercool person) Todd Dills, Nadria Tucker, and Emily Self. And to top it off, music by Jody Nelson of Through the Sparks. It’s on Feb. 28 from 7:00 to 11:00, free, and potentially the beginning of a series of literary readings/get-togethers. Be sure to check out Susannah’s entertaining blog and book info in the meantime.

–Have you visited the Terminal today? Stop by right now to learn about the Terminal‘s first anniversary celebration on March 14, from 4:30 to 8:30. Keep watching that page, actually, because more details are forthcoming. One of the coolest aspects of this event is its location: the top of the green-roofed old Protective Life building on the corner of 1st Ave. N. and Arrington Blvd. (21st St.)! You can look forward to a city view you probably haven’t seen before, from a great ornate old building. Keen-eyed observers will spot the real-life model for one of my prints in the 1st Ave. entranceway.



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