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Holiday Overload November 30, 2008

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

Hopefully we’ll all be out of our post-turkey stupor this week, because there is a LOT going on around town:

Dec. 2–Christmas tree lighting and parade in downtown Birmingham, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Dec. 4Open house in the galleries, shops, and restaurants of Forest Park, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Dec. 5–A big night of art openings. Here are three not to miss:

–What’s On Second hosts the first solo show by Jill Marlar, an intaglio printmaker. Now intaglio is a far more complicated and intricate form of printmaking than what I do–it involves etching, burnishing, printing presses, and often acid baths–but Jill manages to give her prints an ethereal air that’s very appealing. She mainly uses midcentury photographs as her inspiration, and the end result gives you the impression of looking back through the mists of time. (Jill is one of my best friends, so I’m naturally biased, but her prints really are good, and I’m excited to see her first show.) The opening is from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

–At Bottletree, you can see new and classic works by local super painter Megan Kimber. Her theme for these paintings is sleep, but there’s nothing snoozy about Megan’s dramatic and detailed images. The opening lasts from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Bare Hands Gallery debuts the 2008 edition of “Shine,” its holiday gift show featuring cool items from more than 30 artists, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Dec. 6–Time to buy holiday goodies from local artists:

–Bottletree hosts its annual holiday craft bazaar, with one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures from more than 35 vendors.

–Urban Standard is the scene for “Sparkle,” a show and sale by Kristen Farmer Hall, who artfully transforms colorful glass into soft, luminous jewelry and housewares.

Dec. 7–Two local landmarks get into the holiday action:

–The Alabama Theatre holds an open house, offering the rare chance to tour the whole theatre, from backstage to the projection booth and the pipe chambers of the famous organ, along with the new Hill Arts Center–AND the Lyric Theatre, the old vaudeville theatre across the street that’s next on the restoration list. You’ll also get to hear the organ and enjoy free refreshments and entertainment. The open house lasts from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

–Sloss Furnaces has an afternoon of activities beginning at 2:45 p.m., including a public iron pour, a movie, refreshments, and the festive lighting of the water tower. For details, including cost and reservations, visit the Sloss Web site.

And don’t forget that McWane Science Center is home to the “Magic of Model Trains” exhibit over the holiday season. That includes more than a dozen exhibits, from tiny railroads running through miniature towns to circus trains and more.



1. jill - December 3, 2008

i was reading through all that is going on this weekend and realized we will be together basically friday to sunday!!

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