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A Peek at the Past–and Future December 10, 2009

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

This Sunday you’ll have two chances to look at two pieces of Birmingham’s past–a neighborhood and a landmark that also could play important roles in a revitalized city.

First, the East Lake Arts District will host its second Purple House Parade. I think this is a fantastic idea–show off newly renovated, affordable, historic homes for sale by using them to showcase local artists and musicians. It’s all part of an effort to encourage the revitalization of the East Lake neighborhood (and connected with a broader effort to entice creative types to set up shop in the city’s eastern neighborhoods). The event begins at 1:00 p.m., and you can find more information about the artists and house locations at the end of an article about East Lake in Pavo magazine. The artists are a mix of well-known names and newcomers, so you’ll see a good variety of work, plus I hear that the prices are affordable. Let’s go find out!

Also on Sunday, don’t miss an opportunity to see inside the Lyric Theatre, the vintage vaudeville showplace hiding across the street from the Alabama Theatre. This historic building is one of Birmingham’s treasures, and efforts are under way to begin raising money for its restoration into a live performance venue. When you walk inside and notice all the period detail, imagine how spectacular it will look once it’s all clean and gleaming. The open house extends to the Alabama as well–you’ll get to see how the famous organ works and peek into the projection booth. It all happens from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, and admission is free.



1. SawAbrawl - December 11, 2009

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