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UPDATE: Parliament House Hotel imploded this morning


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At about 7:15 a.m. this morning, the Parliament House Hotel was imploded on Birmingham’s Southside.

We’ll have images up from the event as soon as they become available.

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Green Tie Affair, Flower Stems

Come on out and support the Alabama Environmental Council during their annual fund raiser event while checking out one of the more unique event spaces in town. They’re partnering with our local Slow Food movement and promise great music along with silent and live auctions.

For more information, contact the AEC at 205.322.3126.

Cost: $50

Flower Stems
213 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South (directions)

Muse of Fire Macbeth auditions, WorkPlay

No this is not an error, they’ve added a second day of auditions to the mix. We tweaked the text to make it sound new (we actually just changed the date…)

The folks at Muse of Fire are preparing for their next performance of Shakespeare at Sloss. They are holding auditions for their Spring 2008 production, Macbeth. The full requirements are over on their website,, (especially important if you plan on auditioning to be either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth) though we can at least tell you to start working on that short Shakespearean monologue that you’re going to perform on January 14.

You can set up another time for an interview by contacting Muse’s Elizabeth Hunter at

Just in case you’re not planning to audition, tickets go on sale in March and the show goes on May 3 &4. Stay tuned.

500 23rd Street South (directions)

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Kapali G. Swamy Foundation Benefit, WorkPlay

For those of you who may not know, Kapali Swamy passed away on November 18. You’d recognize his smiling face if you were a regular at The U or WorkPlay in the recent years. Some of his friends are organizing a memorial benefit event in the WorkPlay Theater.

There will be performances by local musicians and music by area DJs. There will also be free buffet-style food available. Proceeds and donations collected at the door will given to the Kapali G. Swamy Scholarship Fund at Birmingham Southern College. The fund is being organized by Kapali’s family to provide a stipend for one winner each year to pursue a complete, independent filmmaking project, which will hopefully serve as a springboard for a career in film.

Kapali was a friend to this site, and we hope that you will take a moment and stop by this event and remember someone who truly loved life.

Just in case you can’t attend the event you can send a donation to:

Birmingham-Southern College
Office of institutional Advancement
c/o Keith Thompson, Associate Vice President
Box 549003
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254

Cost: $10 donation suggested

500 23rd Street South (directions)

Random Shots: Birmingham helps prep for Tournament of Roses

One of the best things about the annual Tournament of Roses parade, taking place tomorrow, is the number of volunteers that help create those beautiful floats. What does this have to do with Birmingham, you ask?

A quick drive through the Lakeview district of town had many businesses closed through New Year’s Day. All of them are taking some well-deserved rest, though the folks at Hothouse Design Studio provided one of the more interesting reasons indeed:

Hothouse Design Studio sign

Just in case you’re wondering just what that means, check out this image of the Rain Bird Corporation’s float, entitled Preservation Celebration.

So don’t forget to check it out on TV tomorrow!

We here hope that all of you enjoy a Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve Evolution 2008, WorkPlay

You know the routine… celebrate the New Year in four different time zones (represented this year by New York, New Orleans, Jackson Hole and Los Angeles, CA. The folks at WorkPlay are promising full red-carpet treatment, complete with valet service, champagne toasts in each time zone, a smorgasboard of food options and (of course) party favors! Lava Lamp, The Blue Mules and Silk E. Smooth provide the musical entertainment.

Cost: $90

500 23rd Street South (directions)

Hats and Horns New Years Party, B&A Warehouse

The Hats and Horns Societe will host their 7th annual event New Years Eve Party at B&A Warehouse. Proceeds will benefit The Bell Center, The Junior League of Birmingham/Dollywood Imagination Library (scroll down) and the Alabama Child Caring Foundation (in keeping with their mission to raise funds for local charities that support women and children). Partygoers will enjoy a dinner buffet, a silent auction, an open bar with midnight champagne toast and music by Mother Mercy and Hashbrown. Cocktail Attire with black tie optional.

Cost: $100 in advance (online only) $150 at the door (if available)
B&A Warehouse
1531 1st Avenue South (directions)