Tag Archives: Urban Standard

Why did you miss Rock Center last night?

rock-center-with-brian-williamsDid you happen to miss last night’s (the December 19th) episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams?

If so, you missed a piece filed by correspondent Harry Smith, (“Laughing Matter: Comedy from Dean Obeidallah“), complete with an albeit brief national television appearance by Birmingham’s own Christopher Davis and the stage at downtown’s Urban Standard. By the way, we’re talking about the comedian Christopher Davis of View of the City and Extemporaneous Theatre Company fame and not the Woodlawn High School football standout.

Chris served as the emcee for the Muslim comedy troupe’s free performance in Birmingham back in mid-August as part of their The Muslims Are Coming tour that took them through the South and Midwest sections of the country.

The tour also doubled as the basis of a road movie that they’re currently back in New York working on as fast as possible. That big Rock Center logo can take you to the video (as will this link since we couldn’t embed it on the site – at least, not easily…).

On the agenda: A new use for our old home

Pale Eddie's comes to 2nd Ave. N. acnatta/FlickrWe weren’t there for that long (we haven’t been gone for that long either), but there is already a new use planned for the space once known as Shift Workspace.

2308 2nd Avenue North is currently on this morning’s Birmingham City Council agenda as Item 5 (it’s on consent); the space will see new life later on this year as Pale Eddie’s Pour House.

It was one of three businesses that recently went before the Central City Neighborhood association to ask for support of their liquor license applications. Jeremy Erdreich attended the meeting and describes how each of the applicants will affect the commercial scene on 2nd Avenue North on BhamarchitectUrban Standard‘s application signals their intention to serve dinner while the other application signals new life for the Gypsy Market. Tomorrow’s meeting will have five such applications with only one recommendation for denial among them.

The former Positive Maturity facility in downtown Ensley will also be seeing a new use according to Item 21. Ironically, it is one of the city owned properties that would be considered for sale or auction according to Councilor Smitherman’s submitted Item 28. She has also submitted Item 29, one that would ask the mayor to survey city employees to ask for their suggestions for cutting costs. Their suggestions would be due by May 31.

The fun starts when the live stream begins at 9 a.m.

Photo: Pale Eddie’s comes to 2nd Ave. N. acnatta/Flickr

Bell to hold open meeting for young professionals

Birmingham, Alabama logoBirmingham mayor William Bell has announced – via the city’s Twitter account – that he will be holding a meeting with young professionals at Urban Standard on Thursday at 12 p.m. According to the follow-up tweet posted by the city’s public information office, the hope is that those in attendance will be willing to “share your ideas, concerns and vision for the future for Birmingham.”

We’re just happy for the folks at the popular lunchtime spot as they’ll be packed on Thursday with both young professionals interested in sharing what they want for the city showing up and the regular crowd. It will be the second public meeting held by the mayor announced via Twitter since being sworn in last Tuesday.

Logo: City of Birmingham

UPDATE: We figured we’d ask you to share what you’d suggest or talk to Mayor Bell about over on Magic City Question.

A local Tweetup group? Maybe…

A local user of Twitter has taken it upon himself to create a group on Facebook for folks in town who use the popular microblogging service. He’s also called a Tweetup for December 29 at Urban Standard from 4-6 p.m. So if you can escape work early that first day after the Christmas holiday, you may want to go on over, check it out and let us know how it goes.

BTW, We’ll have information about our first Terminally Happy Hour of the New Year (on January 8) available soon – plenty of time to wind down from the long holiday season.

Urban Standard’s got a website

Those of you that have been wondering when Urban Standard would launch a website, they just have!

They’ve quietly launched urbanstandard.net and will upload some more information in the coming weeks, including their performance calendar (a stage has already been installed by the front window of the coffee house) and a photo gallery. What’s great for most folks is the fact that they now have an online detailed edition of their menu.

Head on over and check it out!

New hours at Urban Standard

No, we’re not kidding. Beginning tomorrow, Urban Standard (address & location) will be open until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We’ll leave you to your rejoicing now…

Oh yeah, since you’ve probably read most of the other writeups on the coffee house, we thought you’d enjoy seeing what Samford’s student newspaper had to say about Urban Standard back in May.