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A sit down with Chance Shirley

Chance Shirley/ After knowing local filmmaker (and Crewless Productions co-founder) Chance Shirley for a little over a year now and hanging out with him in a maze of Kevin Bacon-like degrees of separation, I finally decided to give you guys an update on the legend that is his upcoming film: Interplanetary.

Oh, you’re gonna want to read this. There’s talk of blogging, editing trailers and, my personal favorite, Birmingham film parties involved. Thanks again to Chance and Crewless Productions!

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Got plans this weekend? 5.2 – 5.4

Celebrate Hoover Day has been moved to Sunday. But that means you can go to the Noble Street Festival in Anniston instead on Saturday. This festival seems to revolve around watching people go really fast on bikes, bicycles that is. When we say fast, we’re talking 40 mph. That’s scary fast. But the festival does have more to offer. There’s food from area restaurants, a whole day of music, kids’ activities including the McWane Science Center KidZone and more. The music is free and most of the kids’ stuff is too. You’ll have to buy tickets for the food. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The website does say rain or shine so take the umbrellas.

Celebrate Hoover Day? We Love Homewood Day? How do you choose? More after the jump…

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Susannah Felts’ new book drops tomorrow

This will go down on your Permanent Record bookcoverTomorrow night at 7 p.m., you can find Susannah Felts at The Bottletree reading and signing her new book This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record. The book is all about developing an identity as an artist among the culture of the New South. In anticipation of the book’s release I traded a few emails with Felts, to see what all the buzz was about…

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Murder in the Magic City

Tomorrow, the Homewood Library hosts the 2008 mystery fan conference menacingly monikered Murder in the Magic City. The door open at 9 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. The cost is $45 and includes lunch (for those with reservations), drinks, snacks and a “goody bag”. Because of limited seating they have been encouraging reservations, but I am told a few walk-up seats are still available.

The all day event includes a panel discussion, a special session with award-winning author Donna Andrews and book signings. What’s cool is that fans can bring their own books from home to have signed by the authors present (a complete list of which is here).

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Greencup Books opens tomorrow

This Friday, February 8th, at 2 p.m., Birmingham’s newest used bookstore opens its doors to the public. This grand-opening of Greencup Books, located in an old two-story brick building at 105 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., South (next to Bare Hands Gallery), includes a kick-off event featuring a signing with Tony Crunk and artist Peter Wilm, who will be there at 7 p.m. to promote their book project Stories from Real Life, which is Greencup Books first publishing project.

Owner and publisher Russell Helms says opening a business that published books and art, as well as sell it, is something that he hopes will spur new ideas within the revitalized Southside area.

“It’s all about building community and supporting creativity “at any cost”, says Helms. “If you need a creative boost, just spending half an hour with us should do the trick. Ideas and original thoughts are guaranteed. We have books, books, books, and lots of cool art from Bare Hands Gallery. We exist to spur creativity. People can expect whatever they are looking for, and more!”

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Got plans this weekend? 2.1 – 2.3

Birmingham Bill

Here’s the man, or groundhog, of the weekend himself. Special to The Terminal.

Sure there’s a big-shot groundhog up north, but since when do we need a Yankee to tell us what the weather is like? I’ll rather hear there is six more weeks of winter or not from our own Birmingham Bill.

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r3vrb destinations 1.24 – 1.26

Welcome to Thursday! Fear not, for the weekend is just around the bend and there’s plenty of great shows to take your mind off the daily grind. I’m rhyming today, apparently. Onwards and upwards:

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Slamming in the ‘Ham

Ultimate Fighting Champion Matt Hughes is cruising through Birmingham tomorrow night. He’ll be at the Wildwood Shopping Center Books-A-Million location at 7 p.m. He’ll be ready to pose for pictures and will be signing his new book Made in America, which is loaded with tons of background information about his rise to dominance and dishes backstage happenings about one of the most explosive leagues in all of sportdom.

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The Big Read’s Big Kick-Off

Today, the balloons were bought and the were cakes cut in honor of this year’s Big Read. Libraries across Birmingham have activities planned all day to help build awareness and participation in Project Mockingbird, which is the library systems push to get all of Jefferson County reading Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Think of it as “one county, one book” kind of a reading plan.

Events and features are planned all the way through this summer. Including a “Read it Forward” program where 1,500 copies of To Kill A Mockingbird will randomly be placed around the county, for people to stumble upon read and pass on.

You can keep up with the project here, and download free gfx, wallpaper and podcasts here. If you are wondering where the nearest launch party is today, check out the JCLC’s calendar page.

{trav blogs regularly at {head}:sub/head, about reading, publishing, books and Birmingham.}

Got plans this weekend? 1.11 – 1.13

It’s a busy time of the year at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Now on the walls in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21) is Images of Martin Luther King Jr. from the collection of Paul R. Jones. Another way the BRCI is getting ready is by holding a volunteer orientation session Saturday (January 12) from 2 – 4 p.m. BCRI will be free and open to the public on MLK Day and they need extra hands to help with the crowds. If you’d like to help, give LaQuita M. Singleton a call today at 328-9696, ext. 204 for more information.

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