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#BigSXSW: Top 5 Takeaways From Tech’s Biggest Event

Another year of SXSW has come and gone. And in the words of our President John Montgomery:

“Just when I think that SXSWi has jumped the shark and I’ll never go back, I have multiple encounters that really blow my mind.”

From catching the coolest panels at the Fast Company Grill to bantering with robots in Japan Factory, here are the top insights we gleaned from this year’s event. Read More

BIG Happenings, Creativity, News

Big Video Director Makes SXSW Film Festival Debut With “A Life In Waves”

If you watched television, went to the movies, or listened to the radio in the 80s and 90s, you probably heard the work of Suzanne Ciani, whether you knew it or not.

With 15 solo albums and Grammy nominations decorating her career of more than 30 years, Ciani—an electronic music pioneer and neo-classical recording artist with countless composing credits in commercials, video games, and feature films—has quite a story to tell. Read More

BIG Happenings, Creativity

On View: Nikki Lane Talks Music, Fashion, and Life On The Road

Nikki Lane is a country music singer/songwriter on the rise and Southern style maven on the side.

Needless to say, we’re pretty big fans. For the latest installment of our On View video series, our very own Shannon Crutchfield caught up with her before her performance last month at Saturn Birmingham, the kick-off date for her new Highway Queen Tour. Give it a spin, then go dive into the new album. Read More

Creativity, News

A Food Blog Is Born: How A Food Media Conference Changed Birmingham’s Culinary Culture

Five years ago, Jessie Merlin sat in the audience of the inaugural Food Blog South.

The Pittsburgh native, an infectious disease physician and researcher, had moved to Birmingham to work at UAB. But her hobby, shared with her husband Scott Doty, was food. Eating it. Writing about it. Telling everyone about their next favorite meal procured from that hole-in-the-wall restaurant you might pass if you didn’t know where to look. Read More

Creativity, News

Media For Good? Alabama Journalist Explores The Possibilities.

Journalism is more than conveying information – it can also change the world. Sound a bit naive? We don’t think so.

Case in point: Images & Voices of Hope, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting journalists and media practitioners who are creating meaningful, positive change in the world. Read More

Creativity

On View: WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler Discusses His Entertainment Career

Dolph Ziggler is a WWE Superstar, comedian, actor, entertainer, and he’s pretty big on social media too.

So when he visited Birmingham last month for a WWE event, our very own Marty Schnurr sat down with him to chat about his life, his career (including that appearance as Colonel Sanders in a KFC ad), and his plans for the future. Read More

Creativity, News

On View: Lars Anderson Talks New Showtime Documentary

We sat down with noted sports journalist and bestselling author Lars Anderson, to talk about his new documentary: “Running For His Life: The Lawrence Phillips Story,” which premieres on Showtime Friday, December 16 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST.

Lars, who co-wrote the feature length documentary, talked with us about the story and its connection to Alabama, the creative process, and what we can learn from the documentary.
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Creativity

Tech Talk: How Desktop Apps Can Change Your Life (Part 3)

Our resident producer Dan Atchison is all about increased productivity. And he likes to spread the love, too. So he cooked up a three-part series on his favorite productivity apps to help you accomplish more in your work day. Here’s Part 3. If you missed them, catch up on Part 1 & Part 2.

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Creativity

Tech Talk: How Desktop Apps Can Change Your Life (Part 2)

Our resident producer Dan Atchison is all about increased productivity. And he likes to spread the love, too. So he cooked up a three-part series on his favorite productivity apps to help you accomplish more in your work day. Here’s Part 2. If you missed Part 1, you can find it right here.

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Creativity

Tech Talk: How Desktop Apps Can Change Your Life (Part 1)

Our resident producer Dan Atchison is all about increased productivity. And he likes to spread the love, too. So he cooked up a three-part series on his favorite productivity apps to help you accomplish more in your work day. Here’s Part 1.

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