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PARISH CHIC: Birmingham Edition

Street Photeaux

Style on the Spot: Birmingham, Alabama

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Butch Anthony’s art—and not mannequins—are in the windows of Billy Reid's Florence store

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John T. Edge, renown food writer and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, signed copies of his latest book, Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels.

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Fashion starts young in Florence.

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Billy Reid and dinner guests from Atlanta. 

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Keegan DeWitt from Wild Cub

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The Shoals Theater before the concert.

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Tang Bui, my Florence tour guide, introduced me to a “pickleback”—a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. He said it was all the rage on his recent visit to New York.

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The fine for an expired parking meter in Florence is $2.00.

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Tang Bui, my airport shuttle.

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Tang Bui found an old tire pump. 

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I poured a drink with Tang and his friends, I thought I was done with Alabama for a while, but along came Isaac. Photo by Nate Slaughter.


A Night out in Birmingham

I asked Andi Rice, a fellow photographer, to take me to a few hip places in Magic City.

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First stop: the Avondale Brewing Company

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Dallas Henderson with his Janis Joplin shirt. "Piece of My Heart" speaks to him. 

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Alan Rosser, a bartender at Parkside, a bar that’s in a former antique store. 

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The tattoos are of his two grandmother’s names. 

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Matt Steward was working the door at the Bottle Tree and reading Peter Segar’s book, In His Own Words.   

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Merrilee Challiss, owner and den mother of Bottle Tree—and an artist

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The Bottle Tree Cafe / Bar / Music venue 

From left to right: Joanna Wilson, John Vanover, Ryan Hora, Caroline McLean (a teacher in New Orleans who also evacuated to Birmingham), and John Fields, who earned his MFA in painting from the University of New Orleans. 

The next three photos are inside the men’s room at The Bottle Tree.

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John Fields is the interim gallery director and curator of the permanent collections at the Univerisity of Alabama-Birmingham.

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I met John the night before and he invited me to check out the Front’s exhibition at UAB.

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The Front is an artist run collective and not-for-profit art gallery in New Orleans that happened to be showing their work in Birmingham.

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The most stylish person I saw in Birmingham: A sophomore at UAB, Ali Massoud is studying English and French. Originally from Egypt, he has lived in England, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. 

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