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This rendering shows what the Birmingham Landmarks Inc. will do with the Alabama Theatre after winning the National Geographic competition.
Photos contributed by Birmingham Landmarks Inc.

Bella Tylicki
Community Reporter

The Alabama Theatre will once again shine down on 18th Street with the restoration of its vertical marquee. With $120,000 from American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Main Street America, Alabama Theatre will regain its 1957 glory.

The Alabama Theatre is one of 11 historic sites to receive a chunk of the $1.5 million after winning the popular vote in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign.

“These grants will enable main streets to preserve the historic features that make these districts so special,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “When we support our local historic sites and main streets . . . we drive development, preserve character, attract visitors and propel commerce.”

Brant Beene, president of Birmingham Landmarks, the nonprofit owner of the Alabama and Lyric Theatres said they received over 54,000 votes from Facebook friends, customers, employees of the major contributors and customers.

“We have found that Alabama Theatre customers are a dedicated bunch,” Beene said. “They love this theatre, have many great memories here and want to keep the Alabama [Theatre] preserved and operating so their children and grandchildren can enjoy it the way they did. That’s what we want, too.”

Sign fabrication has begun, and plans call for the new 18th Street sign to be unveiled and lit on the stroke of midnight this new year’s eve in celebration of the theater’s 90th birthday year, according to REV Birmingham, the local economic development agency that nominated the theater.

“The volume of local votes and, of course, local donations show strong support for historic preservation in our beautiful city with no shortage of historic charm in need of preserving,” said David Fleming, CEO of REV Birmingham. “The Alabama Theatre has been a pillar of the city center throughout its seasons of change, and we look forward to seeing its exterior restoration projects return the theater to its fully original splendor.”

The grant will supplement funds pledged by Birmingham’s corporate donors such as Altec, Bradley Arant, Gray Construction, Cindy & Ken Rhoden, ServisFirst Bank, Southpace, Wells Fargo and Wiggins Child Pantazis.

Bella Tylicki can be reached at and on Twitter @_belty_.

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Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email

Spoken Truth Poetry Festival April 14 workshops begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm where the poetry slam and showcase will begin

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USGA to reign in new president: Candidates introduce platforms of their campaign to student body

pres pose 3 1 of 5Siddharth Srikakolapu

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Photos by Laykn Shepard / Photo Editor

Lauren Moore/Campus Editor

As a young and growing institution, UAB looks to student leaders to help shape the future of the university. USGA hosted their 2018 Presidential Debate Thursday, March 1.

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Black Panther Movie Review  

Jo Wright
Life & Style Reporter

The release of Black Panther over President’s Day weekend spurred plenty of excitement, evidenced by its immense success in the box office. The original estimate of $165 million was eclipsed by the $242 million made domestically. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, features a nearly all-black cast and qualitative female-empowering roles.   

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How to survive to school shooting: Capt. Amy Schreiner shares with students how to live through an on-campus shooting

Sufia Alam
Campus Editor

According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly half of those who commit or attempt to carry out a homicide at a school usually present some type of warning sign, such as telling others about their plan or leaving a note before the event.   

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