Category Archives: Observations

No Rules, Just Pickles

 The Cobalt Club recently had occasion to participate in the quest for Birmingham’s best fried pickles.  The search was initiated by Magic City artist Sarah Miller, a frequent patron and former employee of the club who publishes a bouncy little … Continue reading

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Miles to Go Before

I can’t say how long I’d been held in a trance by the neon and mercury vapor which create the bright colors peculiar to Birmingham at night before I was startled by a discreet cough.  I turned from the window … Continue reading

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Restoring Greatness

Anyone who wonders why Birmingham is called The Magic City has obviously never seen our skyline after dark, I mused as I stood on the roof of the club. I like nights like this, when the urban darkness appears friendly, … Continue reading

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At the Magic City Art Connection

With BBVA Compass presenting the 29th Magic City Art Connection over the weekend, it seemed like a good occasion to add a few pieces to the decor at the club. And, as the following scenes show, the festival — spotlighting … Continue reading

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The Final 48

Covering the AHSAA basketball playoffs has kept me from spending as much time as usual at the club.  Basketball season always seems interminable until it wraps up in a whirlwind with area, sub-region, region, and state playoff games. So there’s … Continue reading

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That Was Then

It’s a quiet evening at the club. Many of the regulars are here, but the mood is somber and reflective. I’m alone in the library – Chesterton, Burroughs, Gibson, Rohmer, and Van Dine looking down on me from the shelves … Continue reading

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