Monthly Archives: May 2013

At the Alabama Phoenix Festival

With the Alabama Phoenix Festival in town, I knew I’d be spending more time there than at the club this weekend.  And it’s an absolute blast. The event celebrates creativity and imagination, and whether your interests are anime, comic books, … Continue reading

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The View from the Club

Upstairs at the Lyric Theatre.

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Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

Archie Comics obtained the publishing rights to The Shadow during the 1960s, turning the character into a typical Silver Age-style superhero, even allowing him the sesquipedalian tendency, common to crime fighters of the period, of using such words “delectation.”  At … Continue reading

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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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The View from the Club

The best men’s room graffito ever, but you won’t find it at the club.  Feel free to comment below if you know (or think you know) where this reassuring statement greets patrons in Birmingham.

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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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In the Library: The Name of the Rose

“Seven deaths in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror…There’s a murderer loose in the abbey.” If all you know about Umberto Eco’s medieval mystery is related to the 1986 film starring Sean Connery, forget it, and get a copy … Continue reading

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The View from the Club

A relic of newspapers past that still haunts Morris Avenue.

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