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The View from the Club

Working late.

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Good Reads: Fixed Baroque

A blog for language lovers, Fixed Baroque is written by Mandy Shunnarah, a regular here at the Cobalt Club and a self-described bringer of smiles, museum junkie, book nerd, and librarian in progress. “I coined the phrase fixed baroque as a way … Continue reading

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The View from the Club

Looking up (and through) at the corner of First Avenue North and Richard Arrington.

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Good Reads: The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Whether you’re in the mood for pork chops, pasta, or pizza pies, you can’t go wrong with a recommendation from the Birmingham Restaurant Raider. For the benefit of Magic City diners, this mysterious blogger can always be found “anonymously raiding … Continue reading

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The View From the Club

Formerly a 350-room lodging establishment on Second Avenue North, the Thomas Jefferson Hotel was once noted for “Southern hospitality at its happy, wonderful best.”  Referred to as “the pride of Birmingham” during the 1930s, the building has for years been … Continue reading

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Mysteries, Meat Snacks, and Music

Mysterious things have been known to happen at the Cobalt Club, but three on the same night is extraordinary. “Something’s wrong with Chef Guy,” Millicent said, introducing me to the first one as I handed her my Borsalino. “Any idea … Continue reading

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Comedy Ain’t No Joke

“How are you, Mr. Gregory?” I asked the Funniest Man in America as he walked into the club. “Buddy, you call me James, okay?” “Deal,” I said.  “Glad you stopped by.  You’re one of Birmingham’s favorite visitors, you know.” “Well, … Continue reading

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Red Velvet and Roundball

“Glad to see you here tonight,” I said to Karri Bentley.  “How are things?” She shrugged.  “It’s the most depressing time of year.  The Blazers’ season and March Madness are long over, and the NBA playoffs have just ended.” “How … Continue reading

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If You Like the Connection and the Walk, You’ll Love the Crawl

 “Did you go to Magic City Art Connection this year?” Miranda McPherson asked. “Briefly,” I said, handing her the tablet which had resided on a nearby tabletop.  “Long enough to take a few photos.” She began scrolling through the images.  … Continue reading

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A lesson in driving…and unpredictability

  “No, Coach, I’ve never heard that one before,” I said to Autumn Smith after she’d shared an observation with me upon encountering one another in the foyer.  “I get Tim Robbins every now and then, and I got Doogie … Continue reading

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