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The Inaugural Cobalt Club Wedding Reception

“A wedding reception at The Cobalt Club?” “Yes,” Millicent said firmly.  “Is there a problem with that?”  She was giving me the glare she hadn’t used on anyone since Mandy Shunnarah attempted to enter the premises while wearing roller skates. … 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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The View from the Club

A relic of newspapers past that still haunts Morris Avenue.

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The More Things Change…

Mandy Shunnarah, Scott Wilson, and Wade Smith stalked into the library and surrounded the arachnid chair. I ventured a “good evening” as I looked up from an inscribed copy of Billie Thomas’ Murder on the First Day of Christmas. The … Continue reading

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Oscar Buzz

It was obvious that something was up the second I stepped into the lounge and saw Chandra Chakravarthi and Sarah Miller conferring with Baxter at the bar. “Fancy finger foods and cocktails that look as good as they taste,” Sarah … Continue reading

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Through the Kaleidoscope, and What Littia Sees There

New visitors to the club are often surprised to learn that we have an art gallery.  Once they see it, they often find it difficult to leave the room, and for good reason.  Our gallery showcases works by some of … Continue reading

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Dancing Through Downtown

Carrie stopped suddenly as we walked into the club a couple of nights ago, a perplexed look on her face. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I don’t know.  Something’s just different about the place tonight.” A high-pitched peal of laughter came … Continue reading

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I Have Found Me a Home

It’s still early evening, but the black winter sky makes it seem later.  The temperature is unseasonably warm. I’m driving to the club.  Jimmy Buffett’s Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads anthology is in the CD player.  The tropical tunes have … 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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Media Okra’s experiment in surrealism

Occasionally, visitors report having strange experiences at the Cobalt Club. I don’t find that surprising, but not because the club claims any supernatural associations.  It is, however, very much a place of the mind, and when creative people drop in, … Continue reading

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