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CIVIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED 2013 Civic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced, Event Set

E-Cycling Event Successful

Each year, the Chamber of Commerce honors civic giants that have made an impact on the quality, livability and economic progress of our community. The 2013 honorees are: Dr. George "Norman" Carlson, Rev. Sylvester Croom, Sr., Claude Edwards, Walter "Doc" Jones, Charles Ray Nash, Beverly Clarkson Phifer and Gordon Rosen. They will be inducted in downtown Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at First Presbyterian Church, located nearby at 900 Greensboro Ave. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the event. Please RSVP to Carolyn Tubbs at 205.391.0556

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Our 2013 E-Cycling event presented recently at the University Mall back parking lot was once again popular with the community. Over 1,000 vehicles came through this time with electronic waste for recycling, avoiding our local landfills. Big thanks to our Chamber ambassadors and the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport for helping to make this possible. A big thanks also goes out to Mike Verzino and his business, Two Men and a Truck, which traveled to several schools—many of them in rural areas—to pick up electronic waste for recycling. What a generous and community-minded group!

Women's Division Fall Luncheon Our Women's Division invites area ladies to the Annual Fall Luncheon featuring guest speaker Dr. Annette Shelby on Thurs., Oct. 3 at Indian Hills Country Club. Cash bar opens at 11am and lunch begins at 11:30am. Tickets are $30 each and group tables are available by reservation. Call 205.454.2503 for more info. Door prize tickets are $5 or 5 for $20. Mail check for reservations to: WDCC, PO Box 20534, Tuscaloosa, AL 35402.

please contact Stacey at 205.391.0559 or stacey@tuscaloosachamber.com.

Fall Professional Training In an effort to provide valuable training for our members from highly qualified professionals at discounted rates, we present the 2013 fall training schedule. Financial Education for Small Businesses, Excel, Powerpoint, iPad, Grant Writing, Employees, Veterans, Social Media, Healthcare Law, and City Contracts/Bids--There’s something for everyone! All classes require reservations and some will fill up quickly. Get details at www.tuscaloosachamber.com (see sidebar on the right). If you have questions or want to register,

Get Your Business on the Map We have started production on our 2014 official community map to be in print and online. Your decision to support this map by advertising on it is an absolute networking win for you, our business community and the entire Tuscaloosa area! Call Ginger Nunley at Village Profile at 850.866.3385 or flmaplady@gmail.com for info.

2013 Washington Fly-In Features Senators Marco Rubio & Mitch McConnell Our annual visit to Washington, DC is set for Wed., Oct. 9 – Fri., Oct. 11. Highlights will be a breakfast with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and a luncheon with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader. For details and registration info, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.

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4 ELECTION CONTROVERSY // RYAN PHILLIPS Powerful interests float the school board election

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CONTROVERSY SETS THE TONE FOR NEW SCHOOL BOARD // 30- YEAR TAX INCREASE IS LOOMING

A fter a controversial 2013 mu election season, the results of the City Board of Education race were confirmed by the City Council and the decision in favor of the original winners came amidst allegations that included voter fraud. School Board District 4, which includes the University of Alabama and its many students, still remains at the center of the debate as the results are appealed. City Councilman Lee Garrison won the Chair position in a closely contested race against Denise Hills. The results were determined by 222 votes and left many people accusing the UA Greek system of helping candidates by buying voters with limousine rides and wristbands redeemable for drinks at a local bar. In the race for the District 4 seat, former Alabama SGA president and attorney Cason Kirby defeated one term-incumbent Kelly Horwitz in similar fashion with the election being decided by a small amount of votes. Garrison and Kirby could be seen together on Election Day outside of the District 4 polls, greeting supporters and people in the community. While the polls were open, stretch limousines with stickers that read “RIDE TO THE POLLS” zipped along university streets taking voters, mostly university age, to the polls at Calvary Baptist Church on Bryant Dr. Neither Kirby nor Garrison commented when asked about providing limousine rides and drink vouchers to voters.

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Paul Horwitz, a UA Law Professor and Husband of District 4 incumbent Kelly Horwitz, expressed his feelings on the matter in a letter to the UA Faculty Senate citing what he called, “The use of what appear to be widespread promises to trade drinks for votes, which may constitute criminal conduct under state law”, as being a possible explanation for the slim margins of victory. In his letter, Horwitz was also critical of “The Machine”, claiming that UA and its Greek system had crossed a boundary by influencing the election results. “As for the ‘Machine’”, Horwitz said. “ It is difficult to talk about an organization that takes such a lack of pride in itself that it continues to deny its very existence--while, every now and again, sending out one or two people to explain to the press that it's really not a big deal. I suppose if it didn't exist, it would by definition not be a big deal!” Kelly Horwitz could not be reached for comment as she has filed suit to challenge the election results. Lee Garrison, who will assume the BOE Chair position on November 4, was grateful for victory despite winning only two of the seven districts. “I was excited and humbled”, Garrison said. “I felt we had support in all areas, but that it would be closer than people expected.” In terms of voter support from the community, Garrison won two of the seven districts, but was the favorite can-

didate of several power players with familiar names. “I’ve been fortunate to be supported financially by Dr. Robert Witt and Dr. Judy Bonner”, Garrison said. “They encouraged me and I also had a lot of elected officials and community leaders support me—it has been a city wide effort. I am encouraged by a lot of people to do it and a lot of those people who encouraged me stepped up to the plate and put their money where their mouth is.” Following the election, the UA came under fire for its support and In an email statement released by UA president Dr. Judy Bonner on Saturday, September 7, she defended the university administration in the wake of voter fraud allegations against its Greek System. “No one in the administration condones voter fraud or is turning a blind eye to these allegations”, Dr.Bonner said. “But these allegations have to be investigated first and foremost by the agencies who have the authority and jurisdiction to conduct them”. Denise Hills, a political newcomer, was pleased at the voter turnout despite losing the Chair race to Lee Garrison by a slim margin with District 4 proving to be the deciding factor. “We saw districts come in and I won five out of the seven which is pretty amazing for a first time out with no political experience”, Hills said. “I was thrilled with how well I was doing and how much my message seemed to resonate with people in the city. It really came down to the last minute when we knew for sure that Mr. Garrison had more votes than I did. I can not say I was not disappointed but I can’t say that I wasn’t incredibly pleased with how many people seemed to have taken my message to heart.” Although she lost a close race, Hills was content with the way she ran her campaign and is optimistic for the future of Tuscaloosa schools. “I tried to stay clean and be who I am.” Hills said. “I wish I had more time really because I think more outreach would have benefited me, especially north of the river because I did not spend as much time talking to people up there

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as I did in other places in the city. I think had I made a little more effort in District 3 it might have turned out different. I am just amazed at the people in this city for believing in me because I was in it for no other reasons other than children and education.” A recurring view among the district 4 candidates was the notion that the board needs to immediately heal and come together following the election in order to move forward. Prior to the election, Lee Garrison commented on an upcoming issue that could have drastic negative effects on Tuscaloosa City Schools. According to the school chair-elect, it has the potential to be catastrophic if confidence is not had in the new school board lineup. “The 30 year tax increase that was voted in 30 years ago expires in October 2016 and that will mean 20 million dollars lost from our school system if it is not reauthorized”, Garrison said. “It is critical that our community know about it because it will happen this term for the new school board. My job is to build as much confidence in the system wherever the residents of Tuscaloosa will decide to go and renew that tax. Bottom line, if it doesn’t pass it will be cataclysmic. We will have to let tons of teachers go—I don’t even want to think about it right now to be honest. “ Following his election victory, Garrison gave no further comment on his plans to handle the tax issue. Hills spoke on the tax and said that it would be a common sense decision for the people of Tuscaloosa to renew the tax. “I don’t see how that could not pass honestly because anyone who values education will have to do that as a necessity to continue to fund our public schools, and if we want that we have to keep that tax”, Hills said. “I think it is scare tactics though, I have a lot of faith in people seeing the overall good.”

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DEE HART // A TRUE COMPETITOR // TOUGH AS NAILS

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It is one thing to have all the statistics and accolades that college football has to offer, but when you can display the toughness to continuously play on the gridiron despite a series of painful injuries, you have officially entered into a class of your own. For the Alabama Crimson Tide, many people believe that the heartbeat of this team is AJ McCarron. Though he is the leader of the offense, the heartbeat of the Tide lies within 5-foot-9, 187 pound sophomore running back, Demetrius “Dee” Hart. As a native of Orlando, Fla., Hart attended and played football for Dr. Phillips High School. He became known there as a talented runner and a gifted receiver. As a junior, he had 104 carries for 827 yards and 12 touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns. In his senior year, Hart became a household name as he set 23 school records including most 100-yard rushing games (18), 200-yard rushing games (four), points scored (518), total touchdowns (88) and all-purpose yards (7,405). With the numbers he amassed running the ball, Hart landed numerous awards in high school. He was selected as the Class 6A Player of the Year, runner-up for Mr. Football in Florida, All-Central Florida Offensive Player of the Year and Orange County Offensive Player of the Year. Rivals.com regarded him as a five-star recruit and the No.1

all-purpose back prospect in the class of 2011. Despite the stiff competition at the running back position, Hart turned down offers to play for Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State and Georgia in 2011 as he decided on coming to title town and play for the Crimson Tide. Hart enrolled at Alabama in January of 2011 and participated in spring drills. In 2009-10, Alabama had a talented trio of running backs. Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy did more than just give opposing defenses nightmares, they took a lot of pressure off the quarterback in their ability to gain yards after contact. The Crimson Tide had the luxury of rotating backs to keep fresh legs on the field, which aggravated defenses. When the Saints drafted Ingram in 2011, it seemed as if Hart would get his opportunity to join forces with Richardson and Lacy and keep the trio going. After practicing well in the spring and most of the summer, Hart tore his ACL toward the end of summer camp. He watched as Richardson and Lacy led Alabama to a national title while his moment slipped away on the sidelines in 2011. Tearing an ACL would cause most people to not even think about playing sports, let alone football. For Hart, all he wanted was to see the field again and he was going to do everything possible to get back there. In the offseason, Hart had surgery

on his knee and rehabbed his way back. Though Richardson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2011, Eddie Lacy was still with the Tide. With Lacy, then a freshman at TJ Yeldon and a healthy Hart, Alabama had its talented trio again and was poised to do some damage on the ground. In 2012, Hart was back on the gridiron running the ball and playing on special teams. He recorded 21 carries for 88 yards, caught two passes for 18 yards

and returned four punts for 50 yards. Just when he was getting back into the swing of things football wise, Hart tore his ACL again. He lasted just five games in 2012 regular season and once again watched as Lacy and Yeldon led the Crimson Tide to a national title while his dream vanished away on the sidelines. The difference between Hart and most athletes is having the mentality to get back up after you have been knocked down countless times. Hart has torn his ACL twice and instead of throwing in the towel and complaining, he had surgery on his knee and has rehabbed his way back again. With his speed and knowledge of the system, Coach Saban decided to move Hart to the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback. During this offseason, he embraced the position change. Hart became acquainted with the “star” position in Saban’s nickel and dime defense. Though he enjoyed learning and operating in a new position, Hart’s goal coming into college was to play running back and he wanted to prove that he could remain healthy and do it. One thing about Nick Saban, outside of the fact that he loves winning, is he loves players that have toughness. In reference to Hart, Coach Saban said “For his size, pound for pound, I don’t know if there’s a tougher guy on our team. “I respect great competitors. I love competitors. That guy’s a great competitor in my mind no matter how much plays, wherever he plays. That’s how he competes.” This season, Hart will be back at the running back position and playing on special teams. He intends to stay healthy and make sure that nothing stops him from completing a season with the Crimson Tide. Stephen M. Smith is a columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and TouchdownAlabama.net

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TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATRE HAS A FULL FALL SCHEDULE With a blast from the past from former teen boy band sensations “The Backstreet Boys” and a current jam session from contemporary sensation “Fun” gracing the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre stage, the performing arts pavilion still has a few more big names under their belt for their fall lineup. Guitarist Corey Smith with Special Guest Brett Eldredge and Ryan Kinder(September 24). With hit singles such as “Twenty-One” and “Maybe Next Year” Smith caters to the genres of Rock and Roll, Blues, and Country. Smith’s most recent album and live album “Live in Chattanooga” showcases his energetic performing style. Smith will be joined by guest stars Brett Eldredge and Ryan Kinder. Eldredge, an up-and-coming country artist signed with Atlantic Records, known for hits such as “Raymond” and “Don’t Ya”. Since his debut in 2010, Eldredge had landed on the U.S Billboard Hot Country Songs chart twice. Kinder, an Alabama native, likes to wow crowds with his southern soul approach. Kinder’s most recent single “Tonight” recently debuted this week on ITunes. The concert is suitable for all ages and will begin at 7 p.m. Widespread Panic (October 3), known for never playing the same show twice, the jam band hailing from Athens Ga., will be reunited as a full unit after a small hiatus. Selling more than 3 million records, as well as releasing 11 studio albums, nine live albums, nine porch albums and 8 multi-track recordings, the band from down south undoubtedly has a large following. The show will begin at 7 p.m. R. Kelly (October 6) The King of R&B, songwriter and three-time Grammy winner who has warmed the hearts of many with singles such as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “When a Woman loves”. Creator of the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”, R. Kelly combines the art of seduction and storytelling in his music. Kelly’s recent album “Black Panties” is set to be released this November. The show will begin at 8 p.m. The Lumineers with Special Guest Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff( Oct. 9). The twice Grammy-nominated band with the popular single “Ho Hey” will be

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performing with special guest stars Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff. The five member folk band released their self-album “The Lumineers”

in 2012. Believing in “simple music” The Lumineers’s music aims for a more rustic folk theme instead of mainstream music. Influenced by The Beatles, the indie rock band Dr. Dog, has received praise from the New York Times as well as performing numerous times on talk shows such as: “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien”, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Last Call with

Carson Daily.” Their most recent album “B-Room” is scheduled to be released later this October. With his new album “Faster Than You Can Run” out this will not be the first time Rateliff has shared the stage with The Lumineers. Like the Lumineers, Rateliff performs folk themed songs, and has opened for popular band such as “The Fray.” The show will begin at 7 p.m.

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"RIDDICK" // HE NEVER WEARS OUT «««« « HIS WELCOME

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You’ve got to like Vin Diesel to enjoy his movies. Diesel plays the same character or a variation on it in all his movies. He has a narrow range of roles. Generally, he makes crime thrillers. He skewered his image with “The Pacifier” back in 2005. Diesel dominates his films, but his costars occasionally make an impression. Indeed, the gravel-voiced Diesel stands out in any crowd. A brawny hulk of a fellow, Diesel maintains a Frank Frazetta physique, sports a Telly Savalas haircut, and pierces you with his gimlet eyes. Diesel lacks neither nerve nor authority. Apparently, he splits his time between the “Fast & Famous” franchise and the “Riddick” franchise. Word is that Diesel has negotiated to appear in a second “xXx” sequel entitled “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.” The “Riddick” franchise has not been as financially rewarding for Universal Pictures as the “Fast & Furious” series, but the actor has a soft spot for Riddick. In the first Riddick epic “Pitch Black,” our anti-heroic, convict with man-made night vision fought carnivorous, pelicanlike dinosaur birds with huge raptor teeth. Obsessed by its insatiable lust for blood, these flying piranha teeth fowl descended onto Riddick and company like waves of Stuka-bats. “Pitch Black” concerned survival under the worst conditions against a deadly supernatural predator. The stranger in a strange land applied almost equally to this creepy sci-fi fantasy because the crash victims were tourists on a planet teeming with “Jurassic Park” predators. Basically, “Pitch Black” (2000) resembled an old-fashioned Tarzan movie whose setting had been altered to outer space. Instead of a private plane crashing in a jungle filled with deadly tribes and predators, a commercial cargo vessel plunges to a planet ruled by deadly carnivores. In a Tarzan movie, the heroes would battle their way to safety after encounters with lions, baboons, elephants, and crocodiles. Director David Twohy’s original generated

considerable suspense with shocks and surprises to compensate for its standardissue plot. You knew Vin would triumph. This same problem plagued the ambitious “Chronicles of Riddick” (2004) that put our protagonist into a completely different plot. He tangled with human rather than bestial adversaries. “Chronicles” appeared five years after “Pitch Black.” Comparatively, “Chronicle” shunned the exotic wildlife and survival-of-the-fittest themes. Instead, it introduced a race of amoral space marauders named the ‘Necromongers.’ The second Riddick movie looked like “Flash Gordon” meets “Dune” space opera. As the second sequel in the “Pitch Black” franchise, director David Twohy’s “Riddick” shuns the spectacle of “Chronicles” and reverts to survival of the fittest, with exotic, celestial predators. The “Riddick” predators surpass the “Pitch Black” beasties, and Riddick performs several impressive feats. Furthermore, “Riddick” ties its two previous movies together in its plot. Karl Urban makes a cameo early in the action as Vaako. If you haven’t seen “The Chronicles of Riddick,” you may find yourself at a considerable disadvantage. “Riddick” opens on a hostile planet where our protagonist has been left to perish. Richard P. Riddick (Vin Diesel of “xXx”) is in pretty bad shape. The opening scene with a repulsive space vulture that Riddick traps in his fist epitomizes his dire predicament. The double-crossing Necromongers have abandoned Riddick on the wrong planet and triggered an avalanche where he breaks his leg. Jamming his foot in a crack in the rocks, he straightens out of his injured appendage. “Riddick” shows how Riddick is as resourceful as Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo” protagonist. The funniest incident occurs when Riddick fakes off a snarling alien jackal. Designated “Dingo Doggies” by other characters, these beasts are huge, Great Dane hounds with black stripes crossing their dark orange fur. Eventually, Riddick finds

a puppy and trains it. Our rugged hero discovers that he is on a part of the planet that he cannot leave without sloshing through a small mud pond. Remember the fairy tale about the troll who lived under a bridge? Lurking in this harmless puddle is a poisonous “Mud Demon” creature. These predators perambulate on two legs, possess a long, scorpion-like tail with snapping pincers, and prefer to wallow in mud. Riddick studies a Mud Demon” and observes how it submerges part of its body. This fiend distracts you with its cobra-like, scorpion tail while the rest of its body—concealed by the mud— moves in for the kill with a head shaped like the “Alien” monster to seize its prey. Once Riddick has contrived his strategy, he slays the creature and finds his way to an outpost established by space mercenaries for emergencies. Space mercenaries are typically bounty hunters. Riddick activates a signal beacon like the little girl warrior did in “Hanna.” Promptly, two teams of bounty hunters respond. The reward on Riddick’s head is doubled if the bounty hunters kill him. Santana (Jordi Mollà of “Blow”) and his well-armed but unsavory crew arrive first, while Johns (Matt Nable of “Killer Elite”) and his team follow. Johns promises Santana that he will let him operate with a free hand. Indeed, Johns is related to the Johns that had captured Riddick in “Pitch Black.” "Pitch Black" rarely gave us crystal clear views of its predators. “Riddick” provides us with a front-row seat to appreciate the Mud Demons in all their menace. “The Chronicles of Riddick” contained only one scene with caged animals. Our hero is back in his element in “Riddick,” and he has his hands filled throughout the film’s veritable two hour running time. Mind you, “Riddick” never wears out its welcome. Specifically, Riddick unfolds in three acts. Initially, Riddick adapts and recuperates on the planet after the evil Necromongers have abandoned him. He

studies his number one enemy, and this predator returns in greater numbers later when a massive storm provides it with conditions ideal to its migration. Riddick amounts to a space Rambo. He moves on phantom feet, and you rarely know whereCloud he is Atlas since he is so clandestine. Riddick and Santana are at each other’s throats throughout “Riddick,” and Santana qualifies as a thoroughly obnoxious villain. He murders a defenseless woman after he releases her and later cites his growing attachment to her as his justification. Santana vows to collect Riddick’s head in a box. The pay-off to this intense rivalry resembles something from a 1980s’ Arnold Schwarzenegger actioneer. For sheer diversity, Johns’ team features a battle-hardened lesbian, Dahl (Katee Sackhoff who played ‘Starbuck’ in “Battlestar Galactica”), with an affinity for firearms. David Twohy, who has helmed all three Riddick epics, slips in surprises galore. Altogether, “Riddick” tops “Pitch Black,” but it is neither as spectacular nor as multi-layered as “Chronicles.” If “Riddick” marks your first exposure to the “Pitch Black” franchise, you are probably going to be lost when references to the previous installments occur. Meanwhile, Riddick fans will appreciate Twohy’s efforts to impose continuity onto the trilogy. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait another decade for another “Riddick” sequel.

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ALABAMA BREWFEST COMES TO T-TOWN // DESIGNATED DRIVERS RECEIVE BIG DISCOUNT

West Alabama beer lovers will be pleased to learn that on Friday, October 11 through Saturday Oct. 12, the first annual Alabama Brewfest will be hosted in downtown Tuscaloosa. This event sets out to bring the best of what the local beer and culinary markets have to offer. For $30 a ticket on either of the two days in October, patrons will be able to sample the flavors of brew masters from around the south while also having the opportunity to try cuisine from Tuscaloosa food vendors. Haley Ackerman, marketing director and volunteer coordinator for Alabama Brewfest, said that the proceeds from the event go towards funding Arts and Autism along with The Alabama Brewers Guild. “We are really looking forward to it. It's our first try and we are hoping it will be big and fun”, Ackerman said. “We will also not just be focusing on Alabama breweries but outsiders as well.

Tickets are available online and you can also purchase tickets at local venues like Wilhagen’s, The Alcove and The Druid City Brewing Company tap room. We will also be doing designated driver tickets for $10 in case someone comes with a group to be the designated driver. Those people will get a different wristband and pay less for doing that. Ackerman then pointed out that not all vendors had been confirmed for the event, but said that some Tuscaloosa institutions had already committed and that fun, crowd-friendly events have been planned to make the Brewfest experience a memorable one in its first year. “I am still waiting on the list of vendors but we have about 50, 20 of those from Alabama”, Ackerman said. “I know the Alabama breweries like Druid City Brewing Company, Avondale and Back Forty have confirmed, but right now we cannot confirm a full list but we are working on finalizing that soon. We will also have food trucks like Moe’s BBQ and Cypress Inn for people to enjoy but that will not be all that is offered. In terms of entertainment, there will be bands, two on Friday and two on Saturday; we will also have a free corn hole game set up. “

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Good wine and good times are sure to be found at a Tuscaloosa spot that offers a classy atmosphere with flavorful, top-shelf wines. Ford Wyatt, a manager at Carpé Vino in downtown Tuscaloosa, recommended a dark, smoky red that tingles the taste buds well after the glass is empty. Victor Hugo “Opulence” (no literary relation) is a product of Paso Robles wine country in California and is a strong alternative to its regional competitors. “We have been carrying the Victor Hugo Opulence for the past year or so”, Wyatt said. “It is a Bordeaux style blend and this sets it apart because a lot of American wineries don’t do as many because they have yet to perfect the style, but this “Opulence” is a perfect example of that Bordeaux blend. The winemakers age it in French and Hungarian Oak for just over 2 years so you get the nice toasted oak and hint of vanilla in it with other fall spices, it also has a nice ripe fruit taste to it The nose is rich and has a smoky aroma that translates into a heavy taste, full of accents that lend insight into the craftsmanship of the drink. This particular Opulence blend from Victor Hugo also possesses a crisp aftertaste that is rich with oak flavor. In terms of color, this Opulence is a dark red that has a subtle gray hue until it settles in the glass. Wyatt also gave his personal pairing recommendations for this red, which speaks to both the palatability and versatility of the Opulence. “The Opulence has a really complex nose primarily because so much goes into it”. Wyatt said. “ It incorporates varietals like Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and more and the nose opens it up to a nice, pleasing pallet. It goes great with lamb, beef and heavy pasta as well.” On the Victor Hugo website, the winemakers give their personal description of the wine and the flavors that go into it. “Brooding, complicated, and dark. Aromatics emanating from the multi-varietal blending include hints of plum, cherries, and sage intertwined with spicy oak,” the site reads. “Flavors are deep and rich with layers of pleasantly assertive tannins, rich fruit and toasty oak. The finish is lush with piquant acidity ensuring excellent aging potential.” This California wine country secret lends its taste to its geographical positioning

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amidst a landscape that makes for peerless winemaking. “The Victor Hugo winery estate vineyard is located in the Templeton Gap with warm days, breezy afternoons, and cool nighttime temperatures. Planted on the rugged, shale hillsides of the property the vineyard receives meticulous care including vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, and leaf pulling. The vines are grafted on four different root-stocks (phyllexora and nematode resistant) specifically selected for drought tolerance, which allows the use of mild deficit irrigation to concentrate flavors and further improve quality. This wine can be found at Carpé Vino downtown on Greensboro Ave, which offers a wide selection of whites and red but also a diverse beer menu with competitive prices. In addition to their selection, Ford Wyatt also pointed out that customers can enjoy wines like the Victor Hugo Opulence, onsite with friendly accommodations. “A lot of people may not realize that we have an on premise license, we do beer and wine by the glass and people can come in and wind up with a glass of wine or a cold beer after the long work day”, Wyatt said. “People are also welcome to pull a bottle off the shelves and drink it here and if they don’t finish it we will box it up to take it home.” On Carpé Vino’s website, owner John McCulley encourages those to enjoy the treats of the vine at his establishment. “[I started Carpé Vino] because I love it. That is the reason why I decided to open a wine store in Tuscaloosa”, McCulley said on the site” I wanted to provide the community a place where everyone could fall in love with wine just like I have. We sell wine by the bottle and by the glass. No matter your taste preferences or your price range, I can find a wine for you.” For those interested in purchasing the Victor Hugo Opulence or other wines at Carpé Vino, visit carpevinottown.com or call 205.366.8444.

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15th Street Diner 1036 15th St // 750.8750 Open for most lunch and dinners, with limited hours on weekends. City Cafe 408 Main Ave | Downtown Northport // 758.9171 Established in 1936. Big on food, low on price. Open for breakfast and lunch. Historic downtown Northport. Closed weekends. CountryPride Restaurant 3501 Buttermilk Rd // 554.0215 www.ta.travelcenters.com Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4800 Doris Pate Dr | Exit 76 // 562.8282 www.crackerbarrel.com International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130 Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Maggie's Diner 1307 Ty Rogers Jr. Ave | Tuscaloosa // 366.0302 Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312 Northport Diner 450 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.7190 Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd *402 | Tuscaloosa // 366.8780 Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip | Tuscaloosa // 342.0022 Rama Jama’s 1000 Bryant Dr // 750.0901 Closest restaurant to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Brown Bag 9425 Jones Road | Northport // 333.0970 Its speciality, fried green tomatoes, joins barbecue plates and fish filets on an extended list of meats and vegetables. Tues 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Wed-Sat 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Waysider 1512 Greensboro Ave // 345.8239 Open for breakfast and lunch. Smoke free.

MEXICAN Chipotle Mexican Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0140 www.chipotle.com Don Rafa's 2313 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191 El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa, AL // 366.0855 1726 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.1274 Fernando's Mexican Grill 824 McFarland Blvd E | Northport // 205.331.4587 Iguana Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 752.5895

Epiphany Cafe 19 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 344.5583 “New American cuisine” with a strong emphasis on local produce, organic meats, and sustainable seafood. The menu is always changing and features include an extensive wine list, a large vibrant bar and martini lounge area, as well as patio seating. Reservations are available online at epiphanyfinedining.com or through open table. Hours: Mon–Sat 5 p.m. - until Evangeline’s 1653 McFarland Blvd. North // 752.0830 Located in the Tuscaloosa Galleria. 2004 West Alabama Tourism Award Winning Restaurant. American Eclectic Cuisine. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m. - until... Fall: Saturday Brunch. The Globe 405 23rd Avenue Owned by legendary thespian and chef, Jeff Wilson. The decor takes one back to merry old England. The food is internationally acclaimed, priced reasonably, and the service is cheerful and professional. Cocktails are excellent as are the wines. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 5-9 pm. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FIVE Bar 2324 6th Street. // 205.345.6089 A restaurant/bar based on simplicity. We offer 5 entrees, 5 red wines, 5 white wines, 5 import beers, 5 domestic, and 5 signature cocktails, to go along with our full liquor bar. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5-10; Friday and Saturday 5-12 Lunch: Friday and Saturday 11-3; Sunday Jazz Brunch: 10-3 five-bar.com; 205.345.6089 Kozy’s 3510 Loop Road E | near VA Medical Center // 556.0665 Eclectic menu, extensive wine list. Dinner at Kozy’s is a romantic experience complete with candlelight and a roaring fireplace. | www.kozysrestarant.com

JAPANESE Benkei Japanese Steak House 1223 McFarland Blvd // 759-5300 Hours: Mon–Thurs 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Fri–Sat 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bento Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1306 University Blvd // 758.7426 Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant REOPENING SOON! Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi 502 15th Street // 752.8844 Tokyo Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar 6521 Hwy 69 S | Hillcrest Center // 366.1177 Offers steak, seafood, tempura, teriyaki and sushi. Including cooking at your table, if you choose. Sun–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Kobe Steak House 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 759-1400 Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

ITALIAN Broadway Pizzeria 2880 Rice Mine Road Northeast Tuscaloosa, // 391.6969

LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871

DePalma’s Italian Cafe 2300 University Blvd, Downtown // 759.1879 Menu ranges from sanwiches to finer pasta dishes and pizza. Varied beer and wine selection. Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. www.depalmascafe.com

Los Calientes Mexican Grill 3429 McFarland Blvd E // 553.1558

Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.345.4343

Los Tarascos (2 locations) 1759 Skyland Blvd // 553.8896 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.0919

Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd // 758.0112 Pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner. www.mellowmushroom.com

Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378

Margarita's Grill 1241 McFarland Blvd E // 343.0300 Moe’s Southwest Grill (2 locations) 2330 McFarland Blvd E // 342.1487 1130 University Blvd // 752.0234 moes.com Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861

FINE DINING

Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch. Great atmosphere and excellent service. Ladies Night on Tuesdays. Ladies receive ½ off on drinks. Uptown Wednesday - $6 Uptown Shrimp, $8 Uptown Tacos. Cypress Inn 501 Rice Mine Rd // 345.6963 Fax: 345.6997 | www.cypressinnrestaurant.com 2003 Restaurant of Distinction. Beautiful riverfront location. Steaks, seafood and more with Southern flavor. Wine list, full bar. Specialities of the house include Shrimp Cypress Inn and Smoked Chicken with white barbecue sauce. Kid friendly. Closed Saturday lunch. Mike Spiller is featured the first Thursday of every month. Happy Hour- Mon-Fri from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. featuring 1/2 price appetizers. $2 Domestic Draft Beers and $3 Well cocktails.

Mr. G’s 908 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339-8505 Olive Garden 2100 McFarland Blvd E // 750-0321 Open daily from 11 a.m. www.olivegarden.com

CASUAL DINING Big Daddy’s Cafe 514 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 759.9925 Buddy’s Ribs & Steaks 2701 Bridge Ave | Northport // 339.4885 Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd // 523.0273 Mon–Wed 11 a.m. - midnight | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Cafe J 2523 University Blvd // 343.0040 Chili’s 1030 Skyland Blvd | Near McFarland Mall // 750.8881 Fax: 758.7715 // www.chilis.com Dave’s Dogs 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 722.2800 Desperados Steak House 1530 McFarland Blvd // 343.1700

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Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11p.m. FIG (Food Is Good) 1351 McFarland Blvd NE // 345.8888 Mon–Fri 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0575 www.fiveguys.com Glory Bound Gyro Company 2325 University Blvd // 349-0505 Glory Bound Gyro Company is a unique restaurant that focuses on great food and service in a funky, fun-filled atmosphere. Open Mon-Thu: 11am - 10pm | Fri - Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Hooligan’s 1915 University Blvd // 759.2424 From hamburgers to hummus. Open daily 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Horny's 508 Red Drew Ave | Tuscaloosa // 345.6869 Mon 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. | Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Fri 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. | Sat 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. New Orleans style atmosphere in the heart of Tuscaloosa on the strip. Horny's offerings include a full liquor bar, beer, and a variety of classic American food. Horny's Bar and Grill offers a limited late night menu from 1:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. So, if you're hungry after "last-call for drinks," Horny's is the place to be. KK’s Steakhouse 13242 Hwy 69 South // 633.1032 Tacogi 500 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 342.3647 Logan's Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd E // 349.3554 Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 391.0572 Great burgers & sandwiches. Unique setting, full service bar, veggie entrees, kid friendly, and open late www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Newk’s Express Cafe 205 University Blvd. East // 758.2455 Fax: 758.2470 // www.newkscafe.com An express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere. Serving fresh tossed salads, oven baked sandwiches, California style pizzas and homemade cakes from Newk’s open kitchen. Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. O’Charley’s 3799 McFarland Blvd // 556.5143 Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch www.ocharleys.com Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 366.8780 www.panerabread.com Piccadilly Cafeteria 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 556.4960 www.piccadilly.com Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip // 342.0022 www.bamaquickgrill.com The Local Catch // 331.4496 2321 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa Full Menu including breakfast served all day. Live Music Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - close | Sun 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. For a complete schedule http://localcatch30a.com/ Ruby Tuesday (2 locations) 6421 Interstate Drive | Cottondale // 633.3939 Just off I-20/59 at exit 77. Near Hampton Inn and Microtel Inn 311 Merchants Walk | Northport // 345.4540 www.rubytuesdays.com Ryan’s 4373 Courtney Dr // 366.1114 Near Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419 Southland Restaurant 5388 Skyland Blvd E // 556.3070 Steaks, chops and home-cooked vegtables Mon–Fri 10:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450 A wonderful selection of Greek foods

SPORTS GRILL Baumhower's Wings of Tuscaloosa 500 Harper Lee Drive | catering-Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 556.5858 | Always fresh and always fun. Owned by former UA/ Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Kid Friendly Buffalo Phil’s 1149 University Blvd | The Strip // 758.3318 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine selection, full bar Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine selection, full bar Champs Sports Grille 320 Paul Bryant Drive | inside Four Points Sheraton Hotel // 752.3200 Breakfast and lunch buffets. Sunday brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hooter’s 5025 Oscar Baxter Dr | Next to Jameson Inn // 758.3035 Wings, clams, shrimp and of course the Hooters Girls www.hooters.com

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Innisfree Irish Pub 1925 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Moe's BBQ 101 15th Street | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 752.3616 Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Bar open until 2 a.m., 3 a.m. on Fridays Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave // 391.0572 Great burgers. Full service bar. Open late. www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Wilhagan’s 2209 4th St | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 366.0913 Wings U 1800 McFarland Blvd East Suite 218 | Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 561.3984 Features the first coal-fired pizza oven in Alabama. Owned by former UA/Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Completely open concept! www.wingsu.com WingZone 1241 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 342.2473

BARBEQUE Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ 4215 Greensboro Ave | Tuscaloosa // 331.4858 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun lunch Bama BBQ & Grill 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.9816 Billy's BBQ Downtown Northport 364.1400 We specialize in BBQ, fresh ground beef, poultry, and pork made fresh, served fresh. Ask about our specialty potatoes. Mon & Tues 10-7// Wed. 10 – 5:30// Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 10 - 9 Costa's Famous BBQ and Steaks 760 Skyland Blvd // 331.4526 Dreamland (2 locations) 5535 15th Ave | Tuscaloosa // 758.8135 101 Bridge Ave | Northport // 343.6677 The legend. On game day, get there early if you want to make kickoff. Seating is limited. Hours: Mon–Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Hick’s BBQ 4400 Fayette Hwy // 339.3678 // Tues–Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Moe's Original BBQ 2101 University Blvd.. // 752.3616 Serving up an award-winning, all things Southern BBQ and Live music experience. Come dine-in or sit on the patio and enjoy some great Que, beers, whiskey, and live music on Thursday-Saturday. Roll Tide! Mon–Sat 11am - 10pm | Bar service Mon-Sat 2am and Fri -3am | Kitchen closes at 10pm Pottery Grill Highway 11 // 554.1815 Awesome barbecue. The Pottery Grill serves up everything from pork, chicken, ribs and sausage to burgers, hot dogs and salads. Take-out and catering available. Tee’s Ribs and Thangs 1702 10th Avenue // 366.9974 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

STEAKS Logan’s Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd | next to Sams // 349.3554 Steaks, ribs and spirits Longhorn Steakhouse 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 345-8244 #412 Nick's In the Sticks 4018 Culver Rd | Tuscaloosa // 758.9316 A long-time Tuscaloosa tradition. Good steaks at a reasonable price Try a Nicodemus if you have a designated driver. Outback Steakhouse 5001 Oscar Baxter Dr // 759.9000 Desperados 1530 McFarland Blvd. N. | Tuscaloosa // 343-1700 Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

SEAFOOD Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave // 248.9370 Local Catch Bar & Grill 2321 University Blvd // 205-331-4496 American, Seafood, Cajun/Creole. Coastal Cuisine with a Southern Twist!. Monday & Wednesdays half off house wine and appetizers at happy hour Tuesday $3 fried shrimp taco all day Thursday ladies night 20% off ladies tabs 4pm-close Sunday half off mimosas and bloody Marys all day Lunch 11am-2pm; Dinner 11am-until Happy Hour 3pm-6pm with $5 house wine, $5 top shelf, $3 well. $1 off bottle beer

When I was reviewing this beer, I actually avoided it for quite sometimebecause of it being in my repertoire of beers I like to drink. This IPA is one of my favorites and I did my best to give it a fair and unbiased review. I poured this beer out of a 12 ounce bottle in to a tulip glass. The first thing you notice is the amazing color change from gold to orange as the beer saturates the glass. It pours in to a nice translucent shade of orange with a bright white two-fingered head at the top. From a distance the beer looks perfect. When you smell Bell’s Two Hearted, the floral aroma hits you almost immediately leaving you satisfied with a good amount of Cascade hops to be excited about. This beer looks like an IPA from the Midwest, but smells like a West Coast killer. The malts can also be found. This beer carries a decently heavy caramel aroma behind the over abundant hop notes. Coming in at 7.0% ABV this beer does not give off a ton of alcohol smell. Basically the aroma is textbook for the IPA experience. The thing I like most about the taste of this beer is that it is very hop forward, but mild enough to help the novice craft beer drinker dip their toes into the ocean that is beer drinking. The hops leave a dry taste on the tongue, like one would expect from an IPA, however it is not overly astringent, meaning your tongue doesn’t contract when the bitterness hits you. You can taste the malts, too, as the beer moves toward the back of the mouth. The mouth feel of this beer leaves little to be desired. It fills the drinker’s mouth with a full bodied beer, making it again seem more Midwestern than West coast. You could almost compare this beer to drinking a Founders “Centennial”, but the flavors are a bit off as you drink more of it. Meaning it's more hop and carbonation, than malts. Bell’s has a reputation for crafting good quality down home beers, without a lot of fancy stuff thrown in. This beer is no exception to that rule. This beer is totally drinkable to anyone who wants to try something other than of the everyday normal yellow water beer that is so vastly available. Whether you are on the golf course or mowing the lawn, this beer is a total refreshment, and with a

manageable ABV it is possible to drink more than one or two of them as well. Overall this beer rates for me an 8.75 on the scale of 10. 8.75 because it’s better than an 8.5 but not quite good enough to be a 9. This beer is absolutely the best IPA with near nationwide availability. It is a crowd pleaser for certain if you are going to a beer tasting and never leaves you disappointed. Look for this in almost any specialty shop, for the bargain price of $10 or less for a 6 pack. You’ll notice its distinct bottle with a trout on it. Cheers!

Red Lobster 2620 McFarland Blvd // 553.8810 McFarland Plaza Shopping Center Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar 4851 Rice Mine Rd NE #460 // 462.3399 McFarland Plaza Shopping Center Wintzell’s Oyster House 1 Bridge Ave | Northport // 247.7772

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CHINESE Buffet City 1747 Skyland Blvd E // 553.3308 All you can eat buffet. Open 7 days a week. Chang’s Chinese Restaurant 1825 McFarland Blvd N // 391.9131 China Fun 2600 University Blvd | Alberta City // 553.2435 China Garden Hwy 69 S | Hillcrest Center // 758.0148 Lee Palace 6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking & Oriental Market 514 14th St. | In the Oz Music shopping center // 343.6889 // Open Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 9:30pm Pearl Garden 2719 Lurleen Wallace Blvd | Northport // 339.0880 Peking Chinese Restaurant 1816 McFarland | Northport // 333.0361 Open 7 days a week. Super lunch and dinner buffet. Hours: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Swen Chinese Restaurant 1130 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9887 Trey Yuen 4200 McFarland Blvd E // 752.0088

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Ruan Thai 1407 University Blvd // 391.9973 ruanthaituscaloosa.com Exotic Thai cuisine. Offers vegetarian options, outdoor dining, and a full bar. Sushi on Thursdays. Lunch: Mon–Sat 11 a.m. -2 p.m. | Dinner: Mon–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. -10pm | Sun 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Surin of Thailand 1402 University Blvd // 752.7970 Authentic Thai restaurant and sushi bar. Open daily. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. www.surinofthailand.com

PIZZA AND SUBS A Taste Of Chicago 1700 Greensboro Avenue 205-342-DOGS Mon. - Thurs. 10:00am - 9:00pm; Fri. - Sat. 10:00am - 10:00pm 17th Street and Greensboro Avenue. Authentic Chicago style foods with a taste of Chi-Town in every bite. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Rib Tips, and Chicago Style Pizza.View our menu online and order at CRIMSON2GO.COM. Follow us @ TasteofChicagoTtown on Instagram. Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680 Hungry Howie’s (2 locations) 1105 Southview Ln | South Tuscaloosa // 345.6000 1844 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.2633 1211 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa | The Strip // 366.1500 4851 Rice Mine Rd | Northriver/Holt // 345.3737 Lenny’s Sub Shop 220 15th St // 752.7450 Fax: 752.7481 // www.lennys.com Little Caesars Pizza 1414 10th Ave // 366.2220 www.littlecaesars.com Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. // 345.4354 Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 758.0112 Subs n' You 2427 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.758.0088 Roly Poly Sandwiches 2300 4th Street | Tuscaloosa // 366.1222 The Pita Pit 1207 University Blvd | The Strip // 345.9606 Hours: Mon–Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. | Sun 11:30 a.m. - midnight Tut’s Place 1306 University Blvd | The Strip // 759.1004

DELICATESSEN Honeybaked Ham Company 421 15th St. E // 345.5508 www.honeybaked.com Jason’s Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd // 752.6192 Fax: 752.6193 // www.jasonsdeli.com Located in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center. Jimmy John’s (3 locations) 1400 University Blvd | The Strip // 366.3699 1875 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 752.7714 815 Lurleen B. Wallace S | Tuscaloosa // 722.2268 Delivery 7 days a week. www.jimmyjohns.com

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Manna Grocery & Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 752.9955 McAlister’s Deli (2 locations) 101 15th St | Tuscaloosa // 758.0039 3021 Tyler Dr | Northport // 330.7940 Sandwiches, salads and spuds www.mcalistersdeli.com Momma Goldberg’s Deli 409 23rd Ave // 345.5501 www.mommagoldbergs.com Newk's 205 University Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 758.2455 Schlotsky’s Deli 405 15th St. E // 759.1975 schlotskys.com Which Wich University Blvd.// Downtown Tuscaloosa // Mon – Sat 10:30 – 9 // Sunday 11 – 7 // Fun atmosphere,fresh ingredients, great sandwiches. 764.1673

COFFEE SHOP Chloe's Cup 2117 University Blvd.| Tuscaloosa // 764.0218 Crimson Cafe International Coffee House & Gourmet Deli 1301 University Blvd | The Strip // 750.0203 Mon–Fri 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Sat & Sun 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. thecrimsoncafe.com Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays Heritage House 18 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 758.0042 Krispy Kreme Doughnut 1400 McFarland Blvd // 758.6913 www.krispykreme.com Starbucks (2 locations) 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 343.2468 1901 13th Ave East | inside Super Target // 462.1064 starbucks.com

DESSERTS Celebrations Bakery, Inc. 1832 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339.3221 Fax: 349.1945 Cold Stone Creamery 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa //343.1670 www.coldstonecreamery.com Specializes in customized ice cream Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mary's Cakes & Pastries 412 22nd Avenue | behind Opus | Northport // 345.8610 www.maryscakesandpastries.com Mon–Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Smoothie King (2 locations) 415 15th Street | Tuscaloosa // 349.1721 Fax: 349.1945 1403 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 462.3664 Sweet CeCe's Frozen yogurt Treats 2217 University Blvd. | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 561.6458 A fun and friendly make your own creation, yogurt experience! TCBY (3 Locations) 2304 Mcfarland Blbd | Meadowbrook Shopping Center // 349.4661 // 2 Mcfarland Blvd | Northport | Essex Shopping Center // 758.6855 // 1130 Univ. Blvd. | The Strip // 345.0804 Yogurt Lab 920 Paul W. Bryant Dr Ste 200 | Tuscaloosa // 347.9522 Yogurt Mountain 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 342.1484 Self-serve frozen yogurt experience Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - midnight

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On September 21 the 26th annual Coastal Cleanup will be conducted along our state’s coast and around the whole USA coast line. It is an opportunity to give back to the wonderful coastal environment many of us enjoy for recreation, sea food, and fun. Participants will join with others to register at Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion and other sites listed if one researches on the web. Show up at about 8 a.m. to register and receive a collecting bag, gloves, a score card and assignment of a particular section of the beach to police. I have found it is best to work with a partner so that one can collect and the other mark on the recording chart (score card) the category of trash and number of items. Bring a clip board. It is good to swap up duties from time to time. Also, since it is usually quite warm the buddy system helps to remind one another about drinking plenty of water and taking rest stops. For the last 10 or 12 years the writer has volunteered and the weather has been very suitable though it is always somewhat of a gamble. On the third Saturday of September of the year BP trashed our ocean and

coastal areas I took my granddaughter, Hannah, her friend, Beth, and Devon, my grandson. We left Tuscaloosa about 2:30 a.m. and arrived there a little before 8 a.m. and registered to participate at Gulf States Park Beach Pavilion. We gathered trash along our assigned area and turned it in and received t shirts depicting that year’s event. We enjoyed the light lunch provided and then went to Gulf States Park to get a camp site. While registering, the park attendant told us of a new pool and compound of other things such as a camp store and washerteria. The pool really came in handy for the 3 young teens and the old “teen.” On prior camping times things to do at the park were somewhat limited. The compound now has a learning center, an amphitheater, class rooms, tennis courts, and slips for boats on the freshwater lake bordering the park. We found our campsite and set up our dome type tent which is the kind I recommend due to its ease of putting up and taking down. No one can be comfortable in a tent during the daytime but nights have been quite nice if you have a fan. Look for a site with shade trees. Camp sites are paved, have a picnic table, grill, water and power. Bath houses are scattered about and never really too far from a camp site. A flashlight is handy for walking at night. I also recommend a cot rather than a sleeping bag over an inflatable mattress on the floor. Get a roll of foam for a cot to use as a mattress.

After tent set up we went to the pool and had a really enjoyable afternoon. There is no diving and the deepest part is maybe 5 feet. A screen is spread across the middle giving some relief from the sun. Fountains shoot up from several places. At one end of the pool a rubber mat covers a large area and if a button is pushed jets of water shoot up from the floor to entertain children and others. At night we went to where the road branches off from the main highway and went across the road to a boardwalk that took us over the sand dunes. The beach is good for exploring at night. Also, where the surf washes up onto the sand one might be able to see some luminescence produce by microscopic organisms in the sand and water if the area is dark enough. Rake your fingers through the wet sand and tiny flashes may occur. Also, ghost crabs volunteer to be chased by children using flash lights. If there is a moon the reflection on the water is rather beautiful. It is a very peaceful and relaxing environment. Though we are about 250 miles from the coast it is good to join with others to be preservers of a marine environment. We enjoy its recreational value and sea

food such as shrimp. Our inland weather is greatly affected by the Gulf of Mexico. If you were to join with others on the 21st of September and pick up trash you would be part of a nationwide effort and survey. Results are tallied and published later in a study to see if the kinds and amounts of litter are changing. This would be a wonderful way to Explore Alabama and learn about a very important ecosystem. Taking others with you is a way to form special bonds with children and grandchildren and others. No one forgets a hands-on educational and fun experience such as Coastal Cleanup. My articles usually focus on things to do and enjoy and learn from that are not far away and don’t cost much if anything. This one is different in the distance and cost. However, if you were to go camping at Gulf States Park it would have the least expensive lodging. Most of the tourists are gone and the beach and water (watch for jelly fish if you go into the gulf) are still warm. Beach comb to see what has washed up. If you can do so, enjoy one of the special environments of our state and Explore Alabama by rendering a public service. I’ll see you at the Gulf States Park Pavilion.

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LIFELONG ARTIST HOLDS MAJOR EXHIBIT // MEREDITH RANDALL FEATURED IN THE STELLA-GRANATA GALLERY M eredith R andall makes art in gloves, knee pads and a face respirator, working with everything from bubble wrap to discarded furniture in a studio that used to be an airplane hangar. “I really do look like some kind of industrial worker,” Randall said. “I’m usually covered in concrete. It gets pretty gross, but I love it.” Randall, 26, has an exhibition opening Sept. 30 at Sella-Granata Art Gallery featuring her “upcycled” sculptures. She is a graduate student at the University of Alabama, working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree. Upcycling is the act of reusing waste and useless items and making something. Randall noted packing peanuts, plastic bags and found wood as some of the padding she uses to construct her sculptures. “I’ll use those with different structural components,” Randall said. “I reinforce it with things like rebar and concrete so that they’re structurally sound, but they still incorporate all that trash material.” A Tuscaloosa native, Randall said she was inspired by growing up visiting the Kentuck Festival of Arts in Northport, Ala. and seeing artists reuse everyday materials in their more “junky-looking” pieces. “They make them into this almost lyrical form,” Randall said. “This idea of transformation started there, when I was younger. Rachel Dobson, the UA art department’s communications specialist, said the culture of Kentuck Festival took some of the formality out of art. “I see that outsider movement in [Randall],” Dobson said. “That’s her tradition, using the junk you already have.” Using non-traditional materials has made Randall sensitive to things like the varying textures of concrete and the different sizes and patterns of bubble wrap, she said. “Wherever I go I can see the potential in something,” Randall said. “Sometimes I just get inspired by a piece of bubble wrap.” Not only does Randall discover objects she would like to upcycle, but her friends and family have also been inspired to look more closely at their trash. Her brother used to like going dumpster diving for materials she might like, and one friend even gave her a piece of old pontoon foam infested with termites. “Some it is stuff like styrofoam packaging that's hard to recycle,” said Claire Lewis Evans, a friend of Randall’s who has given her items that Randall used in her sculptures. “I also gave her some really choice pieces of pine, because they were beautiful, but I needed to move them out of my

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carport.” Randall has exhibited her work all over the country, including Alabama shows like Pie Lab in Greensboro, Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa. Randall will host a reception for her exhibit at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., and the exhibit will be open through Oct. 25.

Love Isn’t So Simple Journey through the relationship of Jeff and Teresa—from dating to matrimony, family and children—and life’s many changes. This is a powerful, entertaining and emotionally satisfying play. It holds nothing back and covers most everything a couple can encounter during their lives together. You will see through her eyes and you will see through his eyes. There are many “aha” moments. Don’t miss this event.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

BAMA THEATRE

3 P.M. AND 8 P.M. (pre-show reception 30-minutes prior) General Admission $25

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SWEET CeCe's // HOMEY, BRIGHT AND DELIGHTFUL

During the hot summer months in Tuscaloosa, everyone scrambles for some way to keep cool. What better way to stay cool this summer than with some frozen yogurt. Sweet CeCe’s is a local froyo shop with several different flavors of yogurt to satisfy everyone’s cravings. With the addition of many different toppings, one can customize their dessert to fit their desires. The founder of the franchise, CeCe, opened her first shop in Nashville, Tennessee. The business has grown so much that she is now franchising, which is how this sweet little shop has graced Tuscaloosa with its presence. The owner

of the local branch, Sarah Roberson, while not a native of Tuscaloosa, has been here before and loves it here. “My husband and I were both retired,” said Roberson. “My son went to school here and opened the store for us. My husband and I moved down here right before Thanksgiving of last year and fell in love.” She and her husband, Marty, love it here, and Tuscaloosa has been good to her. “Everyone has been so helpful and friendly—we love it!” The store feels homey and bright, with pastel colors such as pink, blue and green, with beach themed decorations for summer. Sarah changes the decorations to fit the seasons, but the colors remain the same for all Sweet CeCe’s shops. The product is delightful. Flavors include salted caramel, cheesecake bliss, key lime bar, peanut butter cup, cake batter, and cable car chocolate. “Our yogurt is not powder-based,” said Sarah about the Sweet CeCe’s product. “The product we use comes to us from Oregon-YoCream. Our machines are su-

perior, we always have fresh toppings on our cold bar, including fresh fruit.” The store offers over 50 different toppings, and they change flavors every month or so. They do have staple flavors, however, which are chocolate, vanilla, and cake batter. Sweet CeCe’s is a great success, which is due to the hard work of Sarah and Marty. “This is our first time in this business,” Sarah admitted. “My husband was in sales and marketing, and I’m a retired Pre-K teacher. The store does fundraising, as well as sales and specials on their treats. They recently held a Sorority Appreciation Day, where all the cups of yogurt for sorority members were $3.00, and they checked in with their houses. The house with the biggest percentage of members got to choose a charity, and Sweet CeCe’s donated $500.The winners of the contest were Alpha Omicron Pi and Kappa Alpha Theta. They’ve also done high school fundraisers and sports teams, and Sarah is gearing up for another season of fundraising. While Sarah and her son were in Tuscaloosa

searching for prospective places to open the business, Sarah got to witness the damage done by the tornado first hand. “I’d never seen anything like it,” she said, recalling the memory. The bright side, however, is that she also gets to see how Tuscaloosa can come together to heal. Sweet CeCe’s is located on University boulevard, and is open Mondays through Thursdays from noon until 9:00 pm. On Saturday, they are open from noon until 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 until 6 p.m. You can check the facebook page for specials and announcements, at facebook.com/ SweetCeCesTuscaloosa. Planet Weekly also lists Sweet CeCe's specials.

Marty and Sarah Roberson

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 19

Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market WHEN: 3 – 6 p.m. WHERE: Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, 812 5th Avenue COST: Free CONTACT: homegrownalabama@ gmail.com or call the market manager at 205.210.9621. Defining Place – Dominic Lippillo & Mark Schoon WHEN: 10 am to 5 pm (M-F) WHERE: Sella-Granata Art Gallery (SGG), Woods Hall 109, UA campus COST: Free CONTACT: The UA Dept. of Art and Art History 205-348-1893 LINK: art.ua.edu/site/defining-place/ DESCRIPTION: In a collaborative effort, artists Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon have created two photographic series, Anti-local and Conflation, that work at defining place. These series as well as solo works by each artist open into an expanded dialogue about the home, domesticity, place and space. The images chronicle a 5-year working relationship between the artists with pieces ranging from intimate diptych pairings to larger scale studies of rooms. Exhibit runs through September 20. Toddler Time WHEN: 10 – 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library Story Castle COST: Free DESCRIPTION: Toddler Time consists of stories, songs, activities and crafts. Ages 24 months to 36 months Movie Mornings WHEN: 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Libary, COST: Free DESCRIPTION: Free screening of various popular movies.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20

Art Alumni Band Concert featuring Alabama Wind Ensemble WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: UA School of Music Concert Hall COST: Free. CONTACT: Tiffany Schwarz, 205.348.1477 EMAIL: tschwarz@music.ua.edu

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21

Umoja // The Spirit of Unity (exhibit)

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WHEN: 10 a.m. 6 p.m., noon - 8 p.m. Thursday. Closed Saturday & Sunday WHERE: Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2306 6th St. COST: Free CONTACT: infojonesgallery@gmail.com DESCRIPTION: Works from the collection of Carnetta and Norm Davis. Continues through Saturday, October 5. Intermediate Microsoft Word/Excel 2010 WHEN: 9 - 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library Main Branch, Computer Lab COST: Free CONTACT: 205.345.5820, ext. 1264 to register. DESCRIPTION: Become familiar with tools to make document creation faster/ easier: inserting headers and footers, page numbers, using borders, creating labels and envelopes and learn how to create graphs and charts, along with inserting formulas into spreadsheets. Continuation or a "part 2" class. The Birmingham Seven (B&7) Concert WHEN: 7:30 p.m WHERE: Bean-Brown Theatre on the Shelton State Campus COST: Free DESCRIPTION: These are some of the finest and most sought after jazz performers in the region. Their repertoire includes transcriptions and adaptations from iconic recordings by artists such as Duke Elington, Oliver Nelson,Gigi Gryce and Lee Morgan as well as original arrangements by members of the B7.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24

Pre-School Story Time WHEN: 10 – 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library, Story Castle COST: Free (age 3 - 5) CONTACT: 205.391.9989 EMAIL: childrens@tuscaloosa-library.org DESCRIPTION: Simple stories, songs, activities and crafts. Monthly Book Discussion, "Night Circus" WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library Rotary room COST: Free LINK: tuscaloosa-library.org/calendar-ofevents PHONE: 205.345.5820

Book Signing // Deb Hiett // Hollywood actress, former University of Alabama student, and author of the illustrated humor book: When Mommy Loves Bama and Daddy Loves Auburn WHEN: 12:30 – 3 p.m. WHERE: Alabama Campus Supply/Bookstore COST: Free DESCRIPTION: Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump, wrote about the book: "What a delight for kids and parents of split or mixed Bama-Auburn families! At last, a delightful explanation!"

MONDAY, SEPT. 23

T H E SOUT H E AST ' S LA R G E ST

>>> PET PLANET | T H IS MONT H ' S P E TS

MEET HARLEY AND JENNY // VERY SWEET FAMILY ADDITIONS Meet Harley, a six year old male Chihuahua with a smooth tan coat and white markings on his chest! Harley is tiny, weighing only 11.5 pounds, but he thinks he is as big as a Doberman! Like many Chihuahuas, Harley can have a bit of an attitude at first but, once he warms up he is a real love bug who loves attention and human companionship! He would be fine in an apartment but, due to his petite size, should not be around children under 16 years old. Harley does have some food aggression issues; he could live without other dogs and has never met a cat, so he would definitely be better as an only pet. Harley is up to date on his vet care, crate trained, neutered, heartworm negative and is microchipped. He has started heartworm and flea/tick prevention. If you are interested in giving Harley the forever home he wants and deserves, contact the West Alabama Humane Society by calling 205. 554.0011, or visit us online at humanesocietyofwa.org Meet Jenny, a shorthaired female with a beautiful gray and white coat. Jenny is approximately two and-a-half years old and was rescued along with her litter mates in a tornado-damaged area of Tuscaloosa following the April 27th tornadoes. Jenny is very sweet and affectionate. She is calm, gentle, and generally low-energy. She should do well around children who can handle her gently. Jenny is used to being around other cats but has never met a dog. She is up to date on her vet care, spayed and negative for FIV/FeLK. If you are interested in adopting Jenny, contact the West Alabama Humane Society by calling 205. 554.0011, or visit us online at humanesocietyofwa.org

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25

Homework Help WHEN: 3 - 5 p.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library, Weaver Branch COST: Free CONTACT: 205.345.5820 DESCRIPTION: Provides one-on-one homework assistance to students K-8th grade. It is a drop-in service; students may come and go at any time during session and must have homework with them in order to attend. This is a Monday through Thursday activity.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26

Benefits of Volunteering

Make a difference in the lives of homeless pets and work towards a community that is more humane for animals. Develop new skills while exploring the field of animal welfare. Meet new people with similar interests. Acquire experience for future endeavors. Enjoy a wagging tail or a soft purr. Get the satisfaction of knowing you have helped an animal in need.

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BAMA ART HOUSE FALL MOVIE SERIES IS ON A ROLL

The Bama Art House is known citywide for bringing exciting, new, and contemporary films to Tuscaloosa, each season different and just as interesting as the last, and this year is no exception. The 2013 film series features films of different genres and plots. Three of the films have already been shown— Muscle Shoals, Stories We Tell, and Blue Jasmine. If you missed the first three, there are still four more movies to go. September 26th will be a special Thursday night screening, showing The Act of Killing. The documentary is directed by Anonymous, Christine Cynn, and Joshua Oppenheimer. The film stars Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, and Sakhyan Asmara, and follows the documentary team to Indonesia, where they challenge former death squad leaders to reenact their real life mass killings, using whatever creative medium they choose. The film won at the Berlin International FF, the Bodil Awards, the CPH:DOX, and the Robert Festival. October 1st will showcase C.O.G., directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez. The film is the second in the 2013 series sponsored by the Left Hand Soap Company, and stars some pretty big name celebrities, such as Jonathan Groff of Glee, Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars, Corey Stoll, and Dale Dickey. When a young man moves to Oregon to work on an apple farm, he bites off more than he can chew when his life choices are picked apart by everyone he meets. The film won the Seattle International FF,  and was nominated at the Sundance FF for the Grand Jury Prize. Following the documentaries theme of the season, October 8th will feature Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Now. The film, directed by Drew

DeNicola and Olivia Mori, follows the rise and fall of Big Star, a cult phenomenon, showing their critical acclaim, failure, and the legacy that follows them. It stars Jon Auer, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton. Modern Shakespeare comes to Tuscaloosa on October 15th with Much Ado About Nothing, directed by famous director Joss Whedon. The film stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof and Fran Kranz, and is a modern retelling of the classic Shakespeare play. The 2013 season rounds out on October 22nd with Prince Avalanche, directed by David Gordon Green, and starring Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance LeGault. Two road workers leave the city behind in the summer of 1988, getting into misadventures and facing odds with each other and the ladies they left behind. All films will show on Tuesdays ­— and one Thursday—at 7:30 p.m. at the Bama Theatre. This year, along with purchasing each ticket individually, the Art House is offering season punch cards instead of season passes, so the buyer can choose which films they wish to see. You can pick up the punch cards at the box office on the night of any show, and you can also pick up individual tickets at the box office. The tickets are priced at $7 general admission, $6 students, and $5 seniors and Arts Council members. The season punch card is $50. The box office opens at 6:30, with the doors and bar opening at 6:45.

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Teen Book Club WHEN: 4 – 5 p.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library, Weaver Branch COST: Free DESCRIPTION: Debut novel of Marissa Meyer, Macmillan Publishers. Lunar Chronicles #1, a science fiction and fantasy book. Beverly Semmes: Starcraft Exhibition WHEN: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (M-F); THURS. 5-8 pm. WHERE: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall, UA campus COST: Free CONTACT: Vicki Rial, 205-348-1891 LINK: http://art.ua.edu/site/starcraft-atsmga/ DESCRIPTION: Beverly Semmes is an internationally acclaimed artist who creates environments of lush textiles and accompanying materials. Starcraft, organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, features glass and clay vessels with oversized, otherworldly cloth garments. Exhibit runs through October 4. Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market WHEN: 3 – 6 p.m. WHERE: Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, 812 5th Avenue COST: Free CONTACT: homegrownalabama@ gmail.com or call the market manager at 205.210.9621. DESCRIPTION: Basic Microsoft Word/Excel 2010 WHEN: 10:30 a.m – noon WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library: Weaver Bolden Branch COST: Free CONTACT: 205.758.8291 to register DESCRIPTION: Learn the basics about word processing. And Learn about basic spreadsheets and using them to compute financial data with a simple formula. Users should have a basic understanding of how to use a computer, with the keyboard and mouse. Toddler Time WHEN: 10 – 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library Story Castle COST: Free - ages 2 - 3 year-olds EMAIL: seymour.emily@gmail.com LINK: tuscaloosa-library.org/calendar-ofevents DESCRIPTION: Stories, songs, activities and crafts.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27

Readers' Theater for Children WHEN: 12:30 P.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library main branch Story Castle COST: Free CONTACT: 205.345.5820, ext. 1134 EMAIL: childrens@tuscaloosa-library.org DESCRIPTION: Fun, interactive story time where children listen to a story, think and ask questions about the story, and then become a part of the story by acting it out with their friends. This activity is also held the first Saturday of each month in

the Story Castle at 10:30 a.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28

Pink Box Burlesque //"Who Dunnit" WHEN:

MONDAY, SEPT. 30

Intermediate Microsoft Word/Excel 2010 WHEN: 9 - 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library Main Branch, Computer Lab COST: Free CONTACT: 205.345.5820, ext. 1264 to register. DESCRIPTION: Become familiar with tools to make document creation faster/ easier: inserting headers and footers, page numbers, using borders, creating labels and envelopes and learn how to create graphs and charts, along with inserting formulas into spreadsheets. Continuation or a "part 2" class.

TUESDAY, OCT. 1

Darkness into Life Exhibit WHEN: During Library hours COST: Free WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library PHONE: 205.345.5820 LINK: tuscaloosa-library.org/calendar-ofevents DESCRIPTION: Runs through Oct. 27. Offers glimpses into the private memories of Alabama men and women who were children and teenagers during the Holocaust. Their stories are a complicated patchwork of suffering, loss, cruelty, despair, bravery and hope.

THURSDAY, OCT. 3

Comedian John Caparulo WHEN: 7 p.m – 9 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m. for meet and greet) WHERE: Bama Theatre COST: $25 in advance and at the door DESCRIPTION: Comedian John Caparulo is perhaps best known as the underdressed everyman on the E! hit show, Chelsea Lately. Cap, as he's known by his friends and fans, has also made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, The Next Generation of Blue Collar, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and as a standout performer in Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. Kentuck Art Night WHEN: 5 – 8 p.m. WHERE: Historic Downtown Northport COST: Free CONTACT: 205.758.1257 EMAIL: Kentuck@kentuck.org DESCRIPTION: Kentcuk presents the work of featured artists, performances by local musicians, and pizza made in our own cob oven. All held in Kentuck's magnificent Courtyard of Wonders. PUBLICIZE YOUR NONPROFIT EVENT. CONTACT

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>>> ROAD TRIP | SOUT H E AST E R N CONC E R TS AN D E V E NTS SICK PUPPIES

ALABAMA SHAKES SEPT. 21 // NASHVILLE

SEPTEMBER 22 // NEW ORLEANS

EARTH, WIND & FIRE OCTOBER 2 // ATLANTA

JERSEY BOYS // SEPT. 7 // BIRMINGHAM

FANTASIA // AUGUST 24 // MONTGOMERY

THURSday, SEPTEMBER 19 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

BIRMINGHAM

MONTGOMERY

Mindy Smith, WorkPlay Theatre

King Bee & Friends, Blue Iguana

NASHVILLE Taproot feat. Righteous Vendetta and Man on Earth, 12th and Porter Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Bridgestone Arena NEW ORLEANS Empire of the Sun, The Civic TheateR

ATLANTA

Volbeat, HIM, All That Reamins and Airbourne, Tabernacle

The National, Ryman Auditorium Chris Isaak, Nashville War Memorial Auditorium

NEW ORLEANS

Birmingham

Jeanne Robertson, Alabama Theatre Andrew Belle w/ The Young International, WorkPlay Theatre Ghost Owl, Zydeco

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Birmingham

Palma Violets, Bottletree Café

NEW ORLEANS

Yellowcard, House of Blues

ATLANTA

Big Boi, The Masquerade

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

NEW ORLEANS

NASHVILLE

Debbie Bond with guest Rachel Edwards , Gip's Place

Montgomery

Ronnie Milsap, 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill

Ship of Fools, War Eagle Supper Club Man on Earth- Taproot, Rock Bottom

BESSEMER

Rollin’ in the Hay, War Eagle Supper Club

NASHVILLE

Montgomery

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Birmingham

Howie Day, WorkPlay Theatre

NASHVILLE

Sick Puppies, House of Blues Murder by Death, One Eyed Jack’s

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

NASHVILLE

Sigur Ros, Mansion at Fontanel 3 Doors Down, Nashville War Memorial Auditorium Anthony Jeselnik, James K. Polk Theater

NASHVILLE

Lionel Richie, Bridgestone Arena September 28- Gov’t Mule, Ryman Auditorium

sunday, SEPTEMBER 29

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Bridgestone Arena

Men of Soul, Saenger Theatre

BIRMINGHAM

T. Junior/ Saint Christopher, Head on the Door Crazy Chester, Colonel Tom’s Cabin Jesse Meuse, The Mellow Mushroom Chronic Illusion and Gone 2morrow, Blue Iguana

Montgomery

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

KT Tunstall, Variety Playhouse

ATLANTA

Gregory Alan Isakov w/ Patrick Park, WorkPlay Theatre

NEW ORLEANS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

BIRMINGHAM

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Galactic, WorkPlay Theatre

The Revivalists, Tiptina’s Stephen Lynch, The Civic Theater

NEW ORLEANS

Sigur Ros, Champions Square

NEW ORLEANS

saturday, SEPTEMBER 21

John Mayer and Phillip Phillips, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 30 Seconds to Mars, Tabernacle Colin Hay, Variety Playhouse Geto Boys, Vinyl

ATLANTA

Zac Brown Band, The Villages Amphitheater Edwin McCain, Vinyl

Michael Thornton, Montgomery Performing Arts Center

Houndmouth, WorkPlay Theatre

NASHVILLE

THURSday, OCTOBER 3

BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Alt-J with Lord Huron, Ryman Auditorium Alabama Shakes, Mansion at Fontanel

NEW ORLEANS

The Black Crowes, The Civic Theater October 2- Local Natives plus Wild Nothing, Tiptina’s

Mindy Smith, WorkPlay Theatre

NEW ORLEANS

Bob Schneider w/ Ruston Kelly, WorkPlay Theatre Z and the Party Faktory, Zydeco

ATLANTA

Earth, Wind and Fire, Fabulous Fox Theatre

NASHVILLE

Ra Ra Riot, Exit In

Black Flag, Howlin’ Wolf

Birmingham

Jack Johnson, Ryman Auditorium

Cosby Sweater featuring DMFR/ Chark

ATLANTA

Fallout Boy with Panic! at the Disco, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Martina McBride, Chastain Park Amphitheater Russell Brand, Tabernacle

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Bridgestone Arena The Rides, House of Blues

WEDNESday, OCTOBER 2

NASHVILLE

ATLANTA

Birmingham

Montgomery ATLANTA

NASHVILLE

NEW ORLEANS

Gramatik, Republic New Orleans Palma Violets, One Eyed Jack’s

NEW ORLEANS

The Pretty Reckless, House of Blues

NASHVILLE

Blondie, Ryman Auditorium

>>> R OA D T R I P D I R E C T O RY Travel the South's best venues. Visit their website for ticket info and more. Acoustic Café 2758 County Hwy 9 205.647.3237

Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St NE  404.881.2100

Moe’s Original BBQ 6423 Park Dr 251.625.7427

Amphitheater at the Wharf 23101 Canal Rd 251.224.1020

The Hangout 251.948.3030 thehangout1.com

Bridgestone Arena 501 Broadway 615.770.2000

Marathon Music Works 1402 Clinton St 615.891.1781

Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St 334.481.5100

Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave W NW 404.223.4412

Minglewood Hall 1555 Madison Ave 901.312.6058

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205.324.1911 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy 404.733.5010 Von Braun Center 700 Monroe St SW 256.551.2345

The Nick 2514 10th Ave S 205.252.3831

WorkPlay 500 23rd St S 205.380.4082

Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd St N

Zydeco 2001 15th Ave S 205.933.1032

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>>> TUSCALOOSA MUSIC | WHO'S PLAYING AROUND TOWN GLEN TEMPLETON // RHYTHM & BREWS // SEPTEMBER 20

FUTUREBIRDS // GREEN BAR // SEPTEMBER 26

RYAN KINDER // ROUNDERS // OCTOBER 28

ADMIRAL SNACKBAR // ROUNDERS // AUGUST 30

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Green Bar: John & Jacob Rhythm & Brews: Ca Rounders: Jacob Stietel and DJ Spinnzz Rhythm & Brews: Snazz

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Rounders: Bond Band, DJ Houndstooth, and DJ Spinnzz Green Bar: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires / The Bohannons Rhythm & Brews: Glen Templeton

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Rhythm & Brews: Cooter Brown

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Green Bar: American Aquarium / Blaine Duncan & the Lookers / The Quaildogs Rounders: Sean Rivers, and DJ Spinnzz Rhythm & Brews: Desperate Measures

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Rounders: Ryan Kinder, Sean Rivers, and DJ Spinnzz and DJ Houndstooth Green Bar: Gunboat

wednesday, OCTOBER 2

Rounders: Sean Rivers, DJ Spinnzz, Plato Jones and DJ Alchemy Green Bar: The Valley Roots Rhythm & Brews: Wes Loper

Rhythm & Brews: Karaoke Green Bar: Open Mic with Ham Bagby

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

thursday, OCTOBER 3

Green Bar: Sonic Frontiers presents Them Natives

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Rhythm & Brews: Karaoke Rounders: Borland Green Bar: Open Mic with Ham Bagby

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Green Bar: Futurebirds / Belle Adair Rounders: Another Hero, and DJ Spinnzz

Rounders: Black Warrior Blues and DJ Spinnzz Green Bar: Widespread Panic Afterparty sponsored by Terrapin Brewery

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>>> HEALTHY TRENDS | ry a n p h i l l i p s

FITNESS SOUTH BREAKS AWAY FROM STEREOTYPES

In the non-stop professional world of today, obesity and heart disease are at an all time high, which can be attributed in part to a lack of exercise. This is a problem that David Leverett, owner of Fitness South in Tuscaloosa, is looking to remedy with an unconventional approach to

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the traditional gym atmosphere and training. “My focus is on regular everyday people”, Leverett said. “I don’t expect them to make the gym their first priority in life, we just want to be accommodating and in doing that we have activities that cater to everyone”. According to Leverett, many things re-

lated to health are subject to change but the principles of physical fitness have endured. “Exercise as a science has not really changed over the years”, Leverett said. “The need for a person to work out gets greater especially as you get older. When you start getting into your 30’s, even the most basic, time-tested training techniques still hold true.“ Leverett then provided examples of things that can be done to increase overall health, but most importantly, how to decrease body fat. He also addressed a growing trend of physician-treated obesity in the middle-aged demographic that he cited as a problem in the battle for a healthy society. “The best way to train for losing body fat is to increase lean muscle and the only way to do that is to use resistance training”, Leverett said. “The most nutrient rich part of your system is lean muscle and it starts with a person getting educated on how to eat. Diet along with portion control is crucial. People do not gain a lot of weight overnight and they need to understand they won't lose it overnight. Weight gain is not a disease, so why would people want to go to a doctor to cure that?” “Really if you commit 30-45 minutes a day, a few days a week you can see the results”, Leverett said. “People always find time to do the things that are important to them so it is important to ask those who come to work out, how important it is to them before doing this, because in order for this to work, oftentimes it takes a lifestyle change. We can educate on everything from working out on how to shop.” According to John Hand, an instructor at Fitness South, an increasingly popular exercise

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regimen called Cross Fit is a great way for those of all ages and strengths to get the work they need while experiencing a welcoming atmosphere that promotes supportive camaraderie. “Cross fit is a good place to start and we do what we call a WOD (Workout Of The Day}.”, Hand said. “This is great because we can scale the exercise to fit each individual person’s needs. This means we can give the same workout to an NFL linebacker that I could give to my seventy year old grandmother, they can workout together at the same time but in a way that meets everyone’s needs.” Hand then gave nutritional advice to those interested in taking the first steps toward a healthier lifestyle. “Above all you want to stay away from sugars and any type of carbohydrates that you find in bread and cereal. You really want to stick to your whole foods like fruit and meat and just find the diet that is right for you.” According to Leverett, Fitness South was designed primarily as a welcoming atmosphere to dispel stereotypical notions of what a gym environment is. Featuring a “Women’s Only” workout area, Fitness South prides itself on its ability to accommodate. “The very design of the place lends itself to making a comfortable environment, especially with our ladies-only area. We want to know what it will take to let people feel comfortable at our gym. “ “There is a relationship I establish with everyone that comes in here, I put a lot of emphasis on how someone feels." Fitness South is located on Highway 69 south, behind La Fiesta. For information on membership or questions call 205.344.5555.


>>> HIGH TIDE | G A R Y H A R R IS

BAMA WINS EPIC GAME OVER A&M // SABAN WANTS IMPROVEMENTS

Even though the defense gave up a school record 628 yards and 42 points to Texas A&M, it's hard to complain too much when your team wins, because that is really the only stat the matters. Alabama's 49-42 win over the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday was far from a perfect, but the final result was as good as it gets. "It was obvious we did a lot of good things, most important of which is to win a game in the SEC in our division against a really good team," is how Saban started off his weekly press conference on Monday. "Very pleased with the competitive character that we showed in the game on the road, getting down 14-0." After falling behind, Alabama roared back, scoring 35 unanswered points. The Tide offense rolled up 568 total yards. AJ McCarron was named the SEC offensive player of the week after completing 20 of 29 for 334 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The offensive line, criticized harshly after a lackluster season opening performance against Virginia Tech, was solid in protecting McCarron and opening holes in the run game. "Obviously played a lot better offensively, communicating, controlling the line of scrimmage up front, didn't have a lot of negative plays," Saban said. "Got a lot of balance running the ball and throwing it effectively without having a lot of pressure in the pocket, and really controlled the time of possession, which is really important, especially when playing against the kind of offensive team they have." Defense was another story. As noted earlier, the Tide gave up the school record in totals yards. "Defensively, didn't play real well," Saban said. "We did make two big plays that were critical in terms of the two interceptions [by Cyrus Jones and Vinnie Sunseri]. But [we gave up] too many big plays. Too many missed assignments. Too much lack of technique. Not a lot of guys doing what they're coached to do on a consistent basis. When you do that against good players, you usually get exposed." "I think the focus needs to be improving as a team," Saban said. "There's no question that I don't feel we are where we need to be as a team. There's definitely many, many things we need to improve on. I think the most important thing is for players to have the discipline to trust and believe in doing things the way we want them done, believe in what the coach is telling you to do. Without that improvement, we're not going to become the team we could be." One position group Saban singled out for not doing as they have been taught was cornerback, the most obvious culprits in Johnny Manziel's shredding of the secondary for 464 yards and five touchdowns. Saban said that a lot of lessons were learned. "Now when you say don't drop your hands when you're playing bump and run, and the guy does it 15 times in the game and gets beat, he'll see why you were telling him that," Saban said. "If you told the guy a hundred times to get in the middle of the

field and he doesn't do it, now he sees what happens when he doesn't get there. Sometimes people react better when things don't go well than when it is going well." Mistakes by veteran players might open up the door for some of the younger players to earn playing time. "I would say that that we've got some younger players that deserve an opportunity to play," Saban said. "We're going to look at them in practice. We're going to give some opportunities to play." Though Saban didn't name any player specifically, a young corner who has generated quite a bit of buzz has been true freshman Maurice Smith, who has played on special teams in the first two games. Other true freshmen include the very athletic Eddie Jackson and the speedy Anthony Averett. Redshirt sophomore Bradley Sylve is also a young corner who could be an option. "I've been encouraged by some of the young guys we have," Saban said. "We've tried to play some of the more experienced guys that we have, especially these first two games, because they were tough games. "Everybody's had an opportunity. Now we're going to do like we do at any position, like we did on the offensive line after the first game. Guys competed better. Guys need to compete better." WHAT ABOUT GENO? Asked what the role of sophomore cornerback Geno Smith, who missed the opener due to suspension, Saban said that Smith has "got to beat somebody out." "He lost his job," Saban said. "Jarrick [Williams] has played really well. Nobody has a right of passage here just because you played in two games last year. Do the right things and play well, nobody gets your job." TROUBLE DEFENDING EVANS Coach Saban commented on the difficulty the Tide had defending Aggie receiver Mike Evans, a 6-5, 225-pounder who towered over UA's corners. But it wasn't just the size advantage that Evans had that contributed to his big day -- seven catches, 279 yards, including a 95-yard TD. "We played the guy in bump and run last year," Saban said. "John Fulton played against him [last year] and did a good job. We wanted to put a bigger guy on him. That's why we started the game the way we started it. We did a good job of jamming him last year and it affected him. This year we didn't do a good job of jamming him and it didn't affect him. "If we were going to play him with a smaller guy, we would play him softer technique and play off him. When we did that, he still used his body well and made plays. "The way I'd really like to play a guy like that is with a guy short and a guy deep. But if you play split safeties against them, it's hard to manage the running game, as well as the quarterback running. "So the combination of those two things made it difficult to do the things we needed to do. The things that we tried to do, we didn't do very well, which is my responsibility to get the players taught so

that they can do it. But the players have to do what they're coached to do." TIGHT ENDS COME THROUGH Converted left tackle Brandon Greene got his first extensive action at tight end Saturday. Greene, a redshirt freshman, played a big role in the run game, sealing the corner with excellent blocking. "I'm pleased with what the guy's done," Saban said. "I wanted to make that move so that we could have a physical presence like we had in this game with two big tight ends. "I'm pleased with the way Brandon Greene has developed." Saban also lauded freshman tight end O.J. Howard for maturing in his role. Howard had three clutch grabs for 68 yards in the A&M game. "He's giving us some other options to do other things," Saban said, alluding to Howard's ability as a receiver. Saban also complimented junior tight end Brian Vogler for playing "really well" in the game. THE BEAST IS BACK Jalston Fowler wasn't quite himself in the opener against Virginia Tech. The bruising runner from Vigor seemed tentative in his first action since coming off serious knee surgery last season. But on Saturday the old Fowler was back pound-

ing the ball between the tackles, delivering some thundering blocks, and he even snagged the clinching touchdown pass. "Jalston did a good job in the game," Saban said. "He's playing more fullback, tailback. He's capable of doing both of those things. I thought he played with a lot more confidence. I thought he was tentative coming off his injury. The bye week, he sort of gained some confidence. He certainly played that way in the game." THE DRAKE RETURNS Running back Kenyan Drake, who sat out of the opener, came back with a vengeance against A&M, flashing his explosiveness on seven carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. "I thought Kenyan did a good job in the game," Saban said. "He gives us a little bit different, faster kind of guy, a change of pace when he goes into the game. He practiced well the past couple of weeks. If he continues to make progress, he'll continue to have a role. Thought he did a really good job." KELLEN STEPS IN A few years ago it was Alfred McCullough who provided the offensive line with a versatile swing guy. Now that role belongs to senior Kellen Williams, who has worked at every spot in his career. Williams subbed in for Arie Kouandjio at left guard in the opener. Then on Saturday he was called upon at right guard when Anthony Steen went down to injury. "We think Kellen is a jack-of-all-trades for us," Saban said. "He was the most experienced guy at that time and he did a really good job. We didn't miss a beat with him in there. We really look at him as a starter on our team."

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>>> MUSIC | LIN D SA Y MC D UFFI E

RED CLAY REVIVAL BRINGS IT BACK HOME // FRESH OFF TOUR, TUSCALOOSA-BASED BAND TALKS ABOUT NEW ALBUM(S), COLLABORATIONS, AND WIDESPREAD PANIC AFTER-PARTY

Carving out quite a niche throughout the southeast, Red Clay’s lineup varies from show to show and often features world-class musicians. Guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Doug McElvy, upright bassist Evan Dudley, and dobro/guitar player James Cook are the backbone of the group. And this act stands tall. Bred in Tuscaloosa, McElvy started the progressive bluegrass outfit, and all the songs on their newest album, Barefoot, are his original work. Each member folds into it a seasoning that creates quite a comprehensive dish. I recently interviewed them in Birmingham at Moss Rock Preserve. The group was in the woods completing a photo shoot. After a few patient minutes, a ragtag team of smiling faces and congenial laughs gathered in a circle around me. Lindsay McDuffie: Why don’t you guys tell us where you call home and how you got involved with Red Clay. Mark Fiddler: I’m from Chickamauga, Georgia. I found these guys when Drew Emmitt from Emmitt-Nershi Band asked me to come down and play in Birmingham. And then he said, “Why don’t you play a couple songs.” Then he drug me into the whole set. He likes to fish and I like to fish so it works out. LM: Who catches bigger fish? MF: He does. I catch more, he catches bigger. I’m okay with admitting that. Doug McElvy: I’m from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and also outer space. And I’ve been a human life form for 25 years. Evan Dudley: I’m from Hamilton, Alabama. I came in shortly after Doug formed it. James Cook: I’m from Baldwin County. I came on about a year ago. Doug and I had a lot of mutual friends, and we’ve known each other for a few years now. We’ve been jamming on and off, and he asked me to come along on the project.

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LM: Nice. The central theme of Barefoot seems to be getting back to nature. Why do you think that people should revive this relationship? DM: Humans were originated in nature. And it seems like since man came along all we’ve wanted to do is build things that are flat, and make those flat surfaces concrete. And a lot of what we think as stress and everyday drama comes from being out of touch with our natural environment. So naturally we like to sing about that, write songs about it. Because it’s inspiring. And our album isn’t just about nature. Challenges through life, good parts in life—ups and downs—also inspire a lot of our music. LM: Each of you play some pretty cool instruments: the dobro, which makes a wonderfully hollow sound that I find brings a lot of depth to you guys on stage; a real Jekyll and Hide fiddle; the always classy upright bass; the mandolin and guitar of course; even a mouth harp. Tuscaloosa doesn’t see these instruments very often. How does this varying musicianship rub off on each other and what have you all learned from the different skills in this band? DM: The instrumentation that we play is pretty foreign to Tuscaloosa. We’ve had people say that the whole time we were playing they thought there was a drummer. We’re a four-piece acoustic band. So even though we are that strange mesh of instruments we try to bring a pretty current rockand-roll feel along with the newgrass vibe. MF: And some real spooky stuff, too. LM: Indeed. So Mark Fiddler, where’d you learn to fiddle? MF: I learned in middle school, at about 1992. Been playing about 21 and one-half years. My grandma always encouraged me to get out more, learn stuff,

practice. That’s what I do. LM: Evan, how has your relationship developed with your instrument? ED: When I was about 13 or 14 I started playing electric bass, and I was into heavy metal—old ‘80s metal. Metallica, Megadeath, Iron Maiden, Slayer. And then from there I did a lot of blues, rock and roll, and jam band stuff. I’m a jazz studies major at Alabama, so I’ve been doing jazz my whole life. My parents lived in New Orleans for a few years when they were first married, so I got to listen to a lot of that. Then when Doug asked me to come along we started something kind of new to me, bluegrass and folk music. So I got into it and learned a few things on how they do things; and also interject what I know and what I’ve learned over the years playing every kind of music there is. LM: Have you found any friction so far trying to input your influences with theirs? ED: Not really. Mine kind of melts into it. It’s like hot sauce, it goes good with everything. LM: Tell me about your new album coming up. DM: We’re going to do a string band set up, to where it would be really raw. We may end up releasing a live album for it. Currently we’re not in the studio on a project, we’re just touring. We’ll have a few guests on this new one, but they’re undisclosed at the moment. Our last album, Barefoot, had a lot of guests on it. Keller Williams, the Keels—Larry and Jenny Keel, Grammy-award nominated. Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth. Billy Cardine, greatest dobro player on earth. MF: He’s a boss. LM: Very cool. Let’s talk about the tour you guys just wrapped up out west. How do you keep yourselves occupied when driving such long distances? DM: We pretty much try to stay focused and write music. We wrote three new songs on the road. LM: What shows or venues stand out in your memory? DM: Cervantes’ [Masterpiece Ballroom] in Denver was great. It's a really big bar, and last time we played there we didn't pack it out. This time we had about 5 times as many people. A good turnout. That was really cool. And Chattanooga, Tennessee, was great. And then the next night in Atlanta with Col. Bruce Hampton was also great. LM: Before y’all did that, back in March you traveled down to Suwannee Music Park, one of my favorite venues, to play Springfest. How was that? What kind of people did you meet there? DM: I got up with Donna the Buffalo Sunday night, got to do some pickin’ with

the Keels. All kinds of awesome, inspirational people. Old Crowe was on it. Phil Payton. Bobby Miller, from Bobby Miller and the Virginia Daredevils; we played with him in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham a few months ago. He’s a hired gun. He’s a mandolin/fiddle player. He’s organized and has kind of been a mentor with us, along with the Keels, Keller, the guys from Railroad. Especially Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon. So we’ll see what happens. We’re excited about the new albums and the shows we had this summer. LM: Tell us about the upcoming show in Tuscaloosa. DM: We're doing the Jupiter after Panic on October 3 with our friend Ryan Balthrop. He's going to be playing ukulele and electric guitar with us. He used to play in a band called LowDown ThrowDown. He's a great songwriter, musician; from Orange Beach. LM: Nice. So, to quote a Wu Tang album, what would y’all say is your ultimate goal in this industry? MF: To have fun. Play music. If it stops being about fun it’s not worth doing anymore. JC: I’m not here to make money. I’m here to make history.’ I borrowed that from my friend Brandon LeForce. LM: LeForce, as in “the force”? JC: Exactly. DM: I think every musician’s ultimate goal is for their music to be heard. So I think as far as me and writing music and getting it together to portray a certain message of positivity and happiness in our music, it’s to let it just be heard. That’s the biggest thing. So where can you hear their music? Check out Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes, and iHeartRadio; Avondale Brewing Company, October 6, with Keller Williams; Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Fest October 17-19.

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This is a tremendous week for you, Taurus. You may find that dreams really can come true. Make sure you stay abreast of communication and periodicals. Let your fingers dip into many different pies and keep a notepad handy. Your brilliant strokes of inspiration may come on a whim, so be ready to receive them. The genius within you yearns to spring forth.

Don't get discouraged if it seems like everyone but you is getting a piece of the pie, Gemini. Your time will come, but it probably won't be this week. While you may want to sink into tender feelings and sensitivity, others may want to float on the surface and dabble in fantasy worlds. Feel free to escape in your own world for a while, but don't be surprised if others don't follow.

Make some room for long communications with good friends, Cancer. This is an important day to get the word out to people you love. Keep things light and energetic, which you do well anyway. Express your showmanship and make sure your bright presence lights up every room you enter. The world is your stage, so act the role you enjoy the most - your true self.

You may be the party-pooper this week unless you do something to remedy your serious tone, Leo. This is a time for light, social activities and fun-loving times with friends. Don't worry if things don't seem rational. Sometimes it's the unlikeliest route that ends up being the best. Don't discount the fanciful and bizarre. Take a walk on the wild side.

You're the missing piece of the puzzle today, Virgo. As a result, people will look to you for answers. The good news is that you'll have them at the ready. Trust yourself. Information and new ideas may be flying around, and you may be called upon to make sense of it all. Don't be afraid to err on the side of the fanciful. This may be exactly the answer needed.

You may run into trouble if you penetrate too deeply this week, Libra. Keep things light and energetic if you can. Ironically, the harder you push to get something done, the more roadblocks you're apt to encounter. Things will flow easily if you're willing to let them. Give up some control and let a more whimsical energy lead the way.

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Give your adventuresome, world-traveling spirit room to soar, Scorpio. This is a good time to embrace and express your dreams. Write them down, talk to others, and say them out load. Communication and information are key elements this week. Things may move quickly, so stay alert and tuned into the energy that's buzzing all around you. The best things in life may come on a whim.

Stop planning and start doing. There may be pressure to leave your normal routine and do something on a whim, Sagittarius. Although this may not be your usual way to do things, it certainly isn't a reason not to. Let your mind explore new realms. Feel free to pick up loose pieces of an old dream that you left hanging in midair. Rekindle your passion for life.

The answer for you this week is "yes." Explore, reach out, and expand your mind to the far corners of your world and beyond, Capricorn. There's no need to be tied down to reality. Don't restrict yourself to linear thinking. Take time out and enjoy the clouds. Information you receive should be extremely helpful in the pursuit of your wildest dreams.

Well, it’s safe to say that the week will begin with a bang. Unexpected information or events will most likely be your main focus. Be cautious not to overstate any concerns. There is a tendency to over react and make things out to be more dramatic than they really are. A level head on your shoulders will be most helpful.

This week you should take action in areas where you usually keep quiet, Aquarius. The more you explore your mind, the safer you'll feel in your external reality. Be confident of your dreams. This is a day to connect with others about the things that feel most pleasurable. Indulge and enjoy. Take action. You have everything you need to make it all start working for you.

Try not to take things too seriously this week, Aries. Realize that the best plans are sometimes the ones that were never made in the first place. Keep the lines of communication open and don't discount things that sound off the wall at first. Dream big and don't restrict yourself by thinking that your radical ideas have no basis in reality.

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Q: Simone, Q: I’m a twenty-nine-year-old (almost thirty) woman with a dilemma. In my early twenties, I was on a chosen career path: studying International Relations with the goal of a PhD in that field. Then I went off that path and got stuck where I am now. After I finished my bachelor’s degree, I decided to work for a while to make sure I knew what I wanted to do. I ended up working as a headhunter, lured in by the money and the pace, but now seven years have passed and I’m feeling bored, dissatisfied and stuck. When I talk about returning to school, my father, who is a professor, tells me that jobs in academia are decreasing with funding cuts and an uncertain future. He tells me that I have carved a niche and should stay in it. Now when I try to figure it out, my brain just spins in circles. Train Signed, Stuck and confused A: Dear Stuck and confused, It happens to the best of us. Knowing how we want to spend forty hours (or more) a week for years of our lives can be a difficult determination to make. Even when we think we have made the right choice, our interests and desires can evolve and change over time. And being at peace with the choice we’ve made is easier for some than for others. I have observed that there are personalities who more easily settle into whatever life brings along, as opposed to those creative temperaments who need to love what they are doing and feel restless with anything less. Many of us fall somewhere between these two ends of the continuum. What is your inner voice saying? Get quiet, spend some time alone reflecting on your desires. You might make some notes about the essence of what you want. Is an academic environment where you want to be? I believe that if we have a certain calling, doors will open for us no matter what the economic or employment opportunities appear to be. Of course, some practicality also needs to be in the mix. You don’t have to know the specifics of how you will bring that into your life at first, just what appeals. If you can distill that information, ideas and opportunities will lead you to the when, where and how. I have seen it happen time and time again. It is important to find joy and satisfaction in how you earn a living; it isn’t all about the money. There is a path for you. Open your mind and relax, removing the pressure and anxiety from your search. Enjoy the journey. Signed, Simone

Q: I’m twenty-four years old and have been dating my girlfriend for two years, since my last year of college. We’ve been living together for ten months, but for the past four months I’ve suspected that she is cheating on me. I think I really love her and she says she loves me, but I don’t trust her anymore and it’s eating me up inside. The thing is this has happened before. I caught my last girlfriend cheating. Then I became so obsessed with everything she did that we fought all the time and broke up. All of this has me feeling depressed and hopeless. Is there an honest girl out there? Is something wrong with me? Help. Signed, Discouraged

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A: Dear Discouraged, Don’t be; at least not completely. Of course there are honest women (and men) out there. We’re not responsible for the behaviors and misbehaviors of our significant others. You might think this means you are powerless, but it doesn’t mean that at all. The answer, however, often begins with you, because if you don’t really believe in yourself or your worthiness to have what you want, you’ll attract the opposite. It’s one of those transcendent principles of life that govern us all, whether we know it or not. I can’t tell you whether your girlfriend is cheating, although eventually you will know, one way or the other. However, that’s not really the point. Her behaviors are hers; her integrity (or lack of it) is hers. If you keep attracting young women into your life that treat you with disrespect, self-respect, your self-respect, may the real issue for you. That is where you begin; not by searching through her texts, but by looking in the mirror. What do you see? How do you feel about that guy? My guess is that somewhere, somehow, your own sense of self got compromised, so that is where your solution lies. Take a break and focus on yourself. There are a number of ways you can do that. If you’re a reader, self-help books abound that will provide keys and helpful guidance. Therapy with a skilled clinician can unlock and undo that source of self-doubt. Or journaling: writing down your thoughts, feelings, fears, and doubts, then canceling them out with self-affirming thoughts and words written with your mighty pen. If and when you are ready to tackle this issue, you will be guided along the right path. That old saying — When the student is ready, the teacher will appear — is one of those truisms of life. No doubt you’re a great guy; good luck with turning that discouragement into delight. May the force be with you! Signed, Simone Simone, a pseudonym, is a a clinical social worker licensed to practice in Alabama. If you have a problem for Simone, email planeteditor@yahoo.com, subject: Simone. All queries will be held in confidence.

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I’m sitting at breakfast many decades ago, watching me watching my family. My sister Barbara is talking about her upcoming speech before a Northington Elementary School gathering, worried about what she’ll wear and how she’ll do. Brother Ronny is helping Mother pack his lunch as he carefully picks over his food. I’m grabbing for the next-to-last slice of bread from the wrapper on the table, but one of the slices is the heel, so it doesn’t count. Everybody knows that the heel is the most undesirable piece of light bread, and everybody avoids it. I hesitate, unwilling to take the final non-heel slice, because Mother has taught us never to take the last of anything.  I decide I can do without bread this morning. But Mother always notices everything—especially those things you wish she wouldn’t notice. She quickly pulls both slices out of the wrapper, places the “whole” one on my plate as if unconsciously, and starts buttering the heel for herself. Or oleo margarine-ing it, to be more precise. I sigh in relief and treat myself to a nice jellied sandwich to go with my brown-sugared oatmeal and salt-and-peppered eggs, while Mother makes do with the piece of bread nobody else will touch. It is at this moment that I recognize the curse with which I will be saddled the rest of my life. I CAN'T HELP SEEING THINGS. The small invisible camera over my shoulder records everything—everything I wish to see, everything I wish I’d never seen, everything I imagine I’m seeing, everything I wish you could see, everything I’ve ever seen and will in time see. Other writers and would-be writers have confirmed this curse with me—they have it, too The jellied bread doesn’t taste quite as good as it should, because I recognize my selfishness, and I recognize Mother’s sacrifice—one of a hundred small sacrifices she’ll make on behalf of her family this week and most of the weeks of her remaining life. My shoulder camera records more than I will ever be able to write about—how Mother gives up part of her social life to raise her family, how she denies herself a new dress and instead makes a dress for Barbara, how she saves the flour sacks to make shirts for us boys, how she gives up some of her own aspirations so that we can live ours. Down all the days, wherever I travel, I and my camera keep noticing the beauty of other mothers, other people, whenever they take one step back to allow me my moment of stepping high, how they are there to help me without even asking for or receiving credit, how they come and go from my life with such grace and ease. How they never ask our thanks. Mother constructed me, nurtured me, stood by while I fluttered from the nest, then kept up with me and my accomplishments and tribulations for many  years, waiting patiently until I was mature enough to appreciate her aloud or in my writings. Now she stands behind my camera, occasionally reminding me of her wisdoms, now and then chiding me when I forget who I am and who I came from. And she still grabs the heel first, just to gift me with one more small, unselfish favor…hoping I’ll pass the wisdoms and favors on to

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EGAN'S // THE LITTLE BAR THAT COULD The Strip has its fair share of important concerts. Some of the venues in the area are known in the region, even the state, as providing high-quality entertainment to patrons for many years. However, a good many of these shows happened at a venue that doesn’t exactly qualify as state-ofthe-art. Nevertheless, it has hosted several artists that later found major success, and has one of the most loyal followings in Tuscaloosa. I’m not talking about The Jupiter. I’m not talking about Rounders. I’m talking about Egan’s. Egan’s, in the most classic sense, is a dive bar. They don’t serve food, except for peanuts and chips. No Miller or Coors products are served, but the beers they do have, both on tap and in bottle, highlight microbreweries both local and national. The décor is, well, interesting. At one point they put up Christmas lights and then never took them down. The walls are a mixture of patron photos and concert posters. There is some adult-themed artwork (for lack of a better description). Like all Tuscaloosa bars, it is a Bama shrine, though a much more colorful one, which sells stickers with pro-Bama slogans that I don’t think the athletic department quite endorses. It is also one of the few bars in town where the televisions are used for more than just sports. In fact, most afternoons can find both staff and patrons enjoying Jeopardy or Shark Week. In a weird way, it is both inconspicuous and outlandish at the same time. Showtime at Egan’s is a world in and of itself. One of the complaints about some bars in Tuscaloosa is that the stage area is too small. At Egan’s, they don’t even have a stage. Instead, the bands play in the dart board area, temporarily shutting down what can be some very competitive dart games. While a band is playing, patrons in the main bar area have two choices if they need to use the restroom: walk outside and use the back door, or walk through the band to the bathroom. If you want to play pool, you’re out of luck as well, as the pool table becomes a merchandise table during the show. While these might seem like a lot to handle for patrons, it actually works in the bars favor as fans can be as close to the band as possible. This creates a certain camaraderie between artists and fans, and the energy in the crowd becomes overwhelming and exciting comparedWidespread to the usual setup. Panic And boy is there a crowd! The seemingly tiny bar packs wall-to-wall for shows, making it one of the most energetic venues in town. Part of the aura of Egan’s comes from the shows it has hosted and continues to host. Probably the most famous alumni are the Alabama Shakes. Just a year removed from their show at Egan’s, the Shakes were opening for Neil Young and were one of the fastest rising artists in the country. So impressed were they with the experience that they even played a secret show back this last spring. Those who frequented the bar in the 1990’s might have seen Stuart Daniel Baker, better known as Unknown Hinson, a country-singing vampire and guitar virtuoso. Baker is better known to younger fans as the voice of Early Cuyler on the Adult Swim program Squidbillies. Egan’s also keeps unique by not simply rotating the same local bands you can see at any bar in town on any given night. Instead, they bring in quite an array of artists from all over the region and country. I can remember one particular night when the act was a guy from Canada simply playing an acoustic guitar. How they found him is beyond me, but that’s the kind of unexpectedness of Egan’s that attracts generations of loyal fans. Any fan of Tuscaloosa music has to go to Egan’s when Baak Gwai is playing. They are almost the unofficial house band of the bar, and their shows there are simply magnificent. The proto-punk rockers have developed a regional fanbase, but they always seem to save their best for any show at Tuscaloosa’s favorite dive. Daikaju is another local favorite who calls Egan’s home, and the Dexateens made more than their fair share of appearances at the venue. Egan’s make no apologies for the shape of their bar, and that may attract more artists than any big stage or huge sound system ever could. As far as patrons go, Egan’s doesn’t really have a type, per se. Instead, you have Dispatch an interesting mix of locals and more eccentric students. But even that is painting with a brush much too narrow to accurately describe the crowd, as plenty of patrons have no trouble moving from there to Red Shed, Houndstooth, or any other bar on the Strip known for more traditional crowds. So the best way to decide if Egan’s is for you is to take notice of their famous sign above the front door. It simply reads, “WARNING: Thick Smoke, Dim Lights, Loud Music, Welcome to Egan’s”. If you can deal with that, you are welcome at Egan's.

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