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Country music fans must have been good this year because 2016 is quite a year for holiday albums from that music genre. Several big-name country artists headline a selection of holiday releases with plenty of star power. Here’s a look at this year’s notable Christmas albums.



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ountry music fans must have been good this year because 2016 is quite a year for holiday albums from that music genre. Several big-name country artists headline a selection of holiday releases with plenty of star power. Here’s a look at this year’s notable Christmas albums. Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood: “Christmas Together” (Pearl/ Gwendolyn Records) – Two originals -- the swinging, brassy “I’m Beginning To See The Light” and the humorous “Ugly Christmas Sweater” -- set the tone for “Christmas Together.” Mostly light, playful and cheerily romantic, this album was meant to feel as pleasant and comfortable as a cup of hot chocolate. And that’s what “Christmas Together” achieves. – Rating: 3 ½ stars Rascal Flatts: “The Greatest Gift Of All” (Big Machine) – The popular trio starts off this album on a promising note, with a big and brassy version (think early Chicago) of “Joy To The World” that’s inventive and quite different from usual Rascal Flatts music. The rest of the album yields more pleasant surprises, including a gently swinging version of “Deck The Halls,” a funky horn-centered take of “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and a poppy version of “Let It Snow.” Pretty great stuff, indeed. – Rating: 4 stars Loretta Lynn: “White Christmas Blue” (Legacy) – The country legend keeps it pure country on her latest holiday album, with plenty of fiddle, steel and other acoustic treatments of classics like “Frosty The Snowman,” “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” A trio of solid originals – “Country Christmas,” “White Christmas Blue” and “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus” – gives the album something unique to go with Lynn’s distinctive unfussy singing. – Rating: 3 ½ stars Jennifer Nettles: “Celebrate Christmas” (Big Machine) – The Sugarland singer opens things with a fun rocking version of “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and then brings some gentle country swing and notes of jazz to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” But the rest of “Celebrate Christmas” is more safe, soft and comfortable. That’s all fine and good, but if Nettles had carried the creativity of the first two songs


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through the rest of this album, she might have really had something special. – Rating: 3 stars Reba McEntire: “My Kind of Christmas” (Cracker Barrel/Nash Icon/Starstruck) – For her third Christmas album, McEntire takes an instrumental left turn, performing winter warmers like “Winter Wonderland” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and more playful tunes (“Jingle Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock”) accompanied only by pianist Catherine Marx. It’s a refreshing approach, but “My Kind of Christmas” grows a little too instrumentally one dimensional over a full album. – Rating: 3 stars Chris Young – “It Must Be Christmas” (RCA) – Young shows the singing talent that has him on track join the top tier of artists in the genre. His rich vocal tone on songs like “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” shows considerable range and makes for pleasant listening. Young isn’t terribly daring with his song choices, but he builds in a few instrumental twists that freshen things up some. And the original “New Kid in Town” (a stately ballad that’s not the Eagles song) is a nice addition. -- Rating 3 ½ stars Neil Diamond: “Acoustic Christmas” (Capitol) – Diamond bring his dramatic and distinctive singing style to a mix of often performed Christmas classics, originals (#1 Record For Christmas”) and somewhat lesser known songs (a frisky folky version of “Children Go Where I Send Thee” and Irish-tinged “Christmas in Killarney”). As the title suggests, the treatments are acoustic, but they’re not stripped back, and that musical backdrop works well here. – Rating: 3 ½ stars Pentatonix: “A Pentatonix Christmas” (RCA)/Straight No Chaser: “I’ll Have Another…Christmas Album” (Atlantic) – A cappella is well represented this holiday season as these two leading acts in the genre bring plenty of creativity to their albums. The Platinum-selling quintet Pentatonix gets refreshingly playful with the normally staid ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and puts multiple vocals to good work on “Hallelujah.” And two originals, “The Christmas Sing-Along” and “Good To Be Bad,” stand up to the classics. Straight No Chaser, meanwhile,

finds a good middle ground between the fairly serious tone of the group’s first Christmas album, “Holiday Spirits” and the more humorous tone of its second holiday effort, “Christmas Cheers.” Creative vocal arrangements abound and make “I’ll Have Another…Christmas Album” another successful holiday effort from this group. – Ratings: “A Pentatonix Christmas” – 3 ½ stars; “I’ll Have Another…Christmas Album” -- 3 ½ stars Kacey Musgraves: “A Very Kacey Christmas” (Mercury) – The title here promises a Christmas album with a distinctly Musgraves twist. By and large, she delivers, putting plenty of cheery spunk, twang, and in the case of some tunes (“Let It Snow”), some swing into things. It makes for a very smart and sweet holiday album. – Rating: 4 stars Sarah McLachlan: “Wonderland” (Verve) – McLachlan may be famous for her fluttering, breathy singing, but some surprising musical arrangements make “Wonderland” the year’s most adventurous holiday album. Some of treatments work well. The delicate guitar and horn on “White Christmas” is quite tasteful and the orchestration on “Silver Bells” adds drama to this standard. Other times, the results are more iffy. The synthetic percussion on “Away in a Manger” and “Angels We Have Heard On High” is a bit distracting. McLachlan doesn’t necessarily improve on the originals, but it’s nice to hear an artist take some real risks with the songs of the season. – Rating: 3 ½ stars She & Him: “Christmas Party” (Columbia/ Sony) – Zoey Deschanel and M. Ward are back in the holiday spirit with their second Christmas album in five years. As usual, the duo brings its vintage pop flair to much of the proceedings, evoking a bit of girl group pop on “All I Want For

Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Happy Holiday.” But there’s also a Klezmer/Cajun/Tex-Mex accented treatment of “Must Be Santa,” a slightly jazzy “The Man with the Bag” and a laid back version of “Run Run Rudolph.” “Christmas Party” is pleasing, but not as rowdy as the title suggests – unless perhaps one is planning a romantic party of two. – Rating: 3 stars Frankie Valli: “‘Tis the Seasons” (Rhino) – The Jersey boy’s gets top billing, of course, on his first Christmas album as a solo artist. But the real stars here are the big backing vocal arrangements (especially on “Winter Wonderland,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels We Have Heard On High”) and the instrumental arrangements that bring originality to “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Frosty The Snowman” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – Rating: ½ stars Jimmy Buffett: “‘Tis the SeaSon” (Mailboat) – As one would expect, Buffett brings an island vibe to this set of contemporary seasonal tunes. “Wonderful Christmastime” gets a bit of a reggae touch, while “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” gets a retro feel from the backing vocals and trumpet solo. On “Drivin’ the Pig (Manejando el Cerdo)” – one of three originals if you count the Parrotheaded version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” -- Buffett goes Caribbean with pleasing results. This light-hearted album should warm up your holidays. – 3 ½ stars Leslie Odom Jr.: “Simply Christmas” (S-Curve) – The Tony winner and star of “Hamilton” joins the holiday album fray with lightly jazzy, restrained versions of holiday standbys like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and in the album’s most inspired song choice, “My Favorite Things” (yes, the song from “The Sound of Music”). – Rating: 3 ½ stars


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Election Day, presented by the businesses located at the Bank of Tuscaloosa Plaza on Jack Warner Parkway. The Bank of Tuscaloosa, Hunt Refining Company, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC, JMF Capstone Wealth Management, Rosen Harwood Attorneys at Law and Southland Benefit Solutions hosted members and treated them to grilled fare, cookouts, tailgate foods and much more during the event. TUSCALOOSA Becomes first metro community in the state to receive designation

LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION TACKLES RANGE OF TOPICS AT CHAMBER IN SESSION: STATE OF THE STATE Members of West Alabama’s legislative delegation met at Embassy Suites Thursday morning for Chamber in Session: State of the State, tackling topics of interest to Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama members during a panel moderated by JamisonMoneyFarmer PC’s Carl Jamison, the Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council. Joining Jamison for the panel were Sen. Gerald Allen, in his second term serving Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa’s District 21; Sen. Bobby Singleton, in his third term serving Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa’s District 24; Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa’s House District 70; Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa’s House District 63; Rep. Kyle South of Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Tuscaloosa’s House District 16; and Rep. Rich Wingo of Tuscaloosa’s House District 62. Senator Allen, who serves as Chairman of the Transportation and Energy Committee, was asked about the ongoing debate on investment in the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. “There’s a movement in Montgomery to deal with the gasoline tax,” Allen said, noting the last time the tax had been addressed was in 1992. Senator Singleton, who has recently been appointed to Governor Robert Bentley’s Advisory Council on Gaming, was asked about his thoughts on resolving the gambling issues in the state. Rep. England, who serves on the Judiciary Committee as well as the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and is also the Vice Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Legislation Committee, is viewed as an expert in the legislature on Alabama’s criminal justice system and prisons. He was asked about the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights investigation into the state’s men’s prison system, and about the reforming Alabama’s justice system. “Our prisons are critically underfunded,” England said. “We are actually less safe because we cannot incarcerate anyone anymore.” England said we have wasted prison space on incarcerating the wrong type of prisoner, such as the mentally ill. Rep. Poole, who serves as Chairman of the Ways and Means Education Committee, talked about protecting education funding. “You can invest in problems, or you can invest in solutions,” he said. “Education and workforce development is the solution. We need to give people a good education and a good job. The return on investment is not only immediate, but lasts for generations.” Rep. South, who was able to get an important small business hiring tax credit enacted into law during the last session, was asked about economic development. The bill, the Alabama Small Business Jobs Act, gives businesses with 75 or fewer employers an income tax credit for every new full-time job paying $40,000 or more a year. “Anything we can do to expand business helps out,” South said. South is also serving on the Governor’s Budget Reform Task Force, which has held hearings in recent weeks.  Rep. Rich Wingo is also on the Budget Reform Task Force, and was asked where budget reform is headed. “I’m a big proponent of spending money wisely,” he said. Wingo said the task force was requiring the state government to not just tell them how much money they needed to operate, but to show them. “The people of this state deserve to know how their money is being spent.” Presenting Sponsor for Chamber in Session: State of the State was The University of Alabama System. Gold Sponsors were Embassy Suites Tuscaloosa Downtown and TekLinks. NOVEMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS HELD AT BANK OF TUSCALOOSA PLAZA

West Alabama Works announced as of November 17, Tuscaloosa County became the first metro community in the State of Alabama to meet all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. This achievement caps a 12-month engagement process and launches a two-year growth and maintenance phase to retain certification.

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ooking at the upcoming weekly weather, I see temperatures of mid 60’s and lows in the 20’s in the forecast here in Tuscaloosa. I wear my winter jacket (which I previously wore in my snowy home state of Ohio) to work in the morning, but by the afternoon I could almost be in shorts. It is the many mood swings of weather here that manifests into the “cold and flu” season. I don’t watch a lot of television, however I have seen more than my share of Tamiflu or Robitussin commercials! Instead of taking these medications once you are already infested with sickness, your defense weapon should always be doing things to prevent them from happening in the first place. Through research and personal opinions from being in the field conservative healthcare, these are some helpful tips to stay healthy and keep your body functioning at its greatest potential. Get some exercise- exercising increases the immune system through the release of endorphins and sweating out toxic substances. With added stress- whether it is physical, emotional, or mental, sends the bodies’ immune system into a downward spiral. However, physical activity decreases stress levels by releasing “happy hormones” and mentally clearing the mind. Also good news, if you are already sick exercise stimulates the production of epinephrine, which constricts blood vessels in and around your mucous membranes and can relieve nasal discomfort and congestion. Eat your way to health. Think of food as an insurance policy, like a preventive strike against cold and flu season. Eat a diet that is high in antioxidants, which are found in fruits and vegetables. More specifically and beneficial, eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in colors like red, orange, yellow, purple, and dark green such as tomatoes, oranges, bell peppers, eggplant, spinach, and blueberries. Don’t forget that healthy eating is not just a winter concern but should be developed into habits for a healthier life. Start taking vitamins aka “Fightamins”. Our Vitamin D levels decrease in the winter months because the sun is not as powerful and the amount of sunshine becomes few and far between. Unfortunately, you can only consume a small amount of Vitamin D in your diet so you need to take matters into your own hands. Why Vitamin D? Because it helps the body fight off colds. In fact research shows, taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D a day can help fight respiratory infection. Drink more water- Water oxygenates your blood and flushes out toxins from your body. It also hydrates all your organs and specifically your eyes and mouth, which keeps them moist to repel viruses. What I recommend to my patients in the office is drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example-if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking 80 ounces of water each day. Try


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it, it will change the way you look and feel. Avoid Sugar and Dairy. According to research, the amount of sugar in one can of soda can decrease your immune system by 30% for 3 hours. Some will argue that sugar should be completely avoided in your diet however, sugar intake should be limited to 9 and 6 teaspoons respectively for men and women. Dairy products increase mucus production and thickness, making it harder to fight congestion. Dairy also increases inflammation in the body, which can lead to further constricted airways, making it harder to breathe. Eat your Protein- Research shows that a diet too low in protein can deplete the immune system. The recommended about of protein per day set by the American Registered Dietician Association is .4 grams per pound of body weight. So again if we take a 160-pound person and multiple that by .4 grams, this person should be consuming 64 grams of protein per day. Good sources of protein include lean meats such as chicken breasts and turkey, eggs, legumes, peanut butter, and whole grains such as quinoa. Chiropractic Care- First of all let me say, chiropractic care is not a cure for the common cold. Regular chiropractic care, however, will increase a person’s natural resistance to colds through natural resistance. The natural resistance I am talking about is the body’s ability to function optimally, which can only happen if one is free of misalignments of the spine. These misalignments prevent proper nerve flow through the body and lower its natural resistance to fight illnesses. In closing, I want to debunk the saying “feed a cold, starve a fever”. Anytime your body is fighting a sickness, nutritious foods will aid your immune system in getting rid of whatever you are battling. Also, when you have a fever your metabolism is higher which means you are burning more calories than you normally would due to the higher temperature of your body. So you actually need more calories for energy and for your body to function properly. Although these are suggestions for preventing a cold or flu, in general they are healthy habits that should be implemented year around. Trying all of these at once may seem overwhelming, but instead try adding one change a week. Making small changes at a time will add up to a big change and in return a much healthier you. Best of luck and I wish you the healthiest, happiest year yet!


hy does Alabama rank so low on many of the indicators of quality of life? Why did some of the most dramatic developments in the civil rights revolution of the 1960s take place in Alabama? Why is it that a few interest groups seem to have the most political power in Alabama? William H. Stewart’s Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century explores these questions and more, illuminating many of the often misunderstood details of contemporary Alabama politics in this cohesive and comprehensive publication. The Alabama state government, especially as a specimen of Deep South politics, is a topic of frequent discussion by its general public—second only to college football. However, there remains a surprising lack of literature focusing on the workings of the state’s bureaucracy in an extensive and systematic way. Bearing in mind the Yellowhammer State’s long and rich political history, Stewart concentrates on Alabama’s statecraft from the first decade of the twenty-first century through the November 2010 elections and considers what the widespread Republican victories mean for their constituents. He also studies several different themes prominent during the 2010 elections, including the growing number and influence of special interest groups, the respective polarization of whites and blacks into the Republican and Democratic parties, and the increasingly unwieldy state constitution. This fascinating and revealing text provides a wealth of information about an extremely complex state government. Featuring detailed descriptions of important concepts and events presented in a thorough and intelligible manner, Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century is perfect for scholars, students, everyday Alabamians, or anyone who wants the inside scoop on the subtle inner workings of the Cotton State’s politics.

a coauthor of Alabama Government and Politics. He is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Alabama and was presented the National Association of Secretaries of State Gold Medallion Award in July 2015 by Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill for “his service to the people of the state of Alabama.” REVIEWS "Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century is interesting and informative, and it brings an important topic up to date. Good examinations of state-level politics need to be done from time to time, and there is no comparable work on contemporary Alabama politics currently available." —Robert P. Steed, coeditor of Writing Southern Politics: Contemporary Interpretations and Future Directions “Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century fills a glaring gap in the literature, as there has been no book (to my knowledge) on general and contemporary Alabama politics from a scholarly author since 1988.” —Steven L. Taylor, coauthor of A Different Democracy: American Government in a Thirty-One-Country Perspective

AUTHORS/EDITORS William H. Stewart is the author of The Alabama State Constitution and The University of Alabama Press is a proud member of the Association of American University Presses. The Press currently publishes 70-75 new titles a year and has over 1,800 titles in print. It is a founding member of the University Press Content Consortium and is at the cutting edge of digital publishing. The Press is the publishing arm of the University of Alabama.


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STEVE VAI Calling Steve Vai a virtuoso is the epitome of an understatement. Ever since heading out to California fresh out of Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1979 and cutting his compositional teeth playing and recording with Frank Zappa, he has followed quite the convoluted creative path. A hero to a generation of shredders and other sixstring fanatics, Vai has played the role of hot-shot guitar god rock star (Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake), educator (Vai Academy), movie star (“Crossroads”) and in-demand session guitarist (PIL, Alice Cooper, Eros Ramazotti, M83). And this doesn’t even take into account a highly respected solo career that’s going on three-plus decades and counting. Earlier this year, Vai had spearheaded Generation Axe, a tour that put the multi-talented musician on stage with four other axe-wielders handpicked by him: Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leader), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and Swedish neoclassical metal pioneer Yngwie Malmsteen (Alzcatrazz). Vai was beyond thrilled with how the tour went and as far as he was concerned, Generation Axe was, “...a beautiful potpourri of flavors hitting you in the face—it was just a great show. If you’re a guitar lover, you may have thought that it was just going to be a big wankfest, but there was just so much dimension with what everybody did. It was beautiful.” This year also finds him marking the 25th anniversary of “Passion & Warfare,” Vai’s 1990 sophomore effort. And while this is actually the 26th year since it came out, Vai

native felt it was worth celebrating during this current tour. “This is actually the 26th anniversary, but the reason it took me so long was because when I did “Flex-Able,” which is my first solo record, it was such a carefree kind of a quirky project. I had no intentions of it ever being released, making a record or being an artist that is recognized,” he explained. “I just wanted to make this funny music that me and my friends could laugh at. And I was enamored with Frank Zappa at the time. Then my next record, “Passion & Warfare”—you’d never expect the same guy that make that record to have made “Flex-Able.” But all through those years in-between, I was still playing. I had bands and was recording some things and it just sat on the shelves. One day I thought I was going to make this real. I went back and took all that material and some it was tracked and some it was just written and performed with bands, especially this band The Classified that I had, whose members were Tommy Mars, Sue Mathis, Stu Hamm and Chris Frazier. I listened to this material and it’s the missing link between “Flex-Able” and “Passion & Warfare,” because you hear the quirkiness and intensity of youth and the courageous abandon of not catering to any particular style of music.” Vai recently came home as a special guest on lifelong friend Joe Satriani’s G5 Experience guitar clinic, which was recently held at the Glen Cove Mansion in New York. Vai popped in for one day, where he guested alongside fellow guitar whizzes Eric Johnson, Testament’s Alex Skolnick and longtime Joe Satriani sideman Mike Keneally. Satriani is also Vai’s former teacher, and like his fellow Long Island native, he’s also gone down an educational path hosting his own Vai Academy on the West Coast. The next one will be held from Jan. 2 to 5 in Carmel, CA and

like G5, it will also have guest instructors. “It’s going to be at this beautiful resort. I have confirmations for the people that will be joining us,” Vai said. “I don’t know how it can turn out because we’re still in the formulation stages. Joe Satriani is going to be joining us and Al DiMeola, if you can imagine that. How cool is that? Also Carlos Alomar and we’re working on another. I love these camps because it’s a great opportunity to talk to these kids that are eager and hungry and looking for all sorts of information and inspiration. And my camps in the past have been theme-oriented.” The initial camp included topics ranging from the soupto-nuts construction of writing a song and copywriting, recording and mixing it to learning how to get it out into the world and promote it. Later courses found Vai bringing in luthiers to come and talk about body shapes, wood and necks. The one constant has been the array of great artists that have taught and played at Vai Academy along with endless opportunities for students to learn while jamming and playing with each other and their instructors. This year’s topic will be “Technique and Beyond Technique.” As a devotee of meditation, spirituality and the metaphysics writings of Eckhart Tolle, Vai felt a degree of kismet had a hand in his recent appearance at G5. “Joe and I are joined at the hip throughout our whole career and lives, ever since I was 12 years old,” he said. “What a beautiful lesson to have in life. It’s so funny because I was thinking that I’d love to just pop into Joe’s camp for a little while one of these years and just kind of be there for the fans and for Joe. But it was just a little scene in the back of my mind. And the oddest thing—the universe provides—a week later I get a call asking how I’d like to join the camp. You put it out there with good intentions and things just happen. If you look back at your life, you notice that’s the pattern of the universe. Whatever you’re truly feeling inside manifests.”

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COUNTY ACHIEVES ACT WORK READY COMMUNITY CERTIFICATION The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative assists a particular area, region or state in developing its workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers. The framework allows each participating community to quantify and improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential – the National Career Readiness Certificate. To begin this certification process, community leaders attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy, an executive leadership and training program designed and hosted by ACT. They then began to work toward their certification goals by building awareness, cooperation and commitment with local business, policymakers, educators and economic developers. “This accomplishment marks continued alignment of business driven needs and educational achievement," says Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and Team Leader, West Alabama Works. "Employers now can be sure that individuals with their NCRC come to the table with a basic set of skills, which will allow them to be successful employees." "We are the first metro area in the State of Alabama to have its designation, which required support from more than 120 businesses. We’ll continue to educate our

business community on the value of the NCRC and the importance of being a Work Ready Community.” Russell Dubose, Human Resources Director at Phifer Incorporated, uses Work Keys as a standard hiring tool. “ACT WorkKeys is the country’s premier workforce assessment solution," he says. "For more than nine years, we have qualified job applicants based on valid and reliable analysis using the WorkKeys system. We are proud to be a member of an ACT Work Ready Community.”


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ovember is hands down my favorite time of the year. Sure I could attribute this to Thanksgiving, perhaps even football, but more likely the fact that my birthday falls within this month. Now well into my thirties, I’ve transitioned away from big birthday bashes to intimate dinners with close friends. I told my husband this year that I wanted to find a place that would comfortably accommodate a group of twelve, while providing great food and an atmosphere that was conducive to good conversation with everyone at the table. The first restaurant that came to my mind was Cypress Inn. First learning of Cypress Inn as a college freshman, I remember having dinners at Cypress for honor society officer inductions and other prestigious student organizations. Fast forwarding to later in my adult life, memories have been added of celebrating friends’ engagements at Cypress, as well as taking interview candidates from campus to dinner. Cypress Inn seemed like the perfect place to enjoy a little nostalgia while celebrating turning another year wiser. We arrived at Cypress on a Thursday evening welcomed by an extremely friendly staff. Anticipating our arrival, the hostess took us to our own private area. Not soon after we sat down, our server quickly took our drinks orders and brought out the signature spice muffins and yeast rolls. Still soft and warm like memories past, I pleased knowing that their bread quality had not changed over the years. Looking through the menu, I had difficulty deciding what to get. I’ve traditionally been a smoked chicken with white barbecue sauce kind of diner, but thought I’d go for something a little different. Perusing the menu one last time, I decided to go with the fried jumbo Gulf shrimp with country club squash and smoked Gouda grits. Others at our table opted for the prime rib split rolls, catfish, and Cypress Inn Special. It wasn’t long after we ordered that the food started piling on the table. It had been awhile since my last trip to Cypress, so the ample portions of my


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grits and squash were surprising. My jumbo shrimp lived up to their name and were colored in golden perfection. Soon after finishing my meal, dessert started to creep on the radar. Our group couldn’t decide between the peanut butter pie, bread pudding, and cheese pie, so we decided on the Cypress Inn dessert sampler to give us a little bit of everything. Each bite of dessert was consistent perfection. I’d never had the Mississippi mud cake or the key lime pie; neither left me disappointed. All in all, it was great to be back in a place where my first memory started 13 years ago. Despite the management and ownership changes over the years, Cypress Inn continues to be a place that Tuscaloosa loves. It’s hard to ignore the fact that Cypress Inn will always be a signature place in Tuscaloosa. Riverfront views seem to be a highlight and complement to the tried-and-true menu that Tuscaloosa folks keep coming back for. I will be back again soon, Cypress Inn. Cypress Inn is located at 501 Rice Mine Road North in Tuscaloosa. Tweet us @ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating! Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian and local “Thrifty Dietitian.” Follow her on Twitter @TheThriftyRD

Concerned about climate risk energy freedom? SOUTHERN ENERGY FREEDOM TOUR Come learn how you can engage your member of Congress and community on a market-friendly solution to climate change that can also increase your family energy freedom of choice WHEN Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 6:30 to 7:30 pm WHERE Forest Lake Methodist Church Tuscaloosa SPEAKERS Peter Bryn, Ricky Bradley, and Bishop Dansby RSVP

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lavored beers can be fun and a change of pace for someone who is constantly drinking the same thing. There’s nothing wrong with a beer that has some sort of fruit flavoring added to it, but some people will argue that it’s too “feminine” or just not good, but I couldn’t disagree more. It’s extremely difficult to get a good flavor into a beer. So when I see one that’s a bit more interesting, I usually have to try it even if it misses the mark most of the time. Fortunately, Funky Buddha from Oakland Park, FL is well-versed in the extreme flavors department. They have beers that range from lemon icebox pie to maple bacon and coffee, so clearly they know what they’re doing. I recently saw that they had a Blueberry Cobbler Ale, a base wheat beer but then has blueberries, vanilla, and cinnamon added, and I knew I had to get my hands on it. It just so happened that I was in Florida a couple of weeks ago and stopped into a local bottle shop/ gas station to buy some beer. I looked in the cooler and there was a single bottle of the Blueberry Cobbler Ale and I knew it would be mine. I took it home and opened it and was blown away by the flavors and more so the idea of crafting something so mind boggling. Here are my thoughts: I didn’t pour this one into a bottle, but from what I’ve read and seen online the beer pours a nice purple to blue-ish hue, due to the use of real blueberries, with about a half inch of off-white head that sticks around for a while. The smell was amazing and more like cobbler than I was expecting, to be honest. I got hints of the cinnamon and vanilla, but not much of the blueberries until the beer warmed a bit. It’s pretty interesting and not something I had ever experienced before. The use of vanilla and cinnamon combine to make something that really does remind you of the crust or the crumble depending on if you always had pie or cobbler. Really quite nice and very much a sensory overload. Taste is where it lost me a little bit, but not something that really pushed me away. The flavor was mostly vanilla with hints of milky sweetness. You do pick up a little bit of the blueberries on the back end, but nothing too strong. I do wish there would have been a good bit more blueberry in the taste because, well, it’s in the name and I expected it to be almost like a mouthful of blueberries. With that being said, the beer is really easy to drink and nothing is too harsh so that you can’t enjoy it. I very much enjoyed the flavor, I just wish some things were a little different in a few places. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, which really drove home the flavor of the cobbler, but again the blueberries would have added a lot here. The carbonation level was light to medium, which did help the small amount of blueberry flavor. One

thing I have noticed with any of Funky Buddha's wheat beers is that they're usually pretty heavy and I can only drink one or two before feeling like I have concrete in my stomach. Floridian, a German hefeweizen, is the same way and I really wish I could drink so much more of that beer at a time, because it's so refreshing. Overall, this is a decently done beer, but it just lacks in a few places where I wished it would shine. The blueberry flavor was light, but I've come to expect it from beers that use natural ingredients rather than artificial flavorings. I definitely applaud Funky Buddha on their continued use of real fruits and real spices in their beers, so I can always overlook a lighter fruit flavor in their products because I know it's coming from real fruit. I'm not sure of the price point on a 4 pack of this beer, but I'm not sure I would seek it out. Although, I would definitely drink one or two if I saw it on draft somewhere. Either way, if you see it drink it and continue to support breweries who try adventurous things and that are always experimenting. Cheers!





Guigal Crozes Hermitage is a red wine that comes from Rhone, France. The varietal is 100% Syrah. Being this my first review of a wine from Rhone, I pulled out my trusty Karen MacNeil Wine Bible and did a little research. What I learned was that Crozes-Hermitage is one of the major appellations of Northern Rhone. E. Guigal is one of a few producers who own more than 10 acres of vineyards in that area. From the tasting notes I was sent, I discovered that E. Guigal was founded in 1946. It has been led since 1961 by Marcel Guigal, the son of the original founder. Finally, this wine, Crozes-Hermitage was first produced in 1999 after an acquisition of low yielding, hillside vineyards by the firm. For more information about this wine, check out E. Guigal from Vintus Wines (their exclusive US importer). E Guigal Crozes Hermitage Review I tasted the 2013 vintage of this wine. Sample received for review purposes. Appearance In the glass, this wine is purple in color and allows a good amount of light to shine through. It’s a leggy red, with plenty of slow falling legs in the glass. Aroma On the nose, this wine gives you lots of spicy and aromatic red fruits. I noted a bit of candy in there too. I could smell the aroma from over a foot away from the glass. It may have been the spice, but there was a decent burn in the nose from this wine.

typical light and dry flavor characteristics found in many French reds. I noted a bit of buttery oak and light, yet warm, red fruits. I also sensed just the slightest hint of black olive. The tasting notes called for “typical Syrah pepper,” however I found that to be well muted. Honestly, I noted the pepper much more in the aroma then in the flavor. I should note that I did notice more pepper at the bottom of my glass versus when first poured. Mouthfeel and Tannins Guigal Crozes-Hermitage is a dry wine. Tannins are noticeable but also well balanced. I noted them all over my palate. Finish I called the finish “medium to long” and it was carried more so by the tannins than the flavor. I found a bit of bitterness in there as well. Overall Opinion Overall, I really enjoyed this lovely, medium bodied French red. I found it to be very approachable and well balanced. It reminded me how much I enjoy French reds and that I need to review more of them! E Guigal Crozes Hermitage price $19.99. Prefer white wines? Then check out my review of E Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc.

E Guigal Crozes Hermitage alcohol content 13% by volume, per the bottle. Taste I could immediately tell this was a French wine. It had the


Suggested Food Pairing I would most definitely pair this wine with a baguette and an assortment of cheeses. That pairing came to mind almost immediately after I had my first sip. Maybe cliché for a French red, but there’s something to be said for that pairing. If red meat suits you better, this wine would go great with a filet mignon, but not a rib eye. An overly flavorful steak might just overpower this red. Cheers and merci beacoup!

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If you're looking for ways to use up your holiday turkey, look no further! Here are some easy ways to dress up and re-use cooked turkey. These recipes are great following the holidays, or any time you have any leftover turkey you want to use up.

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. 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 Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4800 Doris Pate Dr | Exit 76 // 562.8282

Turkey Noodle Dinner 2 to 2 1/2 c. uncooked extra wide egg noodles 1 1/2 to 2 c. cooked turkey, cut into chunks 2 cans cream of chicken soup 1 t. dried parsley 1/2 t. curry powder 1/4 t. thyme any leftover cooked vegetable salt and pepper to taste Cook and drain noodles in 3 qt. pan with lid. Add rest of ingredients to same pan and cover. Cook on medium-high heat until warmed all the way through, stirring occasionally so that it doesn't scorch.

Hearty Turkey Pot Pie

International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130 Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312 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. Sweet Home Food Bar 2218 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 764-9346 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. T-Town Café 500 14th Street, Tuscaloosa | 759-5559 | Mon - Fri 6am - 3pm; Sat - Closed; Sun 10:30am - 3pm The Waysider 1512 Greensboro Ave // 345.8239 Open for breakfast and lunch. Smoke free.

Pillsbury All-Ready pie crust 3 T. margarine 1/2 c. diced peeled potato 1/2 c. chopped onion 1/4 c. sliced celery 1/2 c. sliced carrots 1/4 c. frozen peas 1 can cream of chicken soup dash pepper 1/4 t. sage 1/4 t. rosemary 1 1/2 c. chopped turkey 1/2 c. grated cheese


Chipotle Mexican Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0140 Don Tono's 2312 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191 El Mariachi 3520 McFarland Blvd E |Tuscaloosa // 409-8585 El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 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

Melt margarine in skillet. Saute vegetables 5 minutes. Add soup, spices and cheese. Pour into pie crust and top with upper crust. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 40 minutes.

Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378 LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871 Los Calientes Mexican Grill 3429 McFarland Blvd E // 553.1558

Turkey Enchiladas

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

4 c. cubed turkey 1 onion, chopped 2 small cans tomato sauce 2 cans green chilies 1 can cream of chicken soup 6 flour tortillas 1 1/2 c. sour cream 1/2 cup grated pepper jack cheese

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

Mix cubed turkey, chopped onion, tomato sauce, and green chilies together and pour onto flour tortillas. Fold and roll tortillas and place in greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Heat soup and sour cream. Pour over tortillas and sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For more recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at


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W H E R E TO E AT I N T U S C A LO O SA 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 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. 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; 205.345.6089/ The Side by Side Restaurant 2410 University Blvd. | Embassy Suites | 561-2500


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 607 15th Street Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 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.


Broadway Pizzeria 2880 Rice Mine Road Northeast Tuscaloosa, // 391.6969 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. Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.345.4343 Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd // 758.0112 Pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mr. G’s 908 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339-8505 Olive Garden 2100 McFarland Blvd E // 750-0321 Open daily from 11 a.m. |


Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue // Tuscaloosa Brunch, lunch, and dinner. Specialty cocktails, local pints, bottled beer, and wine. Mon - Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat. Noon – 11 p.m., Sun.Noon p.m. – 9 p.m. Big Daddy’s Cafe 514 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 759.9925 The Blue Plate Restaurant (Was Northport Diner) 450 McFarland Blvd, Northport // 462-3626

Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861

Brumfield's Restaurant 4851 Rice Mine Road | Tue. - Thu.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat.: 11 a.m. 10 p.m., and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Taco Mama 2104 A University Blvd, Tuscaloosa // 409.8173

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.

Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials: Monday - $20 Bottles of Wine; Tuesday - Ladies Night 1/2 off Domestic Beer and House Wine, Select $5 Martinis, $2 off Select Sushi Rolls for Everyone; Uptown Wednesday - $6 Uptown Shrimp; Featured Cocktails and $20 Bottles of Wine. Cypress Inn 501 Rice Mine Rd // 345.6963 Fax: 345.6997 | 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. 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

Chicken Salad Chick The Shoppes at Midtown & Essex Square, Northport | Said to be the very best chicken salad that can be found anywhere. www. Chili’s 1030 Skyland Blvd | Near McFarland Mall // 750.8881 Fax: 758.7715 // Dave’s Dogs 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 722.2800 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0575 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.




Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 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.

Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave // 391.0572 Great burgers. Full service bar. Open late. Tuscaloosa Burger & Seafood Company 1014 7th Ave. | Tuscaloosa // 764.1976 Over 160 craft beers. Tue. - Thu 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Large selection of decadent desserts Wilhagan’s 2209 4th St | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 366.0913

Logan's Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd E // 349.3554

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!

Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WingZone 1241 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 342.2473

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

Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ 4215 Greensboro Ave | Tuscaloosa // 331.4858 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun lunch

Newk’s Express Cafe 205 University Blvd. East // 758.2455 Fax: 758.2470 // 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 lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch // Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 366.8780 Piccadilly Cafeteria 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 556.4960 Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip // 342.0022 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 Ryan’s 4373 Courtney Dr // 366.1114 Near Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419 Southern Ale House 1530 McFarland Blvd N Monday-Thursday 11a-9p, Friday-Saturday 11a-10p Sunday Brunch 11a-2p A warm and inviting restaurant just north of the river with both classic and contemporary interpretations of Southern Cuisine. We boast a large variety of local craft beers on tap and other options in bottle for our beer loving constituents. Wine and Signature cocktails Southland Restaurant 5388 Skyland Blvd E // 556.3070 Steaks, chops and home-cooked vegetables Mon–Fri 10:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Bama BBQ & Grill 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.9816 Dickey's BBQ (3 locations) 9770 Alabama 69; Midtown; and 13544 Hwy 43 North at Rose Blvd. in Northport. Texas Barbecue. | 344.6500 1800 McFarland Blvd, Midtown Village, Tuscaloosa. | 758-1133 13544 Hwy 43 North, Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Northport. | 330-1147 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 Mon–Sat 11am - 10pm | Bar service Mon-Sat 2am and Fri -3am | Kitchen closes at 10pm Pottery Grill (2 locations) Highway 11 | Cottondale // 554.1815 3420 Alabama 69 | Northport // 333.5848 Menu: 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


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

Tacogi 500 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 342.3647

New Orleans Steak and Seafood House 824 McFarland Boulevard |11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. daily. 248-7666

Tuscaloosa Burger & Seafood Company 1014 7th Ave. | Tuscaloosa // 764.1976 Over 160 craft beers. Tue. - Thu 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Large selection of decadent desserts.

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.

Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450 A wonderful selection of Greek foods

Outback Steakhouse 5001 Oscar Baxter Dr // 759.9000


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 Billy's Sports Grill Historic Downtown Northport // 879.2238 Good food, beverages and family friendly Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. till 9 p.m. (Sunday Brunch 10:30am-3pm). Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine, 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 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

R. Davidson Chophouse 2330 4th St. /Downtown Tuscaloosa/ 2056148782 We specialize in traditional American steakhouse fare including filets, New York strips, ribeyes, porterhouses, and more.The wine list and cocktail menus are exceptional and rotate with the seasons. Reservations are available online at or by phone. Hours - Tuesday – Friday Lunch – 11:00am – 2:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - untill. Saturday: Lunch – 11:00am – 4:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - until. Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - until


Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials. New Orleans Steak and Seafood House 824 McFarland Blvd |11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. daily. // 248-7666 Red Lobster 2620 McFarland Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.553.8810 Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM//Fri & Sat 11AM-11PM Reservations Accepted Take-Out Available Private Dining Area Available for Advanced Booking (Lunch Specials Available Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM) Tuscaloosa Burger & Seafood Company 1014 7th Ave. | Tuscaloosa // 764.1976 Tue. - Thu 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Over 160 craft beers. Large selection of decadent desserts. The Levee Bar and Grill 1 Bridge Ave | Northport // 632.3136 Casual riverfront dining Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 10:30 AM-3 PM (Happy Hour Mon-Thurs 2 PM-6 PM)


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Buffet City 1747 Skyland Blvd E // 553.3308 All you can eat buffet. Open 7 days a week.

Manna Grocery & Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 752.9955

Chang’s Chinese Restaurant 1825 McFarland Blvd N // 391.9131

McAlister’s Deli (2 locations) 101 15th St | Tuscaloosa // 758.0039 3021 Tyler Dr | Northport // 330.7940 Sandwiches, salads and spuds

China Fun 2600 University Blvd | Alberta City // 553.2435

Momma Goldberg’s Deli 409 23rd Ave // 345.5501 |

Chongwah Express 1425 McFarland Boulevard, Northport. 333-1088

Newk's 205 University Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 758.2455

Hot Wok Express 6751 Alabama 69, Tuscaloosa // 758.0148

Schlotsky’s Deli 405 15th St. E // 759.1975 //

Lee Palace 6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 / Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Which Wich University Blvd.// Downtown Tuscaloosa // Mon – Sat 10:30 – 9 // Sunday 11 – 7 // Fresh ingredients, great sandwiches. 764.1673

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


A Taste Of Chicago 1700 Greensboro Avenue 205-342-DOGS Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 17th Street and Greensboro Avenue. Authentic Chicago style foods. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Rib Tips, and Chicago Style Pizza.


Ruan Thai 1407 University Blvd // 391.9973 | 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.


Barnes & Noble 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 349.6366 Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays

California Underground 13552 Highway 43, Northport | 339.8660

Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680

Krispy Kreme Doughnut 1400 McFarland Blvd // 758.6913 //

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

Starbucks (2 locations) 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 343.2468 1901 13th Ave East | inside Super Target // 462.1064

Lenny’s Sub Shop 220 15th St // 752.7450 // Fax: 752.7481 // Little Caesars Pizza 1414 10th Ave // 366.2220 | 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 a.m. | Sun 11:30 a.m. - midnight Pizza 120 50115th St. East | 561.6853 Pizza Palace Buffet 6521 Alabama 69 | 752.5444 Tut’s Place 1306 University Blvd | The Strip // 759.1004


Honeybaked Ham Company 421 15th St. E // 345.5508 // Jason’s Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd // 752.6192 Fax: 752.6193 // 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.


Celebrations Bakery, Inc. 1832 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339.3221 Fax: 349.1945 Cold Stone Creamery 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa //343.1670 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. Dunkin' Donuts 2520 Stillman Blvd. |Tuscaloosa// 349.3400 McCorvey Dr. | Tuscaloosa // 348.4041 Mary's Cakes & Pastries 412 22nd Avenue | behind Opus | Northport // 345.8610 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 In Love Patriot Center 7402 Highway 69 South Phone Number: 764.9173 Fax Number: 764.9228 Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 pm. Yogurt Lab 920 Paul W. Bryant Dr Ste 200 | Tuscaloosa // 347.9522 Yogurt Mountain 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 342.1484 Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - midnight



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all, Dark and Handsome perfectly describes Caleb! He is a 2-year-old male Labrador Retriever mix. Caleb is a big dog, weighing about 60 pounds, and has a solid black thick coat. Caleb is a big baby and is so sweet and loving. All he wants are belly rubs and cuddling with you. He does have some energy but can settle down after a walk to be a couch potato with you. Caleb is submissive and a bit afraid of other dogs at first. He might be better as an only dog, or we would do a trial to be sure he gets comfortable with other family dogs. Caleb will require a fenced-in yard, but he should not be an outside-only dog. He loves to be with people and should be fine with children over 8 years if they are comfortable with large dogs. We are working on his crate training. Caleb is up-to-date on his vet care, is neutered, is heartworm negative and is microchipped. He is on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. We hope you will bring him into your heart and home!


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mokey is a 5-year-old female domestic short-haired cat. Her owner passed away, and now she needs a new loving forever home. Smokey is a beautiful gray tuxedo kitty with white mitts and a white bib on her chest. She weighs 7.3 pounds and is a bit timid, but will warm up with just the right family. Smokey is negative for FIV and FeLK, is current on vaccinations, is litter-box trained, and is spayed. We hope you will bring her into your heart and home just in time for the holidays!

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lthough over twenty years have elapsed since he directed the Oscar-winning, Best Picture “Braveheart” in 1995, Mel Gibson hasn’t lost his touch as a topnotch director. The pugnacious, bloodthirsty, fact-based, World War II spectacle “Hacksaw Ridge” ranks as the first memorable battlefront epic of the 21st century. Hollywood hasn’t marched out a significant WW 2 film for inspection since 1998 when Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” landed on the silver screen. Mind you, after the Allied soldiers stormed the Normandy beaches in France, the Spielberg saga degenerated into a sodden sandbag of a movie. I grew up in the 1960s when Hollywood produced patriotic movies and television shows about World War II by the dozens. As far as I am concerned, “The Longest Day” (1962) still tops “Saving Private Ryan.” While it didn’t wallow in the savagery of “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Longest Day” constituted a far more meaningful movie because it covered all sides of the combat. Comparatively, “Hacksaw Ridge” takes place in the Pacific rather than Europe and depicts the bloody battle of Okinawa, where U.S. troops encountered suicidal Japanese soldiers entrenched in caves that eventually became their tombs. Feisty filmgoers may complain that Gibson didn’t detail the entire story. For example, those flame-thrower wielding G.I.s not only incinerated Japanese troops, but also roasted the natives who had been forced to fight alongside with the Japanese. Some island women committed suicide out of fear of getting raped, while others resorted to spears to defend themselves against the invading troops. The ferocious, R-rated blood, gore, and aggression– visceral in every respect as it should be—that Gibson has staged serves to remind moviegoers that this 82day battle constituted the bloodiest military campaign in the Pacific. While “Hacksaw Ridge” shows us that “war is hell,” this wholesale carnage celebrates the heroism of a unique WW 2 hero. Former “Amazing Spiderman” actor Andrew Garfield does a slam-bang job of playing real-life American Army Medic Private First Class Desmond T. Doss who became the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The irony of “Hacksaw Ridge” is that it commemorates the exploits of a Seventh-Day Adventist to save lives instead of destroy them. Now, you’d think that a movie about a conscientious objector would be very dull, but “Hacksaw Ridge” is far from dreary. Robert Schenkkan, who wrote four episodes of the World War II miniseries “The Pacific, and “The Efficiency

Expert” scribe Andrew Knight follow our protagonist, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield of “The Amazing Spiderman”) from boot camp to his baptism under fire at Okinawa. They also deal with his reckless youth when he almost killed his younger brother and later disarmed his drunken father after the latter had abused his mother. The bulk of the action concerns the trials and tribulations that occurred after he enlisted. Desmond informed his Army superiors that he had no use for guns, and he refused to drill with, much less discharge a rifle on the firing range. Desmond suffered the wrath of not only his military superiors but also soldiers that he trained with, and both went to extraordinary lengths to oust him from the Army. Indeed, the Army tried to court-marshal him and his barracks buddies battered and ridiculed him because they figured that he was a yellow-livered coward. Smitty Ryker (Luke Bracey of “Point Break”) was one of the barracks ringleaders who did everything possible to make life unbearable for Desmond. Captain Glover (Sam Worthington of “Avatar”) and Drill Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn of “The Wedding Crashers”) were just as despicable, too. Nevertheless, neither Desmond’s fellow soldiers nor his superiors had any luck in running him off. He sticks out the worse of everything and goes into action as a medic. When the troops get to Okinawa, they experience combat at its most tragic. The Japanese never know when to stop and they live for the opportunity to kill Americans, even

trotting out to ostensibly surrender but then pulling out guns and grenades to kill, kill, kill. Just about every appendage of the human body is blasted off or blown off. Desmond watches grimly as rats gnaw on the decomposing bodies of Americans and Japanese soldiers. Nothing about combat in “Hacksaw Ridge” is glamorous. Everybody is shocked and surprised when Desmond ascends a cliffhanger escarpment, draped with a heavy-duty cargo net, and rescues one-at-a-time, 75 wounded soldiers during the night who made his life a miserable hell in boot camp. Suddenly, they reconsider this gawky looking lad and worship him like a saint. In an interview with “Deadline

Hollywood,” Mel Gibson explained what impressed him about Desmond Doss. “The guy didn’t carry a weapon, never fired a bullet, was a conscientious objector who thought it was wrong to kill under any circumstances. But he had the guts to go into the worst place you can imagine and stick to his convictions, armed with nothing else but sheer faith. Walk in and just do the impossible, which is courage under fire unparalleled because he didn’t do it in a split second or decision or moment. He did it again and again and again.” Indeed, Gibson and his scenarists faced a gargantuan task in adapting Desmond Doss’s life. Usually, Hollywood embroiders facts to heighten the melodrama. Had the filmmakers adhered to actual events, “Hacksaw Ridge” would have seemed just ‘too good to be true.’ Lack of space prohibits me from going into detail about Doss’s life and the values that shaped him. Most of those details seem wholly incredible. Squeamish spectators may have difficulty sitting through the last half of “Hacksaw Ridge” when body parts start flying. Meanwhile, bloodthirsty moviegoers may find themselves champing at the bit as Gibson fills the first half of with Desmond’s sudsy romance with his future wife, Dorothy Schutte (Teresa Palmer of “Lights Out”), particularly when he sneaks his first kiss and she slaps him. Altogether, “Hacksaw Ridge” qualifies as unforgettable from fade-in to fade-out.


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Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra WHEN: 7:00pm-8:00pm COST: Free WHERE:Moody Concert Hall 810 Second Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 PHONE: (205) 348-7110 LINK: DESCRIPTION: The Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra will be performing on Monday, November 28th at 7pm at Moody Concert Hall. This is a free event in which they will play selections including: Sinfonia in G for String Orchestra and Continuo (Albinoni); Movements from The Nutcracker Ballet (Tchaikovsky); March of the Marionettes (Gounod): The Force of Destiny Sinfonia (Verdi).


Performers @ Tuscaloosa Public Library WHEN: 9:00am- 9:00pm COST: Free WHERE: Tuscaloosa Public Library 1801 Jack Warner Parkway Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 345-5820 LINK: http://www.tuscaloosa-library. org/summerreading/ DESCRIPTION:June 28th and 29th: McWane Science Center http://www. The science of sports. July 12th: Alabama Blues Project (Weaver Bolden Branch) http:// Enjoy cool music and fun. July 12th: LifeSouth

Birmingham (Main) http://www. Learn about health and blood. July 13th: UA Natural History Museum http://www.almnh. Have fun learning about animals and nature. July 19th and 20th: Alabama 4-H Animals - www. Discover an educational experience that unites kids to the wonderful world of animals, while fostering respect and compassion for the planet. July 26th and 27th: Bill Packard, Magic Man http://www.magicmanentertainment. com Discover an educational experience that unites kids to the wonderful world of animals, while fostering respect and compassion for the planet.


Live Music at The Lookout WHEN: 8:00pm-12:00am COST: WHERE: Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa 111 Greensboro Ave Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (850) 421-9007 LINK: BlackWarriorBrewing/ DESCRIPTION: Nov. 3rd and Dec. 1st there will be a band and WZZK, WBPT, WEZZ, 107.3 Birmingham Mountain Radio may broadcast the station from the rooftop as well.


Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours WHEN: 7:30pm-12:00am COST: $5-$20

WHERE: Moody Music Building Concert Hall 810 Second Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 PHONE: (205) 348-7110 LINK: DESCRIPTION: *Performances will take place at Moody Music Building Concert Hall unless noted otherwise* Hilaritas on December 2 / 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm / 3:00 pm. Main Floor & First Balcony - $15, Second Balcony - $10 Senior (55+) - $7 Students (w/ ID) - $5 The School of Music’s annual holiday concert, featuring jazz and choral versions of standards, carols and pop songs. Amahl and the Night Visitors (at Bryant- Jordan Hall) on December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm. Adult - $20 Students (w/ ID) - $5 Inspired by Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi, Menotti’s poignant drama tells the tale of three kings on a journey to bring gifts to the wondrous child, a loving Mother with a heart of gold, and the young boy Amahl who offers his crutch as a gift in the true spirit of Christmas. Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Concert on December 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm.


Tuscaloosa Farmers' Market WHEN: 7:00am-12:00pm COST: Free WHERE: Tuscaloosa Rivermarket 1900 Jack Warner Parkway Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 248-5295 LINK: http://www. DESCRIPTION: The Tuscaloosa Rivermarket is located on the banks of the Black Warrior River, hosting the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market and special events throughout the year.


It's Ornamental WHEN: 7:00pm-9:00pm COST: WHERE: The University Club 421 Queen City Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL PHONE: (205) 758-0808 LINK: hhttp://tuscaloosachamberal. it-s-ornamental-12-06-2016-896 DESCRIPTION: In the charming, historic University Club "It's Ornamental" will offer ornaments designed by local artists and University of Alabama sport celebrities. Holiday music by the UA Opera Theatre will add to the spirit of the season. A small silent auction will offer some surprising items! Proceeds to benefit Turning Point. Admission: $30/$35 at door


Live Jazz at Alcove WHEN: 8:30pm-11:30pm COST: WHERE: Alcove International Tavern 730 22nd Ave Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 469-9110 LINK: DESCRIPTION: Live Jazz at Alcove every Tuesday night from 8:30-11:30

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local kickboxing gym franchise, 9Round, will be hosting its Kick Event for BreastCancer. Fitness enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to help raise money forThe DCH Foundation, with one penny being donated for every kick recorded throughout the day. Since the event’s inception five years ago, participating 9Round locations throughout the United States and Canada have recorded over 18.8 million kicks and raised nearly $189,000 to advance breast cancer treatment and laboratory research. WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016, During Regular Hours WHERE: Northport at 80 McFarland Blvd #9 and Tuscaloosa at 2730 Jack Warner Pkwy, A104 Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings boxing and kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are nearly 400 9Round clubs open and operating throughout 39 states and 10 countries.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 5-8 PM Art Night December 1st features the opening and artist reception for "Open House," an exhibition by Kentuck Studio Artists Steve Davis (metal), Lorrie Lane (oil on canvas), Daniel Livingston (raku), Kerry Kennedy (clay), Ann Betak (oil on canvas), and Terrell Taylor (mixed media). Browse the artists' studios in the Courtyard of Wonders and visit pop-up shops for even more goodies. Enjoy live music from Ferguson and the Copper Dogs, and visit Kentuck's Gallery Shop representing over 200 artists from all over the United States. Kentuck members enjoy free wine samples, and Big Dogs and Fire Ants are invited to sip some champagne while perusing art.

ANN SYDNEY TAYLOR THIS IS MY AMERICA 12.01.16-01.28.17 Kentuck's Clarke Gallery Ann Sydney Taylor is a rock 'n' roller and visual storyteller currently residing in Birmingham, by way of Texas and Kentucky. Previously working in music as a tour manager, she has spent countless hours in basements, dive bars, arenas, and festivals visually capturing the ferocity and realness of the musicians surrounding her. Her vision is to document the truth in all forms, in any situation--from the fringes of society to the most traditional American environments. Taylor's "This is My America" portrays her America as "rock 'n' roll...equal...small town...big city...rodeos...feminism...ghost town cemeteries...[and] real," among many other descriptors.

Tuscaloosa, AL- November 21, 2016- The Literacy Council of West Alabama is hosting its Fifth Annual Authors’ Edge event, Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm in Alumni Hall at Stillman College. Focusing on Civil Rights education, the event features Dr. Billie Jean Young and her literary work Fear Not the Fall. Dr. Billie Jean Young is a celebrated actress, speaker, writer, activist, and educator for economic injustice focusing on the Civil Rights movement in the South and most recently Belize. Dr. Young was born to a family of sharecroppers in Choctaw County Alabama. She overcame economic and social struggles to give a voice to disenfranchised populations and work for community change. While she has given over 800 performance across 4 continents, she is probably best known for her portrayal of the human rights activist and Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer. A community partnership between The Literacy Council of West Alabama and Stillman College was formed in April 2016, as a joint collaboration and focus on the impact of literacy on Tuscaloosa children. When selecting a theme and location for this year’s event, it came naturally to have the event in conjunction with the 140th anniversary of the college. Civil rights and the legacy of its participants and leaders are an important part of the Tuscaloosa community. Dr. Young and Stillman College were ideal partners in this endeavor. The Authors’ Edge event is not only the primary fundraiser for The Literacy Council of West Alabama, but offers a unique opportunity for the community to interact with featured authors. Proceeds from the event will go towards the three main initiatives of The Literacy Council: giving books to children in need, building and maintaining Little Libraries in rural areas of the Black Belt, and providing GED scholarships to young adults. There will be an exclusive performance by Dr. Young starting at 7:00 pm with plenty of time to enjoy local food and drink, bid on silent auction items, and appreciate good company. We have partnered with the Tuscaloosa branch of Barnes & Noble to provide a book signing and with community businesses and local artists who have deep ties to literacy. Kathy Bryars is one such artist whose roots are integrally linked to literacy causes in West Alabama. She has donated two court house statue paintings to be auctioned off in honor of her father George F. Barrett, who was a former President of The Tuscaloosa Literacy Movement and State of Alabama Literacy Council. Finally, our event would not be complete without the mention of our 2016 Honorary Chairmen which include Shelley Jones, John England, and Dr. Charles Nash. Pricing information and tickets are available to order through our website with group discounts available. Please call 205-391-2612 or email for corporate donation opportunities and additional information. About The Literacy Council of West Alabama The LCWA was formed in 2008 as a key initiative and mechanism by which to fight local and regional illiteracy in a 9 county service area including: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa Counties.

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Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St NE 404.881.2100

Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St 334.481.5100

Von Braun Center 700 Monroe St SW 256.551.2345

Amphitheater at the Wharf 23101 Canal Rd 251.224.1020

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The Nick 2514 10th Ave S 205.252.3831

WorkPlay 500 23rd St S 205.380.4082

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Marathon Music Works 1402 Clinton St 615.891.1781

Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd St N 205.324.1911

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Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave W NW 404.223.4412

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W The Sun's move into a more sensitive sector of your chart could encourage you to look behind the scenes. What you find out could be most revealing. There's a lot of activity in your sector of shared resources, business, and intimacy. Heart-to-heart conversations can help you understand another better and resolve any difficulties once and for all. Finally, an opportunity that takes you out of your comfort zone could be the making of you. Once the Sun enters your relationship zone, you may find it easier to take stock and consider what your next moves might be. Sometimes you have to detach from a person in order to reattach in the right way. If you've been under any illusions about a lover, Mercury's link with Saturn could help you see him or her in a more realistic light. Even so, there's a chance of an encounter with soulmate potential. The way you manage your time may have been something of an issue for a while now. This week, though, the Sun dances into this sector to illuminate possibilities and solutions that you haven't considered before. If your mind has traveled along certain tracks for some time, then switching can seem a bit of a jump but present you with options that work out over the long term. Finally, collaborating with someone on a project could prove extremely rewarding. Thoughts about your creative potential and pleasure options may abound from this week as the Sun revitalizes this sector of your chart. You could feel moved to try a hobby that you excelled at as a child and find that you derive great enjoyment from taking it up again. However, there is an aspect showing up this week that could have the potential to take your job or business to a new level. Do the groundwork first. It could be a game changer. You may become aware of an issue that has been pushed under the carpet as the Sun enters your home and family sector. Perhaps family members have been too busy to do anything about it even though it's important. However, you may feel moved to do something over the coming weeks. Shedding light on it could have positive repercussions that help everyone feel relieved. You may also be tempted to take a project further if it can enhance personal growth. If you've had difficulty with an issue or problem, you may now find that answers come to you more readily. Solutions could show up when you're talking to others, reading, or when your curiosity leads you to look for them in places that might never have occurred to you before. This is your chance to think outside the box. Aside from this, you might be enthralled by an opportunity that could take you in a new direction. This could be an interesting week! An intense but opportunistic transit in operation for five days before and after November 24 could get you quite excited. You'll need to consider costs and other relevant details. The Sun in your money zone could also make you aware of the reasons why you may or may not benefit. The key is discernment if you want to get the most out of this and succeed. Taking a step back might help you make more informed decisions.

It's your birthday month and Thanksgiving week rolled into one, so you'll be in your element as the holiday season gets underway. If you have any plans you're itching to begin, now is the time. However, someone could offer you a chance that seems too good to be true, one you'd love to snap up. Yes, you'll need to do your homework, but if the details check out, then there is no reason not to go ahead.

Just as everyone is getting into holiday mode, your astrological clock hints that it's time to ease off the accelerator and take a break. This doesn't mean you should turn down invitations, but rather that you might prefer your own company sometimes. This is your chance to recharge and feel all the better for it. If you do get the opportunity to progress with a goal or ambition, mulling it over in silence can generate ideas. You may be the most charismatic person in the room, the one people tend to gravitate toward. With Mars in your sign giving you the attractor factor, you're very hard to resist. And with Thanksgiving this week, you could be the life and soul of any party you attend. However, you might need to resolve conflicting beliefs in order to take advantage of an opportunity that could be very good for you if you can summon the confidence to try it.

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TUSCALOOSA’S NUTCRACKER: A HOLIDAY TRADITION IN WEST ALABAMA What: Tuscaloosa Community Dancer’s Nutcracker When: 12/8, 12/9, 12/10 at 7:00 p.m. 12/10 at 10:00 a.m. (“Breakfast with the Nutcracker” begins at 8:45 a.m. This is a separate activity and ticket holders can purchase tickets at the box office. Admission for each person eating breakfast is $5. Performance begins immediately after at 10:00 a.m.) 12/11 at 2:00 p.m. Where: Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa Tickets: TCD Office: 205-752-4220 or Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ (TCD) annual performances of The Nutcracker are a true community treasure. Every year, dancers from West Alabama and the surrounding area present the magical story of Clara, a little girl whose uncle, the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll at her family’s Christmas Eve party that turns into a prince and a dramatic ball with the Mouse King and his army ensues. Together Clara and her victorious prince travel through an enchanted forest to the Land of the Sweets, where they are greeted by the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, who presents dancing confectionary delights for Clara’s entertainment. Set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, various versions of The Nutcracker have been performed throughout the world since 1892 and TCD’s has been enjoyed in Tuscaloosa for over thirty years. TCD has a long history of presenting professional ballet dancers in their performances along side the community cast, which creates an environment of learning with seasoned veterans for the cast, as well as exposure to world renowned artists for the community of West Alabama. This year’s production of The Nutcracker is no exception. TCD is thrilled to welcome back Jennifer Lauren and Kyle Seguin, performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Jennifer has performed with the Miami City Ballet for eight seasons and was promoted to Principal Soloist in 2015. She previously performed with the Alabama Ballet for eight seasons. A native of Tuscaloosa, Jennifer has been featured as TCD's guest artist as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, Odette, the Swan Queen in Swan Lake and the title roles in Snow White, Paquita, Sans Vue, Black Swan Pas De Duex, Sugar Plum Fairy as well as Dream Clara in The Nutcracker for many years. From 2001-2008, Kyle danced with The Alabama Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama where he performed many principal roles. Kyle is a personal trainer, a Stott trained Pilates instructor, holds a BS in Psychology with honors from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and is currently adjunct faculty at Columbia College, Chicago where he teaches ballet, Pilates, and anatomy. In March 2010, Kyle opened One Hundred, a Pilates and Dance studio in Chicago’s East Lakeview neighborhood. Tuscaloosa audiences have seen Kyle as Clara’s Dream Prince/Cavalier in several TCD Nutcracker productions and as Von Rothbart in Swan


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Lake. Kyle choreographed “Sans Vue”, a contemporary ballet on Tuscaloosa Community Dancers and has taught many Master Ballet Classes for the company. The role of Herr Drosselmeyer will be reprised by David Blumenfeld, a colleague of TCD co-artistic directors Katie Gebler Spitzer and Jenna McKerrow Wilson , from their time in the company with the Alabama Ballet. West Alabama is truly fortunate to have the opportunity to see such high caliber artists perform that also have a special, “home grown” connection to the community. This year, Susanna Jackson and Sarah Moore will dance the role of Clara and her mischievous little brother Fritz will be performed by Lydia Smith. If you have not seen The Nutcracker in a while, make this your year to see it. In addition to the fantastic and whimsical choreography West Alabama has come to know and love, there are new and exciting surprises that are sure to delight. Last year’s hugely successful “Breakfast with The Nutcracker” is happening again this year before the 10:00 performance on Saturday morning ($5.00 for ticket holders and begins at 8:45). If you have young children and have never seen The Nutcracker, bring them this year and begin a family tradition of your own.


will present the 14th Annual Double Exposure Juried Photography Exhibit at the Bama Theatre and Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in 2017. The competition will be open to Ala. photographers with divisions for both adults (Ages 18 and older) and juniors (Ages 12-17). The Adult Division will be on display at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in The Arts Council Gallery Feb. 3-24, 2017 and will feature an opening reception and presentation of awards on Feb. 3 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday. The Junior Division portion of the competition will be exhibited at the Bama Theatre galleries Jan. 23-Feb. 12, 2017 with the awards presentation and closing reception on Feb. 12 from 2 -3 p.m. Both Junior and Adult entries will be accepted for the first round of judging Dec. 2-11, 2016 by way of digital upload. A fee of $35 will be charged to enter three images in the Adult Division, and $25 in the Junior Division. No entry fees will be refunded. All photographic media will be accepted. A complete list of requirements, specifications and important dates for both divisions are currently available on The Arts Council’s website at, a digital image upload site, will be used for image submissions instead of the CDs used in the past. A link to the site will be present on the Double Exposure website pages beginning Dec. 2. Awards in the Adult Division will be a $500 Purchase Award for Best of Show plus four $250 cash awards. The Purchase Award winner will be invited to present a solo exhibit in an Arts Council gallery at a later date. Junior Division awards include a $250 cash award for Best of Show plus four $125 cash awards. Harrison Galleries, 2315 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, is the sponsor of the Adult Division awards. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-noon & 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 620 Greensboro Ave. on the same block. For more information about The Arts Council, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit for further information.







think that no new comments from this last game. We obviously didn't play consistently at the level that we hoped to or wanted to. But I think at this point the focus needs to be learning from the experience in terms of how we can get better and also to move forward and look to the challenge that we have ahead of us. The legacy of the season relative to what we can accomplish and what we can do and the meaning of this game against our rivalry in the Iron Bowl certainly is a lot to look forward to, a lot to prepare for, a lot to get ready for. So that's where our focus needs to be. I think this is one of the greatest rivalry games in the country. I know it means a lot to a lot of people in this state, as well as nationally. The competitors in the game probably enjoy this kind of competition, this kind of rivalry, as much as any game that they play.

It's Senior Day on Saturday for us. We have 23 seniors who have done a fantastic job here. A 48-5 record is pretty admirable. We're looking forward to be able to honor them in their last home game in Bryant Denny Stadium. Auburn, I think, is an outstanding team. Gus has done a really, really good job there since he's been there, but especially this year and how this team has developed and improved throughout the season. They've made adjustments to their team throughout the season relative to issues they've had, whether it's been injuries or whatever, but still managed to score a lot of points (and) run the ball very effectively. They've been able to make explosive plays in their passing game all year long. Their defense is probably as good as any defense we've played all year long. They're very good up front. They've got good pass rushers. They create negative plays. They play good in the back end. They're very well coached. Kevin (Steele) has done a really good job with them. I think Carl Lawson and Montravious Adams are a handful up front. I think they do what they do on offense regardless of who plays quarterback and they've been able to do that pretty effectively all year long relative to how they've been able to run the ball on people and make explosive plays in the passing game. They've got one of the best placekickers in the country in Daniel Carlson. This is a very, very good team. ON THE AUBURN QUARTERBACKS: They're all a little bit different, but all very effective in terms of their style and how they play. Sean White probably was the most effective guy throwing the ball consistently to go with their running game, but also pulled the ball on some of their quarterback runs and made plays and was very efficient and effective. The other two guys are very athletic and are very capable of running it anytime, scrambling anytime, making plays with their feet anytime, making plays with quarterback runs in their offense anytime, as well as making plays passing. I don't see a whole lot of difference in the guys. I don't like to compare people. We respect each and every one of their abilities to make plays at their position. ON THE INJURY STATUS OF CAM ROBINSON AND KORREN KIRVEN I think those guys are better than expected. I don't know that they will be able to practice today, but hopefully we'll have everybody back on the practice field tomorrow. ON AUBURN BEING PRIMARILY A RUNNING TEAM: I think they do run the ball, but they run it because they're very good at running it and they're very effective doing it. But they also have threats outside, which

makes it very difficult to defend some of the short passes that they take relative to their play action game and their ability to make explosive plays in the passing game. One of the keys is, how do you stop the run but not do it at the expense of giving up explosive plays in the back end? ON THE HEALTH OF DAMIEN HARRIS AND BO SCARBROUGH Damien is fine. There's nothing wrong with him. He played the last game. Bo should be back this week. Bo could've played in the last game. I talked to Bo before the game. He practiced and he wanted to play. I said, 'Look Bo, we're going to use you in the game if we need to,' which to me meant if one of the other guys got hurt and we needed another runner in the game, we would have played him. So he should be fine this week and be able to practice a little bit more and maybe get himself a little more game ready. ON HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE I think the offensive line, I said Thursday night on my radio show, if I had to say what was the most improved part of our team, that was it. But I don't think that we played especially well in this past game, and I certainly think that we'll have to play a lot better in this game against the quality of people we're playing against in this game to be effective. ON THE DEFENSE NOT GIVING UP A LOT OF POINTS I think the guys have played well together. They've had a good competitive spirit. They've prepared pretty well. I think they have a lot of pride. But this is going to be the most challenging group that we've faced probably in terms of the multiples of things that they do and how we need to adjust and how people need to be responsible in doing their job. That will be a real key to it. It doesn't really matter what we've done the last three weeks. What really matters is what we do the next week and that's what we're focused on here. ON NOT KNOWING WHO WILL PLAY QB FOR AUBURN

We really have to prepare for what they do. They do a good job of utilizing the personnel that they have. We're preparing as if those guys (Sean White and Kamryn Pettway) will play. We respect all of the guys they have at that (QB) position, and all those guys have been productive for them all year long. They're all really good players. ON THE STATUS OF ARDARIUS STEWART FOR THE GAME He's fine. If he does what he's supposed to do, he'll be fine in this game. ON THE STRENGTH OF AUBURN'S DEFENSIVE LINE: I think this is probably the best front that we've played against. This may be the best defense we've played against all year. It's one of Auburn's better defenses -- not to make comparisons -- since we've been here. I think it starts with their front guys, because they're very dominant up front. They're good in all areas of their team. They play very well. They don't make a lot of mistakes and they're coached very well. They've got a lot of ability. It's going to be a real challenge for us to control their front people. ON TEACHING MOMENTS FROM THE CHATTANOOGA GAME: I can't really assess that. I think that you've got to kind of play the cards that you're dealt. We said we wanted to create momentum and confidence, but I think if you're a good competitor and you're not pleased with the way you played, you should respond and react to that. How to balance all that and know what's better or worse, I don't know. I know that as a coach that we want to do everything we can to help our players to play better. None of them wants to go out there and not play well. It's our responsibility to try to get them to play well. If they don't, it's our responsibility to help them do that. If they didn't, it's our responsibility that they didn't. I'm certainly not pointing the fingers at any players. We just didn't play our best, to the standard that we need to play to, and we need to get that corrected.


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